I didn’t do songs of the week for 2 weeks ago, simply due to the fact that there just wasn’t enough quality music released. Last week however, was a good week, and hopefully, you’ll enjoy the songs as much as I did.
5. LIL BABY – MONEY
Lil Baby is gonna be the next big star out of Atlanta, I’m telling you. He’s already signed onto Quality Control, so he has stars such as Migos and Lil Yachty around him. It seems like he’s plugged in with the whole of Atlanta, with him getting cosigns and features from artists such as Ralo and Young Scooter. But I think what is gonna tip him over in 2018, is how easily he can make hit songs.
He’s been making music for less than a year after being released from prison, and already, he has a HIT in My Dawg (which has 13m views on YouTube). I didn’t like that song at first, but the more I listened to it, the more I warmed up to it. But I think this song is better than My Dawg. The song just has such a catchy vibe and beat; I’d be surprised if you don’t find yourself bopping your head to it. His voice reminds me of Young Thug slightly, so it’s no surprise that I like his music.
He’s released 3 mixtapes this year, has a DJ Vlad interview, was featured on the Breakfast Club, and even did a lyrics breakdown for Genius, so he’s made great strides this year. But like I said, I think 2018 is his year, and if he continues to make songs like this, I can’t see this not happening.
Check out Money here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3jRgTKQIv8
4. SKENGDO X AM – MANSA MUSA
I’ve said before that I don’t really listen to drill, but I have to give credit where credit is due. I knew about the hype surrounding Skengdo and AM, and having listened to their Mad about Bars freestyle a couple months ago, I was spun. This mixtape had me like a Beyblade, though.
The title for this tune caught my eye from the off, because of who Mansa Musa actually is (research him if you don’t). I’m sure even he’d be proud of this song, because this song bangs. There were other tracks I could’ve chosen off the EP, but nah, this one just stuck out for me, from my first listen of the tape.
My stance on UK drill remains the same, but I can still acknowledge a great song, and this here, is a great song.
Check out Mansa Musa here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3Yv5uu0Qs8
3. A2 – WEST HOLLYWOOD TRUTHS
I like A2 a lot. His debut album, Blue, was very impressive. He really took his sweet time in releasing it, but it was worth it. I won’t be surprised if it is this album that propels him from the fringes of the UK underground scene, to the forefront of UK hip hop. His music is truly unique, and this song itself, is unique.
When I was listening to it, I was thinking, ‘this song sounds so Toronto-y’. Or maybe American. Maybe that’s why it’s called West Hollywood Truths. I think this song fully illustrates to us listeners how talented of an artist A2 is, because he really ate that beat. It was a very slow and woozy beat, but his flow and delivery was A1 (no pun). I proper liked this song, and it definitely stood out to me as song of the album.
Check out West Hollywood Truths on Apple Music or Spotify.
2. GUNNA – DON’T PLAY WITH IT FT YOUNG THUG
This guy just tops himself with every release. I feel like every time he drops something, it makes its way onto my songs of the week, and guess what? It’s happened again. He dropped his EP with Wheezy, Drip or Drown, last week, and he really did the most. Every track bangs, and that is not even a stretch. It just makes me wonder how good Drip Season 3 is going to be.
I think this song is his best collab with Young Thug as of yet. Him and Young Thug on a track always equals a banger, but this one was a BANGER. The beat is something else, and the two’s chemistry together is really showcased here. Play this song loud on speakers, and thank me later. 2017 has been a great year for Young Thug’s features, as he has killed every song he has jumped on.
Listen to this one, and enjoy!
Check out Don’t Play With It here: https://soundcloud.com/user-755140650/gunna-dont-play-with-it-feat
1. DUKE – IF I WANTED TO FT GUNNA
Gunna’s back again. But this time, it’s him featuring. Lil Duke’s Uberman 2 mixtape was a very solid project, and a good follow up tape to his Life in the Hills tape, which was released earlier this year. It’s almost like, if you’re from Atlanta, you have to release 2/3x more music than everyone else, because these Atlanta artists really do not lay up on the mixtape dropping.
Now this song definitely took me by surprise. I knew it was going to be good because of the featuring artists, but not this good! I knew Gunna could harmonise and had small small vocals, but this song has me rethinking about how talented he truly is. He killed his verse as per usual, but he included a bit of singsong into his bars, which just sounded so hard on this beat. Duke killed the hook, and his unorthodox flow also went hard on the beat. I was worried that he was going to get spun badly on the song, but I was wrong. Although I do prefer Gunna’s verse, Duke’s verse was still so hard. Duke came in with the harmony too, and I loved the way he changed up his flow mid verse. This song probably won’t blow up like it should, which is a real shame, but honestly, if you have time, listen to this one!
Check out If I Wanted To here: https://soundcloud.com/yslduke/12-if-i-wanted-to-feat-gunna
Thanks for reading!