On the back of the first two tapes in the Dreamchasers series, Meek’s carved out a very strong position in the mainstream hip-hop scene, and certainly ranks as one of MMG’s more recognisable names. Credit to Meek then for sticking with the mixtape scene, despite the fact he could have probably put half of these tracks onto an EP and made a lot of money; clearly, he just wants to get a lot of product out there, and that’s to be appreciated.
Features on this are big-name heavy, as you’d expect, with Diddy, Nicki Minaj, Fabolous, Future, Jadakiss and Ma$e appearing alongside MMG leader Rick Ross, whilst the producer lineup boasts Cardo, Boi-1da, Key Wane and even the massively-forgotten Scott Storch. Meek’s proven himself a very versatile rapper, so expect a couple of club hits, speaker rattlers and maybe a more introspective track or two. Either way, mainstream heads will be grabbing this one- do so for free below.
Meek Mill-Dreamchasers 3
56 tracks. Seriously.
Fair play to Funk Flex for this though, as the lineup is unbelievable and essentially a snapshot of mainstream hip-hop at this moment in time. Appearances include A$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?
For years, I’ve liked this guy for his genuine, no-nonsense nature, but his music has never really seemed to grab me as it should. That all changed quite recently, as after catching a few of the early leaks from this tape, I was considerably impressed with the quality and consistency of what he was putting out.
There’s undoubtedly talent there, highlighted by his signing to Young Jeezy’s label and the features on this tape, including Jadakiss, Krayzie Bone, Curren$y, Jay Rock and of course Jeezy himself. Coming in at 18 tracks, this is a great opportunity for Gibbs to establish a strong foothold in the game and really start getting to the level he’s quite clearly capable of, but firstly he needs to nail down that consistency. Find out if he’s successful for free below.
Freddie Gibbs-Baby Face Killa
Talk about label craziness. ABN representative and Grand Hustle-affiliated Trae Tha Truth drops a brand new tape for the hip-hop heads, hosted by Maybach Music Group’s DJ Scream. Any other labels want in here?
Clearly, everyone wants to be associated with Trae. It’s easy to spot why as his very unique delivery makes him instantly stand out from the crowd, and clearly Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, T.I., Young Jeezy, R. Kelly and many more agree given that they all makes appearances on the tape. Almost every track has a big name attached to it, and here’s to hoping Trae can hold his own and prove he belongs up with those names. Grab the enormous 20-track mixtape for free below.
Trae Tha Truth-Tha Blackprint
Someone you can generally count on for a solid project, The Ghost comes through with a brand new 11-track boasting a raft of features and producers to make any hip-hop fan salivate.
Amongst others, beatmakers on this one include Lex Luger, Ted Smooth and The Alchemist, whilst the backup in terms of MCs comes from Pusha T, Bun B, Curren$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.
Styles P-The Diamond Life Project
This was originally expected to drop a couple of Fridays ago, but who am I to complain with that lineup?
I’m not familiar with the original but I don’t expect I’ll need to be having given this a go. Let’s get to the bad stuff first: Keef’s delivery is way too Soulja Boy for me to not skip his verse. The rest however is a pretty good listen from top to bottom, with a head-nodding, frighteningly hypnotising production that winds through the track excellently, and some very likeable verses from the big guest stars involved. Pusha opens with plenty of gusto and aggression (props for the Ric Flair reference), whilst Kanye follows with a verse that’s probably the best suited to the beat. Jada closes things off, but it’s the preceding verse that steals the show, as Sean utilises the production switch-up fantastically for the highlight verse, packing some clever lines into a delivery that’s much more passionate than his usual laidback fare. A decent track that’ll improve most car playlists for sure.
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.
A very slow week for R&B/pop music this week (those new Chris Brown/Rihanna collaborations don’t count as music), and as a result it’s a pretty short, and stream-heavy, episode this week.
I’ve made this statement before, but R&B really is in a bad spot at the minute, with a serious lack of both quantity and quality as many of its stars are either inactive or pursuing pop careers. It’s a sad state of affairs, but I retain hope that the likes of The-Dream will be back soon to restore the natural order.
Click below for this week’s relatively diverse edition.
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An interesting collection of ‘mid-rangers’ this week, as 3 of the 4 included artists are of the sort who regularly release material and frequently collaborate with big name artists, but don’t quite seem to have fully nailed down a spot in their respective lanes. There’s always plenty of talent floating around in that middle ground, and inevitably it’s where we find the next big stars: time will tell if any of these guys are to be that breakout artist.
2 posts to catch up on from the week gone by, with Mike Posner releasing his first project since his debut album, and The Weekend unleashing his first ever music video (I use that term loosely). Click below for this week’s goods.
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A longer episode this week, with plenty of R&B’s luminaries making appearances this week, including Frank Ocean, Ne-Yo and Trey Songz, alongside a track from the latest group emerging from the Odd Future collective.
