The backlash when Luda ‘turned pop’ last year was pretty strong, and he’s back with this offering, compiling tracks he’s been releasing every Friday for the past few weeks with some new, unheard efforts.
He’s definitely cashed that Fast and Furious 6 money early here, as a raft of big names are out with assists. Features include Young Jeezy, Chris Brown, Meek Mill, Swizz Beatz, Pusha T, Mac Miller and French Montana; essentially, a who’s who of guest artists in hip-hop over the last 18 months. There are some strong names behind the board too, with recent Roc Nation signee DJ Mustard, Mike Will Made It and Bangladesh amongst the contributors, and the signs point towards a solid mainstream hip-hop release, and hopefully it’s one that comes without the dance-pop work he’d previously released.
That promotional run for Born Sinner, landing June 25th, is really in high gear now. After throwing this EP’s opening track out, Cole liberates an additional 5 tracks to complete the set and provide more free listening ahead of that LP release. Features include Young Jeezy and 2 Chainz, whilst productions from Canei Finch and Jake One make the cut alongside several self-produced Cole efforts, which themselves will naturally raise the interest of many given the quality of his previous works. There isn’t a great deal more to add here, and I’m sure you need little convincing; 5 more free Cole tracks, and you can stream or download them 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.
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.
The official remix was originally rumoured to be a 17-track posse cut, but it looks like Trini has just called on his fellow Atlanta to help out instead, with three of the city’s heaviest hitters lending verses to his breakout single.
T.I. opens up with the highlight verse, his stuttered flow being a nice change in style for him, and standing out alongside those on this. Jeezy opens with plenty of potential with his rough voice being a great fit for the beat, before reverting to Trinidad’s flow which arguably pulls his verse down slightly, though he recovers as it goes on. 2 Chainz is sweeping up and whilst you’d think this is a beat perfectly suited to him, he instead proves he’s not got much to him, and instead helps to answer the Trinidad James dilemma: why is he so replayable? He’s committed to his ‘character’, whereas 2 Chainz hovers between a Trini type and trying to prove he can rap, leaving him in a bad grey area. Nice to get new verses on this beat though, the original’s fans will enjoy this.
Along with Hit-Boy, this guy’s been one of the legitimate breakout stars in the production world over the last 18 months, and here he collates some of his more well-known beats alongside some brand new original material for a massive 25-track free release.
The track’s he’s produced for others include names such as Rihanna, Future, Kelly Rowland and B.o.B, whilst his original additions to the tape benefit from some rather popular guests, including Young Jeezy, Chief Keef, Jim Jones and many more. Whether you’re a fan of his beat style or not, I’m sure there’ll be a few heavy-hitting party joints on this one to add to those new year playlists. Stream and download below at your leisure.
17 new tracks from Young Jeezy is never a bad thing, and the Snowman comes through with a huge set of guests that makes this project even more essential to grab.
Features include Trey Songz, E-40, 2 Chainz and YG, whilst the production credits house Mike Will Made It, Warren G, DJ Mustard and plenty more. Lodi, who I’m unfamiliar with, features on one track and produces three, so there may also be a new star made here with such a huge co-sign. Sadly, the enjoyable We Done It Again doesn’t feature, but if its any indication of what to expect then we’re certainly in for some good listening. Free stream and grab below.
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.
One of the most anticipated releases in recent weeks, Big Sean drops off his first project since his mainstream breakout debut LP, Finally Famous.
We’ve caught three tracks from this so far, each with their own very different charms, displaying that Sean’s newly-gained popularity hasn’t affected his versatility or desire for hip-hop. The tracklist honestly reads like an album, with huge features in the shape of Kendrick Lamar, close friend Mike Posner, Chris Brown and fellow Detroit native Royce Da 5’9″ amongst several others, whilst Snoop Lion (Dogg), Common and Young Jeezy feature on their own interlude sections, each titled Story. That sort of detail is always appreciated on an album, let alone a mixtape, and I’m sure it’ll all contribute to what’s set up to be an excellent all-round project. Free grab available below.
With zero knowledge that this was due today, I’ve coincidentally been listening to some old school Wayne recently, reliving the glory days when he was unquestionably the hottest (whatever that means) in the game. Da Drought 3, for those of you interested.
Fail after fail means I’m far removed from this guy’s career nowadays though. His releases have been generally disappointing (everyone played Tha Carter 4 for about a week before pretty much never touching it again), but if there’s one medium that will always provide a glimmer of hope for Wayne fans, it’s the mixtape scene. If he can rediscover the hunger and fury he once had, I’ve got no doubts this will be a great project, however his recently-professed love and preference for skateboarding doesn’t bode well. A handful of big features on this as you’d expect, and you can grab the 15-track for free below.
