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Young Scooter - Beautiful Day (feat. Travis Porter) (Mixtape, 2013)

how often do you hear the word beautiful associated with trap music? Young Scooter, who has finally graduated from being a third-tier trap rapper, has dropped the most important project of his life. Last year’s Married To The Streets was a promising look at the rapper who has consistently served as a great foil to Future (and now to his other boss, Gucci Mane) but despite some bright moments and displaying his potential as a solo artist, it still wasn’t enough for Scooter to break through to that next level. “Columbia” was the moment that changed a lot of people’s minds on Scooter, along with his many guest appearances on Trap God, but Street Lottery is his true arrival. 

There are plenty of strong moments on Street Lottery, but maybe none better than the gorgeous “Beautiful Day” with Travie. Equipped with gorgeous piano plucks and a vibe reminiscent of classics like Scarface’s “Smile”, “Beautiful Day” is the first feel good anthem of the year, where Scooter raps positively about the upcoming birth of his daughter, while Travie stunt with new cars, still maintaining the optimism of a new father. 

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KAP - #KAPfe (self-released, 2012)
KAP, who are really only known for their (or Lil G, more specifically) excellent collaboration with Chief Keef, "Tatted Like Amigos", released their latest mixtape yesterday. As a group of three kids out of Atlanta, they sound inconspicuously like Travis Porter - one of the members ever bares an uncanny resemblance to Ali, and I’m almost entirely sure that is Ali’s twin brother or Ali himself under another pseudonym. Lil G is the clear stand-out of the group, as Not Ali and their chubby friend offer little that we’ve yet to hear, but Lil G’s Lil Mexico lingo and off-key sing-song almost takes this tape above the cusp of mediocrity (as it stands, it never truly ascends anywhere aside from “Amigos”). 

KAP - #KAPfe (self-released, 2012)

KAP, who are really only known for their (or Lil G, more specifically) excellent collaboration with Chief Keef, "Tatted Like Amigos", released their latest mixtape yesterday. As a group of three kids out of Atlanta, they sound inconspicuously like Travis Porter - one of the members ever bares an uncanny resemblance to Ali, and I’m almost entirely sure that is Ali’s twin brother or Ali himself under another pseudonym. Lil G is the clear stand-out of the group, as Not Ali and their chubby friend offer little that we’ve yet to hear, but Lil G’s Lil Mexico lingo and off-key sing-song almost takes this tape above the cusp of mediocrity (as it stands, it never truly ascends anywhere aside from “Amigos”). 

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Gucci Mane - North Pole (Mixtape, 2011)

The unofficial sequel to Weird, Gucci focuses this whole song around the concept of being Santa Claus. It’s always refreshing to hear the playful Gucci of yore, but he’s seriously rapping about throwing pipe bombs down chimneys on this song. Maybe a late contender for rap song of the year? It definitely helps that Mike Will Made It. 

Mike Will’s Established in 1989 dropped yesterday. Featuring amazing songs from Future, Gucci, Schoolboy Q, Travis Porter Lil Boosie, Waka, Slim Dunkin and others. Mike Will is seriously producer of the year. 

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Travis Porter (feat. Tyga) - Down Low (Porter House/Jive, 2011)

Travis Porter continue to release visually stunning/quasi-left field videos for strip club anthems, and that only makes them increasingly appealing. Travis Porter recently got the highest rating of all time on Livemixtapes for their Music, Money, Magnums mixtape (where this originates from), and songs like this display just what makes these kids so popular with the youth. Also, Tyga continues to remain pretty damn good wherever he appears. Wonder if that YM album of his will ever actually drop? They need to market him.

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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.

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Traviiiiiieeeee

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Traviiiiiieeeee

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Travis Porter - Make It Rain (Porter House/Jive, 2010)

As most of you know, I’m a big fan of swag rap. As most of you know, I’m a big fan of weird rap. This is both of those worlds meeting in one very fucked-up, LSD-influenced video that feels like it’d be more appropriate for a Field Mob reunion (remember them?!). Maybe Da Backwudz. Either way, Travie’s brand of strip-club flavored swag music should seem extremely inappropriate here, and the music doesn’t really match the visuals; but am I the only one who enjoys this video for all of its self-aware irony? This is the type of shit that hipsters go crazy for. Junkies too, but mostly hipsters.

I haven’t written much about Travie in the past, but since my dreams of Roscoe Dash’s career being bountiful were dashed (bad pun) by Interscope (fuck you, Jimmy!), Travis Porter is the next best bet, since they’re pretty much Roscoe, but there’s three of them and they have better adlibs. They’re not quite as focused at rapping as Roscoe, and they lack his overall refinement, but there’s something very charming (ayo) about the trio. Of course, when you’re playing a strip-club anthem about making it rain, featuring a barren cornfield, scarecrows, and flashes of people in Native American headgear, it’s kinda hard not to find that endearing.

Bottom line? I fuck with Travis Porter, this bad acid-trip of a video, and I’m doing a lot of catching up right now. You should too, if you haven’t already. But I’m sure you have, as you haven’t been waiting a year on Roscoe Dash’s debut.