The past seven days were a heavy one for new music, and most tracks we’re feeling this week are a collaborative effort. T-Pain and Lil Wayne surprised us all with their joint album aptly titled T-Wayne. Although we’re not sure how we feel about Katy Perry’s music as of late, we’re absolutely loving her slam-dunk collab with Nicki Minaj – “Swish Swish.” Vince Staples dropped the first single from his forthcoming album, Snoop dropped his 15th studio full length, A$AP Rocky reminds us not to touch his Raf with the help of Frank Ocean, and Chance the Rapper teams up with Kaytranada. Check out these tracks and more below in the latest edition of our essential music.
Grime MC AJ Tracey and certified legend Missy Elliott come together on the remix of Aminé’s “Red Mercedes.” Easily one of the best tracks about a car that we’ve heard in a while, you really don’t need more than three of the best in the game rapping over some seriously sinister beats.
A$AP finally dropped his eagerly-anticipated track “Raf” this week – and it didn’t disappoint. Not only featuring Playboi Carti as anticipated, the track featured Lil Uzi Vert, Quavo and none other than Frank Ocean rapping over a spacey, Dun-Deal produced beat.
Compton rapper Buddy linked up with Canadian Midas touch-producer Kaytranada for his Ocean & Montana EP. The biggest blessing from the EP is “Guillotine,” featuring some impeccable flow and a twinkling, skittering beat from one of Canada’s finest.
Lil’ Chano dropped a fresh one this week and it was worth the wait. Although he’s been performing it live for years, “They Say” premiered on Kaytranada’s guest mix for Pharrell’s OTHERtone show on Beats Radio. It features a low-slung, hazy beat from the Canadian producer, compete with a few piano stabs and, in typical Chance fashion, a gospel choir towards the end of the track.
While we might not be entirely sold on Katy Perry’s new music, which she’s dubbed “conscious pop,” it’s undeniable that her latest track featuring Nicki Minaj goes hard. “Swish Swish” is extremely danceable, thanks to the Maya Jane Coles sample. We don’t even need to mention Nicki’s verse is amazing, but just in case you forgot she’s a legend, there you go.
Never one to hide her lyrical inspirations, Lana Del Rey shared a few weeks ago that although she had an amazing time at this year’s Coachella, she was plagued with disturbing thoughts about the state of the world and decided to make a song about it. We’re grateful she did, because it hasn’t been easy waiting for her forthcoming album Lust for Life.
On paper, there was no way that this would have ended up in our tracks of the week. But when we heard the YG-esque beat, fun-filled Quavo feature and silky vocals that are reminiscent of peak era Justin Timberlake, we had to throw this in the mix. Actually quite sick.
Snoop Dogg just dropped his 15th studio album today. The 16 tracks on Neva Left remind us that Snoop’s still got it, but we’re particularly vibing on “Swivel” featuring Stresmatic. The football-inspired track harkens back to classic hip hop sounds with a contemporary twist and the chorus is an earworm we’re happy to have stuck in our heads.
I don’t think anyone expected just how good T-Pain and Lil Wayne’s collaborative group of lost files from 2009 would be. The whole thing bangs, but “Listen To Me” gets the nod as anyone who can turn a sample from “Oompa Loompa” and turn it into an absolute banger deserves the utmost respect.
Although he’s on a sinking boat in the music video, Vince Staples is keeping his head well above water on “Big Fish.” Unveiling the artwork and release date for his upcoming album Big Fish Theory earlier this week, if this belter of a single is any indication, June 23 is sure to bring us more buoyant bangers to keep us afloat.
In case you missed it, check out last week’s edition of best tracks right here.