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Jin 'Sincerely Yours' [FreEP]

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Jin 'Sincerely Yours' [FreEP]
Features 5 NEW Tracks! (Tracklist after the jump!)
 
You all remember 106 & Park Freestyle champ Jin, right?! If not, you can refresh your memory. Since his flat out dominance from years ago, I was expecting some real big things from Jin to take over in the mainstream U.S. eye, but those, albeit high, expectations were never met because Jin's original material fell a little flat. But here he is with a new 5-track FreEP that begins to eliminate that mantra of 'dope freestyler, no original songs'. These are all tracks I can pretty much ride to, specifically "True Religion" and the title track "Sincerely Yours". Check out the variety at hand and give the project a quick download above!

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Chamillionaire 'Badazz Freemixes 1-9' [MIXTAPE]

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Chamillionaire 'Badazz Freemixes 1-9' [MIXTAPE]
Features 9 NEW RMXs (Tracklist after the jump!)
 
Chamillionaire wasn't done with Major Pain 1.5. Here he is with 9 new 'Badazz Freemixes'. Pretty sure you can deduct what that means. What makes this quick-hitting project pretty fresh is how recent some of these tracks are that Koopa is goin' over. For example, Em & Royce's "Fast Lane" and Luda & Slaughterhouse's "F5". And sure enough, those examples are two of Cham's most lethal on the tape. Don't hesitate to give this one a fast download above for some fast new raps from the Chamillitary man.

PREVIOUSLY: Chamillionaire 'Major Pain 1.5' [MIXTAPE]

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Glocky Davis 'Split Stuff Smoke Repeat' [MIXTAPE]

 
Glocky Davis - SPLIT STUFF SMOKE REPEAT [MIXTAPE]
20 Tracks!
 
Glocky Davis is an up and coming artist out of Miami who is releasing his first mixtape SPLIT STUFF SMOKE REPEAT [#SSSR]. I had the privilege to hear this project come together since late last year, from beats to the rough recordings to the tracklisting. It's really dope to hear it all come together as well as it has. 

As you'll be able to clearly tell upon listening, Mr. Davis has a very good ear for beats and can accompany them with great flows. The tape features incredible production from TalenTed and Flawless Tracks

Contrary to what the title suggests, it's not all about weed. There's plenty of variety as he touches on topics ranging from struggling to make it to his dreams of success to living love stories to boasting about jacking your girl. But don't get it twisted there are plenty of references to the stickiest of the icky. With these 20 tracks, something is bound to capture your imagination. 

This is simply good, fun music to vibe with and smoke to if you so choose. A must listen. Stay tuned for all things Glocky Davis at TheGreenDreamTeam.net and follow him on twitter @GlockyDavis
 
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Glocky Davis "Living Alright"

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Amanda Diva 'Madame Monochrome' [EP]

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Amanda Diva 'Madame Monochrome' [EP]
Presented by DDotOmen & SoulCulture - Features 10 NEW Tracks! (Tracklist after the jump!)
 
After a two-year hiatus from music, on April 27th Amanda Diva is set to release the 'Madame Monochrome' FreEp, presented by DDotOmen & SoulCulture. Somehow between being a music expert and comedian for VH1, DJaying, preparing for her next art exhibit, hosting "Speaking Of..." on Music Choice, developing a TV show based on her comedy produced by Nick Cannon, and speaking at colleges across the nation, Deev found time to get in the studio work and with Ski Beatz, James Poyser, Droop E, Cook Classics and more to make some bottom line, dopeness. Though she was busy with other projects, it was her frustration with America's obsession with image over artistry and money over musicality that made her decide to put music to the side. But a recent trip to Europe to perform in Berlin and Paris showed her that there is still a world that appreciates true artistry! Renewed, she came back to the states, got back on the mic, and found her way to "Madame Monochrome".
 
Wow, sounds like Amanda Diva has been busy. But it's also an interesting story about how she became frustrated with the industry's image and money obsession here in the States, which we can all see just from the outside. Glad to here about the journey to more new music - music that has that fresh sound across the 10 new tracks like her previous work. Plus, I still can't think of Amanda Diva without her amazing chorus on one of my favorite tracks to come back to: S-Preme's "Home". Check that out if you haven't heard what I'm talking about and of course, check out the FreEP above.
 
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Orie 'Twenty-20' [EP]

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Orie 'Twenty-20' [EP]
Presented by DJ Booth - Features 13 NEW Tracks! (Tracklist after the jump!)
 
Twenty-20 is the new EP from Orie, who let loose of a few well-received previews prior, including "For The Stars", which still earns some burn in my rotation and moreso now that it's in context with the rest of the project. Speaking of the rest of the project, Twenty-20 starts off on the right foot with a hilarious skit on the intro, followed by a few of the tape's strongest cuts "The View" and "The Lou" before the aforementioned "For The Stars". Another notable, that may become my favorite track of the tape when the dust settles, is the tape's title track featuring Chicago singer C. Rich, which is an ever-changing and powerful record. 

The growth in the young emcee from St. Louis is evident across Twenty-20's lyrical content, as Orie raps with substance and a deep personal perspective that is delivered in a fashion that makes the listener care. Plus, sonically, the production from beginning to end makes for an engaging listen of fresh sounds that I think many of you hip hop heads out there can vibe with. See if I'm right and click the link above for a listen/download.

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Charles Hamilton 'NHF' [MIXTAPE]

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Charles Hamilton 'NHF' [MIXTAPE]
Features 6 NEW, Unreleased Tracks! (Tracklist after the jump!)
 
Charles Hamilton may be the unofficial king of unreleased mixtapes, but hey, it's been since January that we've seen new, unreleased music from CH, so I'm just about ready for more. But the consistent releases dried up, more because of his health than anything as Hamilton is still being treated in the hospital, but on the up and up and doing much better now. First and foremost, that's flat out good to hear. As for the music, NHF isn't Hamilton's strongest project by any means, but an intriguing listen as Hamilton stays true to his odd, yet blunt, attention-grabbing style. I couldn't help but follow 5 of the 6 songs that are named after people - our homie  Rhymestyle being one of them, hah! Peep the tracklist after the jump to see for yourself and download above to hear for yourself.
 
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S.C & The Goodoctors 'The Duff' [MIXTAPE]

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S.C & The Goodoctors 'The Duff' [MIXTAPE]
Features 26 NEW Tracks! (Tracklist after the jump!)
 
Chicago producer S.C has had a journey most wouldn't believe. You might be familiar. He came up under the same tutelage as a fellow by the name of Kanye West.  From working with the likes of Chi-Town legends No I.D. and Doug Inf to further shaping his sound with beat mavens Havoc and Just Blaze, it's safe to say that S.C knows what he's doing. Recently, S.C has been making that more apparent by lacing virtually every Chicago emcee with heat. The Duff brought to you in part by The Goodoctors (@ReeceRolex & @TerryHogan) is no exception. Everybody from the crib is on here, so just click that download button and support the Chi. Oh yeah, shouts to the Duffmasters!

The GOODoctors spent over 2 years carefully crafting the right tracks to bring this project to life and had this to say: 

1 party-2 guys-20 swishers-NO HOES!! A story about absolutely DUFFing..... featuring all of Chicago's dopest artists and a surprise from Philly--brought to you by The Gooddoctors and producer SC!

 
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Fabolous 'The Soul Tape' [MIXTAPE]

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Fabolous 'The Soul Tape' [MIXTAPE]
14 NEW Tracks feature Lil' Wayne, Trey Songz, and more! (Tracklist after the jump!)
 
Now adding Fab's new mixtape to the already jam-packed playlist this week. Lotta intriguing mixtapes comin' out this week and The Soul Tape is certainly one of them. Listen/download for yourself above; hopefully can get through this today with some more thoughts as well so keep it locked!
 
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Get Gwop 'Get Gwop Season (Pt. 1)' [MIXTAPE]

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Get Gwop 'Get Gwop Season (Pt. 1)' [MIXTAPE]
14 NEW Tracks (Tracklist after the jump!)
 
Get the new mixtape from Chicago's Get Gwop above, featuring a bevy of fellow rappers from the hometown including Sir Michael Rocks and YP (on the same track), GLC, Mikkey Halsted, and Skooda Chose on the previously GWHH-acclaimed "Fall". Definitely a tape with some street appeal so stream/download above and hear for yourself.

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Curren$y & Alchemist 'Covert Coup' [EP]

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Curren$y & Alchemist 'Covert Coup' [EP]
10 NEW Tracks feature Prodigy, Freddie Gibbs, & Smoke DZA (Tracklist after the jump!)
 
Curren$y & Alchemist officially kick off 04.20 in the central time zone with the new Covert Coup EP. We were given a few previews of what to expect on the tape, but the only one that really resonated with me was "Scottie Pippen" featuring Freddie Gibbs. That said, let's see if a full spin of the 10 tracks leads to more favs. You can see and hear for yourself as well above (shouts 2 DSC).
 
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Marky 'The Markwilder Show' [MIXTAPE]

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Marky 'The Markwilder Show' [MIXTAPE]
Presented by: DJ Booth - 11 Track collaboration mixtape with Rockwilder (Tracklist after the jump!)
 
Longtime Gowhere readers should already be familiar with D.C. up and comer Marky and for his new project, he does something fresh with a full mixtape in collaboration with veteran producer Rockwilder, hence the name The Markwilder Show. Although I wasn't super impressed with the previously released previews, by just a few tracks in, The Markwilder Show does more to jump out to me. The tone is set with a well-placed intro skit from the classic inspirational sports movie Rudy and then a flurry of straight, raw rap follows. With just one producer on the tape, one might be wary of it all sounding too similar, but Rockwilder does a solid job of mixing up the sounds and moods as evident right away. Give these guys a listen and download above and hear for yourself. Marky has these words to add:

I'll tell you what.. this project was one of those type of occurrences that looks to be so well thought-out, yet, more of a "feeling" that made it come together. Rockwilder has so many styles of music that he can make that I would've literally became depressed if I attempted to give HIS best and my own in an 11 track project. The atmosphere in which the project was created was like a non-stop, relentless, pavement-driven, hit the ground-running type of energy. I let the music drive me to where I wanted to take this project. As I grow as an Artist, I'm also maturing and growing into a Man. At 22, I'm growing out of the "know-it-all" phase into more of a "knowledge of self" and seeking of wisdom & understanding phase. The book of Proverbs explains it all, as I attempt in a small portion on "The Markwilder Show"! Listen, enjoy it, and listen again. Thank you all for allowing me to be apart of your email and music lives! I love to do what I do and I'll always continue to do so as long as I can.

 
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E Major 'E Major is... Better Than Yours' [MIXTAPE]

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E Major 'E Major is... Better Than Yours'
Features 12 NEW Tracks! (Listen/DL above!)
 
I said it was on the way and lo and behold here it is! The latest project from E Major, 'E Major is... Better Than Yours,' is a collaboration with the popular, D.C. based blog BetterThanYours.net. As said before, the project features names such as King Mez, Sean Armstrong, Ab Rock and more! Most of the tracks are original productions and they all sound fantastic. This Baltimore hip hop artist is letting everyone know with this project that he is here to stay! So, please enjoy!

AG Da Gift 'Get It Up'

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I met a grip of talented artists this past Thursday at the House of Blues for the Chicago Hip Hop Connects networking conference. One that stood out to me was a Milwaukee bred rapper/producer known as AG Da Gift. His mixtape, Business As Usual, surfaced the web this past month and I felt the need to share his tunes (the free download is linked below). My personal favorite off of the tape is "Get It Up" but you can decide for yourself.  What stood out to me the most was AG's precise flow pattern matched with his feel good beatsFor this track, he sampled KC & The Sunshine Band's "That's The Way (I Like It)".  Press play and you'll naturally bounce to his melodies and rhythm. 

His latest single to hit the web is "Let's Ride" which will be featured on his upcoming mixtape Purple Collar District hosted by Vanilla TV.  S.R.G. Management revealed that the tape is set to drop in May '11. Until then stay tuned for AG's updates and appearances at facebook.com/AgDaGift.

PREVIOUSLY:
AG Da Gift 'Business As Usual' [MIXTAPE]
(BACKUP DL LINK)

City Hall Re-Reviews: Tyler, the Creator (of Odd Future) 'Bastard'

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Features 15 Tracks!

Three stars (of five)


As recently as a week ago, I didn't like Tyler the Creator. I'd read various things in passing about him and his crew, "Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All," which included uproar over devilish rhymes, lyrics straight out of Arkham Asylum's daycare and stirring up trouble with B.o.B (among others). I don't like instigators, and that's what I wrote Tyler off as. Then I caught him on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon; granted, I was falling asleep, but I saw him bouncing around stage and could barely make out a single word of whatever song he was performing. (I watched it again today, wide awake... Result was the same.) I flipped the TV off and fell asleep. That wrote him off even further.


But a guy's mind can change. I make it a personal mission, a crusade if you will, to not write something off, not totally discount it, unless it's tried. I don't always succeed, but I try. So Tyler was in my head, nipping at me over the past month: "I was compared to Eminem. You love Eminem. I've gotten a ton of pub recently, gotta be something to it. You read some of my lyrics... they made your jaw drop. Who says stuff like this? I do. Listen to me. Give me a f*cking shot." He won; I did.


Odd Future's system is inherently modern. Their website has links to each of their members' releases, whether mixtapes or albums. To them, I'm not too sure what the difference is. But there are a ton to choose from, to their credit. They roll these albums out on an assembly line.


Tyler, the Creator is the founder and leader of Odd Future. He's the mouthpiece, by far the most famous member (117,000+ Twitter followers as of this weekend). So naturally, I chose his solo effort -- entitled Bastard, posted to the group's website in February, 2010 -- to dive into. (Fitting that his new album, Goblin, should be out this month.)


I didn't know what to expect; but when the middle-finger shaped dust cloud cleared, I was impressed. The guy may be an instigator, but he's a talented one. And although he has a fraction of Eminem's charisma, I found myself gripped to the lyrics, wondering what the hell he could possibly say next. Because the good tracks -- "French!" "AssMilk," "Session," and "Inglorious" -- suggest a guy with real ability under that, to put it oh-so-delicately, coarse exterior.


It's also possible that the exterior is a front. In the phenomenal opening track "Bastard" -- if you hear this track and expect something as good to pop up again, nothing does -- Tyler lays out a blueprint for the chaos to come, while shining a shockingly human light on himself. Bars include: "I roll with skaters and musicians with an intuition/I created O.F. cuz I feel we're more talented/Than 40-year-old rappers talkin' 'bout Gucci/When they have kids they haven't seen in years/Impressin' their peers."


(A number or percentage couldn't express how much I agree with those lines. Tyler may delve into what Satan would rap if given a mic, but as crazy as it sounds, at least he's saying something. With every generic song from some club-cars-and-hoes rapper, music dies a little more. Tyler is more likely to kill a person than music itself.)


Then he dives into his father issues, which pop up more often than anything else (hence the album's title): "The shit is so bare/My diary isn't hid/My father didn't give a f*ck/So it's somethin' I inherit/My mother's all I have so it's never meet the parents/When Danielle or Malonda decide to f*ckin' share/This confused boy/I want a hug hoy/I'm bad for you kids to listen to/Soy is not the choice/I'm bad milk, drink it."


After hearing bits of his story, his raw emotion and the undeniable talent he possesses, you feel a bit sorry for him. That feeling doesn't last too long.


"When it comes to your perception of my shit, I'm Helen Keller," he raps on "French!" Well, there's no way that's possible. Sweet line though, right? It brings up something my mind wanders into occasionally, the paradox of artist vs. actuality. Is there any way Tyler, in his real, day-to-day life, really thinks all this stuff? Is he cool with butt rape? Does he really think anyone cares that he does or doesn't pay $50 for head, as he incessantly tweeted about on Friday? Does he live to push buttons and get off on the reaction? His lyrics literally need to be heard/read to be believed. The stuff he touches on... I could make a list, but It would be two times longer than this post. Does he truly believe what he says? I don't know him, so I can't say anything for sure. But it's possible. And it's unnerving.


As a whole, Bastard stands as a representation of what any jilted kid with a MacBook could do. It includes glowing bright spots as well as tracks I'll never listen to again. But he made me listen.


Kidd Russell, a writer for Gowhere, wrote this when posting the video for Tyler's new single "Yonkers:" "This kid may turn out to be one of the most important new personalities of 2011. Just like when Kurt Cobain & Nirvana arrived & helped end the hair band metal movement; Tyler & his crew could be the start to a new wave in hip hop that goes against the Hip-Pop movement of the last few years. Either way you look at it he created an amazing piece of art to be just 19."


I agree partially. I agree that Tyler is doing his damnedest to push rap out of the current hip-pop (a great term) phase, and I commend him for that. Especially at 19? That's nuts. But he won't do it unless he makes better music. One of Eminem's first albums, 1996's Infinite, was not good but showed great promise. He was figuring his style out, discovering what kind of artist he wanted to be (which is fascinating to listen to now). I'd put Bastard above Infinite, but assuming Tyler will make an Em-like jump is not something I'll guarantee, or even expect. The guy is rapping about these things to raise our eyebrows and drop our jaws, and doing so with an advanced skill level. But let's temper our expectations a bit. 


To me, the bottom line is that Tyler may be a douchebag; but who cares? Concerning his musical ability, there's plenty of promise. And in the end, isn't that all we should care about? We don't have to hang out with him. Just listen; he's not going away yet.


Must-hear: "Bastard," "French!" "AssMilk," "Session," "Inglorious"

Lewis 'When In Rome' [MIXTAPE]

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Lewis 'When In Rome' [MIXTAPE]
Features 11 NEW Tracks! (Tracklist after the jump!)
 
Lewis is here with the full mixtape, When Is Rome, after impressing on two previous features: most recently "Again" and the collab with S-Preme "Lovely". He only boasts one more feature (J Nolan), leaving the rest to himself on the project. I dig the move as Lewis proves he can carry a track with a combination of thought-provoking substance and emotion. There are plenty of deeper meanings to decipher across the entire body of work as this is the type of project that will take some time and listens to fully get into and appreciate. Needless to say, When In Rome is something I'll have in my rotation for quite some time as Lewis proves he's an up and coming rapper and artist you should keep an eye out on.

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Rich Jones 'Sweater Weather' [EP]

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Rich Jones 'Sweater Weather' [EP]
Presented by: Rich Jones & S.C.C.
Production by: Rez, Branchez, Montana Macks, Kilroy
 
Allow me to introduce you to Rich Jones. The 23-year old Irving Park native recently dropped his 'Sweater Weather' EP and it has made its way to Gowhere Hip Hop. 'Sweater Weather' is an easy listening, sometimes soulful, and sometimes straight up fun 10 song EP. My favorite track is "Deep Dish", named after the famous Chicago style pizza. Though it's only 1:30, but Rich spits straight bars about the city of wind. I saw Rich and his crew S.C.C. perform last weekend at Schubas Tavern for the Macklemore concert and they definitely brought it to the stage. Trust me... they spit! Be on the lookout for more upcoming releases from Rich Jones and S.C.C. and follow Rich on Twitter: @RichtotheJones4

Childish Gambino 'I Do Not Talk' [MIXTAPE]

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Childish Gambino 'I Do Not Talk' [MIXTAPE]
UNOFFICIAL Compilation (Confirmed by Donald Glover) // Tracklist after the jump!

Check out this dope Childish Gambino mixtape, which is a retrospect into how he's grown as an artist from his earliest works until recent. Here is what the compilation's creator, Luis Valdizon, had to say:

My friend Errol and I have been working on 'I Do Not Talk' for a very long time. He's been perfecting the tracklist and has done a truly amazing job. The mixtape starts off with a Donald that is rough around the edges and takes you from there through his artistic development one song at a time. You see him rectify aspects of himself, such as changing his voice to sound nasally, and grow into the artist that we know today.

PREVIOUSLY: Childish Gambino 'EP' (official)
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Mateo 'Love & Stadiums' [MIXTAPE]

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Mateo 'Love & Stadiums' [MIXTAPE]
Presented by: Kerry "Krucial" Brothers (Tracklist after the jump!)
 
Mateo also concluded a month of dope releases (including the all-caps favorite "Power" featuring Pusha T & Ab-Liva) with the full mixtape, Love & Stadiums, as presented by frequent Alicia Keys collaborator Kerry "Krucial" Brothers

UPDATED COMMENTARY: If you liked "Power", you will most likely vibe with the rest of the mixtape as well. It is filled with reinterpretations along the same lines as "Power" - all featuring similar characteristics: new sound, production, and lyrics that occasionally delve into some of the iconic moments of the original. The other Kanye West redux notables are "Runaway" (featuring a dope verse from Gilbere Forte')and "Say You Will", both of which are very strong. In addition, Mateo does his thing on "A Milli", "Bad Romance", "Empire State Of Mind", and even the 1986 #1 hit "(I Just) Died In Your Arms", hah! I love the variety and the original style Mateo exhibits on not only the reinterpretations but other songs like "Get To Know Me" and "3 Peat". The final product is an enjoyable and entertaining listen all the way through from the fast-rising R&B singer so I wouldn't sleep on it above.
 
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Rotimi 'The Resume' [MIXTAPE]

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Rotimi 'The Resume' [MIXTAPE]
Presented by: Boi Jeanius & DJ L (Co-sponsored by Gowhere Hip Hop)
15 NEW Tracks f/ Gucci Mane, Dawn Richard, Louis Williams (of Philadelphia 76ers), MORE!
(Tracklist after the jump! Stream here)
 
Once again, we have a dope new project that we are proud to sponsor, or in this case shall I say 'reference'? After all, it's The Resume - the debut mixtape from R&B singer Rotimi! As one might assume from the title, The Resume represents and displays Rotimi's wide array of skills and versatility. From last week's club banger "Bottles" featuring Gucci Mane to the more contemporary R&B singles "Beautiful Music" and "Forever" (the latter video is on your Comcast On Demand playlists people!), we have already gotten a glimpse at the potential Rotimi has to be a star of all the aspects in today's R&B scene. 

On The Resume, he strikes the right balance between settin' the party right and closing out the night with a slow jam. "Mr. Maserati" has an instant appeal falling in the former category and similarly, "Body", originally premiered on The Gowhere Tape Vol. 1, is re-worked and gets a contrasting rap feature from Philadelphia 76ers baller Louis Williams to keep the ladies movin'. Conversely, songs like "I'm The One", "Prescription", and "Bare With Me" are instant slow jam favorites. In fact, the writing on these songs, and really all of the R&B cuts on The Resume, contain an overall freshness, enhanced at times by effective metaphors. The icing on the cake is the tape's last two tracks: a cover of Michael Jackson's "Hollywood Tonight" that already earned widespread praise and a remix of Trey Songz' "Already Taken" dedicated to Rotimi's mother. As you can imagine, it is one of Rotimi's most personal tracks on the mixtape and a fitting conclusion.

So without further adieu, The Resume is awaiting your download above. Our verdict? Rotimi's got the job... for years to come.

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Big K.R.I.T. 'Return Of 4eva'

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Big K.R.I.T. 'Return Of 4eva'
Features 20+ NEW Tracks! (Listen/download above!)
 
I am proud to present "Return Of 4eva" to all my supporters, I took the past year to work on this project. I reached out to some of my favorite artists that I felt represented what this album was about. Ludacris, Bun B, David Banner, Chamillionaire, Big Sant, Joi & Raheem Devaughn all helped me to make my vision of this album complete. I hope you all love it. Download it for free at returnof4eva.com stay blessed
- K.R.I.T.
Here is Big K.R.I.T.'s new project, Return Of 4eva. I have been impressed with K.R.I.T.'s recent releases, most notably the new video for "Dreamin'", so naturally I'm one of the many intrigued to dive into the full project. With over 20 tracks, I'm sure I'll find more that I like. Listen/download above.

Rob Roy 'Carmencita' music video

 
Rob Roy "Carmencita"
Producer: Gods Paparazzi and Rob Roy - FULL, CDQ, Track off album, King Warrior Magician Lover 
 
Something about this guy just screams original doesn't it? Let me tell you my favorite part about Rob Roy. Not only does he have the most unique flow I've ever heard, but he puts up all his own music up for FREE download! I don't know if you can tell from the video above, but this guys got a vision. This video won the weekly Freshman 5 contest on MTVu a couple months ago and he's still on rotation. I first heard of Rob Roy back when MySpace was still "the cool thing" and it's great to watch an artist progressing and becoming successful in mainstream music. Fans at MTV not only accepted him, they embraced him with open arms.

I tip my hat to Rob Roy for creating his own sound in the music industry and sticking to it. His album King Magician Warrior Lover is probably the most diverse sounding hip hop album I've ever heard. So don't forget to download his mixtapes before his label makes him take them down. Enjoi.

Kevin Cossom 'By Any Means' [MIXTAPE]

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Kevin Cossom 'By Any Means' [MIXTAPE]
Hosted by: DJ Ill Will, DJ Papa Smirf, & DJ Folk (Listen/download above!)
 
Kevin Cossom drops a brand new mixtape entitled By Any Means today and he goes the mixed route of original production and remixes of some familiar smash hits. Given his versatility as a singer though, it is fresh to hear Cossom's remixes of songs that have been flipped a lot already like "Black & Yellow" and my early favorite for track of the tape: "Runaway". He's also got a song on there with J. Cole called "Leave Me Alone" that has got a realness about it that I vibe with on top of everything else sonically. Gonna need more time to really get into By Any Means but on first impression alone, I'm likin' what I hear. Check it out above!

XXL 2011's Freshman Class: The Mixtape

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XXL 2011's Freshman Class: The Mixtape
Hosted by: DJ Whoo Kid (Tracklist after the jump!)
 
XXL's 2011 Freshman Class: The Mixtape features brand new music from Kendrick Lamar, Yelawolf, Lil B, Meek Mill, Mac Miller, Lil Twist, Fred the Godson, YG, Cyhi the Prynce and Big K.R.I.T. as well as some welcomed, surprise collaborations.
- XXL Staff
 
New music from the Diaper Dandies?! Dipsy doo, dunkaroo!
 
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Slot-A 'Foundation' [BEAT-TAPE]

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Slot-A 'Foundation' [BEAT-TAPE]
Features 11 Beats + 3 BONUS Records (Tracklist after the jump!)
 
"Everything has a platform. As my first project this represents my start as well as the place from where I can continue to build and grow."
- Slot-A
Slot-A's new beat-tape, Foundation, is quite the fitting title for the Chicago producer/emcee's first official project. Hard to believe that this is indeed the first solo project from Slot-A after his extensive work with artists like Mr. Robotic, Add-2, Gerald Walker, and now Neak on the #illRaps weekly series. We've been following Slot-A for a few years now and his production keeps growing with a variety of new sounds and moods that is showcased more cohesively than ever on Foundation. Listen/download above and hear for yourself. It is an excellent choice to have playing in the background as you work, surf the net, or whatever it is you do while jammin' to new music.

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Luke 'The Dopeness' [MIXTAPE]

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Luke 'The Dopeness' [MIXTAPE]
Produced by: William J. Gale // Recorded, mixed, and mastered by: Jerome Maffeo (of Right-on Recordings)
 
Check out Luke, the frontman of Baltimore hip-hop band A Cool Stick, in his solo mixtape 'The Dopeness.' This thirteen-track mixtape presents Luke's verbal wittiness laid over William J. Gale's smooth and blended instrumentals. The true words that Luke speaks would be out of place if placed over a gangster rap beat. The full-bodied sound of the instrumentals allows you to sit, soak, and dwell on each idea that is brought to you through the speakers. This Pennsylvanian native has a lot to say and we should all take note of it. 

As a bonus below, check out the latest artist to be added to the Under Sound Music team, Rome Cee! Rome is another Baltimore native, just like E Major (CEO of Under Sound Music), and I was able to catch up with E and ask him about the new addition. E told me that, "Because of his juxtaposition of environments, his music has a mix of thoughtful introspection and street perspective.  This short freestyle shows exactly that and illustrates why Rome is such a good fit with Under Sound's expanding vision of what we can be as a record label." Be on the lookout for Rome Cee's mixtape 'The Extra Mile' coming to you soon!
 
Rome Cee "Rap Messiah Freestyle"
Producer: Norm Regular

Mickey Factz 'Love.Lust.Lost' [MIXTAPE]

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Mickey Factz 'Love.Lust.Lost' [MIXTAPE]
Features 12 NEW Tracks! (Listen here)
 
Out of nowhere, Mickey Factz drops a new mixtape, Love.Lust.Lost. I applaud the sudden move as this is certainly a pleasant surprise for Factz fanatics. Also intrigued by the title, and about to get into it now. Gimme some time to digest this for some commentary, but for now, listen and download above!
 

A.B.M. 'Cause & Effect' [MIXTAPE]

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A.B.M. 'Cause & Effect' [MIXTAPE]
Produced by: V KiDD
 
Check out the guys from A.B.M. in their latest mixtape Cause & Effect'. A.B.M. comes straight out of Chicago with a team of artists consisting of Itylyon, Milli, Brea, Manish, and Jig Dolla. Each of these members do their own solo work, but have all come together under A.B.M. for 'Cause & Effect.' No two tracks are the same on this mixtape. One minute you are cranking up the bass on your speakers and the next you are just kickin' back and relax to some nice smooth hip hop. You can also check out Itylyon's premiere mixtape 'Just Watch Me' here. New material is always on the way (as you can see from the studio session video below), but for now, check this mixtape out!
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A.B.M. In The Studio

Plies 'F**k With The DJ' [MIXTAPE]

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Plies 'I F**k With The DJ' [MIXTAPE]
Features 11 NEW Tracks (Tracklist after the jump!)
 
In comes Plies with his new mixtape, I F**k With The DJ, which features Gucci Mane & an artist simply named Lady. If Plies jams still make ya vibe out, then don't hesitate to check this out above.
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Wax 'Scrublife' [MIXTAPE]

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Wax 'Scrublife' [MIXTAPE]
Hosted by: DJ Skee - 17 tracks produced by Jim Jonsin, EOM, Wax, & MORE!
 
What up neighbors, it's Kidd Russell back with another post on Wax.  Last night at 2am I received an email with his mixtape Scrublife attached.  Most nights I would just pass out, wake up the next day and listen but I was excited to hear some new Wax so I turned on the XBox, grabbed a Miller High Life and started listening. Needless to say I wasn't disappointed at all! Before listening to the tape, I suggest you watch Wax 's weekly video blog below to hear Wax explain the concept behind Scrublife and of course meet Dale Firebird who co-hosts the tape.  Scrublife is geared towards the new Wax fan while still having enough new records on it to please the old fans.  My favorite song on the mixtape is "Not So Bad At All" - a chill acoustic sing song.  Another one of my favorites was "Shoo Ba Doop" featuring Dumbfounded - it just has a 90's good-times vibe to it!  "Two Wheels", which was co-produced by Jim Jonsin, was definitely not what I expected but was a cool, laid-back track that made me want to put the top down and hit the beach. There is plenty of heat on Scrublife and just like any good Wax project he bounces between hip hop, acoustic jams, insane freestyles that would get a standing ovation from Eminem, sing song hooks &  great entertainment!   I should say while I enjoy the laid back tracks from Wax there is plenty of aggressive tracks on the tape for the hardcore hip hop heads.  Scrublife is a must have for the spring & summer in the CHI!
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Wax Weekly #11: Scrublife Explained
 
Wax "Dispensary Girl"
OFFICIAL VIDEO!
 
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Reno Chinati 'Clarity' [MIXTAPE]

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Reno Chinati 'Clarity' [MIXTAPE]
15 NEW Tracks featuring GLC, Mic Terror, C. Rich, & MORE! (Tracklist after the jump!)
 
Not long after the head-turning video for "Kill", Reno Chinati drops the full mixtape, Clarity. The mixtape is bolstered by fellow Chicago features like GLC, Mic Terror, and some R&B with C. Rich for example. There is many more to peep after the jump, alongside producers like 6th Sense, Frontier, and more. So, kick off your Saturday morning, not with a cartoon, but with some grimy Chicago hip hop courtesy of Reno Chinati.
 
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Bei Maejor 'Throwback' [MIXTAPE]

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Bei Maejor 'Throwback' [MIXTAPE]
Features 10 NEW Tracks! (Tracklist after the jump!)
 
Here is a clever twist on a 'remix' mixtape that you see artists do all the time. Bei Maejor releases Throwback, centered on classic productions from the 90s. That, coupled with BeI Maejor's versatility already, led to instant intrigue. Bei Maejor shines in his natural R&B field over Carl Thomas' "I Wish", flexes his rap muscles over the always pleasant Tribe classic "Electric Relaxation", and even does his thing with a unique interpretation of Third Eye Blind's "Semi Charmed Life". How 'bout that for all ends of the spectrum? It is one thing to pick unique and recognizable productions to remix, but also a whole 'nother thing to execute it. That's what Bei Maejor did here so I hope you are intrigued by now and give Throwback a listen/download above.
 
This concludes a big day for mixtapes by the way. Make sure not to overlook other new efforts from Mac Miller, Lil B, and local spotlights on R.O.E., Kenlo Key, and Maryland's J. Addo for your R&B fix.
 
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J. Addo 'Cold World' [MIXTAPE]

 
J. Addo 'Cold World' [MIXTAPE]
Produced by: LazVegas and Prah Di Jay
 
Check out J. Addo, a local DMV up and coming R&B artist, in his latest mixtape 'Cold World.' The mixtape includes special guest artists Jennifer Rose, Domo, Laz Vegas, and Scotty Casshe. I asked J what his inspiration behind his music was and he told me, "The drive behind my music is to make it, for my family and all my friends that believe in me. My inspiration is to especially make my parents Samuel and Anita Addo proud, as well as my older brother Justice Addo who is a music producer of CCM (Crank City Music) and to show the state of Maryland that we can make it." This mixtape expresses pure soul and emotion that comes straight from the mind of J. Addo. It is full of lyrical images from a mind that has been observing what is going on around him in close detail.

Also, as a preview of the mixtape below, be sure to check out J. Addo's latest video for "Life" featuring Domo and follow @JAddo301 on Twitter.
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J. Addo "Life" f/ Domo
OFFICIAL VIDEO!

Lil B 'Illusions Of Grandeur' [MIXTAPE]

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Lil B 'Illusions Of Grandeur' [MIXTAPE]
Features 13 NEW Tracks!
 
Quite the odd cover, no? I would say it's certainly fitting for the title though: Illusions Of Grandeur. Lil B, a.k.a. Lil B The Based God, drops his new mixtape via XXL and as another one of hip hop's fastest rising artists, this is a worthy download to hear his latest and what he's all about.
 

Kenlo Key 'The Sleeping Giant' [MIXTAPE]

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Kenlo Key 'Sleeping Giant' [MIXTAPE]
Listen/DL Above!

Kenlo Key of Tha IntaVention dropped a fresh release in proper fashion today!  I got a chance to review The Sleeping Giant and I must say it impressed me from start to finish.  There is a unique blend of beats to match the hard hittin' lyrics.  I'm also diggin' how the album art stands out against the norm.  All in all this tape is a dope representation of Chicago hip hop, so quit sleepin' and give it a listen!

Down below, I included a recent release from Tha IntaVention, known as Off Tha Bench Code 1.  Download the tape and keep up with this talented squad at ThaIntaVention.com.  Also, Kenlo took a quick break in the booth to give a few shout outs so peep the video too.

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Tha IntaVention 'Off Tha Bench Code 1' [MIXTAPE]
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Iaconiq, Stylez Kriswell, A.J. Fatale, Prophecy, LoveMusiq, Eazy 'Royal Flush' [MIXTAPE]

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Iaconiq, Stylez Kriswell, A.J. Fatale, Prophecy, LoveMusiq, Eazy 'Royal Flush' [MIXTAPE]
From Napocalypse Entertainment, Produced by Floyd Quarrie (DJ Q) and Iaconiq
 
The guys from Napocalypse Entertainment have done it again! They have brought another HOT mixtape to the table and with a name like 'Royal Flush,' how can they lose? I saw Prophecy walking around the University of Maryland campus a few days before the mixtape dropped, so I decided to ask him about the mixtape. He told me one thing, "It's going to be fire." 'Royal Flush' showcases six brand new original tracks by the group and each one brings a different sound to your ear. The listener can tell that the guys in Napoc took their time and really polished this mixtape up. The six original tracks include: (Produced by Will Whitney): "I'm Daring You," "Love Cost Everything," and "So Right," (Produced by Iaconiq) "Hella Dope," "Who You Know This Fly," and "Slave Trade." Grab this mixtape and throw it on the iPod immediately! 

Be on the lookout for more new music from the guys in Napoc, but in the meantime be sure to check them out on Twitter: @Iaconiq@StylezKriswell@CntHoldMeDown@ThisDeuceWild@CamLoveMusiq, @JdoTeaZy.

Willie Taylor 'Sextape (Extended Version)' [MIXTAPE]

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Willie Taylor 'Sextape (Extended Version)' [MIXTAPE]
Features 16 Tracks! (Tracklist after the jump!)
 
"'Mr. All Nighter' was tagged by NoivakMusic as a track off the Sextape (Extended Version), which I think we can expect in the near future."
- Sgt. Tibs (yesterday)
 
Welp, that was fast! Like I said in last night's post for the single "Mr. All Nighter", I expected the Sextape (Extended Version) in the near future, but I didn't quite expect the next day, hah! No complaints here as Willie Taylor drops the new extended version of last year's Sextape, that features 2 new tracks on top of the original 14. In addition to "Mr. All Nighter", the other new bedroom jam is "Soakin' Wet" - a catchy record on the very first listen, whose production contributes to take it to my top tier of records on the tape. Great vibe to that one. So, if you slept on the Sextape a little over a year ago, don't hesitate now as this finished as one of my favorite R&B projects of 2010. Enjoy!
 
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Rapper Big Pooh 'Fat Boy Fresh Vol. 1' leads new mixtapes

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Rapper Big Pooh 'Fat Boy Fresh Vol. 1' [MIXTAPE]
Presented by: DJ Booth // Hosted by: Statik Selektah // Features De La Soul, Naledge, Madlib, and more!
 
Rapper Big Pooh leads a batch of all-new mixtapes with Fat Boy Fresh Vol. 1. Big Pooh always brings it lyrically so I look forward to diving into this one, especially with some features like Naledge, Madlib, and Posdnuos (of De La Soul). Other new mixtapes to check out below include J. Period's tributes to Biggie given the anniversary today, a new/old compilation from Murs, and new efforts from Chase N. Cashe and Neako. Browse above and below and enjoy!
 
J. Period 'The Complete B.I.G. Tribute Collection'
Features 3 FREE Downloads!
 
Murs 'Mursworld 2011' [MIXTAPE]
Presented by: DJ Foundation (Features NEW/old Tracks!)
 
Chase N' Cashe 'Gumbeaux' [MIXTAPE]
Features 18 NEW Tracks!
 
Neako 'Loudpack: Highlights' [MIXTAPE]
Features Wiz Khalifa, Vado, and more!

Childish Gambino 'EP'

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Childish Gambino 'EP'
Features 5 NEW Tracks! (Tracklist after the jump!)
 
Childish Gambino has been well-documented here on Gowhere, especially most recently with the dope one-take video for "Freaks & Geeks". If that video doesn't show how serious and talented actor Donald Glover is at the rap game, then the rest of his simply titled, EP, will likely make you a believer. His high-octane energy is simply infectious from the start and Glover matches that energy with a mix of clever, humorous punchlines with personal lyrics that are both authentic and therapeutic. 

Glover puts his foot down on the EP that he wants respect about being considered a true, legit rapper. It is exemplified throughout the track "My Shine" and in this line, "I guess he good for a rapper who on a TV show, even though, I was rappin' back when Lance had chemo, ho...". This is also an example of Glover's blunt references, many of which contain either shock value or comedic value, and sometimes both. His vulgar language at times contributes to both, and while I don't normally rock with rhymes that are curse-heavy, Glover's intensity makes it successful in a Slim Shady-esque manner. As a result, plenty of chuckles ensue.

But Childish Gambino is much more than colorful references and a few curse words. There is a layer of substance that is just as prominent and it all goes back to Glover's personable display of experiences. He paints his story very vividly and you can't help but be reeled in and affected by the emotion that is illustrated. "Be Alone" is a fitting personification of the above description as Glover balances between solitude and frustrations with the females and he tells it in a way that feels relatable. Contributing to that feeling on "Be Alone" (and in similar fashion throughout the rest of the EP) is a unique mix of hooks and production. The songs that contain female vocals on a hook and/or an outro really contrast well sonically and drive home some of the project's themes lyrically. The production matches Glover's powerful delivery with a mix of hard hip hop beats and some uptempo elements, seen more on "Freaks & Geeks" and "Lights Turned On". All in all, Childish Gambino's EP is an impressive project that comes correct in all facets from beginning to end. All five tracks are favs and cements the fact that Donald Glover is as talented a rapper as he is hilarious as Troy from Community. Enjoy!

BONUS: In addition to the tracklist after the jump, check out Donald Glover's freestyle and interview on last night's Lopez Tonight (look at how bug eyed Lopez gets during the freestyle, ha!).
 
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Pac Div 'Mania' [MIXTAPE]

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Pac Div 'Mania' [MIXTAPE]
Hosted by: Don Cannon - Features Sir Michael Rocks, BJ The Chicago Kid, and more! (Tracklist after the jump!)
 
Wowa. How about that for a cover? When you're ready to move on, also note that you can download the new mixtape from fast-rising trio Pac Div called, Mania. The music itself features 14 NEW tracks with a limited amount of features, but as you can see above, Chicago is represented by Sir Michael Rocks and BJ The Chicago Kid. In fact, the Sir Michael Rocks collab is a fun one called "Like A Knucklehead", and I can't help but be reminded of classic Three Stooges. Anyway, Mania is also hosted by Don Cannon and has the potential to increase the group's buzz to another level. Lookin' forward to gettin' into this one myself and for you reading right now, simply click the link above and hear for yourself as well. Enjoy!
 
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Blood Type '2 Weeks Notice' [ALBUM]

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Blood Type '2 Weeks Notice' [ALBUM]
Presented by: DJ Booth // FREE DL Above! (Tracklist after the jump!)
 
After a series of consistent features here on Gowhere, Blood Type's new (FREE) album 2 Weeks Notice now sees its full release above! The Miami duo have continually impressed with a display of thought-provoking lyrics, versatility between the two emcees themselves, and a raw, soulful sound that I think is especially attractive to Chicago hip hop heads due to its similar vibe. 2 Weeks Notice contains more of the same and illustrates that Blood Type can bring it with a variety of topics from the struggles and motivation coming up in the game to the females and everything in between. Across the mixtape, quality feature efforts from the likes of Big K.R.I.T., XV, Emilio Rojas, and Kendrick Lamar don't overshadow Blood Type, but rather contribute to some fresh and complete records, which see all the emcees doin' their thing. Sometimes we see the features outweigh the artist themselves, but that's certainly not the case here. 

Now that we receive the album in full, I begin to see how the various releases before 2 Weeks Notice fit into the well-flowing project. My two favorite tracks from before today, "I Have Dreams" and "No Disrespect" actually follow one another and are preceded by a new instant favorite "Sallie Mae". Other new tracks to keep an eye out for: "Life Of A Fool" and "Galaxy", which continue to illustrate the duo's versatility and ability to carry a track by themselves. All in all, 2 Weeks Notice contains many highlights and very little dull moments resulting in one of the stronger independent mixtape releases of 2011 thus far. It's easily gonna be in the rotation so I suggest you listen and download above to hear for yourself. Plus, 2 Weeks Notice comes at the perfect time for the duo's hometown - something to uplift the city after the tear-inducing loss dealt by the hands of the Chicago Bulls. Hah, I kid, I kid. It's all about the music here and Blood Type is an artist you should get to know. Enjoy!
 
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Mickey Factz 'Heaven's Fallout' [MIXTAPE]

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Mickey Factz 'Heaven's Fallout' [MIXTAPE]
Re-Release Features 19 Tracks (+4 NEW Tracks)!
 
To celebrate the 4th anniversary of the original release of Heaven's Fallout, Mickey Factz re-releases one of his most noteworthy mixtapes to the masses today with a higher quality sound and an additional 4 NEW tracks for the longtime fans. Firstly, it is always interesting to go back and reflect on how an artist as grown so Heaven's Fallout is immediately a fun listen for that element alone. But also for many of us out there who were unfamiliar with Mickey Factz four years ago, pre-XXL cover and pre-Honda campaign (myself included), Heaven's Fallout becomes almost like a whole new release, treated to 20+ new tracks combined! The all new tracks include Factz' rendition of Daft Punk's "Derezzed", as featured a couple weeks ago, and a couple of original joints that really hit me on the first listen: "Back In Time" and "Feather" f/ Little Dragon. Both tracks possess an edgy sound, combined with clever references and superb storytelling, and in contrast with the rest of the tape, you can immediately tell the difference in sound and style. I am already rockin' with those new tracks and what I haven't yet heard of Heaven's Fallout heavy this afternoon. Factz just released it himself on his tumblr (mickeyfactz.tumblr.com) and upon further listens and digestion, I'm sure this will be a mixtape that gets its deserved share of plays in my rotation. Easily a worthy addition to your playlists, so give this one a download above!

Dee-1 'I Hope They Hear Me Vol. 2' [MIXTAPE]

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Dee-1 'I Hope They Hear Me Vol. 2' [MIXTAPE]
Presented by: DJ Booth & O.M.A.R. Entertainment (Tracklist after the jump!)
 
I debuted Dee-1 last week here on Gowhere and now the up and coming emcee has joined forces with DJBooth.net and O.M.A.R. Entertainment to bring fans his latest street release, I Hope You Hear Me Vol. 2. The New Orleans artist gives you 18 brand new tracks today, including his viral single "Jay, 50 & Weezy" as well as acclaimed leaks "Riding By Myself" and "It's My Turn". 

Joining Dee throughout I Hope They Hear Me Vol. 2 is Murs, Mannie Fresh and the legendary Mac. Beats come courtesy of Rockaway Prod., Steve-O, Oscar Wild, DJ RJD2, Mannie Fresh, 5th Child, Phurnace, DJ Eagle Eye, Cuzin Mike, and Flight School. Check out the mixtape above and the "It's My Turn" video below.
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Dee-1 "Its My Turn"
OFFICIAL VIDEO!
 
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Iaconiq 'Mr. Mean 16' [MIXTAPE]

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Iaconiq 'Mr. Mean 16' [MIXTAPE]
Produced by: Floyd Quarrie (DJ Q) & Iaconiq (Listen/DL above!)
 
Check out the very latest from Iaconiq 'Mr. Mean 16' - actually a nickname that Iaconiq's friends coined for him. They found his 16 bar verses to be fierce and ever since the name has stuck. The mixtape features two original tracks: "Damn" and "Eyes Behind Shades". Iaconiq told me, ""Damn" features two artists by the names of Detail and Napp. The beat was produced by Ajan who is an up coming Jamaican producer. The second track "Eyes Behind Shades" also features a local Miami artist named Espee who is currently toppin' the charts of ReverbNation in the area." Be sure to cop a copy of this mixtape, check out Iaconiq's newest single "Mr. One Hunne'd" on iTunes, and be on the lookout for a reggae project this summer. I will leave you with a few more words from The Mr. Mean 16 himself:

I love what I do, and with the team I have and our talents, I am sure that this label can grow to compete with the best there are in the world. We are determined to be recognized and earn the respect of the world. 

- Iaconiq

Chip Tha Ripper 'Gift Raps' [MIXTAPE]

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Chip Tha Ripper 'Gift Raps' [MIXTAPE]
Presented by: S.L.A.B. Ent., illRoots, & Karmaloop (Tracklist after the jump!)
 
There were a few notable new mixtapes released on the last day of February today (more coming in the next NMU), but none met my intrigue as much as Chip Tha Ripper's Gift Raps, released just now tonight and featured above. Almost entirely produced by Chuck Inglish (of The Cool Kids), Gift Raps possesses 13 original, free 'gifts' so to speak. Normally I ride with Chuck Inglish's fresh production style and the sounds on Gift Raps do nothing to change that statement. Chip and Chuck make for a good sonic combination as Chip's flows come correct throughout much of the mixtape. I personally prefer faster flows as opposed to the purposeful slower flows, but Chip has always made the latter work, especially on a couple of my early favorites like "DynoMan" and "UnderDogs". Other tracks that I was vibing with off the bat: "Hangout" and the mixtape's conclusion, "The Bio". Lyrically, I can't say I'm rockin' with Chip a hundo percent on Gift Raps, but at the same time, he certainly has his moments on the tracks mentioned above and throughout. Time will tell to see if there is that one record off Gift Raps that really sticks in my rotation for a long period of time, but I can definitely say that Gift Raps is an entertaining listen from beginning to end and worth a download just to hear the latest effort from one of hip hop's fastest rising talents. Enjoy!

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Sean Armstrong & E Major 'LOUDER: A Tribute To J Dilla'

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Sean Armstrong & E Major 'LOUDER: A Tribute To J Dilla' [MIXTAPE]
Features 7 Tracks over J. Dilla Productions! (Listen/DL above!)

You are seeing it here first! Check out the latest from E Major and Sean Armstrong in their tribute to the great J Dilla. This is a must download so cop it now! Check out what E and Sean have to say about the project:

"We put this project together in the name of J Dilla because we believe that he was truly one the best artists to ever work in Hip Hop. Dilla has touched many lives with his music and continues to in his absence. He's inspired a whole generation of musicians and this is our way of honoring him.. through music."

E Major & Sean Armstrong

Ron Artest 'Ball'n' [MIXTAPE]

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Ron Artest 'Ball'n' [MIXTAPE]
Hosted by: DJ Felli Fel (Tracklist after the jump!)
 
Last time we saw Ron Artest on these Gowhere pages, it was for what turned out to be a dope record featuring Nas: "Who I Am", a.k.a. "Who Are You". Otherwise, it's likely been for a memorable interview or two (and he doesn't cap out at two). But the Nas record was the one preview we got of Artest's new mixtape, Ball'n, now available in full for download above. On "Who I Am", Artest went the singing route instead of the rapping I was expecting. He does even more singing at various points throughout the tape, overusing the autotune in the process. Those moments at least make the times when he raps a little more appealing, like for instance on one of my favorite tracks: "This Is What It Sounds Like", which interestingly enough features Laker teammate Derrick Caracter. Plus, he gets former Bears wideout (and Gowhere interviewee) Brandon Lloyd on the first track. Oh these athletes and their free time. Anyway, I would like to commend Artest on the amount of features on the tape; every track contains at least one, and while there are some more big names in addition to Nas, like Bun B, Chamillionaire, Ray J, & Marques Houston to name a few, but Artest really pushes some relative unknowns to their first main exposure. Artists like Sheff La, Challlace, and producer Q Made The Beat all get some prominent shine throughout Ball'n. The 20-track mixtape is an interesting listen, primarily of pump up music, though it also contains its fair share of disposable concepts. I do like some more of the features, namely the Chamillionaire, Paul Wall featured "We Will Rock You" that samples the classic of the same name and the Marques Houston assisted jam "V.I.P.", but I feel like the majority of the tape will fail to last in my rotation. As always with Artest though, you can't help but be drawn to whatever he's doing or saying; in this case, it's a 20-track mixtape that is professionally presented and a project that will legit hit the right chord with some hip hop heads. See if you can vibe with at least a few of the tracks above and peep the jump for a glimpse at the full tracklist. Enjoy!
 
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J*DaVeY 'Evil Christian Cop: The Great Mistapes' [FreEP]

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J*DaVeY 'Evil Christian Cop: The Great Mistapes' [FreEP]
Features 5 NEW Tracks! (Listen/DL above!)
 
