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Summer Walker: 10 Essential Songs

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We highlight some essential listening when it comes to the talented Summer Walker.

Summer Walker is undoubtedly one of the most prominent voices in contemporary ‘R&B’ music. While the genre continues to evolve and go through a resurgence, Summer has undeniably solidified her position as a powerhouse fully capable of creating raw, soulful music. Walker was first introduced to the scene with her debut commercial mixtape Last Day of Summer released through LoveRenaissance/Interscope at the end of 2018. The Atlanta-born singer’s lyrics, which are largely written by Walker herself, are emotionally vulnerable and often describe feelings of inadequacy, loneliness, love, unapologetic sexuality, and the power of femininity.

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At just 24 years old, Walker’s willingness to bare her most vulnerable moments in painfully relatable lyrics coupled with her passionate delivery and moody beats made her connect instantly with audiences, and helped her skyrocket to superstardom. Walker has been open about her struggle with social anxiety and doesn’t do many interviews, but she has always maintained she prefers to tell her story through music.

The songstress released her second EP Life on Earth last week, her first major project since 2019’s acclaimed Over It. Summer is just getting started and now is the perfect time to get hip to the most crucial songs in her discography. For that reason, we’ve compiled ten of her most essential songs to get you started.

Which Summer song is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below.


Over It

Album: Over It

The title track from her debut studio album, “Over It” serves as the mood-setting opener where Summer questions whether her relationship problems exist because of her expectations, over a mid-tempo beat complete with compressed background vocals. Summer opens the song singing, “Am I really that much to handle?/Breakin’ these n***** down like enamel (Oh).” By the end of the two-minute track, consistent with themes of female empowerment and relationship frustrations, which are ever present in her lyrics, Summer shows us she’s ‘over it,’ crooning, “But I need a nigga who can handle me /I want a, a n**** who can handle me/N**** keep your hands off me/You wanna stay with me/But n****, you just a fan of me.”


Playing Games

Album: Over It

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One thing about Summer, she is going to sample a classic. Released as the lead single from her London on da Track-produced debut studio album“Playing Games” samples the iconic hook from Destiny’s Child’s 1999 hit “Say My Name” and features similar themes of suspicion, dishonesty, and being taken for granted. Lauded as one of the best tracks on the project, the slow-groove R&B song finds Summer addressing failed romances; particularly those involving guys who refuse to put in the bare minimum when it comes to effort, but talk a big game. Summer declares, “I’m just tryna match your words with your actions/I need more than satisfaction/Is you really ’bout that action?”


Body

Album: Over It

As we mentioned, the Atlanta songbird loves to utilize a good sample. On “Body,” Summer’s unapologetic sexuality is on full display as she shamelessly expresses her obsessive, unrequited lust, while sampling 90s trio 702’s hit “Get it Together.” She’s straight forward on this one: “Baby, I’m talkin’ crazy/I need you right in my space, but I/Need it, baby, I’m late, but I/But my heart, my mind and my body is sayin.” Summer has said the track is her personal favorite from Over It, and if you’re a fan of the golden age of R&B, it might be yours too. The song’s sensual sound and cheeky lyrics instantly made it one of the most popular non-single tracks on the album.


Session 32

Album: Session 32

Many fans were introduced to Summer via “Session 32” back in 2018, and the track is commonly associated with her signature sound. The song is a moody, unedited, raw cut where Summer confronts an ex-boyfriend over an acoustic guitar she plays herself. The track lasts just 99 seconds, but you can feel every word Summer is singing as she addresses an ex-lover that didn’t understand unconditional love. “You don’t know what love is/If you’re too good to call a million times,” she belts. “And you say you know what love is/But I swear you never seen it in your life.”


Come Thru feat. Usher

Album: Over It

“Come Thru” is an ode to classic R&B with assistance by the King of the game himself. The song flips Usher’s ‘97 breakout hit “You Make Me Wanna…” and replaces some of the original beat with modern trap beats (shouts to London, again). The product is a sultry duet between the two artists with an infectious hook that’s tough to get out of your head: “You make me wanna come through/Quarter after two/Just to put it down on you.” The video for the song was filmed at the 285 Flea Market in Atlanta where both crooners are from, shouts to the A.


CPR

Album: Last Day Of Summer 

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One of her earliest underground hits, “CPR” is the silky first single from Last Day of SummerThe track is a dreamy love song with a smooth baseline that reminds you of late-night drives in the summertime. The vulnerable cut is a metaphor for her man, who literally brings her heart and soul back to life to the point where “it feels like CPR.” “Baby where would I be without your love beside me?/Baby where would I be? Probably gone, oh,” she croons on the emotional track. “I ain’t really never had a home/Damn I really hate feeling alone/Maybe you could make me feel at home, baby.”


Anna Mae

Album: Over It

Speculated to be inspired by Summer’s current romance with London on da Track, the song’s title is a cultural reference to the infamous scene in the popular Tina Turner biopic (née Anna Mae) What’s Love Got to Do with It where Ike Turner smashes cake into Tina’s face when she doesn’t want to eat it. London pairs a slow bassline with Summer’s seductive vocals as she sings the spicy lyrics. The opening lines of the track provide a clear look at the testy situation Summer is describing: “What’s temporary? Me or you?/ You want me here to stay (Stay)/But your situation tells me that it’s a waste of time/But never mind all that.” The song’s playful lyrics ease the reality of the situation, and you can almost hear Summer smiling as she concludes the song, “All alone, we turned off our phones all the way/Your girl drivin’ your ass insane/And you know my nigga don’t play shit.”


Karma

Album: Last Day Of Summer

“Karma” is one of Summer’s most standout moments to date. The ambient track is a ballad that serves as a message to men who mistreat their significant others. She warns them, “You can’t keep just doing them girls like that/Thinking that nobody finna bite back.” Karma comes in many forms, good and bad, but is always unexpected. On the track, Summer embodies karma, opening the track with the taunting message, “I told you, you better stay prayed up/You never thought the universe be looking for revenge.” Summer’s background vocals float perfectly with the song’s slow bassline to deliver the femme power message. The song is also one of Summer’s strongest songwriting moments and truly proves she is gifted with the pen.


I’ll Kill You feat. Jhene Aiko

Album: Over It

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If we’re talking about Summer Walker essentials, it wouldn’t be right not to mention this unforgettable duet. When the album tracklist was released, fans anticipated a feisty, ‘n***** ain’t shit,’ anti-love anthem from the songstresses’ and they were shocked to find the song was quite the opposite. Nonetheless, the song still hits. The formula for the song’s popularity makes sense: it’s a fun love song with quotable sentiments like “If it ain’t me or your mama/shouldn’t be showin’ you no love” over a vibey London on da Track produced “trap ‘n b” beat. The product is a female anthem from two of R&B’s strongest songbirds.


Girls Need Love

Album: Last Day Of Summer

This list would be incomplete without mentioning Summer’s widely popular breakout track. Her biggest hit to date, “Girls Need Love” addresses the double standard in how sexually-liberated women are often stigmatized, while men are rewarded for the same behavior. Summer’s self-assured delivery of the honest lyrics serves as a candid vent on that stigma surrounding women who speak truthfully about their desire for love and affection. The slow groove R&B cut also boasts some of Summer’s most iconic verses, namely when she says, “I just need some d***/I just need some love/Tired of f****** with these lame n***** baby/I just need a thug.” The Drake-assisted remix also features some of the Canadian rapper’s most seductive bars.

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Flo Milli Releases Debut Project “Ho, Why Is You Here?”

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Flo Milli makes her debut with the new project “Ho, why is you here ?”

