The Game, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, and Future come up big in this week's edition of Top Tracks.
Summer '16 seemed to come and go without a good, entertaining beef, but in the week before the official Fall equinox, one has emerged. You could definitely deem the new Meek Mill Vs. The Game beef as a spinoff of Meek and Drake's last summer, but when it comes to bars, this beef's picking up the long-dormant one's slack. We've already got a diss apiece from both parities involved, and although Meek's came in too late on Sunday night to be counted in Top Tracks this week, Game's is in here, and you can be sure Meek's will be next week.
The Game, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, and Future all tie for most appearances with two apiece, but if we're using 2014 Forest Hills Drive logic, Game wins because he did it with no features. New tracks barely missing out on a spot this week include Kid Ink's "One Day" (#11), Juicy J, Gucci Mane, and Peewee Longway's "Trap" (#16), Kent Jones, Ty Dolla $ign, K Camp, and Yo Gotti's "Hello" (#19), and Lil Durk and YFN Lucci's "Rich Forever" (#21).
10. The Game - True Colors/It's On
Before this current beef with Meek Mill really got going, The Game was more focused on the rollout for his upcoming album 1992, dropping a two-part track from the project on Thursday. The album is off to a promising start with "True Colors/It's On," which lives up to Game's promise that he'd be focusing on his rough life circa age twelve. The track makes its debut at #10.
9. Travis Scott Feat. PartyNextDoor & Quentin Miller - Hot Sauce
By now, the hype from Travis Scott's Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight has mostly cleared out of our Top Tracks list, which it seemed to dominate for a bout a month straight, but this outtake from the sessions is still getting clicks. Hopefully, we'll eventually see a more finely-tuned collab between La Flame and these two Drake affiliates. In its second week out, "Hot Sauce" falls eight places from #1 to #9.
8. Mac Miller Feat. Anderson .Paak - Dang!
The lead single off Mac Miller's just-released The Divine Feminine has dropped in and out of the Top Ten several times, and now, on its eighth week out, it's back. It may not be the best track off the album (personally, I'm split between "Cinderella" and "God Is Fair, Sexy Nasty"), but it's certainly been a hit with the HNHH audience. "Dang!" goes up four places from #12 to #8 this week.
7. Rick Ross - No U-Turns (Prod. By Murda Beatz)
With this track, his first new solo joint in a good while, Rozay becomes the latest rapper to hitch his trailer to the Murda Beatz train, which after getting rolling with Migos production credits, is now rolling through the industry, full speed ahead. While Young Murda kills the bell-laden beat, Ross flounders a bit, which y'all picked up on and awarded "No U-Turns" just a 61% user rating. The track makes its debut at #7.
6. DJ Khaled Feat. Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, Future, August Alsina, Jeremih & Rick Ross - Do You Mind
The one track that's stuck around longer than Mac Miller and Anderson .Paak's "Dang!" (and longer than anything else this year) is DJ Khaled & Co.'s "Do You Mind," which has been in the Top Ten for eight straight weeks, never dropping out once. It just goes to show that sometimes, star power is all you need for a hit. Somehow, the track is up four spots from #10 to #6 this week.
5. YFN Lucci Feat. 2 Chainz & Lil Wayne - Key To The Streets (Remix)
YFN Lucci's "Key To The Streets," off February's Wish Me Well 2, is one of the definite slow-burning hits of the year. Back in July, six of Atlanta's top DJs ranked it the second-hottest song in the city; two months later, it's gotten an all-star remix from the ColleGrove team. The 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne-assisted remix makes its debut at #5.
4. Lil Uzi Vert - Michael Jordan
Lil Uzi Vert's ascended to a place where each ensuing solo track is usually a sure bet to land in our Top Ten, but he's still got haters, and so his user rating usually ranks near the bottom of the week's crop. Both held true for "Michael Jordan," which emulated its namesake in its sheer tally of views, but mimicked his baseball, rather than basketball, career by only getting 44% approval. This new loosie debuts at #4.
3. The Game - 92 Bars (Meek Mill Diss)
Like Lil Uzi Vert tracks in the past six months, most diss tracks are a sure shot to land in the Top Ten, especially if Meek Mill's on the receiving end. The Game dropped off "92 Bars" at Meek's expense on Friday afternoon, and after just around 36 hours of life, the track notched enough views to be the top-ranking debut of the week. "92 Bars" debuts at #3.
2. Future - How It Feel (Prod. By Mike Will Made It)
Future's many fans still aren't tired of hearing depressing and/or spiteful tracks aimed at Ciara, as the success of "How It Feel" proves. It may hint at a future (no pun intended) filled with more such tracks, but hopefully it also means that Fewtch and Mike Will's Ape Shit tape is on the way too. In its second week out, "How It Feel" rises seven spots from #9 to #2.
1. Lil Wayne Feat. Gudda Gudda - Grateful
The saga of Lil Wayne vs. Birdman had an eventful week, with Weezy claiming he'll never work with Baby again, refusing to fork over the Carter V masters to Cash Money, altering some "No Problem" lyrics to take aim at the label, and demanding some info on $70 million of the Young Money advance that he and Birdman received years ago. On the music side of things, he not only assisted on YFN Lucci's new remix, but also saw last week's "Grateful" continue to rise. In its second week out, the track rises three spots from #4 to #1.