October is starting out as a great month for mixtape releases, with an impressive line-up of new projects showing up on last Monday’s post and this week being no different, with new music dropping from Smoke DZA, Rascals, K Koke, Syron, Deniro Farrar & Shady Blaze and more…
Smoke DZA – K.O.N.Y
Harlem representative Smoke DZA both announced and released his latest project within two days of one another earlier this week, resulting in K.O.N.Y a play on ‘King Of New York’ and head of Ugandan Guerrilla leader Joseph Kony, which features a large portion of the current blog-rap landscape including Fat Trel, King Chip, Joey Bada$$, Ab-Soul, Vado, A$AP Twelvy and Big K.R.I.T, with production from Harry Fraud, Ski Beatz, Lee Bannon and J. Dilla. K.O.N.Y gives a great and diverse representation of the current New York hip hop scene, from the well under-hyped Kushed God himself…
Rascals – The Launch Vol.2
Continuing to make big moves in their musical career, the formerly named Lil’ Rascals, delivered the follow up to their popular The Launch mixtape right here at SB.TV. Now with the backing of major label EMI, Big Shizz, Merkz, Tempz and vocalist Kay show real growth in their new project with production from the likes of ILLIONaires, DaVinChe, Mikey J and Show n Prove, with tracks that have massive smash-hit potential such as lead singles Ape Shit and What’s Going Down, we’re sure to hear more very soon from the E3 representatives.
K Koke - Pure Koke Vol.3
After Tweeting last Sunday that fans were in for a #KokeSurprise, Roc Nation Londoner K Koke followed up with third installment of his Pure Koke mixtape series last week intended to hold fans over until the release of his highly anticipated debut album, expected in January. The tape includes a mixture of new tracks, freestyles and some fan-favourites, making it both refreshing for existing fans and a great introduction for new listeners. The USG member has also thought outside of the box when it comes to features, seeking out international assistance from the likes of Krayzie Bone of Bone Thugs N Harmony, French rapper CID Youssef, Canada’s Gangis Khan and US mixtape heavy hitter DJ Drama as well as homegrown talents Big Narstie, Margs, Malik MD7, EXO, Dotstar, Meeks, C Biz and Frostman. If you aren’t sold on Koke yet, we’re sure you will be after this final instalment of Pure Koke.
Syron – Mixtape #1
‘SB.TV Ones To Watch’ alumni Syron drops a mix of her recent releases and remixes as well as some of the music that clearly influences her style, including music from the likes of MJ Cole, Julio Bashmore and Rudimental, as well as the South Londoner’s radio dominating single Breaking.
Deniro Farrar & Shady Blaze – Kill Or Be Killed
Tough-talking North Carolina spitter Deniro Farrar teams up with Oakland double-time master Shady Blaze for a collaborative mixtape which showcases their bleak and menacing outlooks. Including contributions from some of the blogosphere’s rap elite including Main Attrakionz, Haleek Maul, Tree, ST 2 Lettaz, Friendzone, Boldy James and Ryan Hemsworth.
Also released this week were an EP of remixes from Mayer Hawthorne’s latest album How Do You Do; Jack Davey of J*DaVeY dropped a solo project entitled Lo-Fi Side A; engineer of Watch The Throne and Kanye’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Marce Reazon took to the recording booth to drop his debut solo project A View To Kill; and producer Double 0 of Kidz In The Hall introduced his new moniker Mic The Drums with a new mixtape entitled Hometown Hi-Fi.
Words by Grant Brydon
Edited by Natalia