Running down HNHH's top 10 tracks for the week of October 19 - 25.
10. Lil Wayne - Pour Up
This Weezy leak continues to amass more hype, even though we can't find it anywhere on the web -- back into Birdman's vault, I suppose. Now in its fourth week, the lean-inspired zero-fucks-given anthem managed to grab the final spot in the top 10.
Weezy would be wise to have "Pour Up" as his next single, though that's easier said than done.
9. DJ Khaled Feat. Future, Boosie Badazz, Rick Ross & Jeezy - I Ride (Prod. by Reazy Renegade)
Last week, Khaled had 3 in the top 5. Even though he dropped I Changed a Lot this week, we had already heard most of the album's biggest tracks, and he was only able to get 1 track in the top 10, snagging the 9 spot with "I Ride."
Nonetheless, "I Ride" is a new entry, and it's the type of hybrid club/street anthem that Khaled does best. We get impassioned verses from all four Southern all-stars and a nasty beat from Reazy Renegade, our latest subject on Behind the Beat.
8. Rick Ross - Sorry (Prod. by Scott Storch)
"Sorry" has proven to be an undeniable hit for Rozay and a killer collab all around. Brown really lets his heartstrings show on the hook and the buoyant production is Storch's best work in years.
7. Wiz Khalifa - Just Because (Prod. by Harry Fraud)
While touring with A$AP Rocky in Europe, Wiz, while taking full advantage of the coffee shops, decided to let loose two new tracks -- both seemingly unfinished, which is disappointing considering how good he sounds during the one verse he raps on each track.
"Just Because" is a melodic, blissful collab with Harry Fraud, who needs to have a spot on Rolling Papers 2.
6. Kanye West - When I See It (Tell Your Friends Alternate Mix)
Finally some new music from 'Ye. This week, the unpredictable icon created a new soundcloud page with two tracks listed. The first happened to be a demo of The Weeknd's "Tell Your Friends," which 'Ye produced and contributed backing vocals to.
Yeezy's version, dubbed "When I See It," isn't quite as polished, but "Tell Your Friends" is Kanye's sound, and he's been able to keep these cinematic love ballads sounding fresh since MBDTF.
5. Wiz Khalifa - Outsiders (Prod. by Big Jerm & Christo)
"Outsiders" is the other track Wiz generously gave his fans, making its debut at No. 6. The new leaks are more laid-back and introspective than Wiz' recent chart-topping bangers. Again, Wiz only gets through one verse, but there's nothing wrong with letting the beautiful instrumental from Big Jerm and Christo play out for a couple more minutes.
This lineup has banger written all over it. Though his antics are as silly as ever, his ability to tear up the club is "No Joke" at all. Coming with more power than the electric chair, Thugga's new leak with Chopsquad and Metro Boomin had a huge debut, hitting No. 4 in its first week. Let's hope this leads to more CHI x ATL production collabs.
3. Wale - New Phone
While he was the target of another Meek Mill social media fail, Wale released 4 new tracks this week. "New Phone" is definitely his best work since TAAN, and it boasts some serious poetics from the MMG rapper.
Y'all ever wonder why Wale gets so much hate? Well, there's really no good reason, but Wale provides us with his own insight: "N*ggas tell me that I'm Hollywood / But y'all the same n*ggas that used to say that I probably wouldn't..."
2. Kanye West Feat. Caroline Shaw - Say You Will
"Say You Will" was the more significant of Kanye's two surprise drops, though it's just a remix -- but a mighty good one of 808s & Heartbreak's opening track. The remix features significant contributions and haunting backing vocals from New York-based contemporary composer Caroline Shaw. It doesn't necessarily mean SWISH is anywhere close, but it signals that Kanye can still release stunning material at moment's notice.
1. Wiz Khalifa - Most of Us (Prod. by ID Labs)
Though "Most of Us" got off to a slower start than "King of Everything," his other recent booming collab with ID Labs, it's now risen to the top spot in its second week. Everything Wiz touches these days, even those unfinished tracks listed above, goes right up the charts. He's making it look too easy, and he's surely gonna leave a dent in the game whenever he decides to drop Rolling Papers 2.