The star of the month and of this 10TRACKS is certainly Metro Boomin. The class ’93 producer of Atlanta, has recently released his second album “HEROES & VILLAINS” with a parade of stars from the U.S. urban scene among the features. In “Creepin‘” we hear the vocals of The Weeknd and 21 Savage with a sample of “I Don’t Wanna Know” by Mario Winans (2004).
From a very obvious reference to a hit, we move on to Don Toliver‘s more original “Do It Right” reference to The S.O.S. Band’s “Take Your Time” (1980).
“Me vs. Myself” is the fourth album by A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie and contains previously edited tracks from the last two years and new songs such as “Water (Drowning Pt. 2)” featuring Kodak Black.
“Respect The Come Up” is the title of the first mixtape by rapper Meekz from Manchester, who has been active since 2019. “Fresh Out The Bank,” on the other hand, is the single together with the better-known Dave.
Russ Millions‘ year comes to a close with “One Of A Kind” the likely title track of the London rapper’s first album. Along with French The Kid and A1 x J1, he will try to replicate the 400 million listens of “Body,” 2021’s global-hit. The instrumental sample is from Lil Uzi Vert’s “XO TOUR Llif3.”
It had come out in June getting 125 million listens but “KU LO SA” by Nigerian Afrobeat rapper Oxlade seemed to still have potential. And indeed it has been re-released in a new version featuring Camila Cabello.
More and more often people are using a sample of a hit that is still current to get some of its success, and this is the same ploy by London rapper Zino Vinci . In fact, in “I Neva Knew Dat” there are clearly recognizable fragments of Steve Lacy’s “Bad Habit.”
We close this #10TRACKS with the urban/R&B hit of the moment in the UK viz. “Escapism.” by RAYE, singer-songwriter who we know well from her dance-pop vocalist collaborations but who is finally making a name for herself as a solo artist. 070 Shake is the U.S. artist who gives the track an alt/R&B tinge.