Flo Milli shit! Across the internet, people are celebrating 20-year-old Alabama rapper Flo Milli, who has officially released her debut project Ho, why is you here ?

The project introduces the rising star to the world, bringing her into the spotlight as one of the femcees that people are keeping their eyes on. Charismatic, confident, and ready to take on the world, Flo Milli is the latest star to break into the spotlight.

With twelve hard-hitting new songs, you’ll find yourself bobbing your head to each one as Flo Milli quickly makes her case as one of the year’s breakout success stories. As we keep an eye on her trajectory, make sure to listen to her new project and stay tuned for whatever she has coming our way.

Tracklist:

1. Mood Everyday (Intro)
2. Beef FloMix
3. Like That Bitch
4. In The Party
5. Pockets Bigger
6. Weak
7. Send The Addy
8. 19
9. May I
10. Pussycat Doll
11. Not Friendly
12. Scuse Me

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Joe Budden Celebrates Internet Legend Status After Anniversary Of Chasing Drake Fans

Joe Budden Celebrates Internet Legend Status After Anniversary Of Chasing Drake Fans

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Clout chasing is a real thing and it made for one of the more hilarious memes of 2016.

Joe Budden‘s running man meme became infamous after the Joe Budden Podcast host had to run after a few social media trolls for harassing him. He took to Instagram on Saturday (July 25) to celebrate his accomplishment.

“4 years ago today i chased a car down with rocks in my hand to have a talk with some enthusiastic Drake fans….” Budden wrote. “For those of you too young to know, i am a fucking internet legend and shall be respected as such. Toast to me. (and i caught the car, Chuck Norris WHO!?!)”

Back in 2016 during their feud, Budden sent four diss tracks Drake’s way after Drake hit the Joe Budden Podcast star with a few subliminal shots. A pair of Drizzy fans didn’t take too kindly to Budden’s disses of their favorite rapper and spotted Budden outside of his New Jersey home. The two made it up to Budden’s driveway before he spotted them.

“What are y’all fuckin’ crazy?” he asked the two kids as they were filming the entire thing on Snapchat.

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The video didn’t end there as Budden began chasing after the teens in his vehicle and eventually sped up to them. After a brief moment, the retired rapper appeared via the sunroof of the car, armed with rocks in his hand.

“Come on my fucking block again, I’m gonna kill one of you lil niggas,” Budden tells the group as the person filming screams in horror in the backseat.

Budden added, “This is not the Internet. I will kill one of you.”

One of the early pioneers of Hip Hop and modern social media, Budden also made sure to film the incident from his point of view. During the brief chase, he tells the world why internet fame isn’t the way to go, especially when it comes to him.

“I keep saying these lil Internet games gon’ get one of you niggas killed,” Budden says in the video.

In the end, it turned into not even 15 minutes worth of fame for the kid who ran up on Joe. Drake never followed him, and both Drake and Budden seemed to have cooled off on their beef — for now.

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Kanye West Apologizes To Kim Kardashian Over Recent Twitter Rants

Kanye West Apologizes To Kim Kardashian Over Recent Twitter Rants

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Kanye West is answering for his tweets. Well, some of them.

On Saturday (July 25), the 43-year-old offered an apology to wife Kim Kardashian after Kanye insinuated that he asked Kim to get an abortion when she became pregnant with their daughter, North during his first “campaign rally” in South Carolina on July 19.

“I would like to apologize to my wife Kim for going public with something that was a private matter,” Ye tweeted. “I did not cover her like she has covered http://me.To Kim I want to say I know I hurt you. Please forgive me. Thank you for always being there for me.”

Kanye’s tweet-spree earlier this week raised concern for his well-being. The rapper not only shared he believes his mother-in-law Kris Jenner is a white supremacist but also insinuated Kardashian slept with Meek Mill, an accusation Meek (sort of) denied.

Ye also claimed he’d been considering divorcing the reality television star, prompting rumors Kardashian had been looking for a divorce herself.

