Best Songs of the Week: Big Sean, Mack Wilds and Action Bronson
The last week in music has been quite an eventful one. Drake unleashed his surprise mixtape, If You're Reading This It's Too Late, earning 535,000 units sold in less than a week, proving a secret release is powerful (just look at Beyonce's chess move in December of 2013).
Big Sean continued the roll-out for his Dark Sky Paradise album, dropping two new releases of his own and liberating a loose verse on "Used To," which was intended for Drizzy's project, but made its way around the blogosphere instead. Dipset pushed out another reunion cut to gear up for their upcoming mixtape, Chance the Rapper released a joint off of his upcoming Surf project and Tyga and Chris Brown came through with new music to drum up anticipation for their Fan of a Fan LP. Juicy J, OG Maco and Gucci Mane all put out mixtapes for the turn-up and the R&B world was blessed with new tunes from August Alsina, Ty Dolla $ign and Ne-Yo.
With all of these happenings, our picks for the latest edition of Songs of the Week were not easy to come by, but we managed to whittle them down to the three tracks that were especially pleasing to our ears. From Sean to Mack Wilds to Action Bronson, check out what this week's winners have to offer below.
Actor-turned-crooner Mack Wilds comes through with a track perfect for Valentine's Day. Produced by Salaam Remi, "Girls Playin' Tricks" pays homage to the Geto Boys classic, "Mind Playing Tricks on Me." Mack sings about his mixed emotions concerning a certain love interest. Hopefully "Girls Playin' Tricks" will be enough to hold fans over until the singer's next full-length effort, which the streets need like yesterday.
Taking at look at 2015, the saying that the third times a charm could very well ring true for Big Sean. His first album, Finally Famous, may have featured a number of hit singles and fared well in the marketplace, but when it comes to solidifying his spot as one of the top young MCs in the game, he has fallen just short of expectations so far.
With that in mind, Sean came into 2015 blazing, dropping one of the year's biggest songs with the Drake and Kanye West-assisted single, "Blessed." Continuing on the momentum, he unleashes yet another song "Win Some, Lose Some," from his upcoming album, Dark Sky Paradise. Featuring singer Jhene Aiko, the tracks finds Sean Don getting introspective, lamenting the precarious position that his fame and success have put him in. He's just trying to deal with it all.
Be sure to check out the rapper's album when it drops Feb. 24.
Action Bronson has successfully made the transition from random internet rapper to a pretty big deal. Making his bones with a slew of online and indie releases, the Queens, N.Y. MC is finally ready for prime time and set to drop his major label debut album, Mr. Wonderful, on March 24.
Although more than a month removed from that date, we were lucky enough to get some new tunes from the bearded brawler with "Terry." Produced by the Alchemist, this dusty tune showcases Bronson doing what he does best: rapping about any and everything and making it sound dope and coherent like only he can.
And while we love us some Action Bronson, we'll pass on the remix with Pitbull until further notice.