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
Harlem rapper Dave East got his big break when he was discovered by Nas in 2014 and signed to the legendary MC’s Mass Appeal label. Last week, East dropped his Paranoia: A True Story EP and one of its most popular songs is the lead single ‘Perfect’ featuring Chris Brown. The track has already racked up over one million Spotify streams since its release on July 28. As East explains to Genius, ‘Perfect’ is a tribute to all of the different women in his life. Read more
Louisiana rapper NBA YoungBoy (a.k.a. YoungBoy Never Broke Again) dropped his mixtape 38 Baby in 2016, garnering millions of SoundCloud streams and earning the 17-year-old rapper cosigns from Atlanta artists like 21 Savage. He’s kept his momentum going into 2017 despite legal troubles—he was released from jail in May following a slew of charges related to a drive-by shooting in Baton Rouge, La. This summer, he dropped Al YoungBoy, which includes the D. Brooks Exclusive-produced single ‘Untouchable.’ The track has racked up an impressive 41 million Youtube views, and he broke down its lyrics in Genius’ latest episode of Verified. Read more
Boston-bred rapper Cousin Stizz first surfaced in 2015 with the release of his debut album Suffolk County. This year, he signed a deal with RCA and dropped his third album One Night Only in July featuring the breakout single ‘Headlock.’ The track is produced by Vinylz and features Migos rapper Offset. Since its release on April 13, ‘Headlock’ has been streamed more than four million times on Spotify alone. As Cousin Stizz explains to Genius, the track was inspired by a bottle of the iconic cognac brand Hennessy, his drink of choice. Read more
Detroit native DeJ Loaf first went viral with her breakout hit ‘Try Me,’ which peaked at No. 6 on the Hot 100. Soon after, she toured with Nicki Minaj, grabbed a spot in XXL’s 2015 Freshman Class and collaborated with artists like Eminem, Kid Ink, and Big Sean. ‘No Fear’ is the first single from her long-awaited debut album Liberated. It’s produced by Christoph Andersson, who has previously worked with artists like G-Eazy and features DeJ reflecting on a short-lived relationship. Read more