J*DaVeY has earned some Gowhere shine in the past and here they are again with their new EP, Evil Christian Cop: The Great Mistapes. This is a 5-track release that is available for FREE above for a limited time only. The L.A. duo continue to deliver a fresh and unique sound that caught my attention in the first place with the previous project, and prelude to ECC, Boudoir Synema. The EP's first track is an ear-catching cover of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit", which has been raising some eyebrows during their live shows. Simply put, J*DaVeY's female vocals give the classic a completely new feel that I was diggin' on the very first listen. The other four tracks are all original and contain a really dark vibe of electronica and pop that is a combination rarely heard and successfully executed. My favorite track out of that batch is "Raincheck" - a relatable tale about relationships. From beginning to end though, Evil Christian Cop is a different, yet awesome soundtrack to rock with and if you haven't heard them before, you're in for a surprise. ECC is also the prelude to the group's upcoming major label debut, New Designer Drug. Until then, catch J*DaVeY on a nationwide tour with Blu, as they'll be invading The Shrine here in Chicago on April 9th. Lookin' forward to catching that show live, especially after vibing with Evil Christian Cop above. Check it out and enjoy!
 

Agacee 'Film School' [MIXTAPE]

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Agacee 'Film School' [MIXTAPE]
Hosted by: DJ Sean Mac // Presented by: Gowhere Hip Hop (Tracklist after the jump!)
 
Film School is in session peoples! Download the brand new mixtape from Agacee, the Chicago emcee, whom you've undoubtedly noticed earning one feature after another here on Gowhere in the previous months. Hosted by DJ Sean Mac and presented by us truly at Gowhere Hip Hop, Film School is, flat out, Agacee's best work yet. Agacee's intelligent wordplay and lyrics are not only exhibited throughout every song on Film School, but also delivered with a street appeal that resonates on the very first listen. Film School is also a well-flowing mixtape possessing a cohesive sound personified in a 3-track stretch from "Conversation Piece" representing the tape's heavy hitters to "Freedom" and "Dreams" that are jams on the more soulful side. In fact, these are three of my favorite tracks. "Conversation Piece" is my early favorite for 'best of the bangers' on Film School and even contains the first dope Ichiro reference I have ever heard (my favorite baseball player, how did you know Agacee? hah!). The tape's few features also come correct, most notably Novakane & Chris Capalano on "Clear The Runway" and brandUn deShay and Lungz on the previously featured "Out Of Town". Other tracks to look out for (outside of the ones dropped above): "Top Of The World", "Take It There", "That Feelin'", and of course, track 1, "Grammy's", with that video brought back below. All in all, Agacee brought the 'A' game on Film School - a must-download mixtape that is a strong representation of Chicago hip hop and the 'Chicago sound' from beginning to end. Without further adieu, give it that good download above, peep the full tracklist after the jump, and if you want that preview, press play below. Enjoy!
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Agacee "Grammy's"
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E Major 'The Major Major Mixtape' [MIXTAPE]

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E Major 'The Major Major Mixtape'
Mixed by: DJ Face

Check out E Major and his first mixtape 'The Major Major Mixtape.' Right off the bat, with the first track, E Major uses a sample from the 1970s film Catch 22, which features a character who is named, Major Major. The mixtape consists of about half original tracks (all 100% worth your while!) and is then filled out with some more familiar beats, such as KiD CuDi's "Make Her Say." E told me that there are various producers on the project, but Rexamillion produced the last single, "Feature Presentation" featuring Cynthia Hawkes. Check out the music video for the song below!

E is a local Baltimore talent on the rise. When you give his lyrics a listen, you can really pick up on some of his Baltimore city influences. E is also known for helping start Under Sound Music with his partners Ashante Saunders and Aaron Keeny. To check our more on that story, click here.

I asked E what he has in store for the future. He told me, "I'm releasing an EP mixtape with Sean Armstrong (aka DJ Face of 9th Wonder's True School DJ's) where he and I are spitting over all J Dilla beats as a tribute to the late producer. Also, next month I'm releasing a 10-track mixtape with the DC based blog Better Than Yours that is run by Jerome Baker III." So be on the lookout for more great music to come from E Major! In the meantime give the mixtape a listen to and follow E Major on Twitter @etothemajor. ENJOI!

E Major "Feature Presentation" f/ Cynthia Hawkes
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John Blu 'The R&B Bully' [MIXTAPE]

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John Blu 'The R&B Bully' [MIXTAPE]
Hosted by: DJ Pharris & Boi Jeanius (Tracklist after the jump!)
 
It's the R&B bully John Blu with the new mixtape, well, The R&B Bully! His hit single "Cologne" f/ Twista & Gucci Mane is consistently killin' the radio out here in his hometown of Chicago and getting nationwide looks as well. But get to find out the deeper side to John Blu with over 20 new tracks on the mixtape above. He rocks 'em primarily solo style with only features from Will Taylor (of Day26) and Dat Boy Hot, so you know you're gonna get all sides of John Blu. Hit the tracklist after the jump to peruse the track titles and download above. Enjoy!
 
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Snoop Dogg & DJ Skee '#PuffPuffPassTuesdays' [MIXTAPE]

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Snoop Dogg & DJ Skee '#PuffPuffPassTuesdays' [MIXTAPE]
Features 19 NEW Tracks! (Tracklist after the jump!)
 
Snoop Dogg's weekly #PuffPuffPassTuesdays series now sees a full mixtape release before All-Star Weekend in LA and on a greater level, Snoop's upcoming album, Doggumentary due out March 29th. You can expect all of the big-name collabs Snoop was droppin' every Tuesday, so some of which you probably have already, but you can also find some brand new tracks across the 19-track compilation. A couple of the previously released tracks that I'm still kind of feelin' from Snoop: "I Don't Need No Bitch" and the "Black & Yellow (G-Mix)". Peep the full tracklist after the jump and listen/download above. Enjoy!
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DJ Marcus Shadden 'Slow Jam Sessions'

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Valentine's Day has come and gone, but we have a special 'Slow Jam Sessions' mix by DJ Marcus Shadden to keep the good lovin' going and going! Stream and download the mix on the player above that will set the mood for all the special night's you want to slow down the pace and dim the lights. It's one of my favorite slow jam mixes to date featuring all the R&B heavy hitters. Enjoy!
 

Mic Terror & MattBoyWhite 'The Late Pass Vol. 2' [MIXTAPE]

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Mic Terror & MattBoyWhite 'The Late Pass Vol. 2' [MIXTAPE]
Presented by: IMKING (Tracklist after the jump!)
 
Mic Terror & MattBoyWhite come through with the new mixtape, The Late Pass Vol. 2, and it is another display of Mic T's fun freshness we're accustomed to at Gowhere and an introduction to the similar stylings of MattBoyWhite. Features and production comes from Travie McCoy, Donnis, Million $ Mano, and much more and you get a good mix of some party jams and some straight rap. My early favorite track: the simple, yet effective "Kick It Over Here" featuring and produced by Chuck Inglish. Hit the tracklist for the full credits and the download link above to check this one out for yourself. Enjoy!
 
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J. Osceola 'Regrets to a Devil in a New Dress'

 
What's up! It's Tee, I'm back with my second post. Oh before I forget, Happy Valentines Day! Hope all you love birds are having a blast. Since it is the day of love, this video by Ohio native J. Osceola featuring Bufalo Pete and DJ Krate Digga is perfect. This track is going to be on J. Osceola's upcoming mini-mixtape, You Already Know, coming soon to a GWHH near you. Obviously they rapped over Kanye West's "Devil in a New Dress". Not everyone does a good job at rapping over other artist's samples, but I approve.
 
I like both J. Osceola and Bufalo Pete's flow. Their voices go well over this Kanye West track, just easy and smooth. I listened to it like 10 times in a row no lie. A cute line I liked from J. Osceola, "Being selfish I got caught up in my own dreams". And from Bufalo Pete, "I'm sending you some love through this song." Two men spilling their heart's out and admitting their wrongs are fireworks.
 
I'm glad they did a simple video. It was all about what the lyricist had to say. I love the black and white. I don't know, but I just love black and white videos. It doesn't take away from the lyrics. Or it's either I'm less distracted by the colors and pay more attention to listen to the lyrics. Anywho, listen closely to the lyrics in this song as well. There are some kinky moments. Me gusta!
 
Again Happy Valentines Day xxxo Tee
 
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The Electric 'Hey You Guys!' [MIXTAPE]

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The Electric 'Hey You Guys!' [MIXTAPE]
Presented by: DJ Booth & Bama Soul
 
After a couple of GWHH-featured previews, Pugs Atomz, Sabira Jade, & DJ Vadim, otherwise known as The Electric, are here with the full Hey You Guys! mixtape! For longtime followers of Gowhere, you should already know that Pugs comes with a unique freshness in any project he does and this mixtape with The Electric might be his most interesting listen to date. It is a fusion of alternative hip hop, pop, and electronica that also features female vocalist Sabira Jade on a lot of the vocals with Pugs. The contrast between Pugs and Sabira works on most of the tracks, contributing to the fresh feel and sound of the tape. In addition, the tape flows well together with seamless blends mixed in by DJ Intel. Some other tracks to watch out for: "Beautiful", "Flashback", and their remix of "I Need A Dollar". In fact, you'll find a good amount of remixes or flips from the DJ across Hey You Guys! but it is all so different and feels like completely original material. Listen/download above and be on the lookout for their upcoming album for which Hey You Guys! is the prelude to: Life Is Moving on March 14th. Enjoy!
 

Consequence 'Movies On Demand 2' [MIXTAPE]

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Consequence 'Movies On Demand 2' [MIXTAPE]
Presented by: Band Camp Records & XXL // Hosted by: DJ Ill Will & DJ Rockstar (Tracklist after the jump!)
 
After numerous previews and last week's Coming Attractions series, the featured presentation has arrived: Consequence's Movies On Demand 2 can be download in full above! The previews for Movies On Demand 2 have been steadily coming since the fall, with the highly acclaimed "Alphabet Boys" kickin' things off for Cons. That all-caps favorite of mine has earned a ton of rotation since then, in addition to the many collabs Cons has released since. I always felt Cons was kind of slept on because his witty wordplay and the delivery to carry it out are both at an elite level. Now, even though I haven't fully vibed with everything released since "Alphabet Boys", there are still moments from Cons on every track to appreciate. It's raw rap with fresh concepts and lyricism. I think all of us hip hop heads will find somethin' to like on MOD2, especially when it boasts features from the likes of Talib Kweli, Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, production from 88-Keys, scratches from Statik Selektah, and much more. Peep the full co-stars (and their Twitter handles) after the jump and give Movies On Demand 2  a download above. Some other early favorites include: "Catch A Bad One", "Bearer Of Bad News", "Fake I.D.", "Up Against The Wall", & "Tell The Whole City". He snaps on all of those, amidst the big name collabs so keep an eye on those as well. It's the Cons fool, word! Enjoy!

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U Dot Fam 'Cold Case' [MIXTAPE]

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U Dot Fam 'Cold Case' [MIXTAPE]
Blended by DJ Poor // BACKUP DL LINK

What up world?! Before I go further and review this new mixtape, I wanted to properly introduce myself.  My name is John B. Bassmaji and I must say it's definitely a blessing to be apart of the Gowhere squad! As a representative of Miller Street Studios I plan on expressing our taste in music on this powerful medium as well as giving you an exclusive inside scoop on the new music being created at Miller Street. Also, I plan on linking up Columbia College Chicago students with Gowhere in hopes of giving them the exposure they need to take that next step in furthering their careers.

So the first thing that caught my attention today was the fresh release by the U Dot Fam titled Cold Case Mixtape blended by DJ Poor. A Chicago winter storm has blasted the city hard this week and it serves as perfect timing for The U Dot Fam to blow up your speakers with this cold mixtape! Cold Case Mixtape features Chicago emcees Esohel, PLA, Cast, and 2 Tymin while the production is credited to MG Tha Kush, J-Rell, Nez & Rio, Dynamic, and DJ Poor. Many people have been contesting that hip hop has lost touch with its origins and roots but music like this shuns those critics down. The U Dot Fam explains...

"The mixtape serves as a calling card to those seeking a culprit to point a finger at when it comes to who's killing the game."
This release is flooded with conscious lyrics and a smooth medley of beats to match. What really impressed me throughout all of the tracks was the delivery of the rappers combined with the unique choice of synths and overall sounds used by the production team. My personal favorites are "Here I Am" and "No Problem". There is a download link up above as well as a backup link. The official video for "Hoody Weather" is posted down below. Don't forget to follow them @UDotFam on Twitter. Lastly, stay posted with the U Dot Fam's upcoming appearance at Miller Street Studios!
 
U Dot Fam "Hoody Weather"
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Game 'Purp & Patron: The Hangover' [MIXTAPE]

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Game 'Purp & Patron: The Hangover' [MIXTAPE]
Hosted by: DJ Skee
 
The Game is back at it again. As if a double disc, 30 track mixtape last week wasn't enough, here he goes with the sequel mixtape, Purp & Patron: The Hangover, which features 15 brand new tracks. Is this too much music, too soon? I still haven't really had a chance to vibe with Purp & Patron in the past week and now there's 15 more tracks to add to queue. I would have like to seen the releases more spread out, instead of flooded to us with only a week in between, but at the end of the day can you really complain about more free music? The Hangover features Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper, Busta Rhymes, Timbaland, Ghostface, Kurupt, and much more. Listen/download the tape above; plus, for your convenience below, do the same for last week's Purp & Patron. Enjoy!
 
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Game 'Purp & Patron' [MIXTAPE]
Hosted by: DJ Skee & Funkmaster Flex
 

Julian Mavunga (a.k.a. J-Money) 'Split Personality' [MIXTAPE]

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Julian Mavunga (a.k.a. J-Money) 'Split Personality' [MIXTAPE]
Features 16 NEW Tracks!
 
You may recall our feature on D1 basketball player Julian Mavunga, a.k.a. J-Money, with the infectious "Show Me The Way" from a couple of weeks ago - a dope prelude to his debut mixtape, Split Personality, which once again proves he can do more than just shoot the rock. The title Split Personality is indicative of what you'll find across 16 new tracks from Mavunga: a variety of concepts and vibes that reflect the many different sides that are in all of us. The mixtape is a well-balanced mix of reflective songs, party songs, original production, and remixes. As a result, it is hard to vibe with every track, especially at the same level that I rocked with "Show Me The Way", but as you can imagine if you have a sense of my taste, I like much of the songs that are similar in content and lyricism. "Regrets", also featuring E. Pif, proves they're a dope mix again, and the following track "Follow My Dreams" is another one that'll earn some burn in the rotation. On the rap side, Mavunga shows some promise with a flow, that when at its best, reminds me of a mix of GLC and a general Atlanta/southern sound. So, from top to bottom, Split Pesonality has a little bit of everything, which means you'll likely find something you like if it's not the tracks listed above, then perhaps solid remixes of "Fall For Your Type", a fun one of "Teach Me How To Dougie", or even the awesome Pac-Man-sampled record! So, it's that time where there's nothin' left to do but click the link above - listen, preview, and download away! Enjoy!
 

Game 'Purp & Patron' [MIXTAPE]

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Game 'Purp & Patron' [MIXTAPE]
Hosted by: DJ Skee & Funkmaster Flex (Tracklist after the jump!)
 
Game is the big artist today droppin' a new mixtape - a double disc entitled Purp & Patron. Unfortunately, I haven't totally vibed with the few leaks that have been released prior to the mixtape, but Game has shown moments on some of those verses that bring me back to when I was a bigger fan of him: when I was still listening to that Documentary album months after its original release. I know I'm not alone when I say that that was his best album, and I keep waiting for Game to consistently come with a few hit singles that have the same sort of power as that album possessed. Purp & Patron is Game's newest official release that I hope comes close to that. Given that I'll always be tied to that strong debut album, I'll keep pressing play on Game tracks hoping to feel the same as before, even if I'm not usually into songs that are into the two nouns of the mixtape title. Hopefully these 2 discs of new material, filled with a lot of big name features, can do enough for Game's buzz to finally push out his R.E.D. Album as well. Anyway, I'm going to give this one a listen sometime today and you should check it out too by hitting that good blue link above. Enjoy!
 
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Ko*Starz 'Project Rebirth: The Possibility of Positivity' [MIXTAPE]

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Ko*Starz 'Project Rebirth: The Possibility of Positivity' [MIXTAPE]
Presented by: Gowhere Hip Hop (Listen/DL Above!)
 
(Our father inspired us to put this project out, his site.. ProjectRebirth2011.com)
 
Now Is The Time Of Power
 
This is to teach you to remain in the moment. There is no power in the past and no power in the future. There is only power in this moment, right now. The past has no power over you, so you must release the burdens of the past. Whatever thoughts you possess are what you will bring with you into this moment. If you have beauty in your life, you will create beauty.
 
And you must increase that beauty by appreciating it right now. If you stop appreciating the beauty, you will lose your sense of beauty and it will disappear from your life. Appreciating what's around you causes it to increase. The more you take pleasure in what's around you, the stronger it becomes. According to the Huna belief, the future does not lay waiting for you to move forward and run into it. It is created in every present moment by what you think right now. Getting rid of the past creates a new future.

What better way to kick off the post then with the inspiring words above from the Ko*Starz themselves, as we are proud to present their new mixtape, Project Rebirth: The Possibility of Positivity. Their positive mindset is something that we at Gowhere appreciate and also share. What you read above is translated into the music itself as this Chicago trio - K-Rich, YoungStarr, and R. Dott - really live up to the title of the project, by above all showcasing the 'possibility of positivity'. This is exactly the type of music we love at Gowhere: some honest, real commentary on world issues as well as everyday experiences and situations, delivered in a fresh fashion both sonically and vocally. They do so by combining their usual, ear-catching hip hop style with a strong influence of R&B over a mix of original production and familiar tunes. For example, one of my favorite tracks, "Dream Big", is a conscious perspective on the world around them here in Chicago over a hit, whose original concept has nothing to do with that: "Love The Way You Lie". They also incorporate vocals from a couple of singers in Janet Jackson and Lloyd, in addition to remixing other hits like Taio Cruz's "Like A Star" and Alicia Keys' "Unthinkable", which was a unique rendition and perfect concluding track for Project Rebirth. After sampling what I'm talkin' about at the link above, make sure to download the entire project and receive a dope bonus track centering on unity called "They Notice Me". This is my pick for the month's strongest mixtape/project so far, so on that strong note, see what Project Rebirth is all about above. Enjoy!

Trinity 'The Valley' [MIXTAPE]

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Trinity 'The Valley' [MIXTAPE]
Presented by: Gowhere Hip Hop, Y Not My Dream, & Ill City Blog (Listen/DL above!)
 
No doubt you have seen the premieres from Trinity here on GWHH during the past few weeks and it was all leading up to the release of the full mixtape, The Valley! We're proud to co-present the project, which is easily Trinity's most personal to date. She takes us through the journey of her personal experiences and career from one track to the next. And as Trinity adds, "The Valley is a term used to describe a low point but in actuality represents a place of personal growth". I appreciate how more and more artists are understanding the power of having a fluid, connecting theme and/or sound across their entire project. Trinity is successful of the preceding statement with the well-flowing, old-school feeling Valley, which also boasts complimenting features from spoken word artist Jasminum Mcmullen, hip hop artist Neak, and soul singer Nida Nasheeda (with engineering from Mulatto Patriot). Outside of the previously released tracks from The Valley, watch out for a couple more of my favorites in "Thinkers Box" and "Relief". "Hope" is still my early favorite of the 9-track project but from beginning to end, The Valley comes correct on an appreciation level with all of the tracks. One last note: it's Trinity's birthday today so what better gift to give to her than listening and downloading The Valley above! Enjoy!
 

Al Dilla 'The Gifted' [MIXTAPE]

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Al Dilla 'The Gifted' [MIXTAPE]
Hosted by: DJ O-Zone (Tracklist after the jump!)
 
Al Dilla continues the run of Chicago mixtapes released on 1.11.11 with his new output called The Gifted. There is a lot to at least appreciate on The Gifted as Al Dilla's usual lyricism comes through plus the raw sound and usage of the samples on the production. In addition, there are a few Chicago collabs on The Gifted with the likes of Rockie Fresh, YP, Gaggie, but my favorite of them was the one featuring Lungz called "Supreme". Now, I can't say I'm feelin' The Gifted a hundo percent from cover to cover, but the tracks that stand out and have their highlights will earn some shine in my overall rotation. Like I said earlier, there are a lot of aspects to at least appreciate in the songs that you may not vibe with completely. Plus, Al Dilla handled a lot of the production on the album himself, which also speaks to the well-complimenting match between the sound of the rapper and the sound of the beat. Hit the jump for the tracklist and above for the download link and check out The Gifted Al Dilla for yourself. Enjoy!
 
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Kid Sister 'Kiss Kiss Kiss' [MIXTAPE]

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Kid Sister 'Kiss Kiss Kiss' [MIXTAPE]
Presented by: Fool's Gold // Mixed by: Nick Catchdubs (Tracklist after the jump!)
 
Chicago keeps owning 1.11.11 as Kid Sister is the latest hometown artist to drop a new mixtape with Kiss Kiss Kiss. I am still in awe of her latest video for "Do! Do! Do!", which is one of the 13 tracks on the mixtape (mixtape mixtape?!). Other features include Gucci Mane and Nina Sky, but the mixtape is primarily Kid Sister rockin' solo on some new tracks or remixes of past singles like the addicting "Right Hand Hi". Much unlike the two mixtapes featured below, Kid Sister provides more of an upbeat, dance style instead of the grimey hip hop you should be adding to your library as well. That said, take a listen to the new Fool's Gold release and take the rest of the week to digest it because by the weekend, this might be a go-to addition to your night-out playlist. Enjoy!
 
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B.X.C '@BXCMusic' [MIXTAPE]

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B.X.C '@BXCMusic' [MIXTAPE]
Presented by: DJ Booth & DJ Boi Jeanius
 
While admittedly the cover might scream ordinary, the music found in the @BXCMusic mixtape is far from it. Disturbing Tha Peace's Chicago duo, B.X.C, drop a 10 track tape that features the previously GWHH-featured "Louder" and "Jump", in addition to the outro track from earlier this morning. If you are up on those tracks already, you probably know the quirky, outrageous, and fresh style that B.X.C displays. If not, in addition to those singles, you'll find a serious side to Lyriq and Commando, specifically starting with my favorite track, track #7, "Dream Girl". B.X.C drops some dope rhymes on the ladies and the transition from track to track after "Dream Girl" all the way to the end is my favorite stretch of the mixtape. If the singles don't float your boat, I bet that "Dream Girl", "Dreamer", "Why Do It", or something else on the mixtape will do so, so listen and download above and hear for yourself. Enjoy!
 
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Sly Polaroid 'Honor Me' [MIXTAPE]

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Sly Polaroid 'Honor Me' [MIXTAPE]
Hosted by: DJ MoonDawg (Tracklist after the jump!)
 
Chi-Town mainstay Sly Polaroid drops his new mixtape today, Honor Me, which you can of course download above! I am lookin' forward to diving into this one from beginning to end - a full, 20 track release from one of the prime members of the Goon Squad. Chicago is featured all over this mixtape from Twista to No I.D., Mikkey Halsted to L.E.P., and of course, his incarcerated Goon Squad brother Bump J. There is a powerful and intense gangster/street sound to much of the tape, which is perhaps best personified by the mixtape's first single "The Bad Guy". Coinciding with the mixtape's release, you can also peep the video premiere of said single, directed by Da Visionaryz. Backed by some Scarface (the movie) samples thrown in by producer Emmaculate, "The Bad Guy" is a great place to start before downloading above and seeing what Sly P is all about. Enjoy!
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Sly Polaroid "The Bad Guy"
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Cookin' Soul & Don Cannon 'Nas: The Lost Tapes 1.5' [MIXTAPE]

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Cookin Soul & Don Cannon 'Nas: The Lost Tapes 1.5' [MIXTAPE]
Producers: Cookin' Soul & Don Cannon
 
Hey music lovers! My name is Samantha Lebbos and i'm a student at Bradley University. Born in the best city ever, Chicago. I am aspiring to be an Entertainment/Sports Broadcast Journalist, which is my dream that I am striving to reach. I love music more then anything and I'm excited to be working with Gowhere Hip Hop. Keep coming back! Follow your dreams, God bless.
 
Cookin Soul and Don Cannon team up to remix Nas: The Lost Tapes 1.5 which features 19 of Nas' classic songs throughout his years. This album includes some of Nas' best work including my favorite, "No Idea's Original" which was left off of Nas' fifth studio album Stillmatic back in 2001. The instrumental is amazing and so are the lyrics! This mixtape also features favorite artists such as Rakim, Notorious B.I.G., Pharrell and many more. The collaboration between Cookin Soul and Don Cannon really brings out the best of hip hop from the beginning of Nas' career when he began rapping in his pre-teen years. Check out the mixtape above and see for yourself! Enjoy!
 

Agacee 'The Treatment' [FreEP]

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Agacee 'The Treatment' [FreEP]
Presented by: What's In My Headphones [Prelude to Film School] (Tracklist after the jump!)
 
Coming off the heels of his last 2010 release "Faith", Agacee keeps things moving into the new year with a 4 track FreEP, The Treatment, which will act as the prelude to Film School, as hosted by DJ Sean Mac and presented by us at Gowhere Hip Hop! Now, with a cover displaying such futuristic architecture, as well as a song entitled "The Future", one would have to assume that Agacee experiments with a more upbeat sound. And he does just that, primarily with the help of Slot-A, who adds his usual electronic touch to the two tracks he produced. Don't get me wrong, the whole tape has more of a hip hop feel, but it is definitely somethin' different from Agacee's more traditional hip hop records. I say he was successful on all four tracks and I am really vibing with the two Slot-A tracks and the project's first track: the aforementioned "The Future". "We Gone Make It" is where it's at though - the most complete record on the project in my opinion and an inspiring anthem that comes at an ideal time in the beginning of the new year. Definitely peep this above and be on the lookout for Film School this February. Enjoy!
 
