This week, Chief Keef's released his rumored Kanye West collaboration, "Nobody." The auto-tuned space out of a track was meant to build excitement for his album of the same name (out today), but what it mostly did was make you wish you were listening to Chance The Rapper instead via that all-too-familiar Willie Hutch sample.
Top Tracks Of The Week: Dec 9. - Dec. 16
CHANCE THE RAPPER & LUCKI ECK$ - Stevie Wonder
It's a good thing Chance has spent the last several weeks cranking out great tracks, what with Keef building our appetite and all. To complete the connection, Keef associate Young Chop helped produce the beat (along with Plu2o Nash) for Chance and fellow Chicagoan Lucki Eck$.
OB O'BRIEN ft. DRAKE & P REIGN- Schemin' Up
On the opposite end of the squandering spectrum is Rae Srummerd. Sway Lee & Slim Jimmy seem determined to capitalize on the success of "No Flex Zone" and "No Type", releasing club-catnip to keep their name on people's mind until the release of their debut EP, SremmLife, on January 6.
Their latest includes an earworming hook courtesy of Nicki Minaj and some weirdo cred from Young Thug.
PUNCH ft. KENDRICK LAMAR - 25
The song deals with issues of poverty, crime and violence in an homage (both thematically and in practice) to Tupac, who died at the age of 25.
As much as people seemed to hate "i", it seems like Kendrick imbibed some of the vibes of Isleys and their '70s inner-city soul associates. He provides a hook that wouldn't be out of place on a modern redux of "Hercules" or "What's Goin' On."
Plenty of people have attempted to bring New York back over the last few years, but Fabolous might be one of the few rappers who could actually do it. The throwback message starts out strong with a sample of the New Year's Eve ball drop from 1989, but gets a little muddled when the beat kicks in.
Fabolous is going to take us back to the '90s over a beat that sounds like it ended up on the cutting room floor for Take Care? Okay, Loso. Do you.
If you like your tracks with a side of drama, "Chillen While We Sippin" should be right up your alley.
The track was produced in 2010 when Kid Cudi and King Chip were rapping together under the name "The Almighty GloryUS." It was never released until earlier this week when producer Chuck Inglish posted the song online. That's when things turned ugly.
Cudi repeatedly called Inglish a "hoe ass nigga" over Twitter and suggested that the producer "lawyer up" after leaking "unfinished material that didn't belong to [him]."
Inglish informed Cudi that he was not the one.
"Ain't never been no hoe in me my nigga. You better call Rich. Cuz this ain't what you want," Inglish tweeted.
It's a shame that Cudi is barking so much, because the track is actually half decent (which is more than we can say for Satellite Flight).
Listen to it before it gets pulled below:
Even with Rozay on this brutal track, it'll never see the radio.
Why? Because the universe has it out for Nipsey Hussle. Still, you can enjoy the latest track from Nipsey's upcoming Mailbox Money project here at HNHH. Nipsey slaughters this song and Rozay does a better job of keeping up than anything off of Hood Billionaire.
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A selection of the biggest tracks from December 9th to 16th
This is our weekly rundown of what's new and notable at the top of our charts.
Please keep in mind that Top Tracks highlights a hand-picked assortment of the most popular songs on our charts. These are songs that generated a lot of interest and still deserve a second look or a deeper consideration. For tracks that deserve more love than they got, go check out Underrated Audio.
Take a look at the list and feel free to suggest your own top tracks in the comments section.