Mike WiLL Made It-Est. In 1989 2.5 (Mixtape)

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.

Mike WiLL Made It-Est. In 1989 2.5

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R&B Fridays: Episode 93

Another short episode in terms of new tracks, but that’s the price we pay for me being forced (Murray’s been begging me) to deliver this on time. However, I’ve opted to use this ‘free space’ to throw in something a little different: I’ve included a couple of throwback tracks that you may be unfamiliar with, but are certainly worthy of attention. Would love to hear some feedback on them too, as I’d like to incorporate throwbacks more often!

This week’s recap is Chris Brown heavy, with a feature on both Keri Hilson’s latest video and Big Sean’s first video from his debut album, as well as a brand new video of his own from F.A.M.E. There’s also a new video from Lloyd, and a great track that didn’t make Frank Ocean’s brilliant mixtape.

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Kendrick Lamar and Gucci Mane-Vanity Slave Part 2

Tiny bit off the pace on this one, for which I apologise. Having listened to it today, I must say I was surprised by the diversity Kendrick’s shown here, both in his beat selection and rapping style.

We’re treated to a really relaxing, smoothed-out track that stands up as one of the better chillout hip-hop beats in recent months. There’s a touch of class and real quality about the production, with atmospheric elements alongside light synths and samples, all combining together for a very enjoyable listen. Kendrick doesn’t disappoint with the raps either, tackling a range of subjects with a captivating and clear flow. Thankfully, Gucci’s appearance is restricted to hook duty, meaning he doesn’t ruin the smooth flavour of this track too much. Odd choice of feature either way though, there are dozens of other/better rappers that would have fitted brilliantly on this. Still, a great track and probably the strongest (of the very few) of his I’ve heard to date.

Kendrick Lamar-Vanity Slave pt. 2 ft. Gucci Mane

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Dirty Money, T-Pain and Gucci Mane-Loving You No More Remix

Diddy just let this one loose on Twitter, and I assume it’s the official remix to the track. Once again, a T-Pain remix has become part of the official remix (Black and Yellow being the other example), and it’s a good thing as his remixes have been very good in recent weeks.

We do also have to deal with a Gucci Mane verse, though in honesty it’s not too terrible and does fit in line with the track fairly well. However, it has to be said that Pain’s contribution is certainly the highlight, as he throws in a new intro, as well as retaining his contributions to the hook and adlibs.

Dirty Money-Loving You No More Remix ft. T-Pain and Gucci Mane

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R&B Fridays: Episode 75

A more digestable episode this week, which makes a nice change for us all having had a few extended instalments in recent weeks.

Outside of this episode, it’s been a fairly quiet week for R&B, with just the three notables: a video for Rihanna and Drake’s collaboration, new music from UK upcomer Talay Riley, and the latest drop from Trey Songz’s upcoming mixtape.

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Quick Blast: Rick Ross Remixes Gucci Time

I don’t particularly like either Gucci or Ross as rappers, but their beat selection is superb at times. The original of this has been a guilty pleasure track for me, purely on the strength of the beat. I can’t deny that Ross fits this beat perfectly too, fans of the original will enjoy this.

Gucci Mane-Gucci Time Remix ft. Rick Ross and Swizz Beatz

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Gucci Mane-Missing

Produced by Zaytoven, who almost exclusively produces tracks for Atlanta artists (despite being neither born or raised there) gives us another one of his famous infectious ‘keyboard beats’, of which, I know for certain, one avid OTU reader enjoys.

Anyway Gucci does what Gucci does best, uses his flow to rap in synch with the production to make a song very easy listening. Probably a leak from his upcoming album, I haven’t bothered to check!

Gucci Mane – Missing

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Quick Blast: Gucci Mane and Estelle

Is imitation REALLY the sincerest form of flattery? This beat sounds identical to T.I.’s Whatever You Like from start to finish, whilst Estelle comes across as a Mary J. Blige impressionist. I normally don’t mind Estelle’s work, but this doesn’t suit her. The less said about Gucci, the better.

Gucci Mane-Grown Man ft. Estelle

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Trey Songz, Gucci Mane and Wiz Khalifa-Bottoms Up Remix

I’m not sure if this is an official remix, but I suspect it is based on the star names included on the remix, and the slight changes to the beat. I’m not huge on the original, and this remix almost explains why: it’s a beat much more suited to a rap style, and takes Trey too far away from what he’s good at.

Wiz does a decent job on this beat, and unsurprisingly takes the prize for best verse. Gucci’s verse is more tolerable than usual, but probably because its surrounded by Trey/Wiz vocals, and hence benefits from association.

