So much music released this week across the expansive land of hip-hop. While it’s cool to see all of this amazing music, we must not forget that, in Detroit, some equally captivating tunes came out as well. This list highlights some of the most amazing tunes to come out of the D this week and why we love them so much. Check them out below.
“Fastest Route” by the Get A Bag Boyz
Whenever AllStar Jr and the “Get A Bag Boyz come together, there’s always some magical, street anthem in the perimeter. This time it’s “Fastest Route,” a hard-hitting jam that brings out that brutal energy we often keep hidden from plain view. There’s nothing particularly groundbreaking about it; the song just sounds flat out amazing. Props to everyone involved for crafting tight, lyrical excerpts for the street dealers in all of us.
“PUSSYWANTWAR” by Clooner, Okir, and Scumbag Fred
Believe it or not, Clooner’s latest track “PUSSYWANTWAR” is so funny that it’s actually good. The Detroit native takes a trolling approach, a la Lil B, to his latest, rapping, just barely. In fact, much of it is murky – the way that he slurs words together makes them nearly incomprehensible. The guest features are equally boggling. The entire thing, honestly is a weird affair. Maybe it’s not so much good as it is memorable. That might be the correct terminology to use.
“So Lit” by Armilee
Armilee surprised us with the super sensual hit “So Lit.” Her singing is spot on and sounds a little sharper than the soothing sounds that we often hear on today’s radio. That’s okay – they’re often muddled together. But Armilee has a sex appeal level that is even apparent before watching her sing in her video. After seeing the video, she’s definitely become one of our favorite artists.
“Dey Was Hatin” by B. Rose
The comments under this video on YouTube are horrendous. They hate it, but love it. So it’s equally as depressing when they can pick a definite side. It’s a shame because “Dey Was Hatin” is a banger. The creative new single from B. Rose makes use of some extremely loud piano production to spin a creative tale of love lost for his old homies. They’ve become the opps now, and the way that B. Rose tells the story, you can see why it’s fuck them.
Russ Is Right, Exploiting Drug Addiction For Money Is Wack
Russ has made it clear for over a year now that he’s not for the glamorization of drugs for money. He recently got into a Twitter scuffle with Fat Nick, a known user of lean and narcotics, with the two debating about his fascination with drugs and how the latter makes money off of it. Nick frequently posts his drugs and merchandise that contains drugs online and sees nothing wrong with it. Russ however disagrees. And, after seeing both viewpoints, I daresay I agree with Russ. Glamorizing drugs is wack, point blank.
Rap music was founded in tough times. The best hip-hop to come out of the genre’s Golden Era focused on the hardships that people faced during daily life. Coping with these hardships came natural. Drug use isn’t new. However, the way that drug users are fetishizing these drugs is. Lean, Xanax, and Mollies have become as popular as the music itself. With rappers posting their drugs on social media and dedicating so much of their creative energies to showcasing their fascination with drugs, many kids try them out because the artists they look up to love it.
Nothing good comes out of this besides addiction and death. Xanax pills look fun until you’re trying your best to kick the habit while the withdrawal symptoms kick your ass. Let Mac Miller’s story inform you about the dangers of overdosing. Lil Tracy had a heart attack because of his drug usage. There’s nothing good to come out of using these drugs. Yet, new age rap stars align their aesthetics with drugs because its in and it sells.
This exploitation is no joke and needs to be talked about. Starting a conversation about it will enable the proper action to happen and, hopefully, the way that drugs are exploited for money can be addressed.
Why Ella Mai’s “Trip” Is Better Than “Boo’d Up”
Everyone thought that “Boo’d Up” was the one. Ella Mai’s viral summer single became the talk of the season, a meme due to its widespread popularity across many age, racial, and gender groups. Many thought that Mai lucked up into the DJ Mustard-produced single, attributing much of the song’s success to the producer. But little did they know, “Trip” would come behind it and show that Mai is much more than a one hit wonder.
“Trip” released on August 3 and has been somewhat of a slow burn for the public. It’s a lot darker and moodier than “Boo’d Up”‘s ceiling-less mood. There’s a lingering piano that acts as the song’s lifeblood. When Mai comes in with her surprisingly deep voice, she offsets the equilibrium and swings things in her favor. As it goes on it become a catchy earworm that far outpaces the ceiling of “Boo’d Up”
With all of this said, her debut album, expected to arrive this fall, will be interesting to take in. Has she exhausted all creative avenues in her brilliant two first singles? Or will she continue pushing the culture? “Boo’d Up,” was one thing. “Trip” is another altogether, showcasing that she has a lot still left up her sleeve.
Listen to “Trip” below.
Bay Area Music That You May Have Missed This Week
Here’s our weekly collection of music out of the Bay Area that you may have missed this week. This week’s collection is one of our favorites, with a majority of the tunes being bombastic, lively jams to bolster the energy coursing through your veins. Tune in below: