Sicko Rap and Drunk Country

Four songs on the Hot 100 pop chart reveal the new directions in which music is headed. Travis Scott’s “Sicko Mode” boasts an unprecedented formal structure that points to the future of hip hop. Meanwhile, in the world of country, Jason Aldean, Mitchell Tenpenny, and Dan + Shay are putting a modern spin on one of the style’s oldest tropes: drinking bourbon. Together these tracks make up the vanguard of their respective genres, but are fans willing to take the plunge?


  • Travis Scott – Sicko Mode
  • Skrillex – Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites
  • John Zorn – Cat o Nine Tails
  • Jason Aldean ft Miranda Lambert – Drowns the Whiskey
  • Mitchell Tenpenny – Drunk Me
  • Adele – Hello
  • Justin Bieber – Sorry
  • Dan + Shay – Tequila

Recommend Reading: Kathryn Schulz on Chris Janson’s “Drunk Girl
Recommended Viewing: Rich Redmond’s studio drumming

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