Fresh Finds | August: Mixtape
We love hip hop. It’s always blasting through the walls of our office and it’s deeply rooted
These are the new hip hop tracks that have climbed into our A rotation. Have a jam, that might hop into yours too.
Amine – Compensating featuring Young Thug
Following his 2017 debut ‘Good For You’, Amine delivers ‘Contemplating’, the single from his sophomore album ‘Limbo’.
Compensating has a tongue and cheek rhythmic beat glides along under Amine’s infectious melodies, and pulls up to the challenge of fitting perfectly to Young Thug’s unique and mesmerizing flow.
Amine and Thug’s voices both occupy the opposite ends of the same realm, and where Amine delivers smooth melodic velvet, Thug brings the beautiful chaos of his voice.
If you want more where that came from, ‘Limbo’ is out now and it’s full of gems.
Pop Smoke – Dior
Following his tragic death at the ripe age of 20 earlier this year, Dior is the single from Pop Smoke’s posthumous release ‘Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon’. Dior has featured on Pop’s two previous mixtapes as well, but we felt it only right to pay homage to the late star’s biggest impact on the drill hip hop scene.
‘Dior’ is great for getting hyped. The aggressive beat coupled with Pop’s deep, growling voice is the perfect recipe to get the night started full of energy.
Juice WRLD – Wishing Well
Juice WRLD was a machine in the studio. He could work on multiple songs concurrently and had an x-factor for writing melodies. ‘Wishing Well’ is the single from ‘Legends Never Die’, Juice’s first posthumous record, but supposedly not his last.
‘Wishing Well’ is a perfect example of why the world loved Juice. Earnest vocals, honest lyrics and a unique blend of rap and rock production.
It’s probably not the banger to play at the peak of the party, but it’s definitely the one for when you’re in your feelings.
Kanye West – Wash Us in the Blood featuring Travis Scott
Reminiscent of ‘Yeezus’, ‘Wash Us in the Blood’ draws from tribal drums and deep bass sounds. It’s full of energy, and has Kanye going berserk and the centre of it.
Travis Scott steps in to balance out Ye’s aggression with autotuned melodies, bringing it to the centre of the venn diagram for a textbook modern hip hop track.
Tyla Yaweh – Tommy Lee featuring Post Malone
After bursting through the doors of the hip hop scene after opening for Post Malone for his worldwide tour, Tyla Yaweh enlists his mentor for the first single from his upcoming album ‘Rager Boy’.
It’s a song for flexing, for feeling yourself, for getting amped. Tyla has a unique voice that creates a lot of interesting inflections against the autotune, and Post Malone’s voice that can speak for itself.
Since the release, the pair put out a remix featuring the man himself, Tommy Lee from Motley Crüe. An unlikely link to say the least, but it is 2020 after all.