Trey Songz-Bottoms Up Remix ft. Gucci Mane and Wiz Khalifa

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Gucci Mane, Pharrell and Nicki Minaj-Haterade

This is surprisingly good. I’m assuming Pharrell produced this one, and he’s laid out one of those velvety-smooth beats that he serves up from time-to-time. It even makes Gucci bearable: that is, however, a lie. He’s still poor.

Nicki steals the show as far as the vocals go with another great feature, coming through with a solid flow, though Pharrell’s memorable hook is definitely not far behind. The beat is the real winner here though, as I’m a huge fan of these atmospheric, soft summer beats.

Gucci Mane-Haterade ft. Pharrell and Nicki Minaj

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Quick Blast: Collabos That Got Lost In The Mess

In the mess that was yesterday’s ‘technical difficulties’, there were a couple of collabos that didn’t get posted. Throw those in with another from earlier today, and we’ve got a nice little triple pack for you. Enjoy.

Gucci Mane-Late ft. Sean Garrett and Yo Gotti
-Garrett nails the hook.

Maino-It’s On Tonight ft. Snoop Dogg
-Decent all-rounder, good beat.

Pone Boy-Another Planet ft. Chris Brown, Plies and Jawan Harris
-Mainstream hip-hop/R&B crossover. Jawan Harris is 12-years old.

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Gucci Mane and Swizz Beatz-Gucci Time Video

I have to be honest: I really like this beat. As Indi said, it’s like a lighter version of On To The Next One and is really replayable. What is it with these poor rappers getting great beats?! Audio can be found at the above Indi reference.

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Flo Rida/Ludacris/Gucci Mane - Why You Up In Here

The very definition of mainstream hip-hop right here (I sense Murray has just felt a twinge of anger). If you’re a fan of any of these artists then you’ll very much like this song, that’s all I’m going to say.

Flo Rida – Why You Up In Here ft. Ludacris & Gucci Mane

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Sean Garrett, Tyga and Gucci Mane-She Geeked

Visuals for Garrett’s hype single, originally dropped a few months back. My thoughts on the track were made pretty clear then, so save me from repeating myself and click here to see that/get the audio.

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Spotify: OTU's July Snapshot

Fans and followers, friends and foes: you heard it here first. Being the forward-thinking, innovative blog we are, Overrating The Underrated is jumping on the latest music revolution which is Spotify playlists. This will allow us to bring you monthly snapshots of all five authors’ posted material. The OTU monthly snapshots will ensure you never miss a thing and can enjoy all our picks from one central location: your Spotify application!

Unfamiliar with Spotify? It’s a free music application which allows you to stream and share music with your friends. You can listen to your playlists from any computer or phone in the world and you can also sync with Facebook to see what your friends are listening to. Keep up with the in-crowd, read about it and then get it here.

This month we’ve scoured through our back catalogue to bring you a stylish summery playlist boasting material from the likes of The-Dream, Empire Of The Sun, Tinchy Stryder, The Roots, Rick Ross, Skepta, You Me At Six and many more. So hurry up and click that glorious red text below!

Overrating The Underrated’s July Snapshot

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Bun B/Yo Gotti/Gucci Mane - Countin' Money [Video]

As I’m sure you’re aware by now, Bun B’s third album Trill O.G. drops this Tuesday.

Not crazy about this joint right here, but I would say that because I have his joint with Premo literally on repeat at the moment!

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Yelawolf/Gucci Mane - Wanna Party

Edit: Bringing this back to the top as we have the no DJ version now!

Another one from that random mixtape full of exclusives (see here, here and here), this is one that I wasn’t expecting much from, I was wrong – this is good. Yelawolf validates my recent thoughts towards him by coming through with two excellently delivered verses and I even found myself really liking Gucci’s flow on this too, which is pretty disturbing tbh. I’m hoping a no DJ version of this leaks. Go cop it below.

Yelawolf – Wanna Party ft. Gucci Mane

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Gucci Mane/Trina/Usher

< ---- This pic makes me laugh! Anyway, 2 new Gucci tracks for you - one with Trina which may or may not be on an upcoming album or mixtape of his and one where he's laid down a verse to Usher's (now played out) OMG. Gucci Mane – Vampire ft. Trina

Usher – OMG (remix) ft. Gucci Mane

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Gucci Mane/Talib Kweli - Poltergeist

No your eyes are not deceiving you here, Talib Kweli really has collaborated with Gucci Mane, a song which is produced by hit-maker, Zaytoven. Not quite sure what Kweli is thinking here, but click the red text below to here the result of this rather strange collabo!

Gucci Mane- Poltergeist ft. Talib Kweli

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Quickblast: Gucci Mane/Swizz Beatz

Really good beat here by Swizz Beatz, (like a lighter version of On To The Next One) with Gucci managing to not embarrass himself on. Worth a listen, especially for you Dirty South lovers.

