Hip-hop is moving as quickly as ever. Luckily, we’re doing the work to compile the best music of the past week and highlight it in one space for you. This week, there were releases from Post Malone, G. Count and Pusha T, as well as DJ Mustard and 03 Greedo. Open Mike Eagle released a video for his “Every Single Thing,” single, G-Eazy dropped black-and-white visuals for his “West Coast” remix, and Uzi dropped one for “Free Uzi,” a track celebrating his newfound union with Roc Nation management. Logic also released a soundtrack to his debut novel:
G-Eazy Feat. Blueface, Allblack, YG, “West Coast” Remix
G-Eazy is no stranger to the star-studded remix. The Bay native decided to raise the stakes even higher on the remix to his “West Coast” remix by debuting YG and ALLBLACK’s verses in a video that pays homage to the Golden State. California is known as one of the sunniest locales in the world, but curiously, he keeps the affair black-and-white, creating a gritty visage.
Lil Uzi Vert, “#FreeUzi”
First of all, this title is backwards. Uzi’s free. Roc Nation is about to help the Philly artist resolve whatever creative rift he has with Generation Now and Atlantic and release his Eternal Atake album right in time for the warm weather. He decided to celebrate the circumstance with by leaking a new single where he’s showing off a mastery of flow and technical lyricism that should always be the main story with him instead of label woes.
Logic, Supermarket Soundtrack.
Logic one-upped many of his lyrical peers by dropping a novel entitled Supermarket, then released 13-track soundtrack full of heartfelt ballads. Logic is usually deadset on being known as a top-tier lyricist, but he’s not on that wave here. The bulk of this soundtrack wades in rock waters, ripe to be blared through big speakers at festivals throughout the summer.
03 Greedo & DJ Mustard Feat. Shoreline Mafia, “Trap House”
DJ Mustard and 03 Greedo release another track from their upcoming Still Summer In The Projects album. “Trap House” is a smooth track ripe for Greedo and Shoreline Mafia to spit that gangster sh*t.
Russ, “Ain’t Goin Back”
Say what you want about Russ, but he believes in himself and works as hard as anyone. That’s why he can triumphantly declare that he “Ain’t Goin Back” on his latest single. He met the mafioso-sounding track with a video that shows his friends toasting to success and having a ball in a mansion.
YBN Nahmir, “Baby 8”
YBN Nahmir’s “Baby 8” shows the young rapper snapping over an electrifying trap production. The sinister synths are the perfect canvas for Nahmir to talk tough, rhyming, “always make noise when we come to your state / keep on playin’ games we gon’ come to your place and bounce out with Ks.”
Jay Critch, “Bully”
Jay Critch released his latest offering on “Bully,” dropping braggadocious bars over keys that sound repurposed from a lullaby. But no one’s sleeping on Critch, and tracks like “Bully” show why.
Wifisfuneral, “No Trust”
Wifisfuneral dropped off the short-but-sweet “No Trust” on Tuesday. Actually, the track isn’t sweet at all, starting off with his coarse admission that “your b*tch is an acrobat” and going from there. The experimental-sounding track was co-produced by Wifisfuneral and NVBEEL.
Dej Loaf, “In A Minute”
Dej Loaf’s “In A Minute” track is a strong explanation for those wondering what’s up with the somewhat reclusive Detroit artist. The introspective track has her noting that there are times where she “ain’t picked up her pen in a minute,” and resolving that she’s ready to get back rapping on her “basement flow.” Perhaps that’s a good sign that her debut Liberated album will be freed this year.
TOBi’s latest offering is a reminder for those stressing out to appreciate their journey and, as he noted via press release, “keep going regardless of the length and pain of the journey.” The track is co-produced by !llmind and Take A Day Trip, who give him an evocative canvas to drop his affirmations of resilience.
Supa BWE Feat. Rexx Life Raj, “Time For Me”
Chicago’s Supa BWE gets intimate on “Time For Me” featuring Rexx Life Raj. He coaxes the apple of his eye to make space for them to “turn this bedroom into Magic City” over a slow, guitar-driven production.
There’s few better birthday gifts to yourself than releasing something you’ve been working on for three years. That’s what Cambridge, Mass rhymer Connis did with his self-titled debut album, a 13-track collection of tracks that highlight the knack for poetic introspection over warm, immersive production.