The 29 Best Nas Songs

Nas is, without a doubt, one of the greatest rappers to ever touch a microphone. He has at worst, multiple classic albums and some of the greatest concept records ever. He’s your favorite rapper’s favorite rapper, so ranking some of his best songs of all time is no easy feat… but that isn’t stopping us from trying. Below are the 29 best Nas songs of all time. Let us know what you think about our selection.

Best Nas Songs
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1. ‘2nd Childhood’

Between classic DJ Premier scratches on the chorus, Nas first tells the story of a typical child, before flipping the script and talking about a man and woman who live their life selfishly and without responsibility, comparing them to children.

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2. ‘Adam And Eve’

While a seven-song Nas album produced by Kanye West sounds like gold on paper, the end result that came in June of 2018 left a little to be desired for many. With that being said, the standout track for many was “Adam And Eve.” The “Gol-e Yakh” sample is a perfect backdrop for Nas to do what he does best.

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3. ‘Affirmative Action’

This song is as cinematic as Hip-Hop gets. This was the introduction to The Firm, a group that framed its members as mafiosos, which made up much of their content too. This first offering to the world is arguably still their best. The group reunited in 2020 for “Full Circle.”

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4. ‘Daughters’

Jay-Z got a lot of praise for his 2017 album 4:44 and how it conveyed great maturity, but when it dropped, many pointed to Nas’ 2012 effort Life Is Good for his own growth. “Daughters” is one of the standouts from it where Nas raps reflectively about his own fatherhood, its consequences, and more.

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5. ‘Ether’

Wherever you stand on the “Ether” vs. “Takeover” debate, there’s no denying that Nas’ diss track is as scathing as any to ever be recorded. It was so impactful that now, “ether” has become common slang for destroying or ending them. It forced Jay-Z to go too far with ‘Supa Ugly’ and then apologize, which for many is the win itself.

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6. ‘Fetus’

A remix of the song of the same name which was set to appear on I Am…, the clue to this song’s concept is in what he says before he goes into the first verse. “Beginning of me… I could see through my belly button window.” Nas takes us through the thoughts of a baby in the womb.

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7. ‘Got Ur Self A Gun’

This song samples “Woke Up This Morning” by Alabama 3, which makes perfect sense since it’s also the song used in the intro for The Sopranos. Nas was going for a mafia theme around this time. This song has no special concept like many others on this list but is a great showing of bravado.

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8. ‘Hate Me Now’

“Hate Me Now” is one of the best anthems of all time. It’s the perfect song to appear on soundtracks and be used as walkout music for fighters and legends like Nate Diaz and Frank Mir have done so. Getting Diddy for the chorus was incredible foresight and a great choice.

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9. ‘I Can’

Nas himself calls “I Can” one of the most important songs he’s ever made. He’d made so much music that his own daughter and other kids couldn’t listen to by this point that he felt he owed them something that they could relate to.

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10. ‘I Gave You Power’

With It Was Written’s “I Gave You Power,” Nas penned one of the greatest stories ever told in Hip-Hop. He raps from the perspective of a gun, giving it complex emotions like lust for revenge and sympathy for itself. For this song alone, Nas is immortalized.

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11. ‘It Ain’t Hard To Tell’

The lead single and outro of Illmatic samples Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature,” which Nas was able to get cleared because they were both on Columbia at the time. The Large Professor beat is hypnotic and Nas weaves in and out of it with ease.

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12. ‘Last Real N*gga Alive’

When the Jay-Z beef comes up, “Takeover” and “Ether” get mentioned, but everyone forgets about the next round of songs which on Nas’ end, saw him address it on “Last Real N*gga Alive” from God’s Son. From a mature standpoint, he talks about Biggie, his stance on the Jay-Z beef, and more.

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13. ‘Life’s A Bitch’

“Life’s A Bitch” often gets remembered for being the world’s introduction to AZ and Nas’ father’s trumpet solo at the end, but overall, it’s an exceptional record. No matter who you think got the better of who, the song is timeless.

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14. ‘Live N*gga Rap’

Nas and Mobb Deep both repped Queensbridge, so collaborations were a no-brainer. “Live N*gga Rap” is a fan favorite of the bunch. It was originally done for Hell On Earth, but Nas loved it so much that he bought it from them for his own album.

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15. ‘Made You Look’

When talking about this song, Nas credits it with getting Hip-Hop away from the R&B sound that it was geared towards. The Salaam Remi production here is dirty and over it, Nas delivers verses that are stellar and make up one of the signature songs in his discography.

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16. ‘Memory Lane (Sittin’ In Da Park)’

“Memory Lane” is regarded as one of the best Hip-Hop songs of all time. Nas takes us back to his childhood where he was forced to grow up quickly, witnessing things no child should. The DJ Premier production, despite his own thoughts on it, is classic.

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17. ‘N.Y. State Of Mind’

Arguably the best song on the arguably the best album of all time, “N.Y. State Of Mind” would be a gem in any rapper’s discography at any point in their career. The fact that Nas wrote it in his teens is unbelievable. It was made to portray to the world what was going on in New York at the time. This introspective look into the tumultuous lifestyle of a teenager struggling in the “Big Apple” is one of the hardest-hitting Nas songs ever made.

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18. ‘Nas Is Like’

Up until this point, DJ Premier had done a bunch of classic records with Nas, but he always wanted to get his first single. “Nas Is Like” ended up being just that. On the track, Nas combines braggadocio with introspection as few others can.

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19. ‘No Idea’s Original’

Another entry from The Lost Tapes here. Over production from The Alchemist, Nas paints one of his most vivid pictures ever. If indeed no idea is original, the QB rapper does a great job of making his own stories sound fresh.

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20. ‘One Mic’

“One Mic” from Stillmatic is another classic in Nasir Jones’ discography. The chorus is quiet and unassuming but the verses rise in energy and rage to a crescendo, quite like Phil Collins’ “In The Air Tonight,” the song it samples. A fun fact: Jungle wrote the first four lines of Nas’ first verse.

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21. ‘Poppa Was A Playa’

For this Lost Tapes cut, Nas channels his inner Temptations and takes inspiration from “Papa Was A Rolling Stone.” It’s a dedication to his father who was in his life unlike many of his friends at the time. Despite what the credits say, this song was actually produced by Kanye West.

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22. ‘Purple’

The content of this song isn’t dissimilar to a bunch of other great Nas records. He jumps from perspective to perspective, telling different stories with great detail. The catch here is that he uses the weed, a.k.a. purple, to get away from it all. The instrumentation is mellow, which suits the title of the song perfectly.

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23. ‘Queens Get The Money’

Produced by the great Jay Electronica, this beat is stripped down and features a hypnotic, melodic piano. Over it, Nas is Picasso. It serves as the intro to his Untitled album and maybe its best song. There’s also a very slick 50 Cent diss in here too.

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24. ‘Represent’

When a vocal minority talks about Illmatic feeling a little monotonous with age and citing its production as a reason for that, perhaps they’re forgetting about “Represent.” It’s one of the more upbeat records on Nas’ debut album and a fan favorite.

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25. ‘Rewind’

“Rewind,” as the title suggests, sees Nas telling a story backward. It starts with a bullet leaving a gun and goes from there. The song is really impactful when you read the lyrics from the end. Creatively, on the only part of the song that doesn’t feature a quote backward, the beat is in reverse instead.

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26. ‘The Message’

Even if you’re not a big Nas fan (for some reason), you might know “The Message.” It’s the opening song on It Was Written but it’s more well known for being a song that offended 2Pac enough to diss Nas. Nas later confirmed that he was actually dissing Biggie in the song. With that side though, it’s yet another example of some of the best storytelling and picture painting in Hip-Hop.

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27. ‘The World Is Yours’

“Whose world is this?” Pete Rock asks in the chorus. Nas responds “it’s mine.” It’s a reference to Scarface, to which this song and its accompanying music video both pay homage. Even if you’ve never heard this song, you’ve heard something directly influenced by it. There’s no doubt in my mind that this Golden Era Hip-Hop gem is one of Nas’ best songs of all time.

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28. ‘Undying Love’

The last song on I Am… is “Undying Love,” a cruel tale about infidelity. But of course, this is Nas and nothing is ever as simple as that. He paints the picture of himself in Vegas, staying loyal to his girl, only to find her in bed with another man when he gets home. It’s beautifully done and will leave you staring into the abyss for a minute or two after you listen.

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29. ‘You’re Da Man’

On perhaps my favorite song of his, Nas spits over Large Professor production and a chorus that actually says “sugarman,” but sounds like “you’re da man.” The verses are some of his most poetic. In the second, he utters “I saw a dead bird flying through a broken sky,” which could genuinely be mistaken for Shakespeare.


Kendrick Lamar’s ‘The Heart’ Series, Ranked

On Sunday (May 8th), as you know if you’ve touched social media since then, Kendrick Lamar‘s “The Heart Part 5” dropped after weeks of speculation about it. As many expected, in less than 24 hours, the song already had a sizable impact and has only increased the hype for the rapper’s new album Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, which is due on Friday.

In anticipation of the forthcoming release and in commemoration of the continuation of the series of songs, we’ve decided to take a trip down memory lane and rank every single song in the series. This was a harder task than we imagined, with every song holding a place close to our hearts, no pun intended. Let us know how you think we did.