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.
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.
The final release as part of TDE appreciation week, and it’s a huge collaboration as Kendrick hooks up with the Snowman for an easygoing freebie that’ll sit well with many on this hot summer day.
A vocal sample anchors the production, giving the track a laidback soul vibe, one that’s enhanced by the slowed down percussion and synth backdrop. Kendrick’s raps ride the production with a bouncy energy, dialling back the internal monologues he usually favours for a more upbeat performance, and the combination of his more positive style and the bright beat will certainly draw comparisons with The Recipe. Jeezy drops in halfway through to add a little grittiness to the package, bringing those unmistakeable street raps to round this one off as a solid hip-hop summer jam.
Did you think I forgot about the original R&B Fridays fans? This one is nothing more than a slice of club music that’ll keep those R&B/pop heads going until Trey drops off the Chapter V album on 21st August.
The production is bass-heavy, anchoring around punchy booms that’ll rattle your speakers and supported by light synths and samples that add some finer detail. There’s nothing particularly revolutionary in the beat, and it’s clearly just one intended to get your head-nodding and not a whole lot else, which is no crime. It’s one very suited to being rapped on, and hence Jeezy ends up being the real standout here with a memorable verse courtesy of his gravelly tones and ever-catchy adlibs complementing the beat well. Trey’s hook is a touch weaker than it should be, but nonetheless I’m sure plenty of folks will be reciting it on dancefloors across the country soon enough, whilst his and Wayne’s verses are little more than average. Worth a go for that Jeezy verse.
This all star cast ensemble to bring us visuals for their recent remix of Tyga’s Rack City. Nothing really special to see, fairly basic hip hop video, but for a song like this, that’s all it needs. It’s just good to see such names get together and do something like this; as you all know, I love my collabos.
Originally I said my favourite verse of mine on this strangely addictive track is T.I.’s, but I’ve really warmed to Wale’s opening verse.
I wasn’t particularly enamoured with the original version of this track when it first dropped, but the addition of Young Jeezy has certainly made me pay attention. Production wise it’s almost tailor-made for Jeezy, who has been in a rich vein of form as of late, whilst the visuals themselves make this video a decent watch.
I can’t say I’m that excited about B.o.B’s next album (given the pop-styled nature of his last effort), but if he returns to his more innovative style of his early career then it should get some positive shine.
The remix to the massive hit that was Rack City sees Tyga, Wale, Fabolous, Meek Mill, Young Jeezy and T.I. all team up; what a lineup. Along with this official remix a video has been shot too. Best verse? For me it goes to T.I. who is really starting to come back into form after his latest jail stint. Download below.
Jeezy’s album TM103 was a long time in the making and it was finally released at the back end of last year; it did not disappoint.
Supa Freak being one of those classic Jeezy records which has an incredibly hyped up beat and a hook that’ll stay in your head for ages, if you like this then you’ll love his album! Typical club video which is certainly suited to a track like this.
Going into Lloyd’s King of Hearts release a few months ago, this was undoubtedly the track that really excited me and got plenty of rotation. I’ve somehow conspired to overlook listening to the album (which is odd, considering my long-term support for Lloyd), but that doesn’t change the fact that this is undoubtedly one of the year’s better R&B efforts.
The upbeat, energetic style of the track is matched by the charisma and confidence of all artists involved, whilst the intensity and moodiness of the audio which is captured excellently by the dark lighting that engulfs many of the scenes, along with the sexually aggressive male-female interactions (the clear crotch grab by one of the models on Lloyd, for one!). It’s a fast-moving, fiery video that has an all-too-rare unfiltered, raw feel about it, and is certainly worth a watch for a refresh of the excellent audio. Grab Lloyd’s King of Hearts on iTunes now.
Thug Motivation 103 is seemingly just around the corner, and the most anticipated track from the project emerges, as the Snowman grabs two of the game’s icons for one of the year’s better hip-hop lineups.
A very bright, perky sample sets a tone of positivity from the offset, with luscious bass amply supporting it throughout. Whilst it’s an uplifting production, it doesn’t overshadow the vocal work as many of these sort of productions can, and that’s just as well with three very enjoyable verses from each rapper. Each artist takes turns rapping about their siginifcant other, with Jeezy’s slow, husky raps opening things up in style, whilst Jay follows up and really throws back to the early 00′s, as his lady-centric raps effortlessly take to this soulful production. 3 Stacks closes the affair out and much like Jay, the throwback vibe is stamped all over his verse, as Dre’s subject and style slide onto this beat smoothly throughout. A very likeable slice of rap.
