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Weekly Mixtape: The Week’s Best Tracks

Welcome to Weekly Mixtape, where we handpick the week’s best tracks for your auditory enjoyment. No need to thank us, it’s cool.

Meek Mill, “Lean Wit It”
This one isn’t exactly hot off of the presses, but Meek Mill has dressed his latest bit of swagger in an impressive negligee of grayscale filters and dirt bikes, so it’s at least worth a second look.

Like everything Meek Mill has ever put out, “Lean Wit It” provokes in me the mental image of someone stomping a watermelon into oblivion with the world’s most hard-assed-looking pair of Timberlands.

Wiz Khalifa, “O.N.I.F.C.”
For my money, this is the standout track from Wiz Khalifa’s Taylor Allderdice mixtape, which hit the inter-tubes on the 13th. The beat vaguely recalls Khalifa’s fetish for production so large that it spackles the night sky like a stoned searchlight, but Khalifa’s verses on this track are a bit (just a liiiiitle bit) more introspective than what he’s been known for in the past.

Near the end, Khalifa drops the line, “Don’t know where I’m going, all I know is I’m flying” and there’s the slightest bit of desperation underpinning the lyric. At any rate, this song provides reason enough to begin getting stoked for the upcoming release of his fourth album.

Madonna ft. Nicki Minaj, “I Don’t Give A…”
Most interesting about this track are the nods to dubstep that keep popping up in the beat. They serve as a credit to Midge’s protean business sense, in addition to bringing us another step closer to the inevitable point at which dubstep will achieve cultural saturation and fade into the noble wilderness of genres past (see also: rap-rock, pop-punk).

Nicki’s verse isn’t her best work, but it’s still worth checking out. Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded drops April 3. Just sayin’.

Madonna ft. Nicki Minaj, “I Don’t Give A…”

Katy Perry, “N****s in Paris”
This bizarre cover has been making the rounds over the past week, but it warrants another mention simply because it’s so fundamentally uncomfortable a pop culture specimen. She says “ninjas”, for gods’ sakes—ninjas in Paris.

As you’re probably aware, Katy Perry decided this past week, while playing a set for the BBC’s Radio 1, to cover the lynchpin track from Jay-Z and Kanye West’s bombastic collaborative album, Watch the Throne.

First of all, Katy, the BBC is in England, and second…you know what, I’m not even going to get into that part.

Keep this song around in case you ever need a reminder that Jay-Z’s ancestors were residents of sub-Saharan Africa and Katy Perry’s ancestors were a focus group and a carefully guarded set of test tubes in the basement of the Capitol Records building.

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About the Author


Shane Danaher's affection for pop music has peppered his adult life with a variety of aesthetically rewarding and financially disastrous decisions. After moving to Portland, Oregon for college (because that's where he heard Modest Mouse was from) Shane has wound up participating in the music world in roles ranging from 'drummer' to 'promoter' to 'bathroom floor scrubber.' He has toured without money, written about almost every band ever to have come out of the Pacific Northwest, and one time traveled all the way to Los Angeles just to see a catch hip-hop show. He currently resides in Portland, where he writes about hip-hop, pop and rock music for a variety of publications. He still plays drums. He wants to meet Kanye West.

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