How does DJ Mustard do it? I can’t claim to have completed his entire production discography, but I’ve certainly caught a big chunk of it, and I’m always impressed. After breaking through with Tyga’s Rack City, he’s steadily delivered a mixture of mainstream favourites and slept-on speaker rattlers, and here he serves YG with what’s sure to be another big hit for him.
The common factor in Mustard’s production is sheer simplicity (and clean mastering), and that trait continues here. Those clean layers work their independent magic here, with those trademark dark synths accompanied by ominous keys, catchy claps and a healthy dose of bass; each layer is very distinct from the others, and not only does that contrast allow for appreciation of each element, but it’s the track’s pacing and rhythm that ties them all together into a bouncy, head-nodding affair. At heart, it’s quite a sombre, moody production but the sum of the parts ends up being a much funkier listen than it has any right to be, though of course that’s helped by the contributions of YG and Drake, who both ride along this beat smoothly. YG’s rougher delivery works with the grittier elements of the production well, whilst Drake’s quicker flow is a great compliment to the percussion work, and arguably steals the show.
A probable mainstream hit, and a definite addition to any car playlist worth its salt.
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?
DJ Mustard has done it again. Most of his beats have rather similar features (Rack City, T.O., Red Cafe’s Game Over and so on), namely bassy, booming melodies, but quite simply it works. Here, that formula is sped up a little and accompanied by a more minimal percussion than usual, with the claps only really showing up sporadically, but once again the beat is completely held together by those bassy, low-down notes.
The raps are everything you’d expect for a mainstream track of this ilk, with Jeezy’s gristly, double-layered voice being a good contrast to the chunky production, whilst his intensity sets him apart from his company on the track too. In terms of technical skill and wit, Kendrick unsurprisingly takes the win, whilst the other two verses are pretty redunant in truth. A fun effort that’s worth a go, though primarily for Jeezy and Kendrick.
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.
LA Leakers-The 2013 Draft Picks
Easily my favourite remix to date of this track, and arguably just as good as (if not better than) the original, Nipsey and YG throw some visuals together for their unofficial West Coast remix of Drake and Lil’ Wayne’s The Motto.
YG opens with his laidback, magnetising verse that doesn’t boast any head-bending wordplay but has a nice flow and easy rhyme scheme, blending excellently with the production, whilst the video has some nice flashes of charisma from YG, as he takes things to the club to inject a little energy into the track.
Nipsey Snoop Dogg Jr. follows up with his very likeable verse (I find myself repeating the first two lines in my head continuously!), and maintains the momentum with more activity and vibrancy in the visuals. Sidenote: It’s definitely a good move leaving the Drake hook on the track, and it’s certainly where most of the other remixes have fallen short. Grab the audio (which also includes a Snoop Dogg verse) for this here.
A contender for my favourite track on Take Care, The Motto’s got a hypnotising production that’s difficult to resist, and it has to be said that I’m thankful to finally have someone else to hear on the production.
Three of LA’s prominent MC’s come through here, and each takes to the bassy beat with relative ease. YG opens with a laidback yet bouncy flow that uses the natural rises of the productions well, whilst Nipsey follows with a sharper, slightly more aggressive style in a similar flow to YG’s. Snoop closes the game out with a pause-filled performance that ensures his verse remains a little unique, and whilst it’s certainly not the best verse on the track, credit is due for changing it up from the previous two verses. Good remix, definitely worth a grab if you liked the original.
YG, Nipsey Hu$$le and Snoop Dogg-The Motto Remix
The most star-studded remix of Wiz Khalifa’s single thus far, which says a lot given the huge catalogue of remixes now out there.
Probably one of the best one too, as Game does a superb job with his verse, showing the kind of diversity in his flow and delivery that I haven’t heard from him in quite some time. Snoop opens the track with a passable verse, and YG closes it out with a decent contribution. Definitely worth grabbing for the Game verse.
Game-Purp and Yellow ft. Snoop Dogg and YG