RWD’s Top Five Heaters Of The Week
This week’s installment of RWD’s Top Five Heaters Of The Week features a wide spectrum of sounds, including: dancehall vibes from Wiley, Sean Paul, Stefflon Don & Idris Elba on ‘Boasty’; a street rap anthem in the shape of Dave’s ‘Streatham’; a rock infused trap banger from AJ Tracey & Jay Critch with ‘Necklace’; Burna Boy addresses social issues in Nigeria on ‘Dangote’ and Mugun shows that he is one to watch with the smooth and jazzy ‘Fast Car’.
Wiley, Sean Paul & Stefflon Don Ft. Idris Elba – Boasty
Notting Hill Carnival is still just under 6 months away, but Wiley has brought the street festival’s spirit to March with his latest release ‘Boasty’. The Godfather assembled an all-star line-up for the dancehall bubbler, featuring Idris Elba, Sean Paul and Stefflon Don on the track, with Toddla T providing a bouncy beat, backed by a head-nodding snare & kick and a dubface inducing subwoofer. The ever elusive Wiley is a no show as per usual, with child actor, Brooklyn Appiah stepping into replace him as the video’s protagonist – check it out below.
Dave – Streatham
From the day Dave’s Bl@ckbox freestyle dropped, he was destined for greatness and with the release of his debut album, Psychdrama, the young star went into a creative supernova. The socially conscious ‘Black’ served as the first cut from the album and last night he followed it up with the ode to his ends, ‘Streatham’. The eerie Nana Rogues production gives Dave the license to flex his lyrical expertise, with his standout bar being, “My G just came out for a shooting and Ramz done a madness charting, so them man got something in common, ’cause trust me both of their tings been barking”. Press play on the epic video directed by Dave & Nathan James Tettey below.
AJ Tracey Ft. Jay Critch – Necklace
Last month AJ Tracey gifted us with his self-titled debut album, which saw him testing his chops on a range of genres including hip-hop, country, dancehall, trap, garage and grime. His latest single from the project, ‘Necklace’, featuring Brooklyn’s own Jay Critch, sees him opting for a more rock inspired vibe, with him and Jay flowing over enchanting guitar licks and thumping 808s. Take in the Western-themed visuals directed by Hamish Stephenson & AJ Tracey underneath.
Burna Boy – Dangote
Catapulted into the musical stratosphere with the Afrobeats anthem, ‘Ye’ – which got the added stimulus package when Kanye West dropped an album with the same name – Burna Boy has brought it back to foundations with his latest release ‘Dangote’. Named after Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, both the song and video tell the story of the plight of the poor in Nigeria, whilst Burna Boy also uses Dangote as a motivational metaphor to inspire the disenfranchised to hustle hard everyday.
Mugun – Fast Car
I first caught wind of Coventry’s own, Mugun, with his feature on IAMDDB’s breakout tape, Vibe, Volume 2, where he highlighted himself as one to watch with a solid verse on ‘Teardrops’ and he has once again exhibited his artistic prowess on his latest release ‘Fast Car’. Mugun comes in on the jazzy hip-hop vibe with a flow smoother than Palmer’s Cocoa-butter and along with the dulcet saxophone shrill carrying the production, the visuals bring the track to the next level; first showing Mugun in pursuit of a fine dime and then after much courting for her love, the last scene sees Mugun chilling with the lady of interest in a classic Mercedes-Benz.
Words by Denzil Bell @akadiddz