Happy New Year! Now that we're in 2016, it's time to get excited for new music. After what many deemed a lukewarm 2014 in terms of hip-hop and R&B, 2015 was in complete contrast, with an innumerable amount of albums, mixtapes, EPs and songs from our favorite artists keeping our ears occupied throughout the year.
To jumpstart the new year, a bevy of music acts unleashed some new tunes for us music lovers to enjoy. Last week, we had a great lineup to close out the year with songs from ILOVEMAKONNEN, Tunji Ige and Rockie Fresh claiming the top three slots.
Our latest edition is loaded with superstar talent that waste no time gifting fans with some fresh songs for the new year. Many artists may have packed it in before the ball dropped, but these guys kept working until there was no time left on the clock and came out with songs that will be in rotation well into 2016.
"Tree of Life"Logic Featuring Slug and Killer Mike
Logic has many reasons to celebrate the past year, but instead of champagne toasts and boastful raps, he opts for introspective musings on his new song, "Tree Of Life." Featuring verses from Slum of Atmosphere and Killer Mike, "Tree Of Life" was liberated by the Maryland rhymer as a token of appreciate for the fans' continued support. On the song, Logic spits, "Rap, bitches, money, cars only take you but so far / I can guarantee you that s--- don't make up a superstar" and implementing a melodic flow that gives his bars added pizzazz. Slug and Killer Mike also deliver great rhymes and live up to their billing on the song. Young Sinatra, Slug and Killer Mike all come with solid performances on "Tree of Life."
"What a Year"Big Sean Featuring Pharrell Williams and Detail
Big Sean turned out to be one of 2015's biggest winners. Aside from his breakup with Ariana Grande and being the victim of a burglary, everything turned up roses for the Detroit native, who released one of the biggest comeback albums of the year with his third effort, Dark Sky Paradise. Sean Don has decided to bask in the glory on the Pharrell-assisted banger, "What A Year," which is one of the better treats we've come across as of late. Sean is as confident as ever, rapping "All I gotta say is what a year, what a year / I decided now that every year is our year," and dropping his signature brand of nonchalant s--- talk over the bouncy track. In addition to Big Sean's cold flows, Pharrell blesses the track with an indelible hook that is sure to be chanted ad naseum by partygoers. "What a Year" is a great anthem for 2016 and beyond.
"Wonderful"Travi$ Scott Featuring The Weeknd
Travi$ Scott is usually money when it comes to random releases and his newest loosie is no different. Young La Flame returns with an undeniable heater with the Weeknd-assisted "Wonderful," a song that is primed to have fans of the rapper-producer going ape-s--- for months to come. Produced by T-Minus, Mike Dean and Scott, himself, the beat serves as a vibrant soundscape for the rap rebel to wax poetic about his excursions mobbing through various cities with beautiful women and his crew in tow. The Weeknd turns in an outstanding performance on the hook, lending his falsetto to the track and giving it tons of crossover appeal. While the song hasn't been billed as an official single, "Wonderful" surely has the potential to become a hit and is our top pick for our Best Songs of the Week tally.
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