August Alsina presents a form of R&B that's been missing for a while. Between the hazily disconnected sounds of the Weeknd, or the more the soulful approach of Frank Ocean, the harder, more hip hop-influenced sounds of the genre have been left relatively vacant.
August is more than willing to fill that gap, and his gifts both as a songwriter and a vocalist give him a good edge on anyone else coming up right now. "FML" matches him with Pusha T, and presents him with a melodic, but still hard-hitting instrumental to demonstrate his fresh style over.
50 Cent- Hustler
50 Cent may just leak the entire Animal Ambition project before its release date. The latest of many pre-release tracks find 50 in similar territory to what we've heard from the project so far-- which is to say he's utilizing the strengths he's had since day one.
"Hustler" may be one of the strongest cuts we've heard from him in this cycle however, with Fif delivering a particularly catchy hook, and scored by a smooth synth line that's countered with a punchy bassline.
Ab-Soul- Tree of Life
Ab-Soul has always been one of TDE's most consistently impressive emcees, but his debut album doesn't seem to be set in stone just yet. No matter what, we'll definitely get one or more projects from the rapper at some point this year, and "Tree Of Life" is a good indicator of things to come.
Merging his contemplative nature with some confident flows, the rapper keeps fans wanting more on his new record.
Logic- While You Wait
Fans are more demanding of artists than ever, always expecting material to hold them over between projects. While Logic prepares his debut album, he's decided to drop some new bars (something that probably comes pretty easily to him) for his loyal fanbase.
An technically impressive ode to his fans, "While You Wait" is built off of a nostalgic soul sample, while Logic aims to inspire and thank his supporters.
Future- Benz Friendz (Feat. Andre 3000)
Future's Honest just arrived today, but it first surfaced as a stream last week. While the world rejoiced when they learned they would finally hear the follow up to 2012's Pluto, fans were ultimately left with the bittersweet reality that the Andre 3000-featuring "Benz Friendz" was not part of the package.
Luckily, the single showed up a few days later, with even more anticipation than ever-- and the track lived up to the hype, more or less. More of an Andre track than a Future track, "Benz Friendz" is the most up-tempo cut from Honest, it's soul sample recalling that of "International Player's Anthem". If anything, it gives us a better perspective on what a new Outkast project will sound like, but also reminds us of how important Fewtch's Dungeon Family routes are to who he is as an artist.
A selection of the biggest tracks from April 13th to 20th
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 10 most played, focusing on those that stood out, and left room for discussion.
Once again, this particular feature is cataloguing the most POPULAR songs on the site, for some of the more overlooked tracks, check out Underrated Audio.
This edition of Top Tracks features Future, Andre 3000, 50 Cent, August Alsina, 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.