Who says that a twenty seven year old trained musician with a masters degree in music theory/composition can’t throw down to a banger? Nobody, so don’t judge me! I have compiled a list of twenty club bangers (not BANGERZ) and have divided it into two parts. See you at the club snitches!
August Alsina featuring Trinidad James
“I Luv This Sh*t”
(Downtown: Life Under the Gun)
“I Luv This Sh*t” is definitely among the most unapologetic song titles of 2013. Featuring everyone’s favorite molly-poppin’ MC Trinidad James and despite it’s unforgiving title, “I Luv This Sh*t” is, well, lovable. Alsina has one foul mouth, but his mix of real talk with slower, horn-accentuated production is brilliant, if blasphemous (“God dammit I love it, I love it… So I’mma keep on smoking cause I love this sh*t / I’mma keep on grinding cause I love this sh*t / she tell me keep f**king cause I love this sh*t and I love it…”). Verdict? I love this sh*t!
Pusha T featuring 2 Chainz & Big Sean
“Who I Am”
(My Name Is My Name)
On “Who I Am”, Pusha T didn’t exactly select the most intelligible collaborators to guest with him (2 Chainz and Big Sean). Regardless, “Who I Am” epitomizes the ‘banger’. All Pusha T wants desires and aspires to is to “…buy another Rollie” and “…pop another band / I just wanna sell dope forever / Just wanna be who I am.” 2 Chainz does simple ambitions well, rapping “Entrepreneur, strip club connoisseur / hot fudge sundae, pour it on you hallelujah…” Big Sean ‘college’ in a kindergarten sort of way, rapping “Pretty girls is my reputation / one on my arm, that’s decoration…” There it is.
Tyga featuring Wiz Khalifa, Mally Mall & Cedric Gervais
Don’t get it twisted: I am NOT on board with ‘molly rap’ in the least. I’m onboard with what my homeboy Kendrick Lamar told y’all… BUT if I had to choose a highlight from Tyga’s ho-hum Hotel California as well as a bearable, catchy ‘molly rap’ song, it would be “Molly”. The production work is exceptional, and all MC’s provide solid performances (Tyga, Wiz Khalifa, and Mally Mall). No it’s not the second coming, but it is banger…
“Dip” has so many one-liners that an entire essay could be written examining each and everyone. The premise of the song? Well Danny Brown is pretty to’ up, period. The Forrest Gump reference definitely captures attention early on (“Like Lieutenant Dan, I’m rolling back to back / I keep on smoking…”). My favorite moment involves you guessed it, ‘molly’: “Now all these rappers talking ‘bout that molly / bet a million dollars these n***as ain’t dipping / pure MDMA, put it in a shot we talking ‘bout crystals / been thizzin’ hard up all day, rest in peace to Mac Dre…” Banger? Yes…also seems like Brown is way past the need for rehab… just sayin’!
Gunplay featuring Rick Ross, Trina & Yo Gotti
(Self Made Vol. 3)
Self Made Vol. 3 as a compilation was a disappointment for me, particularly following an excellent second Maybach Music compilation (Self Made 2). However, the brash, unapologetic “Gallardo” is a notable moment, giving Rick Ross and company yet another ‘goes hard’ banger. Credited to Gunplay, the cut also features Trina, Rick Ross and Yo Gotti. “I only f*ck with n***as in them Lambos (Gallardo) / I only f*ck with n***as in them Lambos (Murcielago)…,” Trina asserts on the explicit, ‘guilty-pleasure’ hook.
(Magna Carta…Holy Grail)
“Tom Ford” is cool if nothing more since it’s named after the fashion designer. Ford is honored with a solid hook that manages to once more reference one ubiquitous ‘molly’: “I don’t pop molly, I rock Tom Ford / International bring back the Concorde / Numbers don’t lie, check the scoreboard / Tom Ford, Tom Ford, Tom Ford.” It’s not prodigious perhaps, but it definitely stands out on Magna Carta…Holy Grail, one of Hov’s weakest and least distinctive offerings in years.
Rocko featuring Rick Ross & Future
(Gift of Gab 2)
Much of “U.O.E.N.O” was overshadowed by Rick Ross’ controversial allusion to date rape (“Put molly all in her champagne, she ain’t even know it / I took her home and I enjoyed that, she ain’t even know it…”), and rightfully so. BUT as a song itself ignoring Ross’ irresponsibility, it’s a good one. I mean, I’m not always crazy about Future, but he’s perfect on the hook here: “This a thousand dollar pair of shoes and U.O.E.N.O. It / this a thousand dollar cup of lean and U.O.E.N.O…” Yeah, you see where this banger is going.
“Don’t Drop That Thun Thun”
(Don’t Drop That Thun Thun – Single)
The first time I heard it and being the naïve human being I can be, I assumed that this was a raunchy, clubbing track. I mean, doesn’t ‘thun thun thun’ sound like a great reference for the booty? The good news is that “Don’t Drop That Thun Thun” is a cut for the clubs, particularly with lines like “Alright oh my goodness I’m turnt up / I got a bottle you got a cup / you hit the dougie / I 2 step…” (Verse two) but the actual thun thun thun is not referring to the butt. LOL.
According to goto slang source Urban Dictionary, “thun thun thun” is MDMA otherwise known as ecstasy. Yep, it’s another song about molly.
So, the cut ends up being really bad, but still is the perfect banger. I wouldn’t encourage it’s message of popping mollies (much like the earlier “Molly”), but it is catchy.
Ali Maejor featuring Juicy J & Justin Bieber
(Lolly – Single)
The “lollipop” is always a popular item for a club banger. Lil Wayne may have done it best on his Grammy-winning “Lollipop” from 2008 album Tha Carta III. That said, Ali Maejor, Juicy J, and Justin Bieber (of all people) seem to be onboard with this oral sex alluding number. This cut is tasteless (no pun intended), however the beat and overall production are undeniably delicious. Bieber even tries to tone it down on his rap verse, but it’s hard to tone down a slang word for a ‘pickle’, he he he!
“Started From the Bottom”
(Nothing Was The Same)
…“Started From The Bottom” was not heavy on my rotation when it bowed. It seemed a bit of a disappointment from the MC who rarely misses. Contextually and after having reservations, “Started From The Bottom” is solid and of course honest. Just as Drake says, he “…done kept it real from the jump…” Apparently the DJ Khaled song was real talk: “No new n***as, n***a we don’t feel that / f*ck a fake friend, where your friends at?” #NoNewFriends for Drake.
- Playlist: Bangers That Get It Poppin’ At The Club… (Part 1) (brentmusicreviews.com)
- Review: DJ Khaled, ‘Suffering from Success’ (brentmusicreviews.com)
- Review: Pusha T, ‘My Name Is My Name’ (brentmusicreviews.com)
- Review: MMG, ‘Self Made 3′ (brentmusicreviews.com)