Friday, June 14, 2024

Fresh Playlist: D.R.A.M. Starts To Croon, A$AP Ferg Continues To Bang

With new music flying like warp-speed through the various channels of the Internet, it can be hard to keep up. But worry not! Each week The Fresh Toast will deliver the most-discussed and exciting songs that have recently dropped. Landed. Crashed. And also: soared. Enjoy.

D.R.A.M. ft. Erykah Badu—“WiFi”

Soulful, sexy, sensitive. Those are some of the words that come to mind when hearing Erykah Badu’s voice. She adds so much soul and grace to whatever track she touches. Hers is a flavor so distinct, it’s never lost in the meal.

But what’s also special about Badu is how she’s evolved in the digital age. Whereas some of her peers persist outside the internet, Badu has embraced the younger generation, like she does with D.R.A.M. here. On a song about “WiFi” as a sexual innuendo no less. The record’s also a pleasant turn sensitive for the bubbly, cheesing-through-his-lyrics rapper. In hit song “Broccoli” with Lil’ Yachty, D.R.A.M. celebrates trying lox on his bagel. And you believe him! Lox on a bagel is pretty damn good!

D.R.A.M.’s new record Big Baby D.R.A.M. is out today. It’s a mix between shoutout to the smallest joys of life and that high-low rap-singing T-Pain’s best songs always seem to fluctuate. But “WiFI” stands out, thanks to Badu as much as D.R.A.M. himself.

A$AP Ferg ft. Future, A$AP Rocky, Lil Uzi Vert—“New Level (Remix)”

Now this is a rap remix through posse cut done right. Ferg released this remix to celebrate his birthday, a gift to us as much as himself. The production doesn’t change much from the original hit, but don’t nitpick a banger like this. Rocky and Uzi Vert flow so well on the track, providing some nice spin on it. Consider this one a win.

Lady Gaga ft. Florence Welch—“Hey Girl”

The verdict isn’t really out on Lady Gaga’s new record Joanne. The critics online are pretty split. On just one-listen through—admittedly not enough to fully judge a record’s merits—it didn’t fit all that coherently together. I need to spend more time with it, honestly. But this track earned a couple replay taps. Florence Welch, who overpowers Gaga just slightly, croons in this ode to female empowerment. It’s worth a stream.

Eminem—“Campaign Speech”

My goodness. We wrote about this track earlier in the week, so no belaboring the point here. But, man, there’s just so much to unpack on this song. (Tip: Listen with the Genius Lyrics up.) The Rap God’s still got it.

Jon Waltz—“Riot”

The Memphis-based singer carries a small sense of hype and a small, erratic output. But records like “Riot” prove why he deserves every bit of praise that comes his way. Waltz delivers some cheeky turns of phrase like “Mother Nature never meant to birth another child like me” and “We’ve been watching too many Westerns, now we pistol pop.” He slips between multiple genres—soul, jazz, electronic—and even switches his graceful singing into a staccato rap flow.

2 Chainz ft. Quavo and Gucci Mane—“Good Drank”

Tity Boi. Guwop. Q. I loved this track before I even pressed play. Then I did and heard it was a smooth bop instead of the banger I expected. Gucci rapped “Kevin Dur-ONT” with “Kevin Dur-ANT.” Then I wanted to propose to this record.


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