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5. The Heart Part 4

Even though a song in the series hadn’t come out for five years, when Kendrick took to his Instagram to post “IV” in white on a black background, new and old fans knew exactly what was coming. The song dropped that night and marked Kendrick’s return.

The immediate headlines surrounding the new effort were about Kendrick’s shots at a rapper who he claimed had been dancing around his name for a while. Drake was naturally the name that many threw out there, but it ended up being Big Sean, who sent shots at K. Dot on “No More Interviews.”

Truthfully, this song is only really in last place here due to the greatness of the other entries in the series and through no faults of its own. It served as the perfect preview of what was to come in the following weeks, even more than we knew at the time, using sounds from “PRIDE.” and “ELEMENT.” and the direct instrumental from “FEAR.” The only criticism we have for this, and we’re grasping at straws, is it feels a little more like a song released purely for hype and promotion, largely due to the last couple of lines. All in all though, it’s an incredible record that any artist would love in their discography.

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4. The Heart Part. 1

The backdrop for this record is a young and hungry rapper spitting over Yasiin Bey’s “UMI Says.” At the time, Kendrick had only just changed his name to Kendrick Lamar from K. Dot, a change he made so that he felt more personable to people and to assure that he wasn’t hiding behind a pseudonym. Even after the Kendrick Lamar EP, this was the perfect reintroduction to Kendrick.

Where a couple of songs on this list see Kendrick look back on his come up, this song puts us right in the center of it. He tells the story of trying to take J. Cole’s place at the 2010 XXL Freshmen shoot, which is ironic considering that for many, Kendrick has overtaken Cole for years now. It genuinely feels like a time capsule in a way that not many artists’ songs do. The video only emphasizes this.

Once again, this song could easily top another person’s list, but we feel it comes ever so slightly short when compared to some later entries.

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3. The Heart Pt. 3 (Will You Let It Die?)

This was the first instance of a song from “The Heart” series being released to build hype for the release of an album. It’s crucial to know that “The Heart Pt. 3” was put out a few days before good kid, m.A.A.d city officially dropped, but a while after it had already leaked and the rave reviews were coming in.

The song was recorded by Kendrick, Jay Rock and Ab-Soul in a hotel room in Vegas and that feeling comes through on the record. The theme here is a mix of immense, unfathomable pressure while looking at success on the horizon, the feeling of finally making it through hell to get to heaven.

Kendrick reflects on his upbringing, crediting DMX’s It’s Dark And Hell Is Hot as what started his own career. He also reminisces about him and Dave Free acting like JAY-Z and Dame Dash early on, his fellow Black Hippy members’ struggles, and the gang culture he was surrounded by in Compton.

The same level of emotion that appears in “The Heart Pt. 2” is present here, but there’s also the focus of the moment. The spotlight is on here and the heat is turned up, but Kendrick shows up and shows out as usual.

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2. The Heart Part 5

For years when fans discussed Kendrick Lamar’s return, fans speculated that “The Heart Part 5” would be what he stepped back into the spotlight with. That only continued when someone online thought of visiting and was met with hundreds of folders. Opening every single one and arranging them all neatly came up with nothing, but just the fact that anything popped up was confirmation of the song.

Spotify leaked that the song, which was released on Kendrick’s YouTube and eventually hit digital streaming platforms, was on the way.

Immediately, fans were blown away with just the visuals. The video sees Dot transforming into O.J. Simpson, Kanye West, Jussie Smollett, Will Smith, Kobe Bryant, and Nipsey Hussle. All of these figures are prominent black figures for one reason or another and at various points in the song, over the Marvin Gaye-sampled instrumental, he raps from their perspective. Perspective, he notes at the beginning of the track, which life is all about.

The fifth song in the series has the most to unpack from any entry. The last verse sees Kendrick rapping from Nipsey Hussle’s perspective, forgiving his killer, and assuring his loved ones that he is at peace in heaven. The execution of this is wonderful and has fans excitedly awaiting Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, which arrives on Friday.

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1. The Heart Pt. 2

The intro to O(verly) D(edicated) is the sequel to “The Heart” which dropped earlier in the same year. The song is one long verse, which at one point, Kendrick actually called his favorite verse he’d ever done. “It got so emotional in the booth, I actually dropped a tear, had to come out, fall back and gather my thoughts,” he told SoulCulture in 2011. The song was Kendrick wanting to show his emotion on a song so people could feel it and he did just that.

The song kicks off with an excerpt of an interview that Dash Snow did. He was an artist from New York who died of a drug overdose in 2009, which of course fits the O.D. name of the tape. From there, over The Roots’ “A Peace Of Light,” the Compton rapper touches on a bunch of topics very close to him introspectively. It’s a true stream of consciousness and by the end, the emotion overflows for the rapper himself and he struggles to keep it in the pocket, with his vocals fading out as he coughs breathlessly.

This was early on in his career, but it’s this kind of passion and intensity that fans have loved from Kendrick on later songs like “u” and “His Pain.”

Popular Culture

The 21 Best Shows Like ‘Ozark’

With Ozark coming to an end after an incredible few years on our screens, fans of the series will undoubtedly feel a little empty without the Byrdes in their lives. With the end of any great show comes people that immediately want to rewatch it, but also people that want other shows of the same ilk i.e. shows with similar storylines, characters, or attacking the same topics. Luckily for you, we’ve compiled a list of shows that are similar to Ozark in one way or another. You can check out the list below of the very best shows like Ozark.

Shows Like ‘Ozark’

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1. ‘Arrested Development’

Admittedly, this is probably the show on this list that’s the least like Ozark because it’s an all-out comedy, but that doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy it as an Ozark fan. That’s because Jason Bateman plays Michael Bluth, the main character here too. Michael is surrounded by a lot of big personalities played by the likes of Will Arnett, David Cross, and more. The contrast between him and them makes for some hilarious moments.

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2. ‘Barry’

Ozark, boiled down, is about a man who lives two lives at once, and essentially, Barry is about the same thing. With Bill Hader at the helm though, there’s of course a much more comedic edge to it. The story here is that a hitman goes to L.A. for some work, but finds himself in an acting class, where he kind of falls in love with the idea of that career path and doesn’t want to be a hitman anymore. Of course, people in his line of work aren’t as onboard. Barry’s themes of living a double life go hand in hand with its placing here as one of the preferred shows like Ozark.

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3. ‘Better Call Saul’

If along with Ozark you’re also a fan of Breaking Bad (which also appears on this list), then there’s a decent chance you’re at least somewhat familiar with Better Call Saul. It started out as a spin-off and prequel of the popular series and sort of an origin story for Saul Goodman, but it has since become so much more than that and an eventual sequel. The final episodes will air in the summer. The dark themes present in Better Call Saul and the many surly personalities within it provide it with everything it needs to be seen as one of the best shows like Ozark.

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4. ‘Bloodline’

While the focus of Ozark is often the Byrdes, in Netflix’s original series Bloodline, the Rayburns are in the spotlight. When Danny Rayburn, the black sheep of the family comes home for a particular celebration, there’s debate about whether he should stay, and a shocking event forces some of the family’s darkest secrets to unfold throughout the first season. There are three seasons in total.

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5. ‘Breaking Bad’

Breaking Bad is widely considered one of the best TV series of all time but if for some reason you’ve never given it a try, there’s no better time than now, especially with the aforementioned Better Call Saul coming to an end soon. It’s about Walter White, a family man who is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, which leads him to begin producing and selling crystal meth to provide for his family and give them a better life after he’s gone.

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6. ‘Dexter’

Dexter is similar to Ozark in that the main character is someone who on one hand would seem like your standard citizen but on the other, has a much darker backstory that hangs over him like a dark cloud. Money laundering isn’t the focus here though. Instead, Dexter is a serial killer who targets other murderers, creating an immediate conflict for viewers.

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7. ‘Fargo’

Fargo is a show inspired by the 1996 movie of the same name. Set in Minnesota, it’s an anthology series with the first season being the most critically acclaimed and loved by fans. It sees Martin Freeman playing Lester Nygaard, an unassuming man who finds himself in dark circumstances surrounded by Lorne Malvo, played incredibly by Billy Bob Thornton.

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8. ‘Mad Men’

If what you loved about Ozark was the relationship and dynamic between characters, then there’s a good chance you’ll also enjoy Mad Men. It’s set in the 60s and also features somewhat of an anti-hero in Jon Hamm’s Don Draper. He’s an extremely memorable character with a dark past that often comes back around.

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9. ‘Mindhunter’

Agents Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) operate the FBI’s Behavioural Science Unit and they launch a project which will see them interviewing imprisoned serial killers with the hopes of getting an understanding of their psychology. The show is set in the 70s, around when this became a thing in real life. 

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10. ‘Narcos’

Narcos is an intense series set in Colombia in the 1970s, telling the unbelievable story of Pablo Escobar. The show is intense and the drama of it will certainly appeal to fans of Ozark, but more specifically here as a similarity is the appearance of a cartel that of course brings with it action and ruthless violence at a non-stop pace. If you’re into this, check out Narcos: Mexico too.

