56 tracks. Seriously.
Fair play to Funk Flex for this though, as the lineup is unbelievable and essentially a snapshot of mainstream hip-hop at this moment in time. Appearances include A$AP Rocky, Joey Bada$$, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Childish Gambino, Fabolous, Action Bronson, Slaughterhouse, Young Jeezy and many, many more; for a full list, check out the back artwork over at Funk’s place. Many of the tracks from this tape have leaked out individually in the last 24 hours too, and thankfully they’re tagless versions, with one notable example being the Joey Bada$$ effort on the mixtape. If you’re after any of the other individual tracks, I’m sure a quick Google search can help you there, otherwise grab the bumper project for free below.
Funkmaster Flex-Who You Mad At? Me or Yourself?
Presented by LeBron’s official website, and though I’m not sure what association he has with this mixtape otherwise, it’s apparently “the official playoff mixtape”.
Usually, I’d brush this off as a pointless gimmick but the tape features brand new material from some real hip-hop and R&B luminaries, including Ryan Leslie, Fabolous and Maino, as well as a few talented upcomers such as Nitty Scott, MC and Freddie Gibbs. Coming in at 14 tracks it should be a nice, concise listen and you can grab it for free over at LeBron’s place below.
LeBronJames.com Presents: The Campaign Mixtape
Is R&B currently suffering from one of its worst recessions? Outside of a few upcoming stars (Frank Ocean, The Weeknd and others) there hasn’t been much in terms of consistent quality, and outside of the aforementioned two artists, it’s increasingly difficult to see where the recovery will come from.
However, one of the few artists in recent years to really come away with credit recently released a free album, as The-Dream dropped off a new project, and even if R&B is struggling, soul season is underway with debut visuals from John West and the latest single from Goapele.
Click below for this week’s six pack, and see if an R&B comeback is on the cards.
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Couple of days off on this, but with 15 rappers on one song, I think you’ll probably let it slide. For those that aren’t familiar with Racks, it’s essentially one of those infectious mainstream hip-hop tracks that comes out of nowhere and takes on a life of its own, helped in part by various rappers jumping on the beat (don’t worry, I’ve labelled them in order for you!).
14 of them join YC here, some having released remixes prior to this official all-star compliation, with most being very well known names. It’s hard to pick a winning verse from the bunch, though B.o.B, Trae Tha Truth and Nelly (surprisingly) made enjoyable contributions.
YC-Racks Remix ft. Young Jeezy, Wiz Khalifa, Waka Flocka Flame, CyHi Da Prynce, Bun B, B.o.B, Yo Gotti, Wale, Cory Gunz, Dose, Cory Mo, Nelly, Twista, Big Sean, Trae Tha Truth and Ace Hood
Is this the longest title we’ve ever seen on OTU? It’s certainly up there! DJ Khaled enlists a plethora of rappers to take on the remix of his recent(ish) single, Welcome To The Hood.
I can’t be the only one, but I’m pretty tired of these remixes by him where he just sticks a load of guest verses on it and expects a hit. Having said that I really wanted to hear the Game verse on this and thus had to check it out. I’m also pretty sure there’s a lot of you out there who still lap this stuff up, so who am I to hate on it?
Summary: I don’t like this and I didn’t like the original either, you might though.
DJ Khaled-Welcome To My Hood (Remix) ft. Ludacris, T-Pain, Busta Rhymes, Mavado, Twista, Birdman, Ace Hood, Fat Joe, Jadakiss, Bun B, Game & Waka Flocka
There’s no denying Swizzy has hit good form in recent weeks with #MonsterMondays, and here he comes through with what may be his best beat of the bunch.
Haunting, eerie melodies always make for a great hip-hop beat, and Swizzy utilises one that sounds like it’s straight out of a murder movie. The work on the keys is incredibly simple but is amplified with an echoed effect to great effect, and placed alongside an effective, driving percussion line. Ace Hood comes through with some decent enough raps, though this sort of production could make any rapper sound above average. It is a bit of a shame that they didn’t play off the dark production with appropriate lyrics, but there we are.
Ace Hood & Swizz Beatz-Hustle Hard
I was waiting for someone to take on this great beat, and Ace Hood has stepped up to the plate.
Decent effort, and whilst he was never going to outdo Tyga, he still would have been better served utilising his fast-paced flow rather than the slower delivery.
Audio is here.
Visuals for the Ace Hood version of Rick Ross’ track are here, click on this to find the audio.
Ace Hood takes on the hit Rick Ross song. Carries himself well here, would probably say he has the best verse from everyone I’ve heard take this on tbh.
Ace Hood – Super High (remix) ft. Rick Ross