Following hot on the heels of her last release, Offset featured ‘No Drama’, Tinashe is now on Record of the Week (ROTW) with her latest release ‘Me So Bad’.
This after we’d listed a number of new singles that we projected to be ROTW this week, seems we were right in choosing this Ty Dolla $ign and French Montana collabo (‘Me So Bad’) as one in the number.
‘Me So Bad’ has an uptempo vibe to it which is very playful and catchy, plus, it dropped with it’s accompanying video which matches the jam’s energy with a bright color palate and sultry visuals.
Released this Easter weekend, ‘Me So Bad’ features lyrics such as …
I know you want my free time I know that we don’t play that, that, that, that I’m walking on a thin line I’m hoping that it break, break, break, break, break I’m tryna give you FaceTime, yeah Don’t mean you wanna wait, wait, wait, wait, wait I wanna better bassline, I wanna better bassline
Every week, we give one jam the honor of enjoying a week’s long heavy airplay on HBR.
Last week the honor was Rich The Kid’s ‘Plug Walk’ but as we are yet to have a ROTW for this week, we thought it best to list a couple of new singles that may just be next in line.
Konshens – ‘Big Belly’ ft Rick Ross & Rvssian)
Though not quite your usual Caribbean flavoured jam, it has been quite some time since we featured a Jamaican artist on ROTW and this single which features Maybach Music mogul Rick Ross, definitely plays into our strengths being that it is a Hip Hop single.
‘Me So Bad’ by Tinashe ft Ty Dolla $ign and French Montana
Following her ‘No Drama’ single featuring Migos super star Offset, Tinashe might be on ROTW with this playful jam ‘Me So Bad’. It’s uptempo which makes for an almost definite banger with the added advantage of featuring HBR staple artists Ty Dolla and F Montana.
‘Love Struck’ by WSTRN, Tiwa Savage and Mr. Eazy.
Wouldn’t be the first time that this UK based RnB crew made it onto ROTW having had their single ‘Textin’ become ROTW. The crew seem to be targeting that spot with their latest release which is a collaboration with West African stars Tiwa Savage and Mr. Eazy.
‘Suicidal’ by Diplo ft Desiigner.
This Major Lazer producer and deejay never disappoints when it comes to producing hit singles and this new one he’s come out with features Trap star Desiigner.
The road to success for many African musicians is linear and quite predictable: garner a cult-level following in your home country by releasing a string of hit songs, reach out to other successful stars on the continent to stretch your fan base, get nominated for a MOBO/EMA and eventually put out a mediocre collab with Rick Ross (I’m looking at you Diamond and P-Square).
So as we watch Sauti Sol’s star rise ever higher by the day, we all know that their big Rick Ross collaboration is coming soon and it therefore begs the question: Which international artist should the group team up with?
There’s no easy answer to that question because Sauti Sol are musically hard to place; going through their discography you will hear elements of Zouk, Blues, Dancehall, and most recently Reggae (if you haven’t heard the incredible Girl Next Door yet, then you are not doing life right). Their versatility lends them the advantage of being able to accommodate the styles and talents of almost anybody in music right now.
But “accommodating” is not what Sauti Sol should aim for!
Time and again African artists seem to flinch under the limelight of American stars, adopting and taking on styles that don’t suit their sound and rarely complement their art. Take for example the aforementioned collaboration between Diamond Platinumz’ and Rick Ross. Essentially a Rap song, Waka works perfectly for Rick Ross who sounds at home on an instrumental that matches his swag and braggadocio, but one that makes Diamond sound like a fish out of water and forces him to take on a persona that sounds unnatural.
Conversely, consider Everytime by Wizkid featuring Future. Way before the ATL trapper even appears on the track, there is no doubt in your mind that you are listening to a Wizkid song. The beats, the tempo and the vibe are all Wizkid staple. He completely owns the track and simply invites Future to join in on the fun.
And going into the new year, as Sauti Sol roll out their brand new album Afrikan Sauce and continue garnering global attention, it would be great to see them escape the trap of settling for a big name rapper and instead seek out artists who will match their own unique versatility.
Like Ty Dolla Sign!
Boasting collaborations with artists as diverse as Major Lazer, Lupe Fiasco and Africa’s own Mr Eazi, Ty Dolla is a master in musical camouflage; the kind of artist who has no interest in stealing your shine, but does a fantastic job of simply adding gloss to your music.
That is the kind of feature Sauti Sol should reach for because after all, as great as it is to have your name tagged alongside a big international act on a song, it should mean even more for that song to be yours.
To be the artist whose single is featured on HBR’s ‘Record of the Week’ means that yours will be the week’s most played single but that it is also the week’s biggest banger!
While this week is the start of another year-full of ROTW’s, here are 3 artists that featured the most on ROTW last year.
Lil Uzi Vert
At only 23 years of age, Lil Uzi Vert (real name Symere Woods) is most known for his iconic line from hit single and former ROTW ‘XO LIF3 Tour’,
‘Push me to the edge, All my friends are dead’
Lil Uzi’s 2017 EP ‘Luv is Rage 2’ had two songs feature on ROTW and later returned to ROTW as a featured artist on Nav’s ROTW single ‘Wanted You’.
