The 10 Hottest Songs Of Summer

 |  July 22, 2014
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What makes a summer song? It’s sweaty but never sad about it. The right summer smash makes you put the double-decker barbecue plate on your lawn chair, pour out something cool and get close to the speakers. It’s naked and unashamed, of course. The song’s gotta be loud. Not volume-wise either. You need to be able to open that sunroof, lower the windows on the highway and still annoy passersby with the bass drop. They’re great songs because they’re disposable songs. A summer jam is the wet wipe of music: refreshing as it is fleeting and oh so useful at the right time.

Load these songs into your playlist and be the DJ you always wanted for the weekend.
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King Chip has this art-house video for your viewing pleasure. The title fits the concept perfectly too, a collage of slideshow images, some intense lazing around and a dark brooding protagonist. It also takes the focus off of Chip and puts it squarely on the Ohio sound and lifestyle he wants to celebrate. Watch the too-cool video after the jump. H/t NahRight.
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Never let it be said (again) that the musical-genius-vampire-ageless-low-key-Asian-man that is Pharrell doesn’t create ethnically diverse videos. After the humdrum about “Blurred Lines” not featuring enough women of multiple shades, he releases this. Miley Cyrus feature notwithstanding, this might be his most diverse display of beauties since his and Snoop’s “Beautiful” way back in the early 2000s. Check the rainbow colored visuals after the jump.
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A couple years back, everyone thought Joey Bada$$ was the one to watch from Brooklyn. He did Golden Era husky rap like few in his bracket. But then the Underachievers bombarded the scene with Indigoism showing shades of another great rap duo in Outkast but with the gruffness of Black Moon and Boot Camp. This is a preview of their soon-to-debut album. Listen after the jump.
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Hasn’t this genre come along way with the guy sweetly singing to the lady rapping on a track? That’s a milestone. August and his spaceship deluxe R&B fill music planets with Nicki’s rhythmic bars. His modified howling and her melodic songstress half-verse are a radio-wrapped special. That other half rap verse can be chopped right off and Nicki’s still there, sounding lovely and suited to this syrup. Check the track after the jump.
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Watch this clip and tell me Common isn’t still — after 20 years — one of the best rap artists who can freestyle spontaneous verses at the drop of a beat. The lengthy interview is respect due to the Chi-town legend, who’s making the press rounds for his 10th album Nobody’s Smiling, and the freestyle is at the very end. Check the video after the jump.
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Ty Dolla $ign and Wiz want to grab her and her friends to bring the party to Snoop’s house. Snoop really really shouldn’t be awake at this hour but what the hell, right? Surprised this didn’t come out earlier in the summer to get some Memorial Day and 4th of July burn, though it’s still a good preview of what Blacc Hollywood will sound like.
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