For the second week in a row perhaps the most highly anticipated mixtape release never surfaced; this week should have seen Lil’ Wayne dropping the fourth instalment of his critically acclaimed Dedication series, however he announced that it had been put back as he didn’t want to take away from 2 Chainz’ album released (also last week) and admitted that it wasn’t yet finished due to his busy skateboarding schedule…
Nonetheless, whilst Weezy is too busy exploring his other hobbies, there was plenty of artist’s ready to drop their latest offerings, with new mixtapes from Slaughterhouse, Wretch 32, Machine Gun Kelly, Macca and more…
Machine Gun Kelly – Est 4 Life
To warm up fans for his debut album Lace Up set for release on October 9th, Bad Boy Records artist MGK lets loose of his latest mixtape offering, which incorporates new and unreleased material by himself, as well as a few tracks from his EST peer DUB-O, and guest contributions kept to a minimum with only Young Jeezy and Pooh Gutta making appearances.
Rochelle Jordan – P R E S S U R E
After slowly building up her name with a number of well-received mixtape releases, Canadian songstress Rochelle Jordan has more ears directed at her new project than ever before. Again working exclusively with producer KLSH throughout P R E S S U R E’s 12 tracks, everything from the cover art oozes 90’s R&B influence, but not to a point of imitation, with plenty of dark undertones and post So Far Gone soundscapes that keep it up-to-date and relevant.
Wretch 32 – Wretchercise
After leaving a few months since the last leak from his long awaited new mixtape, Wretch 32 dropped the new track Drinking In The Sky with Chipmunk last Tuesday along with the announcement that he’d finally be dropping Wretchercise in full the day after almost a year since the release of his breakthrough LP Black and White. Including a mixture of original new cuts and freestyles over existing production (including the standout My Dreams which sees him spitting some heartfelt lyrics over James Blake’s Wilhelm Scream) Wretch is on point lyrically throughout. Joining him on the mixtape outing is a range of the countries finest talent including Kano, Chip, Beverley Knight, Scrorcher, Sneakbo and many more. If this is his free mixtape, we can’t help but get excited about what Wretch will have in store on the next album…
Macca – Monster Mac
As a warm up for his upcoming debut album 25 StayFresh’s Macca dropped his new mixtape, Monster Mac right here at SB.TV. Demonstrating his diversity and ability to switch between genres, the Wolverhampton representative combines hip hop, grime and bashment over original production from UK heavyweights such as Preditah, Z Dot, Teddy Music, Swifta Beater and Moky. Guest vocals come courtesy of SF representers J1, Raider, Deadly, Movez, Don Menna and Pressure as well as Manga (of Roll Deep) and C4. This is a must download for fans of homegrown music.
Slaughterhouse – On The House
After a few delays Sunday finally saw the release of super-group Slaughterhouse’s new mixtape, On The House, which serves as a precursor to their Shady Records debut welcome to: OUR HOUSE set to drop next Monday (27th). Whilst we’ve become used to mixtapes with all original material and tapes with emcees taking on existing production have began to feel throwaway and redundant, this certainly isn’t the case for lyrical heavyweights; Royce Da 5’9,” Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz and Crooked I destroy some of the biggest hip-hop instrumentals out right now (including the likes of Nas’ Nasty and Kanye’s Way Too Cold) making them their own. A great way to round off the week’s mixtape releases.
Also released last week was the sequel to Ace Hood’s Body Bag mixtape from last year; Mikkey Halsted unleashed Castro his latest mixtape effort with contributions from the likes of No I.D., Pusha T and Don Cannon; Dice Raw dropped a mixtape version of his Greatest Rapper Never series; NY’s Fred The Godson released his latest mixtape Gordo Frederico; Chicago rapper YP dropped off his new No Doz mixtape boasting production from Hit Boy, Mario Winans and Don Cannon, and indie rapper Gotham Green teamed up once again with DJ Quickie Mart for the fourth instalment of their Haze Diaries mixtape series.
Words by Grant Brydon
Edited by Natalia