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?
Normally DJ’s mixtapes/albums are ones to avoid for me, and I’ve never been massive on Kay Slay’s material anyway, but the features on this do make it worth at least a brief look.
Raekwon, Busta Rhymes, Styles P, Bun B, Joell Ortiz, Jay Rock and Saigon are just a handful of the names appearing here, and at the very least its good to get verses from that collective. Excluding the intro and outro, there are 19 tracks on this too, so probabilities suggest there should be at least a couple of gems buried in there somewhere. Nothing I’m going to rush to listen to, but still worth grabbing for free below.
DJ Kay Slay-Grown Man Hip-Hop pt. 2
Appropriately-titled given that we’re all meant to die today, but Busta and his crew have put those apocalyptic concerns aside to drop this 17-track mixtape.
These days, I’m not climbing over anyone to get my hands on new Busta, but there’s some potential here. Plenty of recognisable beats are included, with Kendrick’s Poetic Justice, Backseat Freestyle and A$AP Rocky’s Problems on the tracklist with many others, whilst features include Q-Tip and DJ Khaled. Free stream and grab below.
Busta Rhymes and The Conglomerate-Catastrophic
Busta Bust gives back to fans by giving us a full album for free.
I’ve not had a chance to check this one out yet, but there’s some stand-out features here with collaborations from Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Trey Songz, Gucci Mane, Camron, Maino, Vybz Cartel and more! Download link below.
Busta Rhymes – Year Of The Dragon (Free Album)
Like many, I lost a lot of interest in Wiz after his relatively pop-oriented Rolling Papers album, but since that release (which you increasingly get the impression he was forced to do) he’s certainly gone some way to repairing that damage with a slew of much more solid content.
This falls right in that category, grabbing Busta (who has an album coming out soon, so expect to see him featuring everywhere) for an assist to give it a little additional quality. The production is incredibly laidback, pushing drifty synths together with very soft percussion for a relaxing effort that makes for an good listen right the way through. The chilled style suits Wiz more than Busta, yet Bus’ opening verse is still enjoyable, whilst Wiz blends singing and rapping for a performance that combines superbly with the beat. An easy listen that will offend no-one and pad out those playlists nicely.
When it comes to treble-time flows, there aren’t many better in the game than Busta and Twista. I, for one, have a lot of time for hype tracks like this, if only to recognise the difficulty that rapping like this must present. I just hope Busta can turn this form into something memorable like these two gems. Here and here.
Yeah, this happened.
Multi-talented Labrinth, who is an instrumentalist and produces, sings and even raps, has gathered this all star cast. Three leading UK urban artists alongside the legend that is Busta Rhymes? A recipe for a classic collabo.
Labrinth’s album, Electronic Earth will be released on the 19th of this month.
Preorder now at: iTunes or Amazon
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Many people listed the original as their favourite track from Kendrick’s excellent Section.80, with his speedy yet laidback flow winning many hip-hop heads over. So, who better to grab on the remix than a man whose own quickfire flows have made a return to the spotlight in recent months?
The combination is a good one, as Kendrick’s very enjoyable verses are supplement by an equally-likeable contribution from Busta, who tones down his natural aggressiveness to fit the mood of the track, without sacrificing the quality of his delivery. The production is unaltered and rightfully so, with the jovial horn melodies adding to the frantic nature of the track in a manner that synergises well with the raps. Definitely one to grab whether you’ve heard the original or not.
Kendrick Lamar-Rigamortus Remix ft. Busta Rhymes
Fresh from announcing his official signing to Cash Money (along with Mystikal, who is still rapping apparently), Busta drops off his latest single with Chris Brown coming in for the assist.
A bass-heavy, relatively minimal production, fans of Chris’ Look At Me Now will enjoy the beat here, though the highlight is undoubtedly Busta’s lightning-quick rapping, as he comes through with some incredible speed on his verses (the first in particular) to anchor this track admirably. Breezy’s hook is a little uninspired in truth, and whilst I’m glad he’s not been forced into the powerful-style hooks he’s normally associated with on mainstream features, it still comes up a little short for me. Worth grabbing for those Busta verses though.
Busta Rhymes-Why Stop Now ft. Chris Brown
If the lineup wasn’t enough clarification, the latest set of visuals from Travis Barker’s solo album (available now) are pretty much swelling with energy and intensity.
