20 Songs You Need to Hear Before Summer Is Over
There are still a few weeks left of sultry weather, sundresses, shorts and, of course, more feel-good music to embrace. Before you break the fall attire out of the closet, there are a number of recent releases that are worthy of a listen to serve as the soundtrack for your summer days. From fresh, new faces on the mic to the veterans who have been holding it down for years, there's music to satisfy the hip-hop and R&B lover in you.
Fetty Wap is having the biggest year ever and is proving he's no one-hit wonder with his new boo-loving track. Singer Bridget Kelly returns to the game as an independent artist and provides a few tips on love. Then there's SPZRKT, who made an official breakup with Christian hip-hop earlier this year to focus on encouraging, romantic love songs. Meanwhile, Diddy calls on his "Puff Daddy" days and awakens his infamous dance moves with his new track.
We gave you the songs that would rule your summer, now we're throwing you some of the best, new vibes to rock out to. Check 20 Songs You Need to Hear Before Summer Is Over.
“This song is about coming out and back stronger. Nothing can break u. Nothing is stronger than ur heart,” Angel Haze wrote in a tweet to a fan describing her new song “Impossible." The inspiring new song serves as a battle cry of sorts and showcases the Detroit rapper's current state of mind. "Sorry I'm crazy but I open my third eye and the view is amazing," she raps over the rattling beat. This is Haze’s first release to come from her new EP, Back to the Woods, due in the fall.
Chicago has been in the spotlight for producing artists worthy of a listen like Kanye West, Common, Chief Keef, Lupe Fiasco and now Saba is another one to add to the list. The producer-rapper, who is a member of the rap collective, Pivot Gang -- a group of independent rappers from the westside of Chi-town -- taps Tink, who delivers soothing vocals, for his new track “Temporary." Saba created the effort as a note to himself that all suffering is temporary and serves as a positive tune with a brighter outlook on life.
“Drank in My Cup” won't be the only song you think of when hear Kirko Bangz's name. The Houston rapper delivers another sexy track, “Worry Bout It” which samples a slower version of Ginuwine’s “Pony.” Zoovier a.k.a. Fetty Wap chimes in with his “Yeah baby” and reassures his boo that "you ain’t gotta worry" getting freaky; just get down to business. This may be the first single from his debut album, Bigger Than Me, which is expected to release this year.
When Dej Loaf's “Try Me” arrived last year, all eyes were on this young Detroit firecracker. Not only did she have lyrical skills, she had a unique style to match. Dej is back with a more upbeat track featuring fellow Detroit native, Big Sean. The song is the third track from her latest EP, #AndSeeThatsTheThing. The two rappers come together to rep their city over a sample of DJ Clent's “Back Up Off Me" with a twist of added bass and a clapping beat. Dej makes it clear she can't be bothered with the fakes: “Back up off me / back up off me / I said bitch back up off me.”
There's no doubt that 2015 is the year of Fetty Wap. The Paterson, N.J. rapper is riding high off the success of his platinum-selling record “Trap Queen” plus an assist from Drake on "My Way" doesn't hurt either. Now Fetty delivers another catchy track with his sing-song flow by showing his appreciation for his girl once more over a swinging beat. This is the perfect song for a lady to rock out to while thinking about her boo.
The duo known as Majid Jordan are back with a track centered on a question most people ask when it comes to relationships: "Why you wanna be my love?" Produced by Nineteen85, Illangelo and Majid Jordan, the OVO Sound artists use their genius songwriting skills on “My Love” featuring Drake. The electro R&B track has them all in their feelings with second thoughts about a romance that seems iffy. After the success of Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” which they had a hand in creating, Majid Jordan are proving to deliver more hits than misses.
