• Matt Brown

#9 - Best New Hip-Hop / Rap Songs of August 21st (feat. Travis Scott, JAY-Z, Nas, Pharell Williams)

Updated: Sep 1, 2020

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King’s Disease - Album by Nas 

Produced by (if not all, then predominantly) Hit-Boy, Nas taps into soul samples, piano keys, and drums, all mixed together with 808 basslines. Personally, I get a subtle kanye vibe from this album, yet Nas’s presence makes it clear that it’s his own mix. With a load of relevant features making appearances, he seems to try to appeal to the younger generation, while also staying within his style. As a project as a whole, it’s a respectable piece of work, but personally I’m not the biggest fan of this type of music. Not much to say about it. It’s definitely no Illmatic, but it’s at the least a decent project.

A few of the standout songs:

Spicy (feat. Fivio Foreign & A$AP Ferg)

Replace Me (feat. Big Sean & Don Toliver)

King’s Disease

I’ll give this an 8/10.

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The Plan - Single by Travis Scott in collaboration with the Motion Picture “Tenet”

I was personally excited to hear that Travis Scott was coming out with another single, but I had low expectations since it was in association with a movie. It’s a cool song, but it’s not something I’d play in front of my friends. I can see how this fits in with a Christopher Nolan movie with the pulsating bass, surrounding vocals and overall electronic production. It’s easy to see this song being played at the beginning of the movie.

I’d give this song a 7/10.

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Entrepreneur (feat. JAY-Z) - Single by Pharell Williams

Not at all what I expected, but probably what I should have. Pharell Williams is known for his eccentric personality, and his music also represents that. The message behind this song is pretty apparent through the lyrics, and it’s clear that the song is trying to tell black men (and women I’m assuming) to be comfortable in their skin and that black people can accomplish anything. At least that’s my take on it. If I’m wrong I encourage correction. As a song, I think it’s pretty upbeat, but it’s a little intimate to listen to. 

I’ll give it a 7.5/10.

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Thrusting (feat. Swae lee & Future)

Despite the obviously promiscuous name, Internet Money provides us with a very laid back song. The song follows the same vibe and flow as 2018 hit Guatemala by Swae Lee. With a healthy addition of Future, this song doesn’t miss the mark as being a solid summer tune. Lyrics a little sus, but flow and overall production make up for it.


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Free Merey - 42 Dugg

The more I listen to 42 Dugg, the more that I realize that he’s just a fusion of NBA YoungBoy and Kodak Black. This song isn’t anything special, and that’s it.


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Work - Yung Tory, Germ & Kevin Rolly

I won’t lie, out of all the names in the title, I only know Yung Tory. Not quite sure who Germ and Kevin Rolly is. I’m now aware that Kevin Rolly is actually a producer? Regardless, the beat hits hard and the rappers do their things.  I’m not too familiar with this crew, but overall I’m quite impressed. I’ll be sure to keep an eye out for them next time.