As the title suggests, Seen It All seems like it will be Jeezy's most mature effort, a look back at what he's done than the aspirational street anthems he built his career on. The Atlanta rapper has always been a deceptively versatile rapper however, and the more luxurious, live instrumental production works well for him. His guest selection is also on point, bringing Rick Ross-- a rapper who cut his teeth on J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League beats --in for the assist.
Wiz Khalifa- So High (Feat. Ghost Loft)
Wiz Khalifa's pop side can be great when done right. Moments on Rolling Papers, which matched him with top 40 hitmakers, Stargate (who recently signed Sicko Mobb) created a perfect merger between Khalifa's weeded-out hooks and pop-minded production. "So High" is a similar approach, with the rapper taking on Alt-R&Ber Ghost Loft's "So High", and flipping it's cloudiness into something more radio friendly.
J. Cole- Be Free
J. Cole dedicates a song to Mike Brown, the unarmed teenager who was killed in Ferguson last week. The song sounds like something that came out in the moment, with Cole documenting the pain he felt from following the situation on record in real time. He chooses a strained sung delivery for the piano-laden track, which incorporates clips of news reports from the scene, a setting he visited later in the week. Much like the people of Ferguson, it seems Cole won't be give up on justice anytime soon.
DJ Mustard- Face Down
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Lil Boosie's release from jail earlier this year was certainly a triumphant moment for the Baton Rouge rapper, but it took him a few tries to really reclaim his status as an icon on the mic. Many of his most memorable moments this year came in the form of features, with his verse on 2 Chainz' "Wuda Cuda Shuda" standing out as a moment where his rapping was as thrilling as his production, pairing his seasoned southern flows, with Mike WiLL's futurism. On "Face Down" he sounds similarly reinvigorated, as does Lil Wayne, who experienced a similar dose of ferocity this year. Mustard's beat, which combines west coast post-hyphy, with the snap and southern bounce is a perfect backdrop for both rappers.
Drake does a good job of picking up buzzing singles just before they break, making it appear like he's pulling artists out of obscurity and jump-starting careers. ILOVEMAKONNEN's "Tuesday" (like "Versace" and "2 On" before it) already had legs, with the aspiring singer receiving co-signs from Atlanta's hottest producers, including Metro Boomin, Dun Deal, and Mike WiLL (not to mention Miley Cyrus). Still, Drizzy certainly lit a fire under the track, and softened the edges of Makonnen's unconventional melodies for an ultimately more accessible sound. Drake's angelic falsetto contrasts Makonnen's Robert Smith-meets-Young Thug wailing quite nicely, and might be one the OVO rapper's most ambitious vocal performance in terms of range.
A selection of the biggest tracks from August 11 to 17th.
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.
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