TRINA – “CUT HER OFF – SHEMIX” (FEAT LIL MO)
K. Camp tried it with the 2 Chainz-featuring original, but now Trina hoses down the track with some oestrogen. Flanked by our favorite timeless songbird Lil Mo, the baddest bitch Trina takes control with bars like, “I had your main n***a, he’s thirsty / that’s why you bitches stay worried.” Lock up your men, ladies.
JUSTIN BIEBER – "LOOKING FOR YOU" (FEAT MIGOS)
The Biebs may be screwing up royally lately, but that doesn’t stop Migos from slapping bars around his latest “Looking For You.” There are a couple of gems on this cut, but props to Migos’ Offset for this one: “My bitch is so gorgeous / I might pay her mortgage / I run to the money like Forrest / My life is historic.” History in the making.
NICKI MINAJ – "PILLS N POTIONS"
The poignant “Pills N Potions” is Nicki Minaj 's unexpectedly-subdued lead single from The Pink Print, and a sister to her earlier slow jams such as "Save Me" and "Your Love". She still manages to get in some drops though, like “They see you doin’ good now it’s kinda hard to diss you.”
DRAKE – "0 TO 100"
“Fuck all that Drake you gotta chill shit / I be on my Lil Mouse, Drill shit” Drake barks on his latest. His cadence on this one is Drill rappity, and the sentiment remains intact: Drizzy gives no fucks about what you think of him. Fair enough.
MR. MUTHAFUCKIN EXQUIRE – "I AIN'T EVEN FUCK RIHANNA"
Oh so you were expecting some sort of a Rihanna diss track? No. eX is basically saying he didn’t need a sexual rolodex to get his props. “Y’all still ain’t get I’m on some other shit?” he asks. Well peep this cut and maybe you’ll finally understand.
DREEZY – "NO GOOD" (FEAT COMMON & ROSS AUGUSTA)
Common makes it a Chicago family affair on Dreezy’s Auto-Tuned latest. While Dreezy coos, “Addicted/ I wouldn’t leave him if I could”, Common chimes in with, “Like I just bought a Roli, spendin’ quality time” along with innuendos about good pussy and oral sex.
T.I. – "ABOUT THE MONEY" (FEAT YOUNG THUG)
As the beat varies between quirky and threatening, Young Thug manages to outshine T.I. on his own track with ambitious lines that even pay homage to the Trap King. “I went from rags to riches to a feature with Tip”, he says. “I went from Smart Car to a bitch with some smart lips.” Smart bars too.
MARIAH CAREY – "DEDICATED" (FEAT NAS)
Nas doesn’t disappoint while assisting Mimi on her Hit-Boy produced track. He takes it back to the future with some Illmatic-channeling lines: “Nah, we don’t wish today’s game was old again / We just wish it wasn’t full of Draconian, Babylonian, phony men.” Preach, Nasir. Preach!
50 CENT – "FLIP ON YOU" (FEAT SCHOOLBOY Q)
When 50 Cent isn’t having dudes’ chains snatched on stage these days, he’s delivering tracks conveyor belt style. Here he’s flanked by TDE dark horse Schoolboy Q, who tells the ultimate story of hiding drugs from the feds: “Spit out the eighth that once, hid in my face / Bounce spring over the gate, didn't get caught / I guess my escape, n***a was fate.” It sure was.
GIRL TALK & FREEWAY – "SUICIDE (REMIX)" (FEAT A$AP FERG)
Girl Talk's project with Freeway was hot enough as it is, but get A$AP Ferg on one of the standout tracks and it’s game over. Ferg drops a ton of one liners including, “Gangsta, like the yakuza eatin’ a tuna roll” and the cautionary “But back to this genocide, I mean suicide / you can kill the world with your words I’ll let you decide.” Food for thought.
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