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11. ‘Peaky Blinders’

Created by Steven Knight, this show is set in Birmingham and follows the gang of the same name and their exploits following the first World War. Cillian Murphy plays the lead role here and does, as usual, an exceptional job. The show has had a big cultural impact in the UK and for good reason. This is one definitely worth trying, even if it doesn’t sound much like Ozark from the pitch.

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12. ‘Queen Of The South’

A Mexican woman named Teresa is in a relationship with a higher-up in the drug cartel – or at least she was until he was murdered. As a result, she finds herself in Dallas where she eventually works her way up to a much more fortunate situation with her own drug enterprise. The rise of course doesn’t sit well with everyone and with that kind of money and power also comes problems. Of course, she wants to get the cartel back too, which is where the Ozark similarity is. Which gives it that essential element to be classified as one of the best shows like Ozark.

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13. ‘Sharp Objects’

Camille Preaker is a reporter who is sent back to her hometown to cover the murder of two teenage girls but while she’s there, some of her own past comes back to haunt her a little bit. Amy Adams takes on the lead role here and does a great job in the murder mystery.

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14. ‘Snowfall’

You might have started hearing about Snowfall a lot in more recent times, but it’s actually been around for about five years now. It recently got renewed for its sixth and final season. It explores the crack epidemic in Los Angeles in 1983 through the lens of a few interesting characters, including Mexican crime bosses and the CIA. The tone of this show can be very similar to Ozark, especially in its darker moments.

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15. ‘The Americans’

The Jennings family is living in the Cold War and while they seem like a married American couple to friends and even their own children, they’re actually two Soviet KBG intelligence officers posing as such, which inevitably boils over when they can’t control the balance and one life seeps into another. This is of course a similar dynamic to that of Marty Byrde.

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16. ‘The Mosquito Coast’

The Mosquito Coast might be the show on this list that actually feels the most like Ozark in terms of plot and characters. It features a family on the run that’s desperately hiding from their past – a lot of their confrontations with anyone they run into feel similar to those of the Byrdes. Their run to Mexico is tense and will have you on the edge of your seat. The Mosquito Coast is as close to possible to what you’re looking for when it comes to the best shows like Ozark.

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17. ‘The Outsider’

Like Arrested Development, The Outsider is an especially good pick on this list because it features Jason Bateman, who plays Marty Byrde, not only in a big acting role but also as a director on some episodes. The plot is as follows. The mutilated corpse of a young boy is found and the main suspect is his little league coach. The only problem is that he has an alibi.

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18. ‘The Sopranos’

If you’ve seen and enjoyed a show like Ozark enough to seek out shows that are like it, then you’ve probably already heard of The Sopranos. Tony Soprano is the head of a mob family and the show follows the difficulty of balancing his trying to raise a family alongside his life of crime. 

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19. ‘The Wire’

To call this a ‘show like Ozark’ would be considered very disrespectful to fans of The Wire who will argue until the end that it’s the greatest show of all time. Even if you don’t exactly agree, it’s hard to debate. The show is set in a gritty Baltimore where corruption, drug deals, and murder are par for the course. Both shows consist of incredibly layered characters who it’s a joy to watch interact with each other and grow.

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20. ‘Yellowjackets’

While Yellowjackets is a newer show on the list, premiering just a few months ago, it’s also shot up in popularity quite quickly. Created by Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson, it follows a plane that houses a 1996 New Jersey high school soccer team and crashes while flying over Canada. The show plays out with the surviving members and goes back and forth between their lives in the current day.

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21. Y’ellowstone’

Last but not least is Yellowstone, a drama starring Kevin Costner, Wes Bentley, and more. The premise of the show is unique. It tells the story of the Dutton family who own the largest ranch in Montana. The drama between the family plus the Indian reservation, national park, and land developers nearby sits at the center of this tumultuous show. The show crosses over into a few different genres and can be messy at times, but for many, it could replicate the chaos of Ozark.

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Future’s Best Album, Ranked By Album Title

If you’re out of the loop for some reason, the Toxic King also known as Super Future, Fire Marshall Future, Future Hendrix, and Future Vandross has announced that his new album drops this Friday, April 29th.

The announcement that an album was coming this month was met with intrigue, but the announcement of the album’s title, I Never Liked You, saw fans rejoice. This type of pettiness is exactly what Future’s fanbase has come to expect from him in recent years and this album title and cover feels like him fully embracing it in a way he’d only done on social media previously.

To commemorate the event in a unique way, we had the idea to rank all of Future’s solo albums up to this point… purely by their title. Album titles can sometimes tell us a lot about the music packaged inside them and sometimes, time tells that the names don’t hold up at all.

9. HNDRXX (2017)

Alright… I called this man Future Hendrix in the introduction to somewhat acknowledge how many crazy nicknames he had, but it’s time to get serious. Future has said before that calling himself that is him “feeding off Jimi Hendrix and just what it represents to me as being different.” Being different is cool, but I still need a little more for you to justify essentially naming your album after arguably the greatest instrumentalist in Rock history.

Now of course, this album was the second part to FUTURE and they were released just a week apart. But the album title must be judged on its own merit and that’s why it ends up last here.

8. FUTURE (2017)

The aforementioned FUTURE. Self-titled albums are interesting in that artists often do theirs when they feel that they’re making their most introspective music, or the music that best defines them and their artistry. In a way, Future did exactly that here… just like he always does. The album kicks off with “Rent Money” where the Atlanta rapper brags “I just fucked a rapper bitch, I should diss you”, the type of line that’ll make you screw your face up. The entire album follows suit, with Future lacing hypnotic instrumentals with infectious melodies.

In terms of its music, the album is a little underrated, with cuts like “Feds Did A Sweep” being among Future’s best. But of course, we’re not interested in the music today, not primarily anyway. For its lack of creativity, but avoidance of unnecessarily drawing on the late great Jimi Hendrix, FUTURE narrowly avoids last place.

7. Future Hndrxx Presents: The WIZRD (2019)

The WIZRD was released in 2019 and follows the weird trend that HNDRXX started in leaving out vowels… but it doesn’t even do that properly. Surely the album title being The WZRD would make more sense. It’s not like there’s another word you could confuse “wzrd” for, but Future felt like he needed the I in for some reason.

“The Wizard” is a nickname Future’s late uncle gave him and when he went around wearing Pamela hats for a while, he did actually somewhat suit the aesthetic, so he gets points for that at least. The woods that he’s seemingly in on the trippy album cover also give off that vibe.

6. High Off Life (2020)

Released in May of 2020, this album was originally called Life Is Good, which would have of course meant the title track was the Drake-featured single. Perhaps with the pandemic going on though, Future or someone wise on his team decided this was not a smart move. We agree.

High Off Life serves the same purpose, but doesn’t speak to the hierarchy in the same way “life is good” might have. We’ve all felt high off life before and it’s all relative. For that, Future gets some points.

The album itself does feel like somewhat of a celebration, but not anymore than any Future album does.

5. Honest (2014)
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Released in 2013, this album came at an interesting time for Meathead. He was in a high-profile relationship with Ciara and many were accusing him of going Hollywood on us, leaving Atlanta in the rear-view.

Of course, we know how that all played out, but while he was in the moment, Future did need to address everything going on in a way that didn’t alienate his core fans. That’s when Honest dropped.

It’s a short and sweet title that’s kind of genius because it gives you a pass to do and say whatever you want for the duration of the album with the premise being that you’re just telling your truth. With some of the songs on there though, perhaps Unapologetic would have been a better fit.

4. EVOL (2016)

The contrast between “live” and “evil”, the latter being the former backwards and vice versa, is not a new concept at all. Miles Davis named his 1971 album Live-Evil and in 2012, on MTV’s ‘Hip Hop POV’ show, Lil Wayne even took the concept a step further and said that he had an album coming called Devol, “because that’s loved backwards.” So it’s clear that the concept isn’t entirely new, but with that being said, is there anyone that embodies the idea of love being evil more than Future?

My only wish, and maybe this is too much to ask, is that Future actually explored the concept of love being evil a little bit within the body of music itself. Instead, we got hard cuts like “Ain’t No Time” and “Wicked,” which are great, but could have appeared on literally any Future album in the past seven years.

3. DS2 (2015)
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Future’s 2011 mixtape Dirty Sprite was the first time that many were introduced to him and to this day, it is called a classic. Coming off of a classic mixtape run years later with Monster56 Nights and Beast Mode, Future bravely titled his next album DS2. He could really do no wrong during his trilogy of mixtapes, so turning the pressure up here was bold.

From top to bottom, it’s filled with lean raps and some of the best music of Future’s career. “Thought It Was A Drought” is a middle finger to critics of his cough syrup habit, “Groupies” is a middle finger to his old relationship and “Kno The Meaning” gets weirdly introspective by Future’s standards.

Had this album actually been called Dirty Sprite 2, as opposed to its abbreviated version, it might even take the top spot here. Go all the way with it! Of course, that name has implications that might not have sat well in label meetings and boardrooms, but it would have been the only way this album could have been improved. 

2. Pluto (2012)

Pluto is such an incredible album title that it’s also a nickname for Future and years down the line, Lil Uzi Vert decided to call himself Baby Pluto. That kind of impact can’t be overstated and for the ATL rapper to do that with his debut album is special.

