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Music week in review: Young Thug, The Killers, Kevin Gates, WizKid, & more

It’s the mothafuckin’ first day of fall and as the leaves begin to change (not really, it’s still hot as fuck) you’re gonna need some firey music to take you through the transition.

All those trips to the beach are over and you’re stuck in the city. Ditch that rosé and pick up the Jameson.

Cuffing season is slowly moving upon us like a storm cloud, so whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing for you, we got you covered.

Young Thug & Carnage – Young Martha

This is a collaboration made in banger heaven. After dropping “Homie” last week with Meek Milly, Thug and Carnage have released their 4-track collab album Young Martha and the whole thing is replete with trap fire.

“Liger” is a personal favorite, as Thug goes as hard as ever over a pan flute beat from Carnage as Thug squeals, “Everybody got tigers, so I wanna buy a liger.” Bars.

Thugga has been as prolific as anyone this year, with Beautiful Thugger Girls being one of the rap releases of the year. He’s a fucking star.

As for Carnage, dude should continue making hip-hop beats, he’s got a hell of a talent for it.

The Killers – Wonderful Wonderful

The Killers’ fifth album is at times kind of shitty and at times pretty cool. The Las Vegas dudes have been doing their thing in the post-punk world for 15 years, making them somehow elder statesmen of the rock scene.

This is a far more experimental and complex album than their earlier work that made them famous. There’s no “Mr. Brightside” on Wonderful Wonderful. Groovy synths and guitar riffs litter the album and lead singer Brandon Flowers is singing his ass off as much as ever.

Their anthemic past may be behind them, but The Killers are still making solid music, it’s nice to still have them around.

Cut Copy – Haiku From Zero

The Australians have dropped their fifth studio album Haiku From Zero and it’s honestly a delight. Full of funky grooves rooted in retro pop music, Cut Copy have made a fun as hell album running a quick 9 songs and just over 40 minutes.

It’s hard not to bob along to songs like “Airborne” and “Counting Down” and no matter what your preconceived notions are of the Aussies are, it’s hard to really hate on their light poppy glam funk.

If you’re looking for some easy, smooth listening this weekend, rock with Cut Copy.

Kevin Gates – By Any Means 2

Kevin Gates, for all his personal troubles and controversy (he’s currently incarcerated in federal prison on gun charges), knows what he’s doing when it comes to this rap shit.

The Baton Rouge, Louisiana native is a specialist of the turnt anthem. With one feature from PnB Rock, most of the album features Gates rapping in his trademark deep drawl, over slick production.

What’s particularly surprising from Gates is his ability to sing a massive chorus, like on “Had To,” “Fucking Right,” and “GOMD” dude can really sing. We hope Gates figures out all his personal shit, it’s better to have him on this side.

WizKid – “Everytime” (ft. Future)

WizKid, one of the biggest stars in world music, dropped his album Sounds From The Other Side back in July but he’s keeping the fire coming.

This time WizKid has tapped up Future, the songbird of our generation, for a two-stepping number that’s everything we could want out of this star-studded collab.

Produced by Shizzi, “Everytime” is a certified banger that we’ll be keeping in rotation at the functions this fall.

Tommy Genesis – “Tommy”

Described as “the internet’s most rebellious underground rap queen,” former Awful Records signee and Vancouver native Tommy Genesis has delivered an absolute JAWN with “Tommy” with brags and boasts about how a woman in question “want a picture with Tommy.”

Tommy is jetting off for a European tour and was recently named the breakout star of NYFW by Vogue. She’s most definitely out here and before long may just be queen of us all, not just the underground.

Tory Lanez – “Shooters”

Tory Lanez has dropped a song off his upcoming album, which apparently can arrive at any time. On “Shooters” Tory shouts out the dudes who have his back over a huge string-laced beat. He sing-raps in the chorus,

“All I wanna do is go out trappin’ with the shooters/Wrist game froze, you should see the way we do it/Sexy little bitch she throwin’ titties out the window/You from outta town but you know what we get into.”

It’s kind of ironic given Tory’s own shot is so trash, but shouts out to T. Lanez, hopefully we get his sophomore album soon.

Ty Dolla $ign – “Dawsin’s Break” (ft. Jeremih)


Ty Dolla $ign announced this week that Beach House 3 is officially coming October 27 and stopped off to drop some new tracks. The Mike Will Made It-produced “Dawsin’s Break” is a bouncy jam featuring Dolla and Jeremih at their thirstiest.

As cuffing season descends, any and all maximal R&B is very much appreciated. Dolla $ign got all you cuffers covered.