Who's Charlie Puth? Charlie Puth's the guy singing the fragile hook on this radio-ready new Lil Wayne cut, straight off the soundtrack to 808, the upcoming documentary about hip hop's favorite toy. The track's embarrassingly obsessed with social media, but the slick sonics are undeniable. Massive hook from Puth (OK, deetz: he's a 23-year-old who's appeared on smashes like Wiz Khalifa's "See You Again" and the Meghan Trainor-featuring "Marvin Gaye"), plus highly-worth-listening-to Weezy. (Free Weezy Album's coming on the 4th of July, so soon!)
Drake hasn't done a less-thank-remarkable guest verse in a ridiculously long time. But "R.I.C.O." is a stunner, a jewel among jewels on Meek's sophomore album Dreams Worth More Than Money, released in June's final days. Drizzy calls himself the King, says he should move into Elvis' Graceland home...then calls himself the King of Pop and says he's building a Michael Jackson–style estate. (BTW, Meek's great, too.)
Odd Couple's a Milwaukee-born, Chicago-based beatsmith who caught our ear by flipping a 2 Chainz sketch into a delicious cut called "Me Time." We premiered "DayDream" at the end of the month and haven't been able to stop listening to the curiously inspirational, rapper-ready beat since. Learn about Odd Couple and his upcoming debut album Chatterbox right here.
Not to spend another paragraph talking about Drake's appearance on another dude's track, but..."100" is Drake's, although we greatly appreciate the Game for scooping up this soulful summer banger and inviting Aubrey along. Some of our favorite lines from 2015 so far:
I would have so many friends if I didn't have money, respect and accomplishments
I would have so many friends if I held back the truth and I just gave out compliments
I would have all of your fans if I didn't go pop and I stayed on some conscious shit
I would so many more friends if I lost my success and my confidence
By now, it's almost possible to forget Chris Brown the Person and enjoy Chris Brown the Voice now. As long as he's used lightly, saying mostly nothing, helping add a little extra lift to a song that's already sky high. Meek Mill's Dreams Worth More Than Money cut is the latest, following Nicki Minaj's Pinkprint monster "Only." Onika and her Philly rap bae go back and forth well, the beat's entrancing, and Brown's fine. "All Eyes on You" is majestic—definitely Meek's biggest swing at the moneymaking intersection between pop and rap so far.