Fashawn-Champagne and Styrofoam Cups (Mixtape)


I’m really quite unfair on Fashawn. Generally, his features are likeable, and the bits of his material I have listened to I’ve enjoyed. However, I never seem to get around to giving a full mixtape of his a go, and I’m not sure why.

On the plus side, this looks exciting. Quite odd, but there’s something to be said for a nice mixtape artwork and interesting name, and it’s better than the usual tripe that many trot out. Features include Wiz Khalifa, K-Young, Kobe and Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire, and the early reception to this from the hip-hop community has been very positive. Free stream and grab below.

Fashawn-Champagne and Styrofoam Cups

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Horseshoe Gang-#TrueStory EP

Brand new 10-track EP from one of the more enjoyable hip-hop groups in the game. Crooked I’s younger brothers clearly have the same intensity and aggression of their sibling, and it’s great to see them come through with a batch of original material, having been previously recognised for the quality of their freestyles and remixes.

I’ve caught a couple of tracks from this previously (Y’all Aint Ready and She Said) and have been suitably impressed by their work, and given their pedigree I expect the rest of the project to hold up. You can stream the whole thing here, or grab the download below.

Horseshoe Gang-#TrueStory EP

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R&B Fridays: Episode 138


Fridays were always overrated anyway.

Four posts to catch up on from the last week: Usher hooked up with Diplo for an enjoyable return to the spotlight, Ed Sheeran and Yelawolf came together for a free 4-track EP, Raheem DeVaughn made many folks’ Valentine’s Day with a new mixtape, and finally we were treated to an excellent slowed-down remix of Drake and The Weeknd’s Crew Love.

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Crooked I and K-Young-California Love 2011 Remix


As diverse as this series has been, this is definitely another step in mixing things up as this is practically original material: Crook takes time off from shredding other rappers’ beats and remixes the lesser-known California Love part 2 from top-to-bottom, with the only remnants being some of the samples used in the production.

Good raps from Crook as ever, switching up the flows across the entire track which gives his rhymes some nice versatility. Lyrics wise, it’s his usual West Coast style which naturally works fine in the context of the remix. Good hook from K-Young too, and certainly the most complete ‘song’ he’s made thus far in the HHWR series.

Crooked I-HHWR 14 ft. K-Young

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R&B Fridays: Episode 65


19 tracks from 19 different artists this week tells you that this episode is stacked with variety. Mostly established names too (at least in the R&B Fridays series!), so this is definitely one to be getting involved with.

As per usual routine, let’s catch up with the R&B week gone by: the new Rihanna single, Ne-Yo’s latest video, hugely anticipated visuals for Bruno Mars’ debut single, the official tracklisting for Bruno’s debut album, much-delayed video from Auburn, and finally the latest collab from Taio Cruz and Tinchy Stryder.
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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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Some More New K-Young and....Drake


Another new K-Young track, this one even better than the last! Drake brings his A-game once again. Really good track this, would sound great in a club, production sounds very much by Timbaland, but I’m not 100% sure it’s him so don’t quote me on that.

Apologies to Ajay if this was meant for R&B Fridays, but this track deserves a post of its own tbh.

K-Young – This Is For The DJ ft. Drake

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K-Young & Game


Followers of R&B Fridays may or may not recognise the name K-Young. Pretty good track this, always good to hear some Game, especially with us all waiting impatiently for his next album. Go grab the track below.

K-Young – Diamonds ft. The Game

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R&B Fridays: Episode 32


A nice blend of mainstream and underground artists this week, and a bit of variety in the artists too with no particular artists having more than one track in this episode.

Click on to get your weekly fill of R&B nutrition. Apologies if some of my analysis is a bit short this week, I’m in a rush! Doing 14 tracks ain’t easy…

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R&B Fridays: Episode 31


Unusual episode this one. I actually had a vast majority of this material with me by the end of Saturday night and could have probably written an entire episode right there. There was a great deal dropped later in the week too, making this episode 19 tracks deep and in terms of quality it’s potentially one of the best yet.

Click below for new/unreleased music from Usher, Ne-Yo, Bruno Mars and many more. As usual, a couple of newer artists in there too. Before you do though, be sure to grab this fantastic Christina Milian track that Indi liberated (and consequentially robbed from this episode!) earlier this week.

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