We’re almost mid-August, which basically means summer is almost over. As the summer months wind down, we’re beginning to anticipate a few upcoming album releases; more than just a few actually. The Weeknd, Young Thug, Ty Dolla $ign, Travi$ Scott and Mac Miller are just some of the rappers prepping anticipated albums for early Fall/end of Summer release. While we look forward to those, we’re experiencing a bit of lull with the excitement from the Meek Mill/Drake beef settling down, as well as the excitement from Dr. Dre’s Compton release. Nonetheless there’s always enough going on in the rap world for a Staff Picks playlist– whether it’s lesser-known cats like SAFE or big trappers like 2 Chainz, our staff picked out their personal favorite songs from the past week. 

Take a look below, and keep the playlist on deck for the weekend.

Trevor Smith: Shanell Feat. T-Pain “I Can Be Your Stripper (Remix)”

Rose Lilah: Lais “Tell Me”

Mike DeLeon: SAFE Feat. Donnie “Roll With”

Danny Schwartz: 2 Chainz Feat. The-Dream “Goat”

DJ S.WHiT: MNHATTN Feat. Jimi Tents “Ninja Honda”; Vado Feat. Chinx “What’s Beef”

Patrick Lyons: Chance The Rapper Feat. NoName Gypsy “Israel (Sparring)”; Key! “Hell Yeah”