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?
Longest title ever? Now, I’m fully aware this was ‘out’ about a week ago. However, you’ll find that version had tags, probably wasn’t good quality, and wasn’t an authorised drop. This, on the other hand, is the latest addition to GOOD Fridays (despite being a Weds/Thurs depending on where you’re from) and is most certainly official.
Have to admit I’m a little disappointed with this. The highlights are most certainly Teyana’s vocals, who could easily be mistaken for Beyonce with a well delivered and catchy hook. None of the verses are particularly outstanding given the names on show, although they’re fairly short for the most part (particularly Sean and Pusha’s), which in fairness doesn’t give them a chance to get a flow together. Worth a listen if you want to be festive, but without being corny!
Kanye West-Christmas In Harlem ft. Cam’ron, Jim Jones, Vado, Cyhi Da Prynce, Pusha-T, Musiq Soulchild, Teyana Taylor and Big Sean
The ‘shuffle’ being the hectic week I’ve had.
After the jump, a couple of Kanye-related tracks, a Cam’ron tribute to a fallen soldier, Sway, Grafh and a posse cut which features 3 heavy hitting New York rappers.
Oh and a collaboration between Jadakiss and Uncle Murda. In retrospect a pretty New York influenced post here, but would you expect any less from me?
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Fresh off his appearance at the BET cyphers, Reek comes through with a star-studded track. This will be the first studio track I’ve heard of his, and he’s definitely going to grab lots of attention with these features. Looking forward to the Method Man verse.
Reek Da Villian-Mechanics Remix ft. DJ Khaled, Busta Rhymes, Swizz Beatz, Cam’ron, Vado, Method Man and Nelly
R&B Friday fans should recognise the name Avery Storm, he’s laced this track with a nice hook. Not a bad track at all, despite myself not being too big on Cam’ron any more, I do like this song.
Cam’ron – Fairytale ft. Avery Storm
Admittedly, it’s not a total diss track as there are only 3 or 4 lines directly referencing Kanye, but they are pretty clear and brash lines over Kanye’s Runaway.
My only question is why now? Why make your move and attack just when the guy is back in favour? Trying to raise your own profiles? How the mighty have fallen. This is the kind of thing Benzino should be doing, not you two.
Worst of all, the song title is Toast and it doesn’t once mention a hearty slice of grilled bread.
Cam’ron and Jim Jones-Toast
I don’t like doing these as it doesn’t leave room for reviews, but time’s been a rare commodity this weekend and it’s not right to hold this material from you. Some big name material below, although keep in mind the star-studded Game track is an unfinished version and hence it’s not yet getting the headline feature you’d expect it to.
Cam’ron-Yo Momma On Ya ft. Snoop Dogg and Jim Jones
Nas-Power, Paper & P****
The Cool Kids-Clicking
Game-Higher ft. Jay Electronica and Swizz Beatz
Leaks from Fat Joe’s The Darkside Vol 1 are starting to make their way onto the googlenet.
Here’s the latest addition featuring a familiar sample which may have been used recently by another New York MC…
Any Cam verse which isn’t from his Children Of The Corn is always going to be a disappointment to me. But Clipse and Joey Crack go in hard creating further momentum for the album which hits stores 27th July.
Fat Joe (feat Clipse & Cam’ron) – Kilo
Not going to lie, I wasn’t at all impressed by the original of this Swizz Beatz production, however with T.I., Ghostface, Cam’ron and (recently set free from prison) DMX on this, my attention has been attained. Makes the whole track a much more enjoyable experience to my ears, and it should do for yours too. Go download this below.
Busta Rhymes – Stop The Party ft. Cam’ron, Ghostface Killah, DMX, Swizz Beatz & T.I.
After the return of Dipset earlier this week, I found myself revisiting some of their older material. As you can see from the video on the left, these guys made street hits that were mainstream enough for the clubs (in the US at least) to play.
A beat, that I was surprised wasn’t taken on by a plethora of other rappers, that will have you nodding your head until you spasm and a Juelz Santana who was really coming into his own as a heavy punchline hitting emcee, this is a track that had cemented Dipset as one of the largest ‘movements’ in hip-hop at the time. Only time will tell whether or not they can replicate that sort of following again. Grab the mp3 for this by clicking below.
The Diplomats – Crunk Muzik
As teased earlier this week with a trailer, here is the first track these scallywags have made together in a good few years.
First impressions? Well the beat is absolutely crazy for a start, with Jim Jones, Cam’ron & Juelz all bringing verses filled with much bravado. Gets the thumbs up from me and I’m very interested to see what else they cook up in the future.
The Diplomats (Cam’ron, Jim Jones & Juelz Santana) – Salute
Take this as the official confirmation that the previously-feuding Dipset boys are all back together.
