Frank Ocean's "Biking" rises to the top in its second week out.
In the entire history of of our weekly Top Tracks feature, I don't think we've ever had a week where Kendrick Lamar, Nas, Lil Wayne, and Jay Z -- arguably four of the greatest lyricists of all time -- have all appeared in the Top Ten. As coincidence would have it though, the past two weeks have seen an album from one, a new track from another, and guest verses from the remaining two, which especially considering how little Jay and Nas record these days, is impressive.
Despite all of the legends, it's some leaders of the new school in control of the Most Appearances title this time around. Migos, though they didn't crack the top five, appear twice, which no one else managed to achieve on this stacked week. New tracks barely missing out on spots this week include Kendrick Lamar and Rihanna's "Loyalty" (#11), Lil Twist, Lil Wayne, and Fooly Faime's "Nerve" (#15), Machine Gun Kelly, Ty Dolla $ign, and Quavo's "Trap Paris" (#16), and Logic and Damien Lemar Hudson's "Black Spiderman" (#17).
10. Lil Yachty Feat. Migos - "Peek A Boo"
"Peek A Boo" was one of two new tracks Yachty debuted this past week, the other being "Harley," which finished the week at #29. Unsurprisingly, "Peek A Boo" is the lowest-rated track on the list today, getting a low-but-not-awful 60%, which is higher than most lowest-rated tracks of the week. This one debuts at #10.
9. Post Malone - "Candy Paint"
Most songs on recent Fast & Furious soundtracks have little to nothing to do with the actual movies or their themes, but at least Post Malone's talking about cars on this track from the new soundtrack. "Candy Paint" is an homage to the stylized slabs of Post's own home state of Texas. It makes its debut at #9.
8. Dave East - Mask Off (EastMix)
Metro Boomin's "Mask Off" beat is so undeniable that even REAL RAPPERS -- sworn enemy of Future and those of his "industry" ilk -- are hopping on it left and right. This week, Dave East follows in his '90s-revering brother-in-arms (Joey Badass)' footsteps and offers up an "EastMix" to the fast-climbing single. His freestyle debuts at #8.
7. Migos - Seize The Block
Migos' second appearance of the week comes on the second Fate of the Furious soundtrack cut of the week. "Seize The Block" is a little less thematically tied to the film than Post Malone's "Candy Paint," but it still bangs, which is probably all that the OST's executive producer really cares about. The track debuts at #7.
6. Kendrick Lamar - DNA
It's been pretty hard to select one single highlight off of Kendrick Lamar's DAMN., but "DNA" seems to have fared well with the HNHH audience. Maybe it's the Mike Will Made It beat, one of three on the album, or maybe it's K. Dot's spirited, keyed-in bars. Whatever the case, "DNA" debuts at #6.
5. Playboi Carti Feat. ASAP Rocky - New Choppa
Kendrick's DAMN. wasn't the only new album that dropped on Friday. On the complete opposite end of the spectrum, Playboi Carti dropped his self-titled debut, and boy does it slap. Of course, the song that's going to gain the most traction in the first week is the one that features ASAP Rocky, but I have a feeling that we'll be hearing some of these all summer. "New Choppa" debuts at #5.
4. Nas - Angel Dust
Nas hasn't dropped an album since 2012's Life Is Good, and there's still no sign of a follow-up, but at least he deigns to throw us a bone every now and then with a random loosie. Last October, he gifted a track to the Birth of a Nation soundtrack, and this past week he was back on his soundtrack grind, sharing "Angel Dust" from The Get Down's season two. It makes its debut at #4.
3. Desiigner - Outlet
The consecutive weeks tally on Desiigner's breakout HNHH chart sensation, "Outlet," now stands at ten, which is quite the achievement, especially for such a young artist. The songs he dropped two weeks ago have already dropped off the chart, but "Outlet" remains, stronger than ever. It's up two places from last week, hopping from #5 to #3.
2. Gucci Mane Feat. Drake & Lil Wayne - Both (Remix)
With its Drake feature, "Both" was already the biggest track off of Gucci Mane's Return of East Atlanta Santa project from last fall, but it just got bigger. None other than Drake's mentor, Lil Wayne himself, showed up to add bars to this new version. It debuts at #2.
1. Frank Ocean Feat. Jay Z & Tyler, The Creator - Biking
In its first week out, Frank Ocean's "Biking" overcame the odds by finishing at #3 after just two days of eligibility. This week, it's had a full nine, so its true popularity can show. Unsurprisingly, the star-studded track is up two places to claim the top spot.