yellow claw//DKNY

This song is just…dope. Really, truly. I won’t lie — I heard it for the first time during a Soul Cycle class (shoutout to Eve, our BK Heights Soul Cycle kween) and haven’t been able to stop listening since. Sometimes I play it on repeat on the subway and quietly worry that people can hear me blasting it while looking extremely passive and sleepy, which is similar to what I feel like when I’m shamelessly bumping and lyric-mouthing Eminem at 9 in the morning. But, alas... #chillstonergirls will be #chillstonergirls.

Yellow Claw is, weirdly, a trio of DJs from Amsterdam who usually put out songs that combine of trap and hip-hop. Apparently they also qualify as a music style called moombahton, which, after researching, I know is a fusion of house and reggaeton characterized by a spread-out bass line, big, heavy, builds, a lot of synth and sporadic rap samples.

This track is a pure and perfect turn-up jam — and, yeah, it’s an awesome workout song too. It samples Notorious B.I.G.’s “Hypnotize” set over a super sick backbeat and some slowed-down R&B samples at the end. It turns a little dub-steppy at points, but bounces back into hip hop as soon as you think you’re getting tired of it.

I’ve been getting the feeling that May is gonna be the month of turning up, and I plan on bumping this as much as possible until my friends get pissed. It sounds pretty shitty coming out of a laptop, so I’d stick with the big headphones or relatively-okay sound system for this one.

I’ll leave you guys with the only, iconically-chosen Biggie lyrics that the song repeatedly samples:

I put hoes in NY onto DKNY
Miami, D.C. prefer Versace

Happy Monday, dudes.

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