Best Songs of the Week: KXNG Crooked, Christina Milian and Scotty ATL
It's been a long week, you're feeling stressed out and need some mood music to get loose to, right? Well, look no further as we bring you another edition of Songs of the Week, the hottest tunes that you may have missed with the constant barrage of music flooding the internet. Last week's lineup featured the stylings of T.I., Big Grams and Amir Obe and PARTYNEXTDOOR, but these past seven days have also been filled with a slew of new tracks that are definitely sure to move the needle.
Chris Brown may be getting used to life as a dad, but fatherhood hasn't affected his ability to make music, which is proven with his latest single, "Zero," which has been making waves. Another standout selection that caught our eye was a collaboration between Ghostface Killah and the enigmatic MF Doom under the name DOOMSTARKS, titled "Lively Hood," which is a delicious slice of boom-bap served on a platter.
But only three songs can make the cut this week and while the vetting process was a doozy, we've come to a decision. With that said, we present our picks for Songs of the Week featuring KXNG Crooked, Scotty ATL and Christina Milian.
Slaughterhouse member and West Coast veteran KXNG Crooked may be one of the more underrated rappers in the game, but he's more than equipped to inflict lyrical damage on even your favorite rapper's favorite rapper. Well-versed in the lineage of Cali rap lore, Crooked takes time out to pay homage to the state's most storied luminary, Dr. Dre, on his latest salvo, "If I Was Dre." Doing his bidding over a track co-produced by DJ Silk and Chris Knoxx, the LBC rep steps into the shoes of Dre for a few minutes and turns in a quality record in the process.
Scotty ATL has been grinding on the mixtape circuit over the past five years and building a solid fan base for himself, but the Georgia native is looking to take things to the next level with his new single, "Bust It Open." Featuring Blac Elvis behind the boards, the song is a lively affair that finds Scotty in full player mode, shouting "I got 25 bitches on the way now, they gone bust it open" and maneuvering over the slick production with finesse. The No Genre signee earns his keep with a pair of party-centric verses and is accompanied by his label head/label mate B.o.B., who delivers an effective 12 bars of his own. "She gon bust it open for me like we ain't strangers / Booty knocking over drinks, but I can't blame her / Oh my God, god damn, she go ham / she got a future behind her, I say let's make a business plan," Bobby Ray raps. B.o.B. lends his midas touch to "Bust It Open" and serves as the anchor to a heck of a collaboration and one of the better songs to have in rotation this week.
"This may be wrong, I love when I'm turning you on / Even when I'm not trying, n----, you know I'm lying," purrs Christina Milian on "Do It," her latest offering aimed at getting her back in the mix with the heavy hitters. And from the sounds of this record, the odds seem to be in her favor as it has all of the ingredients of a potential radio favorite. Calling in her ex-hubby Lil Wayne, who drops a solid verse for added reinforcement, Milian hits the spot with "Do It" and nabs the top slot for Song of the Week.
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