The backlash when Luda ‘turned pop’ last year was pretty strong, and he’s back with this offering, compiling tracks he’s been releasing every Friday for the past few weeks with some new, unheard efforts.
He’s definitely cashed that Fast and Furious 6 money early here, as a raft of big names are out with assists. Features include Young Jeezy, Chris Brown, Meek Mill, Swizz Beatz, Pusha T, Mac Miller and French Montana; essentially, a who’s who of guest artists in hip-hop over the last 18 months. There are some strong names behind the board too, with recent Roc Nation signee DJ Mustard, Mike Will Made It and Bangladesh amongst the contributors, and the signs point towards a solid mainstream hip-hop release, and hopefully it’s one that comes without the dance-pop work he’d previously released.
I didn’t like this song when the original dropped, and the remix doesn’t help; it still sounds like a throwaway Soulja Boy track from 2007, and it baffles me that the guys on the actual song aren’t aware of that, nor seemingly are a fair chunk of the hip-hop crowd.
Normally, an all-star remix can help hide the obvious gaps in a distinctly average production such as this, but unfortunately the acts here don’t seem to be feeling particularly creative. They all adopt a near-identical flow for their verses, and on a track where lyricism is hardly going to triumph, you’d think one or two of them would have the self-assurance to cut away from the expected delivery. The only one who comes close to being listenable is ScHoolboy Q, who adapts the latter part of his verse to move out of the stop-start rap style the rest use, whilst credit also goes to Trindad James for bringing some intensity and passion to proceedings, regardless of his lyrical and structural output. It’ll be a favourite with the type of people your parents told you not to hang around with, and whilst I like Ferg and some of his other material is way better, this is ignorable for the rest of us.
Get Dough or Die is the mantra coming out of T.I.’s Hustle Gang camp, with this 20-track effort being the first collective release he’s put together from his rather well-known stable of artists.
Iggy Azalea, B.o.B, Chip(munk), Travis $cott, Trae the Truth, Young Dro, and T.I. are the bedrock of the tape, with a couple of lesser known artists from the team also involved, in addition to features from French Montana, Meek Mill, Problem and several others. Essentially, it’s full to the brim with massive names in hip-hop, and that extends to a producer list that includes David Banner, Young Chop, Nard & B, whilst there are also several self-produced efforts from within the Hustle Gang camp. If Tip’s recent form is anything to go by, this should have at least a few gems on it, and you can grab the whole thing for nothing below.
Fair play to Funk Flex for this though, as the lineup is unbelievable and essentially a snapshot of mainstream hip-hop at this moment in time. Appearances include A$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.
It’s been a very, very long time in the making but Cassie finally comes through with a full-length project, her first since her 2006 debut album. Hard to believe given the steady stream of loose material that’s emerged from her camp in the interim period, but it’s good that in that time she’s evolved and refined her sound into the laidback electro R&B stylings that this mixtape is expected to be filled with.
Features are plentiful here, with appearances from Wiz Khalifa, Rick Ross, Meek Mill, Jeremih, Pusha T, Fabolous and more, whilst I’m sure the production credits (which aren’t listed) won’t be lacking either. Datpiff seem to be having problems, but expect the download to be available at the below link shortly.
Having been previously led to believe that this was going to be an iTunes LP release rather than a mixtape, its arrival as a free mixtape instead came as a pleasant and welcome surprise. Without question, Spitta is one of the most prolific MCs in the game, and this is another to add to his massive back catalogue of freebies.
He often comes with big names in tow, and that’s no exception here. Appearances from Lloyd, Styles P, Trinidad James, Wiz Khalifa, Rick Ross, French Montana and more make up a strong selection of guests, whilst beats from Lex Luger, Cardo, DJ Toomp, Statik Selektah and a few others ensure the production lineup is equally stacked. 14 tracks, no cost, can’t complain: free grab and stream below.
Very excited to give Pusha’s latest project a listen, his first since 2011′s Fear of God I and II releases, and the final one before his debut album drops in March.
