Meek Mill- Ooh Kill Em (Kendrick Response)
Meek takes a classic instrumental and transforms it into something modern but familiar in his Kendrick response. As he's pointed out in interviews, the track is less a direct response to K.Dot as it is a call for the rest of the rap game to step their game up in general. It's probably the kind of thing Kendrick was looking for when he decided to light a fire under the rap game with "Control".
Cassidy seems to have a lot of time to sit at home and write battle raps. It's no surprise he turned out this near-8-minute attack in under 24 hours. The result is far from exciting, but certainly impressive. As a battle rapper, Cass will always be a master of internal rhymes and punchlines, though it would be nice if he could switch up his flow at least once throughout the 8-minute verse.
A lot of the talk around this track has been about the handoff between Drake and Weezy-- and for good reason. As powerful as the concept of the 16 is in the rap world, it creates an extremely confined structure of how a rap verse/song is to be laid out. The fact that the change up is so thrilling is an indicator that rappers should break the rules more often.
Kid Ink teams up with Chris Brown for a track destined for radio play. A crossover hit might be just what Ink needs to take him to the next level, and a solid electro-infused Mustard beat and a catchy R&B hook may be just enough to get him there.
Rick Ross- No Games (Feat. Future)
Looking at this song on paper, you may have expected another luxurious single from Ross, with a melodic hook from Future. The actual product couldn't be farther from this, with Rozay going for a full out banger for the introduction to Mastermind, which has Future in Tony Montana-mode on the chorus.
Staff picks for the week of Spetember 2nd to 8th.
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 Meek Mill, Rick Ross, 2 Chainz 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.