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New & Hottest Songs – July 2020 – Pt.19

Trae Tha Truth Enlists Rap All-Stars On Powerful Posse Cut “Time For Change”

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Trae Tha Truth unites T.I., Styles P, Mysonne, Ink, Anthony Hamilton, Conway, Krayzie Bone, E-40, David Banner and Bun B, alongside activists Tamika Mallory & Lee Merritt, for a BLM-themed new single.

Many people are using a handful of ways to show their support for the Black Lives Matter movement, and for artists like Trae Tha Truth that outlet has proven to be in the form of new music. Take a listen to the Houston-bred emcee’s new single titled “Time For Change,” a powerful track that features a lineup of hip-hop greats dropping bars for a cause.

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Joining Trae on this nearly eight-minute-long track include rappers T.I., Styles P, Mysonne, Ink, Conway, Krayzie BoneE-40, David Banner and Bun B, with Anthony Hamilton providing a soulful touch and powerful words by activists Tamika Mallory & Lee Merritt helping to piece it all together. Lyrically, each emcee brings something important to the table in their delivery, and although lengthy the song itself is a great example of the power of hip-hop when we decide to unite instead of beef.

Listen to Trae Tha Truth’s Black Lives Matter-themed new single “Time For Change” below and on all streaming platforms.

Quotable Lyrics:

They say racism don’t exist, if not, why the f*ck we pissed?
They hate me ’cause my skin, I’m proudly ripping behind this fist
No more killing our own, that’s why we gotta stick together
I’ll be damned if we don’t fight, we’ve got to try this sh*t together
Dear Mr. President, you’re f*cking us over
Like we a terroristic threat, the ghetto covered in soldiers
Fear my only chance to live is with my hand on the trigger
Way they did the homie Floyd, I feel they hunting for n****s
They don’t love me, momma, everyday we under attack
Knowing I try to turn away, I might get shot in the back
Fact.

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New & Hottest Songs – July 2020 – Pt.18

Westside Gunn Lets Rome Streetz Shine On “Steve Behr”

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The closing track off Westside Gunn’s new album “Flygod Is An Awesome God 2” sees him spitting bars alongside Brooklyn emcee Rome Streetz with both rappers delivering hard verses.

Even though he already dropped a critically-acclaimed project with Pray For Paris back in April, Westside Gunn decided to surprise fans today with even more new music via a surprise album titled FLYGOD Is An Awesome God II. The 14-track LP is impressive from start to finish, including the closing track “Steve Behr” featuring Brooklyn emcee Rome Steetz.

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Spanning just under five minutes long, Gunn structured the song to let lyricism stand out the most before ending things with a three-minute-long skit. During the two minutes we do get to hear bars, it’s Rome who stands out the most thanks to a boom bap-inspired flow and being clever enough to throw a line in there that plays off the “Two Virgils” meme. If Gunn continues to provide us with hard-hitting cuts like this one and the other tracks on this record, Griselda is definitely in a good place to take over for the next generation of hip-hop.

Listen to “Steve Behr” by Westside Gunn and Rome Streetz below, and hear FLYGOD Is An Awesome God 2 right now on all streaming platforms.

Quotable Lyrics:

It was OFF-WHITE, now back to rockin’ the rugby with the racehorse
Half a gram for a Virgil, have a blast, lift your face off
Like Scott Storch, this shit that I produce be the muy bueno
Late nights like Leno, I was movin’ elbows out the rental
I’m lit with rap, that ain’t coincidental
I seen a n***a take five acid tabs, that sh*t fried his mental
Son ain’t been the same since, seen him the other day
I let him hold somethin’, I’m real, won’t look the other way

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Freddie Gibbs Says He’ll Squeeze DJ Akademiks’ “Titties”, In New Freestyle

Freddie Gibbs just sent some hilarious bars DJ Akademiks’ way.

