Songs of the Week: Zombies, Bath Salts, Slug Guts, Flesh and Bones

2 Chainz feat. Kanye West, “Birthday Song”

Here’s 2 Chainz, telling Complex about his relationship with his new mentor Kanye West: “I’m not officially signed, paperwork-wise, to G.O.O.D. Music. But I have a great rapport with ‘Ye. He called me before Watch the Throne came out. I’m an only child. I’ve got trust issues. So I don’t have a best friend, a brother, sister — nothing. Stuff was happening in my life that I couldn’t tell nobody. I didn’t have anybody in my life that I could tell, like, “‘Ye just called me.” Okay, reality show pitch: 2 Chainz’s My New BFF?

The Gaslight Anthem, “Teenage Rebellion”

Gaslight’s new album Handwritten dropped this week, and they released this very-worthy B-side to go along with it. Also, as long as we’re talking about B-sides with the word “Teenage” in the title, let’s throw it back to Weezer’s “Teenage Victory Song.” How did this not make The Green Album??? It’s about ten billion times better than “O Girlfriend.” OK. I fear we have gotten off topic. Let’s keep it moving.

Rick Ross feat. Andre 3000, “Sixteen”

Much as I love hearing Andre 3000 rap, I’m concerned about his recent track record. Now it’s like every big album — Take Care to Channel Orange to Rozay’s God Forgives, I Don’t (which, by the way, has now leaked) — is mandated to include a 3 Stacks verse. Maybe it’s time to go back to being that rare-hermetic-unicorn for a little while, Andre?

A$AP Mob feat. Flatbush Zombies, “Bath Salt”

So A$AP Rocky’s crew is putting out a collective album, and they’ve linked up with Flatbush Zombies (they of Thug Waffle fame) for the first single. I haven’t really gotten a chance to peruse the lyrics, but I’m sure there’s one or two good lines about eating faces?

Kreayshawn, “Go Hard (La La La)”

The strange life of Kreayshawn rolls on. You’d have thought maybe Columbia would have quietly dropped Kreay after the internet so quickly turned on her (the internet always destroys that which it loves). Instead, they’re pushing stalwartly forth, with the pint-sized MC dropping a new single that leans heavily on the “pop” side of the whole “pop-rapper” angle. Things are getting somewhat Avril-y around here.

Owl City feat. Carly Rae Jepsen, “Good Time”

Can you imagine someone less fun to get drunk with than the Owl City guy? And yet, here he is, hopping around the video with a straight face claiming that he “don’t even have to try” because “it’s always a good time.” I don’t know, man. I bet if a bunch of people came over his mansion at some random hour of the night trying to keep the party going, he’d let everyone in but then make ’em sit around talking about vintage keyboards while smoking flavored hookah.

Cheryl Cole, “Under the Sun”

Cheryl is the famous-in-the-UK lady that was on the US version The X Factor for a minute before getting the boot back to the land of fish and chips. The thing is, we could actually use a Cheryl around here: she’s bubbly and to the point, more or less a harmless, highly efficient pop void à la Katy Perry. But, alas, she’s given up on America altogether. Drag city.

Slug Guts, “Scum”

The only way these Aussie noise-rockers could get any more intimidating? If they weren’t fronted by Epic Sax Guy.

Lana Del Rey, “Heart-Shaped Box”

Stereogum says “Lana Del Rey Covers Nirvana’s ‘Heart-Shaped Box,’ Trolls The Universe.” Yep. Also: very cool shrubbery.

The Killers, “Flesh and Bone”

One of several new joints The Killers have been playing live. Despite the poor quality of the recording and the the fact that it could have been named and visualized by The Killers Randomized Song GeneratorTM, it sounds pretty rocking.

Filed Under: 2 Chainz, Carly Rae Jepsen, Kanye West, Lana Del Rey, Rick Ross, Songs of the Week, The Killers

Amos Barshad has written for New York Magazine, Spin, GQ, XXL, and the Arkansas Times. He is a staff writer for Grantland.

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