Derez De’Shon began his career as a frequent collaborator with the late Slim Dunkin, releasing songs such ‘Just Another Day’ under the former monikers D-Bo and D Dash Bo. The loss of his friend prompted him to take a break from music and he returned last August with his 18-track project Pain. As the latest addition to the Cash Money label, Derez showcases his solo abilities on breakout single ‘Hardaway,’ which describes his life before he gained music fame.
Fabolous and Jadakiss ended 2017 with Friday On Elm Street, a collaborative album that features Future, French Montana, Yo Gotti, Jeezy, and more. The title is a reference to the classic Friday the 13th and Nightmare On Elm Street horror movies, and the project kicks off with the aptly titled ‘F vs. J Intro,’ an abbreviated version of the film series’ respective villains Jason Voorhees and Freddy Kreuger. The horror movie mythology is woven throughout the track, as both Fab and Jada explain to Genius. Read more
Shy Glizzy has been bubbling on the scene for years now, ever since he dropped his 2011 mixtape No Brainer. But 2017 proved to be an exceptional 12 months for the Washington DC rapper who kicked off the year by releasing his EP The World Is Yours, followed it up by jumping Goldlink’s summer anthem ‘Crew,’ and capped things off with his recently released EP Quiet Storm. His latest project closes with the cut ‘Take Me Away,’ a song that details the struggles of having a relationship when you’re dealing with the cold hard streets.
Massachusetts rapper Joyner Lucas went viral earlier this month with ‘I’m Not Racist,’ a two-part, hookless song rapped from the perspectives of a racist, Trump-supporting white man and a black man respectively. The song elicited a range of reactions, racking up over 15 million YouTube views and netting a No. 15 slot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart along the way. As Lucas explains to Genius, the track was designed to stir up people’s emotions.
XO rapper Belly dropped his Mumble Rap album back in October, and its biggest hit so far is lead single ‘P.O.P.’ The Ben Billions-produced track has earned nearly three million Spotify streams since its release. The song’s title is an acronym for “Power of Pussy,” and Belly addresses his relationship with women throughout the track.
Miguel’s new album War & Leisure is dropping at the top of December, and it’s set to include the Los Angeles singer’s recent single ‘Sky Walker.’ The Travis Scott-featuring track first dropped back in August and has slowly been rising in popularity. It has earned over 36 million Spotify streams since its release, as well as 218,000 Genius pageviews. Two weeks ago, it hit a peak of No. 66 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and could be poised to rise even further. As Miguel explains, the track represents new ground for him, while still staying true to the music he’s known for. Read more
Remy Ma is getting ready to drop her new album Seven Winters, Six Summers with Columbia Records, and she recently teamed up with Lil’ Kim for the new single ‘Wake Me Up.’ The track is produced by 808-Ray, SmittyBeats, and Cool & Dre, and is already approaching 500,000 Spotify streams. Although there was much speculation about who Remy was aiming her bars at, she explains that we would know if they were meant for someone in particular. Read more
Memphis rapper Yo Gotti scored one of the biggest hits of his career in 2017 with ‘Rake It Up.’ The Nicki Minaj-assisted track, which is produced by Mike WiLL Made-It and 30 Roc, hit No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in October and recently went Platinum. Gotti’s song has earned over 86 million Spotify streams and 1.4 million Genius pageviews, too. The track is a strip club anthem, with Nicki and Gotti spitting about their exploits in the club. Read more
Freebandz artist Zoey Dollaz linked up with Chris Brown back in July for ‘Post & Delete,’ and it has already become one of the biggest songs of his career. The track is produced by A1 and Dre Moon and has racked up over two million Spotify streams and 46,000 Genius pageviews. As the title suggests, the song is about the dangers of social media, and it’s even inspired by a situation from his real life.
In late August, U.K. comedian Michael Dapaah went viral with his comedic ‘Fire in the Booth’ freestyle. After seeing its success online, Dapaah flipped it into a proper song titled ‘Man’s Not Hot,’ which he released under his rap alter ego Big Shaq. The song has earned over 18 million Spotify streams, in addition to millions of YouTube views on both the original freestyle and the ‘Man’s Not Hot’ music video. He stopped by Genius (in character of course) to break down some of the key lines and address his budding feud with Shaq. Read more
BX’s own A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie has surged his way to stardom in 2017, receiving Platinum plaques for his singles ‘My Shit’ and the Kodak Black-assisted ‘Drowning.’ He recently released his debut album The Bigger Artist which features the standout single ‘Say A.’ The album track is doing well, as it has over 10 million Spotify streams, and an additional 4.6 million plays on Soundcloud. The Ness and Nick Seeley-produced song is about just how sweet A Boogie’s life is, even with the issues that pop up.
Harlem rapper A$AP Ferg has been an integral part of A$AP Mob’s rise to prominence since the beginning, and his recent Still Striving single ‘East Coast’ featuring Remy Ma shows just how vital he is. The DJ Khalil and Tariq Beats-produced song has over 9 million Spotify streams, and its accompanying music video has been viewed nearly 3 million times on YouTube. ‘East Coast’ is Ferg’s ode to New York City, where he grew up and still resides. Read more