MIXTAPES

BLAP – [WADE08]

By Jack Gregory // 5 Nov 2019

Ever since I first got into music blogging I have had a particular fascination with the different scenes that make the greater underground rap community into a whole and I have had a lot of fun watching loose collections of artists join together into a cohesive regional unit that takes their city from obscurity to prominence, or in the case of the Bay Area, back into the national limelight. Artists like Caleborate, Bosslife Big Spence, Offset Jim and a host of others both bigger and smaller in relevance make up this new era of the Oakland/San Fransisco underground and are marching forward with their distinct bounce and style, preparing for a new era for the Bay. I have been keeping an eye on this group for some time now and the foundation has been long set for this scene to make the jump from locally beloved to nationally recognized and at the forefront stands one of my favorites, WADE08. I found out about Wade on my trip to San Francisco last year thanks to a tip from California dot-connector and cultural impresario Zini who sung Wade’s praises, particularly pertaining to his 2018 TUCK MODE EP that was one of my favorite extended-plays …

KainStation – [Novakain]

By Elliot Montanez // 3 Nov 2019

Novakain is a creative out of Detriot who I first got in tune with after meeting him at SXSW in Austin, Texas last March, since then I have stayed in touch & patiently waited for a full length from him, and just a few days ago he blessed us with his brand new project titled KainStation. This tape features a wide variety of rising Detroit based producers and rappers, it has a very organic feeling to it and when you listen to the tracks provided you can just hear the chemistry that they all had together, led and orchestrated by Kain himself. Along with the release of this project, Novakain left us with some words adding: “I can’t remember a time in my life that I wasn’t playing video games. It probably kept me out of a lot of trouble. I wanted to make something more than a project. A piece of me.”

Let It Shine – [Aliforthego]

By Elliot Montanez // 30 Oct 2019

Aliforthego has slowly but surely grown into one of Chicago’s best underground emcees over the past couple of years, and a few weeks back he blessed us with his brand new project titled “Let It Shine”. Aliforthego is an interesting artist because he excels both at rapping and singing, and he wasn’t afraid to show his melodic side on this new mixtape, but don’t get it twisted, he brought the bars as well. I feel like Ali explained his type of style best by the skit on the back end of the intro record, adding: It’s unique you hear it once and you’re like “I’ve never heard this before”, it teases my ear + makes me want to hear more. The two features on this mixtape came from the likes of Nick G and Krave who each brought their best to the table to help Ali create this tape, which just might be Ali’s best body of work to date, at least it is to me. Stream this brand new mixtape via Soundcloud below! Production by Dougy

10:15 – [Wemmymo]

By Elliot Montanez // 21 Oct 2019

Chicago talent Wemmymo recently celebrated his birthday a few days ago and he was kind enough to gift his fans with a present, in the form of his brand new project titled “10:15”. If you are in tune with Wem then you know he always incorporates some sort of comedy sketches into his music, and this tape kicked off with a comedic skit that plays around the idea of Wemmy playing his new project in an Uber, avoiding an overzealous conversation with the driver in the process. The next seven songs provided were exactly what I was expecting, a nice mixture of well put together tracks with tons of melody & moments where Wemmymo just delivers nothing but straight bars, not to mention giving other artists a chance to shine with the features he handpicked. I’ve already ran through this entire tracklist at least a handful of times through, trust me when I say that this will be one of the best underground tapes you will hear this week. Stream this brand new project via Spotify below and if you like what you are hearing from the young Chicagoan then go ahead and give him a follow here!

Dellwood Market – [Rahli]

By Jack Gregory // 17 Oct 2019

To me, one of the greatest qualities a rapper can possess is the ability to create an accurate and gritty picture of the place they’re from purely from the sound of their delivery and instrumentals alone. Many artists have had this talent and gone far because of it and after his newest project Dellwood Market, St. Louis rapper Rahli ought to be added to this impressive list. His delivery style is rabid and impassioned and he almost slobbers through his most potent and emotional passages, but these gritty and reckless vocals accurately match the atmosphere he comes from. St. Louis has seen a dramatic decline in industry and a sharp upturn in poverty and violence in the past decade and Rahli stands as an accurate synecdoche for this turbulent area. My favorite track from the mixtape was the third-person account Rahli gives on “In & Out” where we learned a great deal about Rahli’s upbringing and his long-standing relationship with Dellwood. Dellwood Market has some star-studded production, featuring work from many of hip-hop’s biggest names currently and Rahli shows enough versatility to feel at home on any of these styles. The melodic “Any Moment” was not something that I anticipated being in Rahli’s wheelhouse …

Adamn Killa Follows You – [Adamn Killa]

By Elliot Montanez // 14 Oct 2019

Adamn Killa is a Chicago legend who has made his name known for making bops that many people love, and today he is back with his brand new twelve-track project titled “Adamn Killa Follows You”. After listening to the tape from top to bottom a couple of times through it’s clear that Adamn hasn’t slowed down in the least bit, he gave us a generous amount of good music here, but the one thing I enjoyed was that how on point the transitions were from one song to the next, it felt like one long dope movie that highlighted Adamn’s comedic sense + rapping abilities. Adamn’s cult fan base has been growing more and more by the day, he’s bound for stardom in the near future so if you aren’t familiar with him just yet, this new mixtape is the perfect place to start, stream it below! production from Luke Almighty, Don’t Sleep, Skys, Yung Icey, Chase Alex, M2K

Hypervigilant – [Steven A Clark]

By Elliot Montanez // 14 Oct 2019

Steven A Clark is an artist whose music I have covered at least a couple times in the past, so when I peeped he released a brand new full-length project while browsing through Soundcloud, I was thrilled! The title, cover art & overall packaging of this project had me eager to check it out, but once I got smacked in the face with the groovy & unique type of vibes he’s providing, my jaw was damn near on the floor. Steven A Clark mixed in some elements of alternative, punk, and even pop into these tracks, it’s a wicked blend of different sounds that somehow comes out to a great body of work. From front to back this one is filled with invigorating & class sounding records, I thoroughly enjoyed this tape and I believe that you will too, stream it below!

Knightmares to Sweet Dreams – [Rad Luck]

By Elliot Montanez // 7 Oct 2019

Charlotte based emcee Rad Luck is an artist who has been making some noise in the music community over the past year or so, and just last week he released an impressive new project titled “Knightmares to Sweet Dreams”. I was more than excited to dive into this tape because Rad Luck has captured my attention multiple times in the past, so the idea of what a full length would sound like from him had me intrigued, and I certainly was not disappointed with the final product. It’s a mixture of Rad’s grimey & aggressive style but with a more polished approach to it, it’s a solid twelve-track listen that any trap fan sound check out. You can listen to this brand new tape on Soundcloud below and if you enjoy it then hit that like button!

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