Bump To This is BE.’s fortnightly curated list of the tracks that we’ve had on heavy rotation. This time we have a few new releases and some 2018 classics for you to get down to. Scroll through the list featuring J. Cole, Baker Boy, Tkay Maidza, Bas and DaniLeigh, and link up to our Spotify to hear more!
Flexin’ by Tkay Maidza ft. DUCKWRTH
‘People don’t get it, I’m awesome!’—this track gets me pumped! Zimbabwean-Australian singer, songwriter and rapper, Tkay Maidza collaborated with South Los Angeles rapper, DUCKWRTH to create this fierce, upbeat track. ‘Flexin’’ was released back in July 2018 and we’ve been blasting it ever since. Something I love about rap is how it can really boost your confidence as you sing along to songs like this - they become mantras. You can really manifest courage through rap and this is what ‘Flexin’’ does for us.
Middle Child by J. Cole
With all eyes on the Dreamville team, J. Cole found it was perfect timing to release this single. Although Dreamville are working on the ‘Revenge of the Dreamers III’ mixtape, ‘Middle Child’ does not seem to be connected to it. Producer T-Minus told Complex it was created ‘about a month and a half or two months ago,’ completely separate from the insta-famous ROTD3 sessions. The song has an insane flow and Cole spits bar after bar. He explains how he feels like he’s stuck between two generations of rap; the big and little brother, making him the middle child. He touches on many current issues in rap, including drugs, beefs, clout, legends, deaths, jail and money, and of course, is unapologetic in his stance.
Boca Raton by Bas ft. A$AP Ferg
I can’t get over this song. It has infiltrated my life. I even dreamt last night that someone I met was from Boca Raton and woke up with the song stuck in my head. The track and postcard themed music video are centred around Boca Raton in Florida, giving us laid back vacation feels. Despite that Bas is rapping about the breakdown of a relationship with a great woman, the song remains light and summery. It’s got a fun, tropical sound thanks to producer Sango’s ‘Para a Luz’ beat and A$AP Ferg delivers a delicious verse accompanied by a perfect drum breakdown that I can’t help but move my hips to.
I Do It 4 by DaniLeigh
The singer, rapper and dancer’s first big career high came at 18-years-old when Prince asked her to write, direct, and star in his 'Breakfast Can Wait' music video. The now 24-year-old is focusing on music and released her debut album, ‘The Plan’ in late 2018 through Def Jam. ‘I Do It 4’ is the outro track and DaniLeigh sings about why she strives so hard for success, who she does it for, and how that has always been part of her plan. The song has sprinkles of flexing throughout while still remaining a chilled, easy listen, and Lil Yachty’s signature auto-tuned verse that makes a perfect feature.
Cool As Hell by Baker Boy
BE. are celebrating Baker Boy and his new title as 2019 Young Australian of the Year! The Indigenous artist hails from the Milingimbi community in Arnhem Land (NT), and he released, ‘Cool As Hell’, one day after receiving the award in Canberra. Baker Boy flows seamlessly between English and his Indigenous language, Yolngu Matha, and shows off his smooth vocals as he sings the chorus. This is definitely a track to bump to!
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