If you were to guess which three rappers would show up on the "Turn Down 4 What" remix, Juicy J, 2 Chainz, and French Montana would probably be within your first five picks. The rappers fit as well as you'd expect, bringing Jon's EDM anthem a little further into the realm of rap.
All 3 rappers understand the importance of catchiness, which is what gives their contributions the biggest payoff.
Young Thug- Eww
Young Thug has experimented with a variety of sounds, but his breakthrough records have always been club-oriented. Still, when Thugger is looking to make something in that vein, it usually comes out a little weirder than your average party song.
"Eww", from it's title alone is something only Thug could create, weaving his watery auto-tuned flows over a very minimal beat-- something of a rarity in the high hat-filled drum patterns we've become accustomed to. Like any of his other hits, the song is a grower, and as many nay-sayers as he may have, chances are they'll be yelling out "Eww Eww Eww" in the club by next month.
Meek Mill's choice of instrumental really paid off on this one. Where we're used to hearing Meek over menacing trap backdrops, the beat for "Off The Corner" is built off of a flurrying flute sample, which adds a little more color to the song, and allows Meek to really work his flow around the instrumental refrain.
Of course, the drums are still as hard as ever, and the whole package makes for one of the most memorable tracks we've heard from the rapper in a while.
Logic and Big Sean are a surprisingly effective team. While the former comes through with furious double time off the bat, Sean takes a more understated approach, beginning with a simple melody, before gradually building his flows over the course of his verse.
Logic then of course returns to close things off with yet another flurry of multi-syllabic rhymes, book-ending the track with some of his most unrelentingly technical raps.
Mac Miller- Happy
Mac Miller dropped three new songs on us at the top of the week, but "Happy" seemed to be the clear favorite. The mid-tempo soul-sampling track takes Mac somewhat out of his weirdo stoner raps and into a more conventionally celebratory space.
The classic "let the beat build" effect helps with the triumphant tone of the track, and allows Mac to escalate from a blissfully lazy first few bars into some serious double time by the song's end. With four projects on the way this year, we'll probably be seeing plenty of sides to Mac's music, and hopefully more of this.
A selection of the biggest tracks from April 21-27.
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.