Lately, I’ve had more time to listen to music while I’m driving than while doing anything else. Usually summertime is a good chance for me to jam everything from Blink 182 to The Number Twelve Looks Like You, but this summer has been all about hip-hop in my ride. Puns aside, here’s a look at three songs that are seeing nearly constant rotation out of my speakers this summer from a genre of hot beats and cool lines across the board.
1. “Started From The Bottom” – Drake
To be fair, I think “All Me”, the song with 2 Chainz and Big Sean, is a much more poignant effort from the Toronto rapper/singer, but there’s a fire about this song that re-ignited what I’ll admit has been a slowly burning interest for Drake as of it. Not that I didn’t like Take Care, but my attention for a new record from Drizzy is higher than it’s ever been – and this song started it up. From the beat to the anthem-like verse, this track is what I’d like see a little bit more from Drake on Nothing Was The Same.
2. “You Know Me”- Childish Gambino
I’ll be honest and say I didn’t really listen to Gambino until his EP dropped, so my first real interest peaked with the song “Freaks And Geeks”. A couple years later, I’m trying to play catchup with Culdasac. In retrospect, it feels a little disjointed as a collective work, but “You Know Me” is sharp, witty and searing enough to fit right in with other favorites of mine from Donald Glover. If you were late like I was, this mixtape is definitely worth taking some time to delve into.
3. “Who Knew” – Eminem
I really can’t say too much about this song that hasn’t already been said – what a cop out, huh? – but The Marshall Mathers LP is one of my favorite records of all-time, and it suddenly has seen a spike in rotation for almost no reason. It’s interesting to hear this record as a 28-year-old as compared to hearing it in my mid-teens for the first time. Still just as interesting and ridiculous as the first time though.