The varying drum patterns on the "Two Kings" instrumental give Logic and King Chip plenty of rhythms to mimic and interact with. The result is a constantly moving array of flows and rhyme schemes that rarely repeat themselves.
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Justin Timberlake- TKO
JT and Timbo have their dynamic down at this point, knocking out another mid-tempo number in a similar style to "My Love". It typically changes form about 2/3 through it's runtime, but functions more as a conventional outro than a full beat switch.
MMG's formula is running a bit thin at this point. However, they can still turn in a banger when they want to. The percussive bounce of "My Man" sets it apart slightly from the conventional Rozay-fronted street track, Meek can still rap his ass off, and Rockie Fresh is still a rapper to watch. The presentation is getting a bit tired at this point, however.
Drake- Pound Cake
Drake adopted the "classic" formula that Jay Z went for with The Blueprint on NWTS. Jay included the extremely hungry Eminem for his one rap feature, which has now gone down as an infamous outshining-- so much that the song's title became a term for getting bested on your own track. Things are different on "Pound Cake," with Drizzy going for a safe, torch-passing moment, where he doesn't run the risk of being out-performed. Putting someone like Kendrick on the song could've turned the heat up a bit, but the track really isn't about fury, and Jay's portion acts as a well placed alley-oop for Drizzy's final 16.
What Pusha T and Kendrick Lamar have on many other "lyrical" rappers is plenty of personality and animation in their deliveries. With hip hop going in extremely maximal directions production-wise, it takes a lot of charisma to impress on a minimal beat like "Nosestalgia". Paired with their obvious technical talents, Push and K.Dot (the latter in particular) bring enough dynamic to their verses that they'd work as acapellas-- and sound monstrous over the simple, yet menacing beat loop.
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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 Drake, Rick Ross, Pusha T 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.