Drake and DJ Khaled – Popstar
DJ Khaled described these songs as anthems, so greatness was expected for this particular collaboration. Side note before we begin, songs do not need both ‘We the best music’ and ‘Another one,’ one drop is more than sufficient. Popstar is a good track and the beat drop is hard. The production is really good and produces energy throughout the track. Drake has switched up his style again to bring us a clean but somewhat straightforward summer vibe. At first, it does not even sound like Drake. His vocals give off more of a Baby Keem vibe. The song, though not at the pinnacle of his lyrical prowess, still slaps. The hook is strong and the second verse of the song is really Drake really gets into his comfort zone, and is the strongest part of the song. As a pop-rap track it his comes across as a stronger song structurally than some of his more recent work. The first song dropped on Thursday, July 16th and is already #1 trending on YouTube.
Drake and DJ Khaled – Greece
Definitely gave us a The Weeknd vibe on this track. The beat is phenomenal, with outstanding production. The beat waxes and wanes throughout the track and honestly should have been saved for a more complete project. The echoed, high pitch and repetitive flow is something that is very reminiscent of Abel’s iconic vocals. If the hook had been graced by The Weeknd, this song would have been an absolute banger.
Joey Bada$$ – The Light
Sampling Jedi Mind Tricks ‘I Against I, Joey Bada$$ definitely dropped the second best rap song on this list. Lyrically destructive, Bada$$ navigates the classic beat so expertly, the whole track has a Nas like vibe. The solitude of the hollow simple beat coupled with melancholic lyrics produces a cohesive experience. A natural storyteller, Joey Bada$$ continues to produce powerful messages in both his lyrics as well as his visual content.
The video’s opening scene presents west and central African religious and spiritual imagery The symbolism of him walking into the precinct covered in the light at the end of the video is poignant and culturally relevant.
DaniLeigh – Dominican Mami ft. Fivio Foreign
An uptempo trill type beat which would definitely be a night club hit, if clubs were still a thing. Nothing lyrically complex with either artist verses, this is just good, turn up music.
Jhené Aiko – Summer 2020
Summer 2020 wields the ever classic instrumental from Kool & The Gang’s Summer Madness blissfully. Jhene Aiko created an atmospheric song with retro synth keys complimenting the groove from the bass. Still prefer her more melancholy and emotionally denser projects, however Summer 2020 still a good summer tune by Jhené.