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The songs of Summer '18

The vibes for Summer 2018 were a little different this year. I can't put a finger on why, but the season is almost over and there's not an anthem that truly defines this summer. Some songs fall into that category, but the masses haven't decided on one singular banger like usual. I've taken the liberty of picking out a few songs that could hold that distinction. I'll let you be the judge.

Ella Mai- Boo’d Up

This song  was originally on Ella Mai’s Ready EP which was released last year. But somehow it resurfaced this year and created a  life of its own. I appreciate the “Trust the process” story. Ella Mai is deserving of all this attention he’s getting. Everybody loves it especially the guys.

Drake - Nice for What

It’s not Summer without a club anthem from Drake. From the song to the visual, you can tell this was dedicated more to the women out there working hard and looking simultaneously. He made it clear for the women that this was the summer to start acting up and letting the men know what time it was. .

YG - Big Bank

Everybody loves a ratchet west coast style single from YG alongside DJ Mustard on the production boards. Its felt good to hear Mustard & YG linking back up again for Stay Dangerous. You can't help but do your dance when “My bitch drive an all white range/ Couldn't hit if you niggas had aim..” first comes on.

Jay Rock - WIN

This isn’t just a song. It’s a Life mantra that the people strive to live for in life. This was the perfect to officially kick off Jay Rock’s run with Redemption, which happens to be one of top rap albums albums so far in 2018. Once again the TDE brand remains strong.

Tory Lanez ft Rich The Kid - Talk to Me

I was having a tough time trying to choose between BID and Talk to Me but the chorus alone for Talk to Me is so catchy that it just rolls off of your tongue with ease. Tory is planning to drop a new project Love Me Now right after releasing his Sophomore Effort Memories Don’t Die.

Drake - In My Feelings

When i first heard this record on the night Scorpion released, I already knew this was going to be a smash single, between the New Orleans influence and Drake giving City Girls catching a huge look, it had all of the ingredients for a successful moment. And it all kicked off when comedian Shiggy started the “In My Feelings” challenge.

Khalid ft Ty Dolla Sign & 6lack - On the Way

The visual and vibe of this song gave me 90s vibes with a twist. It’s always great to hear feel good R&B records that you just automatically know is going to stand the test of time especially when hearing great young R&B acts. Ty Dolla currently on his run with best guest features in 2018 so far meanwhile everyone is anticipating 6lack’s next album release at any moment.

Valee ft Jeremih - Womp Womp

The rising stardom of Chicago rapper Valee has been an trajectory to watch this year from his debut EP GOOD Job, You Found to Me to watching other rappers try and imitate his rap flow.  This is one of the records that helps highlight the up-and-coming Valee. I'm looking forward to hearing his next project with Cardo to see where he’s going to go next with his music.

Tyga ft Offset - Taste

With all of the constant slander and jokes that the masses have made towards rapper Tyga, we forget about his ability to keep a hit record under his belt. At first I wasn’t sure what to think about the reactions to the song, but after listening and living with this song, I was sold. Between that, his other record Swish, and his new LA Leakers Freestyle, I’m liking what he’s doing with his music and hope he continues this streak of great music.

The most anticipated Hip-Hop albums of Summer 2018

One of my favorite summer pastimes have come around yet again, as GOOD Music, TDE and Drake have opened up the summer with more quality bangers. Here's four hip hop albums I'm most looking forward to this summer.

Jay Rock - Redemption

Jay Rock’s newest single Win off his new album Redemption has become a mantra for life. Hearing the chorus go “Win Win Win Win/ Fuck everything else/ Win Win Win Win” always gets my spirit going. There was a lot of mixed reviews regarding Rock’s last album 90059. However the anticipation for his follow-up was built up off the strength of the Black Panther-soundtrack hit, King’s Dead.

TDE is already having a blockbuster year and now it’s time for the label mates to shine.

Schoolboy Q - TBD

Another TDE superstar is gearing up for his third major studio release. Schoolboy Q says his album is done and will drop sometime in 2018. He's also said the production on the album will be more mainstream.

His recent verses on Addicted to Ballin, Code of Honor, X, & Movin Around shows me how much Q has improved as a rapper. Right now he’s on the Championship Tour with the rest of the Top Dawg family celebrating their wins. We'll see what he's got in store for us next go-around.

YG- Stay Dangerous

It wouldn't be summer without an album of ratchet YG anthems!

YG announced Stay Dangerous, the follow-up to 2016's Still Brazy, back in February, and unlike its predecessor, he's linked back up with DJ Mustard, whose presence was missing on the last album. Mustard's production sounds polished on the single Suu Woop, making me anxious for some heat to hold us over this summer.

YG's other single Big Bank is out as well.

Drake -Scorpion

Yeah Push gave Aubrey the biggest ass-whooping in hip-hop history... but I'm still hype for Scorpion. When you have the superstar power Drake has, your career can stand to take a few hits.

So far he’s dropped God’s Plan, Nice for What, and I'm Upset to build up anticipation for the June 29 release. Everybody knows that regardless of what happened, Drake is still going to do his numbers and drop his hits (we won’t forget the beatdown though). I'm looking forward to seeing what energy he brings and whether or not he’s going to address a lot of the allegations Push mentioned.

Most anticipated albums of 2018

There’s a couple of things that come to mind when I think about New Years; it’s new beginnings, new energy, new people, new opportunities, and most importantly, new music. Every year when it feels there’s no way the music atmosphere can get that better, I’m  hit me with that “Iight BET” text message from the new year.  New music releases in 2018  means new sounds, waves, flows, tunes, artists, etc. When it’s not the usual artists dominating, there’s always some new faces that make big noise for themselves.  Despite push back old heads give us, music is in a great spot. With all of these diverse  categories of hip-hop specifically tailored to different crowds, you would think complaining about the state of music would experience some cutback.  But people are never satisfied. Either way it goes,  I’m excited to hear  what’s in stored for our 2018 Life soundtrack. I’ve come up with the list of rappers whom in which I’m excited for releasing new music this year.