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Iaconiq, JDot, A.J., Stylez, & LoveMusiq 'Pocket Aces' [MIXTAPE]

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Iaconiq, JDot, A.J., Stylez, & LoveMusiq 'Pocket Aces' [MIXTAPE]
 From Napocalypse Entertainment, Engineered and Mixed by Floyd Quarrie (DJ Q)
 
Check out the mixtape 'Pocket Aces' from Napocalypse Entertainment that showcases previously interviewed Stylez and LoveMusiq, as well as Iaconiq, JDot, and the lovely female rapper A.J. 'Pocket Aces' is jam packed with 23 tracks and includes remixes, such as Rihanna's "Rude Boy," and Young Money's "Bed Rock."

I had a chance to ask Stylez about the idea behind 'Pocket Aces' and this is what he had to say:

Each of us represented a specific ace in the deck and Iaconiq is pretty much holding the hand and bringing us out, but the fact that we are the pocket aces signifies that it is unlikely for us to lose.
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J. Slikk 'A Tribute To Jen DeLeon (The Instrumental LP)'

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J. Slikk 'A Tribute To Jen DeLeon (The Instrumental LP)'
Features 27 NEW Tracks! (Tracklist after the jump!)
 
That's right! Don't rub your eyes. Chicago producer J. Slikk's new instrumental LP is a tribute to someone you already know here at GWHH: our own Jen DeLeon! J. Slikk dedicated this one to her for her grind both here at Gowhere and before she joined the team when she organized the successful Help Me Help Haiti relief event in Chicago. I am sure that Jen, and you reading at home, will appreciate the music that Slikk produces across the project - 27 complete beats that will still fit on a CD you can bounce with in the car. J. Slikk does an excellent job combining samples and the soul that you would expect from him into his overall, raw hip hop sound. 

There are too many favorites to name, but I particularly liked "Bassline", "That Neaux Neaux" (which I think has some 'Oh's' from Robin Thicke's "Wanna Love U Girl", ha), "And You KNOW This" (that has an R&B feel to it) and "Love In The Spring (Lust In The Fall)". Play this one with an open mind (and at full volume) and you'll probably find something to vibe with as well. In fact, it is perfect music to have on in the background, if you're reading, surfing the net, or doin' whatever it is that you do, haha. One last shoutout to Gowhere compadre Maks G, who cranked out the fresh artwork you see above. Give this one a download, and aspiring rappers, if you feel inspired to rap over one or more of these beats, send 'em over to us (let's see who can be resourceful) or J. Slikk himself on Twitter (@JSlikkMusic) as all beats are property of him and licensed by ASCAP. One last fun fact: some of these beats are 2 years old and some of them are even 2 days old. Nice. Check it out and enjoy!
 

Rick Ross 'Ashes To Ashes' [MIXTAPE]

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Rick Ross 'Ashes To Ashes' [MIXTAPE]
Features 11 NEW Tracks! (Tracklist after the jump!)
 
Ricky Rozay's Christmas present to his fans? A new mixtape called Ashes To Ashes with features galore. Peep 'em all after the jump, but if you've paid attention to the leaks you've already seen a T.I. collab and a Wiz Khalifa collab. Perhaps one of the more interesting ones was the collab with Ne-Yo and Aaliyah: "She Crazy". This track is probably a fav. as Ross actually tells a personal story from his experiences on some reflective verses. It was a pleasant surprise to me, since I don't usually ride with much of any of Ross' music. Having said that, there isn't too much else on the tape that I vibe with, but I know there will be a lot of Rozay fans that will come out of this pretty happy. Take a look and listen for yourself and remember to peep the full tracklist after the jump. Enjoy! 
 
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Diggy 'Past Presents Future' [MIXTAPE]

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Diggy 'Past Presents Future' [MIXTAPE]
Hosted by: DJ Premier (Tracklist after the jump!)
 
Diggy (a.k.a. Diggy Simmons) comes through with an early Christmas gift for his fans - a concept mixtape where he goes in over some classic tracks of the 80s and 90s. He gets the official co-sign from one of the greats, DJ Premier, and backs it up with some solid rhymes across the board. I was particularly diggin' Diggy's reinterpretations of "Electric Relaxation", "Paid In Full, and "Shook Ones Pt. 2". What stands out about all of the tracks is the different contrast Diggy's higher voice provides compared to the mostly deeper voices of the rap legends on the originals. The scratching from DJ Premier adds an authentic feel to mixtapes of the past, but at times, it gets to be a little too much. Whatever the case, this is a fun listen from top to bottom as Diggy's easy-to-follow flow is pretty infectious, if the productions of the rap classics aren't infectious enough. Peep some dope interviews of Diggy speakin' on the mixtape with MTV and Billboard and the tracklist after the jump!
 
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Dave Pracyse 'The Untouchables' [MIXTAPE]

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Dave Pracyse 'The Untouchables' [MIXTAPE]
Hosted by: DJ Bigga Rankin' (Tracklist after the jump!)
 
Here goes a new Chicago mixtape for ya ears as you can sense from the cover above: Dave Pracyse links up with one of MTV's Top 5 Hottest DJs, Bigga Rankin', for The Untouchables mixtape. On a quick sidebar, the movie that bears the same name as the mixtape was shot in Chicago and everytime I see that stroller fall down those stairs, I can't help but think of those same Union Station stairs they filmed it on that so many people use today. Anyway, the music itself features a lot of bangers with the production primarily helmed by J-Rell and Harvy Allbangers. There's a lot of content on the tape to check out so I'ma see what I can ride with as should you, by downloading above. Enjoy!
 
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Rockie Fresh 'The Otherside' [MIXTAPE]

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Rockie Fresh 'The Otherside' [MIXTAPE]
Presented by: 2dopeboyz // Hosted by: DJ ill Will & Rockstar
(Tracklist after the jump!)
 
Today, Rockie Fresh takes you to The Otherside - the new mixtape in the young Chicagoan's career that could catapult him to the next level. The Otherside is a mix of unique samples and original music produced by The Cartoonz as well as 12 of Rockie's most lyrical tracks to date. He keeps it real, honest, and reflective throughout the tape and keeps the majority of the focus on emotions that we can all probably relate to. The most resonating records of the tape are the deeper ones that play off of a unique and catchy sample, specifically the stretch starting with "What's The Hurry". The sampled artists who appear during this stretch: Imogen Heap, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Mr. Hudson. How about that for fresh? In fact, my favorite track of The Otherside is Rockie Fresh's interpretation of the latter's "Time" where he breaks down his own flaws, reflects about who has stood by him through thick and thin, and is thankful for the friends and family who have done so. His verses flow into Mr. Hudson's existing chorus pretty fluidly, both sonically and conceptually, and is one of the many successful incorporations of a sample on The Otherside

Outside of said stretch of tracks, there are some very solid, more traditional hip hop tracks. The comically titled "A.C. Green" and "The Worth" are two that set the tone well from the start, but really, every song has its own highlight, whether it be with a memorable punchline or a dope concept as a whole. The Otherside is also bolstered by guest features from Naledge, Phil Ade, and Rich Hil, contributing to a jam-packed mixtape that you don't want to miss out on. Be sure to listen/download The Otherside above and for previous leaks, videos, and to get to know the man himself, yesterday's feature post is the place to be. Enjoy!
 
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YP 'No Sleep' [MIXTAPE]

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YP 'No Sleep' [MIXTAPE]
Presented by DJ Booth & Ruby Hornet (Tracklist after the jump!)
 
Today, YP drops his next mixtape, No Sleep, a flowing compilation of 14 new tracks of all original music. And when I mean 'flowing compilation', I mean that every track blends into the next, forming a distinct sound and a sense of connection between the song's concepts. I'm definitely gonna dive into this one today, as you should as well; you can listen before downloading at the link above (especially peep early favorite "Paradise" and the stretch that immediately follows). Don't get left behind as '#nosleep' is already trending in Chicago. Enjoy!
 
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Talib Kweli & Year Of The Blacksmith Present: 'The Community Mixtape', leads new music update

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Talib Kweli & Year Of The Blacksmith Present: 'The Community Mixtape'
Hosted by: Talib Kweli // Mixed by: Mick Boogie (Tracklist after the jump!)
 
It's my pleasure to send you Community Mixtape, a collaborative effort presented by Talib Kweli, Blacksmith Music and YearOfTheBlacksmith.com. The tape features new music from Talib Kweli and the Blacksmith fam, as well as members of the YearOfTheBlacksmith.com online community who were selected by Kweli himself after a series of song submissions.
 
Gotta show love to what looks like one helluva project featuring Talib Kweli and a host of names we all probably haven't heard of. Given the Kweli co-sign as described above, I am sure we'll be in for a treat, as some of the tape's leaks have already indicated. Make sure to peep the full tracklist after the jump to catch the artists involved, track names, and all that good stuff, before while downloading above (shouts 2 NR).
 
So, allow me to bring the update full circle a little bit. Elite drops a new freestyle over... wait for it... Talib Kweli's "I Try" (a throwback all-caps *TIBS FAV.™). Then, Elite's main collaborator over his productions: J. Cole is featured below with a dope collab featuring Kevin Cossom (shouts 2 UHTN). Then, a trio of videos stars... you know who... Talib Kweli, as he freestyles with Freeway. Then... also peep a new freestyle from Mickey Factz and a new video from Obie Trice. ...There's no connection to the rest, just a couple more dope videos to enjoy in this all hip hop update. So... enjoy!
 
Elite "Welcome To The Show"
FULL, CDQ, Track over Talib Kweli's "I Try" *Tibs Fav.™
 
J. Cole "Leave Me Alone" f/ Kevin Cossom
FULL, CDQ *Tibs Fav.™
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Talib Kweli & Freeway: Toca Tuesdays Freestyle
 
Mickey Factz Freestyle on Hot 93.7
Pt. 2
 
Obie Trice "Anymore"
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B.o.B 'No Genre' [MIXTAPE]

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B.o.B 'No Genre' [MIXTAPE]
Features 16 NEW Tracks! (Tracklist after the jump!)
*NEW LINK* (Backup)
 
B.o.B comes through with a brand new mixtape for the holiday season that is an excellent representation of himself as an artist: No Genre. I was prepared for the unexpected and was still surprised to see the unique sounds and the bountiful, meaningful concepts and depth in the lyrics. One major theme of No Genre can be encapsulated by the video for "The Watchers" below, which is a striking, thought-provoking song that challenges some of the notions of the general public toward all of the Free Masonry/Illuminati talk as well as some general fishiness behind the scenes. Watch how the imagery matches up with the words in the video that drives home the message even more. "The Watchers" isn't the only song that explores some of the above themes; "Dr. Aden" is probably even more resonating as B.o.B mixes in some matter-of-fact raps with startling news clips that will really ignite some second-guessing about society. At the very least, skepticism. I love this direction that B.o.B is moving in at times like these throughout the mixtape; at other times, he just straight raps... and kills it. 

He keeps it real and honest throughout the entire project and continues to allow the listeners in to his quirky persona. The mixtape is bolstered by appropriately placed singing, superb efforts from collaborators like T.I., Bun B, and Cyhi Da Prynce ("Higher" is ridiculous), and some previously released, yet quality bonus tracks and features. No Genre will definitely appeal to fans of all genres, but it is also great to see how serious B.o.B went on this one from a rap standpoint, to prove to new fans that he's got skills on the mic beyond what are illustrated on his hits. It is simply a must-download and a truly impressive mixtape from beginning to end, and also my favorite of B.o.B's to date. Enjoy!

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B.o.B "The Watchers"
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F Millionaire '3rd Quarter Mixtape'

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F Millionaire '3rd Quarter Mixtape'
Presented by: Legitimate Hustle Music
 
The Chicago native, F Millionaire, first earned acclaim for his mixtape series: 1st, 2nd, Half-Time and 3rd Quarter and is scheduled to debut his forthcoming album, tentatively titled, The Transition. Given his penchant for thought provoking matters and dazzling rap skills, the Chi-Town emcee solidifies himself as a force to reckon with in a fickle, and often forgotten industry.

"I transitioned from mixtapes to actual writing and crafting songs for the album, moving from Chicago to Atlanta and from working with a management company to taking control of my career", he adamantly states. Armed with a music gift, the business minded rapper is equally adept at being the CEO of Legitimate Hustle, a record label started with JYtheGod (CEO) and BChanel (President). Lyrically, F Millionaire does not regress from his clever wordplay or extended metaphors, which are carried over into his most recent video directed and produced by Budderfli.com's own Tone Williams, "Premeditated Murder", which you can watch below.
 
F Millionaire "Premeditated Murder"

S-Preme 'S-Prodigy' [FreEP]

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S-Preme 'S-Prodigy [FreEP]'
Hosted by: DJ Booth // Presented by: Dope Couture
 
After vibing with "Spitfire" and (especially) "Poison" from earlier this week, S-Preme drops the full project that both favorites of mine call home: S-Prodigy. The concept is simple: S-Preme takes 9 Prodigy beats and makes them his own, adding his lyrical touch to fuse hip hop and electronica for this high octane experience. In fact, the song titles of the EP's first and last tracks - "Inhale" and "Exhale" - are an accurate reflection of S-Preme's break-neck flow and delivery and the mood he creates for the listener throughout the entire project. Basically, it's like he gets out everything he has to say in one breath, seemingly literally. Now, what 'Preme has to say is what impresses me the most about S-Prodigy. He takes another step forward in his growth as a lyricist as S-Preme hints at a forthcoming revolution, comments on the manipulation in today's society, and more, which builds on the social commentary touched on in "Prodigy". 

Some of my other favorite tracks include "DeRevolt", "Drastic/Fantastic" (which has some dope double meanings/metaphors), and "Standing Up". The latter stands out because of a sound that is not as electronica as the rest of the EP. It also has some potential to be a dope, live song. All in all, this is one EP you shouldn't sleep on as S-Preme flat out brings it lyrically, using the canvas of The Prodigy as the complimentary backdrop to his intense, thought-provoking messages. You can easily listen/download the quick-hitting 25 minute EP (a perfect length, in my opinion) above and peep the tracklist after the jump. Enjoy!
 
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Trey Songz '#Lemmeholdatbeat' [MIXTAPE]

 
Yuuup! Trey Songz just released his new mixtape, #Lemmeholdatbeat and you can follow the easy to use widget above to download (or try lemmeholdatbeat.com, which is not responding atm). Either way, 8 original tracks + 8 'Triggamixes' composes what is surely an interesting listen from Trey, who is one of the elite artists at flippin' past and present hits. Peep the tracklist after the jump so you see which ones Trey raps and sings on. And come back for some commentary... probably sometime after this Bears game.. (UPDATE: 8-3 + commentary below, yuuup!) 

After a day to digest #Lemmeholdatbeat, I come away with mixed feelings. First and foremost, I generally like a lot of what I hear on the mixtape, which features more rapping than singing from Trey Songz, but I would conclude that it falls short of my personally high expectations (hence, the mixed feelings). My critiques of the tape have to do with the rapping as I was a little underwhelmed with the concepts and (sometimes) flow from Trigga. I know he is capable of both rapping about deeper issues while maintaining that signature swagger and flowing at a break-neck pace (ex: one of my all-time favorite 'Triggamixes': "Bad News" showcases both, and the Pharrell remixes on In My Mind, showcases the latter). What we hear on #Lemmeholdatbeat is instead primarily delivered in a slower, punchline flow with substance that just extends to haters, ladies, and the like. The positives about that though is that Trey keeps it real with experiences based on his newfound superstardom and he does drop some dope punchlines and references (favs: Adrian Peterson/LaDainian Tomlinson, Amber Rose/#KanyeShrug). There are glimpses of more relatable and resonating themes, some faster rapping ("Hate Me Now RMX", "Ten 4", for example) as well as some singing from Trey Songz, which I enjoy the most. My favorite Triggamix of the tape remains the previously released "Runaway" and my favorite original record is "Just Not Fair", which is perhaps the tape's most relatable record in addition to its infectious singing ("For Ya'll" is a close second). #Lemmeholdatbeat is definitely a must-download, a fun listen from beginning to end, and a tape that does showcase some experimenting delivery from Trey. So, be sure to hit up that widget above and see what you can vibe with. Enjoy!
 
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Chris Brown 'In My Zone 2' [MIXTAPE]

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Chris Brown 'In My Zone 2' [MIXTAPE]
Hosted by: DJ Drama & DJ Babey Drew (Tracklist after the jump!)
 
Chris Brown drops his new sequel of a mixtape called In My Zone 2 and it is filled with 20 tracks that should make CB fans happy. There are a bevy of features, but it is limited to a handful of artists who make multiple features throughout the mixtape, most notably Big Sean. I remember reading the two were in the studio and they knocked out a couple of joints for this tape as "S**t Got Damn" is one of my early favorites. Unfortunately, I am not that impressed so far with the concepts that I feel can be pushed to the envelope even more. CB does some rapping as well, when I think we'd all rather hear him singing. Anyway, you can hear for yourself above so check out the big release and enjoy!
 

R.o.X 'Birthplace of Aviation Part One: Introduction to Flight' [MIXTAPE]

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R.o.X 'Birthplace of Aviation Part One: Introduction to Flight' [MIXTAPE]
Presented by: Killa Beatz Entertainment
 
R.o.X's Birthplace of Aviation Part One: Introduction to Flight, is something to fasten your safety belts for. The mixtape is lyrically insane, R.o.X has a mind for music and voice that can shape to fit any type of track. R.o.X has some club bangers, R&B tracks, and even shows a little bit of rock. The concept of the mixtape is dope, get ready for take off, because you will be feeling extra fly after listening to this.
 
Birthplace of Aviation features Chicago's own, meLLo (Miller Street Entertainment), Columbus' Kid Flame (Killa Beatz Entertainment), and Dayton's Dex (West Water Productions). Shots on Me has to be my favorite track with all three of these artists on the project it represents midwest style and even some Bone-Thugs-N-Harmony influence. The Billionaire Remix, rap and rock version, shows R.o.X's diversity and ability to cross genres. R.o.X pays homage to Cleveland, Ohio, where he was raised, which has influenced his career in music. Props to Seth Kammueller Photography, Miller Street Studios and Producer Killa, of Killa Beatz Entertainment for all working on this project.
 
Follow R.o.X on Facebook, Twitter @midwestshining, Myspace, or at ReasonofXistence.com. Be sure to check out the artwork above, designed by Lpdeezign.

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Estelle & John Legend 'Sing And Flow: The Duets' [EP]

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Estelle & John Legend 'Sing And Flow: The Duets' [EP]
Features 7 Tracks (Tracklist after the jump!)
 
Happy Thanksgiving everybody! I just wrapped up a wonderful day with family and hope you are having a great holiday as well. Gonna kick a couple posts up before I head out for Black Friday festivities and why not start it off with a couple of artists that should be on everyone's holiday playlist: Estelle & John Legend. Today saw the release of their duet EP that features 7 tracks altogether. They include past favorites like "Find Your Love" and "You Are" (one of my most-played R&B songs of '08) and is an excellent download to get more acquainted to both artists together. I would expect a couple of solo albums from both artists in 2011 and of course, we're lookin' forward to it. For now, download above and enjoy!
 
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Sulaiman 'Black Ribbon, Hard Work!' [MIXTAPE]

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Sulaiman 'Black Ribbon, Hard Work!' [MIXTAPE]
Unreleased Mixtape features 15 NEW Tracks! (Tracklist after the jump!)
 
Chi-Town's Sulaiman drops this pleasant and unexpected project upon us this Monday morning as Black Ribbon, Hard Work! is an unreleased mixtape that fell victim to time. Sulaiman explains: 

"Whilst in the midst of highly creative periods the most current records often rump those that came before, and Black Ribbon, Hard Work! fell victim to time. As I readied this project I began extensive collaborative work, mad features, in result got re-inspired for newer material, and Black Ribbon sat in Pro Tools as a lost project. Now, as I ready Past Perfect for December 2010 and Planet Earth for February 2011, I found it feasible to release the BRHW! records in anticipation of the new shit on the horizon."

It is super easy to give this one a listen and download above as the mixtape starts playing right upon clicking. And boy, the man Sulai impresses over the variety of original hip hop production, getting deep on songs like "Understand Me" and clever on "Vibe's Alive", as a couple of examples. Sulaiman is really slick with his flow and clear rhymes from one to the next and there are songs of various concepts throughout. The humorously titled, Black Ribbon, Hard Work! is definitely a project you should wrap your head around and give a play/download above. Enjoy!
 
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Nike 'City Of Win Vol. 1' [MIXTAPE]

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Nike 'City Of Win Vol. 1' [MIXTAPE]
Features 11 NEW Tracks from Chicago artists (after the jump)!
Mixed and mastered: Michael Kolar (of Soundscape Studios) // Hosted by - Ruby Hornet
 
Nike's newest collaboration with St. Alfred's 6 Points store in Chicago is a mixtape featuring the likes of Blaxploitation (Mikkey Halsted, Juice, and Twone Gabz), Voyce G.I. Go, Add-2, Sulaiman, and much more. All new tracks, all Chicago so this is a great place to get even more new music on this busy Monday, so peep the full tracklist after the jump. Enjoy!
 
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J. Cole 'Friday Night Lights' [MIXTAPE]

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J. Cole 'Friday Night Lights' [MIXTAPE]
Features Drake, Wale, & MORE! (Tracklist after the jump!)
BACKUP DL LINK
 
J. Cole simply kills it from beginning to end on the new Friday Night Lights mixtape and backs up his increased hype with some real, honest, and clever lyrics across the board. He sets the tone with the intro and the second track "Too Deep For The Intro", which is a dope concept that (importantly) grabs the listener's attention from the start. J. Cole only boasts a few features across Friday Night Lights, most notably big names Drake on "In The Morning" and Wale on "You Got It", but he outshines them both in my opinion. Furthermore, he proves again that he can carry a whole project on the solo tip, cranking out hooks and production himself countless times throughout. Cole's storytelling shouldn't be ignored and it is one of the characteristics that gained him such a buzzing notoriety in the first place. I liked some of the perspectives he came with on the aforementioned "Too Deep For The Intro", "The Autograph", "Premeditated Murder", and many more as well (I would be remiss not to mention "Farewell"). In fact, this time next week, I might have three new favorite tracks from the tape as the amount of records and depth on the records is going to take more than a day to fully digest. If you don't vibe with this right away, you'll likely find an appreciation in the lyrics at least, and it may take a little bit for the mixtape to fully resonate so give Friday Night Lights a deep, serious listen for best results (so to speak, ha!). I gotta say, J. Cole has been living up to the hype in my book as the constant 'he's underrated' claims from his fans have lifted the bar to seemingly unachievable heights. On Friday Night Lights, he exceeds it. So download this one above and hear for yourself. Enjoy!
 
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Scheme 'Same Rebel, New Cause (Deluxe Edition)' [MIXTAPE]

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Scheme 'Same Rebel, New Cause (Deluxe Edition)' [MIXTAPE]
BUY on iTunes // Amazon
(Courtesy of SRNC, RH, & Scheme773.com - Tracklist after the jump!)
 
We resume the new music with some new Scheme in the form of the entire deluxe edition mixtape of Same Rebel, New Cause. Scheme impressed this time time last week with the dope collab "Just Maybe" f/ YP & Kamilah Sumner and continues to do so throughout the mixtape that is simply put, very Chicago. A flurry of Chicago features like Mikkey Halsted, Add-2, Lungz, (not to mention producers like J-Rell, Maja 7thWes P, more) amongst others help give the project a homegrown feel that Scheme carries out through gritty and honest rhymes. Definitely wanna give this one some more spins when more time permits by the end of the week and you should too! Listen/download the tape for FREE above, but if you like what you hear, support the project via iTunes or Amazon. Enjoy!
 
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2pak 'Mixtape For A Mixtape'

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2pak 'Mixtape For A Mixtape' [MIXTAPE]
Presented by: Gowhere Hip Hop (Tracklist after the jump!) (Backup DL Link)
 
Chicago's very own 2pak brothers j.pak and pak.one deliver as promised! Their soulful debut Mixtape For A Mixtape is sure to "blow your mind like when you saw Avatar in 3D!" Right off the bat I'm captivated by pak.one's crazy production, that brings me back to the soulful roots of Hip Hop. I've got my head bobbin' on every record and I'm really enjoying the tasteful sampling choices, which even include a cut from one of my favorite TV shows It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia. Their subtlety for the truth is sublime, and that's what really takes me over the edge; I don't think you can be disappointed if you're a fan of Hip Hop!

These guys are all about the art, as their witty lyrics make me feel a rainbow of emotions taking me through the ups and downs of life's path. Records like "Autumn" give me the chills, and remind me of past memories that are blowin in the wind. 

"She says nothing lasts, that nothing is forever, so lets make memories we can always treasure." 

While something like "Sold" internalizes the timeless struggle of money vs. art, the rich vs. the poor, and good vs. evil.

"I need to know. Tell me how far will ya go, for all the riches, all the bitches, and all the gold... or will ya sell ya art, or will ya sell ya soul? If everyone has a price you're already sold."

Every record has some captivating truth about it, listen to "Crazy" or "Driftin'"...another couple of my many favorites along with past GWHH premieres of "Leave Me" and "Don't Shut Me Out". "I used to be with it, but then they changed what it was. Now what I'm with isn't it, and what's it seems weird and scary to me. It will happen to you." CRAZY intro to "Crazy". 

j.pak and pak.one are like wresting's Hardy Boyz - both got unique talents that combine into one destructive tag team duo. As mentioned earlier pak.one is the beat monster, while j.pak has some of the cleanest illustrations I've ever seen. Combine those elements with both pak's ability to spit some real shit, and you've got a classic brand on your hands. So without further adieu make sure you download this one above, and hit up 2pak on their facebook to tell em what you think of the project. Love!

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The Outlawz 'Killuminati 2K10' [MIXTAPE]

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The Outlawz 'Killuminati 2K10' [MIXTAPE]
Hosted by: DJ Smallz - (Tracklist after the jump!)
 
