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This week, a considerable amount of singles dropped from some of our favorite well-established artists. For starters, there was Tinashe’s “Energy”, featuring Juicy J, and Kilo Kish’s long-awaited, debut album intro “Poem A”. Both exude mass sex appeal and animal magnetism in a bass-thumping sound that’ll have your girl feeling herself in front of the mirror, holding some strong deferential, provocative undertones. Then we got Toronto’s finest duo Majid Jordan, dropping their newest song off their forthcoming album from OVO Sound, “Every Step Every Way”, in a hallucinatory, Weeknd-esque rhythm that is sure to be playing anywhere you go this weekend. And lastly for my radio-ready thotties, Ty Dolla $ign drop singles with two separate, but noted producers; one titled “Wavy”, featuring Joe Moses, produced by DJ Mustard, that perfectly adds on to the countless hits promoting his self-proclaimed ‘ratchet’ revolution, and the other “4Real”, featuring iLoveMakonnen, produced by DJ and scene veteran Destructo, blurring the lines of pop and contemporary dance music.
Now, let’s slow it down for a minute and discuss some of our more woke, conscious rappers. Firstly, one of Chicago’s no-bullshit conscious rappers, Mick Jenkins, introduces a fresh collab with BADBADNOTGOOD, in a airy, uplifting track, “On the Map”, that’ll have you missing your shawty even if she’s sitting right next to you. The two are rumored to set more projects together, and we can’t find any reasons to complain about this partnership, as we hope they continue to consume a completely different entity in rap music. Hours ago, TDE’s president Punch sat in the booth to release a expressive freestyle, sampling “On & On” by Erykah Badu, and “On Me” by The Game, featuring Kendrick Lamar, in “Gone.” Our head honcho has definitely proven his bar levels in his past singles off Soundcloud, and hopefully, a full-fledged album is in order. And last but not least, our man Curren$y collaborated with the Alchemist for their first-joint project in 5 years, on an EP titled The Owners Manual. The EP is filled with Curren$y’s signature conscientious style and effortless fluidity, and definitely should play on repeat for your Sunday hotbox sesh.
And you know we got the fix for our trap fiends, with “I Might” featuring Trill Sammy and Dice Soho hitting the board in a matter of hours. Sampling a personal favorite of mine, and arguably the best Three 6 Mafia song, “Mafia Ni***z”, this certified trap banger is representing the fuck out Houston-sound drill music. Next up, you might have not heard of Pollari’s name yet, but he’s sure to be the top of your list of most underrated rappers to come out of Atlanta. A long-time friend of esteemed producer Metro Boomin, he first debuted in a collaboration with Playboi Carti, and dropped his first six-track EP titled OFFWITHHISHEAD today, featuring artists like Father and Larry League.
And finally, we have come to our feature presentation, Future’s Purple Reign. The ever-prolific rapper released his first mixtape of 2016, largely produced by none other than Metro fuckin’ Boomin, with the help of DJ Esco, Southside, Zaytoven, to name just a few. Though it’s considered as a relatively weaker rendition of DS2, the 13-track mixtape is nothing short of greatness, as the rapper builds upon his trademark dark, unforgiving sound that he first introduced in Monster (2014). Comparing himself to a drug trafficker or terrorist, declaring syrup his official ‘girlfriend,’ and all the while sounding convincingly exhausted is what makes his EP a sure hit amongst his expressive internet family #FutureHive.