Editors’ Notes What sets A Boogie wit da Hoodie apart isn’t how pretty his flow is (what platinum-selling post-Drake rapper doesn’t carry a melody?) but how hard he sounds in spite of it. Melancholy as some of the bars here are, Boogie (aka the Bronx-born Artist Dubose) doesn’t wallow or mythologize his self-pity—if anything, he comes off like a new model in the mold of a classic New York rapper: the steely, self-protective dude who only thaws out long enough to remind you of all the feelings under that ice. Holding back is easy; making it sound as beautiful as he does on these tracks is something else. Consider this set of Essentials an argument for a young rapper quietly redefining the game.

SONG
ALBUM
Numbers (feat. Roddy Ricch, Gunna and London On Da Track)
3:08
 
Look Back at It
2:59
 
Swervin (feat. 6ix9ine)
3:09
 
Drowning (feat. Kodak Black)
3:29
 
Startender (feat. Offset and Tyga)
3:12
 
Me and My Guitar
2:41
 
3:34
 
So Cold (feat. A Boogie wit da Hoodie)
4:38
 
Way Too Fly (feat. Davido)
2:52
 
2:54
 
2:49
 
Pull Up (feat. NAV)
3:13
 
Might Not Give Up (feat. Young Thug)
3:45
 
2:08
 
3:17
 
Cinderella Story
3:05
 
3:55
 

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