The Outlawz have let loose a lot of tracks from their Killuminati 2K10 mixtape, now available above and hosted by the homie DJ Smallz, but the tape is filled with 22 tracks total, so you'll definitely find somethin' new if you have been up and the leaks and you're sure to find somethin' to vibe with. I have been up and down on the tracks so far, but the ones that I did like, I really liked. My one letdown is that I expected more from the GLC collab but it wasn't really one that I was rockin' with. Even so, the Killuminati 2K10 is definitely somethin' to peep as you will find a variety of subjects and styles across. I have long considered The Outlawz to be a talented gangsta rap group, and one that fans today may not appreciate as much as they should, given that they burst onto the scene alongside 'Pac. So here's their 2K10 version of new music, which you can listen first (and then download) from their website linked above and here: killuminati2k10.com. Enjoy!
 
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L.E.P Bogus Boys 'Don't Feed Tha Killaz: Vol. 3'

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L.E.P Bogus Boys 'Don't Feed Tha Killaz: Vol. 3' [MIXTAPE]
Hosted by: DJ Drama - (Tracklist after the jump!)
 
The L.E.P Bogus Boys come through on their Halloween release of the DJ Drama-hosted Don't Feed Tha Killaz: Vol. 3. You have previewed some of the songs on this project earlier this month with a couple of dope visuals - namely the "Going In For The Kill" video. I am lookin' forward to gettin' a complete listen with this one to see if the Bogus Boys can live up to this increased buzz that they have been receiving lately. DFK3 is gettin' some hype to be one of the hottest independent releases this year, so simply because of that this should be a must-listen to satisfy that curiosity. Just one look at the tracklist (after the jump) and you'll see some intriguing big name producers like J.U.S.T.I.C.E League and Drumma Boy mixed in with some local ones. Listen/download above and also peep the video for the title track after the jump, directed by Will Gates. Enjoy! 
 
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Neak 'Neak Rock' [MIXTAPE]

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Neak 'Neak Rock' [MIXTAPE]
Presented by: DJ Booth, Fake Shore Drive, Prefix Mag, Refined Hype, & Y Not My Dream (Tracklist after the jump!)
 
Neak has arrived with his tribute to Pete Rock: the cleverly titled new mixtape, Neak Rock. 12 classic Pete Rock productions all get some new rhymes from Neak and some Chicago guest stars like Add-2, Simeon (of Primeridian), Mike Schpitz, Slot-A, and more. I was bobbin my head from the very beginning, but I would say the latter half of the tape is my favorite, starting with the previously featured "What You Know About". Other standouts include "Leaving My Lifetime" and the tape's conclusion over Nas' "The World Is Yours". Overall, Neak's more subdued, chill flow matches the vibe of Pete Rock productions pretty well and this is a tape that you can sit back and vibe with and one that I am sure you will appreciate more the more you listen to it. Neak Rock will definitely appeal to Pete Rock fans, old school hip hop fans, heck - all fans of hip hop. I applaud the concept and creativity and it is one to surely take a listen to above. (UPDATE: Just saw that Neak is trending in Chicago! Nice.) Enjoy!

 
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Add-2 'Tale Of Two's City Vol. 4: Better Days'

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Add-2 'Tale Of Two's City Vol. 4: Better Days' [MIXTAPE]
Presented by: Okayplayer & 2Dopeboyz (Tracklist after the jump!)
 
Add-2 continues his 'Tale Of Two's City' series with Volume 4 containing 21 new tracks of pure Chicago hip hop. The tape begins with a bang, which includes previously featured "Menace's Theme Pt. 2". Another early favorite of mine is "Ghetto Rain", which Add-2 premiered the other day on Vocalo.org's Music Vox. He disperses the production amongst many known Chicago names and some new ones alike, so peep the tracklist (and dope back cover) after the jump to see who you might know. If you like some raw rhymes and fast flows, you'll want to give this one a shot so download it above!
 
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Eddy B & Tim Gunter 'Dear North Carolina, Welcome Back' [MIXTAPE]

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Eddy B & Tim Gunter 'Dear North Carolina, Welcome Back' [MIXTAPE]
Presented by: Gowhere HIp Hop (Tracklist after the jump!)
 
 
A couple of North Carolina's finest up and coming artists caught our eye earlier this year at Gowhere and they simply go by the names of Eddy B & Tim Gunter. The former is a rapper and the latter is a producer; together they arrive with the release of the mixtape, Dear North Carolina, Welcome Back, the most recent mixtape we are proud to present here at GWHH! The duo's first single "Fall From A Cloud" was such an instant hit for not only myself but Maks G, that it made our Fav. 5 recap of June this past summer. The epic, soundtrack sound is prevalent throughout some of Dear NC's original tracks produced by Tim Gunter. In addition, Gunter also mixes in a variety of samples that are primarily known and unknown rock songs. Some of the known? How bout Coldplay's "What If" or, my personal favorite of the ones used, Red Hot Chili Peppers "Snow (Hey Oh)". The fusion of Gunter's signature electro sounds and familiar rock samples create a unique backdrop for hip hop - one which Eddy B can bounce with well. That is perhaps best exhibited in the 3 song stretch starting with "Super Mario Flow" (yes, that samples the video game) through "Apple Of My Eye". Eddy B switches up his flow in every song, sometimes within a verse. The result shows a dope grasp of how to be entertaining and presentable while exclaiming that he is not like the norm. Eddy B's variety of topics ranging from disproving stereotypes, being overlooked, fighting through a day job, and a few tracks about lady situations are all pretty positive, real, and relatable. There is also a flow to the songs and topics which contributes to the entertaining listen from cover to cover.

Overall, I come away very impressed with Eddy B & Tim Gunter's efforts on Dear North Carolina, Welcome Back. A lot of tracks resonate on the first listen as Eddy B has a way of making the listener care about his lyrics over infectious Tim Gunter productions. I applaud their working combination and chemistry and hope you take the time out to preview and download the tape above! Enjoy!

Early favorites: "Fall From A Cloud", "Fly Away", "Super Mario Flow"-"Every Time You Go" (Every track. Can't go wrong, it's the best stretch of the tape), and "Farewell" (the outro).
 
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Nique 'X.XIII' [MIXTAPE]

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Nique 'X.XIII' [MIXTAPE]
Presented by: Gowhere Hip Hop & Flo Deep (STREAM HERE // Tracklist after the jump!)
 
X.XIII. As in 10.13. As in today. As in the true arrival of Vegas emcee Nique! We are proud to present Nique's X.XIII, which you can see goes a lil' Usher 8701 on the title. But beyond the title, the mixtape is filled with 17 fresh NEW tracks featuring a different producer for every record, ensuring a variety of sounds to showcase Nique's skills on the mic. He keeps the features at a minimum, only reaching out to fellow Vegas hombre Marion Write and Mr. Music for the previously marveled single "So Many Girls"
 
After diving in for an in-depth listen to X.XIII, I come away even more impressed after the raised expectations set by said single with Mr. Music and the first single, "Boom Bap". On the whole, Nique showcases he has a grasp at crafting an entire project by first illustrating his skills as a straight emcee across the first half of the tape. He then transitions into the more emotional, lyrical half of the mixtape to give listeners a renewed feeling of freshness, also helped by dabbling into a slower and faster flow than his norm. You can really pick any song and find similes and double meanings that will raise the eyebrows, but if you are looking for a starting point, fire up "Three Two One". For something a little deeper, check out one of my early favorites "My Lies", which seamlessly transitions into "Plan B" f/ Marion Write. In fact, the message on that song of not needing a plan B made me smile and immediately think back to this motivational Will Smith video that is an all-time favorite of Maks G and I. After hearing the way Nique comes correct from top to bottom on X.XIII, I think he won't need a plan B as well. Seriously, there is not one track that I at least appreciate and many of which would earn that good *Tibs Fav.™ rating. Simply put, X.XIII is a must-download mixtape that is going to put Nique on the national map of up and coming rappers.
 
After listening/downloading, find out more about Nique at GoNique.com and use your 20% coupon code (included in the download) over at streetammo.com. Enjoy!
 
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The Skwod 'The Path LP'

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The Skwod 'The Path LP'
Tracklist after the jump!
 

Whaddup?! I have some new grooves courtesy of JaeOneder & Ka'Ron of The Skwod. The homie Mittens stressed to me that this is not a mixtape project, but actually the first edition of a three part trilogy LP. Well, here it is. The Path. Production credit goes to the kid JaeOneder and SC. The Skwod even included their song "Mac Stroll" featuring GLC as a bonus track. Mos def a groove! SDP on deck. Its clear that these east-side cats are on the right path...


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DJ Marcus Shadden 'Bangers' [MIXTAPE]

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DJ Marcus Shadden 'Bangers' [MIXTAPE]
Hosted by: Just Jay

The newest member to Chi-Town Record Bangers, DJ Marcus Shadden brings you his Bangers mixtape. He's currently a resident DJ at Empire Liquors, Evil Olive, and JBar. I'm at JBar every Friday for this dudes set and he smahes it every single time! Take a listen and tune into their live shows at CRB Radio.
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Back To The Basics with Ben-Sity



Ben-Sity the Chicago hip hop trio consisting of Rush, Space, and Sino. This is my first time catching wind of these guys but the mixtape goes. Today, some of Ben-Sity's most note-worthy accomplishments include being on the 2nd largest urban radio station, Power 92.3 mix show, and the 1 urban radio station, 107.5 WGCI hip-hop segments. The group continues to perform throughout the Chicago land area at such locations as Wet Lounge, Reggie's Rock Club, Tini Martini, and the House of Blues (opening for Snoop Dogg) as well as other major label artists. They just recently released their Back To The Basics mixtape. My personal favorites "Cruel Int", "Chicago Wind", "Passion 2 Drive", and "So Simple". I can't really think of any other way to describe it other than, the mixtape is REAL. Just a real feel, Chicago feel, "Through The Wire" feel. They just finished up their video for "So Simple" and teamed up with Dave Jeff's PHLI Clothing to perform at Red Kiva tomorrow for PHLI Thursdays! So if you got time stop through and meet them. In the meantime, click on the link and grab that mixtape!

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Presented by: PHLI, Simbolic Entertainment, Galaxy Apparel // Hosted by: Tony Baines
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Mickey Factz 'I'm Better Than You' [MIXTAPE]

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Mickey Factz 'I'm Better Than You' [MIXTAPE]
Presented by: XXL (Tracklist after the jump!)
 
UPDATE (10.12.10): Updated DL link above contains the tagless mixtape!

The oft-delayed, long-awaited new mixtape from Mickey Factz has arrived. I'm Better Than You boasts 16 new, original tracks and I am excited to dive into this one this afternoon. The mixtape was just released and is still downloading for me, so I'll be back with some real thoughts and commentary on this post a little later today. No need to wait for the music though, give this one a download above!

UPDATED THOUGHTS: I had high expectations for I'm Better Than You since I knew Mickey wasn't messin' around with his head-turning "Light Up Freestyle". And after an afternoon of digestion, I am more than satisfied with the full project. It is clear that Factz has a particular approach to the primarily original production he rhymes over on I'm Better Than You. Every track sounds unique in its own way, straying away from distinct sounds of traditional hip hop, instead including elements of various types of percussion, electro, and rock. A fair amount of the production is helmed by longtime collaborator Precize and Factz continues to build with upcoming producers that have their own distinct style. 

Factz further adds freshness to the project with a small, yet eclectic mix of features that are most successful if the artist is not a rapper such as on songs like "Showin' Love" f/ Count Jus and "Friend Zone" f/ Redd Stylez & Lundon. But of course the star of the show deserves his due as Mickey Factz tackles a variety of subjects with a mix of wit and an intelligent and positive perspective. Early favorites like "Again" and "Skyscraper" personify the different sounds and subjects as the latter transitions into the culmination of I'm Better Than You. The revealing "Melodic Nightmares" contains some spoken word, so to speak, which is begun by the eye-opening quote: "When I say, "I'm better than you", that's me saying that to myself". Factz recites a similar quotation in the mixtape's intro, "Diamond Dust", but "Melodic Nightmares" really resonates the message even more. The epic ending to the mixtape drives home the fact that the project from cover to cover illustrates Mickey Factz' growth as an artist and as a person. Countless examples let us into Mickey's most inner thoughts, doubts, and more - a talent that combines storytelling with personal connection that I have always felt separated Factz from the pack of other rising rap artists. There is plenty to like on I'm Better Than You - a sure-fire download that you would feel remiss to skip after this one of many more positive reviews to come.
 

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Rickie Jacobs 'Air Jacobs' leads new mixtapes

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Rickie Jacobs 'Air Jacobs' [MIXTAPE]
Presented by: Buck Marley & Tha Good Life Reviews
 
Rickie Jacobs leads a trio of newly released mixtapes as his Air Jacobs debut can be downloaded above! Jacobs first caught my attention with his addicting collaboration with Rotimi called "My Time" and continues his fast-paced raps over futuristic sounds throughout Air Jacobs. As you can imagine, the uptempo production eliminates and slow-paced rap so Jacobs is primarily spittin' fast and it's entertaining to follow throughout the tape. Definitely some tracks worthy of your rotation on Air Jacobs so check it out above.

Down below lie a couple more projects as the DMV's G-Two & K Prime release their Black Sand album and Boogy's new mixtape contains a lot of Chicago flavor to vibe with. It is always refreshing to hear a duo together and G-Two and K Prime should catch your ear from the very first track on. There's a lot of new music to check out on all three projects above and below so be sure to hit the links and presenters for the tracks and more info. Enjoy!
 
G-Two & K Prime 'Black Sand' [ALBUM]
Stream above // MORE INFO HERE
 
Boogy 'Are You NOT Entertained' [MIXTAPE]
Presented by: The Airtime Collection, Pwelbs, & Umbrella Music Association 
Features Dave Coresh, Chris Shields, & MORE!
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Nikki Lynette 'The Strong Survive' [EP]

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BUY: Nikki Lynette 'The Strong Survive' [EP]
PREVIEW/PURCHASE above (Tracklist after the jump!)
 
Happy G.O.O.D. Music day everybody! Yup, that was supposed to be today. And yup, that promise came back in their face like a watermelon stuck to a slingshot. But that doesn't mean today can be 'Good Music Day', can it? I don't think so, so I hereby declare that today, September 14, 2010, is Good Music Day - headlined by the release of Nikki Lynette's The Strong Survive EP

Nikki has been bodysurfing on an ever-increasing wave of success since the successful release of her critically acclaimed mixtape (that's totally bad ass and rocks!!!!), Roses N' Guns. Since then, two of her new, original songs have been licensed and played on MTV's Jersey Shore: most recently, the uptempo "Whatever I Want" and the title track of the EP above. Both songs are now available above as part of the 10-track compilation being sold so Nikki can put every dollar earned back into her debut album, The Popularity Contest

So here's more reason to support: the music is good. (Hence, 'Good Music Day', c'mon, keep up peoples!). Nikki once again blends styles and genres for one eclectic mix of music - there's a few uptempo pop records to bust a move to, there's some tracks that combine elements of rock and Nikki channeling her inner R&B singer, and of course some tracks that contain some slick flows and rhymes. Now put those descriptions in a blender and out comes a song like "It Doesn't Matter" that has a little bit of everything. Or how about the project's concluding track - the spunky, powerful "Make It Back Home", where Nikki raps and sings about her brother fighting the war overseas. I'm vibing with the project from top to bottom as the subjects are of similar variety to the style of the artist; just check out the back cover after the jump that shows who each song Nikki has dedicated to. Also after the jump, a bonus illustration by Nikki Lynette (oh yeah, she drew the cover above), the promo poster, and my proof of purchase. Gotta support indie music, hope you do too!

Keep up with Nikki's road trip, how she got licensed on Jersey Shore, and more on her blog.

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Diggy Simmons 'Airborne' [MIXTAPE]

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Diggy Simmons 'Airborne' [MIXTAPE]
Presented by: DJ Spinking (Tracklist after the jump!)
 
Diggy Simmons concludes a poppin' day of new mixtapes with his long awaited effort called Airborne and I gotta say, I come away pretty impressed. Diggy crafts a tape that tackles a variety of concepts like relationships and comin' up in the game over predominantly futuristic sounds that hit more often then they miss. I wasn't sold on Diggy from his verse on the Lupe Fiasco & Pharrell-assisted "Oh Yeah" that was previously released, but it was obviously a small sample size of Airborne, in addition to the two Bei Maejor features that leaked that were both pretty solid. Nothin' really matched the ever-popular "Made You Look Freestyle", but I think Diggy does just that through many moments across Airborne, starting right away with the title/intro track. I am impressed with not only his lyrics and his piercing flow that continues to grow on me, but also Diggy's intelligence, once again scattered across the tape and on other favorites like "Big Bad World" f/ Colin Munroe and "No Gravity" f/ K2. Diggy makes it 3 for 3 on mixtapes that you should add to your rotation today so don't hesitate to download above! Other features, by the way, include Chris Brown and Raekwon, and production by Boi-1da, Kane Beatz, and Black The Beast, who handles the majority behind the boards. Enjoy!

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GLC & DJ Pharris 'Respect My Come Up Vol. 2: The Ism' [MIXTAPE]

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GLC & DJ Pharris 'Respect My Come Up Vol. 2: The Ism' [MIXTAPE]
Mixed by: DJ Boi Jeanius (Tracklist after the jump!)
 
The Chicago hip hop continues this morning as GLC is the next artist to drop a mixtape, Respect My Come Up Vol. 2: The Ism. I like how it is a rapid-fire mixtape with a mix of complete songs and 1-2 minute freestyles or snippets. The 2010 Best Midwest DJ, DJ Boi Jeanius, keeps things moving from one production to the next, with a lot of contributions coming from Keezo Kane. My favorite stretch of the mixtape starts from track 11 to 17 - a stretch that doesn't even include GL's collab with John Legend called "Let Me Demonstrate". From top to bottom, I'm sure you'll find something that you like so don't hesitate to download above (shouts 2 Andrew). Enjoy!
 
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Naledge 'TwentySomething' [MIXTAPE]

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Naledge 'TwentySomething' [MIXTAPE]
Hosted by: DJ MoonDawg // Presented by: Brainiac Society & illRoots (Tracklist after the jump!)
 
Happy birthday Naledge! He celebrates his twenty-something birthday by releasing the new solo mixtape titled, you guessed it, TwentySomething. The tape is filled with 20 NEW tracks, which also boast features like Freddie Gibbs, GLC, MursWillie The Kid, and much more. But of course, it's Naledge who takes center stage showcasing some dope concepts and even freestyles. Some early favorites include the soulful "I Gave It All", the "PicnicTyme Freestyle", this week's leak of "Pay Attention", and my favorite of the collabs: "Nautica Jacket Flow" f/ Twone Gabz. As you'd expect with Naledge, you get a flurry of dope references, sports or otherwise, and stretches where he just goes from one to the next (like on "Do What It Do", for ex.) are always entertaining and helps stand him apart from other clever rappers in the game. The production across the tape varies from the soulful sounds to even some uptempo joints, and while there are some highlights, I'm overall disappointed with the simple loops and repetition that jumped out at me on first listen. Still, it doesn't detract too much from Naledge himself, and the mixtape above is an excellent start to this weekend's hip hop. Enjoy!
 
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XV 'Vizzy Zone' [MIXTAPE]

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XV 'Vizzy Zone' [MIXTAPE]
Presented by: DatPiff & Karmaloop // Hosted by: DJ Ill Will & DJ Rockstar (Tracklist after the jump!)
 
For those following the ever increasing buzz on up and coming midwest rapper, XV, you have likely heard a thing or two about Vizzy Zone. The long-awaited mixtape from XV has now arrived and he continues to showcase skills first exhibited from Everybody's Nobody, but this time over improved production across the board. The mixtape flows really well from track to track with powerful, sometimes epic, moods being illustrated from the sounds. Once XV gets past a couple of self-boasting tracks, the fun "Vizzy Zone" kicks off the strongest stretch of the mixtape where Vizzy's rhymes and concepts improve. He definitely holds his own amidst his biggest feature to date from Talib Kweli on "Reset Button", one of my favorite tracks on the tape, and presents a mix of relatable situations and instant imagery on tracks like "She Go, I Go" f/ Chiddy (of Chiddy Bang) and "Falling Awake". Vizzy even incorporates some singing here and there (think Cudi-type singing), which adds an even additional element to his repertoire. Vizzy also channels on some of the success he has earned so far in his young career, as well as some of the times he has been overlooked, which are both exhibited through slick double meanings at times and represent Vizzy's realness; realness that we, in general, are all attracted to. I've seen him rock the crowd first-hand and one last thing about Vizzy Zone that I can see right away is the additional sounds and songs that will definitely add to Vizzy's arsenal to get the crowd moving in his live set. Vizzy Zone is a fun listen from top to bottom and a mixtape that will certainly find a spot in my rotation. Download above and peep the tracklist after the jump! Enjoy!
 
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Big Sean 'Finally Famous Vol. 3: BIG' [MIXTAPE]

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Big Sean 'Finally Famous Vol. 3: BIG' [MIXTAPE]
Presented by: XXL // Hosted by: Don Cannon (Tracklist after the jump!)
 
Finally Famous is finally here! Many months and behind the scenes delays later, Big Sean drops the third installment of the 'FF' series that boasts a bevy of A-list features amidst 16 NEW tracks. Well, there have been some leaks - some sanctioned by Sean himself, some not - and out of the handful or so songs that have been released I have had some mixed feelings. I was either really diggin' it ("Supa Dupa Lemonade", "Made") or just lukewarm ("What U Doin?", "High Rise"). But there's still a lot to get into and once I give this a couple spins today I'll drop some more of my favs and thoughts. Other intriguing features include Mike Posner, Chiddy Bang, Chuck Inglish, Asher Roth, Tyga, Chip Tha Ripper & Curren$y, Bun B, and of course Drake on the previously leaked "Made". Download above and peep the tracklist after the jump. Enjoy!
 
UPDATED THOUGHTS: I like a lot of the unreleased material that I heard, namely the collab with Chiddy Bang called "Too Fake", "Home Town", and "Memories". I have finally concluded that I really like Big Sean when he rhymes with a reflective tone about some deeper issues like on "Memories" or the last leak of the tape "Love Song". Sean keeps it real with concepts surrounding the fast lifestyle that is new to him, but I am too tired of hearing those overall materialistic themes in general to totally vibe with songs/verses where they are expressed. Sean's verses usually contain some nice one-liners though as the best personification of what was just described is "Money And Sex" f/ Bun B. From top to bottom, I can't say I dig every single track, but I do like a lot of the continued promise I hear from Big Sean, who is by no means overshadowed by any esteemed guest feature. There are easily more than a handful of consistent rotation tracks that will hold me over for awhile to come and leave me in similar anticipation to Big Sean's debut album, undoubtedly on deck! 
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Gio 'Egg In A Skillet' [MIXTAPE]

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Gio 'Egg In A Skillet' [MIXTAPE]
Features 14 NEW Tracks // Listen HERE!
 
Gio is another fresh face in the Chicago hip hop scene as his recently released mixtape, Egg In A Skillet, opened my eyes for reasons beyond the unique title and cover above. His style reminds me of a combination of Kid Cudi and Wiz Khalifa and fans of those two artists are sure to appreciate Gio's skills showcased across Egg In A Skillet, as well. Gio primarily rocks over existing production, but selectively chooses beats that aren't typically remixed. That means there's no remixes of "Over" or "B.M.F.", but rather songs by producers like Tricky Stewart & The-Dream, Kanye West & No I.D.'s "I'm So Appalled", and Ratatat that Gio makes his own. It is his work over the latter's production that caught my ears and helps carry out Gio's style of goin' in on alternative rock sounds in addition to more traditional hip hop songs. In fact, my favorite song of the mixtape "One Day", is Ratatat-produced. Gio is at his best when he is most reflective like on "One Day" or my 2nd favorite "Should Have Never Thought" as he intelligently delivers a variety of real concepts. Toss in some singing that comes correct (end of "Rock Star", for ex.) moreso than it falls flat, and Gio further proves that he has that versatility to keep the listener intrigued. I can't say I'm totally feeling the entire tape as some of the tape's concepts that dip into smoking and drinking are ones that I don't relate with, but there is certainly a realness there to appreciate. I definitely vibe with most of the tracks, which are nicely separated with three skits that dive into 'the mind of Gio'. Take a listen above and hear for yourself. Enjoy!
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Hollywood Holt 'These Are The Songs That Didn't Make The Album But Are Still Cold As Hell So Shut The F**k Up! Vol. 1'

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Hollywood Holt 'These Are The Songs That Didn't Make The Album But Are Still Cold As Hell So Shut The F**k Up! Vol. 1'
Hosted by: DJ Benzi
 
As expected, Hollywood Holt's new mixtape drops the day it was slated to drop (hey, would you look at that!?!). Above, you can stream and download the current champion for 'project title of the year': These Are The Songs That Didn't Make The Album But Are Still Cold AS Hell So Shut The F**k Up! Vol. 1. And, serving true to its title, the project from top to bottom is pretty cold. We've been vibing with three of the tracks since our radio premiere - "Body Clash", "BRAINS!!!", and "It's On" f/ Donnis - and the rest of the tape continues the fresh sound of Holt and the production. Getting to know the artist and person that is 'Hollywood Holt' also contributes to enjoying this project because you can see his realness exhibited onto the music. So that said, get hyped and listen to this project and see what you're feeling; it also features Chicago artists Mikkey Halsted, Rockie Fresh, Mano, and Drea. Finally, if you're in Chicago, hit up Beauty Bar tomorrow night for the release party (more info @ Upcoming Shows)! Sure to be crazy. Enjoy!
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Marky 'Journey To Markyland, USA: The Rest Stop Series' leads new downloads

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Marky 'Journey To Markyland, USA: The Rest Stop Series' [MIXTAPE]
Features highlights from the first 3 rest stops and 3 NEW tracks! (Tracklist after the jump!)
 