There’s plenty expected of Push on that upcoming LP, and there’s no doubt he’s carved out quite a place for himself in hip-hop as a solo artist over the last 2 years. Features on this tape include Wale, Rick Ross and the ubiquitous French Montana and Troy Ave, whilst the production lineup is rather tantalising, with names such as The Neptunes, Kanye West, B!nk, !llmind and more contributing their works. Lots to look forward to in the near future from Push, and it starts with that free grab below.
Along with Hit-Boy, this guy’s been one of the legitimate breakout stars in the production world over the last 18 months, and here he collates some of his more well-known beats alongside some brand new original material for a massive 25-track free release.
The track’s he’s produced for others include names such as Rihanna, Future, Kelly Rowland and B.o.B, whilst his original additions to the tape benefit from some rather popular guests, including Young Jeezy, Chief Keef, Jim Jones and many more. Whether you’re a fan of his beat style or not, I’m sure there’ll be a few heavy-hitting party joints on this one to add to those new year playlists. Stream and download below at your leisure.
One of a whole host of projects that got released over these past few days, but arguably the most anticipated in more mainstream circles. There’s nothing like a bit of mixtape Wale, and whilst it’s a shame that the division exists between the album and mixtape work, the sheer depth in quantity of his mixtapes makes his lesser work a bit easier to ignore.
This one comes in at a huge 21 tracks, with over half of them featuring some rather notable names: look out for contributions from Jhene Aiko, 2 Chainz, man of the moment Trinidad James, labelmates Rick Ross and French Montana, and many more. The diversity of the features suggests that this will be packed with a good variety of styles, and that’s also evident in the producer lineup, featuring Nottz, Diplo, Apple Juice Kid and Key Wane amongst others. Plenty to suggest this will be worth a go, and the grab is free below.
There are so many reasons to dislike this song. Ross has been churning out the same repetitive raps for the last 18 months. French is just legitimately terrible whichever way you look at it. I could go on but I won’t, because for some reason I do enjoy this. Call it a guilty pleasure, albeit not on a Backstreet Boys level (I’ll not hear a bad word about them).
It’s probably the beat that reels me in for play after play. It’s lively yet slightly ominous, intense yet upbeat and generally one that just sounds ever so good turned up in the car. The video is as poor as you’d expect, with literally nothing achieved throughout, but it fits the audio well enough, with the piercing melodies suiting the laser show style lighting. The hook doesn’t really make sense (if French keeps no clothes and only cocaine, or ‘birds’, what does he wear?), the raps are silly, but you’ll still find your head nodding when this comes on.
One of the most anticipated releases in recent weeks, Big Sean drops off his first project since his mainstream breakout debut LP, Finally Famous.
We’ve caught three tracks from this so far, each with their own very different charms, displaying that Sean’s newly-gained popularity hasn’t affected his versatility or desire for hip-hop. The tracklist honestly reads like an album, with huge features in the shape of Kendrick Lamar, close friend Mike Posner, Chris Brown and fellow Detroit native Royce Da 5’9″ amongst several others, whilst Snoop Lion (Dogg), Common and Young Jeezy feature on their own interlude sections, each titled Story. That sort of detail is always appreciated on an album, let alone a mixtape, and I’m sure it’ll all contribute to what’s set up to be an excellent all-round project. Free grab available below.
One that hasn’t even been in danger of leaving my rotation since entering it way back in May, this is easily my favourite club/mainstream hip-hop track in recent months. That bassy, indescribably thick production is head-meltingly addictive and screams out ‘hit!’, whilst Problem lays down another stick-around hook that holds everything together strongly. On top of all that, you’ve got a lineup with some of hip-hop’s biggest names contributing verses. It’s tough to top that for a club banger.
40 Water opens with a good verse, with his distinctive tones meshing well with the beat, before Jeezy jumps in to really take the track to another level, with his rough voice making this the highlight verse. Chris Brown steps up next with a surprisingly listenable verse, and he’s followed by French Montana, who’s little disappointing on this one, before Red Cafe closes it out with a solid contribution.
The video packs in a ton of cameos, from Big Sean to Freddie Gibbs, and it’s always fun to see the hip-hop community turn out to lift a track to a better status. Definitely worth a watch and listen, and you can grab the audio right here.
Someone you can generally count on for a solid project, The Ghost comes through with a brand new 11-track boasting a raft of features and producers to make any hip-hop fan salivate.
