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Black Star’s Aretha mixtape


Mos Def and Talib Kweli have launched blackstarhub.com, a pretty basic Tumblr blog.  It’s going to be your source for some free tunes and hopefully the launch of the Black Star Aretha Franklin mixtape.  Check out the latest track You already knew. 

Black Star "You Already Knew" by 3DDistro


Frankensteez ft. Edo G – Humble Haters

This track, from an upcoming mixtape called Mister Jason Presents: FRANKENSTEEZ, sounds like the music Ugly Duckling would make if Ugly Duckling woke up tomorrow as a posse of hardcore rappers. The bouncy beat, the humorous references to the good ‘ol days (“Everything I’ve heard in the last decade/Got me begging for change like kids in arcades/Flavor meant something you could actually taste”), it’s all there.

Humble Haters feat. EDO G. by FRANKENSTEEZ

To be fair, the real story behind this project is interesting, too. Produced entirely on Mister Jason’s MPC-2000 – “the iconic drum machine of choice for 90s legends like Pete Rock and DJ Premier” – the mixtape includes a posse cut featuring 26 (!) rappers each spitting four lines, with each rapper representing one letter of the alphabet. Sounds amazing.

Props: HipHopDX

Album Reviews

Rapsody – Thank H.E.R. Now (Mixtape)

This mixtape by North Carolina rapper Rapsody is getting mad love on Twitter. With production by 9th Wonder and Khrysis (among others), and blazing guest appearances by Phonte, Mac Miller, Jean Grae, MURS and Raekwon (!), Thank H.E.R. Now may be one of the finest free albums I’ve heard in a long time.

Rapsody, a relative newcomer, is absolutely brilliant on the mic, dropping intricate and emotional rhymes on a range of tracks – from smoothed out, down tempo jams to minimalist, East Coast boom bap. Such easy versatility is rare among young rappers. Combined with Rapsody’s evident passion for her music, it’s impressive to behold. And the guest spots, all of which are solid, make every verse worth listening to.

Beat wise, the mixtape is blistering. Ninth comes correct, as usual, but so do the other producers. Nearly every track is well crafted, with the exception of “Out Tha Trunk”, which has an errant snare in the hook. But that’s a minor critique; the album otherwise glides smoothly across a nice mix of East Coast and 9th Wonder-ish beats, giving it a professional polish sorely lacking on most mixtapes.

Overall, Thank H.E.R. Now is a seriously impressive effort, and definitely worth a download. And if you don’t trust me, believe Tribe’s Ali Shaheed Muhammad, who co-signed it on Twitter. Here’s further proof:

Rapsody – Star Warz ft. Murs and Sundown (Thank H.E.R. Now)

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Download the album here.


James Drake Mixtape – Bombé & Mr. Caribbean

James Drake is a 30 minute blend of Drake vocals over James Blake instrumental samples. Produced by Philadelphia’s Bombé and Mr. Caribbean, the mix works surprisingly well, highlighting both artists’ mastery of the art of loneliness (to paraphrase Pitchfork). Seriously, these dudes should do a duet for reals!

James Drake Mixtape – Bombé & Mr. Caribbean by Bombé

Props: Pitchfork

Album Reviews

Elzhi – Elmatic Mixtape (2011)

Elzhi, formerly of Slum Village, has released Elmatic, a mixtape reinterpretation of the legendary Nas album Illmatic. Produced entirely by Will Sessions, it also features Royce da 5’9” on an updated version of “Life’s A Bitch” and an appearance by Pete Rock (who produced the original “The World Is Yours“).

The project is ambitious, to say the least. Rather than simply reusing the Illmatic beats, Will Sessions crafted new tracks using the same samples chopped in new and different ways. Elzhi’s versions thus capture the sound and feeling of the Nas originals, but are different enough to pique your interest. Unfortunately, it’s a novelty that quickly wears off: they’re different, sure, but not necessarily better.

Same thing goes for the lyrics. Elzhi is a talented rapper, no doubt (and so is Royce), but is he on par with early Nasir Jones? Probably not. To be fair, I doubt anyone is. Nas’s verses on his first album are absolutely blistering; “It Ain’t Hard To Tell” may be one of the finest lyrical performances in the history of rap music. And AZ’s guest appearance on the first “Life’s A Bitch” kick-started – and continues to define – the man’s career.

That being said, Elmatic is still worth checking out. It’s a creative and unique homage, and some of the tracks are well done. Ultimately, though, it’ll just make you want to listen to the original.

Download: Elzhi – Elmatic

(Image credit: XXL Mag)

Featured Music

Tennille Captains Nas and MF Doom Remix Project

I don’t know a whole lot about this project, but apparently it’s been in the works for a while. Called 10illematic/10FDOOM, the ten-track mixtape uses five Nas beats and five MF Doom beats. It’s not clear why those two emcees were picked, but the result is surprisingly good. Tennille has a silky smooth voice, and her guest emcees mostly drop some nice verses. Plus you know the beats are tight.

If you’re looking for a soundtrack for a lazy Sunday afternoon, this is most definitely it. Highly recommended.

