Often confused for The Weeknd or ILoveMakonnen, Travis Scott dominated summer 2015 with the release of his hit, “Antidote.” Prior to the release of his debut album Rodeo, the up-and-coming rapper uploaded the single to his SoundCloud as a separate project thinking it would only be appreciated by his truest fans. But thanks to its stellar online reception, the Texas native decided to add the tune to Rodeo after all, and good thing he did — the single was certified double platinum.
"The Let Out"
We’ll just come out and say it: Jidenna is the man. Not only is he quickly becoming one of the most respected hip-hop artists to date, but he seems to be the only one doing it while consistently rocking fancy suits. The Stanford graduate knows how to have fun and keep people dancing, and he does it all with an elaborate vocab and the freshest threads on the market. But don’t let his wardrobe fool you — he’ll get down and dance it out, too.
Waka Flocka Flame
When he isn’t going “Hard In Da Paint,” Waka Flocka is going H.A.M. on a bottle of Moscato. While there no actual research to support it, the Georgia native is probably solely responsible for the direct increase in sales of the wine thanks to his 2010 club banger, “No Hands.” With a little help from Wale and Roscoe Dash, the Flockaveli hit reached Number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Though the Kel Mitchell doppelganger is known for his wilder, dreadlock-shaking ways, the the leisurely, late summer tune is a nice change of pace.
Just when fans thought they knew Kendrick Lamar as an artist, he returned with “Humble” and everyone lost their minds. Not only is the lead single off of the upcoming — still untitled — fourth album a demonstration of rhythmic capability, but also a hard glance at Lamar’s lyrical superiority. Beyond that, what fans love most about the track is its depth and honesty, as the rapper not only finds the time to call out fake artists, but also fits in his praises for natural beauty and stretch marks in one fell swoop. Boom.
"Bad and Boujee"
Although better lyrics could’ve been written by a middle schooler with a rhyming dictionary, Migos’ 2016 “Bad and Boujee” has still managed to flood every playlist and DJ set around. The inescapable track, featuring Lil Uzi Vert, might actually be one of the first songs to ever be made popular after the lyrics were frequently used in memes. For those who weren’t previously aware of the “raindrop, drop top” internet phenomenon, now you know.
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