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Future Presents F.B.G. - The Movie (Mixtape, 2013)
Future’s back with the rest of Freebandz to drop this all new mixtape. Somewhere, there’s a Sisqo feature. 

Future Presents F.B.G. - The Movie (Mixtape, 2013)

Future’s back with the rest of Freebandz to drop this all new mixtape. Somewhere, there’s a Sisqo feature. 

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Lil Reese - Don’t Like (3Hunna Ent./Def Jam, 2012)
My second favorite member of GBE dropped his debut mixtape today, entirely produced by Young Chop. Features from Chief Keef, Lil Durk, Fredo Santana, King Louie, Freddie Gibbs, and Hell Rell. 

Lil Reese - Don’t Like (3Hunna Ent./Def Jam, 2012)

My second favorite member of GBE dropped his debut mixtape today, entirely produced by Young Chop. Features from Chief Keef, Lil Durk, Fredo Santana, King Louie, Freddie Gibbs, and Hell Rell. 

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Waka Flocka Flame & French Montana - Lockout (Mixtape, 2011)
This is surprisingly dope (and up-North). I was afraid this mixtape was going to be full of Choppa Down’s, with faux-Luger beats everywhere, but French and Waka manage to balance out their signature aesthetics equally for the tape. There’s a lot of slow, lurching beats here, as well as gothic-trap bangers. There’s even a song called Wavy, as well as recreation of Mobb Deep’s Hell On Earth, We Mobb, featuring P himself. 

Waka Flocka Flame & French Montana - Lockout (Mixtape, 2011)

This is surprisingly dope (and up-North). I was afraid this mixtape was going to be full of Choppa Down’s, with faux-Luger beats everywhere, but French and Waka manage to balance out their signature aesthetics equally for the tape. There’s a lot of slow, lurching beats here, as well as gothic-trap bangers. There’s even a song called Wavy, as well as recreation of Mobb Deep’s Hell On Earth, We Mobb, featuring P himself. 

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2 Chainz - T.R.U. REALigion (mixtape, 2011)
Tity 2 Necklace’s latest release comes out amidst this recent influx of mixtapes. As far as I’m concerned, Rocky and 2 Chainz are the only thing from the last couple days I have any desire I listen to, as the rest of the mixtapes are split between rappers from the 90s and rappers who wish they were. I haven’t heard the full project yet, but if the first six tracks are any indication, this mixtape exceeds expectations. 
(also, Tity is pissing in the album cover. WTF?)

2 Chainz - T.R.U. REALigion (mixtape, 2011)

Tity 2 Necklace’s latest release comes out amidst this recent influx of mixtapes. As far as I’m concerned, Rocky and 2 Chainz are the only thing from the last couple days I have any desire I listen to, as the rest of the mixtapes are split between rappers from the 90s and rappers who wish they were. I haven’t heard the full project yet, but if the first six tracks are any indication, this mixtape exceeds expectations. 

(also, Tity is pissing in the album cover. WTF?)

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Future - Ain’t No Way Around It (E1, 2011)

I have to give Drama a lot of props for giving Future the sole honor of having a solo track on his latest album, The Third Power. Despite Future recently signing to a major label, and the fact that Drama’s albums have little relevance in comparison to his mixtapes, this is Future’s first appearance (to my knowledge of these things) on a studio album. I was a bit dissapointed that it wasn’t a new track, but you can’t really go wrong with one of the strongest cuts from arguably Future’s best project yet, True Story.

The video though - well, that’s a different story. Within the first minute we see a girl vomiting, an impersonation of Michael Douglas from Falling Down, and Future (sporting a cool Back to The Future patch) rapping inside a poison control center. I mean really, what the fuck is going on here? 

Whatever, though. Askranawt Keed 4 Lyf. 

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2 Chainz - Riot (Mixtape, 2011)

Did TUHHH CHAAAAAAAAYYYYYYNZ finally figure out that he wasn’t going to be successful with a name presumably derived from a woman’s breasts? I think Motorboater would’ve been a more respectable name than Tity Boi, and I still wouldn’t listen to an artist named that unless he was infatuated with speedboats and jet-skis. 

Regardless of his idenity’s origins, it seems with the name change (I know he’s been referring to himself as 2 Chainz for well over a year but it’s never been his official moniker) has come a slightly new attitude and fresh approach. Though this song is called Riot, it’s the same drug-addled flow Tity’s been riding since last year Codeine Cowboy, though with more focus and a better sense of what he wants to accomplish. How 2 Chainz intends on inciting a riot with this song is pretty unclear - from the sound of his voice, 2 Chainz has drank himself into a codeine-infused coma, and DJ Spinz’ instrumental, while ominous, is more likely to make you light up a blunt than an establishment. There are shades of an aggressive snarl here though, and unlike many of Chainz’ past songs where lifelessness tended to be a problem, I can feel him coming to life (or slowly losing his life) here.

