Normally DJ’s mixtapes/albums are ones to avoid for me, and I’ve never been massive on Kay Slay’s material anyway, but the features on this do make it worth at least a brief look.
Raekwon, Busta Rhymes, Styles P, Bun B, Joell Ortiz, Jay Rock and Saigon are just a handful of the names appearing here, and at the very least its good to get verses from that collective. Excluding the intro and outro, there are 19 tracks on this too, so probabilities suggest there should be at least a couple of gems buried in there somewhere. Nothing I’m going to rush to listen to, but still worth grabbing for free below.
DJ Kay Slay-Grown Man Hip-Hop pt. 2
The fearsome foursome come together once again for another Target bonus cut from Kendrick’s LP, this time grabbing the album’s first single and taking it for a ride.
Kendrick’s work on here is unchanged, but the rest of the TDE crew drops off enjoyable work that spices up the original, which I’m sure has finally dropped out of many’s playlists. A much different vibe to the grim Swimming Pools Remix, each of the feature verses are much lighter and laced with a touch more arrogance, with Jay Rock probably just edging it: he tones down his aggression, which leaves his delivery as gritty yet laidback, a great complement to this relaxing production. Another likeable remix.
With any good album release comes a slew of bonus tracks from various retailers, and as ever most of them are only available to consumers shopping at certain outlets. Essentially, most fans won’t get to legally own some of this material unless they buy the album several times. Way to combat piracy. Not.
This one (and another coming shortly) were found on the Target edition of the album, and it’s a damn shame they’re not more widely available. The original Swimming Pools still gets heavy play, and throwing the TDE crew into the mix provides a great upgrade on that, with the moody tones of each rapper suiting this dark production. The highlight verse of the new additions has to be Q’s, utilising a similar flow to Kendrick’s opening verse on the original, but lacing it with a unique touch that seperates it from its reference point. Kendrick himself appends a new verse over a retooled production to the end, with the beat being much less atmospheric and more on a thudding, underground hip-hop style. Top remix, and let’s hope it becomes more readily available soon.
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.
Can’t complain about a little unexpected Talib Kweli, especially when its a huge 18-track project boasting some massive features.
Twitter seems to be surprised about one feature in particular, that being the Lil’ Wayne (and Mack Maine) assist, which isn’t actually that big a shock given Kweli’s very public praise for Weezy. There are much more notable features on here, including Ab-Soul, Ryan Leslie, Black Thought and Mac Miller. Of course, Talib’s hardly a slouch with a mic and I’m sure he’ll further his status as one of the better rappers around with this tape.
The second TDE instalment of the week (here for the first) comes from Jay Rock, who drops off a good hip-hop jam that’ll open more ears to one of the more overlooked members of that team.
Being a former running buddy of Game’s, his rougher, more ‘street’ style makes for a nice bit of diversity in comparison to his current labelmates, and that’s evident here. The production has all the hallmarks of a TDE selection: wistful, a little downbeat and packed with plenty of atmosphere, and the style works favourably with Rock’s aforementioned grittiness, making for a good contrast that highlights the quality of the production without removing spotlight from Jay. His raps are solid throughout, throwing forth a couple of different flows but generally sticking to a quicker pace, and this is one that’s definitely worth checking out.
The huge posse cut from Ab-Soul’s recent (and very enjoyable) Control System album, with his TDE labelmates all coming through to help Ab-Soul out.
The sombre and relatively stripped back production on this creates a great environment for the TDE crew to flex their rapping muscles. Kendrick opens up with a brash and cocky verse, Soulo follows up with a decent verse and anthemic bridge/hook, before ScHoolboy comes through with the highlight verse, adding tons of emphasis to his raps by switching up and dialing back the aggressiveness alternately. Ab comes back in for another verse to stay front-of-mind, before Jay closes things off in the gruff tones and intense manner that he knows best. It’s a good collection of verses that displays the superb depth of talent in the TDE crew.
The video follows suit with the audio, being mostly minimal and focused around the rappers more than anything else. The dark scenescape undoubtedly adds to the power and grittiness of the track, whilst the siren lights create a little danger and urgency. It’s enough to complement a good hip-hop track, and one of the better posse cuts in recent months. Grab the Control System album now.