With his 2012 album, Future really did introduce the planet to his own world, so the name couldn’t have been more fitting. If Pluto isn’t going to get love as a planet from us, at least Future’s holding it down.

1. I Never Liked You (2022)

Just last night, Future set social media ablaze when he revealed the artwork and title of his new album. I Never Liked You got a rise out of everybody online, because it feels like Future is very self-aware about what he adds to hip-hop culture and what people want from him. “I never liked you”, just as a sentence, has so many connotations and all of them feel like Future.

Admittedly, it’s a trait of Future’s that no-one wants to see in their partners, friends or family, but that’s not what Future is. He represents that side of us that we’re all a little ashamed to let out and know isn’t right.

The album cover got just as many laughs from people. It’s taken from a GQ shoot that was released earlier in the week and sees the rapper wearing about $60k worth of clothes and jewelery, without the Chrome Hearts ring on his left hand even being listed.

Of course, what the music is like remains to be seen, but if the past ten years are anything to go by, this one will have some problematic anthems on it.


The 23 Best Games Like ‘Pokémon’

Pokémon is a giant in multiple different forms of media. When it comes to video games, the Pokémon franchise is one of the top five best-selling of all time, with an estimated 380 million in worldwide sales. This puts it ahead of Grand Theft Auto, Minecraft, Lego, and more massive names.

Naturally, something that has been as great as Pokémon over the past few decades is going to be very influential. Many games take direct inspiration from Pokémon and that’s a good thing for you if you want something similar but a break from the series.

Below, in alphabetical order, we’ve listed the twenty-three best games like Pokémon.

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1. ‘Ark: Survival Evolved’

Although it felt disappointing to many on launch, Ark: Survival Evolved (funnily enough) has evolved into a game that people can appreciate, with its player base growing steadily. This is a great option if your favorite part of Pokémon games is trying to tame animals. Although the animals here are a little less cute and more ferocious than most Pokémon.

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2. ‘Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon: Every Buddy!’

Developed by h.a.n.d. and published by Square Enix, Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon: Every Buddy! is part of a franchise that was actually established before Pokémon, but is now linked with it heavily. Creatures in this game can be befriended and fight alongside you as you traverse dungeons and search for some tough battles.

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3. ‘Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth’

Perhaps if you’re a diehard Pokémon fan, you’ll turn your nose up at the mention of Digimon. You’re well within you’re right to do so, but you’re also missing out on the chance to play Cyber Sleuth. Think of this like a Pokémon that happens in digital cyberspace where hackers reign supreme. The similarities to Pokémon are pretty glaring, too.

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4. ‘Dragon Quest Monsters’

Dragon Quest Monsters is quickly growing in popularity over here in the west, but it’s been big in Japan for a while. Fans and critics were quick to draw comparisons to Pokémon early and rightfully so, but the game does a good job of standing on its own too. Picking up and playing or diving right into all of the unique mechanics are both rewarding in different ways.

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5. ‘Fae Tactics’

Developed by Endlessfluff Games and released in the summer of 2020, Fae Tactics allows you to summon allies, cast spells, and just like Pokémon, befriend characters who can assist you on your journey. It’s a strategy RPG that features turn-based combat (just like Pokémon famously does) and the 3D pixel world is genuinely beautiful to look at.

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Chumbosoft’s HEARTBEAT is a game that takes what Pokémon offers and takes it enough places that it feels like a must-play for any fans of that genre. It’s a top-down RPG where you play as Eve Saccato, a Conjurer from a small village. The context of the setting is that humans and Mogwai have struggled to co-exist for years, but you go on a journey that could change that.

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7. ‘Jade Cocoon: Story of the Tamamayu’

Jade Cocoon: Story of the Tamamayu is a game that fans of it will swear is one of the best RPGs of all time. In North America, it was released in 1999, so visually it does look very dated. But if you’re willing to look past that, you’ll find a treat in the story. Here, you can breed and fuse together Minions, and depending on how many you’ve already caught, it’s easier to catch them in the future.

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8. ‘Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance’

Dream Drop Distance is the seventh installment in the Kingdom Hearts series. While the gameplay itself might not feel like a Pokémon game, you’re able to recruit creatures called “Dream Eaters” to help you out in fights, which is of course a mechanic many Pokémon players will know and love. This entry in the series also went for turn-based combat and the worlds can feel similar to gyms.

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9. ‘Minecraft’

Like Pokémon, Minecraft is also one of the biggest franchises around with over 200 million in estimated worldwide sales, which is very impressive considering its first release was in 2011. While you might like the regular game as a Pokémon fan, what really makes it special is the “Pixelmon Generations” mod which essentially turns it into a large-scale Pokémon game.

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10. ‘Monster Crown’

You only have to take one look at the design style for Monster Crown to know that it was heavily influenced by Pokémon. The creators don’t shy away from that fact and have revealed that the game dives into an aspect they feel Pokémon doesn’t focus on enough, monster breeding.

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11. ‘Monster Hunter Stories’

If your favorite part about the Pokémon games are the monster collecting and battles and you’d like a different take on them, look no further than Monster Hunter Stories. There’s a catch-up mechanic, which means if you decide against catching new Pokémon because of the struggle of leveling them up, that won’t be a problem here. The story can be a little childish, but it’s just there to tie the gameplay together. If you walk away from this game satisfied, then it’s also worth checking out its quality sequel Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin.

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12. ‘Monster Sanctuary’

Made by German studio Moi Rai Games, Monster Sanctuary is what many critics of the Pokémon games wish they would have evolved into eventually. It feels a little bit like a hybrid of Pokémon and “Metroidvania” gameplay elements. You hatch monsters from eggs and there are a bunch of areas to explore so at the end of the day, it’s worth a try.

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13. ‘Nexomon: Extinction’

Nexomon: Extinction borrows so many elements from Pokémon games that you’d be forgiven for dismissing it as a rip-off, but there are still many reasons that this game is worth playing. One spin it puts on the battling is that there’s a stamina system here, so it means that even more strategy is required with rotation.

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14. ‘Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch’

A nice way of thinking about Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is that it’s a Pokémon game with a larger focus on a story. The story’s not there for the sake of it either. It’s genuinely gripping and enhances the gameplay. Combat can be either turn-based or active. If you’re a fan of Wrath of the White Witch, then try out Revenant Kingdom too. 

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15. ‘Ooblets’

Ooblets feels like Pokémon combined with the vibes of Animal Crossing and Harvest Moon. You live in a cute world where humans and creatures called Ooblets live. The art style feels like a more colorful version of some of the more recent Pokémon games. If you’re a fan of those kinds of games where a lot of its elements are within your control, then go ahead and try this one out.

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16. ‘Persona 5 Royal’

Persona 5 Royal is similar to Pokémon largely because of its JPRG roots. Some of its foundational mechanics can feel similar to Pokémon – the hundreds of monsters on the roster, themed dungeons that resemble gyms, and turn-based combat. Despite this, it also sets itself apart from the pack with many features. This is definitely the definitive way to experience one of the best JRPGs in recent memory.

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17. ‘Shin Megami Tensei V’

Once again, although the entire game doesn’t have the same atmosphere as a Pokémon game here, some key elements in it will definitely be familiar to Pokémon fans. Namely, catching demons, raising them, and using them in battle. One key difference here is that the battle systems are more complex, which might be something you welcome. 

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18. ‘Slime Rancher’

In this game, you play Beatrix LeBeau. As a rancher, your goal is to capture, raise and breed slimes, which then allows you to earn currency so that you can explore the world, where you’ll encounter more slimes. This game is for those who enjoy this process over battles because there are none of those here.

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19. ‘Suikoden’

This game stands out on this list. While many of the games here allow you to recruit creatures to battle alongside you, with Suikoden, you have to build an army of warriors. For many, this is where the similarities to Pokémon end. The game is not as childish as Pokémon can be and that might be a welcome change for some, or it might not be what you’re looking for.

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20. ‘Temtem’

Developed by Crema, Temtem is a goal that was made with Pokémon in mind, to some extent. The idea was to improve on some of the old mechanics and give the genre a refresh. As a result, this game feels as if Pokémon was finally given a massively multiplayer online revamp, which might be music to your ears. Since this game is technically still in early access, it’s constantly getting new updates too.

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21. ‘World of Final Fantasy: Maxima’

World of Final Fantasy: Maxima is an upgraded spin-off of Final Fantasy and takes place in Grymoire, a world of coexisting Final Fantasy settings. The land is inhibited by Lilikins, which are cute and resemble Pokémon. This is an especially good pick for those who are already familiar with and fans of the Final Fantasy series because some familiar faces return.

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22. ‘YO-KAI WATCH 3’

Before YO-KAI WATCH 4 was even released, gamers who wanted a dose of Pokémon-like gameplay from somewhere other than the massive franchise looked to YO-KAI WATCH 3. Unfortunately, if you’re reading this, you might need to do the same, because the fourth installment in the series is only available in Japan right now. Your Yo-kai watch allows you to see, befriend and summon Yo-kai, which can evolve.

