My internet has been out for days, so I apologise for the delay. That being said, hip-hop’s current malaise means even obvious releases like this are completely slipping under my radar. I generally enjoy Game’s material, but even he hasn’t escaped the effects of my boredom with rap as of late.
Nonetheless, it’ll be a project I’m certainly going to give a go, if only for the inevitable handful of car-ready highlights that will emerge. Game’s usual running buddies turn up, alongside some of the newer breed, with features from Chris Brown, Lil’ Wayne, Nipsey Hu$$le, ScHoolboy Q, Diddy, Elijah Blake and K. Roosevelt amongst many more, whilst the production lineup boasts appearances from Cool & Dre, DJ Mustard and League of Starz. It’s pretty much everything a mainstream hip-hop head needs, and is available to stream and download below.
Fair play to Funk Flex for this though, as the lineup is unbelievable and essentially a snapshot of mainstream hip-hop at this moment in time. Appearances include A$AP Rocky, Joey Bada$$, 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.
Sourmilk and Justin Credible (props to those who associate that name with the old wrestler) have built up quite the name for themselves over the last couple of years as the LA Leakers, and their status as pre-eminent West Coast DJs is verified with this collection of unreleased tracks and remixes from some huge names.
Ryan Leslie, Wale, Pac Div, A$AP Rocky and Problem are amongst the established names contributing, whilst Ryan McDermott, Audio Push and Trinidad James are part of the very talented and/or popular upcomers featured here. For the mainstream and middle-ground hip-hop heads, there’s no reason you wouldn’t be grabbing this and I’ll delay you no further-head below for the free stream and grab.
After celebrating five years of groundbreaking music and events, Brooklyn indie powerhouse Fool’s Gold Records puts a giant exclamation point on 2012 with the release of their highly anticipated rap compilation Loosies on December 18th.
Fool’s Gold are one of those labels that a surprising number of well-known acts have had some form of interaction with. From A-Trak being Kanye West’s former tour DJ and Kid Cudi breaking out on the label, to their current roster that boasts Danny Brown, Donnis and many more, they’re one of those labels that don’t force their brand on you, and instead let their acts do their work-an admirable quality.
This LP boasts 23 tracks from their artists and various guests, the latter including Juicy J, Jim Jones and Chuck Inglish, and certainly has some quality about it: an example includes Danny Brown’s thunderous Molly Ringwald, which got plenty of attention back in July. Stream the full thing here, and use the iTunes links in the player to grab the full project for yourself.
Keeping it West, the L.A. Leakers recruited L.A.’s own Problem and the Bay Area’s Ya Boy and Clyde Carson for the stripper anthem, “Strip”. The L.A. Leakers Presents: The 2013 Draft Picks coming very soon!
Another remix drops for the popular G.O.O.D. Music anthem, and this is certainly an enjoyable one. Much like the west coast remix of The Motto that dropped way back when, there’s something intangibly enjoyable about hearing left coast guys on these bouncy, bassy productions. Problem comes through with an easy, memorable hook once again, setting the song off with a catchy quality before bringing a little energy in his verse, before Ya Boy and Clyde come through with solid contributions. Likeable remix to sit alongside the original.
The man knows how to deliver a catchy hook, and though his original Welcome to Mollywood tape showed glimpses of being able to produce more than that, this sequel is the real opportunity to capitalise on his buzz with some consistent performances.
His recent work on the all-star Function remix (which is also featured on this tape) has really increased his visibility in the music world, and he’s dialled back the features on the rest of the tape in favour of spotlighting himself-a good move to try and establish his own brand. I’ve caught one track from this, Like Whaaaat, which had a surprising early 90s hip-hop style to the production, and definitely warrants a few listens. Let’s see if the rest of the tape holds up.
One that hasn’t even been in danger of leaving my rotation since entering it way back in May, this is easily my favourite club/mainstream hip-hop track in recent months. That bassy, indescribably thick production is head-meltingly addictive and screams out ‘hit!’, whilst Problem lays down another stick-around hook that holds everything together strongly. On top of all that, you’ve got a lineup with some of hip-hop’s biggest names contributing verses. It’s tough to top that for a club banger.
40 Water opens with a good verse, with his distinctive tones meshing well with the beat, before Jeezy jumps in to really take the track to another level, with his rough voice making this the highlight verse. Chris Brown steps up next with a surprisingly listenable verse, and he’s followed by French Montana, who’s little disappointing on this one, before Red Cafe closes it out with a solid contribution.
The video packs in a ton of cameos, from Big Sean to Freddie Gibbs, and it’s always fun to see the hip-hop community turn out to lift a track to a better status. Definitely worth a watch and listen, and you can grab the audio right here.
Sometimes, I just attach myself to an artist and I’m not 100% sure why. Over the last year or so, I’ve really kept an eye out for Problem’s music/features, and whilst I’ve probably missed some, there’s a general likeability about the guy that I can’t quite pinpoint. The likely reason is a combination of his brash style, catchy delivery and ear for a beat, and frankly his music is simple stuff that just gets your head nodding.
Aside from his feature on a Snoop track a couple of years back, this is the track I’ve enjoyed most of his to date. It’s no lyrical masterpiece, it has no complex wordplay, and isn’t a feat of production genius. Instead, it’s a rude, simplistic and fantastically addictive track that remained a guilty pleasure track of mine for months recently. Easily my favourite track on Problem’s Welcome to Mollywood, DJ Mustard beat draws on his popular Rack City beat for inspiration with a dark, intense style coupled with a club sensibility, whilst Prob and Skeme hold nothing back with their catchy raps and extremely infectious hook. One of those tracks that bounces pretty nicely in the car, and you can grab it on Problem’s mixtape here.
If you liked Upside Down (the Snoop/Nipsey/Problem collab) you’ll really like this. It’s the same sort of catchy, simple track. I think this Problem guy has a bit of mileage in him to be honest as he’s made both tracks pretty fun to listen to, whilst not lowering to Gucci/Soulja levels. A track to check out, and an artist to watch.
I dropped the ball a bit here. I thought I’d posted most of these up, and clearly I was wrong. Oh well. Click below to help yourself to some more brainless party music, some of which could be playing in a club near you soon.