2015 had its “Trap Queen”‘s & its “Hotline Bling”‘s, 2014 had its “Fancy”‘s & its “Faded”‘s, and each summer before it, anthems of their own. With a few major standouts (and keys) already so far, what will be the biggest track on summer 2016.
What Will Be The Summer Anthem of 2016?
A summer is not a summer, without a summer anthem; simple as that. Warm weather doesn’t mean shit, and flip-flops are sus, but summer anthems, oooh, summer anthems are truly timeless (for about 2-4 months, at least). Fast paced, bass boosted, simple slang, and ignorant at best, a good summer anthem has the magical powers to elevate any moment into an unforgettable summertime memory. 2016 has been a strong year for hip-hop already to say the least, with notable project drops from Kanye, Drake, Chance the Rapper, and Kendrick, the summer months have been no different.With a new playlist for all of y’all, your fam at RLGT is going to break down a few of the biggest tracks thus far, along with a few predictions! Lets get into it.
All The Way Up – Fat Joe ft. French Montana
Slipping into the equation early, “All The Way Up” was an early contender for BOTY (BANGERRRR of the year). Catchy hook, easy remix-ability, and the perfect amount of “lit” ignorance for the people, this one is a pretty safe pick.
Panda – Desiigner
A 19 year old walks into a bar… and proceeds to yell “braaaaa” while dabbing and performing his smash hit, which is coincidentally the #1 song in the nation. “Panda” is not only amazingly addictive, its a certified hit. Many are doubting follow-up success , although I personally would love to see it happen, for the time being “Panda” will remain heavily in rotation.
I Got The Keys – Dj Khaled ft. Future & Jay Z
Future teased fans on Twitter by telling them that Jay Z was working on something special, and last week we finally got to hear what he was talking about. Okay, the hook is kind of weak, but let the record show that JAY Z WENT IN. When the album drops, this one could blow up.
Honourable Mentions: Champions – GOOD Music, For Free – DJ Khaled ft. Drake, Too Good – Drake
Do Yoga – Rae Sremmurd
Now I don’t expect this one to be a sleeper for long, but since it just dropped last week, I’ll consider this new Rae Sremmurd track to be still under-rated. This one doesn’t have the same bass booming sound as many of the tracks on the list, but something about the spaced-out, twangy vibes on “Do Yoga” is absolutley amazing and euphoric. I can definitely see this being one of the biggest lowkey tracks this time around, especially with #Sremmlife 2 right around the corner.
Pick Up The Phone – Travis Scott ft. Quavo & Young Thug
The dancehall sound is huge this year thanks to Drake and co (even if no one wants to admit it), so Travis $cott & his ear for sound put a crazy spin on the movement. “Pick Up The Phone” has not only an all-star lineup, but a lineup that comes crazy, including one of Thugger’s best verses this year. This will be an internet favourite for sure.
Go Flex – Post Malone
Another lowkey standout in 2016, “Go Flex” os one of the most polished, generation pieces we’ve heard in a long while. Similar to the rumors about Postyy quitting hip-hop, “Go Flex” features some classic ignant bars over a sultry acoustic beat equating to what is one of the most effortless musical experiences that you’ve ever heard. SOTY candidate.
Honourable Mentions: I Drive By – Riff Raff ft. Gucci Mane & Danny Brown, Wrist – Logic, Gwan Big Up Yourself – Roy Woods
And the winner is… man, I don’t know. I’m not god-damn Merlin, I can’t predict the future, but I can make a fire playlist. Peep Shmacked Summer Pt. 2 below, and let us know what your favourite track is!