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Megan Thee Stallion “Big Ole Freak”
For some of you, this may be the first time listening to Megan Thee Stallion. For that group, welcome to a rapper reminiscent of Lil Kim with her unabashedly raw delivery and Missy Elliott with her lyrical mastery. Megan Thee Stallion is an up-and-coming rapper from Houston who recently flexed her cred when she teamed up with Wale for “Pole Dancer” (reviewed on StripJoints Vol. 74). She also made headlines in November 2018 by becoming the first female rapper to sign to 300 Entertainment. Citing inspiration from Pimp C and Q-Tip, Megan Thee Stallion is a great listen for those eager for tastes of some nostalgia Southern rap or for those looking to explore the genre’s foundations touched up by a new-generation artist.
Tyla Yaweh “Chiquita”
Continuing the string of up-and-coming rappers, Tyla Yaweh is another one of those hailing from Altamonte Springs, Florida—though he has been cutting his teeth in Los Angeles. For those leery of a young rapper who looks like Wiz Khalifa (he embraces the comparisons), look no further than the music luminaries that have vetted him—Post Malone and Birdman. His new song “Chiquita” is a slow burner that belies Tyla’s rough background, but with lines like “She got what I need/big racks on me/big bag on me/that’s all she need” this song is custom-made for continuous play in gentlemen’s clubs. Honestly, listening to this song, its bubbling nature is harmonious with Tyla’s breathy vocals. Mark this one an unearthed hidden gem.
A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie “Startender” & “Look Back At It”
People may not be familiar with the name, but people definitely know A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie. If you were near a radio or audio streaming platform in 2017 undoubtedly heard “Drowning”. The lead artist behind that is back with a new album, Hoodie SZN. The fifth track off that album is “Startender”. Not to be confused with Chris Pratt’s character’s name from the Marvel movies (Starlord), this track is out of this world and boats some intergalactic talent with Tyga (busy guy!) and Offset. “Startender” has a quick pace amplified by its seismic bass which makes it a no-brain play for a club’s nightime playlist.
With “Look Back At It”, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie samples two iconic tracks from Michael Jackson (“Remember the Time” and “You Rock My World”) so you know the mind behind “Drowning” is going to have another catcy tune. (As an added bonus, the music video’s open is plucked from MJ’s “Black or White”) The song has a retro feel to it with its synth beats and joins “Startender” with its slower pace. Songs like “Startender” and “Look Back At It” do well to bolster A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie’s resume which can still bask in the glory of its resume-headlining single, “Drowning”. Expect to hear Boogie in a lit club near you.