Amongst others, beatmakers on this one include Lex Luger, Ted Smooth and The Alchemist, whilst the backup in terms of MCs comes from Pusha T, Bun B, Curren$y, Jadakiss and more. He’s even enlisted Raheem DeVaughn for a hook, a track I’m sure will prove to be one of the standouts. Kindly delivered for free, you can grab yours below.
The hook master of the mid-2000′s comes together with the go-to hook man of 2012 (though he contributes a verse instead), as Akon returns to the music scene courtesy of a French Montana assist.
The track seems to have Akon back on his motivational, ‘rise and grind’ style, which I’m sure was the preferred period of his material for most non-mainstream fans. Featuring yet another stadium status hook, Akon brings forth some hip-hop inspired lyricism alongside his trademark deliveries, and whilst its hardly groundbreaking, it’s a surprisingly refreshing listen in today’s dance-dominated environment.
The video is fairly gritty and violent, with the feature scenes being Akon involved in a cage fight with a Kimbo Slice-alike, giving the video the edge and sense of realism that has been sorely lacking from his material over the last few years.
It’s certainly a more grown-up clip, and will undoubtedly appeal to those who longed for the Locked Up version of Akon to return. Worth a watch for sure, and let’s hope he sticks with this lane.
A hard-hitting, grimey instrumental and 2/3 of the LOX? The combination promises much for the hip-hop heads, and it definitely delivers.
From Jada’s upcoming Consignment mixtape, the production has a real dark aura around it, blending some horror-esque melodies with pounding bass, sharp additional percussion and packaging them into a slow, menacing pace that enhances the atmosphere of the track. Wale opens the track with a disappointing verse, largely as his style doesn’t suit the beat at all, though Styles and Jada recover the song well with their verses, whilst French’s string of hook features continues here with another simple yet catchy chorus.
When Rick Ross is in work mode there’s probably not a lot of rappers who work as hard as him. His recent mixtape was filled with such quality tracks and production that it’d be easy to mistake it for an actual album!
These visuals are for a track off that tape, a track of high topic featuring Drake and French Montana. Why are people talking about this track? Aside from it sounding good, Drake fires off some alleged subliminals at Common. Given that French Montana confirmed that Drake had done the verse just a few weeks ago, it’s pretty likely that it is. Peep the track and the visuals on the left here.
What a line up. Here’s DJ Suss One’s latest drop from his upcoming album, The Feature Presentation. Production on this is has that epic sound to it, which is perfect for Jada, Banks and Montana to flex their lyrical and bravado-filled muscles.
Not much else to talk about here, other than the seemingly pointless feature from Floyd Mayweather (just give us that super-fight we all want already!). It’s your standard decent posse cut right here, those who enjoy that sort of thing (like me) will enjoy it, those who don’t, won’t.
As Waka Flocka gears us up for the release of his new (and rather catchy!) single, No Hands, on April 18th, he comes through with a free download for us to sink our teeth into until then. Featuring respected New York rapper French Montana (as well some other randoms), this is a track predictably tailored to be played loudly and/or in the whip.
Produced by Lex Luger; so you know this goes H.A.M. Download link below.
This has club banger wrote all over it. Noreaga teams up with French Montana and Joell Ortiz to give us Sun Tzu, named after the famous Chinese military general (that’s as much of a history lesson as you’re likely to get from me!).
As for the track itself, lyrically it doesn’t really offer up anything special, but with a beat like this you don’t need it to. It’s all about the thumping bass and the catchy hook (I’m going to be sat here all night aawwwoooooo’ing now). When Joell jumps on, the track improves tenfold, though I’m not really a massive Noreaga fan so I may be being a little biased here. Definitely one to be played at full volume.
Noreaga ft. French Montana & Joell Ortiz–Sun Tzu (Clean)
Old favourite of mine collaborates with a new favourite of mine. Surprisingly this track is a lot more mellow than I expected it to be. Both Rappers trade some nice bars, but I kind of wanted to hear them spaz out on a more hard-hitting beat though.
Nice KRS-One sample on a truly New York song. French Montana has been impressing me more and more with each song I hear of his, he flows to perfection to this beat…and it wouldn’t really be a New York anthem without Fat Joe on board now would it? Go grab this below.