Bangladesh, “Ponzi Scheme”
Producer Bangladesh’s body of work is impressive and catchy. Lots of early Ludacris songs, Kelis’ “Bossy,” Lil Wayne’s “A Milli" and its underrated sequel “6 Foot, 7 Foot.” Even Gucci Mane’s “Lemonade.” Well over a decade’s worth of hip-hop connections is what brings in guests like 2 Chainz and Pusha T to rap over his twitchy, insane beats. The standout “100” is backboned by a guy just saying “100, 100, 100, 100” over and over, and it works. And wait ‘til you hear what Bangladesh does to Rihanna’s “Cockiness (I Love It).”
Katie Got Bandz, “Drillary Clinton”
Remember Trina? She was fun, right? Katie Got Bandz is a southside Chicago teenager with Trina’s sass, plus a great sense of humor. I mean, c’mon, that title. She doesn’t separate herself from the pack with interesting raps (most of her patterns are the same here, which is too prevalent in Chicago’s much-discussed drill scene at the moment) but she’s got catchy hooks and a distinct personality, one that isn’t scared to call out industry successes like Future, as she does in “On Me.” It’s that confident toughness in her delivery that keeps you wondering (and a little bit scared of) what she's gonna say next.
Migos -- "Young Rich — — s"
One of my favorite mixtapes last year was Rich Kidz’ “Everybody Eat Bread” and Migos do a lot of the same things here that made that set of songs so much damn fun: speedy, nonsense rap patterns, absurd sounds and repeated shouting (see “Versace” and “Hannah Montana”), and busy, explosive production that’s loud and incredible in your car. Categorize Migos as super-fun “Flockavelli” fallout, made complete by a RiFF RAFF appearance.