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23. ‘Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution’

This is a unique entry on this list because while the vast majority of games here have a lot of similarities with the actual Pokémon games, Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution actually resembles the trading card game a little. Combat here is nuanced and requires great strategy.

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The 21 Best J. Cole Features

The J. Cole feature has been an interesting point of conversation over the years in hip-hop. Despite signing with Roc Nation in 2009, J. Cole was pretty independent with how he handled himself and that mentality seemingly shifted to how he handled appearing on other people’s songs. For years, there were just a few artists he’d collaborated with.

Now though, he’s branched out and collaborated with dozens and dozens of different artists. This change in mindset came because of an epiphany he had. He wanted to get out of his comfort zone. During his Applying Pressure documentary that came out before The Off-Season, he walked people through his process of thought. “Do you really wanna look back and be like ‘you didn’t work with nobody’? You didn’t have no songs with nobody, you just cool with that? No. Okay. So start saying yes to some features”

The result of that has been one of the better feature runs ever seen in the genre. As a result, the conversation has shifted from Cole never appearing on other people’s songs, to deciding which of his recent features are the best. We’ve decided to list out what we think the 20 best J. Cole features are, with songs with 21 Savage, Drake, Lil Wayne, Janet Jackson and more making the cut. Check it out below.

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1. “a lot”

One of the misconceptions about J. Cole for years, largely due to him not doing features and not asking for them on his own albums, was that he wasn’t a fan of some of the newer rappers who talked about more surface-level topics. He dispelled some of that myth by borrowing their flows on KOD and also hopping on their tracks. ‘a lot’ with 21 Savage was great because he brought his own flavor to 21’s record, showing support for 6ix9ine when everyone was clowning him. This song also got Cole his only Grammy to date.

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2. “American Dream”

When fans saw J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar featured on the same song on Jeezy’s Pressure album, they went berserk as expected. The result was disappointing for many, because Kendrick didn’t have a verse that many could compare to Cole’s. But when the hype died down and you got to appreciate the song for what it was, J. Cole’s verse stood out on the song. His flow changes every few bars and the multisyllabic rhyming is incredible.

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3. “Beautiful Bliss”

J. Cole had only been signed to Roc Nation for less than a year when Wale’s Attention Deficit dropped. The pair were both nowhere near the superstars they would become, but this collaboration gets credit for starting a career-long relationship. Despite a respectable effort from Wale, J. Cole takes the cake with some memorable punchlines. “Momma I ain’t done yet, kick back and watch your son rise, sit back and know your son set” he rapped. “Wale, good looking” he said at the end and he knew exactly what he’d done.

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4. “Boblo Boat”

When J. Cole had a Royce 5’9″ feature as an assignment, he knew he had to deliver. When he was young, the North Carolina rapper used to write up his favorite raps and put them up on his wall and Royce’s bars were amongst them. “Boblo Boat” sees both Royce and Cole reminiscing about their younger days and they paint pictures so well. Cole handles hook duty here too and holds some notes for it.

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5. “Green Ranger”

Interestingly, “Green Ranger” wasn’t J. Cole’s first attempt at appearing on Lil Wayne’s Dedication 4 mixtape. The first was a song that we now know as “Miss America Reprise”. JAY-Z heard it and told Cole to keep it, so Cole sent his verse over G. Dep’s “Special Delivery”. He killed it with a long verse, but unfortunately, Wayne didn’t like the beat so he half-assed his verse a little. It only made Cole’s verse, where he takes it back to his younger days stand out more though.

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6. “Jodeci Freestyle”

This song mostly gets remembered for a big misstep on Cole’s part, which he has since sincerely apologized for. Those lines are muted on the version of the song on Drake’s Care Package, but once you get around that, Cole’s verse is really special here. The occasion of a Drake and Cole collab was massive even in the summer of 2013 when this dropped and both rappers hit a home run. Cole’s verse is like a time capsule of the moment, where he references doing a show in Philly for a dollar, Born Sinner sales projections and competing with Kanye’s Yeezus.

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7. “Johnny P’s Caddy”

A lot of people might not have anticipated that Cole would fit on a song with anyone from Griselda, considering their content. Not only did he show up on “Johnny P’s Caddy”, but he showed out too. In fact, he used the opportunity of standing next to Benny The Butcher to call out rappers that stretch the truth when it comes to gun and drug bars. It’s still early, but this is a verse of the year candidate. One of our favorite lines? “Einstein on the brink of the theory of relativity, really, no MC equal”.

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8. “Just Begun”

This song doesn’t get talked about enough. It sees Cole trade verses with Talib Kweli, Jay Electronica and Mos Def over old school production. That’s a tough crowd to stand out amongst, but Cole does a great job of it. It doesn’t get as much love now because it’s from 2010, but it holds up 12 years later. In 2014, Jay Elect actually performed the record and brought Cole out, which is the only time he’s ever performed his verse.

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9. “Knock Tha Hustle (Remix)”

One of the main criticisms of J. Cole over the years has been that he’s boring to a lot of people. But you could never accuse him of that on this song. On the official remix of Cozz’s “Knock Tha Hustle”, Cole pours his heart out about harsh upbringings, his brother heading down a bad path and people from his hometown living a hopeless life. The verse sets the scene incredibly well for 2014 Forest Hills Drive.

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10. “LONDON”

When they were in the studio together, BIA played J. Cole her song “LONDON” and the one play was all it took for Cole to think about the song for the next month. When she asked if he wanted to hop on it, he was nervous because he didn’t know what to add to it. This kind of genuine care that Cole has for the music he makes is what makes these verses so incredible. As well as being a stellar verse, like BIA, he intersperses a London accent and slang, which makes for some funny moments.

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11. “Looking For Trouble”

To have the best verse on a song with Kanye West, Pusha T, Big Sean and CyHi The Prynce is an impressive feat. To do this in 2010 when all you have out is one mixtape is even crazier. This is considered somewhat of a breakout verse for Cole, with some killer lines like, “they say you are what you eat and I still ain’t pussy” and “ironic you been sleeping on the one that you been dreaming ‘bout”. When he toured his first album, Cole opened the show with this verse.

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12. “Mama Told Me”

On Omen’s “Mama Told Me” from his Afraid Of Heights mixtape, J. Cole is as honest and introspective as ever. He raps about the complexity of being Black with a White mother, then taking it further and contemplating how hard it must have been for his brother, who is black, but looks white. 

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13. “My Boy”

When rappers are having fun on a record, it really comes through to the listener. That’s exactly what happened here with Wale and J. Cole’s “My Boy”. The song sounds like something that was birthed organically from a great studio session, but the bars are there too. It’s hard not to switch between a smile and a screwface while listening to the Fayetteville MC on this one.

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14. “No Sleeep”

The original version of Janet Jackson’s “No Sleeep” was solo, but for the version that appeared on her 2015 project, Unbreakable, she grabbed a J. Cole verse for an unexpected, but welcomed link up. The song sees J. Cole talk about the contrast between his hectic lifestyle and his girl’s regular life. In the end, they meet in the middle with love that feels like it’s always in that honeymoon phase.

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15. Off Deez”

Over the years, East Atlanta rapper J.I.D. has proven to be a great commodity for Dreamville and one of the brightest young hip-hip stars. A couple of years ago, he made our list of the twenty best rappers from the ATL and he’s only showed out since then. “Off Deez” was a big moment for him because Cole hopped on the record. While J.I.D. certainly made an impact on the song, Cole stepped into his lane and held his own too, speeding up his flow and complimenting J.I.D. in the process (“J.I.D. the closest thing to me… Cole and J.I.D., what a tandem”).

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16. “Oh Wow… Swerve”

Thoughtful contributions to songs have become the marker of J. Cole verses and that’s exactly what he offers here on the “Oh Wow” portion of this track. He opens his verse contemplating the idea of hell and entertaining the thought of hell on earth and after taking it a few interesting places, he rounds it up by the end talking about the end of the world and how it being good or bad depends on you and your awareness.

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17. “Pray”

Since he emerged on the scene with The Warm Up, it was clear that storytelling was one of J. Cole’s biggest strengths as a rapper. That’s exactly what he displays here on The Game’s “Pray”, where he speaks of a fling he had with a woman who’s in a rough situation now, so he prays for her.

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18. “Pretty Little Fears”

The great thing about J. Cole features is that he has great range. We hear him on something like “Stick” from D-Day: A Gangsta Grillz mixtape and he fits right in with what J.I.D., Kenny Mason and Sheck Wes are doing. Then, he’ll appear on 6LACK’s “Pretty Little Fears” and kill that too. Here, he describes a romantic partner beautifully, likening them to a flower he has to protect. It’s a verse that comes round and ends the song perfectly.

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19. “Raggamuffin (Remix)”

From the late 2000s when he first started to make a name for himself, J. Cole was all about making the struggle seem beautiful and giving a voice to the voiceless. With his debut album Cole World: The Sideline Story, he continued to do that, but it was mixed with brags about Rolexes and having 150 women staring at him in the club, skewing the perception for a few somewhat. That’s what his pair of verses on Selah Sue’s “Raggamuffin” are about. He’s open about noticing a change in himself and is poetic in describing it.