Migos - Culture 2

Coming off an astounding year, Migos are already prepping for their upcoming album Culture 2, which drops on January 26th. This release falls a day before the one year anniversary of Culture. With two single already in rotation (Motor Sport and Stir Fry), I’m interested in what direction the group is taking the sound & vibe this next go round. I don't know if it’s because of the Quality Control compilation release, but the buzz doesn't feel entirely the same as it did last year. However, I have faith in Migos to drop that flame. I'm looking forward to hearing my guy Offset (aka the BEST MIGO out the group) to do work on the album. . 

Rae Sremmurd - Sremmlife 3

SremmLife 3 has been teased on several occasions by Mike Will Made It and the group through social media and interviews. Back in August while with speaking with Tim Westwood , Swae Lee confirmed that SremmLife 3 was just about complete. Prior to that, Slim Jxmmi initially said initially that the third album was going to be a departure from the Sremmlife series, but later, Swae changed the plans up. We haven’t got an actual release date yet, but we were told it’s supposed to drop sometime in January. I’m not sure if it will since release dates always change, but I’m certain Sremmlife 3 will drop for us sometime in the first quarter of 2018.

On a side note, I really wish they would start dropping their albums in the spring time so their records could blow up and get in the summer rotation.

YG- Just Re’d Up 3

When we last heard YG on his Red Friday EP, he said on Public Service Announcement intro "Just Re’d Up 3 coming soon.” YG has been quietly working in the lab, whether with Mustard for the album or assisting with features with other rappers. He’s dropped some loosie singles post-Still Brazy in Fuck it up, YNS & Pop it Shake It. It’s about to be about two years since Still Brazy dropped (which i think is top album of 2016 despite some push back since the album missed Mustards’ presence) and I think it’s about time for a new YG album in order to prep us for the summer.

Nipsey Hussle - Victory Lap

It's about DAMN time our playa’ potna Nipsey Hussle is finally dropping Victory Lap on February 16th. I’ve been a fan of his music since Hussle in the House dropped and he’s grabbed me with his mixtapes series Bullets Aint Got No Name and The Marathon. After Crenshaw dropped in 2013, Nipsey started teasing us with Victory Lap, but it was starting to reach Detox status. But it seems like Victory Lap is finally about to happen. If my boy Cyhi could delay his album process and drop heat like No Dope on Sundays, then I have all the faith in Nipsey.

Travis Scott- Astroworld

Travis Scott is for the people and he proves it every single time with each new project release. Birds in The Trap Sing McKnight is still holding it down as we’re we wait for Astroworld. Huncho Jack with Quavo was cool and all, but we all are waiting for what’s coming with their own projects. Last year, Trav dropped three throwaway records; Green and Purple with Playboi Carti, The Butterfly Effect, and A Man. I’m anxious to hear what new sounds he's got cooking in the works with Mike Dean. He had a great all star cast on his last album and i’m interested in who's making contributions this next go round. Will he outdo Birds and Rodeo? Stay tuned.

Schoolboy Q- TBD

Blank Face was the album of 2016, point blank period. Schoolboy Q came through with the heat and it still sticks today. If you follow Q on Snapchat or his IG stories, then you would know he’s putting the finishing touches on his next album. He’s already warned us that he’s taking the mainstream route with the production. We don’t know much about the new album yet but I can guarantee you that Q’s is about to lace us with some heat the TDE way.

Jay Rock - TBD

Jay Rock has been silently working on his next album for awhile now. TDE has already made their power move by dropping King’s Dead with Kendrick and Future, which not only will serve as a single for The Black Panther but also the first single off his upcoming Album. We don’t have a lot of information regarding the album, but judging off the snippets, I'm looking forward to the album. I can’t wait until the second single comes out.

Future - TBD

We’ve been long overdue for a new solo Future album. Last year, he pulled a double whammy on us dropping FUTURE & HNDRXX, both albums which could possibly be argued as the best albums of 2017.  The only thing missing is a Grammy nomination but only time will tell.

Between the rumors of Beast Mode 2 with him & Zaytoven and finding he will be curating the soundtrack for the Superfly remake, there’s no telling exactly what direction Future is going to go with his music. All we can tell you is that expect some new heat soon. To keep it a buck, I really hope somehow we can add No Wallet into the mix.

Drake - TBD

At the end of “Do Not Disturb,” Drake said,  “Takin summer off, cause they tell me I need recovery/ Maybe gettin’ back to my regular life will humble me/ I’ll be back in 2018 to give you the summary.”  We really don’t know what Drizzy has in stored for us this year, but based on the snippets that’s dropped on social media, he’s been working. Even though I would much rather prefer him to take the year off and really put his foot into the next album, he’s going to do what he want to do. All I can hope for is more flame to come on the way.

Kanye West - TBD

As an OG Kanye stan,  these days I feel bittersweet about him as a whole from his recent music to how he is as a person.  Even though I’m not as fond of him as I was before, there’s still some love for Uncle Ye deep down. Not only do we want the best for him, but we also want the mild sauce flowing back in his veins.

He was very quiet for the most of 2017 minus a verse on Cyhi’s Dat Side. We’ve heard from numerous members of G.O.O.D. Music that Kanye is back on his “five beats a day for three summers” flow. I’m not believing anything until I actually hear it. But the good thing about Ye’s music is that you’ll never know what to expect from him. So for that, I’m interested to see where he will take it since he’s been so quiet.