DJ Khaled, Beyoncé, and Jay Z come out #1 in a week that's otherwise dominated by Future and Kodak Black.
Back in April 2015, DJ Skeesuggested that Jay Z and Beyoncé had a joint album in the works that was "nearing completion," and ever since then, the rumor mill has run amok, even without any further collaborations from the two. Of course, this was before Lemonade and all of the romantic drama that came with it, so needless to say Skee's report has gotten less believable by the month. But his past week, their first joint track since "Drunk In Love" surfaced, coming from DJ Khaled of all people. "Shining" is predicted to appear on his next album, and this week, it topped our chart.
Kodak Black and Future lead the way this week with two appearances apiece. New tracks barely missing out on the top ten include Future's "Draco" (#11), Future's alternate version of "Grammys" (#15), Rich Gang's "Bit Bak" (#17), and Lil Reese and Chief Keef's "Again" (#18).
10. Wale - Shape of You (Remix)
Back when we were first introduced to Wale in the mid-to-late 2000s, he was signed to Mark Ronson's label, and Ronson's affiliation with a lot of Britain's pop/R&B artists led to Wale rapping over tracks by singers like Amy Winehouse and Lily Allen. Now, Ed Sheeran's always been a little more mainstream than those two, but if you remember Wale's beginnings, this track begins to make at least a little more sense. Wale's remix of Sheeran's hit "Shape of You" makes its debut on our TOP 100 at #10.
9. Joey Bada$$ - Victory
Pro Era's de facto leader hasn't updated us much on his upcoming album A.A.B.A., but last week he did drop a new track. "Victory" won't be featured on Joey's sophomore album, having been recorded for NBA's Courtside Project, but still, it's got to at least offer some relief to his biggest fans. This track debuts at #9.
8. Rick Ross - Summer 17
Rick Ross, on the other hand, gave us a release date for his long-teased forthcoming project last week, revealing that Rather You Than Me will drop on March 17th. This track's from the week prior, and probably won't be on the album, but look for some singles in the coming weeks. In its second week out, "Summer 17" drops five spots from #3 to #8.
7. Maroon 5 Feat. Future - Cold
Even more of a head-scratcher than Wale's Ed Sheeran remix is Future's feature on Maroon 5's latest song, "Cold." The ATL titan's presence makes some sense due to the song's break up theme (the same subject that's dominated at least a third of his music from Monster onward), but it's still a pretty weird pairing. "Cold" debuts at #7.
6. Kodak Black - Tunnel Vision (Prod. by Metro Boomin & Southside)
The first of Kodak's two tracks on today's list is "Tunnel Vision," a song that came accompanied by a somewhat political video upon its release. Along with Future's "Mask Off," this song is continued proof of Metro Boomin's dominance and progression, showing that he can still craft trap classics with lighter and more melodic instrumentals. "Tunnel Vision" debuts at #6.
5. Desiigner - Outlet (Prod. by Vinylz & SoundbyCT)
Desiigner dropped of the first taste of his New English follow-up two weeks ago, and its success bodes well for the Brooklyn rapper's crucial next few months. "Outlet" debuted last week at #1 and currently sits at 85%, which is pretty good compared to other young rappers whose "lyricism" is often brought into question. In its second week out, "Outlet" falls four spots to #5.
4. Nav Feat. The Weeknd - Some Way
Nav's stock has risen exponentially in the past six months, and later this month, he'll have a chance to live up to all of that hype when he releases his debut project. Lead single "Some Way" featuring fellow Toronto native The Weeknd should help drum up some more buzz in the weeks prior to the release. The track debuts at #4.
3. Kodak Black Feat. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie - Water
Unlike "Tunnel Vision," the A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie-assisted "Water was a leak, not an official release, so unfortunately it's not online anymore, but it still racked up plenty of views in its first week out. We'll have to see where this one ends up eventually. "Water" debuts at #3.
2. Future - Mask Off (Prod. by Metro Boomin)
Beat of the year? Beat of the life? Metro flips a Tommy Butler track from a 1976 album dedicated to Martin Luther King Jr. and creates an immaculate tapestry for Future to croon about... his favorite drugs... which is pretty typical and nothing special, but sounds like the 11th Commandment when it's paired with the instrumental.
1. DJ Khaled Feat. Jay Z & Beyoncé - Shining
A joint Jay/Bey album has been rumored for years now, but who would have guessed that DJ Khaled would be the one to bring us their first collaborative track since "Drunk in Love"? With a 69% user rating, "Shining" doesn't exactly live up to the near-impossible expectations you'd have for a track by rap/R&B's leading couple, but for Khaled, it's still a huge W. This track debuts at #1.