MIXTAPES

Garden – [BoofPaxkMooky]

By Jack Gregory // 7 Aug 2020

Atlanta producer CashCache has long been a favorite of many in the underground for his glittery and sanguine instrumentals that are distinctly plugg influenced, citing Mexikodro as his main production inspiration, and has worked tirelessly to evolve his sound even further and make his jazz/plugg/pop hybrid even more distinguishable than it already was in the first place. When you hear ‘CashCache type beat’ now, one will immediately be able to place likely both the sound and mood of the track even before pressing play and that is perhaps the most awe inspiring part of his art as he has very intentionally created a sound that is unmistakably his. Recently he and BoofPaxkMooky, an artist who has been a main collaborator of Cash’s for some time now, connected for a new mixtape entitled Garden. Both Cash and Mooky shine and are very much in their bags and Mooky shows off his distinctive melodic but slightly off-beat and constantly inflecting flow that will be well-received by fans of artists like Duwap Kaine or ATL Smook. “Downy” is one of my favorite tracks off of the project and includes the first feature of the project coming from 1600j. “Be Yourself” will be a familiar beat …

Digital 2 – [Baby 9eno]

By Jack Gregory // 3 Aug 2020

Washington, D.C.’s Baby 9eno (nino) is back with a brand new project entitled Digital 2 coming on the heels of his memorable visual for “UUV” which even 9eno admitted took off way faster and further than he could have ever expected, but the SE DC artist uses this project as an opportunity to begin to level up on his competition within the District that has been heating up very, very quickly since last summer when MoneyMarr and Baby Fifty, among many others, began to help usher DC rap into its current state that has been dubbed by many as “slide” music or something of the like. There are several memorable tracks on Digital 2 and 9eno stays on beats that are to be expected if you’re a seasoned listener but it is absolutely undeniable that he is improving greatly as an artist from track to track. “Katrina” was an energetic and menacing cut featuring Taedoe Jugg which was the first of only two features on the mixtape. “Free Bundy” is probably my favorite song on Digital 2 and besides the simple bounciness of the instrumental 9eno relies on his standard tempo of delivery but absolutely walks all over this beat. Digital 2 comes to a close with “21 Donut” …

The Hijinx Tape – [Germ]

By Danny Adams // 3 Aug 2020

Germ has always been one of the most underrated but abundantly talented artists in the entire industry, in my own opinion of course. His constantly heightening energetic deliveries add so much vitality to every track he’s a part of, and the speaker knocking production he normally uses brings his music to new levels with every additional release he drops. It made sense when he signed to G59 because he was already closely working with many of the artists on the label, but he has managed to distance himself and create his own path apart from the original style that his labelmates have established. While he fits in perfectly on songs with $uicideboy$, Shakewell, and Ramirez, he always provides a distinct sound that elevates every track he plays a part in. Although Germ doesn’t have a massive number of cohesive projects out at this point, it makes his organized efforts that much more of a spectacle when he does actually drop some sort of mixtape or EP. I was a massive fan of Germ Has a Deathwish as many other music listeners were, and I couldn’t wait to dive into his latest mixtape The Hijinx Tape as soon as it was …

P.U.K.E. TAPES VOL. 1 – [Payday]

By Danny Adams // 19 Jul 2020

Although I had legitimately never really heard of Payday until I was put onto her music the other day, I definitely feel blessed that I get to jump on her bandwagon early and observe all of her future successes in real-time. At first glance, she might just look like an innocent little teenage girl, but there are passion and individuality that run deep inside of her, which can be observed in every single one of her songs. Not only this, but her talents are truly abundant for someone who’s only 16 years old, and the fact that she uses her own individualistic approaches for other somewhat common, played-out parts of Hip-Hop music is even more notable. At the same time, I’m not even sure you can categorize her music as being Hip-Hop in general because her dexterity and artistry run so much deeper than just one genre. There are Indie qualities within her voice and instrumentals that pair with Hip-Hop elements while I’m also reminded of certain R&B or even Neosoul offerings on other tracks, leading me to believe that it’s simply impossible to box her into one specific category. Most recently, her debut mixtape P.U.K.E. TAPES VOL. 1 is …