One thing I noticed on this song, is 2 Chainz’ severe case of Bobby Brown-jaw in that second verse. Dude sounds like he needs to stick his face in the sink for a good half hour in order to get his heart to start beating again. That’s something we tend to mark for around these parts, so let’s just hope that’s a stylistic choice. 

2 Titties’ Tru REALigion (complete with very ugly cover-art) drops November 1st, and I’m looking forward to it. 

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The goon to end all goons, Trouble 2X, just jacked the title of Bow Wow’s mixtape series. I doubt that Romeo’s only comtemporary will have anything negative to say about it, though.

The goon to end all goons, Trouble 2X, just jacked the title of Bow Wow’s mixtape series. I doubt that Romeo’s only comtemporary will have anything negative to say about it, though.

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Roscoe Dash - Dash Effect (Dat Piff, 2011)
The good news: Roscoe Dash has released a new mixtape! The bad news: it’s a lot of freestyles, is 34 tracks long, and features some poor audio quality. No matter how badly I want Roscoe to succeed as a solo artist, and no matter how capable he is of crafting ridiculously catchy hooks and releasing some of the best singles on the radio, the kid can not put together a full body of work. This partially explains why Interscope hasn’t Yung LA’d him just yet; his success as a feature artist speaks for itself. He’s the main reason that No Hands succeeded, and he’s also made Big Sean’s unbearable (but endearingly named) Marvin Gaye & Chardonay far more tolerable than it has any right to be. All The Way Turnt Up and Show Out were both fantastic singles, as were most of the other video-accompanied tracks that came out in 2010. Even his new single, Awesome, lives up to it’s name sake, featuring Roscoe’s tradional sugary sing-song flow and penchant for creating huge hooks.
But yet here we are, so many mixtapes and a leak/shelved album later, and Roscoe Dash can’t put together anything than a few brilliant singles shrouded in the midst of a bunch of mediocre original material and at times embarrassing freestyles. Roscoe Dash is a very talented rapper and song-writer, but I often wonder if he’ll ever be able to fully realize his potential. Maybe if he was given an actual budget; get on it, Iovine.

Roscoe Dash - Dash Effect (Dat Piff, 2011)

The good news: Roscoe Dash has released a new mixtape! The bad news: it’s a lot of freestyles, is 34 tracks long, and features some poor audio quality. No matter how badly I want Roscoe to succeed as a solo artist, and no matter how capable he is of crafting ridiculously catchy hooks and releasing some of the best singles on the radio, the kid can not put together a full body of work. This partially explains why Interscope hasn’t Yung LA’d him just yet; his success as a feature artist speaks for itself. He’s the main reason that No Hands succeeded, and he’s also made Big Sean’s unbearable (but endearingly named) Marvin Gaye & Chardonay far more tolerable than it has any right to be. All The Way Turnt Up and Show Out were both fantastic singles, as were most of the other video-accompanied tracks that came out in 2010. Even his new single, Awesome, lives up to it’s name sake, featuring Roscoe’s tradional sugary sing-song flow and penchant for creating huge hooks.

But yet here we are, so many mixtapes and a leak/shelved album later, and Roscoe Dash can’t put together anything than a few brilliant singles shrouded in the midst of a bunch of mediocre original material and at times embarrassing freestyles. Roscoe Dash is a very talented rapper and song-writer, but I often wonder if he’ll ever be able to fully realize his potential. Maybe if he was given an actual budget; get on it, Iovine.

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Young Jeezy - The Real Is Back (CTE, 2011)
While everyone is writing about strange white girls that happen to rap and trying to play A&R by breaking the next hipster-rap act to emerge, Young Jeezy quietly releases his first mixtape with DJ Drama since I Am The Street Dream. The Real Is Back is easily the best thing Jeezy’s done since last year’s Trap Or Die 2. While it’s not a complete return to form (there’s still some lazy rapping and too many CTE features), the production remains on point throughout and Jeezy has rediscovered his natural charisma. Focusing on his strengths (double and sometimes triple layering his vocals to the point that he sounds like a strong-arm militia/double entendres that allow him to rap half short, twice strong), The Real Is Back is a breath of fresh air in this blog-rap thick atmosphere. Mainstream gangsta shit by someone other than Ross and Brick Squad that bangs.

