Last week saw some big mixtape releases on both sides of the Atlantic, with Roll Deep and Big Narstie letting go of their latest projects right here at SB.TV and New York City seeing releases from veteran Lloyd Banks and newcomers Flatbush Zombies…
Roll Deep – No Comment Star
Kicking off the week’s mixtape releases were Roll Deep, who unleashed their latest mixtape exclusively here at SB.TV. With an aim to broaden their audience even further, the UK veterans provide a diverse range of songs leaving something to appeal to everyone, including production from the likes of Jester, Scratchy, Swifta Beater, Virgo, Thomas Mellor and G Tank.
Flatbush Zombies – D.R.U.G.S
After going viral with their Thug Waffle video and following up with well received tracks like ‘S.C.O.S.A’ and ‘Face Off,’ there was a lot of hype surrounding the release of Brooklyn duo, Flatbush Zombies debut mixtape, which finally dropped last week. Working with producer Erick Arc Elliot across the majority of the project’s 16 tracks, the Zombies continue to cement their sound and set them up as definite ones to watch as the sounds of contemporary New York continue to break out into the mainstream.
Lloyd Banks – V6: The Gift
The former G-Unit rapper released his highly anticipated new mixtape last week continuing on excellent form. With strong production throughout courtesy of Cardiak, The Jerm, Doe Pesci and Beat Butcher to name a few, and some well selected features from SchoolBoy Q, Fabolous, Jadakiss, Vado and Young Chris, this could easily have been album material.
Big Narstie – Pain Is Love
The second SB.TV exclusive of the week was from arguably grime’s most entertaining MC at the moment, Big Narstie, who let loose of his latest mixtape featuring his breakthrough ‘Burst Da Pipe’ (first performed on his SB.TV Warm Up Session) as well as some unheard new cuts featuring the likes of Wretch 32, Scorcher, Giggs, Darko, Crumbs and Solo, as well as some refixes including the already released ‘Firestarter’ and his unexpected take on the Verve’s ‘Drugs Don’t Work.’ The variety of tracks show off Narstie’s mix of personality and lyrical skills as well as a surprising versatitly with more thought provoking cuts like ‘Roadside’ and ‘I Have A Dream.’
Also out last week was the latest mixtape from Shawn Chrystopher, lovestory; DJ Muggs dropped the official mixtape for the Rock The Bells festival; Jets representative Trademark Da Skydiver, released his new mixtape Flamingo Barnes; Flint, Michigan rapper Jon Connor dropped his latest effort While You Were Sleeping; and September 7th curated a mix of Slaughterhouse music to get fans prepared for their upcoming mixtape and album which are set for release in the next two months.
Words by Grant Brydon
Edited by Natalia