Last week was another busy week of mixtape releases with new projects dropping from acts like Freddie Gibbs, T-Pain, Shystie, Aaron Cohen, Mike Mictlan and more. Check out some of our favourites below…
Freddie Gibbs – Baby Face Killa
After a number of delays Gangsta Gibbs finally came through last week with his DJ Drama presented mixtape Baby Face Killa releasing it both in mixtape and album format (available via ITunes) simultaneously. The self-proclaimed last real gangsta rapper has underwent a lot since his last full-length project, including signing with Young Jeezy’s CTE imprint, and releasing an EP with underground production wizard Madlib, and Baby Face Killa comes off all the better for it, standing out as one of his most diverse projects to date as Freddie takes on bassy 808 driven trap beats, ethereal weed-inspired productions (on standout track ‘Kush Cloud’ featuring Krayzie Bone and SpaceGhostPurrp) and cruising soulful West coast gangsta-rap sounds. As expected from an artist associated with a mainstream act like Jeezy, there are plenty of guest features here, including (aside from the formerly mentioned) Jadakiss, Jay Rock, Curren$y, YG and more, with beats from Cookin’ Soul, Statik Selektah, SMKA, DJ Dahi and Futuristiks. If you’re not up on Freddie Gibbs yet then this is a great place to start, and if you’re already a fan then we’re sure BFK is already in your collection.
Aaron Cohen – MURK
Continuing Mishka Records’ winning streak of cutting edge hip-hop releases the streetwear brand teamed up with Jewish Queens-via-Seattle rapper Aaron Cohen who applies his easy to follow wordplay heavy flow to a range of instrumentals from some of the best up-and-coming hip-hop producers including A$AP Ty Beats, Black Noi$e, Infinite Jeanius and more demonstrating his diversity as he takes on everything from traditional boom bap sounds to transcendent “cloud rap” sounds, a stand out being the project’ closing track, a Smashing Pumpkins sampling cut produced by buzz-worthy Canadian beatsmith Ryan Hemsworth.
Mike Mictlan – Snaxxx
Still massively under-rated on UK shores, Minneapolis’ Doomtree crew recently made their UK debut in the Summer supporting Yelawolf on his European tour dates. The latest release to come from the collective comes courtesy of Mike Mictlan, who let loose of his first full length project since 2008′s collab with producer Lazerbeak Hand Over Fist. This time around Mike goes in over beats that are a lot more electronic sounding than his previous effort, demonstrating his versatility as an artist as he proves he can take on a dense gutter trap-inspired beat just as easily as he has flipped sample based boom bap beats and more traditional sounds.
Shystie – Gold Dust Vol.2
Anyone tuning into SB regularly should already be aware that the second installment of Shystie’s Gold Dust mixtape was dropping exclusively via the site last Friday. Volume 2 picks up where the first left off, with the East London MC taking on instrumentals from popular tracks by artists like Jay-Z & Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, Usher, ASAP Rocky and more, as well as some original LZBEATZ produced cuts including her recent collab with US star Azealia Banks. This project continues to solidify the new hard, edgy and sexy Shystie brand and is a precursor to her anticipated Pink Mist EP which is set for release in November.
Also out this week was Texas rapstress Yung Yadi’s latest EP Grippin The Grain showcasing her rapping skills over production courtesy of Chris Gr3en; Scottish beatmaker Rarest Element dropped his new instrumental effort boasting the title No Rapper Required; the latest signee of Pittsburgh label Rostrum Records (famous for their work with Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller) Boaz, dropped a new mixtape entitled Bases Loaded; New Zealand’s David Dallas dropped a brand new EP, Buffalo Man, inspired by the music of Jamiroquai; Gerald Walker and producer Cardo linked up again to release a follow up to their collaborative mixtape with On Your Side Part Deux and finally auto-tuned crooner T-Pain unleashed his latest mixtape release Stoic late last night featuring verses from Tech N9ne and Big K.R.I.T amongst others.
Words by Grant Brydon
Edited by Natalia