Gucci Mane – It’s Gucci Time ft. Swizz Beatz

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Lil Wayne/Gucci Mane - Steady Mobbin’ [Video]

Lil’ Wayne may be doing a stint in jail, but that’s not stopped his buzz from dying down. Here’s another video by him for a track that features Gucci Mane, who funnily enough was released from prison not too long ago. Wait, that’s not funny at all.

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Rick Ross-Teflon Don Tracklist

Some of these features look rather interesting. Cee-Lo, Badu, Songz, Saadiq makes for a superb list of acts. Also, Free Mason with Jay-Z? HA!

1. I’m Not A Star
2. Free Mason ft. Jay-Z
3. Tears Of Joy ft. Cee-Lo
4. Maybach Music 3 ft. T.I., Jadakiss & Erykah Badu
5. Live Fast, Die Young ft. Kanye West
6. Super High ft. Ne-Yo
7. No. 1 ft. Trey Songz & Diddy
8. MC Hammer ft. Gucci Mane
9. B.M.F. (Blowin’ Money Fast) ft. Styles P
10. Aston Martin Music ft. Drake & Chrisette Michele
11. All The Money In The World ft. Raphael Saadiq

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R&B Fridays: Episode 54

Here it is: my last R&B Friday for around a month. Don’t you worry though, we’ve got plenty planned to keep you supplied and satisfied.

This week has material from a really wide range of artists and styles, from established artists like Timbaland to newcomers such as Sammie. Good stuff to keep you going until the surprises in store for you next week, be sure to click on and enjoy some R&B.

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Travie McCoy, T-Pain, Bruno Mars and Gucci Mane-Billionaire Remix

Travie lets loose of what appears to be the official remix of his hit Billionaire. It’s not just a couple of verses tacked on either, as the beat has been retooled along with the addition of the verses. Goes without saying that I’m not even going to entertain the Gucci verse (which is thankfully right at the end, so you can skip it!) but everything else is good.

Travie McCoy-Billionaire (Nappy Boy Remix) ft. Gucci Mane, T-Pain and Bruno Mars

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R&B Fridays: Episode 49 (Also, My 1000th Post!)

49 episodes in, and the fantastic material still keeps coming. The common theme of recent weeks has been a frightening consistency in the quality, as we’ve seen some superb R&B tracks being let loose in anticipation of the summer. Whereas previous R&B Fridays have been a bit of a struggle to fill/review, the past few weeks have certainly made my (busy) life a lot easier!

This week is no different, and you’ve got some very good stuff to look forward to in your immediate future from the likes of Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars, Amerie and many more. Not as many lesser-known names as there usually are, instead we’ve got the more established names looking to make their mark. Click on to let them know if they got it right.

Edit: This is my 1000th post on this site, on the eve of my final University exam. Celebrations aplenty!

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Quickblast: Gucci Mane & Ludacris

Obviously Gucci Mane’s verses on this are a massive pile of ‘meh’, but Ludacris more than makes up for it with another blistering verse.

Gucci Mane – Atlanta Zoo ft. Ludacris

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Trey Songz Remixes Lemonade

I’m really liking this. I’m not sure which one I prefer, this or Big Sean’s remix, but either way it’s a prime example of how terrible rappers (Gucci Mane) get great beats that should go to artists like these guys. It also means I don’t have to endure the original to get my fill of this beat. Win!

Trey Songz-Lemonade Remix

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Jagged Edge and Trina-Tip Of My Tongue Video

So a few things. Firstly, I love this track, and think they worked the Lloyd sample in brilliantly. If you missed it first time, don’t make the same mistake twice and be sure to grab it here as it’s an absolute gem.

Secondly, the video is good. It’s pretty much exactly what I’d pictured it to be, with bright sunny scenes, and a generally chilled feel to the whole thing. No Gucci appearance seeing as he’s behind bars.

Finally, sorry about the excessive advertising on this video. WSHH seem to be really insecure (yeah I said it, sue me). I’ll replace it as soon as it’s rehosted without the OTT ads.

EDIT: This is the 900th OTU post since our inception. Celebrate.

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Ludacris-Battle Of The Sexes Tracklist

Here’s a question: do you really consider this to be a new Luda album? I mean, we know the album is collabo-reliant, and it doesn’t really sound like it’s going to be anything like Theater of the Mind both lyrically and in terms of beats, which just make it feel like a bit of a ‘spin-off’.

Just my opinion, but I love Luda on tracks like I Do It For Hip-Hop as opposed to the more club-oriented stuff that this album seems to go for. Shows versatility I suppose, can’t really argue with that, and he has made some club bangers in his time. Tracklist is after the cut.

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