Will be interesting to hear some new music from them, and also gauging the response to it in a much harsher hip-hop climate than when they were last together.
As I said before, with Indi not around for a while the ‘middle level’ rappers need to be serviced, and are done so with a few tracks below. The Shawty Lo track is surprisingly likeable, and as hard a beat as I’ve ever heard him on. Jim Jones pretty much stamps the Dipset reunion by remixing a Cam track, and Buck drops off two really enjoyable (and different) tracks.
Young Buck-Ya Better Know
DJ Self-Show Out (Up North Remix) ft. Jim Jones, Roscoe Dash & Cam’ron
Shawty Lo-Say Yeah ft. Snoop Dogg
Young Buck-When The Rain Stops
Having been reminiscing upon the good old Rocafella days this past week, I felt a classic collabo from their peak was in order.
Taken from Cam’ron’s most commercially successful album, Come Home with me, this collaboration with Jay-Z and Juelz Santana really set the bar for New York hip hop. With a lot of competition from the Ruff Ryders faction, as well as Queensbridge’s Nas, Mobb Deep et al, Rockafella and more crucially Jay-Z, needed more artists under its umbrella to come out of Jay-Z’s shadow.
Unfortunately the whole Dipset movement veered away from Rockafella shortly after the release of this album due to simmering tensions with Jay-Z for several reasons (a feud which we may review and analyse in our Hate Is The New Love feature at some point in the future). Peep this Just Blaze produced banger below.
Cam’ron – Welcome To New York City ft. Jay-Z & Juelz Santana
I don’t know where to start. I’ve forever been a massive Final Fantasy fanboy, especially 7 which is definitely my favourite game of all-time. Kay Slay samples the theme for Sephiroth, voted by many institutions as the greatest video game villain ever.
Sephiroth’s theme was so badass too (eventually, get to about 4:30), it was a matter of time before someone sampled it. I have to be honest, and say they haven’t really done it justice here. It’s still nice to hear it though, and at least it’s something different.
DJ Kay Slay-Monster Muzik ft. Cam’ron and Vado
Gucci Mane is alright, yeah I said it – he’s not that bad. He makes decent music, despite being lyrically terrible (apparently he’s using his time in jail to become more lyrical somehow).
Two new tracks, the first has a haunting beat that I’m a big fan of and the second track is a feature on a new Cam’ron track, with a beat and flow that sounds a lot like Soulja Boy’s Kiss Me Thru The Phone – and I don’t mean that in a bad way.
Both of these tracks are a little on the short side so I assume proper versions will be released in the near future, which I’ll post once available. I’d recommend you grab these in the mean time though mos def.
Mi Casa, Tu Casa
Cam’ron – Cuffin’ ft. Gucci Mane
2009 was one hell of an interesting year. We saw the comeback of Eminem, albums by the 2 other big names of hip-hop in Jay-Z and 50 Cent, and once again we waited all year for Dr. Dre’s Detox which never came. It’s fair to say that despite this the year hasn’t been dominated by the big boys and we’ve seen a gradual change in hip hop – the gangsta rap of previous years has steadily evolved into what can be described as ‘Hip Hop Hipsters’. Kanye led the way back in 2004 and by 2009 the likes of Lupe Fiasco, Kid Cudi, Wale and Asher Roth have emerged.
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Who the hell is Bonecrusher!? I hear you ask. Well I can’t really answer that one for you except for that he had a ‘one hit wonder’ with the track Never Scared.
This week’s track is the remix to that with feature heavy hitters, Jadakiss, Cam’ron and Busta Rhymes jumping on it.
I’ve been in the mood today for tracks that hype me up and this post reflects that!
Don’t forget to get the audio below, which is an extended version of the track you hear in the video.
Never Scared ft. Cam’ron, Jadakiss & Busta Rhymes
Two tracks for you below, both with some good features. If I’m honest, I’m expecting the Blockstars Remix to be a bit of a mixed bag, as some of those guys can go, whereas others aren’t so hot (original version here). I’ve got high hopes for Fat Raps though (produced by Chuck Inglish of The Cool Kids) as I expect all 3 to bring something good to the table. Surprisingly, Chip and Curren$y make their first appearances on this site.
Make your own judgements, mine’s just based on the line-ups so click below and have a listen.
DJ Kay Slay-Blockstars Remix ft. Blockstars (Remix) ft. Busta Rhymes, Cam’ron, Vado, Sheek Louch, Rick Ross & Ray J
Chip Tha Ripper-Fat Raps ft. Curren$y and Big Sean
Here goes a new track from the awesomely dope duo, the Clipse. Remember when they burst on the scene on JT’s Like I Love You? Those were the days.
Clipse-Popular Demand (Popeye’s) ft. Cam’ron