Nothing to recap on from the week gone by, so go ahead and treat yourself by clicking below and gorging yourself on the treats within.
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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.
DJ Suss One – Champion ft. Jadakiss, Lloyd Banks, French Montana, Junior Reid & Floyd Mayweather
“Talkin’ ’bout baby money, I got your baby money / Kidnap your bitch, Get that ‘how much you love your lady?’ money.” Fairly innocuous line right, what’s the fuss? Well, when you consider this line from Jay-Z on H.A.M….
“I’m like really half a billi ni**a, Really you got baby money / Keep it real with ni**as, Ni**as ain’t got my lady money.”
Things become a little more clear: the Cash Money camp have clearly taken offence to Jay-Z’s line and have shot back. Will Jay respond? Don’t hold your breath. Will he respond through a subliminal in about 12 months that will go over most people’s heads? Probably. As Ajay joked last night: “you can quite easily imagine these two laughing about it. Whilst sipping some sort of exorbitantly priced alcohol. On a boat. Surrounded by b*tches.”
Download this track and hear that line (and subsequently more antagonistic lines) by clicking right here.
Hip-hop. That’s what (I hope) we’re all here for right? Well it don’t get no better than this. Wu and The LOX come through with their first offering from their upcoming collaborative album Wu-Block. RZA crafts driving horns yet thankfully mixes things up sporadically throughout tailoring things perfectly for each emcees to drop those characteristically heavy bars. Now this is some Supreme Clientele Ghostface. Top stuff.
The LOX, Ghostface Killah & Raekwon-Wu Block (Prod. RZA)
From Complex Magazine:
“After the release of his gold-selling 2009 LP The Last Kiss, Jadakiss promised fans he’d put out Top 5, Dead or Alive—his fourth studio album. Problems with Def Jam lead to the album being indefinitely shelved with no release date in the new future. However, Jada is not letting label woes get in the way of releasing new music.
The warmly titled, I Love You (A Dedication To My Fans), features guest appearances from Rick Ross, Styles P, Trae The Truth, Teyana Taylor, Emanny, and much more.
Download and listen to the 11-track mixtape two days before it’s official release May 24 release.
From the upcoming Maybach Music album Self Made vol. 1. Regardless of your opinions on Ross’ music, there’s no denying he’s assembled a talented trio in Pill, Wale and Meek Mill, with this album serving as the ‘introduction’ to their Maybach Music careers.
With Wale already having a fairly established album out there, you’d think he’d probably be looking to use this label change to call in some heavy-hitters and such to work with: that’s certainly been done with the Jada feature, but sadly he’s also roped in Lex Luger for another one of those ‘intimidating’ style beats that Ross so very much loves. I thought I was just bored of hearing Ricky on these, but it turns out I’m just sick of the beat style full stop. Hence, it stops me from ever getting into the track but the mainstream/casual hip-hop fans will probably really dig this.
Wale-600 Benz ft. Rick Ross and Jadakiss
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
Swizzy’s #MonsterMondays is a little confusing this week. It’s being labelled with a big Ruff Ryders Indy logo, and I’m not entirely sure what that’s meant to represent. There were rumblings a few months ago of a Ruff Ryders reunion, so I’m not sure where this fits in but there we are.
The track is pretty much everything you mainstream heads could want: catchy Akon hook, very energetic, club friendly production and simple verse work. I’m not really enjoying it as the beat seems stuck in that awkward spot between old school and modern, and hence comes off as a 1999-2001 era reject. It’s just too formulaic for my liking, but I expect the mainstream fans will enjoy it.
Mook, Jadakiss, Shella and Akon-Freaky
The other three quarters of the Slaughter join Joell’s collaboration with The Lox, Put Some Money On It, which is from Joell’s recent Free Agent album.
With that classic early to mid 90′s sound with the production, this song is all about a hella amount of top-level lyricists doing what they do best. A great beat can make any artist sound good, but only the truly special emcees can take average beats, or looping posse cut type beats such as this one and make it into an enjoyable track. I’m unsure as to has the best verse on this, I’m going to need to listen to it a lot more before I come to any real conclusions, but on first impressions Royce takes it for me. Great to see Slaughterhouse on their grind again, what with their other recent track announcing their return.
Slaughterhouse – Put Some Money On It (Remix) ft. The Lox (Jadakiss, Sheek Louch & Styles P)
Again, I’m aware it’s a Sunday…it is (or was) Christmas though, so finding a few hours to throw this together wasn’t really going to happen. I’m surprised there is enough material, given that the industry usually shuts down a little around this time of year, but it seems most artists are intent on continuing success they’ve found this year.
