Tinashe, Danny Brown, Gucci Mane: Grading the week's best (and worst) singles
Every week, EW's music staff takes a hard listen to the biggest new tracks and offers up our unfiltered opinions. Read on for reviews of new tracks by Tinashe, Gucci Mane, Danny Brown, and more.
Gucci Mane feat. Young Dolph, "Bling Blaww Burr"
Since his May release from prison, the influential Atlanta rapper has driving the hip-hop conversation, releasing his best album in years, July's Everybody Looking, and bringing his unmistakable cadence to tracks by Kanye West, Rae Sremmurd, and Young Thug. The notoriously prolific artist announced Tuesday that he'd release another album, Woptober, next month, and dropped its first single, "Bling Blaww Burr." Produced by another artist synonymous with Atlantan hip-hop, Future's go-to collaborator Metro Boomin, the skittering track continues Guwop's hot streak, despite being less lyrically and sonically distinctive than many of Everybody's high points. B –Eric Renner Brown
Whoever is the current reigning queen (or king) of the slinky R&B bedroom jam better clutch their crown a little tighter: Tinashe makes a welcome contribution to the tradition with this hypnotic taste of her upcoming Joyride LP. Only this time, she's drawing the line at the warm and fuzzy stuff: "I'm nothin' like a girlfriend," she purrs, "I just need some company." The track doesn't have the boy-crazy bounce of this summer's "Superlove," but don't be surprised if her hooky please for sexy-time lodge themselves in your brain anyway. B+ –Nolan Feeney
NxWorries, "Lyk Dis"
After releasing one of the year's best albums and hitting the road for an acclaimed tour, most artists would take some well-deserved time off. Not L.A.'s Anderson .Paak, who will release Yes Lawd! with the producer Knxwledge in October under the duo's moniker NxWorries. "Lyk Dis" combines .Paak's silky singing and lush lyricism with the understated pitter-patter that listeners will recognize from Knxwledge's beat on Kendrick Lamar's "Momma." The result is a sultry jam destined for every bedroom playlist. A –ERB
Danny Brown feat. Kendrick Lamar, Earl Sweatshirt, and Ab-Soul, "Really Doe"
The third single from the Detroit rapper's impending album Atrocity Exhibition may be its showiest yet, a menacing posse cut featuring what Brown has called "the Four Horsemen" of hip-hop: Kendrick Lamar, Earl Sweatshirt, Ab-Soul, and himself. Brown's lyrics are vivid as ever — "Mouth all on my genitals / Suckin' on it like she gettin' vitamins and minerals," he rhymes — and his guests elevate themselves accordingly. Lamar's verse is a film student's dream, with references to Pulp Fiction, Star Trek, and The Revenant, while Sweatshirt proves he still sets the gold standard when it comes to wordplay in rap.A –ERB
Beach Slang, "Younger Us (Japandroids cover)"
Beach Slang's decision to cover labelmates Japandroids' "Younger Us" for the upcoming compilation Polyvinyl Plays Polyvinyl seemed almost too on the nose: In Japandroids' absence — the Canucks haven't dropped an album since 2012's lauded Celebration Rock — Beach Slang have taken up the mantle of earnest, heart-on-sleeve pop-punk. Their cover scuzzes up the vocals, ratchets up the tempo, and provides an adrenaline rush that should tide Japandroids fans over until that band makes their anticipated return to the stage early next month. A- –ERB
No, it's not Aziz Ansari's deranged alter ego — it's the second new song French house duo Justice have dropped from their long-in-the-works third album Woman, due out in November. EDM has vastly changed since they burst on the scene with 2007's "D.A.N.C.E." — or even since their last album, 2011's Audio, Video, Disco — but Justice's riffs still channel indisputable, leather-clad cool. On "Randy," they combine groovy guitars, pummeling drums, Halloween-ready synth stabs, and vocals that sound more suited for a late-era Beatles record than an after-hours discotheque for a compulsively danceable track that's so good we'll forgive the mid-song chamber music breakdown. B+ —ERB