KIM KARDASHIAN ADDRESSES KANYE WEST’S BIPOLAR DISORDER FOLLOWING MEEK MILL & DIVORCE TWEETS

Kardashian released a statement on Wednesday (July 22) and provided a glimpse into what it was like living with someone who suffers from a bipolar disorder.

“As many of you know, Kanye has bi-polar disorder,” she began. “Anyone who has this or has a love on in their life who does, know how incredibly complicated and painful it is to understand. I’ve never spoken publicly about how this has affected us at home because I am very protective of our children and Kanye’s right to privacy when it comes to his health. But today, I feel like I should comment on it because of the stigma and misconception about mental health.”

Kardashian noted she has no control over what Kanye may say or do and explained the only person who can seek help is the person in the midst of an episode.

“Those that understand mental illness or even compulsive behavior know that the family is powerless unless the member is a minor,” she continued. “People who are unaware or far removed from this experience can be judgmental and not understand that the individual themselves have to engage in the process of getting help no matter how hard family and friends try.”

She hopes the public and media gives her family and Kanye “compassion and empathy” as her family works through this latest episode.

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UK Rapper Wiley Gets Dropped By Management After Making Anti-Semitic Drake Rant

UK Rapper Wiley Gets Dropped By Management After Making Anti-Semitic Drake Rant

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UNITED KINGDOM – Wiley is the latest figure to see swift backlash following anti-semitic remarks.

Following a series of tweets disparaging Jewish people as well as longtime foe Drake, who identifies as half-Jewish, the UK star was dropped by his management team, A-List Management.

“Following Wiley’s antisemitic tweets today we at A-List Management have cut all ties with him,” Wiley’s former manager John Woolf said. “There is no place in society for antisemitism.”

The anti-semetic backlash for Wiley comes weeks after Nick Cannon was fired from ViacomCBS over anti-semetic remarks he made during an episode of his Cannon’s CLass podcast with Professor Griff.

On Friday (July 24), Wiley sent out several tweets, including one liking the Jewish community to the Ku Klux Klan. “Ther are 2 sets of people who nobody has really wanted to challenge #Jewish & #KKK,” he wrote. “But being in business for 20 years you start to understand [sic] why … Red Necks Are the KKK and Jewish People are the Law…Work that out.”

He added, “Jewish people don’t care what black went through they just use us to make money to feed their kids…for generations as well.”

Several of Wiley’s tweets were removed for violating Twitter Rules but he continued, even bringing Drake‘s name into the conversation, alleging that the “system” was “set up perfectly” for someone like the Toronto rapper.

“Get that anti semetic bullshit out of here and take @drake with you on god,” he wrote. He later added, “Everything I am saying is the reason drake can’t have black excellence ….Ask Diddy or jay z.”

DRAKE FIRES BACK AT WILEY’S “CULTURE VULTURE” COMMENT

Wiley’s longtime issues with Drake stem from when the UK grime artist called the Toronto rapper a “culture vulture” in 2019 for attending a show headlined by London-based rapper Loski.

“Culture vulture and pagan Strikes again,” the veteran artist tweeted.

Drake responded to the accusations in a BBC 1Xtra interview, calling it some “real confused hater shit.”

“I hate that people think that me being into music from these kids that are trying to make it and trying to build a name for themselves is like, ‘Oh, that’s some culture vulture,’” he said. “What does that even mean? I don’t understand what that means. Would you rather me not acknowledge anything or support?

“That’s some real confused hater shit. But, it is what it is. I see it a lot. I’ll never understand how supporting somebody’s song or even going a step further, giving somebody a song or linking up, I’ll never understand how that is not viewed as something admirable. But, I guess some people have their own outlook on it.”

He added, “It was Wiley that said that,” he noted. “I’ll just say his name ’cause that was some goofy shit. But, yeah, I just didn’t like that. Like, what you talking ’bout?”

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