Best Singles of the Week | 2020: Week 10

Was6p y’all. In addition to these singles, I wanna make sure you guys check out that EP review I just did for The Loops of Life, Pt. 1 by Spaceman Jones & the Motherships. That project kinda reminds me of some old school Dungeon Family shit, so if that sounds intriguing to you definitely check it out. It’s really dope stuff. Anyway, this week was pretty good to me. The intensive therapy that I’m going through is still helping a lot, and I’ve managed to shake myself out of another depressive episode. People are just now starting to get their stimmies too, so hopefully my family members will get ours soon. Anyway, if you’ve been following this blog for a while, you may know that I’ve been trying to get a podcast together for years. I’m happy to report that things are finally starting to come together, so hopefully I’ll be able to share more info about that sooner rather than later.

Monday, March 8th

Back in Blood (Freestyle) by IDK produced by TurnMeUpYC

This is a remix of Back in Blood by Pooh Shiesty featuring Lil Durk. I don’t think it’s quite as amazing as CupcakKe’s remix, but it’s still very good in my opinion. I think the original song is cool, but it’s not really the type of thing I’d listen to more than once. This is a lot more enjoyable for me personally. The bars aren’t super amazing or anything, but I like IDK‘s flow and delivery a lot, and there were a couple nice lines. I liked the Ray J reference. That was kinda funny. It’s far from my favorite track of the week, but I think it’s worth checking out.

PREDATORS by RJ Payne featuring UFO Fev produced by P.A. Dre

The description box for this latest single on YouTube contains the hashtag “#WeeklyPayne,” so I guess that means we’re gonna be getting a new single from him every week. I didn’t realize he was dropping songs every single week, so that’s a nice surprise for me. Anyway, if you’re familiar with RJ Payne you probably won’t be shocked to hear that he killed this shit. I love the dark production from P.A. Dre, and the aggressive flow and delivery from Payne is fire as always.

It's stupid when you beef
No computers in the streets
Joe Budden Podcast
Nigga, we shootin' every week
Undisputed with the heat
Keep the Ruger by the seat
That bitch big
Look like a pulled a tuba out the jeep

The guest verse from UFO Fev is really great too. Overall, I think this track has some of the best rapping out of any of the songs dropped this week. Check it out.

Tuesday, March 9th

Fantasy World by Locksmith featuring Slug & Rebecca Nobel produced by Apathy

Locksmith & Slug are a collaboration that I really wasn’t expecting at all, but this ended up going over really well. I really love Apathy’s lighthearted, breezy production here, and the vocals from Rebecca Nobel on the hook are really great. Sonically, the song kinda reminds me of Compliments to the Chef by Action Bronson. The opening verse from Slug is great.

I'm not embarrassed or scared to fail
You can definitely tell by my hair and my nails
I shot the deputy, the sheriff was a separate deal
We all standin' in line to ride the same fuckin' ferris wheel

Locksmith of course spazzed out on the second verse too. I really have no complaints to be honest. Again, this is not a collab that I ever would have expected, but they pulled it off. I think it’s dope as hell.

Wednesday, March 10th

Slugs in Ya Gut by DJ Views featuring Ruste Juxx & Mr. Cheeks

DJ Views has been dropping a lot of music lately in promotion for his upcoming album with his Gizmo Produktionz label. Unlike someone like DJ Khaled, he actually produces his own records, so that’s cool. I think the beat here is dope, even if the stuttering synths in the background sound a little discordant with the rest of the beat. I kinda like that aspect of it. I also love how violent Ruste Juxx‘s lyricism is here.

I can't trust 'em, bust 'em in the head with a club
Fill your body up, riddled with the lead from the snub
I'm a cracker killer, swing the MAC guerilla
Never black on black, that's a fact, I'm realer
Son, I'm fearless, tell 'em how the fuck I feel
You ain't gon' do shit but catch what the fuck I peel
It's as simple as that, I be flamin' 'em up
Like a plaque in my studio, I'm hangin' 'em up

He spits two super grimy verses before Mr. Cheeks comes in at the end. I’ve never heard much of Mr. Cheeks’ work, but I was definitely satisfied with his work here. I really like his voice. The song is really dope overall; check it out and let me know what you think.

God Aura by Recognize Ali produced by Bronze Nazareth

This is the second single from Recognize Ali’s upcoming album with Bronze Nazareth, Season of the Se7en. It’s fire. The beat kinda reminds me of something that Jay-Z might’ve rapped over around the days of the original Blueprint. Ali of course snapped like he always does.

The hood is filled with more pain
Shootouts from close range for cocaine
The fiends barely shoot it in they cold veins
How you got fire without no flame?
You so lame, I bring that propane
Hop on my soul train
Just for you the realest see what's inside
You know the policy, lead the blind on this odyssey
Honestly I will sin to give y'all the prophecy
Burn your temple 'cause your circle promotes sodomy

I don’t really see what’s so bad about sodomy, but aside from that the verse here is fire. The song’s got a pretty straightforward structure, so there’s not much going on aside from the verse. It’s really dope though. Give it a listen and let me know what you think. The album is scheduled for release on April 16th.

How You Like Them Apples by G-Mo Skee produced by Dave Rothbard

I don’t know if G-Mo Skee is working on dropping a project any time soon or if he’s just releasing loose singles. I know he’s gonna be dropping an official music video for this track on the 23rd, so that should be cool I guess. With this song, we pretty much get what we always get from him, which is super aggressive battle-oriented rhymes. He killed this shit.

