Hip-hop is moving as fast as ever. Luckily, we’re doing the work to compile the best singles of the past week and highlight them in one space for you. This week was short on big releases besides Quavo’s Huncho Quavo solo debut, but there was still plenty of good stuff to choose from with tracks from Belly, Run The Jewels, YBN Almighty Jay, and 88Rising’s Rich Brian.
Quavo Feat. Drake, “Flip The Script”
Quavo’s debut solo album came out last night, and while much attention has been paid to him referencing Lil Peep and a possible relationship with Nicki Minaj, there’s another QC-Young Money collaboration to check — “Flip The Script” between the Two Amigos. Quavo decided to evoke another Cash Money artist by starting out the track imitating Juvenile’s iconic “Ha” before Drake jumps on with a verse of his own.
Run The Jewels, “Let’s Go (The Royal We)”
Run The Jewels dropped “Let’s Go,” a surging track from the soundtrack for Marvel’s Venom movie. The two waste no time getting venomous bars over a rabid bassline, offering the perfect soundscape for a thrilling action scene in Marvel’s new action movie.
Blocboy JB, “Go DJ (Lil Wayne Tribute)”
If there’s a rap artist under 30 saying they weren’t inspired by Lil Wayne, who recently dropped The Carter V, they’re lying. Blocboy JB has long made it known he was the truth, as his uptempo SIMI album and 2018 favorite “Look Alive” marked him as a force to be reckoned with in his native Memphis. He decided to pay his own tribute to Wayne, dropping bars over Wayne’s 2004 classic. Go JB!
Rich Brian, “History”
Rich Brian decided to drop off a video for “History” from the 88Rising collective’s Head In The Clouds album. He and James Delfina co-directed the creative video, which shows off Brian’s sense of humor. He cheekily dances in some rain (that only seems to be hitting him) while he rhymes about a relationship he’s looking to lock down.
Soulja Boy Feat. Chief Keef, “Woo”
It seems like forever ago where Big Soulja was in LA doing way too much. We’re just glad he made it out of that period unscathed and got back to the music. He recently dropped a Young Drako project and also collaborated with another young gun in Chief Keef on “Woo,” a sinister track where both artists do their thing over a quaking 808.
Belly has just released his latest project Immigrant, but not before dropping off “Xion,” where he shows off his mastery of lyricism over thumping 808s and an urgent melody. “The flow is sassafras, I had to razzmatazz the wrist, Immigrant, I’m what happens if Aladdin had some bricks” he cleverly rhymes.
Young Scooter Feat. Gunna and Yung Bans, “New Hunnids”
It’s an Atlanta thing on Young Scooter’s latest track, as he gets up with two of Atlanta’s rookies of the year on “New Hunnids.” It’s likely that all three are going to be receiving just that from performances of this song, as the thumping 808 and Gunna’s melodic closing verse are on a hunnid.
YBN Almighty Jay, “How I’m Rockin’”
You should already know how YBN crew is rockin’, but in case you don’t know, Almighty Jay is here to remind you on his latest track. He talks his talk over typically thick bass drums that he careens over with a variety of flows.