Download: Tennille – 10illematic | Tenille – 10FDOOM

Album Reviews Featured

Download This Mixtape: Mac Miller – K.I.D.S.

Mac Miller’s Kickin’ Incredibly Dope Shit (K.I.D.S.) may be the best mixtape I’ve heard all year, fo reals.  Miller, an 18-year old Pittsburgh native who just signed with Rostrum Records, home of fellow up-and-comer Wiz Khalifa and the 1988 Top Shelf catalogue, has a seriously proficient flow and a knack for complex wordplay.  On “Knock Knock,” for example, Miller raps “I feel like a million bucks/but my money don’t really feel like I do”, and later, “In deeper than the water Michael Phelps was in.”  The beats are hot, too, spanning a range of styles from pulsing Drake-ish synths to jazzy boom-bap drums and xylophone samples.  Download K.I.D.S. and say you heard of this kid before he blew up!

Download: Mac Miller – K.I.D.S.

Via illroots


2 Hungry Bros – Back for Seconds

2HungryBros - Back for Seconds

Yesterday, producers Deep and Ben Boogie – collectively known as 2 Hungry Bros – released Back for Seconds, a free mixtape.  And it’s damn good.  The album’s beats are incredibly diverse, ranging from rare funk and jazz grooves to more recent House tunes like Lady (!) and Music Sounds Better With You.  They’re not samples either, but rather the full tracks, preserved in their original glory for the album’s featured emcees to rhyme over.  It’s a unique experiment, for sure, and probably not for everybody.  But if you’re looking for something new and diverse, check this out for sure.  You won’t be disappointed.

DOWNLOAD: 2 Hungry Bros – Back For Seconds

Cool Music

Aziz Ansari Releases First Track from Upcoming Mixtape

Aziz Ansari's upcoming mixtape!!!!!!!!

This makes me extremely happy: Aziz Ansari, of Parks and Recreation fame, is releasing a mixtape under his alter ego, Raaaaaaaandy (who also happens to be the character he played in Funny People).  Produced by Dave Sitek of TV on the Radio, the mixtape was supposed to be released in February, but that date has reportedly been pushed back.

In the meantime, the first track has been leaked and it’s awesome/hilarious.  It’s called AAAAAAAANGRY, and it’s a diss track aimed at all the emcees who didn’t deliver verses for the song.  Check it out:

DOWNLOAD: Raaaaaaaandy and Dave Sitek – AAAAAAAANGRY

And also check out their video, ‘Booty Blog #1’:


Hip Hop Docktrine Volume 2.5 – The Official Boondocks Mixtape

The Official Boondocks MixtapeIn anticipation of the upcoming season of the animated series Boondocks, Dub Floyd and Wally Sparks have put together an ‘official’ mixtape for the show, featuring some choice cuts from Tanya Morgan, Phonte, Asheru, Skyzoo and more.  Check out the tracklist below, then head over to 2dopeboyz to download it.

01. Asheru – The Boondocks Theme (Season 2)
02. Metaphor The Great – Hip Hop Docktrine 2 Theme (Prod. by JJ The Genius)
03. Phonte & Chaundon – Hip Hop Docktrine 2 (Promo)
04. Metaphor The Great – The BoonDoctor (Prod. by JJ The Genius)
05. Chaundon & Asheru – Hip Hop Docktrine (Prod. by The Kickdrums)
06. Asheru ft. Talib Kweli – Mood Swing
07. Asheru – Niggaz
08. Sha Stimuli – The N Word Song
09. Blu – The Only Way
10. Pugs Atomz feat. Hall of Fame – Black Boy (Prod. by Hi-Tek)
11. Chaundon – A Pimp Named Slick Back
12. Metaphor The Great – Riley’s Theme
13. Ed E. Ruger ft. Wax & Sean Boog – Do It For The Rush (Prod. by JJ The Genius)
14. Phonte & Niggaz In The Studio – Our Black Asses (Catcher Freeman Song)
15. Phene ft. Laws – Freedom Ain’t Free (Prod. by Mellodramatic)
16. Black Lincolns – The Hustle
17. Cool Cee Brown feat. Phonte & Asheru – No Fear
18. P.H.E.A.R. – I Love Her Again
19. L.E.G.A.C.Y. – The Trial
20. Black ELement – The Itis (Prod. by 6th Sense)
21. Rashid Hadee – Whatever it Takes
22. Bobby Creekwater – Winner
23. Asheru feat. Hernon Gibran – Keep on Rockin
24. Metaphor The Great – Riley’s Fight
25. Jay Rock – Have You Ever Loved Somebody
26. The Lethal Interjection Crew (Carl Jones, Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes & Nate Dogg) – Eff Grandad
27. Tanya Morgan – Bout To Be Some (Prod. by Khrysis)
28. Ja$ – T.R.O.Y. (Freestyle)
29. Asheru – Revolution
30. HUYUSHERU – Balance
31. Skyzoo – Never Sleep
32. j.Davey, Pacific Division, Diz Gibran, & Bleu Collar – sLAyers
33. NYOil – Maybe
34. David Banner ft. Colonel H. Stinkmeaner – B.A.N.
35. Tough Junkie ft. Uncle Ruckus – The Boondocks