Lil Uzi Vert – For Real

Why We Like It: Uzi dropped his sophomore album last week, and while there is an expectedly redundant sound to each song, this one popped for me. “For Real” was produced by DJ Plugg, who has produced songs Migos, Future, and 21 Savage, so it’s no wonder our favorite emo rapper seems to get a boost of energy on this track.

Fan Dance Videos just in case you wanna boogie:


Snakehips – Either Way ft. Anne Marie & Joey Bada$$

Why We Like It: The British electronic music duo has an interesting way of adding their own refreshingly downtempo flavor to a variety of genres; Hip Hop proving to be no exception.

Over the past 2 years, they’ve released chilled-out singles featuring The Weeknd, Anderson Paak, DRAM, Tinashe & Chance The Rapper. In many ways, “Either Way” seems to be a pleasant continuation of that good vibe / low energy / easily consumable trend.

Tyga – Bel Air ft. Quavo

Why We Like It: It’s the perfect blend of auto-tuned 90s R&B, and well… Quavo.

While the “Dilemma” sample within the song is easily recognizable (cue Nelly & Kelly Rowland), you probably didn’t know it’s originally taken from the song “169-Aaaah!” by Roland Dance Module. This SAME song has also been sampled in 90 others songs, including “3500” by Travis Scott, “Used To This” by Future/Drake, and “Want Some More” by Nicki Minaj/Jeremih.

“Bel Air” is produced by Crakwav, who is mostly known for producing other Tyga tracks, but also produced the extremely chill track “Closer” by Goapele (listen HERE).

Khalid – Young Dumb & Broke (REMIX) ft. Rae Sremmurd & Lil Yachty

Why We Like It: The lazy, slow rhythm of this track plays beneath Khalid’s sleepily apathetic vocals like a sort of summer bedtime melody.

The average age of all 4 artists on this track is 19.5 (Khalid, Lil’ Boat, & Swae Lee are all 19, while Slim Jimmy is 21). While the beat & lyrics shyly boast a sort of complexity that might normally pair with songs of heartbreak, the title reflects an authenticity only these (young) artists could bring.

featuring Tupac (today)

What would Tupac’s tracks sound like if he were alive today? We have no idea. But thanks to the internet, and creative computer DJ’s everywhere, we can almost imagine it. In today’s post, we’re adding some of our favorites.

What’s remarkable about Pac is that regardless of the decade, this guy’s sound is still relevant, consumable, and even exploitable.

PS If, by chance, Tupac you are alive and reading this – we miss you!

Vince Staples – Big Fish

Why We Like It: Yer boy is (almost) back. This is the first song off his new album ‘Big Fish Theory’ (releasing June 23rd), which will also include BagBak (our SOTD from April 26th).

This song falls in line with everything we’ve come to expect from Vince; namely a plethora of Northside Long Beach references, a catchy hook, and an addictively simplistic beat. We even sense a bit of Bay Area influence on this one, as parts of the track feel somewhat slappish.

Still down, he’s a Norf Norf soldier.

Artist of the Day: Lady Leshurr

Why We Like Her: She’s an English rapper whose ‘Queen’s Speech’ freestyles may be some of the most badass content on Youtube. If you haven’t seen/heard them, go watch them now… LIKE NOW.

Leshurr began writing poetry at age 6 – a skill she’s clearly mastered since her kindergarten days. Her masterful blending of pop-culture & confrontational wordplay keeps us audibly sprinting to keep up with her sidewalk rants.

This year she released an EP, ‘Mode’, and our favorite track on it, thus far, is ‘Juice’. Give it a listen and then watch every Queen Speech video you can find. You’ll thank us later.

Song of the Day: Cool Kids – TV Dinner

Why We Like It: His name is Mikey and he still rocks.

We’ve been waiting for a legitimate follow-up to the “The Bake Sale” since 2008 which featured CK classics such as “Gold and a Pager“ and “Bassment Party“. While the Cool Kids did release “When Fish Ride Bicycles” in 2011, it didn’t harness the recognizable deep bass beats and chopped/screwed vocals we look forward to on CK cuts.

Last year the Kids released “Connect 4“, and we’ve stayed optimistic ever since. We took the liberty of compiling our favorite Cool Kids songs below, for your quick reference.

You know what I’m about and if we cool then watch your mouth.

Song of the Day: Diplo ft. Justin Beiber, Young Thug & Rich The Kid – BANK ROLL

Why We Like It: Bieber raps. Not only does he rap… he kinda kills it.

The MVP of this track, however, goes to Rich The Kid. This isn’t the first time the ATL trap rapper has teamed up with an EDM DJ/Producer – last year he was featured on Party Favor’s track “Whole Lotta Money”. Not only is RTK in charge of the hook on BANK ROLL; his verse hits with a combination of both force and effortlessness.

Last but not least, Young Thug politely interjects near the end of the track with a chill “Pardon me, I’m just ballin’ over from the sideline”, and after his verse, the song ends just as disruptively as it begins.

Baby just do it for the bankroll.

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