One that didn’t make the final cut for Royalty, but finds a home on DJ So Super Sam’s upcoming Trigger Happy mixtape. Admittedly, I’ve got no idea who she is but she’s grabbed a good track and some nice artwork.
TDE and Gambino seem to have a good relationship as this marks the third TDE rapper to work with Childish (after ScHoolboy Q and Ab-Soul), with Jay Rock coming through and probably stealing the show here. The production is one of those darker, gritter and more aggressive beats that Gambino favoured on Royalty, which suits Jay down to a tee as his rough, powerful style melds with the beat excellently, enhancing the intensity of the track. Things cool down a little for Gambino’s verse as he focuses a little more on the wordplay, though its still a solid verse that’s worth a go. That Alison Brie line…
This week’s episode features some true luminaries of the R&B game, including the emergence of previously-unreleased Nate Dogg material, the first such release since his unfortunate passing earlier this year.
New mixtape from DJ Kay Slay which features a whole host of familiar names. From the likes of Raekwon, 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes, Styles P, Papoose, Vado, Maino and Ghostface Killah, we can see a huge New York influence on this mixtape (wouldn’t expect any less from Kay Slay!).
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The legendary Tech N9ne (not heard of him? Well he probably makes more money from his shows than most of your favourite rappers!) gives us a delightful new mixtape.
I haven’t heard this mixtape (which is hosted by DJ Whoo Kid & DJ Scream) yet, but judging by his past material I expect this to be very good. With guest appearances from esteemed names like Jay Rock, Travis Barker, Cookin Soul and Dr. Dre, there’s a little something for everyone here.
I’m looking forward to this. Jay’s undoubtedly one of the better talents coming out of the West Coast hip-hop game, and has built a good reputation for himself over the last couple of years.
With his debut album due out early next year, this is pretty important material in his progression, so it’ll be interesting to see just how his music is sounding right now. If you’re not accquainted, hopefully this will prove to be a good introduction to his work. Without further ado…
Not a collabo, but instead three tracks for you here that got pushed to the background somewhat over the last day or two, due to the glut of heavyweight material dropped in that period. All good acts that have stepped up from that underground ‘level’ over the last 12 months, they should all be worth giving a go.
Couple of new Tech N9ne bangers for you this morning. Tech has such a unique style which comprises of the most intricate rhyme schemes and I’m surprised others haven’t tried to bite his flows. He has the ability to switch things up in an instant and can effectively spit slower when he wants to force his words home but can also rip apart the bars to create that overwhelming ‘wow’ factor.
The first, with Devin The Dude, is pretty chilled out and totally different from the second with Jay Rock; a high tempo, suitable-for-the-car kinda joint.
Most of y’all should be familiar with the XXL 10 Freshman thing they do. Last year’s was great, and they were pretty much spot on with them all. I can’t say I know as much about 2 or 3 of this year’s 10, but expect a lot from the ones I am familiar with. I do however find the inclusion of OJ Da Juiceman in a ‘serious’ list to be ridiculous (quiet down Tempest!). For those who haven’t yet checked out who’s in this year, click here.
Anyway, this is a mixtape full of new tracks from these guys and will 100% be worth grabbing. Some of these guys are definitely going to blow up this year, so don’t miss out.
No idea who, or what, a Kida is but he’s gone and grabbed some of hip-hop’s biggest and best for a pretty nice track. The track samples the famous ‘Holla!’ from Missy Elliott’s Get Your Freak On, and is a likeable joint. Definitely worth picking up on the strength of the features alone.
Another very dope track from the NBA Live 10 soundtrack. This is an uptempo anthem which will appeal to fans of all genres.
The verses are nicely flowed, and the hook is good too. The production is the winner here though, and just like the track I posted yesterday, is another great upbeat jam. What a soundtrack this is shaping up to be!
See below for the download link, as well as another awesome track from the NBA Live 10 OST from the super-dope Murs, which features Kurupt and Jay Rock.