New Music Friday – Hip-Hop/Rap

DJ Khaled featuring. Beyonce, Jay-Z and Future – ‘Top Off’

DJ Khaled graced our Friday with another one of his star-studded collaborations. For “Top Off” he’s brought back Queen B and Hov for another track, while this time adding Future on the chorus. On its first day of release, the song has skyrocketed to the top of the iTunes charts. I could definitely see this one sitting pretty at #1 there for a little bit, which should really help it’s Billboard debut next week.

This one definitely hits. Future handles the chorus as he normally does, and it compliments the royal family of music well. Both Future and Jay-Z deliver on this track. It’s slightly predictable, but still works. The standout was of course none other than Beyonce. Queen B nabbed the last verse on this track, and MURDERED IT. Instead of adding some pop vocals on a chorus which she’s done with her last few collaborations, she goes all out on this one and commands the entire track. She delivers that confidence that none other than Beyonce can do.

Prior to her verse, the song was definitely still good, but was again predictable. Almost comes off as if it was an intentional lead in to the showstopping closing.

Rating: 4/5

Rae Sremmurd feat. Juicy J – ‘Powerglide’

Swae Lee just took the whole damn song with that hook. Rae Sremmurd recruits Juicy J for their new release, ‘Powerglide’, and the result is a fire track that is sure to set clubs ablaze. The production on this is one of my favorites I’ve heard on a Sremmurd track in awhile.

Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi could’ve handled this one entirely on their own, in my opinion. Juicy J adds a very predictable verse at the end that was seemingly uninspired. It works with the song, but the lyrics are your typical Juicy J. Overall, a fan of this one though.

Rating: 3.5/5

Throwback of the Week: Childish Gambino – Freaks and Geeks

First off if you’ve never heard this song, know that I’m slightly judging you. ‘Freaks and Geeks’ was a lyrical masterpiece with clever metaphors spread throughout. This song exploded Gambino into the rap game, and definitely made people stop and listen.

Worth a few minutes of your time for sure.

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