I remember 2013-2014 when there was a release each week that had a new track that was 100% made to be a “banger” and nothing else. Like the tracks stated in the subtitle, all of these (and more), were dropped in a period where everyone wanted to take the #1 radio spot.
I believe this is the period when hip hop really rose to be the biggest genre in the world (but now declining in popularity slowly). Previously all the radio played were Taylor Swift or Swedish House Mafia-type-house. Then these tracks came and they all worked out well to be the tracks to play at the gym, but probably most importantly at parties where the people wanted high energy music, and previously it had been house, but with all these high energy hip hop tracks, they could play them instead, and word got around.
I wouldn’t complain if we entered another one of these eras, where all the artists made two or three singles each with this type of energy. Some do, and one of the forefathers for this was and is Future, who released an album today.
On the brink of R&B and hip hop, we also have Toro Y Moi who dropped an album today. The whole album is pure quality content, so I couldn’t resist to include one of his as well. And there’s more!
Future is known to be the trap guru. This beat switch in the end is absolutely riveting (in a nice way). This album has the clear-sounding Future (he’s known to mumble) and the beat selection suits his rapping style perfectly. I love it.
Toro y Moi is the unkown superstar. He’s been putting out quality music since 2010. He’s been working closer with rappers in recent years, and his music has drifted closer to rap than previously.
YNW Melly is a kid of controversy. He was imprisoned for an extent in 2017, on weapons charges for a shooting he was involved with when aged 16. He recently had an AMA on Reddit – from prison. He also released his album yesterday which had som sweet features like this one with Kanye West. Melly was born 1999 and is young but rising as an artist. He sounds like a mix of Young Thug and Future, like most young rappers do today.
AJ Tracey is releasing a single each week, preparing for what seems to be an album. This track brings that classic AJ sound and I look forward to his new album. His previous album, “Secure The Bag!” was fantastic.