In The Cut: Travi$ Scott And Rick Ross Made XXL’s Top Songs Of The Week

Pharrell Williams – “Happy”
First and foremost, I’m crazy excited for Despicable Me 2. The original movie was delightfully entertaining and surprisingly very funny. It was a great surprise to learn that the super-producer himself, Pharrell Williams, produced the soundtrack to the animated film with composer Heitor Pereira. For the sequel, we have the N.E.R.D. member once again producing the soundtrack and contributing three original songs, and here we have “Happy” which is a song that takes over every cell in your body, making your body want to get up and dance. With the church-like singing, high-energy beat, and drums playing in the background, this song can make any sad day instantly better.—Emmanuel C.M., Assistant Editor 

Problem Ft. Riff Raff & Lucc – “Like Whaaaaat”
Jody’s been bodying these DJ Skee remixes of late, and his latest installment on Problem’s “Like Whaaat” is no exception. With some out-of-nowhere references to Mary Poppins and Bernard Hopkins, Riff’s ability to enthrall listeners—even when he’s talking about molly and your run-of-the-mill ballin’—is as sharp as it’s ever been.—Neil Martinez-Belkin, Music Editor

Travi$ Scott Ft. A$AP Ferg – “Uptown”
Travi$ Scott finally unleashed Owl Pharaoh this week to wide praise, effectively proving that with his wide range of talent, he’s got what it takes to rumble with the big dogs. But despite the many gems tucked inside this project, one song that we at the office couldn’t get enough of is “Uptown,” featuring A$AP Ferg. I can’t really explain exactly why this record bangs so much without giving you an over-the-top description on the record’s sound, so to me, “Uptown” sounds like what would happen if you took all the noise from a busy day on 125th in Harlem and translated it into some rim-cracking bass lines. Wooo!Ralph Bristout, Lifestyle Editor