Beef reigns supreme in an edition of Top Tracks that includes Pusha T, Drake, Tekashi 6ix9ine, Chief Keef, and even Quentin Miller.
Beef sells. If there was ever any doubt about that (which is unlikely), the past week and a half has hammered home the point. After Drake's "Duppy Freestyle" arrived the week before last, it quickly rose to #1 on our chart. The following week, the scores of which are tallied in this list, things escalated. Although only one other diss outside of "Duppy" appears this week, all but four of these ten tracks feature someone who's at least tangentially tied to the two biggest current beefs in rap: Drake/Pusha T and Tekashi 6ix9ine/Chief Keef.
Fittingly, Drake is the only artist with multiple appearances this week. New tracks barely missing out on the top ten include Youngboy Never Broke Again's "Location" (#11), Curren$y and Wiz Khalifa's "The Count" (#12), and a pair of Mac Miller tracks, "Small Worlds" (#13) and "Buttons" (#14).
10. Kanye West Feat. Ty Dolla $ign & Valee - All Mine
Of course, the biggest story in rap last week that didn't involve beef (unless you count Kanye vs. the fans he lost with this album) was the release of Ye, Mr. West's eighth solo full-length. The only song to break the top ten between the Friday release and now is "All Mine," which features frequent Ye collaborator Ty Dolla and recent GOOD Music signee Valee. This one debuts at #10.
9. Trippie Redd Feat. Tadoe & Chief Keef - I Kill People!
Although this one probably dropped too recently to have anything to do directly with Tekashi 6ix9ine saying "fuck Chief Keef" over the weekend, all three of its creators now have histories of beefing with the rainbow-haired youngster. The suggestively-titled "I Kill People!" only arrived early Saturday morning, but it's already rocketed up the chart, debuting at #9.
8. Mac Miller - Programs
Mac Miller returned after a long hiatus (and a recent DUI) last week with a new three-pack of songs. Although all three finished within our top 15, only one cracked the top ten, namely "Programs." This CuBeatz and Cardo-produced gem debuts at #8.
7. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie - Weak Days
Two weeks ago, A Boogie dropped a new single, the Davido-assisted "Way Too Fly," and announced a new album entitled The International Artist. This past week, he was back with a freestyle over SZA's "The Weekend" entitled "Weak Days." This one debuts at #7.
6. Future Feat. Yung Bans - Bag
In just four days, we'll have what basically amounts to a new Future album in the Superfly soundtrack (Fewtch serves as executive producer and appears on most of its tracks). After receiving "No Shame" and "Walk On Minks" in the past couple of months, we got one last taste to hold us over in the form of "Bag," which features ascendant ATL star Yung Bans. "Bag" debuts at #6.
5. Tekashi 6ix9ine - TATI
As far as music goes, Tekahi had been quiet since dropping his Day 69 tape back in February (his mouth, however, has remained running). He finally delivered something new last week in the form of "TATI," a track whose arrival coincided with a new flurry of beef (coincidence? I'm gonna say no). This one debuts at #5.
4. Drake - Duppy Freestyle
In all fairness to Drizzy, his retaliation against Pusha T's "Infrared" got all the air taken out of it as soon as "The Story of Adidon" arrived. Still, it had enough gas to last a second week on our chart, falling just three places from #1 to #4 in its second week out.
3. Quentin Miller - Destiny Freetyle
Well Quentin, haven't seen you up this high in a while. Hmm, I wonder why this freestyle that discusses Drake, Pusha, and Nicki Minaj arrived when it did? Oh well, gotta get those views somehow. The (former?) Drake ghostwriter's "Destiny Freestyle" debuts at #3.
2. Drake - I'm Upset
Just a day after "Duppy Freestyle" hit the web, Drake decided to take the opportunity to drop off a new single from his forthcoming album Scorpion. Despite its title, "I'm Upset" doesn't seem directly related to Drizzy's longtime frustration with King Push. After debuting at #3 last week, it's up one place to rest at #2 in its second week out.
1. Pusha T - The Story of Adidon
This one's only been out since Tuesday, but it's already racked up far more views than "Duppy Freestyle" has in that time plus the four days that preceded. Pusha made it a "surgical summer' with his outing of multiple under-the-radar facts about Drake's personal life, the main one being the existence of a son that Drizzy's kept hidden from the press. This brutal diss easily debuts at #1.