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In The Cut: Azealia Banks And Curren$y Made XXL’s Top Songs Of The Week

Azealia Banks Ft. Pharrell Williams — “ATM JAM”
It’s impossible for Pharrell to be involved with this many good songs, right? Right? Dude is stupidly and infuriatingly talented, but since he’s singlehandedly going to soundtrack this summer and the next 20 summers, I won’t hold it against him. Instead, I’ll play this song out of a pink Beats by Dre Pill on the subway this afternoon in hopes that everyone breaks out into a communal twerk session. Racks racks racks.—Dan Buyanovsky, Associate Editor

Capital STEEZ — “King STEELO”
On what would have been Cap STEEZ’s 20th birthday, the young prodigy’s Pro Era cohorts put out an unreleased track he recorded before his untimely death just before Christmas of last year. Over a laid-back beat with a breathy flute sample and a menagerie of chirping birds in the background, STEEZ touches on many of his common themes—third eyes, chakras, Mario, his PE conglomerate and dream states (“We astral projected and I gave her the best sleep”)—and reminds us why his flow and lyricism were such a big loss to the future of the Beast Coast movement.—Dan Rys, Online Features Editor

Robin Thicke — “Take It Easy On Me” 
Timbaland is on a roll lately. After getting placements on Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z’s new albums, the producer is back with a jubilant beat for Robin Thicke’s “Take It Easy On Me.” On it, Robin uses his always-smooth voice to craft a dance-ready anthem that details his sexual desires. While this sounds reminiscent of JT’s work on FutureSex/LoveSounds, Thicke manages to call it his own.—Eric Diep, News Editor

Snoop Dogg — “Passenger Seat”
I can’t even front, whether he calls himself Snoop Dogg or Snoop Lion, it’s been a while since I was really feeling a track from the Long Beach legend. But Snoop’s latest leaker, “Passenger Seat,” just has that vibe. Credit the Minnesota-bred, Dallas-based beat maker Cardo. The budding Taylor Gang producer has made a name for himself creating dreamy soundscapes for the likes of Wiz Khalifa, Curren$y, Freddie Gibbs and Dom Kennedy, and his intoxicating woodwind-driven instrumental under The Doggfather’s smooth flow is definitely something to ride to. Shotgun!—C. Vernon Coleman, Assistant News Editor

Curren$y — “I Can’t Stop”

You can’t stop Jet Life. Curren$y, aka Mr. Give-You-Consistently-Dope-Freebies-When-He-Feels-Like-It, drops “I Can’t Stop,” a synth-heavy Sledgren production that the sonic equivalent to straight THC. Curren$y and the Jet Life crew are currently gearing up to drop another mixtape, but with a twist—they’ve formed a new partnership with BitTorrent, the result of which will be a multi-media bundle package with exclusive promotional content. Jet Life does it again, grab your girl.—Emmanuel C.M., Assistant Editor

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