Many of you are totally over the nightmare that is your work week and ready to get out and enjoy your weekend, which means you’re in need of a little music for the pre-game. That’s why you need The Boombox’s Best Songs of the Week playlist.
Last week’s lineup included tracks from Black Thought and Styles P., PnB Rock and J. Dilla, and it was a pretty solid selection of dope tunes but this edition manages to up the ante.
As we move forward into the second quarter of the year, more and more artists are emerging with great music and adding to what has been a festive year for hip-hop and R&B. Our latest roundup of Best Songs of the Week boasts new tracks from DJ Shadow (featuring Run the Jewels), Onyx and A$AP Ferg.
Enjoy this week’s selections of new songs below.
DJ Shadow is one of the more unsung producers in hip-hop, but those in the know are well aware of his greatness behind the boards. As he prepares to release his sixth album, the legendary turntablist decided to liberate this heater featuring Run the Jewels called “Nobody Talk.” El-P and Killer Mike both spit gritty, no-frills bars over the guitar and drum-laden beat. DJ Shadow’s “Nobody Talk” is a great way to build anticipation for his new project, The Mountain Will Fall, which is due out on June 24.
“The Tunnel (Big Kap Tribute)”
The passing of the influential DJ Big Kap cast a dark shadow on the hip-hop world, with many friends and fans of the New York legend paying their respects and sharing their favorite memories of him. Veteran rap group Onyx has rounded out a few other spitters from the five boroughs and put together this tribute song celebrating the legacy of Big Kap and the Tunnel nightclub, which he would regularly hold down while behind the wheels of steel. Featuring Ali Vegas, Nature, Steele (of Smif-N-Wessun), and Sadat X, “The Tunnel (Big Kap Tribute)” will be included on Onyx’s upcoming album, WAKEDAFUCUP, which touches down April 18.
A$AP Ferg is looking to follow in A$AP Rocky’s footsteps and make the leap from mixtape and blog favorite to a mainstream superstar and his latest release should help him complete the mission. Featuring a guest appearance from hip-hop vet Missy Elliott, the song, titled “Strive,” is a pulsating, uptempo jam that should ingratiate Ferg to the EDM audience. The banging club track should also get people sweaty on the dance floors. A$AP Ferg’s upcoming album, Always Strive And Prosper, will arrive in stores on April 22.