The weekend is over, but no need to fear. Hopefully this is a shortened holiday week for you, you’re not scrambling to find the perfect gift, and spending time with family isn’t more stressful than your job, but whatever you have going on, we’ve got a collection of fresh tracks to help you not just get through it but also have a great time. On this week’s MERRY JANE Playlist, we’ve got a fuego collaboration by Gucci Mane and Drake, a couple of tracks from Canadian producer Murda Beatz’s new mixtape, and much more. Give them a listen—revisit the tracks from last week—and start your week off right!
Little Simz (feat. Tilla) - Poison Ivy
Known as one of the brightest young hip-hop stars from the UK, London-based rapper, singer, and actress Little Simz is set to explode from her newly released album, Stillness in Wonderland. Get ahead of the hype train with the single “Poison Ivy,” a catchy song that features additional vocals from Tilla and production from SHE. On the track, Little Simz teeters between soulful singing and spiteful rhyming as she hunts for love, exemplifying what makes the British up-and-comer so unique. All in all, “Poison Ivy” acts as the perfect introduction to her new album, as well as her wide range of lesser known mixtapes and EPs.
Yo Gotti (feat. Kanye West, 2 Chainz, Big Sean, Quavo) - Castro
Respected veteran Memphis rhymer Yo Gotti is ranked among the likes of Gucci Mane and Jeezy as Southern rap pioneers. On his latest single, “Castro,” Gotti curates a hard-hitting cypher between Kanye West, 2 Chainz, Big Sean, Quavo, and himself. This all-star track pays homage to Cuban Link chains, whipping up that white, and stunting like the recently deceased Cuban leader Fidel Castro.
Gucci Mane (feat. Drake) - Both
Already on his third studio album of the year, Atlanta-based trap legend Gucci Mane has made a relentless and prolific return from his two-year prison stint. After hinting at a collaborative EP with Drake, Big Guwop teased the idea further by featuring the Toronto megastar on the new track “Both.” The song, produced by Metro Boomin, is one of the highlights off of Gucci’s new record, The Return of East Atlanta Santa, and certainly heightens anticipation for the rumored joint mixtape, The 6ers.
clipping. (feat. SICKNESS) - Body for the Pile
If you’re looking for a new track that will effectively melt your brain, the new noise track by experimental L.A. hip-hop crew clipping. will surely do that trick. “Body for the Pile” is a noise-inspired track featuring SICKNESS that swishes intense sound effects and descriptive rhymes around your mind. The single will be featured on Adult Swim’s upcoming noise music compilation.
Wiz Khalifa (feat. Chevy Woods, Juicy J) - Bombay and Lemonade
While you might think that recently finishing up on “The High Road Tour” with Snoop Dogg would warrant an extended vacation, Pittsburgh-based rapper Wiz Khalifa refuses to take a break—unless it’s a smoke break, that is. On his latest track, “Bombay and Lemonade,” Wiz teams up with Chevy Woods and Juicy J to let the world know what they’re sipping and smoking on. The trio switches off over the glittery beat as they rhyme about their favorite weed strains, party drinks, and drugs, all of which revolves around Wiz’s suave hook: “I’m on that Bombay and lemonade/That’s what be sippin’ on/Ridin’ clean and sitting low/Rollin’ all my weed ’til it’s gone.”
Local Natives - Dark Days (Classixx Remix)
Since dropping their third studio album, Sunlit Youth, back in September, the harmonious indie rock group Local Natives has been gearing up for a U.S. tour that will take place early next year. In the meantime, one of their latest tracks, “Dark Days,” has been given a makeover by the Los Angeles-based DJ duo Classixx. The remix takes the mellow, soulful song and transforms it into an extravagant dance floor number.
Julie Byrne - Follow My Voice
Continuing to build up hype with her tender songwriting skills, indie folk sensation Julie Byrne’s newest single, “Follow My Voice,” is a lovely exploration of melancholy and heartbreak. Her ethereal guitar playing and fluttering voice makes the new song perfect for a sentimental smoke sesh. Byrne recently announced that her second full-length record, entitled Not Even Happiness, will be released on Jan. 13.
Wale - Black Is Gold
Since making major waves with his hard-hitting and viral “Folarin Like” freestyle, D.C.-based rapper Wale has been on a rampage to reclaim his spot as one of hip-hop’s brightest stars. This time around, Wale jumps on the beat from D’Angelo’s classic R&B hit “Lady” for a remake entitled “Black Is Gold.” The freestyle track is jam-packed with black pride and self-love, as Wale spits dignified lines like, “Don’t let American standards damage your African soul.”
Quavo (feat. PartyNextDoor) - More
Known as the most prolific rapper from the three-piece group Migos, Quavo has been featured on almost every hot rap track that has come out this year. This past week, Canadian producer Murda Beatz enlisted the Atlanta trap star and Toronto R&B singer PartyNextDoor for the new song “More.” Right off the boat, the Migos frontman shows off his ambitions to achieve even greater success in the rap game, rhyming, “I need more, I need more, I need more, more/I’m so up, yeah, I feel like I’m on the top floor.” All the while, PartyNextDoor follows up with his polished hook, putting out the fire that Quavo leaves behind with his hungry verse.
Injury Reserve (feat. Vic Mensa) - Keep on Slippin
Based out of Arizona, the hip-hop trio Injury Reserve has built quite the reputation for themselves since releasing their critically acclaimed debut album, Live From the Dentist Office, in 2015. This past week, Injury Reserve dropped their sophomore album, Floss, which includes the emotional track “Keep on Slippin,” featuring the politically-minded rhymer Vic Mensa. The song centers around the idea that no matter how hard we try to do right by ourselves and those we care about, we all slip up sometimes.
Ty Dolla $ign - 9 Times Out of 10
This past week, up-and-coming Canadian producer Murda Beatz dropped his unexpected mixtape Keep God First, an eclectic collection of tracks featuring some of hip-hop’s finest artists. One of the undebatable standouts on the new tape is “9 Times Out of 10.” The beat, which California-based rapper-singer hybrid Ty Dolla $ign rides perfectly, will have you seeing things. If you think this song packs heat, keep scrolling through our playlist for more from this new mixtape.