Summer is heating up here in Los Angeles which means the streets and the internet alike are both primed for some new anthems and bangers to add to the ever changing soundtrack that is hip-hop music. For this month's chart we have a solid mix of vibes, as many artists looks to get their new projects out into the world for the summer rush. If you have been keeping up with our hip-hop chart over the last couple of years then you will recognize most of the acts below but as always there are a few surprises that might catch your ear. So without further adieu, lets get into the music.
1. Benny The Butcher - 18 Wheeler (feat. Pusha T)
Benny's album The Plugs I Met dropped in last month and god damn! I don't know what it is about the romanticization of drug dealing that just get's me going but this track with Push is a match made in heaven as both rappers styles compliment each other to a tee. They should do a whole album together. GOOD Music where you at?!?!
2. Free Nationals, Mac Miller & Kali Uchis - Time
It still breaks my heart every time I post a track with Mac on it. It's crazy how much I hear his music now and we are blessed to get an official release of "Time" from the Free Nationals.
3. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Giannis (feat. Anderson .Paak)
Honestly, I think Bandana has a legit chance at album of the year. While I it might be just a hair below their previous project Pinata as far as my over all review score, I still believe that the styles of Madlib and Freddie fuse together on some Trunks and Gohan from DBZ kind of shit. It's just too powerful and I can't get enough of it!
Also if you'll be in LA tonight, you can catch the guys live @ The Novo & tickets are still available here.
4. The Game - Westside
Say what you will about how The Game acts outside of the studio, you cannot deny that he is still one of the most talented and most listenable artists rapping from the west coast today. "Westside" is right in the Compton rapper's comfort zone, which means another solid track to ride to.
5. A$AP FERG – Wigs Ft. City Girls & Antha
While this song kinda feels like a filler track for FERG, it's still good enough to make the chart this month. I have a feeling this one might be popular in the strip clubs for a while.
6. Roc Marciano - Not One
Roc's new EP The Prequel will only be made available on vinyl but we are lucky enough that he shared the single "Not One" with us on the stream below. His production is on another level and I love seeing him making beats for Adult Swim as well. Oh and just a heads up but this one wasn't on Spotify so it will be left off the playlist :/.
7. Bas - Fried Rice (feat. JID)
These two absolutely need to do an album together. Both Bas and JID had epic solo projects drop in the last year and hearing them on "Fried Rice," which is basically a throwaway track (crazy because it's so good) can only make me wonder what their DOPE tracks are sounding like. Hopefully we get to hear more collabs from two Dreamville artists' soon.
8. Kembe X - Raised A Fool Ft. Jay Rock, Ab-Soul & Zacari
I mean come on now.. Just roster of straight killers on this track and the beat is PERFECT. Soulful vibes laced with real West Coast raps is a unbeatable combo. Let's hope the rest of Kembe's new project is as good as this song because god damn!
9. DJ Premier - Headlines feat. Westside Gunn, Conway & Benny The Butcher
Pemo does it again but would you really expect anything else? The legendary producer recruits a cast of rap goons that perfectly compliments that classic boom bap style that Premo basically invented. This one is a gem right here.
10. Pharrell Williams - Letter To My Godfather
Yea this is not what I was expecting either but give it few seconds to get going and I think you will be pleasantly surprised. Also it's always a good thing to hear Pharrell over the Neptune's production. It's just meant to be.
11. TiRon & Ayomari - Don't You Overthink It feat. Nonchalant Savant
I've been posting bout these guys for years across multiple sites and one thing never changes, the quality of their art always stays the highest level. "Don't You Overthink It" is a total vibe that should carry you right into the weekend.
12. Roddy Rich - Out Tha Mud
Roddy has been putting out some real heat this yea and "Out Tha Mud" falls right in line with his current streak. If you're into that young street sound then you'll love this plus the beat is straight flame!
13. 88-Keys - That's Life (feat. Mac Miller and Sia)
I would have loved to have heard this one live. 88-Keys reminds me of his work with Kanye with this beat and putting Sia on the hook is perfect compliment to the whole song. Rest in power Mac!!
14. Dreamville - Down Bad ft. JID, Bas, J. Cole, EARTHGANG & Young Nudy
Revenge of the Dreamers III is masterpiece. J. Cole has put together young dream team of rappers and producers and everybody shines from start to finish.
15. Zaytown Sorority - Bandz
Zaytoven might be the hardest working producer in hip-hop. He continues to push the envelope with variety of different projects that constantly takes his sounds into different styles. If you're not familiar with the "Zaytown Sorority" series, then expect some true booty clapping vibes that only a true Atlanta native can provide!