Young Jeezy - The Real Is Back (CTE, 2011)

While everyone is writing about strange white girls that happen to rap and trying to play A&R by breaking the next hipster-rap act to emerge, Young Jeezy quietly releases his first mixtape with DJ Drama since I Am The Street Dream. The Real Is Back is easily the best thing Jeezy’s done since last year’s Trap Or Die 2. While it’s not a complete return to form (there’s still some lazy rapping and too many CTE features), the production remains on point throughout and Jeezy has rediscovered his natural charisma. Focusing on his strengths (double and sometimes triple layering his vocals to the point that he sounds like a strong-arm militia/double entendres that allow him to rap half short, twice strong), The Real Is Back is a breath of fresh air in this blog-rap thick atmosphere. Mainstream gangsta shit by someone other than Ross and Brick Squad that bangs.

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Travis Porter - Music Money Magnums (Porter House/Jive, 2011)
Music Money Magnums plays out sorta like a swag-rap opus; the type of wholly consistent project that young Leland and FIRH NAME LAH NAME could never put together, and Roscoe Dash will likely never assemble thanks to politics at Interscope. The production here is mostly handled by KB and FKi, and as KE’s proven in the past, the best swag-rap producers go strictly by initials. Despite the duties of MMM being handled almost entirely by these two (with some appearances behind the boards from Nard & B, Illfonics, M16, Big Fruit and Josh Holiday), the project never starts to drag at the result of similar-sounding songs; it just provides a strong sense of cohesiveness to the project, and everything presented here top-notch. Tinkling pianos make their presence felt amongst all the synth and hi-hats, and the 808s pound. This is the perfect sonic landscape for Travis Porter to flutter around.
The Travie trio show out here, too; though they’re still kinda hard to distinguish from one another unless you have a radical ear for detail and vocal inflection (note: I don’t, there are still Clipse verses that I mistake the Brothers Thornton for one another), that doesn’t take away from their performance here. Travis are as entertaining as always; their raps still delightfully playful, and their delivery still floating around in a state of ecstasy. The narrative of the story clearly focuses on the Magnumpart of their Holy Trinity, as the tape is dominated with sexual escapades, leaving little room for discussion considering Music and Money. Despite that, the music here is just instantly digestible; if you’re not vibing with Travie within the first five tracks, you maybe in a vegetative state. The money? Well, that’s certainly going to come in large amounts if Travis Porter’s debut album is equally this infectious.
Music Money Magnums is a very early candidate for mixtape of the year; this should’ve been saved as their Jive release, but it’s telling that they released a project this consistently enjoyable from start to finish for free on the first Wednesday of February. If you’re not down with Travie yet, this as good of place as any to start; if you’re already riding for Porter House, then you’ll be more than satisfied with Travis’ latest effort.
Also, judging by this mixtapes’ Kush and Orange Juice levels of exposure and fan support, don’t be surprised if Travis Porter becomes a household name before 2011 is over. Hopefully they can just successfully follow-up this incredible effort with a solid retail-release.

Travis Porter - Music Money Magnums (Porter House/Jive, 2011)

Music Money Magnums plays out sorta like a swag-rap opus; the type of wholly consistent project that young Leland and FIRH NAME LAH NAME could never put together, and Roscoe Dash will likely never assemble thanks to politics at Interscope. The production here is mostly handled by KB and FKi, and as KE’s proven in the past, the best swag-rap producers go strictly by initials. Despite the duties of MMM being handled almost entirely by these two (with some appearances behind the boards from Nard & B, Illfonics, M16, Big Fruit and Josh Holiday), the project never starts to drag at the result of similar-sounding songs; it just provides a strong sense of cohesiveness to the project, and everything presented here top-notch. Tinkling pianos make their presence felt amongst all the synth and hi-hats, and the 808s pound. This is the perfect sonic landscape for Travis Porter to flutter around.

The Travie trio show out here, too; though they’re still kinda hard to distinguish from one another unless you have a radical ear for detail and vocal inflection (note: I don’t, there are still Clipse verses that I mistake the Brothers Thornton for one another), that doesn’t take away from their performance here. Travis are as entertaining as always; their raps still delightfully playful, and their delivery still floating around in a state of ecstasy. The narrative of the story clearly focuses on the Magnumpart of their Holy Trinity, as the tape is dominated with sexual escapades, leaving little room for discussion considering Music and Money. Despite that, the music here is just instantly digestible; if you’re not vibing with Travie within the first five tracks, you maybe in a vegetative state. The money? Well, that’s certainly going to come in large amounts if Travis Porter’s debut album is equally this infectious.

Music Money Magnums is a very early candidate for mixtape of the year; this should’ve been saved as their Jive release, but it’s telling that they released a project this consistently enjoyable from start to finish for free on the first Wednesday of February. If you’re not down with Travie yet, this as good of place as any to start; if you’re already riding for Porter House, then you’ll be more than satisfied with Travis’ latest effort.

Also, judging by this mixtapes’ Kush and Orange Juice levels of exposure and fan support, don’t be surprised if Travis Porter becomes a household name before 2011 is over. Hopefully they can just successfully follow-up this incredible effort with a solid retail-release.