A week never goes by without an array of free new downloads going up for grabs, and here at SB.TV we like to make your job easier by collecting them here every Monday to sure you don’t miss out. Last week was no different, with new projects dropping from the likes of Wiz Khalifa, Gucci Mane, Bodea Bamz, Vince Staples and more…
Vince Staples & Michael Uzowuru – Winter In Prague
Last week kicked off with the new collaborative mixtape between underrated California based rapper Vince Staples (best known for his work with Odd Future’s Earl Sweatshirt) and producer Michael Uzowuru, which after a number of teasers but no mention of a release date, came as a surprise to fans. The project’s ten tracks are handled mostly by the duo, with Uzowuru’s production all taking inspiration from the vibe of Kanye West’s classic ‘Diamonds Are From Sierra Leone’ and mic duties covered by Vince with only two features appearing in the form of SK La’Flare and Two Scale Cartel. This could well be the project that breaks this promising duo through to the next level…
Wiz Khalifa – Cabin Fever 2
With his highly anticipated new album O.N.I.F.C. dropping in a little over a month’s time, Taylor Gang general Wiz Khalifa drops the follow up to his fan-favourite Cabin Fever mixtape, on which he collaborated with pioneering trap music producer Lex Luger to demonstrate a bit of diversity against the more chilled out sounds he was known for. Although Luger is not present for volume 2, Wiz does have the advantage of having everyones favourite trap rapper Juicy J on his side now, and along with Compton’s Problem (who also appears several times over the tape’s 14 tracks) Wiz once again reveals a harder edge to his sound.
Bodega Bamz – Strictly 4 My P.A.P.I.Z.
The past 12-months have seen a number of new crews emerging in New York city and bringing the birthplace of hip hop back to relevance, with the likes of A$AP, World’s Fair and Flatbush Zombies. Having formerly featured on tracks by the aforementioned, Bodega Bamz of Spanish Harlem’s Tanboys, let loose of his latest mixtape last week, appropriating the title of 2Pac’s classic album, and it’s set to break Tanboys through to a new audience. With features from crewmate Willie Hex, as well as support from fellow New Yorkers A$AP Ferg, Flatbush Zombies and Joell Ortiz, and production handles by the likes of Alchemist, VERY RVRE, JohnBoyBeats, DJ Carnage and V’Don.
Gucci Mane – Trap God
With ‘trap’ having broken through recently as a genre in it’s own right, one of the relentless Atlanta-born genre’s fore-fathers, Gucci Mane, claims the title “Trap God” with his new mixtape which has been highly publicised due to his current beef with fellow trapper Young Jeezy, and while the diss record in question doesn’t actually appear on the tape, team ups with fellow Jeezy-enemies like Rick Ross keep beef on the menu! Aside from that trap fans will be kept happy with trunk rattlers galore throughout the tape’s 20 tracks, production comes courtesy of Mike Will Made It, 808 Mafia, Drumma Boy and Shawty Red amongst others, with Waka Flocka Flame, Meek Mill, T-Pain, Kirko Bangz and Trae Tha Truth assisting the mic duties.
Mr. MFN eXquire – The Man in the High Castle
Despite having dropped under the radar, without the approval of Universal who actually took down most of the links earlier in the week, Brooklyn’s Mr. MFN eXquire who is preparing to drop his debut EP on the label next month, has been relentlessly plugging his latest mixtape release and posting up new links via his Twitter. The tape features a mix of new and previously unreleased cuts mixed by DJ Sicksentz, and has us even more excited for Power and Passion EP dropping 6th November.
Also last week midwest rapper and mixtape favourite XV introduced his crew The Squarians with a self-titled compilation of new material; Philadelphia’s Freeway dropped a precursor to his long-awaited Diamond in the Ruff in the form of a new mixtape entitled Freedom Of Speech; and Memphis rapper Yo Gotti CM7: New World Order.
Words by Grant Brydon
Edited by Natalia