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#WeeklyPlaylist: Week Of Feb.20

A$AP Rocky, Gucci Mane, and 21 Savage – Cocky The lead hype song for Uncle Drew the movie, this is…

A$AP Rocky, Gucci Mane, and 21 Savage – Cocky

The lead hype song for Uncle Drew the movie, this is a fun, albeit forgettable, posse track. Unfortunately, London on da Track, of whom I am typically a fan, comes through with a static and wholly uninteresting instrumental. The hook, which feels like a lukewarm attempt to replicate the success of “Fuckin Problems,” is a bit lazy but instantaneously sticky. Although Rocky and Gucci fail to drop noteworthy verses, I appreciate that 21 Savage brings a more animated flow than usual.

 
Ugly God feat. PNB Rock – Imma Dog

Criminally underwritten, dying for a second verse, but pretty dope nonetheless. I love the crisp trap beat and the flavor added by the cold, hypnotic melodies swirling on top. The hook is the most strongly written aspect of the track, and PNB Rock does well with the forlorn, Travis Scott inspired autotune. Ugly God draws pretty heavily on Drake for the sole verse, but it goes over well enough. A welcome change of pace after the monotony of The Booty Tape.

 
YG – Suu Whoop

YG sounds as hungry and as charismatic as ever on this anthemic trap banger, which would have fit in nicely on Maxo Kream’s Punken. The instrumental, courtesy of J. Holt and DJ Mustard, definitely slaps, but it leaves more than enough room for the Compton rapper to carry the three minute run time. Although YG raps with enough personality to keep any track interesting, I love the colorful echo vocals added throughout the song.

 
Diplo and DRAM – Look Back

This is the best new track I heard this past week. With a vocal performance as commanding as it is diverse, DRAM showcases the immense range that makes him such a compelling entertainer. Between the signature falsettos on the verses and the potently emotional hook, DRAM leaves it all out on the court. Diplo keeps it skeletal on the verses, letting sluggish drums and low organs drive underneath DRAM. On the dramatic chorus, the drums kick in, and Diplo adds some layers of guitar and backing vocals.

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“The first week of my second song release — ‘Drum Talk’ — I caught the attention of Adam22 [nojumper] and was posted on his live stream,” he tells AAHH. “He reposted my song on Soundcloud and that instantly gave me the boost I needed.”

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“I also have struck a distribution deal with AWAL where I can get my music out to performance centers and all major platforms,” he adds proudly. All quite impressive for a young upstart with four songs to his credit — all of which he produced and recorded independently in his bedroom. There is also a lot of foresight on his part, as he’s launched his own imprint, 333 Records, which is the primary owner/publisher of his music.

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