It finally happened. After weeks of tortured silence, Nicki Minaj has responded to the back to back diss tracks lobbed her way by Remy Ma. And unsurprisingly, she has eviscerated everything in sight.
But Nicki's highly-anticipated clap back was far from the only track that lit up our headphones this week. Some of the week's notable releases included the surprise return of Fleet Foxes, another offering from Lorde and a dark work of rap perfection from Freddie Gibbs among many, many more. Take a look at our picks below.
2 Chainz--"It's a Vibe"
2 Chainz released 2 trackz this week after his music leaked, and we’re here for both of them. Having to choose between the two for the sake of this listicle was tough, but “It’s a Vibe” is certainly a vibe we’re feeling, especially when you add Ty Dolla $ign, Trey Songz, and Jhene Aiko into the mix.
Azizi Gibson--"Nintendo King"
Yesterday we brought you the premiere for up-and-coming US rapper Azizi Gibson's “Nintendo King,” a track that got us all nostalgic with bars laced with video game references galore. Stay tuned for his debut full-length Memoirs of the Reaper to drop in June.
The theme of being "so emotional" has been explored by many a diva, with one example being particularly memorable. Yet Charli XCX is able to wring a whole new depth of heartbreak in this standout from her new mixtape Number 1 Angel.
The 16-year-old son of T.I weaves words and rhythms together in a way vastly different from his pops, and of a calibre that far surpasses his tender age.
Fleet Foxes--"Third of May / Ōdaigahara"
Just when we thought we'd heard the last from Fleet Foxes, the OG indie-titans returned from a six-year hiatus to deliver this epically huge comeback single. Expect even bigger things from the upcoming full-length Crack-Up.
Freddie Gibbs--"Crushed Glass"
Freddie Gibbs unleashed some explorational visuals for his new video for “Crushed Glass,” where the recently locked up rapper reflected superbly on his recent arrest and time in jail. Look out for his full-length You Only Live 2wice at the end of the month.
GIRLI--"Not That Girl"
Emerging British alt-pop star GIRLI’s anthem for not giving a fuck what other people think is amazing lyrically, but more importantly - the beat is sick. It’s the first single off her Feel OK EP dropping April 11, so keep your eyes and ears peeled for it.
J Hus--"Did You See"
Continuing to carve out his own unique flavour of afrobeat-come-grime, J Hus is one of the most consistently refreshing MC’s coming out of the UK at the minute. “Did You See” sets the tone nicely for his upcoming album, which is set to propel the burgeoning rapper to new heights.
Jorja Smith--"Beautiful Little Fools"
Jorja Smith, the emerging neo-soul vocalist approved by Drake, aptly dropped the gorgeous video for her track “Beautiful Little Fools” on International Women’s Day. Check out our new favourite slow jam inspired both visually and conceptually by classic novel The Great Gatsby.
Truthfully, we weren't expecting much from the new Little Dragon album. But if the rest of the upcoming work comes even within the faintest amount of striking distance to the exquisite electro found in "Sweet," you best believe we'll be waiting for it.
Lorde revealed she wrote this song after drunkenly crying and listening to Rihanna. We do the same thing but were never able to write a ballad this lovely.
Nicki Minaj--"No Frauds"
After weeks of relative silence, Nicki finally blesses us with her Remy Ma clapback and naturally it goes hard. Not that she needs other rap heavy weights in the studio to prove that she’s at the top of her game, but having Drake and Lil Wayne roll along for the retribution ride certainly doesn’t hurt her claim for queen of the rap game.
In other music news, Drake's 'More Life' project should finally be coming our way imminently. Take a look right here to see everything we know about the project so far.
Peruse the full Spotify playlist of all our picks of the week below.