His three time stay on ROTW therefore included his own singles ‘XO Life Tour’, ‘The Way Life Goes’ and Nav’s ‘Wanted You Single.
We’ve loved him since his bass heavy single ‘Friendly that features hilarious catchy lyrics like…
Ey, why you don’t grind, you no like money? We spend money like we no like money She love a ugly man making pretty money And I’m a ugly man making sexy money
Well this UK emcee had a great success with his debut album ‘Common Sense’ which features two of the tracks that were on ROTW in 2017, ‘Common Sense’ and ‘Did You See’.
J Hus also had other massive hits come out last year like ‘Spirit’ but it was the Dre Skull & Popcaan featured remix to his earlier track ‘Bouff Daddy’ that rounded his stay at ROTW to three.
Ty Dolla $ign
He was this year’s international act at the Jameson Connect party and when he isn’t producing for major artists like he did the theme track to hit movie Suicide Squad ‘Sucker For Pain’, he is making his own incredible hits like ‘Ex’.
Featured off of his compilation ‘Beach Life 3’, ‘Ex’ was one of three other jams of his that made it onto ROTW, the other two being features his made on singles with Kid Ink (F With U) and Fat Joe/Remy Ma (Money Showers).
Looks like the longest run for any artist to have featured on a ROTW for a whole year has been three times and we now look forward to seeing if this record gets broken in 2018… and more interestingly, by whom.
Ty Dolla $ign has been announced as this year’s Jameson headline act and he is currently this week’s Record of the Week thanks to his YG featured single ‘Ex’
Released as part of his ‘Beach House 3’ project, Ty Dolla $ign teams up with producer Bongo By The Way on this jam which you’ll be hearing quite a bit now that’s it’s taken over as the ROTW.
Ty Dolla’s ‘Beach House 3’ features artists like Jeremiah, Lil Wayne, The Dream and Skrillex and its release came amidst a heated lawsuit against both Ty and YG, filed by a man who claims he suffered major injuries at a 2015 club beating incident at one of this star’s stagings.
I just text my main chick I told her I ain’t coming home I just text my main chick I told her, I ain’t coming home, tonight Bongo By The Way.(ex)
Mixing Henny with the Bombay F**k it, I done had a long day I done linked up with my old thing Right time, but the wrong place Yeahh versuri-lyrics.info Riding ’round with it on me Got me thinking about all my old days I been getting money four ways R. Kelly, “12 Play” with the foreplay I know, I be up to no good Baby, I know, I’m just misunderstood.
I just text my main chick I told her I ain’t coming home I just text my main chick I told her, I ain’t coming home, tonight I just text my main chick I told her, I ain’t coming home tonight.
Ohh, how you living, nigga, how you living? (skrt) I’m on jet ski’s with naked bitches Give my last to these naked bitches Leave your main squeeze for these naked bitches, yeah That’s how, you know, when it’s all bad She call me or text, I could call back But she imagine in her head I’m doing all that I tell her I’m not, she like, YG, you a thot.
I know, I be up to no good Baby, I know, I’m just misunderstood.
Yeah, yeah A hundred times, told her, I was gon’ stop But it’s kind of hard, when every night them bottles pop Yeah, yeah It’s kind of hard, when you’re making your watch Make all them nines and tens flop Yeahhh.
I just text my main chick I told her I ain’t coming home I just text my main chick I told her I ain’t coming home, tonight I just text my main chick I told her I ain’t coming home tonighttt.
Returning onto the scene with a banger worthy of being named HBR’s Record of the Week, Kid Ink most definitely does not disappoint on the single ‘F With You’.
Sampling the classic single that is Fabulous and Tamia’s ‘Into You’, producers DJ Mustard and J Holt create an unforgettable feel which Kid Ink uses as a medium to spit rhymes about,… well…. I wanna say love but then again does this qualify as lyrics about love?…
Oh yeah, down to the courtyard Couldn’t tell you better than a show ya Been trying so hard to ignore ya Way you make that clap, know ya, know ya See you curve in a stack in your frame girl Didn’t swerve then I’m back in your lane girl Keep that ass up all night, restless I just finger roll and finessin’
– Kid Ink
Not sure they do but with the help of rap icon Ty Dolla $ign, these two have created radio success because not only is this jam HBR’s Record of the Week, but it will definitely be receiving massive airplay in the weeks and months to come.
A cut off his anticipated album, Juicy J links up with Wiz Khalifa and Ty Dolla $ign to curate the visual for, the Mike WiLL Made-It produced track, ‘Ain’t Nothing.’
Directed by Goodboyshady, the video clip begins with the Rubba Band Businessman sipping alcohol out of a coffee mug, draped in a Versace robe. Soon, however, the clip turns into a high-speed chase, where sexy police officers pull the trio over.
“Police say that they could smell it, but I make sure they can’t find it,” raps Khalifa in a backseat of a cop car with the female officers caressing his shoulders.
That police encounter only leads to more smoking, drinking, and dancing. After rhyming on top of a squad car, the trio heads to an outdoor party where they’re surrounded by even more provocatively-dressed models.
Meanwhile, his long-awaited album Rubba Band Business: The Album is due this year featuring “Ain’t Nothing” as well as the Kanye West-assisted “Ballin” and “No English” with Travis Scott.