Marky is back again with his second feature in as many days with the brand new Journey To Markyland, USA: The Rest Stop Series mixtape, which excellently combines 'ESPN highlights' (da da da, da da da!) from Rest Stops 1, 2, and 3 (sponsored by GWHH!) with 3 brand NEW tracks, including the mp3 from yesterday's video premiere of "Infinity". A few favorites of mine made the cut including HBO remixes of the 'How To Make It In America' and 'Entourage' theme song, the "Bulletproof" remix, and "Speaking French". I really dig "Infinity" for the past 24 hours and now I can add that to my rotation, where another new track "By My Side" will be joining it. Marky gets some singing on in the latter for what could be a very relatable cut. For new listeners, this is a great starting point to get accustomed to some of Marky's best work, both past and present, so be sure to give this project a download above!
 
Down below, a handful of mp3s conclude the downloads. Diddy-Dirty Money grab Drake for the infectious "Loving You No More", propelled by a strong hook (shouts 2 Illy). The song previously leaked as "Hurt" and with a fresh new listen, I have a better impression of it now than I did then. Other tracks include a solid one from Rick Ross (yeah, I said solid... shouts 2 splash), and new ones featuring J. Cole (shouts 2 HHC), B.o.B, and Laws (shouts 2 2db). All are worthy rotation adds, except for the B.o.B feature sadly, which didn't give me a reason to listen to more than once. Enjoy!
 
Diddy-Dirty Money "Loving You No More" f/ Drake
FULL, CDQ, Track off upcoming album, Last Train To Paris *Tibs Fav.™
 
Rick Ross "King Boss"
FULL, CDQ
 
J. Cole "The One"
FULL, CDQ, Tagged, Unfinished? *Tibs Fav.™
 
4-Ize "Let'cha Boy Go" f/ B.o.B
Producer: C-Note - FULL, CDQ
 
Laws "Nothing Less Than"
FULL, CDQ
 
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Jay Vega 'Summertime Chi' [MIXTAPE]

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Jay Vega 'Summertime Chi' [MIXTAPE]
Features The Primeridian, Pugs Atomz, Rashid Hadee, Astonish, Decay, & MORE! (Tracklist after the jump!)
 
You may recall this beautiful snapshot of downtown Chicago on the abnormally bright blue Chicago River from last week's feature of Pugs Atomz' "Faded", and now the full compilation mixtape the song appeared on is available for download above! Producer Jay Vega cranks out a series of Chicago heaters from his home studio that also features other artists like The Primeridian, Rashid Hadee, and much more. Much similar to the summertime vibe captured on "Faded", Summertime Chi does more of the same both sonically and conceptually. It's definitely a tape to check out and rock with as we close the dog days of summer and prepare for the fall. Can't wait to dive into this one further but I like what I hear so far. Tracklist after the jump! Enjoy!
 
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RefinedHype: 1 Year Anniversary Edition [MIXTAPE]

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RefinedHype: 1 Year Anniversary Edition [MIXTAPE]
Features all exclusives from various artists (Tracklist after the jump!)
 
It's been one year since the launch of DJBooth.net's sister site, RefinedHype.com, and they celebrate the anniversary with the release of an all-exclusive mixtape featuring many of the up and coming talent they have promoted from the very beginning. 16 tracks in all that brilliantly blend into one another (thanks to DJ Critical Hype) and showcase some really quality raw, underground hip hop. The two tracks I was most excited for was the mixtape's lead from Marion Write, Radio Ramone, & Nique and the Chi-Town representation from Mike Schpitz. Both did not disappoint as all of the intense rhymes came correct and are microcosms of what is some good hip hop to rock with. More early favs: Wordsmith's "Out Of My Mind" and the spoken word "Open Mic" from 810. Peep the full tracklist after the jump and listen/download above! Shouts to DJ Z, Nathan S., and the whole DJ Booth/Refined Hype staff - keep up the great work! Enjoy!

 

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Gemstones 'On The Road To Glory My Story'

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Gemstones 'On The Road To Glory My Story'
Presented by: Gowhere Hip Hop, Payola, FSD, Jr. Celeb & PHLI (Tracklist after the jump!)
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We are proud to premiere the NEW, comeback project from Gemstones: On The Road To Glory My Story! It's 21 tracks of raw hip hop and soulful R&B that illustrates the ups and downs of the journey from Gemini to Gemstones, the artist and the person. The emotion that Gemstones conveys throughout the project is intense and automatically engaging. Gem first talks about the ups of his times with FNF before transitioning into some of the trials and tribulations he experienced on the way to finding peace with God and within himself. The balance between hip hop and R&B reaches a perfect equilibrium as Gemstones often kicks tight, fast-paced flows and rhymes, and then sings his own hooks that certainly channel more of a gospel influence than ever in his career. The result is simply beautiful.
 
There are countless amounts of resonating records across On The Road... A couple of examples: Gem talks about his personal struggles with weight loss on "XL (Excell)" and, in stark contrast, Gem  transports himself into the mind of various, insecure 17-year old girls dealing with common harsh realities on "17". Or how about discussing the conscience eating at him to do right with the Lord while he did wrong on "Chances Of Heaven"? Simply put, On The Road To Glory My Story has it all! The common denominator and greater theme is that these personal experiences and analytical views on the harsh realities of the world are both inspiring and relatable. This is truly a powerful project that can positively impact us all to make better decisions and for that alone is a must-download above. Chicago stand up, this one is for the record books - Enjoy! 
 
We also attended Gemstones' On The Road To Glory My Story release party last night and were simply floored at the concert experience that Gem left the audience with. He brought his journey to life, performing tracks from Untamed Beast (as Gemini), to Testimony of Gemstones, to of course On The Road... depicting a powerful visual transformation of Demarco Castle! You will be able to actually witness this metamorphosis of Gemini to Gemstones as the man becomes reborn by shedding all fear and doubt to bring the people his True Self. This newly reborn entity speaks only the truth refusing to sell his soul he chooses to lead away from destruction, as he continues to walk on his journey on the way to glory! 
 
Fun facts: In speaking with Gemstones last night, he told us he drew the project's cover and in talking with Dante D'Vino (of Miller St. Studios), who mixed the project, we found out the entire project was recorded and mixed in the last two weeks to meet the deadline! Wow. Be on the lookout here at GWHH for video footage of what I like to call 'The Alchemical Transformation of Gemstones'.
 
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Bump J & DJ MoonDawg 'Remember Me' [MIXTAPE]

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Bump J & DJ MoonDawg 'Remember Me' [MIXTAPE]
Presented by: The Aphilliates, Get In Tune Music Group, Goon Squad Records, The Boardmemberz
 
Thanks to DJ MoonDawg for keeping 'New Old School Sundays' going 2 weeks strong with this brand new mixtape compilation from the currently incarcerated Bump J. There are plenty of NEW/unreleased tracks from the Chicago rapper to uncover, including records produced by Kanye West when both were coming up in the early 00's (have we figured out a name for that decade yet, btw?). All solo tracks featuring additional production from No I.D., Sha Money XL, and many more, as listed in the tracklist after the jump. Good way to start your Sunday, eh? Enjoy!
 
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G.O.O.D. Music 'G.O.O.D. Ass Mixtape'

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G.O.O.D. Music 'Good Ass Mixtape' [MIXTAPE]
Presented by: Perajok & Kanye West (Tracklist after the jump!)

 

G.O.O.D. Music comes together on this awesome compilation from blogger Perajok, featuring new exclusives, live performance audio, remixes, and some of the artists' current singles if you don't have them already. 30 tracks in all and a lot of interesting records to check out. Just one peek at the tracklist after the jump and you'll be intrigued to download. Everyone is well represented from leader Kanye West to Chicago's GLC & Really Doe. Great way to start your Monday so download above. Enjoy!

 

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Wale 'More About Nothing' [MIXTAPE]

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Wale 'More About Nothing' [MIXTAPE]
Mixed by: DJ Omega (Tracklist after the jump + NEW DL Link!)

Alas, Wale's new mixtape, More About Nothing, has hit the web after a strong wave of pre-release promo made #moreaboutnothing a trending topic and even caught the anticipation of Wale's NBA homies, Kevin Durant and John Wall. But famous friends and Twitter aside, does More About Nothing live up to the hype? Based on early indications of releases like "Break Up Song", "The Eyes Of The Tiger", and yesterday's "Black & Gold", it seems like More About Nothing will exceed even your high expectations. I have been impressed with all three of those records for various reasons - whether it be the relatable substance, the creativity, the clever references, and I can go on. Having said that, there is still 17 tracks to go as More About Nothing boasts 21 in all (I can't forget another fav. "Ambitious Girl"). So allow me some time this afternoon to break down whether the tape as a whole comes correct... and which Seinfeld samples inspire my loudest chuckle (I'm expecting a classic one on a track entitled "The Soup", you know what I mean?). I'm sure you would like to do so for yourself as well, so why wait? Download More About Nothing above (RR w/ the premiere). Enjoy!

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Game 'Brake Lights' [MIXTAPE]

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Game 'Brake Lights' [MIXTAPE]
Hosted by: DJ Skee (Tracklist after the jump!)

Here goes Game's new mixtape, the DJ Skee-hosted Brake Lights, which features one of the biggest rappers today recruiting some more of the biggest artists today. Also featured on Brake Lights: T.I., Snoop Dogg, Rick Ross, Nas, and more. It's always interesting to hear those big-name collabs in addition to Game himself. I particularly like the west coast MC when he drops a more lyrical, laid-back flow and on Brake Lights, he certainly has those moments. So download the new mixtape above from one of the game's biggest name's today (yeah, I know) and hit the jump for the full tracklist. Stay tuned as today's other big mixtape, Wale's More About Nothing, is slated for release at the top of the hour. Enjoy!

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Proof 'Time A Tell' [MIXTAPE]

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Proof 'Time A Tell' [MIXTAPE]
NEW/Unreleased Proof written and recorded in 24 hours (Listen/DL Above, Tracklist after the jump!)

I remember talk of this project before Proof's untimely passing. Time A Tell finally sees the light of day - a solo mixtape that Proof wrote and recorded in 24 hours. Not surprising, given Proof's freestyle skills, that he was able to pull that off. But still, quite impressive. The result is a mixtape that features a variety of flows, styles, in your face tracks, laid-back tracks - really, a nice mix of everything. "I Think Of You" is an example of a heart-felt record that features Proof's signature break-neck pace and is an early fav. of mine. The middle stretch, concluding with the industry analyzing "Iron Fist", is particularly strong with the aforementioned versatility and even some humor that Proof is also known for. You can't really go wrong with at least giving Time A Tell a listen from the link above. Some of the production is a little too bland for me, but Time A Tell is more about Proof's clever, often thought-provoking words that will keep you entertained. There is a variety of records that will appeal to any hip hop fan, so you're likely to find somethin' you vibe with and enjoy! R.I.P. Proof.

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Freddie Gibbs 'Str8 Killa No Filla' [MIXTAPE]

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Freddie Gibbs 'Str8 Killa No Filla' [MIXTAPE]
Presented by: XXL (Tracklist after the jump!)

Freddie Gibbs has arrived with Str8 Killa No Filla - the FREE mixtape in prelude to the Str8 Killa EP that is comin' to iTunes on August 3rd. No Filla is packed with 20+ tracks including the strong singles, "National Anthem (F*** The World)" and "The Ghetto". Features and producers include Bun B, Statik Selektah, Block Beataz, L.E.P. Bogus Boys, and more, but for the most part Gibbs keeps the project a solo act where he showcases that Midwest flow and true experiences of comin' up in the streets. Hip Hop fans, you can't go wrong with a download above. Enjoy!

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Marky 'Journey To Markyland, USA: Rest Stop 3'

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Marky 'Journey To Markyland, USA: Rest Stop 3' [FreEP]
Presented by: Gowhere Hip Hop & Ill Vibes (Tracklist after the jump!)

We are proud to be presenting another hot project you gotta get your hands on above from up and coming DMV rap artist, Marky (naturally, we're presenting it with DMV blog homies, Ill Vibes). It is the third 'Rest Stop' of his 'Journey To Markyland' - a FreEP that boasts a little more than a handful of quality, unique hip hop joints. Marky proves yet again that he can pick out a unique mix of original production and established hits to craft a well flowing project that will easily keep the attention of the casual listener. He graced us with a couple tracks from Rest Stop 3, including his "Bulletproof RMX" that made last month's Fav. 5 recap and most recently, his remix of Nas' "Purple"

But the heat doesn't stop there as a trio of previously unreleased songs that make up the middle of Rest Stop 3, "43ntourage", "Gone", and "Speaking French" are sure-fire must-downloads. On "43ntourage", Marky goes in over a chopped up sample of the Entourage theme, bringing back my memories of his remix of another HBO TV series theme song, Aloe Blacc's "I Need A Dollar". What's next, Marky? True Blood? How bout Inside The NFL? Anyway, "Gone" is his fun flip of Donnis' song of the same name, and "Speaking French" has all-caps potential with a lethal beat, entertaining verses, and a dope French sample on the hook that I wish I can translate but can nod my head to nonetheless (help please?!). Overall, Rest Stop 3 is an interesting and entertaining listen from top to bottom, where you'll be engaged right off the bat from the unique sounds, samples, and remixes and further captivated the more you listen to Marky's words. A great, quick must-download for your library that you should add above. Peep the jump for the back cover/tracklist, which is always listed in Marky's passport (yup). Enjoy! 

PREVIOUSLY: Rest Stop 1 // Rest Stop 2

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ILL Brown + W.B.C. Magazine 'Hotter Than July'

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ILL Brown & W.B.C. Magazine 'Hotter Than July' [MIXTAPE]
Sponsored by: Gowhere Hip Hop x iStandard Producers x Payola Promotions (Tracklist after the jump!)

Chicago producer ILL Brown teamed up with the good homies at W.B.C. Magazine to produce a new summer mixtape entitled Hotter Than July. The mixtape gathers a variety of Chicago hip hop and R&B/soul artists that all do their thing over the ILL Brown produced tracks. As a result, ILL Brown's soulful sound appeals to artists like GemStones, Twone Gabz, Mike Schpitz, Dave Coresh, Reno Chinati, and more. G.O.O.D. Music's Malik Yusef chimes in on the outro and overall, there are 21 NEW tracks to behold, which also includes last week's leak from singer Sandy Redd "Lyrically In Heat". I dig the Chicago sound on the production and throughout many of the artists involved. There's plenty on this project to satisfy your new music needs today and we're proud to be on board as a sponsor! Please peep the full tracklist to see all of the artists ILL Brown worked with and download above. Enjoy!

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LA & Mr. Music 'The Billboard Hot 100 Series'

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LA & Mr. Music 'The Billboard Hot 100 Series' [MIXTAPE]
Hosted by: Gowhere Hip Hop & Julian On The Radio (Tracklist after the jump!)

We are proud to premiere and present the new mixtape from LA & Mr. MusicThe Billboard Hot 100 Series. Hosted by Julian On The Radio (as heard on the morning show on B96 Chicago), LA & Mr. Music deliver their fresh take on some of today's biggest hits that have graced the top of the Billboard charts this year. Their remixes of songs like Lady GaGa's "Bad Romance", Jason Derulo's "In My Head", and the previously released "TiK ToK RMX" should raise your curiosity, since you don't typically see anyone put their own flavor on them. 

But while the above songs strictly appeal to pop fans, LA spits over some of today's bigger hip hop records such as Ludacris' "How Low", an "All I Do Is Win RMX" f/ S-Preme, and Lupe Fiasco's "I'm Beamin'" to showcase the group's hip hop flavor. Mr. Music especially kills the hook of the latter, while also providing his similar R&B stylings on a variety of tracks like their conceptual takes of a couple Justin Timberlake featured records "Carry Out" and "Winner". LA & Mr. Music are at their strongest when they produce concept-driven records like  the last few mentioned above and their remix of "Airplanes", as another example. While there are plenty of fun remixes on the tape, the ones that are really gonna stick are those remixes with that substance. 

All in all, The Billboard Hot 100 Series is an entertaining listen from start to finish as each track cohesively flows very well into the next, assisted by some hilarious drops from Julian. So hit the jump for the full tracklist that lists all of the original songs they remixed PLUS a trio of original bonus tracks. Finally, you can also peep the details of the BH100S Release Party, that we are also sponsoring, taking place at a mansion here in the Chicagoland area. Enjoy!

STREAM: LA & Mr. Music 'The Billboard Hot 100 Series'

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Gerald Walker 'I Remember When This All Meant Something'

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Gerald Walker 'I Remember When This All Meant Something' [MIXTAPE]
Features 15 NEW Tracks (Tracklist after the jump!)

Chi-Town's Gerald Walker is the latest to drop a new project as he crafts I Remember When This All Meant Something, an emotional body of work that also features fellow Chicago artists such as Mr. Robotic, Add-2, and Slot-A. The mixtape's concept stems from finding happiness but the struggles of trying to keep it. According to Gerald, in just one week, his car broke down, he was kicked out of his house, his aunt died, he was robbed at gunpoint, and he lost close relationships with both family and friends. The result is the emotion poured out onto record, which should set up your mindset going into this one. Download above and peep the interesting back cover/tracklist after the jump. Also note that there are three hidden tracks on the tape in addition to the 15. Enjoy!

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Paypa 'Tunnel Vision' [MIXTAPE]

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Paypa 'Tunnel Vision' [MIXTAPE]
Hosted by: DJ Drama & DJ Khaled (Tracklist after the jump!)

You may recall Paypa gracing these pages with an artist spotlight earlier this year as his two singles "Never Be Broke" and "I Believe" first put this 25-year old Chicagoan on our radar. Since then, he's dropped a party single called "I Am Bitches" featuring Game & Jim Jones and now his full mixtape, Tunnel Vision. The tape boasts a mix of original material and remixes of some of today's best and biggest beats including "Light Up", "B.M.F.", "Unthinkable", and "Not Afraid" to name a few. Paypa definitely appeals to his roots and does a good job balancing different types of songs - singles like "I Am Bitches" is one for the clubs and songs like "I Believe" and freestyles like "Light Up", "Unthinkable", and "Not Afraid" prove he has a lyrical side, which I prefer as well. There are even a couple songs that showcase some witty punchlines, perhaps best exemplified on the Rick Ross-featured "Paypa Cuts". Some punchlines fall short like the Wells Fargo line, but are then immediately followed up with punchlines that do come correct like the escargot line in this example. Overall, Tunnel Vision not only provides a balance between original material and freestyles, but also a balance between fun and lyrical styles. As a result, you may find like me that you won't ride with the entire mixtape, but you will be able to really rock with certain songs and freestyles. Peep the full tracklist/back cover with the beautiful Chicago skyline after the jump. Enjoy!

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Legit 'The Post-Graduation Mixtape'

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Legit 'The Post-Graduation Mixtape'
Features 12 NEW Tracks (Tracklist after the jump!)

Let's kick off this Wednesday morning with a fresh new mixtape from an upcoming Chicago face in hip hop: Legit. He certainly lives up to his name on this lyrical and emotional mixtape as the Chicago emcee crafts a carefully put together journey on The Post-Graduation Mixtape, playing off his recent graduation of high school. That's right, high school. The young Legit raps years beyond his age as you can find some dope messages and punchlines littered throughout the project. My favorite of the punchlines comes in the song "Dreamer" f/ Rellow, who rips it himself. Legit's rhymes on this one contain a couple of subtle (and awesome) references to the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and everybody's LeBron's favorite TV channel, ESPN. The mixtape is definitely not about the punchlines, however, as evident on the previously featured and favorited "Valedictorian" (still one I'm vibing with) and "I Push On", and my two new favorites, "Benchwarmer" f/ Wheatie G and "Shadows" f/ J-Murph. The latter was an instant attention-grabber, which transitioned into an outro that has the perfect title and vibe called "Neverending". My one critique is that Legit can add a little bit more melody in his delivery at times, but he actually proves he can do such a thing on said outro. Overall, there's a lot to like on The Post-Graduation Mixtape with Legit's lyrics, above all, resonating above beats that rightfully act as supplementary compliments. I can't wait to give this one some more in-depth listens as the days and weeks mount, just as I can't wait to see how Legit's career continues to progress upwards. Enjoy!

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propaYne 'Ode To Ye'

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propaYne 'Ode To Ye' [FreEP]
Features 7 NEW Tracks over Kanye West String Instrumentals

The 17-year old propaYne cranked out this impressive 7-track Ode To Ye in exactly 7 hours and what it consists of is some new and original stories over some classic Kanye West instrumentals. The catch, however, is the instrumentals are purely strings, which I have mentioned numerous times that I love strings in hip hop. It is a must-download just to hear all of the beautiful compositions of classics like "All Falls Down", "Touch The Sky", and "Stronger" (yes, "Stronger"). Not one instrumental is poorly executed and all of them act as the backdrop for propaYne's lyrical growth. Compared to what I have heard from his earlier work, propaYne steps up his game to have more distinct storytelling elements at times. I particularly liked the "Good Morning" intro, his talks on the industry in "Heard 'Em Say", and the unique flip of "Stronger". Ode To Ye is easily a project that deserves your full attention as the dope flows and rhymes plus the new/old Kanye instrumentals (perfect for Old School Sundays) are one hell of an entertaining listen. Enjoy!
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Vic Mensa 'Straight Up' [EP]

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Vic Mensa 'Straight Up' [EP]
Presented by: Ruby Hornet (Tracklist after the jump!)

The Brainiac Society's Vic Mensa is a lethal, 17-year old Chicago rhymer, and he straight up proves it on his debut EP, Straight Up. It is only 6 tracks (with a couple of interludes), but that's all he needed to capture your attention. His voice pops over all the production, instantly attracting you to his lyrics. I dig the clarity, the fast-pace, and the storytelling tone that Mensa offers. He definitely has potential to develop the latter, which is best on display on the lengthy concluding track "Whispers" - my favorite of the EP. There are a few moments across the tape where I feel Vic can better use the beat to his advantage, but it is a small critique that only makes its head known sporadically. Vic Mensa already shows he can rock with the best of 'em in the Chicago hip hop scene and the sky's only the limit for this growing 17-year old emcee. Or as Naledge simply puts it, "F*ck with him now... blue chipper, true spitta". Enjoy!

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DJ Jazzy Jeff & Mick Boogie 'Summertime: The Mixtape'

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DJ Jazzy Jeff & Mick Boogie 'Summertime: The Mixtape'
Presented by: UNDRCRWN & Mtvtn (Tracklist after the jump!)

DJ Jazzy Jeff & Mick Boogie mix a summer soundtrack featuring tracks from multi-genres, multi-eras, and multi-legends. Michael Jackson, 2Pac, Marvin Gaye, A Tribe Called Quest, Montell Jordan (whoops). There are over 30 tracks that hit any summer mood, which include some classics and some new remixes. It's a perfect fit for your summer and 4th of July so hit the jump to see all the goodies and download above! Sidebar: I've been re-watching Fresh Prince of Bel-Air here and there and laugh everytime Jazz gets thrown out of the house. Good times.

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Big Boi 'Big Boi For Dummies' [MIXTAPE]

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Big Boi 'Big Boi For Dummies' [MIXTAPE]
Hosted by: Coalitions DJ's (Tracklist after the jump!)

The title couldn't be more appropriate. Big Boi For Dummies showcases all of Big Boi's hits throughout his career as part of a 28-track compilation to become a one-stop shop for everything Big Boi as Sir Lucious Left Foot hits stores next Tuesday, July 6th. While longtime fans undoubtedly have classics like "So Fresh So Clean" (my 1st ever ringtone, jyea!), "ATLiens", and "Ghetto Music", there's still a few tracks on there I have yet to hear. Peep the full tracklist after the jump to see what you may not have and give it a good download to add some good Big Boi/OutKast to your collection. Remember: Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son Of Chico Dusty is available everywhere July 6th. Enjoy!

