Welcome back to another Top 40 Review where I look at some of the latest songs to hit the Hot 100’s Top 40. Let’s get started.
#39. Suicidal-YNW Melly: We start with Suicidal, a song from YNW Melly where he express melodramatic self-pity over a relationship that didn’t work and drowning it all in alcohol and drugs and it is not good. There’s only one verse as the rest is nothing but chorus along with swelling synths and a barebones beat, making it sound like the song was unfinished. There’s not much to talk about with this song, I’m not a fan. It’s a 1/5.
#34. Kinfolks-Sam Hunt: Really? Y’all are seriously letting Sam Hunt stick around, especially after the heinous Body Like A Backroad? Okay, whatever. So Sam Hunt decided to go for an actual country sound with Kinfolks, where he wants to introduce his girl to his family. While there is a more organic sound in the music, it’s still pretty stiff. This song shows why we don’t need Sam Hunt because he has nothing to offer that would make us give a shit. Compared to other artists like Kane Brown and Luke Combs, what does he have to offer? Overall, while Kinfolks isn’t bad, it’s not anything that great, either. It’s a 2/5.
#33. I Do It-Lil Wayne ft Big Sean & Lil Baby: So Lil Wayne released a new album called Funeral and I’ve heard mixed things about it. Some people say it’s good, others say it’s not so good. I have yet to listen to the full thing, so I Do It is my introduction to the album and I gotta say I’m not impressed. The song is named after one of Big Sean’s catchphrases and all he does here is a chorus. He doesn’t even get a verse. What the hell? Instead, we get a verse from Lil Baby, whose mush-mouth flow has gotten old, and one from Lil Wayne, who delivers a bunch of hit-and-miss punchlines. All of this over a murky trap beat and some Auto-Tune. I’m sure there’s better songs on Funeral, but this doesn’t bold well for my eventual listening experience. I give it a 2/5.
#31. My Oh My-Camila Cabello ft DaBaby: It’s mediocre. Camila Cabello has no chemistry with DaBaby, her singing is still pretty bad, and the production doesn’t help much. It’s a 2/5.
#30. You should be sad-Halsey: I hear that Halsey’s new album Manic is actually pretty decent. Going by You should be sad, maybe that’s the case because while it isn’t great, it’s a solid post-breakup song with jabs thrown at G-Eazy. But what makes this song for me is the production, which leans more towards country with more acoustic sounds. It’s not enough to make me a Halsey fan, but it is one of her better songs. I give it a 3.5/5.
#29. What A Man Gotta Do-Jonas Brothers: It’s alright. It sounds WAY too much like their Disney material, but you could do much worse. 3/5.
#20. Godzilla-Eminem ft Juice WRLD: Straight from Music To Be Murdered By, we have Godzilla, Eminem’s collaboration with the late Juice WRLD. I have mixed feelings about this track. On the one hand, Eminem is rapping his ass off and I don’t mind the hook from Juice WRLD. On the other hand, Em isn’t really saying much with this track and there’s a bunch of dad jokes within it. There’s better songs on the album, but it’s alright with me. I give it a 3/5.
#2. Life Is Good-Future ft Drake: Oh, look. Two of the most overrated rappers of the 2010s have another collaboration. I don’t even know if I can call this a collaboration because Life Is Good sounds like two songs recorded with different beats in different studios fused together alchemy-style and it lacks cohesion as a result. Both Drake and Future go back into the same bag of tricks that they’ve always relied on: Drake bragging like the douchebag he is, plus, talking about not paying taxes like that won’t backfire, and Future indulging in more flexing, violence, and drug use that he doesn’t do. For a song called Life Is Good, neither of these two sound like they’re having a good time, they’re just farting out these generic, formulaic tracks that brings nothing to the table and only succeeds off of brand-name recognition alone. This is a 1/5 for me.
You should be sad
And that was another Top 40 Review. Stay tuned next month when I do another one. This week, I’ll release my Birds Of Prey review and an updated Worst Songs of 2012 list.