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20. “Sacrifices”

During the sessions for Dreamville’s Revenge Of The Dreamers III, J. Cole sent out a rare tweet, where he revealed a verse of his had gotten him emotional. “Shed tears tonight writin a verse shit was beautiful.” Of course, over 100 songs got recorded in the sessions, so who knows if we’d ever hear it? Thankfully, “Sacrifices” did make an appearance and it saw Cole pen a tribute to his wife, in turn revealing that they had a child on the way. Cole’s mellow and melodic flow over the acoustic instrumental match up beautifully.

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21. “TKO (Remix)”

Kendrick Lamar’s “Control” verse still gets talked about today, nine years after it dropped. That type of impact doesn’t come often and naturally, it had ripple effects amongst rappers. The first rapper that Kendrick mentioned was Cole and he did so with his full name, which many perceived as more disrespectful. Cole and Kendrick were friendly, but that didn’t stop a fiery response from the North Carolina rapper on Justin Timberlake’s “TKO” remix. “In case this is war then I load up on all ammunition” he threatened, with emotion we hadn’t heard from him before.

Culture Movies/TV

20 Shows Like ‘Euphoria’ To Watch Now

The second season of Euphoria truly jumped things up a notch in basically every aspect of the show. It was more intense and shocking than ever before whilst maintaining everything that fans loved from the first season. It’s the type of show where you want to take to social media to discuss the possibilities and happenings after every episode.

As you await the third season which currently has no release date, it’s only natural that you feel some kind of hole in your heart that you’re looking to fill. Look no further because below, we have a list of 20 shows like Euphoria.

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1. 13 Reasons Why

13 Reasons Why is a show based mostly around high school students and it delves into many of the same topics as Euphoria, including but not limited to drug abuse, sexism and bullying. Across its four seasons, the show arguably gets a little unbelievable and feels morally bankrupt at some points, but for some of the earlier seasons, it’s great for giving you the same feeling that Euphoria does.

Watch now on Netflix
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2. Cruel Summer

When Kate Wallis is found and rescued months after being kidnapped, she says that Jeanette found her while she was captive and didn’t help her escape. Jeanette has been dreaming of becoming popular, but this isn’t what she expected. The drama and thrill that follows is great and involves flash-forwards and flashbacks, the latter of which fans of Euphoria will be quite familiar with.

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3. Dare Me

Dare Me begins with Beth, who is and has always been Top Girl in the cheerleader squad. Unfortunately, teenage drama is ever-present and not only does Beth’s best friend Addy want what she has, but the new cheerleading coach threatens Beth’s position. The show eventually gets darker and grittier than that, with a murder mystery, abusive sexual relationships and mental health issues at the centre of it.

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4. Degrassi: The Next Generation

Right when Euphoria premiered, comparisons to Degrassi were made by many. The show, especially The Next Generation which ran from 2001 to 2015, dealt with many of the same ‘taboo’ topics as Euphoria and arguably laid out the path for Euphoria to shine today. If Euphoria has seen further than Degrassi: The Next Generation, it’s because it stands on its shoulders.

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5. Elite

Elite follows three working-class friends who make it to a private school where many of the elite’s kids go. But of course, from there, it isn’t all rosy. Some kids have too much money, some too little. One of the students is eventually killed and when every kid becomes a suspect, this dynamic makes things very interesting to watch. Keep in mind that this is a Spanish show that English speakers will need subtitles to follow.

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6. Freaks and Geeks

Freaks and Geeks is mostly talked about today for helping launch the careers of Seth Rogen, James Franco and Jason Segel. It lasted just one season, but was popular enough and had a cult-like fan base to where it still gets love today. The show definitely has a lighter tone than Euphoria with much more of a focus on the comedic aspect, but parts of it will give you the same feeling as Euphoria too.

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7. Friday Night Lights

Friday Night Lights, as the name suggests, follows a football team in the fictional town of Dillon in West Texas. The town is so small that the football team essentially defines it. One thing that this show does just as well as Euphoria is making the high school experience feel incredibly suffocating and competitive, as it is for many. A young Michael B. Jordan stars here.

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8. Genera+ion

While Genera+ion doesn’t necessarily have the same edge as Euphoria, like Euphoria, the themes that it touches on are tough to tackle but it does so quite well. It’s also set in a high school, which is instrumental to the entire feel of the show. Despite what goes on each episode, there is an innocence and even naivety to many of the characters that doesn’t appear so much in Euphoria.

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9. Gossip Girl

Gossip Girl had somewhat of a reputation for being a little edgy when it originally aired in 2007, but times have changed since then. The show did get revamped last year but didn’t hold up to the original, but that doesn’t mean that the entire thing isn’t worth a watch if you’re into Euphoria. The show’s focus is some schoolgirls who have their lives reported on by a secret blogger.

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10. Grand Army

For this show, Grand Army High School in Brooklyn is the focus. The show is raw right from the opening scene and only picks up momentum with its realness. Just a few topics covered here are rape culture, sexuality, and racism, and all of these are done with an air of reverence, but through a real lens too. The catalyst for the show is a bomb going off at the school.

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11. My So-Called Life

My So-Called Life doesn’t get the respect it deserves for being so influential amongst teen series. It was pivotal for the genre and whether they know it or not, many shows today use the blueprint that this show outlined. It follows Angela Chase, a fifteen-year-old high school girl going through many of the cliché struggles of someone that age. Importantly, Wilson Cruz who plays Enrique is credited with being the first openly gay actor to play an openly gay teen on television.

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12. Sex Education

Sex Education is a British show which does get raunchy at times but admittedly isn’t as gloomy as Euphoria. What it does do like Euphoria though, is showcase larger-than-life personalities and put a lens on how they all interact with each other. Otis’ mother is a sexologist and when his friends at Moordale Secondary School find out, he tries to acquire as much knowledge from her as possible to seem cool.

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13. Sharp Objects

This show is based on Gillian Flynn’s novel of the same name. It follows the life of Camille Preaker, a reporter. When she’s sent back to her hometown to report on the murders of two teenage girls, she gets frighteningly close to the case and some old things start coming back up. This is a great drama with twists throughout.

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14. Skins

It must be said that we’re recommending the UK version of this show because the U.S. version fell a little flat. Skins was giving people an unfiltered look at teenage life before it was cool and you could argue that it helped remove a bit of a stigma too. A little like Euphoria, Skins focuses on one character per episode, which really builds things up well.

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15. The End of the F***ing World

While the exact synopsis of this show doesn’t sound like something Euphoria fans might like on paper, what’s really key here is that the turbulent relationship between the two main characters is a little like Rue and Jules’ complex dynamic. The End of the F***ing World follows James, who plans to murder Alyssa, his romantic partner who loves him.

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16. The Sex Lives of College Girls

The Sex Lives of College Girls is a teen comedy-drama created by Mindy Kaling and Justin Noble which is currently just one season long with a second on the way. The common theme with series on this list is that they’re not necessarily as dark to the core as Euphoria, but have similar elements with a lighter tone. This fits right in.

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17. The Society

The Society is a mystery teen drama that follows a group of adolescents who are now in charge of running the town after the rest of the population has disappeared. To make things stranger, a forest now surrounds the town, and connection with the outside world is completely non-existent.

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18. We Are Who We Are

Like many shows on this list, We Are Who We Are is a coming-of-age story for a bunch of kids but the twist here is that the show has an artsy lens over it and is a little more poetic in its storytelling, sort of romanticizing the topics a little bit. It’s a unique take on the genre. The show is set during the 2016 U.S. Presidential elections.

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19. Yellowjackets

Yellowjackets is one of the newer shows on this list, premiering in November of 2021. It’s set in 1996 though, when a plane carrying a team of New Jersey high school soccer players crashes, leaving the survivors to fight for their lives for nineteen months. There are also moments showing them in current times, making for an interesting dynamic.

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20. You

Last but most certainly not least, You is a show about Joe Goldberg, who is essentially a psychopath with a front as a loving guy. He pursues women creepily, researching anything about them he can and there’s not much he won’t do to get what he wants. The show has somewhat of a similar vibe to Euphoria and is actually narrated too.

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Consoles Gaming

The 15 Best Games Like ‘Genshin Impact’

It only took a few weeks for Genshin Impact to become the most successful new IP from a Chinese developer. In its first two weeks, the game made an unfathomable $100 million in revenue with China, Japan, Korea, and the United States as its biggest markets. Even more impressively, it did this all while being completely free-to-play, making its money from its “gacha” gameplay, which is essentially a form of microtransactions.

As with any game, these have been a point of contention for some, with most agreeing that they’re not too bad at all in this scenario. However, if paying for extras in games is not for you even though you love all of the other aspects of the game, perhaps you’re looking for something else that’s right up your alley.

When searching for a game that’s like Genshin Impact, there are a lot of things to consider. There’s the genre, the combat system, the open-world aspect, the leveling up system the fact that you can play with friends, the style of design, and many, many more intricate details that contribute to the entire game. We’ve taken all of these into consideration when compiling this list of fifteen games like Genshin Impact.

Check out the list below, in alphabetical order.