Yela, Busta and Twista come through with very enjoyable raps, each bringing high-tempo, high-octane verses that make the most of an edgy, guitar-tinged production, whilst Lil Jon actually fits in rather well with his aggressive style on the hook enhancing the intensity of the track. Barker is typically solid on the drums, though its his general production work here that shines through, serving up a production that creates a nice platform for each rapper to work with.
Decent video, focused largely around a somewhat gothically-styled auction (?!), with the dim, grainy shooting style adding a darkness to the audio that enhances the rock influence on the production. Enhances the audio well enough, and worth a watch. Found on the Give The Drummer Some album, available on iTunes and so forth.
Being on time is the new being late. Or something like that. Gone with a slightly different approach for this week’s episode, as I sympathise with the mainstream folk who come looking for some party/chart tracks, and leave empty handed. I’ve chucked in a few artists/tracks I don’t particularly like, but will certainly go down well with the mainstreamers, and of course there’s still a healthy dose of music that’s actually good too.
Onto the recap from this week, and three noteworthy posts: Frank Ocean dropped some highly anticipated visuals for Novacane, Katy Perry released an entertaining video for her latest single, and most importantly The Weeknd dropped off some superb new material.
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The last 48 hours are a bit of a rapid blur, so to me it’s still Friday. Very solid new material this week, with some of the bigger names in the R&B, pop and even hip-hop world making appearances.
Only the three relevant posts to recap on, with the announcement of the Future Hits Live tour, solid new music from Drake, and a brand new EP from the talented Rocki Evans which is probably going to be worth a listen.
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A rather random but welcome surprise as one of the G.O.A.T.s, LL Cool J, drops a verse, bringing the sort of aggressiveness that made him a star. Busta Rhymes does his usual shtick of rapping about nothing and making it sound good, but it’s LL who steals the show here, bringing the “OHH!” moment with his very last bar. The hook’s a rehash of LL’s Jingling Baby but captures none of the original’s appeal, and the track sounds unfinished generally as the vocals and beat sound as though they need working on. Nonetheless it’s worth a listen for LL’s verse at least.
Busta Rhymes-Killin’ Em ft. LL Cool J.
I’ve turned up late to the party once again, so I’m not going to mess you around with a long intro here. That’s helped by only having one relevant and noteworthy post from the week gone by, that being Erin Christine’s latest single.
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5 weeks away from the 100th episode, and the ‘new format’ rolls on with another easy-to-digest and concise edition. Not too much to catch up on in terms of different posts, but I’m sure anyone with even a sprinkling of good taste will be interested in grabbing 64 Frank Ocean tracks.
An interesting blend of mainstream stuff and more refined soul-oriented material this week, as well as chucking in the now customary throwback R&B track of the week. Click below to be happy.
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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
New mixtape from DJ Kay Slay which features a whole host of familiar names. From the likes of Raekwon, 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes, Styles P, Papoose, Vado, Maino and Ghostface Killah, we can see a huge New York influence on this mixtape (wouldn’t expect any less from Kay Slay!).
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To me, any time between midnight and 4am counts as the ‘night before’, so by my reckoning this is still a Friday night and hence on time. Don’t question it, just embrace it.
Short recap this week, with just the three noteworthy and relevant posts from the R&B/pop world: Tinie Tempah and Ellie Goulding’s collaboration got some visuals, a pretty interesting electro remix of Diddy-Dirty Money’s I Hate That You Love Me was liberated, and finally Musiq Soulchild came through with one of the better tracks of January, with his first single from his upcoming sixth album.
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Rick Ross’ buddy Torch grabs two of the UK’s finest for the official remix to his apparent hit, Bang Yo City. You can see the appeal of this track to the mainstream hip-hop crowd, with a strong production that has the ominous, nod-your-head style that seems prevalent in the mainstream scene.
Great to to see S.A.S. and Bigz get international recognition with the features here, and both come through with enjoyable verses. Can’t really complain about any of the verses on the track in honesty (I doubt anyone’s expecting a lyrical masterclass) and they all fit the style and vibe of the track nicely. One of those that’ll certainly give you a little shot of motivation and energy.
Torch-Bang Yo City Remix ft. Rick Ross, Busta Rhymes, Waka Flocka Flame, S.A.S. and Bigz
Busta Bust continues his renaissance with another tongue twisting and blistering verse laid upon a beat that’s certainly suited to him.
Kanye’s and Jay’s verses from the original are on this still, which further solidifies how this ridiculously immense beat really wasn’t suited to their particular styles and would have been better off in the hands of someone like Busta Rhymes.
