The Top 3.66 Hip-Hop Songs Of The Week
Hip-hop is at its best when artists collaborate, challenging one another to create their best work, and this week's best hip-hop tracks are highlighted by a collection of odd couples. DJ Khaled, of incessant yelling and inexplicably giving Ace Hood work, managed to put Nas, Scarface and DJ Premier on the same song; meanwhile, Odd Future upstart Domo Genesis linked up with New York producer legend Alchemist.
1. A$AP Rocky, "Pussy Money Weed"
A$AP Rocky is, in some ways, a victim of circumstance. After all, it's not his fault he received a lucrative deal at the same time that other relative unknowns like Kreayshawn and Igga Azalea were signing multimillion-dollar contracts before they gave any indication of skill residing in their newly wealthy frames. Once A$AP Rocky's deal with Sony got announced, he got lumped into the "Overpaid, Talentless Hack" categor. But let's not get it twisted: He has gallons of talent. His first big single of the summer, "Goldie," is an anthem and his follow-up, "Pussy Money Weed," packs just as much punch and may even be more universally accepted.
While many will knock A$AP using chopped and screwed music, since it's more Houston than New York, the Harlem MC has been able to blend his style with the syrupy southern twang that's dominated the charts over the last decade. And you know what? He pulls it off, serving up an amalgamation of New York wit and lyricism and the south's bass-heavy bangers. By the time his album drops, A$AP will be nipping at the heels of the game's top dogs.
2. Slaughterhouse, "See Dead People"
Slaughterhouse can just rap forever and nobody will complain. Royce Da 5'9", Crooked I, Joe Budden and Joell Ortiz are four of the best rappers in the world and they can't get enough showing us just how good they are. Here they rap for eight freaking minutes, daring the listener to consider listening to any other rap crew and finding anything better.
The influence of Eminem is evident on this track, where the crew turns homicidal. Royce cuts off his enemy's fingers and mails them to his kids. Ortiz buries some guy's testicle. And Joe Budden manages to avoid referencing the latest American tragedy and opts instead to drop Hitler references. Much better.