Last weeks single is from Chance The Rappers new mixtape, Acid Rap. Two of my friends recently told me to check out his mixtape so I took their word and did. I gotta say I was feeling it right off the bat. Chance has a unique sound and I can see him making a name for himself. There are even talks of him signing with G.O.O.D. Music. My favorite song from the tape was “Cocoa Butter Kisses” which featured a familiar Chicago rapper, Twista. Check out the mixtape over at Chance’s webpage.
Wow Wingspan is back and with a vengeance (no die hard). This song is really dope and pretty much describes his hiatus. He’s claiming to be back now so let’s hope we finally get to hear that debut album Growing Wings, that we’ve all been waiting for over the years. It’s crazy this is his first single in almost a year and a half. He definitely proves to the haters though that he hasn’t lost a step and he’s just as sick if not sicker than ever. I don’t usually post full size single artwork but this song can’t be missed.
The single of the week for last week is without a doubt “Revenge” off Ghostface’s latest album Twelve Reasons to Die. I’ve been listening to it a ton this week and had the chance to spin it twice today in my car. This album is incredible. The production is nuts and the overall feel sounds like its straight from the 90s. This album has that classic Wu-Tang feel and Adrian Young emulates RZA very well. Ghostface’s verse on this song is hilarious especially when he mentions throwing someones kids off a plane into the Sahara desert.
What is it about rappers performing on Jimmy Fallon with versions of songs that rival the album versions? T.I. did it earlier this year with “Ball” and now Talib Kweli just dropped a different version of his “Come Here” single off his upcoming album, Prisoner of Conscious. Be sure to look for that on May 7th.
So I’ve been really slacking on Mixtape Monthly. I honestly haven’t done it in over a year. I love listening to mixtapes but unfortunately I don’t have much time to talk about them anymore. This blog has mainly become something where I continue to post singles of the week just for the sake of me keeping it somewhat active. I want to try to update it more often now that I’m out of school but looking for a job has also made my time short. Anyhow here’s the post where I try to make amends and resurrect my mixtape monthly series. Click each album cover for a link to download. Hit the jump below for a brief description on each.
Here’s a new mixtape album worth of unreleased MHz material. One of my partners who always helps me put our mixtapes together made it for MHz fans. They recently came out with their MHz Legacy album (purchase here) which was honestly one of my favorite albums last year. All of these songs are from Grouprips & EAC’s but one. The best quality available. All tracks flow together as if it was an official album. And as my friend put it “Now enjoy and spread this shit like peanut butter on your asscrack for the neighbors dog to lick.”
Last week Copywrite dropped his mixtape, Carbon Copy’s Phony Art Pub Scam which sampled a bunch of Beatles records. I’ve always ever just been an average listener of the Beatles but this tape is really dope. I’d even go as far to say it’s more interesting then the Dangermouse and Jay-Z White Album remix. If you haven’t checked it out make sure you download the fully tagged and iTunes ready version here. My favorite track is probably “High with Friends” as it details how Copy met all of his friends that soon formed mHz.
Here is the single of the week a day early. Got plans tomorrow. Going on a short vacation. K.R.I.T. just dropped his latest mixtape, King Remembered in Time last night. It’s on par with his other mixtapes for sure and even better than his album if you ask me. I’ve listened to it through around 3 times now and I definitely will be keeping it in rotation. The song I’m posting today is my personal favorite from the tape. Download the mixtape here.
So last week Fred the Godson dropped a video for “Alpha” off his latest mixtape produced by the Heatmakerz, Contraband. Check it out over at JustDipset. It made me realize I forgot to post a single from this really dope mixtape. So here’s my favorite joint. Hopefully he shoots a video for it.
This blog has been full of excuses as of late and here is another one for you. I had to switch website hosts and there was a bunch of mass confusion in doing so. What should have taken 2 days max took a week and a few days. And to make matters worse, my internet went out for several days in between. I’ve been super agitated all day. Anyhow this past week Papoose finally released his debut album, Nacirema Dream. I heard it was pretty bad but I decided to pick it up without giving a listen first. The reason I did was because I really feel for artists who go through development hell. Too many record labels have shelved great artists and ended up hurting their future sells and fame ten times over. With that said Nacirema Dream wasn’t bad by any means. There were a few songs that should have been left out entirely though and it really kinda screwed up the way the album flowed. The album definitely starts out strong though. I was glad to hear him and Kay Slay talking for a bit and the intro was fresh. My favorite song on the project was produced by DJ Premier. This is a solid record no matter how you feel about Papoose. This is some straight up 2006 Papoose when he first came on the scene type of shit.
