FNKY's Music Reviews

Apple Music (Week of Jan. 22nd, 2017)

FNKY's pick of the week: https://soundcloud.com/montebooker/raindrop-droptop

1. Bad and Boujee (feat. Lil Uzi Vert), Migos - Culture

2. Both (feat. Drake), Gucci Mane - The Return of East Atlanta Santa

3. Fake Love, Drake - More Life

4. T-Shirt, Migos - Culture

5. Bounce Back, Big Sean - I Decided.

6. Shake You, Ed Sheeran - Divide

7. iSpy (feat. Lil Uzi Vert), KYLE - iSpy Single

8. Starboy (feat. Daft Punk), The Weeknd - Starboy

9. Caroline, Aminé - Caroline Single

10. goosebumps, Travis Scott (feat. Kendrick Lamar) - Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight

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1. Bad and Boujee (feat. Lil Uzi Vert), Migos - Culture

                        -"Raindrop, Droptop" This track quickly became an Internet meme sensation from the iconic hip-hop trio out of Atlanta.  People have been adding their own twist to the lyrics, and posting videos dancing to the hook.  Bad and Boujee has been sitting comfortably at number one for the past few weeks because of this.  With the help of another Atlanta native in the spotlight, Donald Glover (aka rapper, Childish Gambino), the song's streaming rate jumped over 400% after Glover thanked Migos for the track during his Golden Globes acceptance speech.  This is great news for up-and-coming rapper, Lil Uzi Vert, who is featured on the track and has another feature also sitting in the top 10.

 2. Both (feat. Drake), Gucci Mane - The Return of East Atlanta Santa

                        -FREE GUCCI!  He is finally out from behind bars and still dropping hit after hit.  Sitting at number two this week, Gucci Mane and Drake coming hard with their track Both.  Drake, who is just coming off of his huge release of Views, the rapper's 6th studio album, jumps on the Atlanta trap beat Gucci is known for while adding his savory Toronto flows for the hook.

 3. Fake Love, Drake - More Life

                        -Drake's anthem for shutting down the fakes and the haters is the hottest single coming from his highly anticipated More Life project.  Drake has described More Life as a playlist rather than an album or mixtape.  Not much else is known about the project besides the tracks that have been released so far (Fake Love, Sneakin', & Two Birds, One Stone).  Drake confirmed that More Life is set to release in the first quarter of 2017, so keep an eye out for that.

 4. T-Shirt, Migos - Culture

                        -Another banger track from Migos is topping the charts this week.  T-Shirt also comes from the group's upcoming release, Culture.  This track was gaining a lot of buzz from their mink and husky filled music video that surrounds a similar aesthetic to the Academy Awards winning movie The Revenant.

 5. Bounce Back, Big Sean - I Decided.

                        -This is the first single Sean Don released from his upcoming project, I Decided., coming February 3rd.  Big Sean preformed this track and another currently untitled track from the project on Saturday Night Live this past weekend.

 6. Shake You, Ed Sheeran - Divide

                        -This is the first the public is hearing from Sheeran and the first track he has put out since his social media hiatus following his last album and tour.  The highly anticipated album, (Divided) is set to release March 3rd.  You can listen to the singer/songwriter's interview about the album and its delays with Zane Lowe on Apple Music, Beats1 radio.

 7. iSpy (feat. Lil Uzi Vert), KYLE - iSpy Single

                        -You best not be sleeping on KYLE and the SuperDuper crew.  Coming up after his 2015 album, Smyle, and going on tour with Hoodie Allen and Blackbear in 2016, KYLE has been creating a lot of buzz with some chart-topping tracks.  This is a single featuring Lil Uzi Vert (his second feature to hold a top 10 spot this week), he explains though his lyrics that this is just a random track they wanted to make, and it’s not coming from an album...yet.  Listening to iSpy, I'm thinking that it has earned this spot on the chart because of the success of Bad and Boujee.  People listen to B&B, find Lil Uzi Vert, and then stumbled across this pleasant mix of trap and nerd-cord hip-hop.

 8. Starboy (feat. Daft Punk), The Weeknd - Starboy

                        -The title track from The Weeknd's follow up album to his 2015, Beauty Behind the Madness, is more Rock & Roll than his labeled R&B/Soul.  Backed by legendary synths from Daft Punk, the track sets the whole tone of the album and what it is to move to America with nothing but talent and ambition to break records and make hit after hit.  If you haven't heard this track yet, you'll never know what it is to live the life of a Starboy.

 9. Caroline, Aminé - Caroline Single

                        -Portland, Oregon native rapper, Aminé, coming at you with some new wave beats over his bouncy vocal flow to make the hot new single, Caroline.  Aminé has been working with producers such as Kaytranada, and the rapper is setting himself up for a bright future with Republic Records.

 10. goosebumps, Travis Scott (feat. Kendrick Lamar) - Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight

                        -Two of the biggest rap stars come together to lay down bars over the production from Cardo.  goosebumps is the perfect mix of both Travis and Kendrick, and proves that this is a new era of hip-hop royalty.  This has been Travis Scott's go-to performance for his television appearances.  Travis Scott's upcoming solo tour has yet to be officially announced, so until then you can find him performing goosebumps on Steven Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel's talk shows to get a taste of the action.

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