Freddie Gibbs and DJ Akademiks have been embroiled in a pretty heated beef over the last week, and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. Of course, it mostly started with Akademiks as he called Freddie Gibbs “irrelevant” on “Everday Struggle.” From there, Gibbs sent some shots at Akademiks on Twitter, which led to a Twitch rant from the hip-hop internet personality. In the aftermath of Akademiks’ rant, he was suspended by Complex and banned by Twitch.

Despite all of this, Gibbs is still going after Ak, and even took to Instagram with a humorous freestyle that pokes fun at the suspended Complex host. As you can see in the video below, Gibbs clowns Akademiks for his “hip-hop African-Americans” line that was yelled out to his Twitch followers. Gibbs then goes on to say he will “squeeze them titties” the next time he sees Akademiks in person.

Some of Gibbs’ friends in the studio can be heard laughing throughout the freestyle, and his smile suggests it’s all in good fun. If you’re a Gibbs fan, you know he can be a huge troll on social media, so this Akademiks beef has given him the perfect opportunity to showcase his hilarious personality.

Perhaps we will see this freestyle hit streaming services soon. One can only hope.

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The Best Pop Smoke Lyrics On “Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon”

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Pop Smoke’s posthumous album “Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon” has arrived, revealing the scope of the young rapper’s versatility.

Pop Smoke might not have been known for his cutting edge bars, but his presence on wax imbued even his simplest lines with gravitas. His gravelly baritone played a pivotal role in that regard, his voice immediately standing out as one of hip-hop’s most distinctive. It also proved surprisingly versatile, capable of uttering a threat in one moment and crooning with surprising emotional depth in another. Perhaps that’s why Pop Smoke was held in such high esteem; considering the fact he was only twenty when he passed away, it’s almost impossible not to dwell on his lost potential.

Today, 50 Cent and Steven Victor put forth Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon, Pop Smoke’s first posthumous album and newest release since Meet The Woo 2 dropped on February 7th. As is often the case, lyrics seemingly predicting a rapper’s own death take on deeper significance when that fateful day actually occurs. Though introductory cut “Bad Bitch From Tokyo” might suggest a different picture, Pop’s verse does feature one of the album’s heavier lines, all things considered. While he doesn’t exactly reflect any further on this encounter, it remains evocative in the mental images it conjures.

I looked my killer in his eyes, yeah, I’m talkin’ face-to-face
My n***a killer caught a body, took it to trial and beat the case
My n***a walked out of court, ha, then hopped in a Wraith

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In life, Pop Smoke was a man who knew what he wanted. He had vices, to be sure, but he enjoyed unapologetically reveling in them. Women are kept at an arm’s length emotionally speaking, but like any young bachelor in the rap game, Pop Smoke makes sure to keep himself satiated. As he proves on both “Aim For The Moon” and the following track “For The Night,” the fantasies he’s willing to provide have an expiration date.

She wanna Netflix and chill, fuck off the pill
Go in the store, shop at Dior
Come to my crib, take all my shirts
Pop all my Percs and sleep in my drawers
You talkin’ too much, baby, pour up a four
We both bust a nut, now leave me alone

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If I call you bae, you bae for the day
Or a bae for the night, you not my wife
She want a killer to fuck all night

Never one to let his guard down, Pop Smoke made sure to keep his enemies on their toes, often taking to dark and brooding drill bangers like “Gangstas” to emphasize his point. Tending to take a direct approach, Pop shrugs off his opposition as simply less than, confident in his prowess in the booth, the streets, and to use his appropriate lingo, wooing the damsels.

Ni**as talkin’ bout they guns, but never shot shit
Might as well put a cap on it, all over with a chopstick
Run up and I’m branding them, take a n*** shoppin’
Reach and I’m branching it ’cause I don’t know who watchin’
It’s a Ginger Ale and Henny day, eased up on the crème brûlée

Pop Smoke Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon Lyrics

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Being that he was only twenty when he passed away, Pop Smoke was far more inclined to live in the present than he was to reminisce on the come-up days. Yet on the Swae Lee-assisted “Creature,” Pop Smoke takes a moment to lift the curtain on his origin story, detailing his hustler’s mentality and the speedbumps that occasionally littered his road to hip-hop stardom.