If you thought G-Mo was over with
You must of been smokin' a copious amount of opiates
I spit the dopest shit
If you think otherwise drop a comment below and tell me what's wrong with this
Is Wayne Brady gon' have to choke a bitch?
I'm so intense, if I throw a fit my shadow will flinch
They call me a chauvinist vocalist with a bone to pick
Fuck America, I'm hopin' that they don't reopen it

I like the kind of silly-sounding instrumental too. It’s pretty dope. G-Mo ends the track with a diss to someone named Gully Boy who I’ve never heard of, but it was pretty dope. The rapping here is really damn good, so give it a listen and let me know what you think.

Thursday, March 11th

We Are Not Alone by Skribbal featuring Aether Haze produced by Pragmatic

This is a single inspired by the abusive environments in which Skribbal was raised as a child. It gets pretty dark with the lyricism.

Every rain I would sneak out to my tree house
Roaming around the slum I was cold as they come
Lost inside a world that swallowed everything I loved
I was tired of the violence
Mama covered in the blood
I was done

Skribbal’s voice kinda reminds me of B-Real, but that might just be me. I really love the production from Pragmatic, and the vocals from Aether Haze on the second verse were nice too. This single comes from Skribbal’s upcoming Black Eyed Children album, so be on the lookout for that.

Crack Shifts by UFO Fev featuring Flee Lord produced by Vanderslice & Green Steez

I first familiarized myself with UFO Fev when I heard his From El Barrio with Love album, which was fully produced by Termanology. I thought it was a pretty good album, so I decided I’d keep my eye on him, and I’m glad I did because this latest single is hard as shit. I love how dark the production from Vanderslice is here, and UFO Fev’s verse is really dope.

I got my eyes on the DB9, so buy my music when you hear me rhyme
Please don't waste my time
My cloth red, the type of cloth you won't find
And kill my kind, high alert or you could watch the body jerk
I don't combine with reptilian slime
I average 40, these MCs ridin' the pine
My little shorty cleanin' this .40 for the 40th time
I hit the wax, and I start to recline

The hook is pretty good, and Flee Lord was the perfect feature choice for this track. I love how his voice sounds over this beat.

Stay up in yo place for the K up in yo face
Crack shifts on the back strip, potato on the .8
You eatin' leftovers, still sleepin' swept over
Blessed soldiers drummin' from the slums, now we check holders

This single comes from the upcoming collaborative album by UFO Fev & Vanderslice, Enigma of Dalí, so be on the lookout for that. Let me know what you think of this single in the meantime.

No Trouble by Mello Music Group featuring Oddisee

This is the third single from the upcoming album by Mello Music Group, Bushido, which drops on April 1st. I love Oddisee’s incredibly smooth, jazzy production here, and the rhymes are of course on point as well.

A bitten tongue, hidden gun, and somewhere in between
Lies the son of every struggle that my people seen
Here for me, my ancestors adore me
I'm a warrior, and stories is how I'm shootin' the three

The hook is pretty smooth too. I think it’s a really nice track. Give it a listen and let me know how you feel about it. It’s dope to me personally.

GREASE by Pro Zay featuring Jay Nice produced by Ed Glorious

Pro Zay released one of the better albums I heard in 2020 with his collaborative album with producer Timepiece, ALLEY MUZIK, so I was pretty excited to see that he dropped this new single for his upcoming project. My excitement was only bolstered once I saw the placement from Ed Glorious, who produced Teller Bank$’s fantastic album from last year, The Grotesque & Beautiful. Anyway, Pro Zay’s delivery here is a bit toned down compared to what he was doing on a lot of ALLEY MUZIK, so that was a nice change of pace. I guess it makes sense because the beat isn’t super bombastic. It’s a bit more nocturnal sounding than what Timepiece put together. The actual lyricism is still super gritty though.

They cut the batch with Similac
Get your finger pushed back
Tryna steal out the pack
Listen close, can hear the snap
Went from penny scrapin' to wavin' pots above the flame
Stay Henny sippin', don't think that one gon' change
Had plenty run-ins, so we never mention names
Fuck I'm petty, bitches, now my gods is dry in rain

I think I probably misquoted that last line, but it is what it is. His verse was hard as shit. The second verse is performed by Jay Nice, who I personally was unfamiliar with prior to listening to this track, but he really impressed me here.

So unique, so the freaks dug the voice
Watch the beast come destroy
Screamin' peace love and joy
I'm from the East, capiche?
I run through the streets, bunch of noise
With all of my boys huntin' for them geeks and cheeks

He killed this shit. I believe the upcoming album is entitled Blood Stained Pages, so be on the lookout, and let me know what you think of this track in the meantime.

Friday, March 12th

it won’t hurt you, camino, and woof by ntvrme

These three tracks are taken from ntvrme’s upcoming EP, youngworld. He’s fresh off his All the Years Blur Together album, which I thought was pretty great. The first beat here, it won’t hurt you, is incredibly chill and kind of cold sounding. It gives me the same feeling that Madvillain’s Accordion gives me. If I had to ascribe a color to it, it’d definitely be a cold dark blue. I think it’s dope as hell. camino is much more upbeat sounding, but still super chill at the same time. It sounds kind of mechanical, but is somehow warmer sounding than it won’t hurt you. This one sounds more like a dark orange to me. It’s really dope. It’s followed by woof, which is relatively short. This one is a lot jazzier and slow paced. I think the piano keys that are panned to the right sound fucking amazing. This one sounds like a light green. It sounds like music that would play in the background of a greenhouse. I think it’s my favorite out of all the singles he’s released. It ends a little abruptly, but I imagine it’ll transition nicely into the closing song on the EP. youngworld drops on March 19th this year, so be on the lookout for that.


As always, I’d love for you guys to let me know what your favorite tracks here are, as well as what I may have missed. I’m sure there are tons of tracks that slipped by me this week, so put me on to some dope shit. P.S., I’m gonna be posting my favorite albums of 2020 tomorrow, so be sure to come back for that. Peace

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