With artists releasing songs at a fast and furious pace, it’s difficult for the average hip-hop head to keep track of it all—no matter how tapped in they are. That’s why we created The Ones, a daily post to highlight the song you need to hear.
Bear1Boss’ “Xan!” begins with what sounds like a possessed version of Alvin and the Chipmunks casting a spell. It’s so hypnotic that it was stuck in my head by the time the dreamy production dropped. Musically, the Atlanta rapper’s foundation is Carti and Uzi and he hasn’t been subtle about it—his most recent mixtape is called Lil Hotsauce Vert. But it feels more like inspiration than imitation. On “Xan!” he seems to beg to be separated from his physical form, and his scratchy-voiced chants of “I’m just tryna’ get out my body” come alive when layered with slight lags and glitches.