If you haven’t copped Stimuli’s “Mixtape Chronicles”
you have no idea what you’re missing. Right now, Stimuli is easily one
of the nicest MC’s in the game. Check the audio section, check online
but trust me, this is someone you SHOULD NOT sleep on. You can purchase
The Spit Factory Fam’s been hard at work. Thirstin Howl III just put out
a very dope album called “Licensed to Skill.” It’s got the
whole crew coming through, including Rack Lo, Richie Balance, and Alaskan Fisherman.
Big shout out to Off the Hook Promotions. Their latest mixtape, “The Secret
is Out! Volume 2” is very dope, this is something that you can listen
to straight through just to hear the artists that aren’t on the Kay Slay
and Big Mike mixtapes. It’s good to see a mixtape like this instead of
someone trying to do a knock-off Kay Slay mixtape. There’s a lot of very
talented artists on here…Little Egypt, Crisis Center, MC Sole, Jermiside,
and HTR. This is DEFINITELY one that stays in rotation. Holla at them @ email@example.com.
Substantial dropped his LP “Substantial Evidence.” While he’s
proved he can drop dope punchlines on EF@mm’s “Happy Fuck You Songs,”
he proves he can make a quality song on here. Check out more @ www.uvinkonline.com.
Swigga’s “Cross Country” mixtape is crazy. This is one to
not sleep on. The concept is crazy. The theme has Swigga ripping beats from
all over, as the trip starts out in the South, goes West, hits the Midwest,
and then finishes in the East. Swigga’s a crazy MC, and hearing him over
the variety of beats sounds crazy. Scram Jones laced Swigga with some crazy
beats. Scram and Swigga are about to blow up, just wait. Mark my words, cats
you’re gonna be hearing a lot more from in the future are gonna be Scram,
Swigga, and Diabolic. Remember where you heard it first.
Watch out for Samson and Sejour. The Hi-Rise Records duo has some dope tracks
circulating. My favorite one I’ve heard from them is “Struggle,”
which features Saigon. They got a couple tracks done with Saigon’s old
label-head Mark Ronson as well. For more info on them check out www.hi-riserecords.com.
DJ Kool Kid is taking the mixtapes to another level. His printing looks exactly
like a real CD. Oh yeah, and the music’s tight too. His three volumes
of “Denim Underground” have been very dope. Lately, I’ve been
bumping “Volume 3.” On the third edition, he’s got Red Café
dropping some dope tracks. The new David Banner and Lil Flip is pretty tight.
The new M.O.P “Fire” track is real tight, and they sound a little
calmer. The Bleek, Beans, and Jay “Hypnotiq” track has a dope mellow
feel to it. Joe Budden’s new track “Pop Off” is one of my
favorite new tracks, his next album should finally get him on the map. Mobb
Deep’s single “Gangstaz Roll” is a decent track, but it’s
not a single that’s gonna convince everyone to cop their new album. I’m
feeling the new David Banner tracks, is it just me or does it seem that his
“MTA 2” album just snuck up on all of us? And for more on Kool Kid,
hit up www.djkoolkid.com.
Also coming out of Kool Kid’s camp is Red Café with his “Shakedown
Volume 2” freestyle mixtape. He’s got a song with 2Pac’s acapella.
I’m not a fan of “new” 2Pac tracks, because I don’t
think that’s how he’d wanna be known today. Other than that, the
mixtape is dope. “Blackout” with Busta is a dope track. There’s
some dope freestyles on here, as well as a couple tracks with Gravy. Don’t
sleep on Red Café, he’s been doing his thing on the mixtapes lately.
You heard it here first. And don’t forget, www.djkoolkid.com.
If you thought Gloria Velez’ only skills were in front of a camera, you
haven’t heard her rhyme. She’s still got some developing to do,
but she’s got the potential to shake things up with the females dominating
the mainstream scene. She’s got a lot of energy and confidence in her
flow. Granted, Jean Grae, Lyric, and Apani B Fly MC could eat her alive, but
I think Gloria’s gonna be successful because she is using her sex appeal
to her full advantage, and you know that’s gonna move some units.
Noc On Wood Records just put out their latest installment of their “Seattle
Rain” mixtape series with “Volume 3.” There’s ten tracks
on here, which features the seven MC’s Calig, Fo’Feva, PyroManiak,
Arctures, L.C., Gator, and Pop. I don’t get to hear a lot of west coast
mixtapes, as well as northwest Hip Hop, which seems dead. Noc On W
ood is grinding to bring some life into a heavily overshadowed scene. Check
‘em out at www.noconwood.com.
CDMAN and Heavy Traffic Entertainment just dropped a dope mixtape “Raw
and Disorder” hosted by G-Dep. Norfolk Littles comes through for some
dope tracks. Watch out for his project “Hot Hooks and Cold Bars”
coming soon. Uno Dos and Big Noyd’s “These Streets” is on
here, and that shit is crazy. You gotta hit up www.unodos.com when you get a
chance. There’s some new Ja, Jay, and 50 on here as well. Ice Shuler comes
through for a freestyle, which is nice. There’s the Skillz freestyle over
the “In Da Club” beat which is crazy. If you’re not a believer
in Skillz, you will be after you hear this. Holla at CDMAN @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
Apollo is a battle-tested MC that’s been on the grind for more than a
minute. This is a cat that’s got a lot of talent and needs to be heard.
He was chosen for MTV’s “The Cut,” won countless battles,
and been published in poetry.com’s nationwide book. Check him out at www.ghetalion.com/poetic.
A new group that’s coming out that doesn’t really have anything
to do with Hip Hop is Aja. They got some dope tracks, and they also got the
one and only Diabolical Biz Markie to come through for a verse on the song “On
and On.” Check them out at www.big3entertainment.com.
Also, it’s about time J-Zone and Biz Markie’s collaboration saw
the light of day. I’d been waiting to hear it, and I was very happy with
it. The song, “Chinese Food,” is on the Biz’ new album “Weekend
Warrior.” Check out that track.
If you’re looking for something to completely zone out on, check out Thavius
Beck’s “Decomposition.” This is Mush Records latest release,
who released one of my favorite MC’s, Awol One’s, last album “Slanguage”
with Daddy Kev. Don’t cop this looking for a Hip Hop album, this definitely
doesn’t fit into the very broad boundaries of Hip Hop, this is so abstract.
The music is choppy, constantly-changing, and very different from anything else
you’re gonna hear. After the first listen, I wasn’t really feeling
it, but when I checked it again, it sounded a lot doper. What I like about this
is that it isn’t your typical album. Beck has also worked with Freestyle
Fellowship and Omid, who recently released an album called “Monolith.”
For more info on this, hit up Mush Records at www.dirtyloop.com.