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5 Turnt Desiigner Songs That Aren't 'Panda' or 'Tiimmy Turner'

The rapper hit No. 1 with one smash and won hip-hop's heart with the other—but where can people who are new to our 2016 Breakout Week artist turn?

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For Fuse's 2016 Breakout Week, we're spending each day commemorating one undeniable act that shook up things in the mainstream this year. Today we're honoring Desiigner, the 19-year-old signee to Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music, a native of Jay Z and Biggie Smalls' stomping ground of Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. 

Desiigner's debut mixtape, June's New English, starts with a short, pretty orchestral intro—then throws this one in our faces. From what we know of Desiigner so far, this is textbook: hammering production, simple A.F. chorus, enthralling performance. And it ends mid-note, segueing into the rest of the album like the impatient turn of a radio dial.

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"Jet" feat. Pusha T

Desiigner’s uncanny vocal resemblance to Future may have been a crutch in the beginning of his career, but it actually works in his favor on songs like “Jet.” The New English cut has the rapper grumbling about his wealth in a hook that’s just as intimidating as any by Future Hendrix. Just as you were catching your breath, Pusha T swoops through with his always-menacing lyrical braggadocio.

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"Gucci Snakes"

Tyga says it's a Tyga song, sure, whatever. We pushed play for Desiigner, we come back for Desiigner, we don't even mind Tyga because of Desiigner. The sneaky ways the kid's doing new things within a framework people originally thought was super-limited is fascinating.

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"Talk Regardless"

Is it easy to turn motherfuckersgonnatalkregardless into one word? If you're Sidney Royel Selby III, yup. And to do it over a piece of haunting, nuanced trap is to seal the deal tight.

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"Zombie Walk" feat. King Savage

Desiigner teams up with King Savage for a track that’s more suited for a horror movie soundtrack rather than the penultimate cut of a mixtape. The signature gun sound effects, warbled Auto-Tune and piercing synths make the perfect formula to help the undead rise from their graves. The accompanying video (it’s really a mini-movie) directed by Grant Curatola brings the frightening adventure to life.

Follow the "5 Turnt Desiigner Songs That Aren't 'Panda' or 'Tiimmy Turner'" playlist on Spotify:

And for more, hear Fuse's Back of the Class podcast break down Desiigner's New English mixtape at the 1:40 mark in the episode below:

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Zendaya, Zac Efron and Hugh Jackman drop by New York City to take part in James Corden’s Crosswalk the Musical series, and it went as hilariously chaotic as you think. The cast of the upcoming film ‘The Greatest Showman’ perform various tunes from Broadway classics like ‘Guys and Dolls,’ ‘On the Town,’ and ‘Fame’ in the middle of the busy streets of NYC. The three actors even performed a number from their new movie, and despite the traffic and honking cars we think they did pretty well!