The latest single of the week is without a doubt the remix to “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe.” I was just talking with a friend on Facebook earlier this year about how shitty remixes have gotten. My main problem is nowadays they don’t feature all new verses. Well rest assured this one does and its great to hear Jay-Z (arguably one of the best of all time) to spit with one of the greatest new rappers out. IF you still haven’t heard Good Kid, Maad City then I suggest you do it. Ya bish!
The 11th single of the week for 2013 is “Double or Nothing” by B.O.B. and Big Boi. Apparently this is going to be in the new Army of Two game. I’ve never played them but heard they were good. I’m mainly posting this though because you can’t go wrong with these two atlanta artists on a track. They are great together. First time I heard them collab was on that remix to “Nothing on You” from Bobby’s first album.
So I’m really late with these next few posts. My apologies. Still looking for a full time career so obviously working on this blog isn’t a priority at the moment. Fear not though because I’m back for now. The 10th single of the week for 2013, is “Tell Me To My Face” by Havoc featuring Royce Da 5’9.” I should probably add that this single leaked back in January but its finally out on itunes and this version sounds a bit more mastered. Recently Mobb Deep split up after some publicity nightmare of sorts but now it seems like they’ve sorted things out. This is Havoc’s 2nd single off his upcoming album, 13. As far as his solo albums go they’re not that bad actually. I really liked his first solo album, The Kush he dropped in 2007. His followup wasn’t as good but still had some nice songs on it.
Demigodz latest album, Killmatic dropped this past Sunday. I had a chance to listen to the leak and I was a bit disappointed. I think the main reason is because of all the features. Sure Demigodz was always a huge as group with a slew of members with similar styles, but all their released singles only contained Ryu, Apathy, and Celph Titled. I really loved those and had gotten used to those 3 on a track soley. As soon as I heard the album and other rappers added to the mix it really started to seem cluttered. MHz is a rather large group and I felt that they did their latest group album a lot better. With that said, I will say I really do like this song a lot. It’s their latest single. Ryu rips his verse and it really brings me back to when I discovered him in Styles of Beyond. Check out the album here.
The single of the week for the third week of February is J. Cole’s latest single, “Power Trip” featuring Miguel. People have been doubting Cole a lot as of late and I guess some of it is warranted since its been forever since he’s dropped a project. He did give us an EP of some of his unreleased songs called Truly Yours a few weeks back though. As far as singles go I really like this. I’ve added this to my recent playlist of singles and have been banging this out quite a bit. I look forward to his upcoming album, Born Sinner.
Well this technically came out last week but it’s too good to pass down for a single of the week. It’s yet to hit radio yet anyhow. Here’s Justin Timberlake’s newest single for his upcoming CD, The 20/20 Experience. March 19th can’t come soon enough. It’s rumored that this song was actually recorded several years ago and you can kinda tell by his voice seeming a little younger. All I care about though is how dope this song is. Justin Timberlake is one of the best RnB singers out period.
Drizzy Drake just dropped the visuals for his latest single. This video is tough. Starts off by telling a story of young Drake starting from the bottom. So glad that his whole team is here now. So many fakes out there! His upcoming album is still nameless but I’m sure he’ll pick something nice.
Justin Timberlake announced his return at the beginning of the year and has been prepping for his upcoming album The 20/20 Experience as of late. He just released the music video to his current single. It features Jay-Z. The duo plans to go on tour together to promote the album. His next single is entitled “Mirrors” and its out on iTunes now. He’s also got another single called “Pusher Love Girl” but he’s only performed it live so far. I for one am excited for this album and hope it’s as good as the 3 songs released thus far.
Last week was the 10th Anniversary of Get Rich or Die Trying. I was in 8th grade when it dropped and this was the first CD I ever bought with my own money. I remember not liking 50 when he first dropped “Wanksta” but as soon as I heard “In Da Club,” I was sold. I almost became a fan overnight. Hearing the album was even more amazing. I had just recently gotten into rap and Eminem was my favorite, so hearing him cosign him by being on 2 of the tracks was crazy. Also the production on this was amazing and the way he set up the G-Unit members Lloyd Banks, Tony Yayo, and Young Buck was unheard of. He even gave them shine in his “P.I.M.P.” video and then followed it up with the group album which was equally as successful. 50 Dropped this song on the day of the 10th year marker. It’s not really related to the legacy but more so just proving he’s still got it. I definitely dig it.
Drake just dropped his brand new single from his upcoming album. There are a lot of mixed feelings about this song but I personally like it. Let’s be honest as a whole Drake really hasn’t disappointed us. He stays true to himself and continues to drop great music.