Kodak Black is famous for saying (or doing) the wrong thing at the wrong time, and T.I.’s famous for using big, pseudo-intellectual words when smaller ones would suffice. This week on Top Tracks, our #1 song is a product of both of those guys doing what they do best. The story: Kodak dishonored the recently-deceased Nipsey Hussle with a comment about Lauren London, T.I. took offense and typed out a response that used the why-is-this-even-a-word word “expeditiously” (“quickly” means the exact same thing), Kodak responded with a diss track titled after said word. We all know how HNHH users feel about beef and diss tracks, so naturally, “Expeditiously” was far and away the most popular song on the site last week.
No artist has more than one appearance inside this week’s top ten of our TOP 100 chart. New songs barely missing out on spots include 24hrs, Ty Dolla Sign, and Dom Kennedy‘s “Back Out” (#11), Anderson .Paak and Brandy‘s “Jet Black” (#12), Tee Grizzley’s “God’s Warrior” (#14), and Wiz Khalifa and Ty Dolla Sign’s “Bacc To Winning” (#16).
We hadn’t heard from Lil Dicky since last year’s questionable “Freaky Friday” video, and now it’s clear that his latest venture has been quite the time-consuming pursuit. “Earth” may be more well-intentioned and star-studded than Dicky’s last song, but does it slap? This one debuts at #10.
Somewhat surprisingly, our list this week only includes one 4/20-related song, but at least it involves two of stoner rap’s biggest names. For a new song named after the smoker holiday, Jim Jones enlisted none other than Wiz Khalifa and Currensy, two of the most prodigious potheads around. “4/20” debuts at #9.
Kevin Gates still hasn’t given us a proper sophomore album to follow up 2016’s Islah, and it doesn’t look like his latest song was planned as a big lead single for a new project. “Big Gangsta” appeared online last week and has since been taken down. Nevertheless, it debuts at #8.
Yet another unofficial leak! A collab between three prolific dudes who had never previously worked together, Chief Keef, Youngboy, and producer Tay Keith, popped up online last week. Alas, there’s still no official version, and the one that leaked has since been scrapped. “Fireman,” as their collaboration is titled, debuts at #7.
On his latest single, French Montana continues his reign as the master of making halfway decent songs that seem like terrible ideas on paper. “Slide” rounds up ascendant youngsters Blueface and Lil Tjay (the latter’s first of most likely many appearances inside of our top ten), and it debuts at #6.
Nestled alongside dozens of live Coachella recordings of existing Beyoncé songs on her new album, Homecoming, is a bonus cover of Frankie Beverly and Maze’s 1981 hit “Before I Let Go.” It’s not every day we get new Bey music, so this was a near-lock to chart. It debuts at #5.
Through two episodes of Game Of Thrones‘ final season, we haven’t heard any music from the recently-announced, star-studded accompanying soundtrack, and for the sake of the show, let’s hope it stays that way. But outside of that context, let’s have at these songs. The first one to chart on HNHH is “Power Is Power,” a high-profile collab between SZA, The Weeknd, and Travis Scott. It debuts at #4.
Should Tyga ever make a full-length album ever again? In the past year, he’s enjoyed a surprising spree of success with upbeat, carefree singles, and that seems to be the formula that works best for him. “Goddamn” is the latest, and it debuts at #3.
After the indulgent, insular, and out-there Heartbreak on a Full Moon, it looks like Chris Brown is going the more traditional route for his upcoming follow-up, Indigo. “Wobble Up” is a very straightforward, safe single that features bankable stars Nicki Minaj and G-Eazy. It debuts at #2.
Tracks #2 and #3 on this list each got around 30,000 views in the past week; “Expeditiously” has over 90k. It seems that while people still love to hate on Kodak (it’s got a 35% user approval rating), they’re still clicking on his music. This one easily debuts at #1.
Article written by Patrick Lyons #HotNewHipHop
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