Drake premiered PARTYNEXTDOOR and Travi$ Scott’s recent collabo on his Beats 1 radio show OVO Sound Radio last month. It was also the same night he dropped his Meek Mill diss “Charged Up.” But the rapper didn't take the moment all for himself and included this zoned out track for the world to hear. The song is everything it sounds like it would be when you hear PND and La Flame join forces. “No Feelings" finds them taking a different approach compared to their prior collab “Jus Know." This effort is more of a drug-fueled trip on bud, codeine and cocaine with a few lady friends all over a rattling slow burner of a beat. This release can only give us hope that the Canadian singer is going to drop his new project soon.
“Lemme Know” seems to tie in with “Loca,” the previous track featured on Vince Staples' debut album, Summertime ’06. The Long Beach MC details the three chicks he’s dealing with and their struggle to deal with him and his playboy ways. ARTium labelmate Jhene Aiko joins the party to create the female perspective on the track. Vince and Jhene go back and forth, each giving their own perspective on the way Vince handles things within his relationships. "I know it was your birthday / I know I didn't call right away / I know it hurt you in the worst way / I know that I would trade it all if you stay," they sing in unison over the drum-heavy vibes.
As soon as Tory Lanez's new track "Say It" plays, you’ll recognize Brownstone’s '90's hit “If You Love Me." The Canadian crooner does a great job of giving a fresh take on a classic tune. "You gon' have to do more than just (Say it) / You gon' have to do less when you (Do it) / So mama you know how to (Show it) / You gon' need to do more than just (Prove it)," he sings, asking the lady who's caught his eye to prove her love for him. The track, produced by Pop Wansel, is unlike Tory's previous work, which features him flexing on the rap side. Tory is expected to drop his debut album on Mad Love/Interscope Records next year.
Summer of 17 is here and so is Bridget Kelly with her new song "Act Like That" featuring Mack Wilds. The former Roc Nation singer released her new EP independently, a move that showcases where she's at both in her personal life and career. “This project is unlike anything I've ever released but I'm so proud of it. I wrote/co-wrote every song; it's tailor-made to remind myself that I'm old enough to know better but young enough not to take life [and] love too seriously,” Kelly told Billboard. The song appears to sample Chaka Khan’s “Ain’t Nobody” or just has a similar melody, but either way it’s on point with the summer vibe of the album. "And I know you only want me 'cause it’s June / If it wasn’t for these pum pum shorts, you’d hate my attitude.” Facts.
“Latch” was an unexpected epic hit for Disclosure and Sam Smith last year, so it's only right that they got back in the studio to collaborate and create more magic. “Omen” is the British duo’s second single off of their new album, Caracal, arriving Sept. 25. The pop tune is super catchy with Smith belting out, “It's an omen, caught my baby crying / Saw the silver lining / it must be an omen / Needed you to show me, without you I am lonely.” The song has already topped the charts debuting at No. 7 on the Billboard Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart. Looks like they already have another winning formula on record.
Twenty-two-year-old New Orleans rapper Pell has been grinding all year. He hasn't been resting on his laurels since releasing his Floating While Dreaming LP last year. But hitting the studio non-stop can take its toll on just about anyone and the young MC lets it be known his ready for a break on “Vacation (Whole Week)." The track, produced by Playgroundz & Staccs, finds him flexing over a soulful tune as he rhymes of turning his passion into money. "This is for the soul's who be living carefree," he delivers.
Connie Constance, a self-described "organized hippie," is the freshest young talent to join the U.K.’s Black Acre Records. "Stars" is our introduction to the London-bred singer and her first impression blows us away with her trance-inducing vocals. "Dancing to the beat of my heart / Up to my knees in grass / Sticks and stones can't leave scars when I'm under the stars," she sings. This experimental soulful track was produced by British electronic musician Blue Daisy, who is her mentor and is also signed to Black Acre. Although this is her only song out right now, we can expect to hear more from her in the coming months. The 20-year-old apparently wants to create "music for her generation that breathes escapism from the cuts and bruises of young British life, penning lyrics on buses and trains."