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1. ‘Blade & Soul’

Blade & Soul is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game. It has a lot of elements that are very similar to Genshin Impact, including but not limited to its style of graphics, hack & slash combat, and its anime origins. It was released eight years ago in 2014 and was developed by Team Bloodlust, Netmarble Neo, and NC Interactive for the PC, mobile and console platforms respectively. You create your character with a great, in-depth customization system and then explore the world around you with them. NPCs assign you quests and send you on battles. If you enjoy the game, you might even like the anime adaptation of it that aired from April to June of 2014.

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2. ‘Dragalia Lost’

Developed by Cygames and published by Nintendo, Dragalia Lost is a game you might not have heard of directly, but might be aware of if you’re a fan of Fire Emblem Heroes, Mega Man, Monster Hunter, Persona 5 Strikers, Rage of Bahamut, or Princess Connect, because it has crossed over with each of them before. The game is set in Alberia, a world where if a royal makes a pact with a dragon, they can wield its power. Just like Genshin Impact, you can play through the entire campaign with three friends, if you wish. If this does sound like something you want to try, make it soon because the game is slated to be shut down soon, with its last update scheduled for July.

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3. ‘Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age’

If you’ve heard of the Dragon Quest series, then you might already know that Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age is the most recent offering from the main series of games. It’s one of the greatest Japanese role-playing series of all time and many have argued that this game might just be the best of the series itself. Developed and published by Square Enix, this game features character designs from Akira Toriyama, which match up well with the style of Genshin Impact. Combat here is turn-based with a lot of mechanics and happens in a lot of rich environments. It’s all weaved together by a fulfilling narrative too. This is a must-try.

Buy Now, $39.99
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4. ‘Final Fantasy XIV’

If the open-world aspect of Genshin Impact is one of your favorites, then perhaps Final Fantasy XIV is for you. You’ll essentially get to free roam Hydaelyn, which is split up into three incredible continents. Character customization here is big. You’ll get to pick your character’s race, gender, facial features, and starting class. Once you’re in with your character, character progression is key and done with classic experience points. If you heard not-so-great things about this game at launch a few years ago, know that it’s been greatly improved and revamped since then, with most of the community’s concerns fixed. The game still has millions of players daily.

Buy Now, $59.99
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5. ‘Fire Emblem: Three Houses’

In your search for a game like Genshin Impact to play, it’s not unlikely that you would have come across a few different Fire Emblem games with great recommendations. While a lot of them are great, in our estimation, Three Houses is the one to go for. Three Houses is a tactical RPG developed by Intelligent Systems and Koei Tecmo and published by Nintendo. It is a Switch exclusive, which might exclude some. If you do have a Switch and decide to play, you’ll become a former mercenary and current professor, leading students through battles, which for you will be turn-based and require great strategy. The story, characters, and soundtrack really stand out here and make this game an incredibly immersive experience.

Buy Now, $59.99
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6. ‘Honkai Impact 3rd’

Honkai Impact 3rd is a must-play if you’re on the search for games similar to Genshin Impact, simply because it’s made by the same developer, miHoYo. This game was actually released before Genshin Impact. It has a similar foundation, though the setting here is a futuristic sci-fi one rather than medieval fantasy. You’ll level up your “Valkyries” and then use them in the third-person combat system. It’s worth noting that while this will have all of the aspects you love about Genshin Impact (like the fact that it’s free-to-play or its characters), it will also have the aspects you might not have loved, like microtransactions and the general gacha system. Either way, it’s certainly worth delving into.

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7. ‘Immortal Fenyx Rising’

Greek mythology is the backdrop of this game, but while that’s a different setting than Genshin Impact, don’t let it put you off. Just like Genshin Impact, this game was also inspired by The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, so they share that for a start. You’ll take on the role of Fenyx who is a mortal man in Olympus. Leveling up is important here and on your journey, you’ll get resources so that you can buy HP, stamina, combat skills to use during fierce battles, and other stats too. The world feels genuinely awesome to explore and doing so is a pleasure. You can do so in more ways than just walking about on foot too.

Buy Now, $19.80
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8. ‘King’s Raid’

Like Genshin Impact, King’s Raid is completely free-to-play. Also like Genshin impact, this game features the gacha system which allows you to make in-game purchases if you’d like but also supports a traditional leveling up system that is solid too. In fact, most of the characters in the game aren’t especially difficult to get, but getting the right equipment to make the most out of them is the tricky part. Side-scrolling through environments to walk into battles where strategy is required becomes addictive. The design of the game also has an art style that many could liken to anime, which is always a nice touch.

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9. ‘Marvel Strike Force’

Genshin Impact requires a decent bit of strategy – you can conserve fragile resin as much as possible, know when to use primogems, and take advantage of the reputation system in some ways. If you’d like something even more in that lane, perhaps Marvel Strike Force is the game for you. Combat here is turn-based and being able to win the most battles as possible means selecting the right team members and the right abilities for them. If you’re into superheroes, then that’s a huge plus. This game boasts a massive roster with big names like Spider-Man, Iron Man, and Captain America and also has more obscure names like Sersi, Doctor Voodoo, and T’Challa’s version of Star-Lord. The gacha mechanics will also feel familiar to Genshin Impact fans.

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10. ‘Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom’

Developed by Level-5 and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment, this game was originally released for the PlayStation 4 and PC in 2018 and eventually came out on the Switch. If you’re into JPRG adventures generally, then this game should be a no-brainer to at least try out. The game is incredibly cinematic in many ways, with a general high quality and a beautiful soundtrack composed by Joe Hisaishi. The quests and combat here are pretty true to traditional JRPGs and the open world is great too. There are other cool elements like kingdom management and a system similar to Pokémon where small creatures called “Higgledies” can help you out in battle.

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11. ‘Persona 5 Royal’

Persona 5 Royal is one of the most popular games on this list. It’s a spin-off of Shin Megami Tensei and if seeing the number five turns you off because you feel like you won’t know what’s going on, this game was made for a wider audience and can definitely function as a standalone. The game is especially immersive, with an emphasis on building relationships. The protagonist is intriguing and the idea of Persona’s themselves will have you hooked. In terms of a one-to-one comparison, perhaps there aren’t as many features that are directly similar to Genshin Impact, but if you appreciated the overall feel and style of that game, then we feel there’s a good chance you might like this too. If you do and you enjoy it, you have an entire series to try out.

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Developed by Bandai Namco Entertainment and Tose and published by the former, SCARLET NEXUS is a game that sort of split reviewers down the middle when it was released in the summer of 2021. While many praised the combat system and the telekinetic moves, some felt that the side-quests were a weak point. Funnily enough, many critics pointed out that the game was similar enough to Genshin Impact that they would just decide to play the miHoYo game instead. That’s all the more reason for it to appear on this list, though. It doesn’t feel like a copy of Genshin Impact, in fact, fans of both series will argue that they’re not alike at all. The truth is somewhere in the middle because it can feel a little like an alternative with familiar elements.

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13. ‘Tales of Arise’

In conversations about Genshin Impact and similar games online, it’s rare to see Tales of Arise not make an appearance with extremely high praise. It’s an action JRPG, but that doesn’t do it justice. Many of the same components as Genshin Impact are present here, albeit in a different form. The open world is vast, the character-building genuinely feels like a journey and the mechanics of the combat make it addictive. In terms of graphics, the game has an Atmospheric Shader system which gives the design a watercolor painting look, with delicate details making it feel homely. The combat happens in real-time and works best when you’re chaining combinations together. The storyline itself is gripping and paces itself very well.

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14. ‘The Alchemist Code’

The Alchemist Code is yet another Japanese role-playing game that has an emphasis on the player getting rewards. You’ll find yourself constantly getting new items and rewards which do keep the game fresh and if you take the time to learn what they’re all about, will have you immersed in the world of the game in no time. Similar to Genshin Impact allowing you to play with three friends, this game also has a four-player co-op system, but here you’ll be battling against them, with the aim of winning new rewards and characters. The game does mobile gaming very well.

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15. ‘The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’

Last but not least is the game that actually helped inspire Genshin Impact itself – The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The game is heralded not only as maybe the best Zelda game of all time but arguably one of the best games ever made. It’s no wonder that this game influenced Genshin Impact and it will continue to influence games for decades. In almost every aspect, you’ll feel that Breath of the Wild does it better than any other game in a similar vein.

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Consoles Gaming

Best Arcade Fight Sticks For Retro Gaming on Amazon

There’s nothing quite like retro fighting games—they’re nostalgic, fun to this day and work for all kinds of players, whether you know exact combos off by heart or like to button mash. One of the main things that can enhance this kind of gaming experiences is switching out one of your current-gen controllers for an old school arcade fight stick. Not only are they fun to work around, but most of the time they’re better suited for fighting games anyway. If you want to turn the clock back a little, we’ve compiled a list of the best arcade fight sticks for retro gaming. Check it out below.

