Tink, Hudson Mohawke & Julian Jordan: Emerging Picks of the Week


Heading into this Thanksgiving weekend, Billboard offers a triple play of tracks to check out, all of which debuted on this week’s Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart. Be sure to give them a listen, and check back next week for a new set of selections.

“Movin Bass,” Tink

Though Tink didn’t make the final cut of “Movin Bass” (Mosley/Epic), producer Timbaland treated fans to the track’s original version on WWPR New York (Power 105.1 FM)’s “The Breakfast Club,” which leaves the female rapper’s rhymes intact. Throughout the track, Tink easily holds her own with the heavyweights, dropping smooth rhymes tinged with bite: “Dope n**ga, I poke n***as like Pillsbury / Robbin' ‘em in they hood, mask on me like Jim Carrey.” What makes the track shine, however, is the trio’s master class in fluidity, as Ross, Tink, and Jay Z finish each other’s lines and verses without breaking flow. The track’s arrival on SoundCloud on Nov. 20 garnered more than 45,000 plays. Consequently, the track bursts onto the Emerging Artists chart at No. 2.


“Chimes (Remix),” Hudson Mohawke featuring Pusha T, Future, Travi$ Scott & French Montana

Tink isn’t the only artist benefiting from all-star rap support. Scottish DJ Hudson Mohawke taps the G.O.O.D Music label’s roster to enlist verses from Pusha T, Future, Travis Scott and French Montana on a remix of the title track from his Chimes EP. A blaring beat and horn section dominate from the background, as Pusha and French Montana each nab a verse about a relentless woman whose sole goal is getting rich off her men. Scott reaffirms her intentions in the bridge, while Future supplies the hook, at one point singing, “Her heart is so cold, she in love with the pole / The money, the car, the cars and the clothes.” The star-studded lineup won listeners over, collecting more than 295,000 plays on SoundCloud since Nov. 20. Naturally, the big response triggered a high debut: “Chimes (Remix”) enters the Emerging Artists chart at No. 3.

“Angels X Demons,” Julian Jordan

Dutch DJ Julian Jordan provides a thumping EDM track in “Angels X Demons” (Spinnin' Records) in partnership with the video game Far Cry 4. The melodic track features a heavily synthesized section underneath the lyrics, which chronicle the final hopes in a moment of catastrophic destruction as a fleeting falsetto sings, “And we will feel alive / With angels and demons / I know we won’t survive / With angels and demons / This is our last goodbye.” As with many EDM gems, “Angels x Demons” boasts an incredible drop that floods the track with infectious energy that it sustains until the final note. Listeners gravitated toward the catchy track, registering more than 575,000 plays of the song’s official music video since Nov. 21. The buzz translated to Twitter, which launched “Angels x Demons” to a No. 10 debut on this week’s Emerging Artists chart.


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