I remember them days in the trap house
Yeah, it got real in the trap house
I went and did some time in the jail
Because I’d rather take the fast route

Never one to let a little jail time veer him off course, Pop Smoke quickly found pleasure in draping himself in expensive gab. Remember, it’s all about who you know — and though Virgil Abloh may have fallen out of favor with Pop’s fans following the whole album artwork debacle, the man himself seemed to enjoy the benefits of his friendship on “West Coast Shit.”

Gang ties in my tat, .22’s in the shed
Shotgun in my bag, knock off a n***a dreads
Thirty-six karats on my wrist
That mean there’s thirty-six karats on my bitch
Shit, how Virgil got me drippin’
And it’s straight from the faucet in the kitchen

It’s only as the album nears its conclusion that Pop Smoke lets his guard down, taking a page outta his fellow Brooklynite Fabolous and laying down a full-blown love song. At the end of the day it doesn’t take long to veer into x-rated trilogy, but Pop Smoke seems sincere in his efforts to make a strong impression on his potential partner. What’s truly impressive here is his versatility, a quality that would have likely bolstered his crossover potential; perhaps that’s what helped him catch the eye of 50 Cent to begin with, who previously found success tapping into the romance market. Look no further than “What You Know Bout Love.”

Look, baby, I said I ain’t gon’ front
You got my heart beating so fast to words I can’t pronounce
And I be getting the chills every time I feel your touch
I be looking at the top and girl, it’s only us
All I need is your trust, and girl I told you once, don’t make me tell you twice

Last but not least, things come full circle on the album’s outro “Tunnel Vision,” where one particular line takes on an added layer of profundity. What’s left for us to interpret is Pop’s own feelings toward his mortality; it seems as if he understood the possibility that everything he earned could be taken away, but he never quite opened up about how it made him feel. Instead, he chose to cut a formidable cloth, an imposing figure in the booth and beyond. Yet through his music, the full extent of Pop Smoke’s character came to realize itself — even if it is through a posthumous release. Rest in peace to Pop Smoke, and go stream Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon right here.

And it’s all out of nowhere, push me and I’ma go there
All in a second, gun kickin’ like it’s Tekken
I’m a force to be reckoned, I’m God’s perfection
Look, God gave me a lot in some months, but it could go in a second

Pop Smoke Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon Lyrics

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DJ Clue Clears The Air After 50 Cent Accused Him Of Snubbing Pop Smoke

DJ Clue set the record straight about supposedly snubbing Pop Smoke’s new music after 50 Cent called him out for refusing to play “The Woo.”

After 50 Cent accused him of refusing to play Pop Smoke‘s new single, “The Woo,” on his radio show, DJ Clue made it clear that he had every intention of playing Pop Smoke‘s new music—in fact, the entirety of the late artist’s posthumous album will be spun multiple times. On Friday morning, following the official release of Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon, 50 Cent took to Instagram to call out DJ Clue for supposedly refusing to play Pop’s collab with Fif and Roddy Ricch titled “The Woo.” Fif claimed that Clue was just bitter because the single premiered via Funkmaster Flex before Clue could get his hands on it, but it looks like Clue always had plans to honour Pop on this special day.

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Shortly after 50 went after Clue, the DJ took to IG to announce that he and his colleagues,  DJ Prostyle and DJ Ty Boogie, would be repping for Pop Smoke all day on Power 105.1, with Clue specifically planning to bump the entirety of Shoot For The Stars on Desert Storm Radio at 9:00pm. He also made sure to emphasize that they’d had this takeover planned for two weeks and didn’t just “wake pp this morning and plan this,” likely to avoid accusations that they were just doing damage control after Fif’s claims.

Clue also shared a heartwarming clip of him and Pop goofing around prior to the rapper’s tragic death.

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