• Matt Brown

#2 - Best New Hip Hop Songs Ranked and Reviewed (feat. Kanye West, Pop Smoke, Tory Lanez & more)

Updated: Sep 1, 2020

Kanye West - Wash Us In The Blood cover art
Kanye West - Wash Us In The Blood

Wash Us In The Blood - Single by Kanye West (feat. Travis Scott)

Kanye West brings us back to his Yeezus era vibes with his new track Wash Us In The Blood. My first

impression of the song was definitely in a positive light, as it was in a totally different direction from his latest gospel music (JESUS IS KING). I had high hopes for this song and for the most part it delivered. Travis Scott did a good job doing what he does, but I also felt that his addition was unnecessary and forgettable. Ronny J also deserves credit for doing a great job at creating a beat suited for Kanye. This song has me excited for what else Kanye has for us in his upcoming album. 

I’d give this song a solid 3.5/5.

Pop Smoke - Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon Cover Art
Pop Smoke - Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon

Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon - Posthumous Album by Pop Smoke

Pop Smoke’s team puts out his highly anticipated posthumous album with a variety of features from popular artists. Personally, I wasn’t a huge fan of Pop Smoke when he came on to the scene, but he slowly became more and more popular, and I was curious to what was so appealing about him. It became blatantly obvious to me that the energy and dark vibes that he brought onto each track was the reason why he was and is so well received. And although he manages to bring the familiar shadowy tone to his new album, he also shows off that he was capable of making solid “R&B” songs as well. Songs like Creature, Gangstas and 44 Bulldog are prime examples of the dark tone that everyone has become so familiar with, while songs like The Woo, Enjoy Yourself, Something Special and What You Know About Love are songs that show off that he was capable of making “different” music without straying away from his identity too much.

Favorite songs in no particular order: 

  1. West Coast Shit feat. Tyga & Quavo

  2. Gangstas

  3. 44 Bulldog

  4. The Woo feat. 50 Cent & Roddy Ricch 

  5. Enjoy Yourself

Overall I’d give this album a solid 3.7/5.

Tory Lanez & Kevin Gates - Convertible Burt Cover Art
Tory Lanez & Kevin Gates - Convertible Burt

Convertible Burt - Single by Tory Lanez & Kevin Gates (From the Road To Fast 9 Mixtape)

The only reason why this song sucks so much is because of how shit the beat is. Tory and Kevin Gates do way too good of a job for how bad the beat is. The strings are bad. The 808s suck. The flute is all over the place. I just wasn’t sure what the producer was trying to do here. On the other hand, Tory and Kevin Gates actually do an outstanding job at rapping over the booty ass beat. 

Gonna have to give this song a 1.5/5

A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie - Flood My Wrist Cover Art
A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie - Flood My Wrist

Flood My Wrist - Single by A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie & Don Q (feat. Lil Uzi Vert)

On paper, this song should be excellent, but like most things, expectations don’t live up to reality. All three artists contribute decently, and in no way do a bad job, but in return nobody steps up to make the song stand out. If someone were to play this on the aux, I’d assume that there would be no complaints, but at the same time, nobody is gonna request for this song to be played. It’s a good background song. 

I’d give this song a solid 3/5.

Ty Dolla $ign - Ego Death Cover Art
Ty Dolla $ign - Ego Death

Ego Death - Single by Ty Dolla $ign (feat. Kanye West, FKA Twigs and Skrillex)

This is a collab I doubt anyone could have foreseen. Knowing each artist individually, I wasn’t sure how this song was going to sound, and after hearing it, I still don’t know how it sounds. I find that it has too much going on and it’s hard to find a fluid rhythm within the song. I was waiting for skrillex to pick up the beat and go into his craziness, but Ty Dolla $ign opened and kept the song at a consistent slow pace, which had me conflicted. Not to mention it’s a good beat, but I thought that it was very conflicting with the chosen artists. And although I liked FKA’s contribution, it wasn’t nearly enough to save the song. Not to mention that Kanye felt like the most unnecessary and forced feature on this song.

I’m giving this song a 2/5.

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Russ - Live From The Villa

Live From The Villa - Single by Russ

I’m not sure if it’s still #fuckruss or if we’ve moved past that, but to be honest I’m quite impressed with this new single. It’s chill, the beat is interesting, and Russ is actually saying half intelligent things. It’s no banger, but it’s definitely a solid song for what it is. 

I’ll give this song a 3/5.

Gucci Mane - So Icy Summer Cover Art
Gucci Mane - So Icy Summer

So Icy Summer - Album presented by Gucci Mane (with various artists)

It’s a little sad to see how hard Gucci Mane has fallen as an artist, and he’s almost always overlooked nowadays. Without speaking on his popularity, the album speaks for itself in terms of quality. If you haven’t heard this album, you aren’t missing much. It’s a massive compilation of average songs on top of average songs with popular features (eg. 21 Savage, Lil Baby, Young thug, etc.) to make them more appealing to the listener. There are also new artists that I’ve never heard of, but from what I’m hearing on this album, I couldn't care less for their future careers. 

Some standout songs are :

  1. Nasty feat. 21 Savage & Young Nudy

  2. Freakiest In The World feat. Young Thug

I’m giving this album a 2/5.