Busta Rhymes – H.A.M. Remix ft. Kanye West & Jay-Z
Ajay posted the original in his R&B Fridays: Episode 81 after Chris Brown leaked it on his Twitter a couple weeks ago. I absolutely adore the production on this from electro DJ’s Afrojack and Diplo: there have been a few tracks out recently over electro beats and I’m loving the whole movement.
Now Busta spazzed on the original, so when I saw that Twista had taken it on I couldn’t wait to hear what he’d come out with, though either way one thing was certain: it was going to be fire. It is. I honestly can’t tell you whose verse I prefer, but if I had to chose I’d say Twista possibly just takes it. One thing I do know though is the remix could have been so much better if either Brown’s or Lil’ Wayne’s verses were dropped and both Busta and Twista’s were left on.
Twista-Look At Me Now [Remix]
Busta continues his return to form on this absolute banger from legendary electro DJ’s Tiësto and Diplo. I was already a fan of the track when Sway went in on it on his The Delivery 2 mixtape, and whilst it’s the type of track that suits the breakneck flows of either guy, Busta kills it.
As for the video itself, it’s exactly what you’d expect from this track. Set in a dark grimey warehouse club, there does appear some sort of storyline with what seems to be the ‘dance version’ of Medusa intent on hypnotising everyone into having dance offs (I can only dream to pull some of these moves off), whilst the rest of the club dances anyway. It’s not complicated, but then it doesn’t need to be. Thanks to James for the reminder on this one!
Will R&B Fridays ever be on time? That’s the question.
I’ve more than compensated though, throwing in almost 20 tracks for you to enjoy this week. There’s no skimping on the big names either, as there are some strong contributions from some of the bigger stars in the R&B/pop world. No real recap this week as the music industry has all but shut down, though the Alicia Keys version of Devil In A New Dress is a must-download.
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Sorry for not posting this earlier, my weekend absence mixed things up somewhat. This remix had been rumoured for quite some time, and there was a lot of hype about it as word was that Busta seriously went in on his verse: I can confirm that’s true.
I really wasn’t feeling the original at all, but hearing Busta snap and turn back the clock with a passionate, intense performance is absolutely worth listening to. He comes through with that high-speed flow, which goes into some ridiculously tongue-twisting segments, and is accompanied by his usual craziness with snarls and growls. This beat is absolutely made for Busta, and it’s a shame it ended up with Minaj: someone out there needs to cut her verse out and throw Em’s back in!
Nicki Minaj-Roman’s Revenge Remix ft. Busta Rhymes
Apologies for the inconsistency/delays in posting over the last 24-36 hours, material keeps coming whenever I’m unavailable!
This one landed in my lap yesterday, but a little too late for posting. Kay Slay gets four of the fastest, most experienced spitters in the hip-hop game together and draws some tongue-twisting verses out of them. Of the rappers included, I’ve always been a bigger fan of Busta, and it’s great to hear him snapping like this again as he’s always more enjoyable when he brings his high-tempo game. Understandably, it takes a few listens to catch any of the lyrics but Twista probably edges it in that respect, while Jaz-O probably has the most diversity with his flows. Great little bit of hip-hop, you can’t help but admire this sort of flow.
DJ Kay Slay-60 Second Assassins ft. Busta Rhymes, Layzie Bone, Twista & Jaz-O
Swizzy’s Monster Mondays roll on with another decent production from Mr. Beatz. It’s got the classic Swizzy feel, with the melodies laid on a minimal percussion line, and prominent whistles throughout. It’s a very offbeat style that you can go either way with on a case-by-case basis: in this case, I like it.
The futuristic synths grab your attention throughout the track and almost solely create the mood and feel, add a drifty aspect to the track that allows you to enjoy the production independently from the vocals/lyrics.
Swizz Beatz and Busta Rhymes-Bad One
Swizzy’s #MonsterMondays continue with this hard-hitting collaboration. It’s fair to say this series has actually surprised many with the quality of the music, and Swizzy comes through with another decent effort.
Not only does it contain two of the original Ruff Ryders crew, but the production really oozes the classic RR vibe, with a pounding, driving Swizzy beat having a real throwback quality. X brings his typically aggressive style to his raps, and although his hook feels a bit dated, it does fit with the old school vibe of the track. Worth a listen.
Swizz Beatz-Y’all Don’t Really Know ft. Busta Rhymes and DMX