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In The Cut: Big Sean & Juicy J Made XXL’s Top Songs Of The Week

Rapsody Ft. Phonte & Jay Electronica – “Jedi Code”
The top-secret reveal from Rapsody’s excellent new mixtape She Got Game was a verse from Jay Electronica on “Jedi Code,” and hip-hop’s favorite mystery man delivers with a line that references Ghostbusters, Biggie and Baby Jesus tears all within a minute. It’s always great to hear Phonte and 9th Wonder on a track together, too, and—wait, a minute, did 9th sample a yodeler on this beat? That’s some real Jedi shit.—Dan Rys, Senior Editor

Big Sean – “Toyota Music” 
With Big Sean’s Hall Of Fame leaking earlier this week, I knew I was excited to hear some of its deep cuts but I really wasn’t expecting anything like this. This smoked-out, nostalgic and ultra-smooth cut incorporates all of the things I love about Sean – understated confidence and simplicity. It’s the perfect track to hotbox the Prius to.—Dan Buyanovsky, Associate Editor

Juicy J Ft. A$AP Rocky – “Scholarship”  
In one of the most socially irresponsible songs in recent memory, Juicy J and A$AP Rocky’s “Scholarship” cranks up the ratchet-ness to a hilarious degree. Off Juicy J’s upcoming Stay Trippy, the duo provide a soundtrack for monetary contributions to an exotic dancer’s academic pursuits. “Scholarship” might not be “right,” but it certainly is amusing. Stay trippy, my friends.—B.J. Steiner, News Editor

Fat Trel Ft. YG – “That’s Life”
At what point will DJ Mustard’s clicking, creeping minimalism get old? After his Ketchup mixtape, I was worried that I might’ve OD’ed on this stuff, but then I find something like this, a late cut off Fat Trel’s new SDMG mixtape, and my faith is restored. Fat Trel and YG aren’t necessarily the first people you’d think would be an ideal fit for Mustard’s West Coast death rattle, but they ride this one perfectly, delivering hardened verses about stealing your girl and other, more violent hardships. I kinda wish the song went longer than two and half minutes, but as they say on the track: That’s Life.—Dan Jackson, Music Editor

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