Tag Archive: mixtape

At some point, somewhere, someone went through every Nicolas Cage movie and edited together only the parts where he was screaming. At another point, someone else went through every Aaron Sorkin film and TV show and edited together tons of similar phrases. Sometimes, from a massive library of work, we only want certain parts.  The internet can make that happen.

If you’ve always wanted an album that combines every time Q-Tip and Busta Rhymes have appeared on a song together as well as new material from the two hip-hop legends, then you have both strange desires and good taste, and that material has arrived in the form of a free, downloadable .zip file.

While the internet-ization of rap has led to a decrease in the genre’s notorious regionalism, L.A.’s scene has maintained a fairly strong local culture.  The city’s moved beyond the gangsta rap era that put the West Coast on the map, but rappers like Jay Rock, Ab-Soul, Schoolboy Q, Game and more still like letting people know where they’re from.

One of the LA’s most loyal MCs is Kendrick Lamar— the Black Hippy member most poised for mainstream success.  The rapper recently collaborated with Dr. Dre, his hometown elder, for “The Recipe,” then performed that track during Dre & Snoop’s headlining set at Coachella (okay, what rapper from anywhere wouldn’t have jumped at that opportunity… but still).

At this point it’s safe to assume that we pretty much know what an album’s gonna sound like if Rick Ross is on the cover.  We may not know what bizarre boast is going to slip out of that rarely-closed area between beard and mustache at any given moment, but it’s more than likely going to be some sort of bizarre boast.

Although Officer Ricky has undergone a noticeable evolution throughout his past four albums it’s been minimal; especially when you consider a guitar-wielding Weezy and a Bruno Mars-collaborating Eminem are actual things that happened in hip-hop.

“Sorry 4 The Wait” is a phrase fans of Lil’ Wayne, a man notorious for delaying projects, have been wanting to hear for a while, now.  That exact phrase (purposeful abbreviated spelling and all) is the fitting title for the recently liberated MC’s latest mixtape, released for free today in acknowledgement of the unappreciated batch of delays with his highly anticipated studio album Tha Carter 4.

  In today’s internet-feuled, mixtape-dominated hip hop world, it’s tough to stay relevant.  That’s why Lil Wayne is almost constantly in the recording booth and Wale promotes himself as taking “no days off.”  That sort of dedication is necessary in order to keep fans interested while they’re being pummeled with free mixtapes from both established and aspiring MCs every day.

 One of my favorite rappers from the mixtape circuit is Gary, Indiana’s Freddie Gibbs– the so-called savior of gangsta rap that recently signed to Young Jeezy’s CTE label.  Although he’s yet to release an official debut full length album, his buzz is big enough that it’ll probably sell fairly well when it does drop.