Friday’s (May 19) edition of the DX Digest highlights the latest guest verse from Nicki Minaj. The YMCMB artist’s year has been eventful so far to say the least, especially after the Remy Ma diss tracks drama. The collaboration follows the visual for the partial clap back track, “No Frauds” featuring Lil Wayne and Drake. Now that she’s gotten a few things off her chest, she’s returned to rap on Katy Perry’s new track, “Swish Swish,” which is apparently an attempt at a diss aimed at Perry’s pop nemesis Taylor Swift.
Also on the list, Kaytranada and Buddy’s video for “Find Me” finds the duo winning with the Ocean & Montana track. KYLE also dropped another single that could possibly see some radio success. Further down, newcomer Tee Grizzley hears the call of the wild (more on that later).
Katy Perry f. Nicki Minaj – “Swish Swish”
Nicki Minaj is strategically picking and choosing her guest spots. While her end game is unclear, she returns with a verse on Katy Perry’s new single “Swish Swish,” which is just as pop as you’d imagine. Check it out above.
Buddy & Kaytranada – “Find Me”
Fresh on the heels of debuting their Ocean & Montana collaborative EP, producer Kaytranada and Compton rapper Buddy drop a pretty celestial visual for “Find Me,” the album opener.
KYLE – “Not The Same”
This particular song could go somewhere. We’ve seen KYLE build his fanbase from the ground up, and his skills for penning songs have been sharpened in the last year or so. Enter “Not The Same,” a fresh track from the West Coast rapper with some definite radio potential.
Liam Payne f. Quavo – “Strip That Down”
Who knew that Quavo would one day be a household name? On “Strip That Down,” one-third of Migos has connected with former One Direction member Liam Payne on the crooner’s latest single. Just a forewarning — the song is catchy, so there’s no need for any self-deprecation if you enjoy it.
Tee Grizzley – “Catch It”
What we have here is far from The Revenant film, but it certainly isn’t a scenario that yours truly would willingly entertain. Detroit rapper Tee Grizzley has garnered attention with songs that reek of authenticity, anchored by a rap sheet that reaffirms that he’s about that action. He’s unveiled a visual for “Catch It” from his My Moment mixtape, which finds him posted up in the vicinity of an actual bear. Two words: Hell. No.
Aminé f. Missy Elliott & AJ Tracey – “REDMERCEDES (Remix)”
Newcomer Aminé has gone from a SoundCloud sensation to having a song featuring Hip Hop legend Missy Elliott. The avant-garde MC appears on the Portland native’s “REDMERCEDES (Remix),” which also sports a verse from London rapper AJ Tracey. Generational and cultural differences are of no consequence here, as the trio sounds cozy on the track.
Willie The Kid & V Don – “Bleacher Report”
As promised, Willie The Kid and V Don have dropped their collaborative project, Deutsche Marks. Thing are not as they seem in the visual for “Bleacher Report,” so watch closely.
Kranium f. Ty Dolla $ign & Wizkid – “Can’t Believe”
American ears might be better trained to receive music from other cultures, as illustrated by increased interest in genres like grime and Afrobeat. It also helps when artist from this side of the pond bridge the gap through collaborations. Here, we see dancehall artist Kranium connect with Ty Dolla $ign and Nigerian Afrobeat mainstay Wizkid on a melodic track titled “Can’t Believe.”
Mozzy & Gunplay – “That Eazy”
Their choice of hairstyle, street life and MCing are three things rappers Mozzy and Gunplay have in common. And soon, they’ll be connected by a joint project titled Dreadlocks & Headshots. The duo hasdropped a second track from the album, “That Eazy,” which features a head nod-inducing bounce and catchy chorus to match its street savvy rhymes.
Secret Circle – “Tube Socks”
Last summer, Antwon, Wiki, and Lil Ugly Mane banned together to form a group called Secret Circle. They’re back with another slapper titled “Tube Socks.” Produced by Dylan Brady, we see the trio trade verses over a beat with deep bass and clear trap influence. And yes, the bars are potent, especially from Wiki.
Joyner Lucas – “Just Like You (508)-507-2209”
Understanding that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, Joyner Lucas scolds bad role models and places a scope on children who witness too much at a young age in his visual for “Just Like You (508)-507-2209.” Ladies and gents — take notes.