How to pick the best arcade fight stick for you
  • Consider platform – Fight sticks can often be designed for particular platforms, so a PlayStation one wouldn’t work with an Xbox, for example. Naturally, if you have a PC, this isn’t as much of a problem, although you might miss out on some perks like using a touchpad or share images.
  • Consider layout – This is arguably the most important thing to think about once you know what platform you’re buying your arcade fight stick for. Although fight sticks might look the same at a quick glance to someone who games casually, they can differ greatly. Some differences include the number of buttons, the way the buttons are aligned, the kind of joystick, the joystick gate and more. This is a lot of choice than can seem daunting, so give it careful thought.
  • Consider size – Some people play with an arcade stick on a table and some people prefer to keep them on their lap. Whatever you choose, make sure that the size and weight of the fight stick isn’t overbearing for your situation.
  • Consider design – This is another great part of picking your fight stick. While this technically has no impact on how well you’ll be able to use the stick, no one wants an arcade fight stick with a design that they don’t like. If you want a basic option, those are definitely available, but the art on these can get really creative if that’s what you’re into.
1. MAYFLASH Universal Arcade FIHTSTICK F500
Top Pick

This arcade fighting stick by MAYFLASH is universal, meaning it works for pretty much any platform you’d like to use it on, including but not limited to the Xbox Series X, PS4, PC, Sega Mega Drive, NEOGEO Mini and more. It has an acrylic clear panel and metal panels on the top and bottom. There’s even a storage compartment for wires, if you need it. The design of the stick itself is basic but interesting at the same time, with the black and red contrasting really well. There are 8 functional buttons which are great for customisation and the joystick is circular. All in all, this is a great introductory fight stick and will give you that retro feeling. If you want something closer to a professional experience that will help you at the highest level on games like Street Fighter or Tekken, then the swing back of the joystick could cause problems now and then.


  • Universal use
  • Great design
  • 8 buttons


  • Joystick might cause trouble at high level fighting games
Buy now, $87.99
2. 8Bitdo Arcade Stick
Great Adjustability

Before reading on, know that this arcade fighting stick is only compatible with the Nintendo Switch and Windows PCs. If those platforms do cover you though, then you’re in for a treat with this product. It has a dynamic button layout and a moddable circular stick. There’s also a button swap function and turbo functionality, giving you all of the adjustability you could ask for. Depending on whether you’re playing on Switch or PC, the button prompts on the fighting stick themselves change, indicating the correct buttons for you to press on each platform, which is a cool feature. Some have noted problems with using Bluetooth which can lead to errors.


  • Moddable stick
  • Turbo functionality
  • Button swap


  • Bluetooth functionality could be better
Buy now, $89.99
3. PXN 0082 Joystick Fighting Stick
Great Comfort

This next arcade fight stick is made by PXN and is available on multiple platforms. The USB cable is 2.2 meters long so that you can sit comfortably while it’s plugged in. The non-slip rubber base means that whether you have the stick on a desk or on your lap while using it, it won’t be a struggle to keep still so that you can game with no interruptions or discomfort. This a great all-round option if retro gaming in general is your thing, but if you have a focus on fighting games only, then getting something more specific to them might be a good idea.


  • Multi-platform
  • Long USB cable
  • Anti-slip base


  • Not catered specifically for fighting games
Buy now, $39.99
4. HORI Fighting Stick
Premium Option

This HORI fighting stick is licensed by Microsoft, so it goes without saying that it works with the Xbox Series S/X, the Xbox One and Windows 10. It’s a shame that the platforms are limited, because this is a truly premium option. It opens easily, which makes maintenance a breeze. The buttons allow you to switch between multiple profiles on the fly, as well as the key lock mode, which disables buttons. The artwork in the top panel can even be replaced, so customisation is off the chain here. Arguably, there should be some extra parts included for this premium option, but what you get will be good enough for most.


  • Licensed by Microsoft
  • Maintenance is easy
  • Good amount of buttons
  • Artwork is replaceable


  • Comes with no extra parts
  • Cord is not detachable
Buy now, $169.99
5. HORI Fighting Edfe Arcade Fighting Stick
Also Consider

Last up is another HORI fighting stick like the last entry, but this one is licensed by Sony for the PlayStation 4. The top panel is made from brushed aluminium, giving it a slick finish. There’s touchpad functionality and a sub panel with a bunch of extra buttons. The HAYABUSA buttons have a firm feel and a quicker response time, which makes all of the difference in fighting games. Keep in mind that the body can scratch easily and the joystick can be loose, which is great for some games but not so good for others.


  • Licensed by Sony
  • Brushed aluminium top panel
  • Touchpad functionality
  • Good response time on buttons


  • Body can scratch easily
  • Joystick can be loose
Buy now, $259.99
Culture Gaming

Best Gaming Keyboards on Amazon

If you’re gaming on a PC, you know that the difference between a standard keyboard and a gaming/mechanical keyboard is night and day. Gaming keyboards are better for speed, precision and feedback, and they offer more durability, to name just a few of the benefits. Getting a gaming keyboard is a big decision that will directly impact your games so to help you make your choice. Here are some of the best gaming keyboards around.

How to pick the best gaming keyboard for you
  • Consider membrane vs. mechanical – Of course, gaming is a vague term and different games require different things from your keyboard. If you’re a casual gamer and/or you’re playing games which don’t require speed and precision from your keyboard, then perhaps a membrane keyboard is a good option. These are quieter and have flatter keys, more similar to something you’d find on a laptop. If you’re playing a competitive game where speed and precision matter though, without a doubt a mechanical keyboard is the best option. They use spring and lever-based mechanisms which are incredibly responsive and precise. These are the noisy keyboard you can hear streamers use sometimes.
  • Consider layout – Just like regular keyboards, gaming keyboards come in different layouts. In general, they’ll range from 88 keys to 101 keys, with the main difference being the number pad that sometimes sits on the right. Think about what you’ll need and buy accordingly.
  • Consider design – Many gaming keyboards have a black base with LED designs that can light up all different kinds of colors. This is great if you want some variety but for some, it can be distracting. If so, a more plain design is best.
1. Redragon K552 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
Top Pick

This K552 keyboard by Redragon is a mechanical keyboard that is backlit with rainbow LEDs that have more than a dozen different lighting effects and different levels of brightness. It has an ergonomic design and is made from high quality, durable metal. The keys are not only plate mounted, but feature red switches, which means that the keys require less force to press and they don’t make a lot of noise despite being responsive. Overall, this is a great alternative to a premium. If you don’t know your way around a keyboard as well as avid gamers, then keep in mind that some people have complained about the font on the keys being unnecessarily hard to read.


  • Backlit
  • Ergonomic
  • Durable metal design
  • Don’t make a lot of noise


  • Font is hard to read
Buy now, $34.99
2. Razer Cynosa V2 Gaming Keyboard
Best Quality

You don’t have to know a lot about gaming to know that Razer is a respected brand in the industry. This Cynosa V2 gaming keyboard has backlit gaming keys. There are also dedicated media keys which allow you to rewind, forward, pause, play and mute videos. This keyboard also features the number pad, if that’s a preference of yours. While it’s not waterproof per se, it is spill resistant, so it can handle you spilling some of your drink on it here and there. The keyboard is membrane feels sturdy and doesn’t make a lot of noise, even if you’re pressing the keys quickly and with force. Keep in mind that you’ll lose some competitive edge at the highest level without using a mechanical keyboard.


  • Backlit keys
  • Spill resistant
  • Sturdy feel


  • Not as precise as mechanical
Buy now, $49
3. Logitech G910 Orion Spectrum Wired Keyboard
Best Comfort

This mechanical keyboard from Logitech is their G910 Orion Spectrum and it’s one of the fastest keyboards they’ve ever produced. Many professional gamers prefer keyboard with a Romer-G switch and that’s exactly what this keyboard offers. With this switch, you get a quiet but precise performance and a great, discernible response from each key with every press. There are also nine customisable, programmable keys which can perform complex actions with one press. There are also dedicated media controls and a palm rest. Unfortunately, there’s no USB passthrough and the cord can be too short for some.


  • Great switch
  • Programmable keys
  • Dedicated media controls
  • Palm rest


  • No USB passthrough
  • Cord can be too short
Buy now, $89
4. Snpurdiri Wired Gaming Keyboard

Snpurdiri’s wired gaming keyboard is a great choice because it comes in a wide variety of designs. As well as the black and white edition pictured above, you can get it in red and black, pink and more. On top of the color of the keyboard itself, all of the options are backlit, so this is great if standing out is your thing. The keyboard has a very compact design, which makes it great if you don’t have a lot of desk space or if you need to travel with it. It might be too small for some others though, so only go for this if you specifically need a smaller design. Keep in mind that the keyboard requires you to use the function key in combination with a lot of other keys to make things work, so if you think that’ll take getting used to, you might want to avoid this.


  • Great designs
  • Compact


  • Can be too small for some
  • Function key needs to be used a lot
Buy now, $27.99
Also Consider

Last up is this gaming keyboard by EVGA which is their Z12. It’s capable of withstanding accidental spills, which means you can have a drink while gaming without worrying. There are five dedicated and programmable keys and dedicated multimedia keys which go the extra mile in making it easy for you to pause, play, forward, rewind and mute shows. In terms of speed, this keyboard has a 4000Hz polling rate, which means it sends data to your PC incredibly fast, making it perfect for competitive gaming. There is a wrist rest included, but keep in mind that it can be a little hard and you might want to opt for a foam rest instead.


  • Withstands accidental spills
  • Programmable keys and multimedia keys
  • Very high polling rate


  • Included wrist rest colud be more comfortable
Buy now, $28.99