PREVIOUSLY: Big Boi talks Sir Lucious Left Foot, B.o.B/Andre 3000 comparisons, and "Lookin' For Ya" w/ Gowhere Hip Hop

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Estelle '#ialmostmadeamixtape'

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Estelle '#ialmostmadeamixtape' [MIXTAPE]
Presented by: Estelle Darlings & DJ Trauma

Estelle may not be the first artist you think of who is next to drop a mixtape and she does so today with her Twitter-inspired titled #ialmostmadeamixtape. It is a real blend from start to finish, featuring unreleased freestyles, remixes, and of course some new material as well. Songs to look out for include the "Fall In Love RMX" f/ John Legend & Nas (both on one version, nice.), "Mainstream", "Since I Came" featuring JL's brother Vaughn Anthony (instant hit), and Estelle's remix of Common's "They Say" with the help of Maino. Throughout #ialmostmadeamixtape, Estelle showcases her unique voice through the singing you would expect and some rapping you may not expect. In the process, she accomplishes her goal of showing the world there's more to her than what you hear on the radio with "Freak" and "American Boy" (as stated in the intro). Hear for yourself and give this one a download above. Enjoy!
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Download Nick-N-Beans new mixtape and video

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Nick-N-Beans 'Parties, Hoes, & Dope Clothes: Vol. 22' [MIXTAPE]
Hosted by: Mike 100's - Mixed by: Vic & Lloyd

Nick-N-Beans is here with their new mixtape, Parties, Hoes, & Dope Clothes, and a new video for "The Makings Of A Dynasty". First, the mixtape. It features 21 new tracks with a lot of original production by QBeans and can be easily listened and downloaded at the link above. There's some new sounds that the Chicago duo experiment with as "We Can Do That" f/ Max Payne and "U Ain't Even That Bad" are the two songs that jump to mind that Nick-N-Beans haven't really done before. The latter is one of my favorite tracks off the tape, in fact, and definitely my favorite production on there. Not all the songs resonate with me on the tape, but there is a song for everyone about, well, Parties, Hoes, & Dope Clothes. The video below for "The Makings Of A Dynasty" plays better as a video, rather than the audio, because the visuals associated with its long intro are much better to see. The overlays of Phil Jackson, Michael Jordan, and Scottie Pippen (rockin' a small hooped earring, back in the day) are really dope. Chi-Town pride is full blast in the video so check that out and give PH&DC a listen/download above (also boasting Chicago features from YP, Reno Chinati, and more). Enjoy!
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Nick-N-Beans "The Makings Of A Dynasty Freestyle"
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AudioDax 'The Annexation' [MIXTAPE]

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AudioDax 'The Annexation' [MIXTAPE]
Presented by: DJ Benzi & Solly (LISTEN/DL above)

The electro-hip hop duo, AudioDax, first grabbed my attention with an all-caps fav. called "Matter Of Time" last month, which was just the appetizer to their new mixtape, The Annexation. The DJ Benzi co-signed project features all original tracks and continues to build upon the group's distinct, quirky sound. There's a colorful style in their rhymes and in certain tracks where they emphasize electronica elements. "Horchata" begins a nice stretch of songs at track number 3 and is another good starting point that personifies the group's uniqueness. Other standout tracks include "Pretty Girl" (one the ladies will love), "All I Know", and "Be O.K.". So definitely take a look and listen to AudioDax - a duo that has Midwest ties all over the place including here in Chicago. Very fresh listen and it's so easy to do so by simply clicking the 'download' link above or visiting AudioDax.com for more. Enjoy!
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Clif Soulo 'I Wish These Were My Beats: Vol. 1'

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Clif Soulo 'I Wish These Were My Beats: Vol. 1' [MIXTAPE]
Presented by: 38thNotes & Hip Hop Update

The Bay Area's Clif Soulo first grabbed our attention with his previous project, Forever Be Hip Hop, which was a re-interpretation of all Common songs and here he arrives with a new ear-catching project, I Wish These Were My Beats: Vol. 1. Soulo broadens the scope this time around by going over a variety of industry beats from the likes of Dr. Dre, The Neptunes, J.U.S.T.I.C.E League, and more to spit some dope rhymes over. He's a very lyrical dude that definitely has his moments throughout the 14-track tape. The link above makes it easy for you to hear for yourself as you can LISTEN and download #WTWMB, in addition to receiving a few bonus tracks as well. Enjoy!
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Big Boi & Rick Ross 'SouthernPlayalisticMaybachMusic' [MIXTAPE]

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Big Boi & Rick Ross 'SouthernPlayalisticMaybachMusic' [MIXTAPE]
Hosted by: Mick Boogie

Rick Ross has already jumped on the "Shutterbug RMX" as the first leak off the cleverly titled, SouthernPlayalisticMaybachMusic, and now thanks to Mick Boogie we have an entire project of Big Boi and Rick Ross jumpin' on each other's beats in promotion of their upcoming albums in July. "Ghetto Musick", "Magnificent", "ATLiens"... it's all there (after the jump) and definitely an interesting concept for a mixtape. I would be a little more excited if the second artist wasn't Rick Ross, but this is still a cool download nonetheless. For everything about Big Boi's upcoming album, Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son Of Chico Dusty, check out our interview we did over the weekend with the ATLien, brought back below. Enjoy!
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PREVIOUSLY:
Big Boi Interview w/ Gowhere Hip Hop

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Donnis 'Fashionably Late' [MIXTAPE]

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Donnis 'Fashionably Late' [MIXTAPE]
Hosted by: Clinton Sparks, DJ Ill Will, & DJ Rockstar (Tracklist after the jump!)

Donnis arrives Fashionably Late with a brand new mixtape that flows from beginning to end with interesting new, original material. As opposed to his last mixtape earlier this month, The Invitation, which was filled with more freestyles over industry beats, Fashionably Late boasts a thumping sound primarily provided by the slept-on Needlz. You can see just how many joints Needlz produced from the tracklist after the jump, where you may also notice features with Colin Munroe and G.O.O.D. Music's Tony Williams, as well as a series of voicemail skits with John Legend, GLC, and Mom (haha). First, the former. The features are two of the strongest tracks on Fashionably Late because of the contrast between Donnis' rhymes and the dope hooks from Munroe and Williams. I like the crossover potential Donnis shows on those two jams as both are definitely gonna rear its head into my rotation. The Colin Munroe-featured "Lightning" is my favorite on the tape - a nice mix of Donnis upping his lyrical ability with Munroe's hook. As for the latter, the voicemail skits are quick, entertaining, and help keep Fashionably Late pretty cohesive. Good thing people still leave voicemails though; I always text a message when someone misses a call, but I digress. Download Fashionably Late above and check out the teaser for "Outta Here" below along with our recent interview w/ Donnis himself. Enjoy!
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Donnis "Outta Here" f/ Tony Williams
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Donnis Interview w/ Gowhere Hip Hop

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Various (Chicago) Artists 'WIMH The Mixtape Vol. 1'

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Various (Chicago) Artists 'WIMH The Mixtape Vol. 1'
Presented by: What's In My Headphones (Tracklist after the jump)

What's In My Headphones comes through with their first Chicago compilation mixtape for your headphones featuring a variety of the Chicago underground and some of its hip hop scene's biggest names. The names include: Naledge, Freddie Gibbs, Omen, YP, Griffen, S-Preme, Add-2, and many more that I would like to name but will instead direct you to the jump for the full tracklist. You'll recognize a lot of Chicago artists that you continually see on GWHH and with that knowledge, you'll also get a variety of styles within those artists. Therefore, you'll find yourself liking at least something from the mixtape (note: you have to believe the 2nd person is strong within me this morning). Download above and check out the Upcoming Shows for details on the release party this weekend. Enjoy!



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Skooda Chose 'Top Five Material Part 2' [MIXTAPE]

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Skooda Chose 'Top Five Material Part 2' [MIXTAPE]
Presented by: DJ Moondawg, Def Sounds, & Fake Shore Drive (Tracklist after the jump!)

Alas, Skooda Chose's new mixtape, Top Five Material Part 2, has arrived and is available for FREE download above. We have long been bumpin' the mixtape since our radio interview at the beginning of the month (brought back below) and both Maks and I are impressed with the growth and different styles Skooda experiments with on the project. It's the best material I have heard from Skooda yet, whether it's a deep metaphor on a track like "Pen And Pad" or a hard freestyle like that of the previously featured "Ridiculous Freestyle". Across the 20+ tracks his flows are tighter, he's easier to understand, and he expands his game lyrically at various points on the tape. There is a lot to like. A couple collabs that are close, but no cigar for me are "Heavy" f/ Twista and "Chicagorilla" f/ B.X.C; however, both songs are good to ride to. Other favs include the chilling "Suicide" and probably my favorite track on #TFM2, "Tease Me" (sample-lovers will rejoice). Check it out above and you'll likely find somethin' to vibe with, given its different sounds and styles! Enjoy!
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Skooda Chose GWHH 89.5 FM Recap

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S-Preme 'Is This A Mixtape?!' [MIXTAPE]

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S-Preme 'Is This A Mixtape?!' [MIXTAPE]
Features 13 NEW tracks over industry beats (Tracklist after the jump!)

S-Preme asks us Is This A Mixtape?!.  in the process of cranking out 13 new tracks over a wide variety of industry beats that continue to show the Chicago spitta's versatile styles and lyrics. First things first, 'Preme does an excellent job of picking a mix of instrumentals from radio hits like "Nothin' On You", "Not Afraid", and "Spotlight" (Gucci's, not J-Hud's) with some unusual, yet welcome choices like Kanye West's "I'm So Appalled", J. Cole's "Lights Please", and Wale's "World Tour". Even with such diverse choices, Preme actually flows the tracks and new original concepts extremely well to make for a mixtape that really is a mixtape (there's your answer). Instrumentals drop and Preme simply continues to rhyme through the transition. 

The best stretch of the tape starts with track #5, "I'm Afraid", into the previously released "Nothin' On You", and through track #11 "Come With Me (Spotlight RMX)". In this stretch, Preme emotionally discusses his recent experiences and analyzations of where he stands in the vast group of upcoming artists in the 'Internet Age' to a persuasive chase story of a female interest. So, not only do the range of topics vary, but each track is littered with double meanings/punchlines that do more than just rhyme. There's two different types of punchlines: ones that simply rhyme with the previous line or name-drop and ones that do all of the above and actually build on the concept of the song. 'Preme has always fell in the latter group and on ITAM?! there's an abundance of those punchlines that's too numerous to name. But here's one example that illustrates the emotion and the punchlines:

"See it's the age of the Internet,
Where everybody has an o-pinion and a Mac,
'Oh s***, they hit me back!'
But they didn't like it, colon, shift, nine,
See having drive is easy, but it's hard to shift minds,
See once n****as' is made up to hate ya, it's fatal,
You blow you're f***in' arm out, 'fore you ever throw a change-up,
And everyone around you say you just ignore it, mange up
But inside you like forreal, it'd just be better if I hang up"

- S-Preme "I'm Afraid" (over Eminem's "Not Afraid)

S-Preme definitely continues to do his thing on ITAM?! - an entertaining mixtape from top to bottom, and one that gets better with more listens. Make sure to download this above and peep the full tracklist after the jump! S-Preme's next project, S-Prodigy, is currently slated for July (all over Prodigy beats). Enjoy!

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Christian Rich 'The Decadence' [MIXTAPE]

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Christian Rich 'The Decadence' [MIXTAPE]
Presented by: Clinton Sparks, Mick Boogie, & BBC Ice Cream (Tracklist after the jump!)

Christian Rich arrives with their fresh and colorful new mixtape, The Decadence. They brought out some big-name co-signs and features to collaborate with their already unique electro/hip hop/R&B sound such as Pharrell, Pusha T, GLC, Shanell, and more. But it's not the guest stars that shine the brightest on this one as Christian Rich consistently comes with a variety of predominantly feel-good records on The Decadence. Upbeat production defines those records as the multi-layered sounds become very addicting, most notably on a couple of my favorite tracks "Break Ups" f/ Pusha T and "Private Secret" f/ Ashlie Luckett. The production even takes a record that I'm not that fond of, "Stacks", and makes it a listenable record that could hit me right if in the mood. From top to bottom, the production is on point, but also the concepts. There's a lot to relate to on The Decadence so listen and download above and peep the full tracklist after the jump! Enjoy!

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Big Homie D.O.E. 'The Chicago Bull' [MIXTAPE]

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Big Homie D.O.E. 'The Chicago Bull' [MIXTAPE]
Hosted by: DJ Sean Mac (Tracklist after the jump!)

Big Homie D.O.E., hailing from.. guess where?, drops his new mixtape, hosted by DJ Sean Mac. It features a mix of original material and freestyles including the previously released "Waddup RMX" f/ Donnis, Mic Terror, YP, & Scheme and the Chuck Inglish-produced "The Flyest". The Big Homie is a rapper that really appeals to the streets and he continues to show love to his home here throughout. Peep the full tracklist after the jump (with even more features) and give the Brainiac Society's 'Chicago Bull' a chance by downloading above. Enjoy!

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Download T.I. 'F*** A Mixtape'

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T.I. 'F*** A Mixtape' [MIXTAPE]
Presented by: DJ Drama + DJ MLK **UPDATED .zip File**

Tracklist:
01. Jamie Foxx: Intro
02. Welcome Back To The Trap (Prod. Smash Factory)
03. Spazz Out (Prod. Swizz Beatz)
04. Whatcha Saying Tip (Prod. Chuck Diesel)
05. Yeah f/ Lil' Wayne (Prod. Lil C)
06. Yeah Ya Know (Prod. DJ Toomp & Lil C)
07. Once Upon A Time
08. Here We Go Again (Prod. Timbaland) 
09. Get Yo Girl f/ Rich Kid Rashad (Prod. Jim Jonsin)
10. Like So (Prod. Lil C)
11. Gettin Paid (Prod. Trackslayerz)
12. Lil Duval: F*** A Mixtape N*gga!
13. Really Livin Like That (Prod. DJ Toomp)
14. Whether You Like It Or Not (Prod. Amadeus) [Album Snippet]
15. Jamie Foxx: Shooting Range
16. No Competition f/ Young Jeezy (Prod. Black Mob)
17. Bitch Who f/ Macboney (Prod. Lil C)
18. Ready Set Go f/ Killer Mike (Prod. No I.D.)
19. Kevin Hart: F*** A Mixtape
20. Outro
21. Celebration (Prod. By J-Rock) [Bonus]
22. Got Your Back f/ Keri Hilson (Prod. By DJ Toomp) [Bonus]

Here it is! T.I.'s ironically titled mixtape, F*** A Mixtape. DL above; keep it locked for updates/thoughts but download and listen away! 

UPDATED THOUGHTS: I was excited to see what T.I. delivered on F*** A Mixtape, and as the first few leaks and tracklist indicate, the mixtape is a throwback of T.I.'s southern roots - the production, the styles, and the rough edge that's certainly aimed for the streets. Big name guest stars Lil' Wayne & Young Jeezy bring it on their features on "Yeah" and "No Competition", respectively. T.I. adds his signature bravado to productions from frequent collaborator DJ Toomp, Lil' C, Timbaland, Jim Jonsin, and an addicting sampled beat from Chicago's No I.D. As a bonus treat, the "Whether You Like It Or Not" snippet is from the upcoming album, King Uncaged, and possesses an addicting, dare I say middle-eastern? sound, that certainly has potential. Some entertaining and hilarious skits from Jamie Foxx, Lil' Duval, and Kevin Hart help provide that dope feel for a well-flowing mixtape. In fact, I think Jamie Foxx even upped T.I. on number of curse words... yup, Jamie Foxx. Can we get an official ruling? Anyway, longtime T.I. fans will really enjoy the tape from top to bottom and you'll likely find somethin' you like, so download it above! Enjoy!
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Mike Schpitz 'Mike Murder' [MIXTAPE]

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Mike Schpitz 'Mike Murder' [MIXTAPE]
Presented by:  DJBooth.netBallerStatus.comYnotMyDream.netRefinedHype.com, & PMG Media

Mike Murder is upon us this morning as Mike Schpitz drops the 10 track project of industry instrumentals; the catch is that Schpitz really dug deep for some classics from the best in the game - producers DJ Premier, Dr. Dre, RZA, and Timbaland. But Schpitz didn't reach for their most recognizable hits - just a hard batch of instrumentals that allowed him to better illustrate his versatile raps than ever before. The punchlines are plentiful and intelligent, which makes every track an entertaining listen once you realize that just to see what Schpitz schpitz spits next. I am happy to see some growth in structure and overall skill in Mike Schpitz since we last heard him and look forward to what he does next with some original production. If Mike Murder is any indication, then we should expect Schpitz to take the next step up! Bonus points for the theme of the cover, Dexter font included. Listen/download above; the back cover/tracklist is after the jump. Enjoy!

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Al Dilla 'The Grand Entrance (The Pre Show)'

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Al Dilla 'The Grand Entrance (The Pre Show)' [MIXTAPE]
Features 14 NEW Tracks!

Al Dilla is a fresh, lyrical Chicago emcee that arrives with his new project, The Grand Entrance (The Pre Show). The 14 new tracks feature some self-produced joints as Al Dilla really has an ear as to what sounds good and can play a backseat to his lyrics. What was most unique and impressive was his "True Story" a capella. Straight thought-provoking rhymes that you can't help but be drawn to during the entire 2 and a half minutes. Preview the "True Story" a capella here before diving into the whole tape to hear what I mean. Al Dilla definitely shows some promise throughout The Grand Entrance and raw hip hop fans will find satisfaction in exploring what he's got to offer on this one. Al Dilla will be performing as part of the Chicago Hip Hop Connects showcase this Sunday on May 23rd - an event that if we haven't made clear by now, you won't want to miss!
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Marky 'Journey to Markyland, USA: Rest Stop 2'

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Marky 'Journey to Markyland, USA: Rest Stop 2' [FreEP]
Presented by: DJ Booth & Kevin Nottingham (Tracklist after the jump!)

You knew this was comin' today if you caught Marky's latest interview and freestyle featured atop Gowhere the other day. Marky's 2nd in a series of EPs boasts 7 quality tracks that feature a mix of sampling Johnny Cash and industry instrumentals from Dr. Dre, Danja, and more. Marky showcases his skills on more than enough tracks and keeps you wanting more with the short tracklist. Outside of the previously leaked "Run On" and the Guru tribute "Full Clip", Marky really delivers on the upbeat second track "I'll Get You" as well as the emotional "Last Time". I'm curious to see what creative samples Marky decides to jump on (and kill) for Rest Stop 3, but for now, you gotta enjoy Rest Stop 2 and the previously-released Rest Stop 1. Enjoy!

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Nikki Lynette 'Roses N' Guns' [MIXTAPE]

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Nikki Lynette 'Roses N' Guns' [MIXTAPE]
Presented by: DJ Booth (Tracklist after the jump!)

'The totally bad ass mixtape that rocks!!!!' is now upon us as Nikki Lynette drops the full project after a trio of serious leaks the past few weeks. The previous leaks featured the likes of GLC and Mickey Factz; other Chicago artists/producers who make appearances on the tape include Pugs Atomz, Mr. Robotic, and Matt Hennessy. Roses N' Guns is one of the freshest sounding mixtapes from top to bottom given Nikki's versatility as a rapper, singer, and rocker (oh, she produces also). The end result is a variety of sounds and styles that combine together for somethin' that really sounds different from anything else. A strong contributor to that is the amount of dope samples Nikki Lynette & Co. incorporated from the likes of Peter, Bjorn, & John, Nirvana, and of course Guns N' Roses. Lynette's rhymes correct as well, namely on the intro track "Small Wonder", "You Coulda Had Me", "Best In The World", the I Fight Dragons-produced "72 Virgins", the politically conscious "Civil War", and more beyond the previous leaks. I strongly urge you to check this one out; you can listen before you download at the link above. If you're in Chicago, come out with us to celebrate the mixtape's release party this Friday (details in the Upcoming Shows page). Enjoy!

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Jordan Looney Presents: Nerd-Hop Vol. 3 [Mixtape]

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Jordan Looney Presents: Nerd Hop Vol. 3 [MIXTAPE]
Presented by: DJ Navarris (Tracklist after the jump!)

The self-proclaimed nerd from Northwestern, Jordan Looney drops in with his Nerd Hop Vol. 3 mixtape. But the St. Paul native Looney has his own definition of a nerd. "To be a nerd is to be obsessively passionate about something to the point of insanity". With that, combined with this interesting cover, you should expect somethin' different right off the bat with Looney. And if the progress that I had heard on his last leak "Perspective" is any indication, then the rest of Nerd Hop Vol. 3 should continue to show that growth. Gonna dive into this one in just a lil' bit. Check it out above and the tracklist after the jump (shouts 2 PWelbs) Enjoy!

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Mic Terror 'Can I Borrow A Feeling?' [MIXTAPE]

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Mic Terror 'Can I Borrow A Feeling?' [MIXTAPE]
LISTEN/DL Above!

Chicago's Mic Terror concludes the week of mixtapes with his latest project, Can I Borrow A Feeling?. The colorful wordsmith combines house and hip hop for a heavy Chicago flavor throughout the project. He keeps things original as well with my favorite example being the sampling of Will Ferrell's "Love Me Sexy" (better ringtone than yours) for a collaboration that spits some nice rhymes at the females. In fact, Mic T has more than a couple sexually charged songs toward the ladies so if you like something a lil' more explicit then you'll definitely vibe with them. Listen and download it above and check out the Upcoming Shows page to find out details on his upcoming performance at the Chicago Hip Hop Connects showcase on May 23rd. Enjoy!
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The Gowhere Tape: Volume 1

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The Gowhere Tape: Volume 1
Presented by: Gowhere Hip Hop

We are proud to present The Gowhere Tape: Volume 1  featuring 20 WORLD PREMIERES from some of the most talented and fast-rising artists in Chicago hip hop, R&B, and pop music, available for download above! As you know with Gowhere Hip Hop, we promote a variety of artists of different styles and genres, so why should our mixtape be any different? The beauty is: there is somethin' on here for everyone! So let's walk you through it...

GemStones and newcomer Dat Bizness kick things off with a furious Chicago record as Gem sets the tone right off the bat with a singing chorus. From there, we get into a banger from Chicago emcee Paypa and another banger of a different kind with LA & Mr. Music channeling a rock sound for a motivational record called "Bright Midnight". The next phase of the mixtape showcases some fresh club and alternative: Rotimi, singer/songwriter Riz and Huey, upcoming pop trio Krewella and S-Preme, and The Five One all come correct with some fresh feel-good records. Riz and The Five One may not have direct Chicago ties, but as you also know, GWHH isn't exclusively promoting Chicago artists... just talented ones. 

The young J. Taylor then collaborates with Mr. Music for the captivating "Dreams", followed by a string of raw Chicago hip hop starting with MarVo's "Nightmare". Notice the two titles there? The "Dreams" to "Nightmare" transition signals the next phase of the mixtape to ride with - some straight rap from some of Chicago's budding wordsmiths. Rockie Fresh, YP, Dane One, and Esohel spit some hard emotions before a soulful, unreleased Kidz In The Hall track. Nizm picks things up again with an energetic, fast-pace that is carried across the next few tracks from Legit, Pugs Atomz, and Savant. The mixtape ends with some records focused on the females as Savant's "The Show" transitions into R&B tracks from Chicago mainstay Slique and up and comer De'Lorean. Finally, check out the previously released bonus track from Rhymefest - his current single off the upcoming album, El Che, "Say Wassup" f/ Phonte - a dope record to ride to with your windows down.

In fact, we formulated the mixtape to be a long-lasting CD or playlist that you can vibe with and sift through depending on your mood. We also wanted to get you more accumulated with some of the fast-rising talent and hope you open your ears and mind to some new music and new artists!

You can stream the mixtape below and download it in its entirety above! Whether you are a longtime Gowhere reader or it is your first time on the site, this is a project you don't want to miss! Shouts to Maks G. for spearheading the project with myself and for producing our fresh, animated cover, whaaaat!?! We hope you enjoy the tape, drop a comment with your favorite track, and last but not least, thank you all for your support!

   
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Esso 'The Anti-Socialite' [MIXTAPE]

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Esso 'The Anti-Socialite' [MIXTAPE]
Presented by: DJ Booth (LISTEN/DL above, Tracklist after the jump)

Esso continues this week's run of mixtapes with The Anti-Socialite - a 15-track project that he uses to evoke his life experiences thus far, growing up in New York City and experiencing the fast life as well as life in the digital age. After a quick run through, I was attracted to the latter part of the mixtape as "Breakdown" through the bonus track "Future So Bright" featuring another artist we got our eye on, XV, delivers some deep emotions and imagery. It is refreshing to see Esso almost exclusively work with three producers, most notably Woody, who dropped his You've Got Mail instrumental tape this week as well. The Anti-Socialite is a mixtape that deserves a really thoughtful listen (that I can't wait to really give as well) and you can do so by simply hitting the link above. Enjoy!

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Don Cannon & Young Jeezy 'Trap Or Die 2 (By Any Means Necessary)' [MIXTAPE]

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Don Cannon & Young Jeezy 'Trap Or Die 2 (By Any Means Necessary)' [MIXTAPE]
Presented by: USDA & WorldStarHIpHop (Tracklist after the jump)

The multitude of mixtapes early this week continues (and won't stop..!) as the biggest of the releases hits the web today: Trap Or Die 2. Young Jeezy drops this official mixtape of 21 tracks that are not heavy w/ features. The likes of Bun B, Scarface, and Plies on his street single "Lose My Mind" can be seen on the mixtape, but Jeezy primarily takes on the project solo. Now I have never been a big fan of Jeezy but I am intrigued to dive into this one, especially off the heels of a couple solid leaks from the mixtape, most notably, "I'm Just Sayin". Download above and check for yourself. Enjoy!

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FeSo 'Don't Sleep 2' [FreEP]

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FeSo 'Don't Sleep 2' [FreEP]
Presented by: Gowhere Hip Hop x Dope Couture (Tracklist after the jump)

FeSoMusic.com (Stream/Preview Here) // FeSo's Blog // @FeSo

FeSo comes through with the second of our sponsored mixtapes in as many days (technically) with Don't Sleep 2 actually being the second in his own personal series as well. The project, co-sponsored by our good friends at Dope Couture, boasts quality over quantity as FeSo shares the Lupe Fiasco mindset of proving to be dope in a short amount of time on a mixtape. 6 tracks with a couple quick interludes to be exact. The first two tracks are actually self-produced, setting a soulful tone that hits an apex in intensity on track 3, "ChinCheck" f/ Chuck P and Relly Rell. "Environmentally Friendly" is one of my favorite tracks on the FreEP and is sandwiched between a Mickey Factz drop and some words of appreciation from FeSo. The latter two tracks close things the way they begin with a dope soulful background. FeSo provides intelligent commentary throughout Don't Sleep 2 as the first few bars from my favorite record on the tape, "Dream Chasing" f/ Kris Bills, suggests:

"Everytime I get to moving in the right direction,
The situation presents itself with alternate intentions,
Regression before precession, that's the lesson that is learned,
Nothing in this world's worth having free, you gotta earn."

- FeSo "Dream Chasing"

These words resonated with me right off the bat because FeSo understands an ideal I have been seeing come true more and more often: the "regression before precession" line. Or as I like to think of it, taking one step back to take two steps forward - a necessary part of life. The song as a whole becomes a nice motivational record, indicative from its title, and is one that I'll be vibing with in my rotation for weeks to come. Download the entire FreEP above and peep the full tracklist after the jump. More collaborators include producers AJ Crew, Kyle Resto, and David Ben-Porat. Want a preview first? Click here to stream. Enjoy!

