Top Tracks: Eminem & Logic’s "Homicide" Torches The Competition
It was inevitable. Logic and Eminem have too much shared love for lyrical speed, their fanbases have too much overlap for them to never collaborate. Last Friday, they finally did, on Logic's new single "Homicide." Logic's had a few #1s in the past year, and every time Eminem releases something he's all but a lock for the top spot, so it's obvious where this one finishes on our chart this week.
Due to his ongoing quarrel with Mozzy, Philthy Rich leads all artists with three entries inside of the top ten. Prior to this week, he'd never appeared on any of our weekly top tens. Mozzy is second with two to his name. New tracks barely missing out on spots this week include YG, Jon Z, and Tyga's "Go Loko" (#11), Yung Nudy, Pi'erre Bourne, and Lil Uzi Vert's "Extendo" (#12), Blueface's "Stop Cappin" (#13), and Schoolboy Q and 6LACK's "Drunk" (#16).
This past Friday, PnB Rock shared his new album TrapStar Turnt PopStar. Included on there is a collaboration with the late XXXTentacion, with whom PnB says he recorded "a few songs" before the late rapper was murdered last year. "Middle Child"— no relation to the J. Cole hit— debuts at #10.
At least on HNHH, diss songs get way more play than artists' "regular" songs. While it's cool to see some under-the-radar rappers get some rare shine, it's also disheartening when an artist who's deserved the shine from day one, like Mozzy, only gets recognition for drama. "Chill Phillipe," one of his offerings in beef with Philthy Rich, is up 45 places in its second week out, going from #54 to #9.
Unlike Mozzy, who hasn't appeared on our charts because he's still a bit underrated, Philthy Rich hasn't appeared on our charts because his heyday mostly came before we even had a weekly Top Tracks feature. The Bay Area mainstay lept into it with Mozzy, and now he's seeing a boom in views. "Big 59" debuts at #8.
Never one to ignore a trend, Diplo announced his plans to make a country-influenced album just after Lil Nas X's crossover record hit #1 on the charts. Diplo being Diplo, he also had to remix the damn thing for himself. His version of the Billy Ray Cyrus-featuring remix of "Old Town Road" debuts at #7.
The most recent of Philthy Rich's Mozzy shots on this chart, "Troublesome 59" takes its name and beat from 2pac's "Troublesome 96." It debuts at #6.
After "Big 59" and "Troublesome 59," Mozzy fired back with "Killdrummy," his latest word on the ongoing matter between him and Philthy Rich. This one debuts at #5.
Jim Jones has been collecting some heavy-hitters for his upcoming album El Capo. His last track was a stoner anthem that featured Wiz Khalifa and Curren$y, his latest pairs him up with longtime pal Cam'ron, and on top of all that, the bulk of the new album is produced by the Heatmakerz. In its second week out, "Mama I Made It" is up four places from #8 to #4.
The song that ignited a flurry of diss tracks. After Mozzy signed Philthy Rich's longtime rival Messy Marv to a subsidiary deal, Philthy lashed out with "Don't Forget," and the rest as they say, is history. In its second week out, "Don't Forget" is up 32 places from #35 to #3.
Joyner Lucas has spent the bulk of the last two years making viral videos, freestyling over hits by rappers he hates, and working on a collaboration album with Chris Brown that keeps getting pushed back. Now he's ready to release a solo album. "Devil's Work," the lead single from the forthcoming ADHD, debuts at #2, and has incited a response from Tomi Lahren.
Logic clearly needed a momentum-swinger after he upended his own rollout for Confessions of a Dangerous Mind with pop-rock departure Supermarket. Now back on track for his upcoming rappity-rap album, he unleashed a trump card in the form of an Eminem duet. "Homicide" debuts at #1.