Yung Gleesh‘s got another one, and this time, it comes along with Playboi Carti and Lil Yachty. Check out “WWTW”—which, in this song is short for “working with the work”—below.
“WWTW” is a woozy, Auto-Tune-laced, Yung Pvps-produced track that finds Gleesh, Carti and Yachty flexing while sounding as relaxed as possible. The song is a drowsy one, but the straight up confidence the three rappers bring to the instrumental is undeniable. Gleesh handles the simple and repetitive hook, while Carti throws in some of his adlibs.
“I’m working with the work/Working with the work/I’m working with the work/Working with the work/I-I-I,” he spits in the hook, as Carti repeats “Let’s go” in the background. For his part, Yachty continues the vibe with some casually confident lyrics as well.
With an instrumental that sounds like a peaceful morning, Carti adlibs and plenty of swagger from Gleesh, this is definitely a track to look out for—which is something you could say about a lot of the rapper’s songs over the past year.
Gleesh is a Washington, D.C. artist doing big things following his return with a guest appearance on last year’s A$AP Mob offering, Cozy Tapes: Vol. 1. With tracks like “Whistle,” “Pew Pew” and now “WWTW,” he’ll look to continue building a buzz, doing the “Gleesh Walk” all the way to national stardom. Sounds good to us.
Check out “WWTW” below.
While mumble rap might seem to momentarily reign supreme, rappers with lyrical dexterity are still doing their MF thing. We’ve gotten some fire freestyles in the first half of 2017, and quarter three looks to be continuing the trend. Vic Mensa recently stopped by Sway in the Morning to drop off some bars, and ended up spazzing over Kendrick Lamar’s “HiiiPoWeR.”
Vic wasted no time getting busy on the J. Cole-produced track. “Visions of Malcolm X staring at me/Out the window with the tec if it’s to protect my family/I stand over y’all, don’t mean you understand me/Sold grams hand to hand, I rap like I won a Grammy/All black leathers, that’s the dress code/Tatted up across my stomach like I’m Esco/Pyrex stove, Rolex gold/It’s dead bodies in the wild like Gasbestos/Skeletons in the closet, I’m picking up the bones/Tryna build a happy house for my land of broken homes/Folks and stones turn into fiends, now they smoking stones,” he snaps.
The Chicago rapper ends up delivering close to 70 bars of pure fire.
Vic is fresh off the release of his debut album, The Autobiography, which dropped a week ago, a week earlier than its slated release date. The project was produced mostly by No I.D. and includes features from Pharrell, Chief Keef, Joey Purp, Ty Dolla $ign, Weezer and more. “This album is really my blood, sweat, and tears, and everything that I’ve learned up to this point in life,” Vic recently said about the project. “I kind of had to go through a lot of different things to even be able to put this album down on wax.”
Watch Vic Mensa spazz over K. Dot’s banger below.
Currently on a promotional tour for his Flower Boy album, Tyler, The Creator had a chance to sit down with Zane Lowe where the rapper opened up about Frank Ocean: from their collaborative process and more. Having been buddies way back since the Tyler-founded collective Odd Future days, both Tyler and Ocean have appeared on a multitude of each other’s works, including “911/Mr. Lonely” from Tyler’s latest album.
Opening up with Lowe, Tyler talked about his working relationship with Frank. “We’ve never ever in our life planned a collaboration,” he explains. “I’m always in the studio just making shit and he’s like ‘where you at?’” Tyler also explained how Frank’s first lines in verse two of “911/Mr. Lonely” came about, “[Frank] was like, ‘Let me try something.’ He just started saying ‘chirp chirp chirp chirp’ about 400 f*ckin’ times.”
Check out the full interview via Apple Music below where Tyler even went on to rank Ocean’s albums:
“Blonde is so sick, I always tell him I like that shit way better than Channel Orange — and I don’t like comparing. But the looseness of structure and the chords and shit on Blonde speaks to me more than Channel Orange. But I think Channel Orange has a little bit more pop structures, which gets to people a little more.”
East Harlem’s Dave East links up with Chris Brown for his new single “Perfect,” the first track from Paranoia. The forthcoming EP drops Aug. 18 via Def Jam Recordings/Mass Appeal Records.
On “Perfect,” Dave East and Chris Brown show their softer side as the rap abut their significant others and how she deserves only the best.
“You deserve it ’cause you perfect (perfect)/You make every moment worth it (every moment)/I’m flyin’ down Collins, I’m shirtless (skrr)/Just thinking how you might’ve curved it/I knew you a minute, don’t act like you don’t know the business/I’ve been tryin’ to get all up in it/Gave you my card, I don’t know ’bout no limit/They can’t see us in that foreign, it was tinted,” Dave East raps.
Paranoia will be Dave East first project since signing his major label deal with Def Jam. The former collegiate athlete has seen his popularity rise since he was selected to the 2016 XXL Freshman class. His last project, Kairi Chanel, was a huge success last year. The 15-track project, named after East’s daughter, contained features from Beanie Sigel, Cam’ron, Fabolous and more. Since then, he’s been dropping East-mixs of today’s hottest records such as The Weeknd’s “Party Monster,” Future’s “Mask Off” and Drake’s “Free Smoke.”
Atlanta rapper Drako is ready to make an impact with his new single “Watch Me Do It.” The 24-year-old artist signed with Babygrande Records after impressing the label during his set at the South By Southwest Festival. Now, he hopes to achieve new heights in his career with the help of an imprint that’s released albums by Hip Hop luminaries like GZA, Pete Rock, M.O.P. and Havoc.
Drako’s first single for Babygrande is filled with the flavor of ATL Hip Hop and showcases a different sound from a label that’s specialized in East Coast rap for much of its existence. The track is produced by Yoksta, who has worked with Future and OJ Da Juiceman. Perhaps Drako is destined to reach the same heights as Yoksta’s past collaborators and solidify himself as a force in his hometown’s crowded music scene. Babygrande has teamed up with Atlanta’s Coalition DJ’s to work the “Watch Me Do It” in clubs throughout the city and will premiere the Daps-directed video in the coming weeks.
“We have been active in Atlanta for several years now building our network and developing talent,” the label’s founder Chuck Wilson told HipHopDX. “We hired an A&R in Atlanta which will bring us a step closer to our goal to open a full blown office and recording studio in 2018. We see our future as a multi-city and multi-genre label going forward.”
French Montana might be busy promoting his newly released Jungle Rules album, but that hasn’t stopped him from giving back in a major way. Recently, the Bronx-based rapper—apparently with some help from The Weeknd—made a massive donation to a health center in Uganda, and now, the impact of his charitable offering has been revealed.
In a special video message Frenchy uploaded to his Instagram account, a woman who’s presumably a staff member of Mama Hope—a charitable organization that’s done significant work in Africa—shows the rapper the nearly completed building his money has helped pay for. Apparently, the building will serve as a home for doctors and other medical staff.
The woman also shows an extended building being constructed behind the medical staff quarters. According to her, the building will help service 286,000 people with health care when it’s finally complete. Amazing.
French himself is obviously excited. In his caption for the video, he wrote, “WOW !! I love hip hop and the platform it gave me. Things like this make all the blood sweat and tears worth it. I really had to stop talking and take action. Still amazed at the process! I can’t take all the credit shout out to @mama_hope @glblctzn and my brother @theweeknd and the beautiful people of Uganda 🙏🙏.”
Salute to French, who also Check out the video below.