This week was a great one for mixtapes, especially for fans of West Coast hip hop, with new projects from Slaughterhouse’s Crooked I and one of the biggest L.A. rappers to emerge in recent years, Dom Kennedy. If that’s not your thing then we also had some laid back North Carolina hip-hop courtesy of King Mez, a fusion of electronic production and R&B from Brooklyn-based vocalist Carrie Wilds and a new live EP from recent SB.TV ‘Ones To Watch’ Josh Kumra…
Crooked I – Psalm 82v6
Slaughterhouse’s West Coast quarter dropped his latest solo project last Tuesday available as both a free download mixtape or for those who prefer no interference from DJ’s, an unmixed version available for purchase on Itunes. Psalm 82v6 sees the Long Beach lyricist spitting alongside the likes of Roc Marciano, Twista, Trae Tha Truth, Kurupt, Rass Kass and Freeway Rick Ross as well as the rest of the Slaughterhouse machine on stand-out cut Monsters In My Head (which only appears on the free version) and upcoming West Coast representatives Bad Lucc, Coniyac, Locksmith and Mykestro, on Roll Call 2. Again another solid release from a member of one of the best rap groups out right now.
Carrie Wilds – Carrie Wilds
Streetwear brand Mishka have been big in the mixtape game over the past few years, having released projects by the likes of Stalley, Main Attrakionz, Mr. MFin eXquire, Children Of The Night and more, in most cases introducing these now big name acts to the world. Oddly enough though, despite their vast catalogue, they’d never released a project by a female artist until last week when they dropped the self-titled debut mixtape from up-and-coming R&B singer Carrie Wilds. Taking on a backdrop of electronic music from the likes of AraabMuzik, Joker, Terror Danjah, Distance, TRC, Emalkay, Lunice and more, carefully selected by executive producer DJ Shiftee and then reinvented by the sultry vocalist with the help of guest spots from Cody B. Ware (of World’s Fair) and Mr. MFin eXquire on the project’s lead single Stay.
Josh Kumra – The Soho Sessions EP
Previous SB.TV ‘Ones To Watch’ Josh Kumra, known by many for appearing on Wretch 32′s single Don’t Go, released a brand new EP of live acoustic recordings in order to build anticipation for his upcoming debut single, Helicopters & Planes, which is set for release on July 15th. In order to unlock the EP fans were encouraged to Tweet a hashtag which added their profile picture to the cover of the EP, once the cover was complete (within only 24 hours) the three free tracks were made available for download.
King Mez – Everlasting Zeal
After a number of years on the mixtape scene, North Carolina’s King Mez has spent the past year since he released his collaborative EP with Soul Council producer Khrysis, working on a debut studio album effort which, true to his mixtape roots, he has let go of for free. Including production from J. Cole and Soundtrakk, as well as Mez himself, and features from Drey Skonie, Carlitta Durand, Damaris Joi and Sarah Kaboom. Due to the work put in by Mez and the consistency of his work, the NC native never fails to step up his game.
Dom Kennedy – Yellow Album
Once again L.A. rapper Dom Kennedy dropped his latest highly anticipated project out of the blue, posting the artwork on Wednesday with the release of the project following within 24 hours on Thursday. The outcome is another excellent retail quality product, which fans can connect to and enjoy from pressing play, with a very traditional West Coast sound (perfect for the Summer weather, if we do end up having any) and features from the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Rick Ross, Too $hort and Freddie Gibbs. If you like West Coast hip-hop and aren’t up on Dom Kennedy yet, then this is a project you need to own.
Also released this week was the new EP from R&B singer Masspike Miles; Naledge of Kidz In The Hall released a new mixtape entitled #GoNaledgeGo; Bosshogg Outlawz’ Le$ released his latest project Playa Potna; producer Clams Casino released the B-Sides to his latest instrumental mixtape; Karmaloop teamed up with El-P, Killer Mike, Mr. MF-in eXquire and Despot to release the Into The Wild mixtape to support their current US tour; and 18-year-old singer/rapper Miski dropped her On My Throne EP.
Words By Grant Brydon
Edited by Natalia