#8 - Best New Hip-Hop / Rap Songs of August 14th (feat. Drake, Don Toliver, Lil Durk, Gunna, NAV)
Updated: Sep 1, 2020
Laugh Now Cry Later (feat. Lil Durk)
Pretty surprised about how this ended up sounding. The way this song sounds reminds me of a 2016-17 Drake summer song for some reason. Perhaps it’s because it’s a laid back song with softer production. I think it’s a really good song that fits into the chill hip-hop vibe perfectly. Lil Durk does a decent job, but unfortunately doesn’t stick around long enough to be a real presence on the track. Overall, Drake does a solid job at keeping things fresh, yet familiar with this new song.
And for that, it's gonna be a 7.9/10.
Lemonade (feat. Don Toliver & NAV) - Single by Internet Money & Gunna
Songs owned by producers are usually always very mid tier. Going into my first listen, I was expecting nothing special, especially knowing Internet Money. I was simply expecting a thrown together song with a bunch of high class features for the click value. But surprisingly, the song melds together very well. Each feature seems to be serving a purpose in this song, all the while Internet Money mixes in a summer themed beat. Don Toliver provides a memorable chorus, NAV provides a “unique” verse, and Gunna flows nonchalantly over the beat.
An overall solid song, I’ll give this a 7.7/10.
CUT EM IN (feat. Rick Ross) - Single by Anderson .Paak
I’m not the hugest Anderson .Paak fan, but I do respect his work and know that he’s very talented. But with this recent single, I was a little disappointed with the missed potential. Hit-Boy makes an amazing beat, yet the only time I see Anderson .Paak ride this beat is in the first 50 seconds. He then proceeds to slow it down and talk about his spending habits??? Personally, I hate it when a song slows down abruptly, especially when it was just picking up. Rick Ross provides a mediocre verse, which also adds to the disappointment. Personally I thought this song could’ve been wayyyyy better than what it turned out to be.
And for that, I’ll give it a 7/10.
Bands out tha Roof - Highlight from Lil Mosey’s Certified Hitmaker (AVA Leak)
Lil Mosey tries to tap into his old ways with a song that has similar production to his 2018 hit Kamikaze. This song is a classic Lil Mosey song, and regardless of how good it sounds, it loses points for unoriginality. You might as well listen to the better “version” of this song : Kamikaze. But credit is owed where credit is due, and I must say that Lil Mosey continues to show off his flow, which is definitely his strongest asset.
I’ll give it a 6.8/10.