Turn Up Fridays - some heaters for your weekend
If you're gonna do something wrong, make sure you do it right.
Words by James Schofield.
The time has come. The six letter universally recognised word for 'time to turn up' has arrived - yes, I'm talking about Friday. In celebration, we've collected five hip hop/R&B bangers (one for each work day you've been forced to endure) to help you turn up. Old hits? New noise? Old El Paso has that question covered:
Desiigner - Panda (Charlie Heat Version)
As if Desiigner's Panda wasn't/isn't already everywhere right now, turning people up left, right and wherever, we’ve now got a fire Charlie Heat rework to vibe to. Starting off an evening right is a fine art, particularly when it comes to choosing your evening's playlist. With a grinding bass line, and the familiar 'I got broads in Atlanta', this is more than enough to get the head moving up and down while flipping the little switch in the back of your mind that says a resounding 'fuck the work week' in bright lights.
Vanilla Ice - Ice Ice Baby (Charlie Heat Version)
Charlie Heat, a producer working from the esteemed G.O.O.D Music roster, makes a re-appearance on this week's list with a grimy reworking of Vanilla Ice's classic Ice Ice Baby that will rock your speakers and rattle your windows - assuming you're turning it up as you should be. So far as your turn up for the evening, this fantastic rework slides in to a hinge role, as the fire is burning within you and you're putting your makeup on (or putting on pants, I see you fellas) preparing yourself for the mayhem and revelry to come.
ScHoolboy Q - THat Part feat. Kanye West
If ScHoolboy Q's two latest songs (and the first tastes from his upcoming album) are anything to go by, his album is low key going to be the soundtrack for this year's most turned up horror movie. For THat Part, a spooky, bass-heavy beat carries ScHoolboy Q's vocals in to a fire offering from little known artist Kanye West, who will have you waving off the haters as you rap "walking living legend, I feel like Kobe" along with the chi-town legend. Carrying on the grimy theme of the evening, but no less going to get your head moving, THat Part is one of the best songs released this year so far - and perfect for the Friday night turn up.
Juicy J & Wiz Khalifa - All Night (prod. TM88)
Full disclosure for those unaware, TM88 is one of hip hop's hottest producers, which ought to make the anticipation for Juicy J and Wiz Khalifa's collaboration album with him sky high. However, if somehow that doesn't do it - All Night surely will. By this point, heads will be rocking so much that the threat of permanent muscular pain to the neck is very, very real. But who gives a fuck, right? Because the grimy evening rolls on, and the beat (not to mention the dope Weeknd sample) has you turned all the way up.
Skepta - It Ain't Safe feat. Young Lord
Of course, a grimy themed turn up playlist would not be complete without some actual Grime, and who better to offer up a slice of the same then one of the genre's single hottest acts? Taken from his latest album, Konnichiwa (although first released back in 2014), It Ain't Safe is straight fire - and a message to the wank-stain work week behind you, and the transcendent turned up evening ahead of it - nobody is safe.