Ever since New York artist ‘A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie’ burst onto the scene in 2015, he has been steadily grinding his way to fame, and is now quite a familiar name in the scene. In 2016 he released his debut mixtape ‘Artist’, followed by a collaborative project with fellow New York Rapper and label mate Don Q. Later in 2016 he opened for Drake and Future on their Summer Sixteen tour, signed to Atlantic Records and appeared on the BET cypher. All of this made 2016 a big year for A Boogie, and be capitalised on this by releasing his debut EP ‘The Bigger Artist’ in October, which went on to reach number 63 on the Billboard200. A Boogie really blew up in 2017 with the release of his single ‘Drowning (ft. Kodak Black)’ in March, which reached 38 on the Billboard Hot 100. In June he was announced as one of XXL’s 2017 Freshman, and then capitalised on this by releasing his debut album ‘The Bigger Artist’ in September, an album stacked with features and which received generally positive praise. In 2018 he had some big features on a couple of 6ix9ine songs, ‘Keke’ & ‘Waka’. In December of 2018 A Boogie released his most successful project yet, his second album ‘Hoodie Szn’. The album boasted features from artists such as Juice Wrld & 6ix9ine, and debuted at number 2, eventually reaching number 1 in January of 2019. Hoodie Szn did solid numbers for quite some time, and was actually in the top ten albums of the year on Billboards end of year chart, coming in at number 10.
Was ‘A Boogie’ the best feature artist of 2019?
I think A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie certainly has a strong case for being one of the stronger feature artists of 2019. One thing that really put him on my radar whilst working on this project is just how prevalent he was in 2019 in comparison to other years. I feel like I had not seen him pop up on many singles or albums beforehand, but in 2019 he seemed to be making appearance much more often, making the tracks better in many cases, and even being the standout at times.
Below are all the ‘A Boogie’ features that I’ve taken into consideration, all of which are songs released in 2019.
• Tee Grizzley – Young Grizzley World (ft. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie & YNW Melly)
• Rick Ross – Running The Streets (ft. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie & Denzel Curry)
• Rich The Kid – Like Mike (ft. Jay Critch & A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie)
• Mustard – Baguettes In The Face (ft. Nav, Playboi Carti & A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie)
• Tyga – Goddamn (ft. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie)
• SAINt JHN – Monica Lewinsky (ft. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie)
• Shordie Shordie – Bitchuary (remix) (ft. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie & Wiz Khalifa)
• Sueco The Child – Fast (remix) (ft. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie & Offset)
• Trap Manny – Alone (ft. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie)
• Hitmaka – Thot Box (ft. YBN Nahmir, Meek Mill, 2 Chainz, Tyga & A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie)
• Roddy Rich – Tip Toe (ft. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie)
• DJ Kay Slay – Hocus Pocus (ft. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Blueface & Moneybagg Yo)
• Ed Sheeran – 1000 Nights (ft. Meek Mill & A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie)
• Khalid – Right Back (ft. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie)
• Don Q – Make Me Wanna (ft. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie)
• Iamcyrusleo – Depression (ft. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie)
• LouGotCash – Come Inside (ft. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie)
• Ally Brooke – Lips Don’t Lie (ft. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie)
• Melii – HML (ft. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie)
• JXN – Red Lights (ft. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie)
• 50 Cent – Big Rich Town (remix) (ft. Trey Songz & A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie)
• Lil Durk – U Said (ft. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie)
• Berner – Still Alive (ft. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie & G-Eazy)
• Liam Payne – Stack It Up (ft. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie)
• Internet Money – Somebody (ft. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie & Lil Tecca)
• Paulo Londra – Party (ft. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie)
• J Alvarez – Tricks (ft. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie)
• Cryssy Bandz – Halo (ft. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie)
• Olexesh – Ouh Mädchen (ft. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie)
• Kris Kross Amsterdam & Conor Maynard – Ooh Girl (ft. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie)
The Bad (Either Bad song, bad feature, or both)
• Gucci Mane – Blind (ft. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie) – song doesn’t go anywhere
• Fabolous – Gone For The Summer (ft. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie) – boring intro/hook
• PnB Rock – Put You On (ft. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie) – just boring, deliveries are good but flows and bars aren’t.
• Davido – Big Picture (ft. Gunna, Dremo & A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie) – good vibe, but short A Boogie verses and phoned in gunna feature.
• Summer Walker – Stretch You Out (ft. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie) – Summer is boring, generic r&b vibe. A Boogie is ehh
• Max B – So Cold (ft. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie) – Max’s flow is boring, feature is average
• Dinah Jane – SZNS (ft. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie) – A Boogie is okay in this, but as a whole it’s just a boring, lame r&b duet
So in 2019 that’s a total of 37 features, of which I personally think 30 are good songs with quality ‘A Boogie’ features. So not only has he had a good number of features, but he is consistently delivering an above average performance, often adding to the song as a whole.
A Boogie also worked with a wide range of artists in 2019, and does a fantastic job at slightly changing up his sound to mesh well with whatever artist he is rapping alongside. He appeared on really rap focussed songs by artists such as Rick Ross and Rich The Kid, appeared on r&b tracks by artists such as Ally Brooke and Melii, and even landed a couple of features on big name pop albums, featuring on songs by both Ed Sheeran and Liam Payne. Aside from that, A Boogie has a knack for sounding excellent when rapping with artists from different countries, with 2019 seeing him appear on ‘Tricks’ by Nigerian Artist J Alvarez, ‘Party’ by Argentinian Rapper Paulo Londra, & ‘Ouh Mädchen’ by German Rapper Olexesh.
Out of the 37 tracks, my personal favourites and the ones I most highly recommend you listen to are ‘Running The Streets’ by Rick Ross, ‘Like Mike’ by Rich The Kid, & ‘Young Grizzley World’ by Tee Grizzley.
Not only does ‘A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie’ deliver an impressive performance on so many tracks throughout 2019, but his versatility and his eagerness to work with artists of all different sounds and nationalities is almost unmatched. It’s for these reasons primarily that I think A Boogie has a solid case for best feature artists of 2019!