Peter Rosenberg & Popchips Present : What's Poppin Vol. 1

Normally, I don’t go for these ‘personality hosted’ mixtapes as they just tend to be a mish-mash of readily-available tracks. However, the ever-entertaining Peter Rosenberg (one of the few prominent lovers of both hip-hop and wrestling!) has really pulled off something special here, with a 23-track project full of original material from the likes of Raekwon, Odd Future, Kendrick Lamar, Asher Roth, Childish Gambino and many more. There’s even a Macho Man Randy Savage interlude!

Needless to say, this looks like a must-have for all hip-hop fans, and alongside the glut of rap gargantuans, there are a couple of ‘middle-ground’ names on here I’ve been looking to get into, whilst I’m sure we’ll also be introduced to a few new and upcoming stars. To quote Peter, ‘With so much BS out there — sometimes it’s hard to find what’s really poppin. Well I did the work for you. Enjoy.’

Peter Rosenberg & Popchips Present : What’s Poppin Vol. 1

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Hassaan Mackey and Apollo Brown ft. Finale-Higher

The brilliant thing about being part of a community like OTU is that we all share a common passion: hip-hop. On Ajay’s recommendation, I’ve been in love with the “instrumental bliss” which is Apollo Brown’s Clouds LP. Then, I discover his recently released project with Hassaan Mackey, Daily Bread, which sees Hassaan going in over some of these splendid instrumentals that I thought were destined to be untouched. Apollo is probably my favourite upcoming producer right now and you should definitely get the excellent album here. Taster below.

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