Where in the hell did summer go? Between all of the shows and festivals I've been at this year, it seems that hip-hop's hottest time of the year has literally flown by. And while we did have some pretty big singles hit the chart over the last few months, it seems like the theme of 2019 has really been variety as we have seen artists from all walks of hip-hop really shine as fans embrace a little bit of everything vs just your tired mainstream bangers. But whether you are into underground, drill music or mumble rap, we have once again put a list if our picks together for your listening pleasure. So check out our top tracks for August below and let us know if we missed anything in the comments.
1. Rick Ross - Turn Pike Ike
Rick Ross finally dropped Port of Miami 2 and while the entire project is filled with mainstream bangers, "Turn Pike Ike" lays down the mood for the whole tape which plays right along into the storied drug-dealing past of Rozay himself. The bawse is back in a big way and I really like how this track sounds when I'm riding around town.
2. Cousin Stizz - Toast 2 That (feat. Freddie Gibbs)
If you are looking for a good way to get on this monthly chart, getting Freddie Gibbs on your song is a really great way to make that happen. Both Mcs do their thing on this one and Cousin Stizz just got on my radar in a serious way.
3. Thurz - ADDICTED prod. by RO BLVD
Thurz continues to deliver as yet again his monthly single has made our chart. On "Addicted" the LA native reunites with producer RO BLVD and the result is a catchy and bouncy tune that feels as LA as ever. Keep up the good work brother Thurz.
4. Currensy - Eyes Closed
Currensy is probably one of the most consistent rappers in the game today. All of his tracks are worthy for our monthly chart but "Eyes Closed" really stood out as one of the best of the month and I couldn't deny Spitta's spot for August. His flow blends in with the chill beat perfectly and as all of his songs end up, "Eyes Closed" just feels good by the time it ends.
5. T-Pain - Girlfriend feat. G Eazy
The GOAT T-pain is back with a fresh cut featuring The Bay's very own G-Eazy. I don't think T-Pain knows how to make anything but hits so I expected greatness here and our boy delivered. I also wouldn't be surprised if Mustard made this beat. Favorite line: "Trying to balance to booties in my hand at the same time." Me Too T-Pain.. Me too.
6. Dom Kennedy - PHARAOHS featuring Jay 305, The Game & MoeRoy.
A strong West Coast vibe can be felt on Dom Kennedy's latest single "PHARAOHS" which features Jay 305, The Game and Moe Roy. This is LA-Easy Listening at its finest. Light one up when this one comes on and turn it up.
7. SiR - Hair Down ft. Kendrick Lamar
When you have Kendrick on your album's lead single then your project better be fire! Of course, we have nothing to worry about here as SiR is cool as hell and this song is a god damn jam! Smooth as ever, SiR deliveries his signature style as he floats over the beat with his lyrics. The Kendrick feature is also strong making this track an easy pick for the chart this month.
8. Jeezy - MLK BLVD (feat. Meek Mill)
This one is for the streets for sure. Jeezy and Meek Mill both go off on this very trappy beat with both rappers spitting about money, drugs and their business with the street life. I can also appreciate Jeezy hating on Trump because well fuck Donald Trump!
9. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - The Next Day feat. Oh No
I wish this was from a new album from one of hip-hop's favorite new duos. However, its actually just a track created for Adult Swim's singles program. Either way, I will take a new track from Freddie and Madlib any day and I love seeing Oh No make an appearance on the song. I have been a huge fan of his forever and he's a damn good artist in his own right.
10. Obie Trice - 92
Obie Trice has always been known as one of the best Mcs to come from Detroit and even though it's been a hot minute since we have heard from the former Shady Aftermath artist, his skill has not diminished. If you like that real talk, street sounding, no bullshit kind of rap, then "92" is just what you need.
11. Guapdad 4000 - First Things First (feat. G-Eazy and Reo Cragun)
If you haven't been keeping up with Instagram's favorite scammer then you might need to know that our boy Guapdad 4000 has a fresh new project one the way and his album is filled with some serious heat when it comes to the features. More news on that later but for now, check out the G-Eazy assisted "First Thing's First" & a bonus track with 6LACK called "Prada Process" down below!
12. Big Sean - Bezerk feat A$AP FERG & Hit-Boy
I was honestly starting to wonder whee Big Sean was hiding but it looks like he's back and coming in hot! You can't argue with a Hit-Boy produced track and Big Sean and Ferg tag team this one like a championship belt was on the line! Straight banger right here!!
13. Pusha T - Sociopath (feat. Kash Doll)
Pusha T is back with a hot new single. This time your favorite Cocaine Cowboy has enlisted Kash Doll to join him on "Sociopath," which once again puts Push over a very simple beat that just feels like it was made for the G.O.O.D Music president. While I feel like Pusha can get kinda stuck in his own lane sometimes, this track has plenty of edge and I really like Kash Doll on this one. She just has a bossy vibe that fits well with what Push is talking about.
14. Bishop Nehru - Made For This (Prod. by Brady Watt)
Young Bishop Nehru and Brady Watt recently announced that they will be putting out a joint EP and if the whole thing is sounding anything like the first drop "Made For Us" then we are in for something special. I love Bishop Neru's honest lyrics and soulful flow and when combined with Brady's beats, you get something that is easy to put on repeat. I am really looking forward to hearing more from this!
15. A$AP FERG - Hallelujah (feat. Buddy & Wale)
I love it when TV shows are willing to pony up the cash to get dope music on their soundtracks. In this case the Epix original series Godfather of Harlem put together some of the biggest artists in the game for "Hallelujah" and it does not disappoint. I'm not sure if this was played on the actual show but A$AP FERG, Wale and Buddy all went off and the song really takes you on a ride from beginning to end!