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7 Best Hip Hop Songs We Heard in August

We get it: There's so much music out there, it's impossible to listen to it all. So we compiled this list of the best hip hop tracks released last month

1 / 7

Method Man featuring Chedda Bang, "Water"

One of the Wu-Tang Clan's most popular dudes waited nine years to deliver his fifth studio album. It's verrrry long, but it's got nasty cameos from Redman, Hanz On, Inspectah Deck, Masta Killah and Raekwon. The very chill "Water" was our auditory air-conditioning track for the scorching weeks of August.

2 / 7

Chance the Rapper & Lil B, "What's Next"

In August, the number of surprise 2015 hip hop releases officially eclipsed the number of mixtapes Lil B uploaded to MySpace in his nascent days. So it was only right that the BasedGod was part of the movement, teaming up with Chance the Rapper for Free: Based Freestyles MixtapeDownload it over here, gratis, once you've heard the free-flowing, sensational "What's Next."

3 / 7

Fetty Wap, "Trap N---as (Freestyle)"

While "Trap Queen" continues to worm its way into the universe's fabric, the 24-year-old Fetty Wap is 10 steps ahead. He's made himself the king of dropping Soundcloud smashes. "Again" is his official August single, but "Trap N---as (Freestyle)" goes harder.

4 / 7

CyHi the Prynce, "Elephant in the Room"

Like Eminem's "Kim," except about Kanye West, and if Kanye was Em's unreachable label boss instead of his ex. CyHi—the 30-year-old now-reportedly-former Def Jam artist with nine mixtapes and zero albums—ignited one of the greatest hip hop beefs of the summer with this one. A one-sided beef, but still titillating. 

5 / 7

Dr. Dre featuring Justus & BJ the Chicago Kid, "It's All on Me"

You'll only hear this one on Apple Music, but it's a gem among gems. Dr. Dre's first album in 16 years, the almost-no-advance-notice Compton: A Soundtrack, featured an embarrassing bounty of pleasant, powerful sounds; something has us leaning into "It's All on Me" more than the rest. Don't get us wrong, though—Dre spat convincingly and intriguingly, and he brought the best out of guests stars like Jill ScottKendrick LamarEminemIce CubeSnoop Dogg, Masha Ambrosius, the Game and Xzibit.

6 / 7

Drake & Florence + the Machine, "Back to Delilah"

We can't pretend to "get" how the audio/visual wizard Tesher got it in his head to smash Drake's catchy Meek Mill diss "Back to Back" with Florence's too-good "Delilah," but he did it, and we're all better for it.

7 / 7

Tyga, "Master $uite"

Less than two months after dropping The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty with zero notice, Tyga threw up Fuk Wat They Talkin Bout. The 15-track collection is very much a mixtape—designed for inhaling, for vibing out, for minimum-to-medium-level attention—but it does its specific thing with capable devotion. "Master $uite" puts a fun new spin on the "started from the bottom" narrative with a refrain about formerly eating "McDonald's like twice a week / Now I get served in my master suite." And the breathless, straight-through weirdo flow actually shines some Lil Wayne-colored beams on the little Young Money bro.

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