Richest Tracks of the Week – June 18th

A step-up from last week’s downward spiral of bland trap music.

“Time”- Free Nationals, Mac Miller, Kali Uchis

– Free Nationals always kill it from an instrumental perspective and Kali Uchis continues to sing her way to the upper echelon of quality-consistent artists after her amazing 2018 project, Isolation, and collaborations with Daniel Caesar and Tyler, the Creator. While Mac Miller’s appearance is unnecessary, it shows the direction that he was continuing to go in before his tragic passing.

“Money In The Grave”- Drake, Rick Ross

– Is it a basic instrumental? Yes, but it slaps. Drake’s flow is lively, which is a pleasant change of pace from his previous, lackluster projects such as Scorpion and Views. Rick Ross delivers a good feature. Overall, it is a song you will add to your workout or pre-game playlist.

“Bad Idea”- YBN Cordae feat. Chance the Rapper

– Not only is he dropping banger after banger, but YBN Cordae also proves that he can adapt his flow to a more chill and melodic instrumental. His singing is quite solid for this track and Chance the Rapper delivers another preachy verse, but we love Chance and it’s rare for him to do wrong these days.

“The Dead Don’t Die”- Sturgill Simpson

– True country. My main problem with country music today is that someone is always trying to blend the genre with pop, and hip-hop in an attempt to appeal to the mainstream. Simpson returns with a ray of sunshine to show that pure country is the best medicine for a sickly genre.

“HER Love”- Common feat. Daniel Caesar

– Yes. It sounds like the Microsoft AI commercials but it is a lot less cringy. An ode to the love and beauty of women with a slick hook from Daniel Caesar. What more could you ask for?

“Hey Brother (Do Unto Others)”- The Family Daptone

– My favorite track of the week. Amazing vocals from the late greats, Sharon Jones and Charles Bradley and an instrumental and aesthetic that make this track feel like it came out in the 1960s. If you are a fan of soul music, this may be your favorite track of the year.

“Down Bad”- Dreamville

– Another Dreamville project on the way and they kick off the promotion with a banging single featuring the likes of JID, Bas, J. Cole, EARTHGANG, and Young Nudy. I am very excited about this project and I’m most anticipating what JID will contribute to the label for the collab album.

“Giannis”- Freddie Gibbs & Madlib feat. Anderson .Paak

– We clearly are in the midst of a culmination for what could be the rap album of the year, and that is saying a lot as we have had a plethora of great rap projects this year. With that being said, every track that Freddie Gibbs & Madlib have dropped leading into their upcoming project has been astounding, not just good, astounding and “Giannis” is no different.

“religion (u can lay your hands on me)”- Shura

– I cannot give enough praise to Shura for this indie pop goodness. The best way I could put this track is that it sounds like a mix between Gwen Stefani, the No Doubt version, and one of the ’80s soul queens such as Patrice Rushen or Evelyn “Champagne” King. I love, love, love this song.


– Whatever is in the Zambian water is something of wonders because the Zambian hip-hop scene is catching fire. Sampa the Great’s “Final Form” was my favorite track last week and now, BACKXWASH steps into the scene with a devilish banger in “DONT COME TO THE WOODS”.


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