This song was like an announcement that both Jeezy and T.I. are back to infectiously infest our airwaves, and the video is a good job of delivering that message too. Nice materialistic video, which does well in conveying the message that the problems these stars have to go through, whilst bad in itself, ultimately is nothing compared to certain hardships, encapsulated perfectly by the following Jeezy lines from this song:
“Sometimes you wanna scream to God, but he can’t hear you
And even if you did, this’ll probably be his answer
F*** you complainin’ ’bout? It ain’t like you got cancer”
Even so, these fellas have no time for haters it seems.
So Jeezy’s album, TM103, is supposedly out soon? Looks like the Snowman is back in time for Christmas!
T.I. returns to our ears with this rather good collaboration with Young Jeezy, both lamenting the envious people in their lives that have bittered their lifestyle.
A strong track, produced well by the infamous J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, that should get a fair few plays for those of you who like these artists. Question on everyone’s lips is when the hell is Jeezy bringing out the new album!?
Young Jeezy returns to give us a new mixtape, the sequel to the mixtape he dropped around three months ago. Fans have been impatiently waiting for him to drop his upcoming album, TM103, but this should alleviate fans just a little while longer.
TM103 is finally coming out on September the 20th! Go grab this 11-track mixtape below to warm yourself up to The Snowman.
A lineup that promises much, but for me the end product unfortunately falls slightly short of the quality rightfully expected of this superstar collective.
Taken from Pusha’s upcoming Fear of God EP, the track boasts a Lex Luger (or Lex Luger replica) production, and Pusha comes through with some solid work on his verse that adapts to that urgent, intense production style nicely. His verse comes sandwiched between two snarling Kanye West verses that don’t push any lyrical boundaries, and hence are slightly disappointing, whilst Jeezy’s closing verse suffers from the same flaws. The hook is solid, as the beat retracts into a calmer, more serene style that blends well with Jeezy’s gravelly voice. Worth a listen, but nothing that will get much long-term play.
The husky-voiced rapper returns to the limelight with his latest mixtape effort, hooking up with Drama for a 20-track mixtape with loads of original material.
It has to be said that this wasn’t released to much fanfare. Whether that’s because it was relatively unexpected, or because fans are impatient with the fact his TM103 album is repeadtedly delayed is unclear, but we’ll see if the Snowman can reel those heads back in with this one. Few solid features on this one too, grab the tape for free below.
Well, hasn’t this song got me hot under the collar! There’s too much sexiness here as Lloyd enlists the help of Trey Songz and Young Jeezy for his next single, Be The One, from his upcoming album King of Hearts, set to be released on July 5th.
Polow Da Don laces Lloyd with a hard, thumping beat that’s sure to be a hit in the clubs, whilst the track’s lyrical content is faithful to its title; sexually charged and bound to appease women. As we have come to expect with both Lloyd and Trey Songz, the quality of the vocals on show are of a high order, with the rap-influenced singing fitting into the song very comfortably. It’s not a competition of course, but I do prefer Trey Songz’s verse as his vocals feel more natural to the song than Lloyd’s. Young Jeezy anchors the track nicely, offering a change of pace and flowing onto the beat with pure ease.
Couple of days off on this, but with 15 rappers on one song, I think you’ll probably let it slide. For those that aren’t familiar with Racks, it’s essentially one of those infectious mainstream hip-hop tracks that comes out of nowhere and takes on a life of its own, helped in part by various rappers jumping on the beat (don’t worry, I’ve labelled them in order for you!).
14 of them join YC here, some having released remixes prior to this official all-star compliation, with most being very well known names. It’s hard to pick a winning verse from the bunch, though B.o.B, Trae Tha Truth and Nelly (surprisingly) made enjoyable contributions.
Following on from the UK Remix of Banks’ smash Start It Up Young Jeezy comes through and add a verse to another official remix.
As well as the Jeezy verse added to the beginning of the joint, which has to be said is fire, Banks has also laid down a different verse than his original which helps to freshen the whole thing up. The new Banks verse is much better than his previous effort, but with the time he’s had to come up with it, it should be. I’d actually say this is a far stronger version overall than the original, so if you liked that (who didn’t?!) make sure you grab this.