There were some great releases in music this week. Perhaps most notable was YG dropping the follow-up to his 2014 debut LP My Krazy Life. Still Brazy is everything fans of the newish Bompton wave could've asked for. Perfect for the whip, YG's sophomore effort will make even the most straight edge citizen want to break into a B-walk and replace their Cs with Bs. We spoke with YG right before the album's drop. Read that interview here.
YG's now reacquainted partner in crime DJ Mustard also released new music within the past seven days. His new banger "Don't Hurt Me," featuring Nicki Minaj and Jeremih, mixes dope, hard lyrics from Nicki contrasted with the trademarked smoothness Jeremih is known to provide. Definitely another song for your summer playlist.
Tiësto and John Legend – 'Summer Nights'
We have officially reached the part of the year when artists vie for the “song of the summer” title with uptempo anthems, twerk-inducing jams and breezy, feel-good sing-alongs. Tiësto is the latest artist to throw his hat in the ring with the John Legend-assisted “Summer Nights.” Perfect for a sunny trip in the whip or a night on the beach, Legend’s vocals decorate the EDM backdrop for replay-worthy intoxication. The soundtrack to the perfect summer scene. — Iyana Robertson
DJ Mustard Featuring Nicki Minaj and Jeremih – 'Don't Hurt Me'
Sure, the hook on this one screams throwback dancehall vibes, but the rest of the track is very much indicative of the new era of DJ Mustard. Here's an artist who has been traipsing in pop waters for quite some time. Here he brings a few friends along to smooth out the rough edges, since arguably the worst parts of this song are absent of both guest features. Jeremih does what Jeremih does — providing that melodic tone he pours out over most of his cuts. The shining star here though is undoubtedly Nicki, as she showcases her underutilized singing chops for a bit before snapping into her playful diatribe about still having the crown. Is it really that playful though? On the "All the Way Up" Remix, we hear Remy Ma charging at an unidentified female rapper where she's claiming the crown. Now Nicki is on record saying it's hers. Unspoken beef or nah? Either way, perhaps Mustard didn't expect ill subliminals to be embedded into yet another foray into pop land from him. But they're there, and we're here for it. — Kathy Iandoli
Juicy J Featuring Travi$ Scott – 'No English'
It’s like grown folks spring when Juicy J and La Flame get together. With school out and the Fourth of July just around the corner, this is the perfect time to “party ’til you don’t know no English” — and trust me there is no better soundtrack to such debauchery than the two turn up kings over this TM88 produced banger. — Jacob Rohn
Jon Bellion – 'Guillotine'
A good part of the world has already heard Jon's stuff since the hook to Eminem's "Monster" record was written by him. He's got the writing thing down pat and his debut, The Human Condition, is a polished melee of everything that's influenced him, including hip-hop. It's quite fantastic. If he's got to fall in with someone, it's definitely with the Mike Posners of the world. Jon's cleverness when it comes to writing lyrics is way up there and "Guillotine" is definitely demonstrative of that. — Jon Reyes
Raz Fresco Featuring Tre Mission – 'Swervin in Bape'
Toronto's Raz Fresco has been around for a while if you've been paying attention to anything Canadian hip-hop related. Coming off the 2015 release of his official debut Pablo Frescobar, Raz decided to make a video out of one of his favorite songs, and dropped a pretty penny in doing so. "Swervin in Bape" is pretty much how you'd expect it to look, however it definitely has some plot twists, like his homie getting shot off a bike. — Paul Meara
Nipsey Hussle Featuring Snoop Dogg – 'Question #1'
With Snoop Dogg promoting his latest feature with a bias co-sign of “this s**t go,” Nipsey Hussle’s new track adds to his ever-expanding arsenal of undeniable bangers. Recruiting Uncle Snoop for “Question #1,” the two West Coast natives go back and forth waxing nostalgic about their come-up’s and finding their way out of the gang life each indubitably weaves into their music. The track is a solid effort from Nipsey and Snoop alike, and while it may be hard to compete with Californian brethren YG on the heels of his latest release, Still Brazy, the pair arguably comes close this week. — KC Orcutt
Your Old Droog – 'White Rappers'
It's easy to get lost in Your Old Droog's rhymes, especially over a smooth beat. "White Rappers" offers all that and tears into the issue of skin color. He's definitely one white rapper we don't mind. — Janice Llamoca