The Week in Beats: Princess Nokia, AJ Tracey, Stefflon Don and more

The internet can be a daunting place at the best of times, and when it comes to music there’s a never ending rabbit hole of mixes, remixes, tracks, mixtapes and videos being uploaded on the daily. It’s physically impossible to be able to digest everything that is throw into the public consciousness, so we’ve taken time out to handpick the six freshest beats we’ve heard this week to make your life a bit easier. Kick back and enjoy them over the weekend. Here is the Week In Beats.



AJ Tracey – Pasta
There isn’t anyone bar Skepta that has enjoyed such a meteoric rise in the grime scene this year as AJ Tracey. The boy from the Lane has formed a lethal tag team with Dave (who himself recently benefitted from Drake jumping on one of his tracks), and here he dips his toe into the trap pond to potent effect. Stardom awaits.
 


Stefflon Don – Real Ting
Another artist who is equally destined for great things is Stefflon Don. With swag by the bucket load and bars that are reminiscent of Minaj in her pomp, she has all the makings of stealing the throne away from the chart-baiting Lady Leshurr.
 


Run The Jewels – Legend Has It
At Bonafide we make no bones about the fact that Run The Jewels are one of, if not the most important and urgent voice in contemporary hip-hop. Any new release from them never fails to disappoint and Legend Has It hits the mark again. El-P’s production bangs as per usual, as himself and Mike exchange dark, politically charged verses with a dose of comedy only they can pull off.
 


Mumdance & Logos – Cafe Del Mar
When the conversation moves over to the instrumental side of grime, Mumdance and Logos are two of the scene’s most forward thinking and original voices. Taking cues as much from Slimzee as they do from Pierre Schaeffer, their greyscale compositions bear the hallmarks of visceral art installations rather than club ready fodder, and all the better for it.
 


Princess Nokia – Kitana
Turn up turn up! The loudest and most outrageous voice to burst out of the NY underground this year, Princess Nokia takes no prisoners and gives no fucks. If you don’t like her, then you think she cares? Not in the slightest.
 


Ab-Soul – Threatening Nature
Perennially the most underrated rapper in not just TDE but the whole west coast, when Ab-Soul gets going, it’s hard to find a realer and most lyrically complex rapper out there. Maybe it’s the unconventional flow which isn’t immediately radio ready, or the fact that on Threatening Nature he’s offering an unflinched look at his personal life which is by turns searingly honest and burning with anger.

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