DJ ISHANI’S HOT NEW PLAYLIST
In terms of the trend in Hip hop and RnB music, the current climate seems to have changed a bit as there is a definite departure from the typical South Side style and influence which has been big in hip hop for over a decade now. A lot of the sound that's out right now leans back towards the 90s, specifically 90s west coast feel and vibe which any old school hip hop head can support and appreciate. Following are the top 15 current must haves in your playlist/additions to your playlist. (Disclaimer: This playlist is strictly club oriented Hip Hop and RnB so if you're looking for tracks with artists spitting conscious bars, this isn't it.)
Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne, Tyga – Loyal: Breezy's personal life may eternally seem like a train wreck waiting to happen but he stays putting out hit after hit which is all we care about. In this track, CB is putting his gold digging groupies and fake girlfriends on blast. Produced by Nic Nac, the catchy up-tempo dance floor filler also has a dope video to boot.
Big Krit Feat. A$ap Ferg- Lac Lac: This will take you right back to the chilled, top down 90's era. Big Krit is without a doubt a quality rapper but A$ap Ferg too really delivers on this track.
Mila J- Smoke, Drink, Break Up: This is very reminiscent of Aaliyah and of 90's RnB. Beat, almost sounds like something Timbaland would have made back in the day. Aside from the unnecessary auto-tune and the random dance break in the video, this track bangs. If you miss authentic RnB, you will love this joint.
Trey Songz- Na Na: Really digging the beats on this one. Produced by DJ Mustard (of Rack City fame), who happens to be one of the most prolific and ubiquitous west coast producers in the game right now, the track references The Fugees' hit 90's anthem Fu Gee La.
YG- Left Right: Back That Ass Up 2014 or as one of my DJ buddies pointed out Salt Shaker 2014! Mustard on the beat again. This is straight ratchet music which is the current popular west coast sound but it's also another 90's influenced joint. Video was inspired by the 90's style block parties and even has scenes reminiscent of Snoop Dogg's What's My Name video. The beat is what really makes this track though and the violin on top of that beat is all kinds of sick.
Rick Ross feat. French Montana and Diddy- Nobody :This is a homage to Biggie's 1997 classic You're nobody (Until somebody kills you). Rick Ross channels Biggie's flow in this remake of the same East Coast classic produced by Diddy, though Diddy probably should have just stuck to producing instead of appearing on the track. French Montana only sings the hook which is perhaps a good thing.
Kid Ink feat. Chris Brown- Show Me :This came out last year but still finds a place on most current popular playlists. This funky feel good jam was once again produced by Mustard and samples the 90's dance hit, Show Me Love by Robin S. Straight banger.
YG feat Drake- Who Do You Love: If you've been paying attention, by this point you'd probably be able to tell a DJ Mustard beat when you hear it. The collabo is interesting and both ride the beat to a T.
Mally Mall feat. Sean Kingston, Tyga, French Montana & Pusha T- Wake Up In It: Not a personal fave but this works on the dance floors and is a big tune on most playlists. Pusha T really stands out in this one for me.
Jenifer Lopez- I Luh Ya Papi: Jennnifer Lopez has been doing one too many dance tracks lately but here she is showing us she can make that effortless switch back to her JLO roots when she pleases. The chorus gets a bit annoying and so does French Montana's rap verse, but over all a nice, warm and fuzzy feel good track. The video challenges the idea that only women must be objectified in music videos as she prances around atop a yacht with scantily clad male models. As a woman, I second that argument!
August Alsina Feat. Trinidad James – I Luv This Shit. I luv this shit despite the god awful verse by Trinidad James. Song is from last year but still hot on the playlists. August's vocals are smooth and sexy as is his swagger.
Yo Gotti- Act Right: Another joint that gives props to the west coast, specifically the Bay Area. Produced by P-Lo this track is a certified banger.
50 Cent- The Funeral: First single off his upcoming Animal Ambition album, this is that classic, street, early 2000s, smooth storytelling 50 we all know and love. He's officially back on my radar with this.
Ty Dolla Sign feat. B.O.B- Paranoid : Interesting, playful and catchy joint with an equally playful video to match. Mustard is definitely the new go to producer on the block.
Beyonce- Partition: Definitely had to include a Beyonce jam in this list. Dope beats by Timbaland and Bey does her thing in the song and video.
By DJ Ishani.
(Photo credits – Joel D'Souza)