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G.o.D. Jewels 'Greatness Opens Doors' [MIXTAPE]

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G.o.D. Jewels 'Greatness Opens Doors' [MIXTAPE]
Presented by: Gowhere Hip Hop (Tracklist after the jump)

GoDJewels.com // @GoDJewels

G.o.D. Jewels delivers the must-have mixtape, Greatness Opens Doors, proudly presented by GWHH! The Chicago emcee shows a lot of versatility in style and message from top to bottom, kicking off the mixtape with a trio of bangers: "Open The Door", the previously-featured "All Things 'Go", and "Old Folks". The latter is instantly one of the catchier tracks of the tape that channels a familiar whistle and conveys his clever and engaging perspective of growin' up in the city. Moving forward, G.o.D. Jewels provides some commentary on not being co-signed by blogs or artists (I think that's gonna change now) and really contrasts well with female singer J. Nicole on "The Cusp" and later on the mixtape's concluding track "Close The Door". Perhaps the project's most powerful record is partly inspired by comedian Paul Mooney and tackles the controversial subject of race. In fact, the title is "R.A.C.E. (Respect All Colors & Ethnicities) and G.o.D. Jewels spits some furious, thought-provoking lyrics about the continued belittlement he feels African-Americans have to deal with... and that's just for starters. Overall, the project comes complete with a couple more features from The Boy Illinois and Tommy Mitchell, a variety of topics with thoughtful and intelligent messages, a soulful Chicago sound, and G.o.D. Jewels' distinct pronunciation and flows that further define him as an artist. Open your doors to this one and download above! 

Also gotta give props to the art work by Fernando Peniche & DUBble; that's some amazing work that illustrates G.o.D. Jewels rockin' the Jordan VIII, a bear and a bull for Chicago's sports teams, guardian angels, and of course the Sears Willis Tower in the background. Info on how to connect with the artists as well as the artist G.o.D. Jewels are after the jump along with the back cover/tracklist and look once again at the "All Things 'Go" video (if you want a lil' preview). Enjoy!

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YP 'Next Up' [MIXTAPE]

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YP 'Next Up' [MIXTAPE]
Hosted by: DJ Sean Mac & DJ Head Debiase (Tracklist after the jump)

The first of two bangin' mixtapes (that I know of) to come out today comes courtesy of Chicago spitta YP! His Next Up affair features the likes of GLC, MarVo, Big Homie D.O.E., and production from Prolyfic, J-Rell, and MoSS, just to name a few. The end result is a well put together project that continues to showcase the wordsmith's skills at combining dope punchlines with personal perspectives and experiences. It's definitely a tape that reps the city hard and has somethin' that any hip hop fan can vibe with. Download above and peep the full tracklist after the jump. Enjoy!

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Jadakiss 'The Champ Is Here' [MIXTAPE]

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Jadakiss 'The Champ Is Here' [MIXTAPE]
Presented By: DJ Green Lantern & DJ Drama (Tracklist after the jump)

Jadakiss grabs arguably the two biggest DJs in the game to host his latest, official mixtape, The Champ Is Here. The boxing-themed presentation is appropriate given last night's Mayweather-Mosley fight and the mixtape hits hard with 24 tracks and features from the likes of Nas, Nicki Minaj, and Styles P. Even if you are not particularly a fan of 'Kiss like myself, the mixtape is still one to check up on and keep in touch with an established name in the game. Enjoy!

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Download 40+ underground hip hop tracks

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After This Shut Up [MIXTAPE]
40+ NEW Hip Hop Tracks Presented By: YNotMyDream x REUPspot

Underground hip hop fiends get quite the fix with the After This Shut Up mixtape - a 40+ track compilation from the good folks at YNMD and REUPspot. Peep the full tracklist after the jump, which features a bevy of names I'm sure you're yet to be familiar with, like a few on the rise MCs in CurT@!n$, Sha Stimuli, and Jared Evan and a couple of previously featured artists in propaYne and Mike Schipitz. Download w/ open ears and enjoy!
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The Gent$ 'High Profile' [MIXTAPE]

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The Gent$ - High Profile [MIXTAPE]
Presented by: DJ Booth (Listen/DL Above, Tracklist after the jump)

If you're still unfamiliar with The Gent$, they are composed of three Chicago hip hop artists: Pugs Atomz, Ill Legit, and Wes Restless. They deliver their 12-track project called High Profile, a mix of records that exhibits all three styles into one cohesive journey from beginning to end. They already tackle fame with the previously featured "Award Tour" and also talk about a variety of topics from the females to city life. I am partial to "Tonight (City's Alive)" since we had the chance to preview the record - one that captures the versatility of all three artists. You can listen before downloading at the link above and hear for yourself. Check the full tracklist and credits after the jump. Enjoy!

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Theophilus London 'I Want You' [MIXTAPE]

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Theophilus London - I Want You [MIXTAPE]
Hosted by: Va$htie - Tracklist after the jump.

Theophilus London is building on the buzz he's gaining across the internet with the official release of his new mixtape, I Want You, inspired by Marvin Gaye's rendition of the "Star Spangled Banner" at the 1983 NBA All-Star Game (as immortalized in this Nike Basketball commercial). The tape features his cover of Marvin Gaye's "I Want You" amongst another Tweet cover, remixes, and primarily solo tracks. I have liked many of the leaks from the tape so far and at the very least it is just good music to vibe with. I'd give it a shot if I were you and download it above. Enjoy!

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Download Grant Parks Chicago compilation mixtape

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Grant Parks - Net Weight [MIXTAPE]
Presented by: Coal Mine Music (tracklist after the jump)

Grant Parks is a Chicago-bred producer who gathered a variety of local hip hop artists for his project called, Net Weight. You'll find host Pugs Atomz, Rhymefest, Juice, YP, Skooda Chose, The Primeridian, Suave Da Lyricist, and much more. Grant Parks produced all the records and worked with all of the artists over an 8 month time span. So check the tape out above and the tracklist after the jump. You'll notice that Juice and Rhymefest kick things off with the first couple of tracks so right off the bat you should be ridin' with this one. Big ups on that interesting cover as well (we're right above BallerStatus), which showcases many of today's best hip hop websites. Enjoy!

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Pac Div 'Don't Mention It' [MIXTAPE]

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Pac Div - Don't Mention It [MIXTAPE]
Tracklist after the jump

Pac Div is a group gaining quite the buzz in the hip hop world and in they come with the new mixtape, Don't Mention It. I always knew they had a unique sound about them, but they took it to a different level by just beginning to go through the mixtape. I can't say I vibe with everything, but the two songs that really jumped out at me so far is the lead track "Underdogs II" f/ Colin Munroe and yesterday's "Shine" f/ Marz Lovejoy, where the Cali group drops a dope Michael Jordan reference (Chicago tie-in, haha). It's definitely worth checkin' out before some more new music hits GWHH in just a few. Enjoy!

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New mixtape features ALL Chicago Hip Hop

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Tracklist:

01. Mike Schpitz - Make 'Em Sick (Prod. Slot-A)
02. JDP - Word 2 Your Hate
03. Omen - Penthouse
04. Gerald Walker - For A Dreamer, Night's The Only Time Of Day
05. Neak - Rhyme Aint One
06. Esohel - Nutrition (Prod. Custom)
07. YP - YNotMyDream
08. Phil G. - Feel Good Feat. Soltre James
09. Orie - Dear Winter
10. Sincerely Yours - Nothing New
11. AntonGenius - Arrogant Shit
12. VISUAL - Never Sold Crack (Remix) Feat. BBU
13. LongShot x Phashara (Beatmontas) x Qwazaar (Typical Cats) x Savant of RAREBREED x Rice the Sound Transmitter - Say Your Prayers
14. Scheme - Broke Feat. Selfish
15. Bighomie DOE - Killer Feat. Tru Soul
16. Agacee - By Now (Prod. Bigg Unit)
17. Add-2 - Going In (Prod. Marcus Banks)
18. S-Preme - Tears

YNotMyDream Presents: 1 [MIXTAPE]
Features ALL Chicago Artists!

Congrats to YNotMyDream for their one year anniversary as they celebrate by droppin' a mixtape of that good Chicago hip hop. Featured above are names you surely recognize with their recurring features here on Gowhere: S-Preme, Omen, Add-2, YP, Esohel, and more (all listed above). Based on some of the previous leaks alone like Savant & Co.'s "Say Your Prayers" and Add-2's "Going In", the '1' mixtape should serve the same number of priority in your playlist. Enjoy!

UPDATE 1: Final version of Wale's "Pretty Girls RMX" is now added to the featured post from last night.

UPDATE 2: GLC just dropped a new video for "Black 44", self-directed alongside Arlo (Of Trailblazerz MPC). Peep his explanation here and watch it below!

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GLC "Black 44"
VIDEO PREMIERE!
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Wiz Khalifa 'Kush & Orange Juice' [MIXTAPE]

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Wiz Khalifa - Kush & Orange Juice [MIXTAPE]
Features Curren$y, Johnny Juliano, & MORE (Tracklist after the jump)

Wiz Khalifa has really created quite a buzz for himself in between last spring and now. I have yet to really catch on beyond a few songs but I am intrigued to dive into his new original project, Kush & Orange Juice. He's already got a loyal following who made this a trending topic last night in anticipation of this morning's release. This release should be a must-download just to see what all the buzz is about for the XXL Freshman. I appreciate that he is not relying on guest stars for the mixtape as he cranks out a lot of these tracks himself. Download it (with me) above and hear for yourself. Enjoy!

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Download Rhymefest 'Dangerous: 5-18' MIXTAPE

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Rhymefest - Dangerous: 5-18 [MIXTAPE]
Prelude to the sophomore album, El Che

Rhymefest's new mixtape Dangerous: 5-18 is now available for download above (shouts 2 NR) and boasts 17 tracks that set the stage for the sophomore album, El Che. If the mixtape contains records anywhere close to the lyrical prowess and passion displayed on the two previous leaks: "Familiar Faces" and "Letter", then Dangerous: 5-18 will surely be a success in my eyes. In fact, if you slept on the first two tracks, then just hit the download link above and grab the whole tape - you'll find songs or lyrics that you'll at least appreciate. Hopefully back with some more thoughts after I get a chance to digest it (and some food; I haven't eaten lunch yet!) a little later this afternoon. Enjoy!

UPDATED THOUGHTS: I was able to give Dangerous: 5-18 a full spin this afternoon and was quite impressed. Rhymefest's ability to make a powerful song is evident throughout the entire tape outside of the two songs noted above. In fact, he made me fans of songs where I couldn't vibe with the beat at first (best example: "How High"). Some favorite songs: "Martyr", "Vibin'", and "Do It Again". On the latter, Rhymefest leads the song off with a spoken word intro describing some shared opinions on why he was frustrated with hip hop, which leads to an explanation of his disengagement with hip hop because of consumerism. "Do It Again" is definitely one of the more thought-provoking and self-assessing songs you can find. There are a variety of guest features on the tape including Little Brother (multiple times), Just Blaze, Elzhi (Of Slum Village), and Twone Gabz. They were all somehow left off the cover, in addition to "Rhymefest" actually being misspelled in the iTunes files #LabelingFail. I re-upped the mixtape with the corrections though for you fellow OCD people out there. Overall, Dangerous: 5-18 definitely lived up to my expectations and is a must-grab mixtape if you're a fan of hip hop. Don't sleep, download it above!
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Marky 'Journey to Markyland, USA: Rest Stop 1'

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Marky - Journey to Markyland, USA: Rest Stop 1 [MIXTAPE]
Presented By: 2dopeboyz.com & OnSmash.com

In comes Marky with the FULL FreEP as 'Rest Stop 1', as I shall abbreviate, contains a strong showing of seven tracks that certainly boast quality over quantity. If you recall the creativity of his 'How To Make It In America' theme song remix "Rasta Monsta", then you should not even have any hesitation in downloading the full tape above. I particularly like the balance in skills that Marky displays - from lyrics to flow to delivery, it's all there. There's a few songs on here that may take some time to grow and appreciate, but if you step into this one with an open mind, you're bound to find somethin' you like. DOPE cover art on top of things - both the front and the back cover (yessurr @ the boarding pass to this great city of Chicago..!). As the tabs indicate, expect a couple more 'rest stops' (also clever) before the Markyland, USA project comes full circle. Enjoy!
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H.E.R Hip Hop Showcase Vol. 1 [MIXTAPE]

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H.E.R Hip Hop Showcase Vol. 1 [MIXTAPE]
Features previously released material from Common, Dead Prez, Kidz In The Hall, & MORE!

It's still Sunday here in Chicago, technically, and Easter Sunday at that - a busy personal day for myself with the family on this holiday. Adding to the day has been a series of internet issues that is finally semi-resolved. But getting down to business, some like-minded entrepreneurs down in Athens, Georgia reached out with a project and showcase that is worth an Old School Sundays feature. HerHipHop.com compiled some previously released material featuring the likes of Common, Dead Prez, Kidz In The Hall, and a host of upcoming hip hop artists that fit the theme of their upcoming H.E.R. Hip Hop Showcase on April 9th in Athens. While we in Chicago will not be able to personally enjoy the showcase, the people in and around Athens, GA will be able to experience, mostly for the first time, performances from Dead Prez, Kidz In The Hall, Donnis, and more local talent. The showcase is meant to bring more awareness to hip hop in the emerging city of Athens with conferences also scheduled so that these artists and more can speak positivity to the people. It is shaping up to be a dope event that you can find out more info on after the jump. But one thing we can all enjoy is the music: for one, we have some more artists on there that you likely haven't heard of to open your ears to, and secondly, if you're really (like, really) behind on your hip hop then you should grab those classics from Dead Prez and Common that intro and outro the tape. Immediately. More goodness to come as we move forward into Monday! Enjoy!
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Mick Boogie: The Changemakers leads new DLs

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Mick Boogie: The Changemakers [MIXTAPE]
Presented By: freshnessMag & dailyMTVTN

Download a very interesting project above as Mick Boogie arrives with a brand new mixtape he compiled featuring the likes of Talib Kweli, Big Pooh, 6th Sense, U-N-I, Christian Rich, and even DJ Jazzy Jeff. Freshness Mag not only brings us the tape, but the complete story of how Mick Boogie crafted the tape's concept and tracks. Mick Boogie worked with Nike to coincide the mixtape release with the release of the Nike TPE 6453 as he hits Asia for a tour this year. Hit the jump for the full tracklist and download it all above!

Down below, hit up a batch of mp3 downloads as Jeezy jumps on the official remix of The-Dream's "Love King" (shouts 2 HHNM on the rip) and more featuring Bishop Lamont & John Mayer, Gucci Mane, and Trina (shouts 2 OS). The Gucci and Trina songs are laughers and I still can't get into "Love King" even though I feel it's making waves with many.. hhmph. Enjoy!

BONUS LINKS: Lil' Wayne launches new website, thanks fans in new letter from prison (Related: GetAtMeWeezy.com)

The-Dream "Love King RMX" f/ Jeezy
Producer: Tricky Stewart & The-Dream - FULL, CDQ (Official RMX)

Bishop Lamont "Gone" f/ John Mayer
Producer: Drama - FULL, CDQ, Tagged

Gucci Mane "East Atlanta Memphis" f/ Yo Gotti, Juicy J, Project Pat & Skinny Pimp
Producer: Drumma Boy - FULL, CDQ, Track off upcoming mixtape The Burrrprint 2: HD

Trina "My Bitches"
Producer: Schife - FULL, CDQ, Track off upcoming album, Amazin'

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Common Presents: Just Wright Mixtape (Vol. 1)

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Common Presents: Just Wright Mixtape (Vol. 1)
Previously released tracks from Stevie Wonder, Prince, Bjork, Dwele and more!

Common has got a new movie coming out called Just Wright - the story of a physical therapist (Queen Latifah) who falls in love while helping a rehabilitating basketball player (Common). Also starring Paula Patton (!) and (UPDATE: Dwyane Wade), Just Wright hits theaters on May 14th, and in promotion of its upcoming release, Common dropped this mixtape that he says is "straight up feel good music that inspired Just Wright". It is likely that you do not have all of these tracks from the likes of Stevie Wonder, Prince, Dwele, Bilal, and much more. The mixtape even has the mp3 for Bobby Caldwell's "Open Your Eyes" - sampled for Common's "The Light" that was previously featured in a recent Old School Sundays post here at GWHH. Pretty cool idea overall; I'm excited to see if there is more hip hop that makes volume 2. Peep the full tracklist after the jump and download above! Enjoy!

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Download Loose Screwz 'Satellites' mixtape

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Loose Screwz - Satellites [MIXTAPE]
Presented by: Rock The Dub // Hosted by: Rip City (Of Core DJs)

Loose Screwz is .5 of the E. St. Louis duo, Scripts N' Screwz and above he illustrates his solo stylings with a new mixtape called Satellites. I've always been impressed with the duo's fresh originality - from their delivery to the production - and Screwz gives us all a taste of that throughout the entire body of work. For a preview, check out last week's feature of track four, "BOOM!", which illustrates what I mean by their originality. Screwz brings in his partner Scripts on one of my favorite tracks of the tape "Satellites 2" and also mixes in some remixes of established hits, most notably Lupe Fiasco's "I'm Beamin'" on track 12. All in all, you may not vibe with every single sound or style, but there's enough variety and booming sounds throughout that you'll find somethin' you like. Download it above! Enjoy!
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Download 'Gowhere March Dance Mix'

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Compiled and mixed by: gowhere? (Artwork by: Maks G.) *GWHH FAV.™

Tracklist:
01. The Kickdrums "Intro"
02. Chromeo "Fancy Footwork (Crookers RMX)" 
03. Treasure Fingers "Cross The Dancefloor (Lifelike RMX)"
04. Gucci Mane "Spotlight (Carlos Cid's Dream Team Bootleg Mix)" f/ Usher
05. Michael Jackson "Dancing Machine (Steven Aoki RMX)"
06. Lupe Fiasco "Kick, Push ((Pretty) Girls & Lasers RMX)"
07. Dizzee Rascal "Dirtee Cash"
08. Boyz Noize "Oh! (A-Trak RMX)"
09. M.I.A. "Boyz (The Twelves RMX)"
10. Asher Roth "She Don't Wanna Man (Yes Giantess RMX)" f/ Keri Hilson
11. Diplo "Fired From Work"
12. Kanye West "Stronger (A-Trak RMX)"
13. Rihanna "Rude Boy (LunyP Booty Breaks Mix)"
14. Jack Penate "Be The One (Armand Van Helden Mix)"
15. Duck Sauce (A-Trak & Armand Van Helden) "Anyway"
16. Snoop Dogg "That Tree (Clockwork RMX)" f/ Kid Cudi
17. Young Money "Bedrock (Vindata Dance RMX)"
18. Mr. Hudson "Supernova (D&G Mix)" f/ Kanye West
19. David Guetta "Memories (David Guetta's Fuck Me I'm Famous RMX)" f/ Kid Cudi
20. The Cool Kids "Bassment (Willy Joy x Craze x Benzi RMX)"

gowhere? has arrived with a new dance mix for March and as you can see from the tracklist above, it features a wide variety of mainstream and unknown artists. And even if you're familiar with some of the songs like "Stronger" and "Kick, Push", every song on there is a dance remix of the original! gowhere? uses a sharp ear to compile an excellent mix of tracks that flow together after personally transitioning them into an hour-plus long mix that you can plop right onto a CD. 

Chicago is well represented with Kanye, Lupe, and The Cool Kids as is some current mainstream hits like "Rude Boy", "Bedrock", and "Spotlight", but be sure not to overlook some of the artists whose names aren't yet household names. Download the mix with the main link and if you particularly like one song of the mix, you can grab the FULL song for EVERY song in the smaller link. Enjoy!
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Download Esohel 'Industry Series Vol. 1'

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Esohel - 'Industry Series Vol. 1' [MIXTAPE]
Presented by: U Dot Fam x Satellite Images x @LRG Studio x Sofa Chitown (Tracklist after the jump)

If you've been an avid Gowhere reader the past week, you've undoubtedly been seein' this Chicago MC gracing the daily new music updates with leaks from the mixtape that's now seeing a full release above. Esohel drops some conscious rhymes throughout Industry Series Vol.1 over a wide array of established instrumentals ranging from the new (Jay Electronica, Raheem DeVaughn) and old (Wu Tang Clan). His choice of instrumentals actually helps separate this project from other mixtapes because no one's really goin' in on these songs because they're simply not that hot mainstream hit. As a result, it is refreshing to hear some new interpretations that are especially ear-catching when Esohel provides some commentary on hip hop and society. Peep the vivid cover art and download it above. Enjoy!
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Download The Five One 'Road To SXSW' mixtape

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The Five One - Road To SXSW [MIXTAPE]
Sponsored By: gowherehiphop.com x illvibes.com

Our DMV homies The Five One check in with their latest mixtape in honor of their road trip to SXSW in Austin! First off, congrats to the group on their mini-tour across the south. They reward their fans and new listeners alike with this mixtape that features many of their GWHH-acclaimed remixes combined with a couple brand new original joints as well! You'll be hard pressed not to find somethin' you like on the tape as fans of artists like Lil' Wayne, Lauryn Hill, and Janet Jackson will undoubtedly appreciate their creative remixes. In fact, we still receive positive responses from people about the "Stuntin' Like Mufasa" remix that draws upon Lil' Wayne and The Lion King (yes, the Disney movie), originally released last summer. As you can tell from the combo involved, that track stood out.

But for those seeking new Five One, look no further than the tape's first track, "Nothing Is Work". The group not only provides that unique, alternative sound that fans are accustomed to already but they also add twists to their own voices for somethin' fresh and different. It's a fast-paced song that I can't get enough of ever since the first listen. So of course, we strongly suggest you check it out and if you like what you hear, please head on over to deucedayworld.com and donate whatever you can afford to the cause of the group! Not only that, but check out their site to find everything you need to know about The Five One. Enjoy!
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G.O.O.D. Music's Tony Williams leads new mixtapes

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Tony Williams - Finding Dakota Grey [MIXTAPE]
Presented By: G.O.O.D. Music2dopeboyz.comyk2daily.net, & kenewest.com

G.O.O.D. Music's Tony Williams leads a post filled with a trio of mixtapes - all worth checking out for your listening pleasure. Williams impressed me with his unique remix interpretation of Kanye West's "See You In My Nightmares", leaked at the tail end of February and does more of the same in a new version of "Amazing". But in addition to those 2, enjoy 25 more tracks (and skits) for a complete mixtape that illustrates his versatility even more. With appearances from the likes of GLC & Really Doe, you can't really go wrong with giving this project a shot!

A couple other mixtapes that deserve your attention lie below as the Ruby Hornet and Soundscape Recording collaborative efforts in their 'Closed Sessions' series are all gathered together for a mixtape that features hip hop artists like Kidz In The Hall, Rhymefest, Skyzoo, Curren$y, and many more! The link below the cover art provides more details, a full tracklisting, streamed preview, and of course download link. Finally, Chicagoan Neak drops his mixtape per the homies at DJBooth.net. With versatile production from the always entertaining Slot-A, R.D., & FynesS, Neak is able to share his thoughts and insight from the perspective of an upcoming artist over a wide selection of sounds. You can't go wrong with any three of these mixtapes so hit the links, sit back, and enjoy!

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Various Artists - Closed Sessions Vol. 1
Presented By: Rubyhornet.com, Soundscape Recording, & DJ RTC

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Neak - 84 Vol. 2 (The Silent Fiasco) [MIXTAPE]
Presented By: DJBooth.net
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Download iLLVibes compilation mixtape

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Beats For Lovers [MIXTAPE]
Presented By: Thelonious Martin & iLLVibes

Droppin' thru with another mixtape for ya ears - spotlighting some up and coming talent brought to you by our DMV friends over at  iLLVibes. They really went hard about getting a collection of artists together, including previous Gowhere favorites Marky and Dre-Ski. I myself am excited to get into this a little more and digest what all these artists have to offer. The mixtape is predominantly produced by Thelonious Martin (14 of the 16 tracks to be exact) with one coming from AB The Producer and the other from DJ Soundtrax. Peep the synopsis below and of course download above! Enjoy!

It's been over a week since Valentine's Day has passed. Just imagine how many relationships have come and gone, how many have started and disappeared, and the frequency with which the word love has been used by many.  Beats for Lovers is the culmination of this raw emotion - whether we want to accept love or deny its power. Produced mainly by Thelonious Martin and presented by iLLVibes, Beats for Lovers is a story for all about how we deal with this feeling: as much as we try to understand and truly think we know what it means, we could never fully comprehend the exact essence of love. These emcees responded exactly as expected - in their own unique ways, with their own comprehension and understanding of love, from a story about the beauty of love and the ideal of love as a transcendental power to the very reason why someone becomes distraught and frustrated with another. There is no human nature without love - love of another, love of family, love of friends, love of an object or passion - it is as necessary as the air we breathe, and every day we are constantly reminded by its inexorable force throughout us.

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Willie Taylor's 'Sextape' leads new music post

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Features 12 NEW Tracks!

The big day of R&B continues as a couple big names drop some new mixtapes for Valentine's Day: Willie Taylor (Of Day26) and Chris Brown. The Chicagoan Willie Taylor does his thing on 12 new tracks for the project that is bluntly titled 'Sextape'. Simply put, the overriding theme is bedroom music. Willie sets the mood for fun under the sheets over beats he co-produced. He also wrote all the tracks, which obviously creates an added level of authenticity. My favorite track on there is "Bedroom" - an instantly catchy slow jam. Overall, the tape definitely succeeds and is perfect for what it's aimed for. Willie didn't even have to use autotune as much as he did, which I would have been interested to hear less of. Grab it above for tonight and beyond!

As for Chris Brown, he drops more pop remixes and original material all across his 21+ track mixtape. I couldn't really get into most of what I heard. The content of the remixes gets redundant but the original material is not that bad. Perhaps over time. Also below is a mess of single downloads below featuring more R&B courtesy of Frankie J, Johnta Austin, and Electrik Red as well as some hip hop featuring Esso, Rich Boy, & Kuniva (Of D12) (shouts 2 Illy). Also, Jay-Z recently talked with MTV about his thoughts on "We Are The World". Interesting.. Enjoy!

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Hosted by: DJ Drama & DJ Sense - Features 21 NEW Tracks

Producer: Timbaland - FULL, CDQ, Bonus track off the mixtape, In My Zone

FULL, CDQ, Track off the upcoming project, eVolved

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Producer: Salam Wreck - FULL, CDQ, Track off upcoming mixtape, Retribution *Tibs Fav.

Producer: K.I.D.D. - FULL, CDQ, Track off upcoming mixtape, Retribution