Here are the most viewed tracks in HNHH’s Hot 100 for the week of January 18 – January 24.
With new projects from Future and Meek Mill — and upcoming ones from Wiz Khalifa, Young Thug, and last but not least, Kanye West, the energy coming from the hip-hop world is out of control right now. New tracks off both 4/4 and Purple Reign crashed this week’s Top 10, along with predictably dominating performances from both of Kanye’s SWISH singles. Few installments of Top Tracks have boasted this level of quality — from these type of superstars — all across the board.
Before getting to the Top 10, though, head over to our Hot 100 to see other tracks that have been buzzing on the site and moving up the charts. This week’s exciting debuts include a steamy new single from Tinashe (#24), Macklemore’s 9-minute lament on white guilt (#20), and another choice Cali club cut from frequent collaborators Ty Dolla $ign, Joe Moses, and DJ Mustard (#14).
Find the Top 10 tracks of the week, as decided by the entire HNHH audience, below.
10. Future – Wicked (Prod. By Metro Boomin & Southside)
It’s crazy how easy it is for Future right now. He coasts over this relatively serene Metro and Southside production, and turns it into something “Wicked.” Purple Reign was yet another release that captured a rare studio vibe, and Future’s basic formula for the tape was to engulf himself in wickedness and let that same evil motivate an inspiring win streak. “Wicky, wick, oohwee, oohwee, oohwee.”
9. Meek Mill – I’m Da Plug Freestyle
Before Future came through with 13 new tracks, it was Meek Mill who shut down mixtape platforms across the web with his 4-track Dreamchasers 4 prelude EP, 4/4. His freestyle over Drake and Future’s “I’m Da Plug,” on which he clapped back at the man by whose “Back to Back” he was ethered, and reworked the infamous “girl’s tour” line in his favor.
Though there’s no doubt Meek was “swimmin’ in that good pussy” while on tour, the disses on this track ended up overshadowing 4/4‘s two best tracks, “Pray For Em” (#13) and “FBH” (#15), both excellent examples of high-octane street rap.
8. Future – Purple Reign (Prod. By Metro Boomin)
This is the final song on Future’s Purple Reign. It’s also the prettiest, as well as the saddest, on which Future softly repeats the track’s title after calling out for his “girlfriend,” whom is likely the personification of his favorite purple substance. It’s as though he’s tasting the bitter lie behind his thrilling chemical love affair. That won’t stop him from drowning in his “purple reign” once more, though, much to his listeners’ appreciation.
7. Kanye West Feat. Miley Cyrus & Travi$ Scott – Black Skinhead (Remix)
It’s SWISH season, and Yeezy is in full command, even though he’s missed two GOOD Fridays. He surprised fans with “No More Parties in LA” early last Monday morning, and later in the week, he decided to giveaway a remix to the Yeezus‘ standout “Black Skinhead,” featuring Travi$ Scott…and Miley Cyrus.
We hope SWISH is a completely different vibe than this — with less celebrity — and more like the two singles we’ve already heard, but it was still exciting to see Kanye completely transform one of 2013’s biggest songs.
6. Meek Mill Feat. Tdot illdude – Problem (Prod. By Beat Billionaire)
Meek wasn’t finished after he dropped off his first release since Drake sent him off the map this past summer. Two days after the EP, he shared a new track with little-known emcee Tdot illdude. And though collaborating with a guy who has “Tdot” in his name likely raised some eyebrows, this kid — who’s actually from Jersey — delivers nicely on the hook.
5. Kanye West Feat. Ty Dolla $ign – Real Friends (Prod. By Kanye West, Boi-1da, Frank Dukes & Havoc)
Kanye’s first GOOD Fridays release, and — as we now know — the first single off SWISH, has finally relinquished the top spot, falling to No. 5 this week. “Real Friends” provided a certain depth to everyday human relationships that can only be achieved by ‘Ye. There’s no doubt its record-setting performance has caused the hype surrounding to SWISH to rise to astronomical levels.
4. ASAP Rocky Feat. A$AP Ferg & A$AP Nast – Yamborghini High
The latest episode of OVO Sound Radio, featuring the Cozy Boys (A$AP Lou and J. Scott), gifted Top Tracks with two top 5’ers this week, the first being the newest A$AP Mob single, “Yamborghini High.” Led by Rocky, the track epitomizes the wave created by the late Mob co-founder. Following the inaugural Yams Day, his legacy is alive throughout the New York streets, and will continue to be for years to come.
3. Drake & ASAP Rocky – Wu-Tang Forever (Remix)
Here’s the other Cozy Boys exclusive that cracked the Top 5 — A$AP Rocky’s remix of Drake’s Nothing Was the Same classic “Wu-Tang Forever.” The remix had been rumored back in 2013, but so it often goes with such high-profile collaborators. Rocky sounds elite over this 40 production.
2. Wiz Khalifa Feat. Travi$ Scott – Bake Sale (Prod. By TM88, Juicy J, Lex Luger, DJ Spinz & Crazy Mike)
Two of the most frequent guests of Top Tracks collaborate for a late-night melodic banger that, as expected, has turned out to be one of early 2016’s party essentials. Just look at that production team. Khalifa pushed back the release date of his self-titled project to February 5, but “Bake Sale” was more than enough to compensate for the delay.
1. Kanye West Feat. Kendrick Lamar – No More Parties in L.A. (Prod. By Madlib)
Yep, Kanye West retains the No. 1 spot for the fourth week in a row. And he did so this week by replacing “Real Friends” with the full version of the Madlib-produced “No More Parties in L.A.,” his first ever collaboration with Kendrick Lamar. It felt like the right time for the two rap icons to join forces, and what a beautiful track they created.
A few days after sharing the latest SWISH track, Kanye shared an update from the studio, where he was joined by Kendrick, Swizz Beatz, and 6 new beat tapes sent to them by Madlib. Thus far, that’s the most compelling evidence to suggest that Kanye might be serious when it comes to the audacious claims he made about his upcoming seventh LP.