Artists from across the pond are certainly showing out and Skepta is one to pay attention to. The English rapper, known for his grime hip-hop style, delivers hard-hitting bars on his bouncy tune "Shutdown" The beat, produced by Skepta himself and Ragz Originale, won't have you sitting in your seat for long. And let’s not forget the opening to “Shutdown,” where the MC features a sample of a hilarious moment from a Drake Vine: "Trust me daddy." Skepta even put actor Idris Elba on the remix to the upbeat track. Pay attention to this rising talent's movement.
You may already be familiar with SPZRKT's vocals, heard on Sango’s beats. Their “Middle of Things, Beautiful Wife” collaboration pulled in over 3 million streams on SoundCloud and continues to grow. SPZKRT, otherwise known as Spazzy Rocket, continues to spill his heart out on the J-Louis-produced effort "Blind Man." "Don't nobody care about your heart like I do / Girl, I'm down for you just the way you're down for me," the Warner Robins, Ga. native coos. His lover is so beautiful in and out that even if he was blind he would still be in love. On Aug. 9, he discovered the song peaked on Billboard's Twitter Emerging Artist Chart at 24 out of 140.
We see you, SPZRKT.
As we wait for his oft-delayed Rodeo album to arrive, Travi$ Scott gives us a little taste of what's to come with “Antidote.” Never one to shy away from the joys of drug use, La Flame delivers a “let’s get baked out and chill” vibe on the track, similar to his Days Before Rodeo song “Drugs You Should Try It.” "Don't you open up that window, don't you let out that antidote," he warns in a calm demeanor before breaking into the nitty gritty of popping pills accompanied by Auto-Tune. This time around, the antidote must be contained.
Ride with the Dark Wave Duchess Abra on her new song "Roses." Don’t get it twisted though, her music may have that '80s electro pop vibe, but her lyrics are far from sugary sweet. "I'm dumb and I'll chase / I'm young and I'll waste you away," she sings on the self-produced ode. "If you leave me I'll flood out your fire." There's a beauty to the ugliness. Watch out, fellas; don't break Abra's heart. The track is featured on her second LP, ROSE, released via Awful Records. If the name sounds familiar, it's likely because it is. The label is headed by Father, of "Look at Wrist Fame."
When Diddy debuted “Finna Get Loose” at the BET Awards this year, it was obvious this was going to be another turn up anthem. And what's a new Diddy song without an accompanying dance? Fans from around the world have showcased their own "Finna Get Loose" dance all across social media. Even celebrities like Chris Brown have joined in the fun. The hip-hop mogul teamed up with Pharrell to produce the track, which will appear on his forthcoming album, No Way Out 2. Puff and Skateboard P trade lyrics on the infectious effort: “You wanna roll some grass, go and do that / You ain't tryna pass, don't do that / You gotta drink the mask, don't do that / Finna act a ass, go and do that / Say what now."
Back in January, FKA twigs performed a new song while on tour at Melbourne’s 170 Russell in Australia. Fans got a taste of “Figure 8," which appears on her new EP, M3LL155X. Knowing twigs, any music is going to head far from the sugary pop lane. "Let me live, through your vice / Mass appeal / I feel in 10 breaths, it's a miracle if we're still alive," she sings. Ethereal vocals and pulsing R&B rhythms are the name of the game here.
Thanks to D.R.A.M.’s “Cha Cha” and the beef with Meek Mill, Drake was fueled up and decided to drop another hot summer track. Remember the summer you first heard “Find Your Love” on the radio? Well, Drizzy takes us there with his new banger “Hotline Bling.” It’s no surprise he managed to creep up the Billboard Hot 100 chart with this one. As always Drake’s lyrics are relatable and have made for endless quotes on social media, especially this hook in particular: “You used to call me on my cell phone / Late night when you need my love / Call me on my cell phone / Late night when you need my love / I know when that hotline bling / That can only mean one thing."
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