PREVIOUSLY: Chamillionaire 'Major Pain 1.5' [MIXTAPE]
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".
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!
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.
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 beats. For 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.
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"
Production by: Rez, Branchez, Montana Macks, Kilroy
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)
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
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.
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
"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."
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.
"'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)
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
"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
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!
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."
U Dot Fam "Hoody Weather"
(Our father inspired us to put this project out, his site.. ProjectRebirth2011.com)Now Is The Time Of PowerThis 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.- Ko*Starz
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.Definitely give this a mixtape a listen all the way through!
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.
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"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."
"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."
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...
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'
"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 upBut inside you like forreal, it'd just be better if I hang up"- S-Preme "I'm Afraid" (over Eminem's "Not Afraid)
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)
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
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!
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