Juicy J- Beautiful Ones
The term 'Thot' is bound to get the molly, ratchet, turn up treatment, used into oblivion until it becomes groan-inducing, and while it's well on its way-- Juicy J uses it pretty well here (though it will never feel quite as perfect as it from Keef).
Juicy is a strangely pop-friendly rapper, even though he rarely incorporates into his vocals. It probably has something to do with the bounciness of his flow that merits the catchiness. Either way, here he's actually kind of singing, and he's not half bad!
This one is looking like a throwaway, but hopefully we'll see a little more of the sing-songy Juicy on his upcoming album, The Hustle Continues.
Jeezy- Me OK
Jeezy is nothing if not consistent. He's never really strayed from the sound that initially garnered him attention back in the Trap Or Die days. He's managed to tweak that sound gradually over the years, perfecting and modernizing it as he goes along.
"Me OK" hits as hard as anything he put out when he first burst onto the scene, but it also has a seasoned confidence that adds an additional depth to his street bangers. Jeezy isn't going anywhere, and neither is his fanbase judging by the strength of his new material.
2 Chainz' latest EP had some big surprises in terms of production choices, with the rapper choosing some more experimental instrumentals then we're use to hearing from. Strangely the song with the most generic title, "Trap Back" (really Tity we're naming songs after 2012 Gucci Mane mixtapes now?) had the most adventurous beat.
"Crib In My Closet" however, sounds a little more like what I expected from "Trap Back". Not to slight it, but it falls more within the lines of "I Do It", which within the context of BOATS 2, is still peak 2 Chainz. It also gets it's gargantuan beat from some of Atlanta's brightest production stars, 808 Mafia and Metro Boomin, who have outdone themselves in terms of sheer magnitude here.
The dynamics help propel the Chainz punchlines, in a way that brings back the huge beat drops of Flockaveli. You'll feel like you've got a crib in your subwoofer.
Tyga- Chiraq To L.A. (Feat. Game)
Ah, the "Chiraq" beat. Boi-1da and Vinylz truly delivered something special with this, stripping down the drill sound, and beefing up its remaining layers. There's no better stage for a diss track, and just about everyone is jumping into the spotlight at this point.
Just about everyone who's jumped on the beat has sounded pretty decent, Tyga and Game being no expception. Both stick pretty closely to Herb's original flow before injecting some California-isms into their delivery.
The "Chriraq" craze is definitely dying down by now, but the original (still the definitive version) will always be colored by the chaos it inspired.
T.I.- Turn It
With 'New Atlanta' in full effect, there definitely seems to be a divide between the OGs of the scene. Some are embracing the new sounds, while others refuse to touch them with a ten foot pole. Young Dro has definitely shown interest in the looser style of the region's up and comers, and T.I. seems willing to straddle both sides of the city.
"Turn It" is a classic Tip song, harkening way back to the days of Trap Muzik. With the rapper working once again with DJ Toomp, who is just as instrumental (no pun intended) in crafting the T.I. sound as the rapper himself is.
While the rapper is thoroughly in touch with his routes, he's always had an ear for new artists, and recently announced that his next single would feature Atalanta's brightest young star, Young Thug. It will be interesting to see how the Kang handles the various styles of his city on Paperwork, but he'll surely do it with style.
A selection of the biggest tracks from May 5 to 11th.
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.