15. A$ton Matthews - The Other Side ft. Kap G
13. Jitta on the Track - KEWL ft. Bukkweat Bill
12. G4SHI - Room 4
11. Dizzy Wright - Spark Up the Flame
10. King Fantastic - Los Angeles International
King Fantastic, made up of rapper Killer Reese One and producer Troublemaker, have been on the scene for a while, making synthy EDM-infused West coast street bangers that make you feel like you're sitting in the future but listening to that old school LA shit. Reese was locked up for 2 years before recently coming home and hopping right in the studio. "LAX" is the second single from their upcoming album, and you can buy it on iTunes now.
9. Kevin Abstract - Drugs
Kevin Abstract has been buzzing online for a minute, but things started really popping off when he dropped his MTV1987 project to high praise. One of the highlights of the set was "Drugs", a melodic exploration of that balance between getting high and getting laid. Kevin reps ASF, a collective from all over that boasts other talented artists like Dom McLennon and Mic Kurb, so check them out as well.
8. Alex Wiley - Splash Game
One of the hottest up-and-comers in the game right now, Alex Wiley dropped his awesome mixtape Village Party to critical acclaim. Songs like this one and "Vibrations" have been a-buzz all over the internet this summer, with their mellow vibes on top of ferocious snares and lofty synths. Between him, Chance, Vic Mensa, and Lucki Eck$, the alternative rap scene in Chicago has a lot of cats to look out for, so pay attention.
7. Lucki Eck$ - Finesse
This song sums up what is so great about Lucki Eck$. While the Skywlkr-produced beat is mellow and subdued in nature, the content matter is a whole different story. The song happens to be about Lucki robbing another drug dealer, yet Lucki has the unique ability to make every track, no matter how dark the content, seem fun, laid back, and carefree. It appears on his dope new mixtape, Body High, which is available now.
6. OnCue - So Much Love
If you haven't downloaded OnCue's latest album Angry Young Man, do yourself a favor and give it a listen. Whether you go for the crafty wordplay of OnCue, or the phenomenal production from Just Blaze and Hudson Mohawke, this project was well worth the wait, as its release had been rumored for quite a long time. "So Much Love" is a dance music-inspired track with a powerful message that the Hunter Lyon-directed video only intensifies.
5. Mick Jenkins - Jazz
One of the best songs from one of the best projects of the summer, Mick took the game by storm with his new tape The Water[s]and this song showed why he's one of the next emcees to blow. His deep delivery gives this song the gravitas it needs, while he also has the range to turn things up, as shown on the Joey Bada$$-featured "Jerome".
4. Vic Mensa - Wimme Nah
After his days with the band Kids These Days were over, Vic Mensa clearly had the skills to keep rapping on the solo tip, but it remained to be seen whether or not he'd stick to his roots or venture out and experiment a little. This song showed us that the Save Money spitter had a lot of versatility and could wax poetic on more lyrical endeavors, while still bodying turnt up tracks like this one, with production from rising producer Kaytranada.
3. Sir Michael Rocks - Bussin
The former Cool Kid released his solo debut album Banco this summer to high praise, and the Casey Veggies and Iamsu!-assisted "Bussin" was one of the highlights. For whatever reason, while being supremely talented, both members of the on-hiatus Chicago duo have gotten less than their fair share of shine on the solo circuit, but this cut definitely deserves a listen.
2. Lil Boosie - Crazy
Badazz Boosie got out of the slammer and immediately hit the studio to get some things off his chest, including this instant classic. With all of the typical Boosie flair, he opens up and gives you some insight into the recently closed chapter of his life. He explores topics of mental health, the art of raw dogging, and even government conspiracies. On the other hand, he could just be crazy...
1. J $tash - Guerillas
Once you hear this song, just try to keep it from getting stuck in your head, it's impossible. J $tash, of Relax Rekords, has been buzzing for a little while and this track only added fuel to the fire. With help from Kenny Turnup on the hook and first verse, and Teddy Blow with the next level adlibs and 3rd verse, $tash had one of his most popular tracks to date.
Swae Lee and Slim Jimmy of Rae Sremmurd sit down to discuss their upcoming "SremmLife" EP and more.
As summer draws to a close and all the kids are back at school, it's a great time to reminisce about all the fun that was had and great music that came out. Last week we tackled the best mixtapes of the summer, but that doesn't tell the whole story. Summertime is all about finding those next great artists and playing the hell out of your new favorite songs while you drive around with the windows down. With that being said, nobody catches everything, and sometimes great songs slip through the cracks. So with today's Top 10, we'll countdown the best songs of this Summer that bubbled up under the radar and may have missed your playlist. This way, you can get yourself caught up and soak in the last couple weeks of sun with a brand new set of bangers. Obviously, everyone heard "No Flex Zone" and "Club Goin' Up on a Tuesday" so we're going off the rails with this one, broadening your horizons and serving up that new heat, because well... our name is Hot New Hip Hop.