For an artist who played a large role in establishing the trap sound, T.I. has moved away from the genre more and more since his debut. It's interesting to hear him beside Waka in place of Gucci, and he sounds great. Going for some flows that are a little more ambitious than either of the Ferrari Boyz would attempt, Tip breathes some fresh air into the track.
Top Tracks Of The Week: May 5-12
The-Dream- High Art (Feat. Jay-Z)
Looks like Dream wasn't lying when he said Jay owed him a favor or two after his infamous "swap meet" joke at the Grammys. Unlike the speech jab, Jay can't manage to outshine the Radio Killa on this track, who continues to be so comfortable in his element that he's become somewhat of an auteur of his craft.
I've never 100% understood what rappers meant when they said "It's A Movie," when describing a song, but I always assumed it's a track that has a cinematic quality, possessing the grandiosity one would associate with that of a blockbuster film. Whether or not that's exactly what they were getting at, I'm pretty sure everone on this remix would agree that this one is most definitely "a movie". Wiz Khalifa definitely shows evidence of trying to steer clear of "trendy flows" he's been complaining about with an almost comically stuttered delivery, and the rest run those trendy flows into the ground. So "Bugatti" is sort of like a Michael Bay movie-- in the end, it doesn't leave you with much, but who doesn't like explosions?
Logic and Dizzy Wright make for a pretty unstoppable lyrical pairing. Hearing them on the same cut reveals a similarity in their cadence not clearly evident until now. Their dense delivery makes the song good for multiple plays, not to mention the hazy production compliments their rhymes perfectly.
It take Gucci long to jump right back into the trap following his release from prison a couple weeks ago. In the wake of publicly dropping Waka from the team, GuWop has also wasted no time in recruiting a fitting replacement. It's hard to imagine Keef existing without Gucci (and even moreso Waka), and he fits pretty naturally into the Trap God's dark backdrops.
Jeremih stays winning. The R&B singer released an incredibly solid collection of late night summer jams last year, and his recent output suggests another consistent release is on the horizon. This one has a distinctly Houston vibe, reminiscent of Drake's So Far Gone era, though only in feel, as Jeremih remains one of the few up and coming R&B singer's not directly channeling Drizzy's approach. Paul Wall bring his consistent Houston drawl out to play, and Big Sean synncs his bouncy double time flows up with the arpeggiated synth line.
Staff picks for the week of May 5th to May 12th
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 25 most played, focusing on those that stood out, and left room for discussion. This edition features The-Dream, Jeremih, Ace Hood, Logic 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.