In The Cut: The-Dream & eXquire Made XXL’s Top Songs Of The Week

Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire – “Noble Drew Ali”
Mr. MFN eXquire is MFN back, and I couldn’t be more excited. I’d been thinking about the dude recently and wondering where he disappeared to, so I was excited to see a new release from the Brooklyn bro. This song is darker—he’s apparently sober now, so I guess he’s found some clarity—than most of what I’ve heard from him, and his voice here reminds me of a way-more-normal RZA. This is music you smoke a bowl and think about conspiracy theories to.—Dan Buyanovsky, Associate Editor 

Stalley – “White Minks & Gator Sleeves”
This track, like many other Stalley tracks, is intelligent trunk music—a tune that you want to bump loud in your car but at the same times stays rooted with the bearded one’s intelligent lyricism. With his poetic flow and easygoing demeanor, Stalley glides over Cardo’s smooth beat that expertly blends funk and hip-hop.—Emmanuel C.M., Assistant Editor

The-Dream ft. Jay-Z – “High Art”
The-Dream said it best when he tweeted “High Art Just a Fuckin Real Fun Energetic Summer Song!!!!!!!!!!!” There’s no doubting that. For his third single, he grabs Jay-Z for a grown man song that openly addresses making love to women and getting high with the homies. The raunchy song is a “let’s get it” anthem, and with Dream’s forthcoming album titled IV Play, you shouldn’t expect anything less sexy from Terius.—Eric Diep, Assistant News Editor

Snoop Dogg ft. Charlie Wilson & Justin Timberlake – “Signs” (Jinbo the SuperFreak Remix)
Thanks to Soundcloud, there’s been an increase of remix records in recent years, allowing incredible artists across the world to garner a wider audience. Of course, there’s also been an influx of half-assed, amateur attempts (or re-attempts) at remixes, making it more difficult for listeners to decipher the difference between shit and chocolate. Luckily, Jinbo the SuperFreak, a South Korea-based producer/singer, rises above both the shit and the chocolate. If you’re not up on his past projects (Afterwork, KRNB, and Fantasy) I encourage you to download them immediately. This guy’s a talent, and his musicality speaks for itself. This remix of “Signs”—done recently to commemorate Snoop’s visit to Seoul, Korea—highlights all of Jinbo’s sensuality, brashness, and aural precision. He literally takes you to outer space, into a realm that’s pink, fluid, and full with beautiful nymphs holding traffic lights.—Jaeki Cho, Online Editor