Rap Song of the Week: Lil Nas X and Megan Thee Stallion Brush Off the Haters on “Dolla Sign Slime”

Injury Reserve, BlueBucksClan, and Lakeyah also dropped essential tracks this week

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Lil Nas X (photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic) and Megan Thee Stallion (photo by Jen Vesp)

    Rap Song of the Week breaks down the rap and hip-hop tracks you need to hear every week. Check out the full playlist here. This week, Lil Nas X teams up with Megan Thee Stallion on his Montero track “Dolla Sign Slime.”

    After a rollout that left conservative pundits clutching their pearls, Lil Nas X finally dropped his debut album, Montero, today and revealed a complete artist comfortable in his true identity. “Dolla Sign Slime” is not one of the many soul-baring songs on the project, but a Megan Thee Stallion-assisted banger squarely aimed at everyone who predicted the 22-year-old rapper’s downfall.

    Here to dispel all the rumors and naysayers, Lil Nas X uses the anthemic, horn-driven production of “Dolla Sign Slime” to talk his shit. While bragging about buying all the luxury items that come with being a successful musician, the Georgia native won’t let anyone downplay his accomplishments. When he spits lyrics like, “Thought I went pop but I popped on you n****s/ Now I’m with the hits like I’m Babe Ruth,” nobody can dispute the truth.


    Hot Girl Meg follows his lead, calling out all the imitators obsessed with bringing her down and boasting about her all-natural curves (“Thick, no add-on prosthetics/ Everything ’bout me came from genetics”). Proving Megan’s all for equality, she casually describes tossing away men in the same way her male counterparts have traditionally rapped about women. “Miss one, catch one, I ain’t new to fish,” she boasts.

    In an album that finds Lil Nas X revealing Montero Lamar Hill to the world for the first time, “Dolla Sign Slime” shows the young artist hasn’t forgotten how to have fun while going toe-to-toe with one of the most confident MCs in the game.

    Honorable Mentions:

    Injury Reserve – “Top Picks for You”

    Although Injury Reserve’s sophomore album was largely recorded before group member Stepa J. Groggs passed last year, Ritchie with a T and Parker Corey’s loss still hangs over the release. The cathartic “Top Picks for You” describes the impossibility of mourning loved ones when social media and streaming service algorithms are a constant reminder of who their favorite person once was. By the Time I Get to Phoenix is available to stream now.

    BlueBucksClan – “Come Again”

    Part of the appeal of South Central duo BlueBucksClan is their innate chemistry, which comes from childhood friends DJ and Jeeezy growing up together on the football field. The buzzing tandem has also earned co-signs from Lil Yachty and Quavo thanks to their stylish flow and unique sense of humor. With lines about “flexin in these new exotic pants like I’m Matt Hardy” and quips about “leaving it in” after having sex, it’s no wonder why Kevin Durant has been checking for BlueBucksClan as well.

    Lakeyah feat. Tee Grizzley – “313-414”

    Quality Control signee Lakeyah is well-positioned for success thanks to her upcoming Gangsta Grillz mixtape My Time. On “313-414,” the Milwaukee rapper shows off as an effortless flow as she trades hard-hitting rhymes with Detroit’s Tee Grizzley. Clever bars like, “In the game runnin’ circles ’round this bitch like Sha’Carri/ I don’t fuck with hoes at all but I’ll pop her like a cherryeh” prove why DJ Drama has offered up his rare stamp of approval.


    Dark Lo and Havoc – “Mob Tales”

    Philadelphia rapper Dark Lo’s coarse delivery and street rhymes are a perfect match for vintage ’90s era production by Mobb Deep’s Havoc — so much so that they teamed up for an upcoming project titled Extreme Measures. On “Mob Tales,” Hav steps out from behind the boards and uses his smooth flow to set up visceral lyrics from Dark Lo like, “Jailhouse riot, knifework you can’t survive it.” It’s safe to say the late Prodigy would approve of his musical partner’s protégé.

    Oompa – “Outta Patience”

    Boston rapper Oompa lets loose a rapid-fire flow on the New Orleans bounce-inspired “Outta Patience” while unleashing her frustrations with the industry. “It’s like they’re happier to see you when you’re struggling with it,” she vents. “But when you get it they forget you had to go and get it/ So they throw the dirt back on you to remind you from the trenches.” Not even stopping once to take a breath, Oompa delivers a dizzying display of the talent. Tap in when her upcoming album UNBOTHERED drops on October 1st.

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