Best Songs of the Week Featuring Kevin Gates, Anderson .Paak and More
Another week, another fresh batch of fire, new songs. The last six days have seen the return of two fan favorites who'd been in the midst of a musical drought for one reason or another.
This week, Kevin Gates released three new songs and broke his musical silence for the first time since getting out of jail. On Wednesday (May 16), the rapper unloaded Chained to the City, a three-song release that included an emotional new cut by the name of "Change Lanes." With honest lyricism and infectious melody, the track is everything that helped Gates go platinum with no features.
Next up we've got the return of Anderson .Paak, who pulled up with "Bubblin," a scorching, new track laced with jittery horns and a tight flow from .Paak. There's no telling when his Malibu follow-up will arrive, but if the rest of the project is anything like this particular song, it should be insanely dope.
Speaking of returns, this week was also one that saw Lil Baby show up and show out with a brand new project. This one's called Harder Than Ever, and days before its release, fans got their cyber hands on the Atlanta rapper's new Wheezy-produced Drake collab. This one is called "Yes Indeed," and with confident lyrics from both Drizzy and Lil Baby, it definitely goes.
Keeping things down South, Wifisfuneral and YBN Nahmir also deliver some heat this week, and they do so while paying homage to a Louisiana legend. Titling the new track "Juveniles," Wifi interpolates a part of Juvenile's "Back That Ass Up" and delivers a barrage of quick-fire flexes that Nahmir manages to match step for step.
Taking his talents to the hip-hop sphere once again, Diplo also drops a new audio gem. This one's called "Welcome to the Party," and it features Lil Pump, French Montana and Zhavia. The track is heavier than Diplo's usual stuff, and with Pump and French flexing hard the whole way through, a departure was the only way. The track, which belongs on the Deadpool 2 soundtrack, also gets an accompanying video featuring the Marvel Comics character Deadpool twerking.
Repping New York City, Bodega Bamz also came through with a solid track. This one's called "My Flex Freestyle," a tune that finds the Harlem MC eviscerating Fat Joe's Just Blaze-produced tune, "Safe 2 Say."
On the West Coast, we have Kyle, who celebrates his birthday today by dropping off his debut LP, Light of Mine. One of the standout tunes from a project filled with them is "Babies," an Alessia Cara-featured song that finds the rapper flaunting his crooning voice.
YBN Cordae, an affiliate of Nahmir and YBN Almighty Jay, also managed to make some waves this week with "Old Niggas." The track is one you'll find on the more technical side of hip-hop as it features the young rapper flaunting some impressive rhyme schemes while making some cutting points in response to J. Cole's new school-lecturing KOD tune "1985."
Killer Mike and 2 Chainz unveil a new track and the title alone is an eye-opener. This one's for Netflix's documentary series soundtrack, Rapture, and the song is called "Black Power. White Powder." Spitting over a hard beat, Mike and Tity Boi deconstruct the economics of the drug game in a way few are capable of.
Keeping things in Cali, we also get a surprise new song from Top Dawg Entertainment's Jay Rock, who blessed a Boi-1da and Vinylz-produced track called "Win." With triumphant horns and verses that almost sound like chants, it's a welcomed banger from the TDE artist.
Take a listen to all 10 of XXL's best songs of the week below.
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