After a week of Bank Holiday busyness we are back with our regular Mixtape Monday feature. One thing that we’re loving about mixtapes right now is the diversity in the releases; and despite not being particularly busy in terms of quantity, this week’s picks alone range from ethereal instrumentals, singing-songwriting A&R’s, US hip-hop superstars and grime godfathers…
Clams Casino – Instrumental Mixtape 2
The producer known for crafting the trippy sounds of artists like A$AP Rocky, Lil B, Soulja Boy and Mac Miller finally unleashes his second batch of instrumentals. Centring his style largely around vocal samples which are manipulated into an almost angelic presence which is used within his instrumentals, these epic productions work, in many cases, better without a rapper spitting over them. Where some instrumental projects can become monotonous and boring this certainly isn’t the case for this up-and-coming New Jersey based producer.
Warner Bros. Music Presents: Occupy Summer
Having recently released a number of exciting hip hop projects from their roster of hip hop heavyweights including the likes of Curren$y, Wale, Meek Mill, Waka Flocka Flame, Kirko Bangz and Stalley. Warner Bros. Music decided to drop off this mixtape sampling some of the standout tracks from each artist’s project in order to show off what they have on offer in terms of hip hop this Summer. With features from the likes of Drake, Trey Songz, 2 Chainz, Big Sean and Rick Ross, this is one you don’t want to be missing when the weather perks up.
Chevy Woods – Gang Land
If you enjoyed Wiz Khalifa’s Taylor Allerdice, then chances are you will be a fan of fellow Taylor Gang member, Chevy Woods’ new project,Gangland, which features contributions from many of the same featured artists and producers including Wiz, Juicy J, Lola Munroe, Lex Luger, Sledgren, Cardo and I.D. Labs as well as appearances from Soulja Boy, Trae The Truth, Nikkiya and more.
However, whilst it is easy to get caught up in comparisons, the tapes (and rappers) are different, and where Taylor Allerdice is a more mellow vibe, Gangland is a little more hard-hitting and Chevy’s rap style is a lot more traditional than Wiz’s; and whilst we are positive that casual fans and TGOD’ers alike will enjoy both projects similarities, it’s also good to see Chevy headed in his own direction with an attention demanding mixtape like this one.
McKenzie Eddy – El Presidente
A&R of Dame Dash’s BluRoc Records and artist in her own right. McKenzie Eddy, is one singer-songwriter who is pushing the hard working mixtape ethic outside of the traditional hip hop realm. Her second free mixtape release this year comprises 9 new tracks, including the remix of her Retrograde single featuring Dipset’s Jim Jones. With it’s minimal hip-hop production and introspective song-writing; Eddy’s sound is something that will be enjoyed by fans who like the likes of Lana Del Rey rather than the other artists on the BluRoc roster, however it’s great to see the diversity and creativity behind their movement.
Wiley – It’s All Fun & Games Till Vol.1
Admittedly we jumped the gun a bit when we reported on this in Mixtape Monday two weeks ago… Wiley wasn’t done when he completed his 10 Steps to Grime Happiness series (which commemorated ten years of the genre’s existence) and added eight new original cuts to the tracklist before packaging this mixtape which sees him straight spitting on 140bpm instrumentals chosen from some of the biggest producers in the scene right now; Preditah, Darq E Freaker, Kid D, Dullah Beats, Thomas Mellor, Splurt, Flava D, SNY, Danny Yen and Z-Dot. The additional eight tracks are more structured (in that most of them have hooks and verses) and include the only feature on the whole project, Manga, who appears on the final two tracks. Whether you downloaded a couple of weeks ago or not, this is definitely worth your bandwidth if you remotely like grime.
Words by Grant Brydon
Edited by Natalia