Being that this is my very first 3 Of The Week, I thought I’d pick from some songs that have been chewing my ear off. Here goes nothing.
1. “Ghetto Symphony” – A$AP Rocky (Ft. Gunplay & A$AP Ferg)
When I first laid ears upon LONG.LIVE.A$AP, I knew that the A$AP crew wasn’t just playing around, and that they meant business. The beat features an electronic sampling, some hard-hitting empty bass and a killer snare drum. A$AP Rocky rides the beat like it’s a magic carpet, Gunplay adds a unique tinge of Miami hype rap, and A$AP Ferg disappoints with rhymes that are laughable and often don’t even rhyme. Though I’ll hand it to him – there is no father to his style.
2. “All The Time” – The Strokes
Fresh from their newest album Comedown Machine, “All the Time” has The Strokes returning to what made their fame with better-than-great garage rock. It’s certain that this is an instant classic, and it even features a screaming Julian Casablancas and a Nick Valensi riff near the end that is simply nostalgic.
3. “Believe It” – Meek Mill (Ft. Rick Ross)
Meek Mill and Rick Ross are back at it again. As per usual, the beat is bass-driven and has an eerie keyboard sample to complement it and make it sound like classic Mafioso rap. Mill doesn’t disappoint as he yells through the entire track, and Rick Ross raps about cocaine and money for the most part. Together they create a Mafioso Hype Rap song that is filled with both of their usual antics – definitely as funny as it is good, with Ross’s references to Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber.