Best Songs of the Week: 20 July

We take a look back at our favourite music releases from the past seven days with Best Songs of the Week. Explore the archive.

Vic Mensa – Rage

Vic Mensa releases the music video for ‘Rage’ taken off his upcoming album ‘The Autobiography’ dropping July 28th. (Update: Vic surprised fans today by putting out the album a week early). The video takes a morbid turn as Vic is shown dying in a plane crash. He recalls his thoughts of addiction and mental illness, subjects that he’s recently opened up about.

 

Lil Freaky feat. Future – Dripset

Rocking all green fits with girls covered in paint, Future and Lil Freaky rap in auto-tune about “drippin”. For all those “in their bag”, ‘Dripset’ is the perfect track for the week.

 

Little Simz – Customz feat. Bibi Bourelly

Little Simz and Bibi Bourelly get together to create a last-minute collaboration on ‘Customz’. An anthem for those living in the fast lane – touring, performing and getting waste, the two artists gel with Simz’s rhymes and Bibi’s alluring vocals.

 

Tinchy Stryder – Work

After a short break Tinchy Stryder returns with ‘Work’. Produced by Sir Spyro, Tinchy waxes lyrical about the importance of hard graft. “The concept of ‘Work’ is an explanation of how we all dedicate our lives and time around our work ethic,” he told Complex. Tinchy’s new EP, ‘Private Life In Public’ drops 18 August.

 

Danny Brown – Lost

Danny Brown continues to drop videos off of his new album ‘Atrocity Exhibition’. Depicting the life of a drug dealer living in an apartment with a bunch of helpers and woman bringing in the drugs, the black and white visuals act as a metaphor for paranoia. Danny boils money, peeps in a peephole and introduces the title of the video with projectile vomiting. Nice!

 

Sona ft. Youngs Teflon – Bamidele

It’s fair to say that Sona is putting in the work. Just days after featuring on ‘Right Now’ with Bonkaz, the south London afropop artist has released the visuals for ‘Bamidele’ alongside Youngs Teflon. Influenced by his Yoruba roots, ‘Bamidele’ is a balanced fusion of Nigerian afropop and British road rap.

 

Skrapz – Not Like Me

Skrapz pulls out the stops in his latest visuals directed by Duts. ‘Not Like Me’ is all about fly living as Skrapz drops boastful bars about how nobody else can do it like him. Skrapz recently confirmed that he’s got an album on the way.

LeriQ & DJ Tunez – Cotton Candy ft. Burna Boy

Nigerian super-producer, LeriQ calls on his former Aristokrat Records collaborator, Burna Boy and Starboy’s DJ Tunez. A sweet treat of dance and afro-bashment, Cotton Candy’s alternative sound isn’t what you’d usually expect from the ex-Aristokrat label mates.

 

Kranium – Can’t Believe ft. Ty Dolla $ign & Wizkid

Kranium releases the visuals for ‘Can’t Believe It’, his eclectic collaboration with Ty Dolla $ign and Wizkid. The sexy reggae-infused track is a summer vibe with palm trees, money, cigars, and beautiful woman – nothing new there, then.

 

Angel Haze – No Limits

Angel Haze drops the second single from her upcoming album ‘Roses Will Rise Again’. Haze goes in as per usual. The visual shows her shedding and expressing her spirituality while she spits about all the things she’d get rid of to achieve her victory. Deep.

 

Scrufizzer – Dat’s Right

West London emcee, Scruffizer is back with ‘Dat’s Right’ taken from his ‘Tropical Vybes’ EP. Heavily influenced by the old school grime sound, there’s a nod to Roll Deep and dare we say it Scrufizzer flow is reminiscent of a young Dizzee.

 

Words by Daniela Campos & Verbal Vixen