Meek Mill- Versace (Freestyle)
Meek Mill is a flow chameleon. His own rhyme patterns have definitely colored the rap game in the last year or two, but he also has the ability to cop any flow with relative ease. Meek, like Drake, sounds best when he's using the infectious rhythm from the original (it's important to realize that it was in fact Migos that used it first, and Drake who perfected it). Overall, Meek's take is about three and a half Versaces and Drake's is five out of five, or alternatively-- VERSACE VERSACE VERSACE VERSACE VERSACE
Jeremih's addition to "Throwin' My Money" is a courageous one, as it puts him side by side with one of R&B's best-- a big move for an artist who only definitively found his voice on his last release. The Late Nights crooner is more than ready to trade verses with the heavyweights however, as he sounds more than comfortable beside Kells, and judging from his recent output, he'll hopefully have a similarly long and colorful career.
"Work (Remix)" came out of nowhere as one of the best crew tracks of the year, and Ferg's new track finds him in a somewhat similar place. The beat bears some of trap's conventions, but is otherwise more experimental and memorable than many of the by-the-numbers post-luger beats going around, and Ferg has proved he has the energy and personality to do it justice.
Curren$y- I Can't Stop
Curren$y taps Sledgren to add some much-needed oomph to his consistently good, but increasingly predictable sound. Not only is there a serious boost to the low end, the production also sports some ineresting distorted elements, that is an exciting contrast to the Pilot Talk rapper's usual gloss. It shows that while Spitta's formula has a long shelf-life, it still helps to spice things up a bit now and again.
Juicy J- Yet
Juicy drops a self-produced cut, that calls back more to his Three 6 days than his more recent strip club-oriented material. His street tracks are still as good as ever, and as great as his ability to tastefully crossover is, it's good to see that he doesn't have to completely abandon his roots to do so.
Staff picks for the week of July 1st to 7th.
This feature highlights a hand-picked selection of some of the bigger tracks of the week. We have chosen a few of the tracks that landed within our top 25 most played, focusing on those that stood out and left room for discussion. This edition features Meek Mill, Jeremih, Juicy J and more! Take a look at the list in the gallery above, and feel free to let us know your own favorite tracks in the comments.