The week’s recap: Taio Cruz’s latest video, Chipmunk and Chris Brown’s much anticipated video, UK upcomer Talay Riley’s latest single, the mixtape debut of the highly-rated UK singer Bluey Robinson, and finally the official remix for Dirty Money’s Loving You No More. You know where to look and where to click for this week’s episode.
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#MonsterMondays have been really strong in recent weeks, and this week we get a Maino single with assistance from some of New York’s more prominent rappers.
The production is built around a California Love sample, with touches of claps, horns and a thudding percussion coming together in an upbeat and positive manner. Arguably, the sample could have been used a little better, but it does make for easy listening and each rapper approaches the track with good flows, with Joell unsurprisingly coming through with the most memorable verse.
Maino-We Keep It Rockin’ ft. Swizz Beatz, Jadakiss, Jim Jones and Joell Ortiz
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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Some of these have sat in my inbox over the past few days, some have just hit the Internets today. The pick of the bunch has to be that 50/Jada collaboration; with the one time foes teaming up for some New York heat. I’ve also dropped the new Big L single from his upcoming posthumous Return Of The Devil’s Son, but not only are the vocals recycled (Danger Zone), but the beat isn’t original either (O.C. – Jewelz).
Game – All Day, All Night ft. Cassidy
Big L – Zone Of Danger
Lloyd Banks – Finish Line
Jadakiss – Dump (It’s Like That) ft. 50 Cent
The original to this is quite possibly one of the most underrated hip-hop anthems of modern times. The lead single from Nas’ God’s Son album, this was the perfect follow up to his previous album Stillmatic, which proved his renaissance was not a fluke. This track was just the perfect mix of NY rap and a track to go crazy to in the club, so what better than enlisting feature killers Jadakiss and Ludacris for the remix!?
Grab this rare and epic track below, and also look over to the left here to check out this absolute classic video of them performing it live.
Nas – Made You Look (remix) ft. Jadakiss & Ludacris
Long overdue video for Jadakiss’ hit, All Falls Down.
Click here to get the audio for this (which was posted 3 months ago).
I love standing in for Indi’s Sunday Classic Collabo’s because they allow me to revisit a time in my life when hip-hop was still very new to me and, sometimes, allow me to revisit some of my guilty pleasures.
It’s 2003 and Curtis Jackson’s debut LP Get Rich Or Die Tryin has stormed to the top of the charts worldwide. Here we have 50 making a rare appearance on a non-Shady/Interscope artists’ joint: DMX’s Shot Down from his 5th studio album, Grand Champ.
DMX had already sided with 50 with regards to the Ja beef and some consider Shot Down as taking subliminal shots towards the Murda Inc MC. Shot Down also has the Styles P feature, which came about before 50′s Jadakiss/D-Block beef and it’s awesome to see three of New York’s finest artists at the time all collaborating together. (Side note: Interesting Hot 97 conversation with 50 and P from back in 2007. Both acting like adults whilst right amidst the beef. Then Cam’ron calls in, a little hot-headed, which saw the beginning of the 50 / Cam feud. Keep up folks).
There are several things I love about this track. 1) It’s great to remember what 50 used to sound like around that GRODT time. 2) It’s a filthy, harrowing beat and each artist goes in on their respective verses with their trademark street-thuggery lyricism . 3) DMX really shows 50 some props. He spits: “I remember 50 in a cypher when Onyx was “Slammin” (AIGHT?) / Now we meet again, it’s all good my nigga / Back to the street again, it’s all hood my nigga.”
DMX (feat 50 Cent & Styles P) – Shot Down
Probably the last leak we’ll post from Teflon Don (unless Ricky leaks the Jay-Z collaboration himself). This is quite simply a great collaboration, has that epic feel to it that Justice League are renowned for producing. Surprisingly Rick Ross’ verse steals the show on this one. Go grab it below.
Rick Ross – Maybach Music III ft. Jadakiss, Erykah Badu & T.I.
The list of features on this: Rick Ross, Busta Rhymes, Diddy, Nicki Minaj, Fabolous, Jadakiss, Fat Joe, Swizz Beatz & T-Pain. Whoa! Makes for a good video, always good to see Nicki Minaj, Jadakiss, Diddy & Fabolous – the rest…not so bothered about (in all honesty).
Peep the bright visuals to the left, grab the mp3 below.
DJ Khaled – All I do Is Win (remix) ft. Rick Ross, Busta Rhymes, Diddy, Nicki Minaj, Fabolous, Jadakiss, Fat Joe, Swizz Beatz & T-Pain
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
Good amount of stuff in here for your enjoyment, without swarming you with too many tracks. As ever, there’s a lot of variety with some upcomers, newcomers and established artists all contributing this week.
Couple of R&B posts this week you may have missed: the final version of Johnta Austin’s Close Your Eyes, and the official video for The-Dream’s Make Up Bag. After those treats, click on for some more.
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