• Matt Brown

#7 - Best New Hip-Hop / Rap Songs (feat. Cardi B, DaBaby, Juice WRLD, The Weeknd, Lil Keed)

Updated: Sep 1, 2020


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WAP - Single by Cardi B (feat. Megan Thee Stallion)


Is it still cool to rap about vaginas? Edgy girls who advocate for slut glorification apparently think so. I think I understand the message behind this song… but at the same time I don’t. Maybe it’s about how women should be proud to be horny, proud to be sluts, and proud to talk about their Wet Ass Pussy??? All jokes aside, I can see how this song can be empowering to women and why this song was made. I must say that I think it was very overdone and the theme is way too in your face. Although Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion aren‘t new to this type of subject, it isn’t to my knowledge that they have dedicated an ENTIRE song to their vaginas before. In terms of how it sounds, I think it’s catchy, but at the same time I don't think it should be regarded as anything special. The sample of “There’s some hoes in this house” is hard to pinpoint as to whether it’s good or not. I think it sounds good to the ear, but I also believe what’s actually being said in the sample takes away from the experience. I found that this song is very polarizing in many aspects, including the sample and beat. I think Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion do their respectable performances, but the whole theme of the song just makes it hard to sit through. Personally, I think a song like this would have been better received if it had been more subtle and discreet about it’s message.


Overall, I’ll give this a 6.3/10



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Blame It On Baby (Deluxe) - Album by DaBaby


I don’t even need to talk too much about this. You pretty much know what to expect from this project. The only standout song on the deluxe album is the song “BLIND” featuring Young Thug. This song actually has a noticeable rhythm that breaks away from the usual DaBaby formula. Other than that one exception, pure blandness.


6.5/10



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Smile - Single by Juice WRLD & The Weeknd


This is a sad song. No, it’s not a depressing emo trap song that pushes you into your emotions… no it’s actually sad because this collab should’ve put out a way better song. It’s painfully average. An XO x 999 collab should’ve been game changing. So this song apparently was leaked a long time ago, and it was before Juice’s untimely death. The Weeknd apparently filled in a verse spot on that leak, and released it. Out of respect for Juice, I’m glad The Weeknd didn’t change too much of the original song. On the other hand, this is still an average song. Personally, I would’ve kept this one in the books, and left the fans with their imaginations of an XO x 999 collab. When I first heard this song, I felt an overwhelming mass of disappointment rush over me.


And for that sole reason, I’m giving this a 6.6/10.



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She Know - Single by Lil Keed (feat. Lil Baby)


I actually really enjoyed this song. Not a whole lot of replayability, but it sounds very smooth. A solid hook and chorus by Keed, with a good supporting verse by Lil Baby, who continues to do his thing. Lil Keed also doesn’t seem to break his voice like he usually does. I think he does a good job keeping his vocals within appropriate range. 


I’ll give this song a 7.2/10



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Top Gone - Single by Lil Mosey & Lunay


There’s a great divide behind Lil Mosey. You either love him or you hate him. Personally I see him for what he succeeds at, and that’s rhythm and riding the beat. He isn’t a great lyricist and sometimes people can call him lazy. I agree with both sides, but as a whole, I think he’s a pretty good artist. In this song, he shows us what he’s good at. Now don’t call me a racist, but I really am not a fan of listening to an English song and then suddenly transitioning to a different language. I fully respect the act of diversity, but I think it really takes away from the song as a whole. The biggest culprit of this phenomenon has to be Bust Down Deux by Trippie Redd. It goes from “Hey this is a great song”  straight into “oh now I can’t understand what’s being said and I can’t sing along”. And this song suffers from that same thing. 


I’ll give this a 6.8/10.