In The Cut: Wu-Tang And A$AP Ferg Made XXL’s Top Songs Of The Week

Wu-Tang Clan – “Execution In Autumn”
With all the talk of there being a Wu-Tang reunion in the works, it’s been somewhat depressing to hear that not all of the members are on the same page. But suddenly, with all the stealth and speed of a ninja, the Wu came through with a new song titled “Execution in Autumn.” Is it the first single off A Better Tomorrow? Probably not, but that’s not a reason to find fault in it; it’s just the Clan (namely Inspectah Deck, Raekwon, RZA and U-God) spitting over a stripped-down, sample-heavy cut produced by Frank Dukes. That’s all the fans ever could’ve asked for.—Sean Ryon, News Editor


Gucci Mane – “All Of My Niggas”
This song surfaced on Thursday with the title “Birds of a Feather,” which confused me, because Wop’s already got a song with Rocko by the same name. I was also confused by the line “You know I fuck with Flocka, he’s a crazy motherfucka,” proof that the track has probably been sitting around for a while, waiting for an opportunity to pick up some steam before an album release (Trap House III comes out on Tuesday). Anyway, while the blogosphere got all wet about a new Gucci “diss,” I was geeked at all the other amazing name drops to be found here. From recalling how hot Mya was/is to naming Project Pat his favorite rapper to calling out his longtime manager Coach K as a “nerdy mothafucka,” “All Of My Niggas” is actually the closest Gucci’s come to his old silly, funny self in quite some time.—Neil Martinez-Belkin, Associate Editor


The Weeknd – “Kiss Land/John Carpenter”
The Weeknd has expertly kept his mystery intact after initially announcing his upcoming album Kiss Land by posting a picture of his computer desktop, which featured a folder titled “2013 untitled album.” He then continued to build anticipation with a subtext-filled tweet: “If you thought my shit knocked before… 2013.” Then, around midnight last night, the Toronto-based singer released the track, “Kiss Land,” accompanied by a still of a pornography clip. The epic 8-minute still/video also includes the full version of the previously-teased “John Carpenter.” In typical Weeknd fashion, the song is filled with sex-tinged lyrics, and it seems like only Abel can sing about getting some head and make it sound this elegant.—Eric Diep, News Editor