Best Songs of the Week: Vic Mensa, Macklemore & Jay Electronica
It’s Saturday and we know you’re ready to dive right into the weekend festivities. We’ve got you covered with the newest releases in our rundown of Best Songs of the Week, where we bring you what a batch of noteworthy tunes that flooded the internet.
Last week's lineup featured some pretty stiff competition with Hit-Boy, Missy Elliott and Kanye West all dropping certified heaters that were all the rage among the fans. Over the past week, the music world has been an eventful one to say the least and there are a slew of great tracks to pick from.
We managed to narrow it down to three that stand a cut above the rest. We present our latest edition of the Best Songs of the Week featuring new tracks from Vic Mensa, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis and Jay Electronica. Enjoy.
"Free man s---, we don't need no cops 'round here / I got my d--- in hand cause I know a lot of y'all n----s running scared," Vic Mensa spits on "Danger," his new banger that premiered during Kanye West's listening session for his The Life of Pablo album at Madison Square Garden last week. Produced by Papi Beatz, this booming selection sees Mensa reaching into his grab bag of tricks, dropping witty couplets like "I just realized I don't f--- with y'all / I just gotta stack my money tall / You know that feeling when you at the bank / Tryna quit cigarettes going through withdrawals" and giving listeners a report live from his Chi-Town stomping grounds. Those of you waiting for the young Roc Nation signee's forthcoming Traffic project, "Danger" should hold you over in the meantime.
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis caused a stir with "White Privilege Pt. 2," their first release from their forthcoming album, This Unruly Mess I've Made, which is due to touch down on Feb. 26. But on their latest offering, "Spoons," the dynamic duo take a more lighthearted approach and wax poetic about the joys of cuddling with the one you love. Macklemore is in full comedic mode, rhyming "And she's like, "Can you undo my bra strap?" / I try to play it cool, in my head I'm like, "Aw yeah!" / Then she's like "I'm tired" and I'm like "Aw, man" / I was 'bout to crush the coochie like a tall can," winning listeners over with his aloof brand of charm. Featuring Ryan Bedard, who shines on the hook, "Spoons" is an upbeat ditty that has Billboard smash written all over it and is sure to be heard for months to come.
The rap world got a pleasant surprise in the form of an impromptu release by Jay Electronica called "#TBE The Curse Of Mayweather." The enigmatic rapper threw several shots at everyone from Ronda Rousey to Kendrick Lamar. Rapping "Can I kick it... like Ronda Rousey / Talk a lot of s--- on social media on Friday / Get that ass kicked Saturday / Wake up Sunday, ill and drowsy / Ducking through the airport Monday morning feeling lousy," Jay Elect quickly proves that the lack of an album release date has done nothing to diminish his lyrical prowess. He also makes it clear that a lack of accolades from the mainstream has no bearing on his worth as an MC, with bars like "He's got eleven Grammy nominations, y'all not equal / Maaaan f--- these white people! / My grandma died at 82, scrubbin' floors / And n----s still runnin' 'round beggin' for awards," chiding rap's recent infatuation with the Grammy Awards. While Jay Electronica may still be in the doghouse with rap fans who are still waiting on his Act Two: Patents of Nobility, but "The Curse Of Mayweather" is undeniable. It's a reminder of why the Roc Nation dark horse can still move the needle like few other rappers can today and is among the most scorching tracks of the week.
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