Iceman Edition 2- [600 Breezy]

By Danny Adams // 17 Jul 2020

If I’m being one hundred percent honest, I’m a bit ashamed that I was unfamiliar with 600 Breezy up until somewhat recently. I like to pride myself on being at least somewhat knowledgeable about the music scene in Chicago considering I’m from the area and the fact that I wasn’t very acquainted with Breezy other than hearing his name every now and then just disappoints me. I’m not going to dwell on this, however, because I know about him now and I couldn’t be more excited about that considering he’s making some of the best Drill music in the entire city currently. Luckily, there’s even more new music to dive into from the Chicago talent with the release of his brand-new mixtape Iceman Edition 2, which gives such an all-around, fully encompassing look at Breezy’s talents. A recent press release quotes the rapper talking about what his purpose with this release was: “I went back to my hood to reconnect with myself. I locked myself into the studio, slept on floors with my people and watched the sun come up for days. I had to shake the Hollywood nonsense off me and get back to shit-talking Breezo. I created this …

lone**w0lf – [Lil Xelly]

By Danny Adams // 8 Jul 2020

A lot of rappers claim to be the hardest working musicians in the world and will stop for nothing in order to make it to the top. If anyone tells me that, I can’t help but bring up Lil Xelly who, at one point in time, was putting out multiple mixtapes and EPs every week. Not just numerous songs, but I repeat, multiple cohesive projects. While I appreciated the sheer output he once produced, I also found myself not necessarily appreciating the music as much as I should have. It was hard to even find time to listen to everything, so I would tune in every now and then which led me to miss out on how diverse and truly skilled he actually is as an artist. Not only can he rap in the most intricate, eye-opening ways, but he can also sing a lot more impressively than I ever previously thought. His liveliness on every single track is infectious, and there’s really no way of ignoring him at this point because he’s going to turn your head and catch your eye every single time one of his songs is played. In order to understand how dexterous he is as …

SYMBIOTE- [BBY GOYARD]

By Danny Adams // 29 Jun 2020

There are few artists, especially in the underground scene, who are as consistent and stand out quite like BBY GOYARD. Not only does he drop music fairly regularly, but it always has some sort of new style or sounds that no one has used previously, including the Maryland rapper. Not only does he look for ways to disrupt commonalities that arise within the genre itself, but even with the challenging situations he puts himself in with such diverse sounds, he constantly rises to the occasion and destroys every verse he puts out. Beyond this, GOYARD also just always sounds so cool, calm, and collected as if to suggest that even with these completely innovative and unheard-of styles, he’s still looking for something that’s truly going to get him out of his comfort zone. If you’re a fan of his already, you most likely saw that he dropped a brief mixtape yesterday entitled SYMBIOTE that’s made up of 7 songs as well as an 8th bonus track, extending the run time to almost 14 minutes total. This is the perfect tape to check out if you’re unfamiliar with the rapper because there are quick little tastes of some of his most …

Take It Or Leave It – [Kierra Luv]

By Nick Mueller // 25 Jun 2020

Kierra Luv, a young prodigy known for her dazzling internet freestyles, recently released her debut mixtape titled Take It Or Leave It. For Kierra, this project’s purpose was to simply make a statement and give people a deeper understanding as to who she really is as an artist. She explained that she “wants people to understand her versatility and how much [she] can really do” as she’s more than just an internet freestyler. The mixtape consists of ten, infectious to say the least, songs and multiple features from superstars such as iann dior and Tory Lanez. When I spoke to Kierra about these collaborations, she noted that both of them came extremely natural. “While working with Taz (Internet Money), iann heard ‘Run Away’ and immediately wanted to jump on it,” Kierra said. For me, I’m never a fan of features that don’t sound authentic and as if the artists made the song for each other. Every feature that Kierra has on Take It Or Leave It does just that and gives you a genuine feeling while listening. For the other records, they take you on a personal journey giving you an extra boost of confidence and self-belief. Based on her thrilling …

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