Rap Song of the Week: Ice Spice Takes a Trip to “Bikini Bottom”

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Rap Song of the Week breaks down all the hip-hop tracks you need to hear every Friday. Check out the full playlist here. This week, Ice Spice follows her viral hit “Munch (Feelin U)” with “Bikini Bottom.”

This summer, Bronx rapper Ice Spice turned New York drill (and TikTok) on its head with her viral hit, “Munch (Feelin U),” a playful track featuring the incredibly catchy hook, “You thought I was feeling you?/ That n***a a munch.” At the surface, she seemed to be rapping about using a guy for sex, but “munch” eventually became a catch-all term for someone who’s corny or a loser.

Unsurprisingly, Drake (who would probably admit he’s a munch) gave Ice Spice a co-sign, and so did Cardi B. After that, the 22-year-old rapper showed she could hang on fellow Bronx breakout B-Lovee’s posse cut “One Time.” Now, Ice Spice has released “Bikini Bottom,” another fun track showing she hasn’t been weighed down by expectations.

Of course named after the home of SpongeBob, it features a minimalist, flamenco-driven beat allowing Ice Spice’s personality to shine through. Once again, she glides over the beat with a nimble touch and demonstrates a knack for lines that’ll resonate with fans.

Leading up to the release of “Bikini Bottom,” Ice Spice tested the waters by teasing the hook on TikTok: “How can I lose if I’m already chose?/ Like/ If she feelin’ hot, then I make that bitch froze/ And I get a bitch tight every time that I post/ Damn.”

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We’ll have to see whether “Bikini Bottom” proves Ice Spice has staying power, but either way, can we get an official Cardi B remix of “Munch” instead of the “just for fun” clip she posted earlier this month?

— Eddie Fu
New Music Editor

Honorable Mentions:

Cakes da Killa – “Ball and Chain”

In an already explosive year for hip house, Cakes da Killa’s “Ball and Chain” is a mystically smooth addition to the genre’s resurgence. Off his second album Svengali, the track stems off the brief “Gratitude,” transitioning seamlessly into the soothing sounds of chimes, synths, and kicks before incorporating horns on the intoxicating chorus. The energy of “Ball And Chain” is commanded excellently by Cakes, as he continually rises through the track before its serene and euphoric conclusion. — Joe Eckstein

Babytron feat. Dougie B – “Drake & Josh”

When it comes to defining a sound, there’s no voice more distinct than Detriot’s Babytron. With “Drake & Josh,” the XXL Freshman pairs up with Bronx-based Dougie B over a violin-scored drill beat that seamlessly couples the sounds of Michigan and New York. Tron’s atypical basketball references make an appearance, ranging from Allen Iverson stepovers to Villanova dominance before showing love to being welcomed in the Bronx. The second half turns over to Dougie, whose brash, hard-hitting verse serves as a yin and yang moment compared to Tron’s deliberate delivery. — J.E.

Che Noir – “Therapy Session”

Che Noir is back with the must-listen The Last Remnants after already dropping one of the best rap albums this year. “Therapy Session” is exactly what the title implies: A soulful track breaking down the pressures Che faces as her profile deservedly continues to rise. Whether it’s the weight of losing loved ones or being relied upon for family support, there’s no lack of adversity in the Buffalo rhymer’s life, but she also has resiliency in spades. — E.F.

Bandmanrill – “KNOCKIN'”

Jersey drill progenitor Bandmanrill conducts an orchestra but keeps the dance floor “KNOCKIN’,” living up to his debut mixtape’s title of Club Godfather. Frenetic rhymes match the adrenaline-filled production, as the Newark native calls out the biters who try to follow his recipe but lack the necessary ingredients: “N****s cappin’/ They need to stop, stoppin’/ Goddamn, that shit not knockin’.” — E.F.

Ski Mask the Slump God – “OOGA BOOGA!”

Just in time for Halloween, Ski Mask the Slump God drops a party banger for the boogeyman. Over a layered, bopping beat full of melodic snippets and record scratches, the Slump God comes through with a bouncy, over-the-top flow complete with adlibs for just about every line. At just two minutes and change, he doesn’t get fancy. There are no beat switches or featured artists for the hook — but, really, the track doesn’t need it. Through charisma alone, the song is infectious and endlessly replayable. It’s a little ridiculous, but it’s also undeniably ridiculously fun. — Jonah Krueger

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