Mixtape Of The Week

Mixtape Of The Week: Lil Wayne Sorry 4 The Wait 2

By Tom Breihan / January 28, 2015 - 3:04 pm

We have to talk about historical perspective when we’re talking about mixtapes, and we have Lil Wayne to thank and to blame for that. Lil Wayne wasn’t the only one releasing great mixtapes during his mid-’00s monster run, and he wasn’t even the only one who was releasing mixtapes that were arguably better than hi… More »

Mixtape Of The Week: Future & Zaytoven Beast Mode

By Tom Breihan / January 22, 2015 - 2:46 pm

Quick programming note: Lil Wayne’s Sorry 4 The Wait 2 came out two days ago, and I haven’t even had time to process it yet because I’ve been trapped in Björkworld. (That’s also why this column is a day late this week.) I’ll consider Sorry 4 The Wait for next week’s edition, when we’re maybe… More »

Mixtape Of The Week: DJ Angelbaby Get Pumped Vol. 3

By Tom Breihan / January 14, 2015 - 2:02 pm

At this point, I start looking forward to it in early December: The latest in the Get Pumped series, the Baltimore club music survey that DJ Angelbaby throws up online every year on New Years Day. Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 were both ridiculously fun and propulsive and packed with so many tracks that some… More »

Mixtape Of The Week: Lil Herb Pistol P Project

By Tom Breihan / January 7, 2015 - 2:50 pm

“DID NICKI JUS CHANGE MY LIFE?” That’s something the young Chicago rapper Lil Herb asked on Twitter last year after he showed up on Nicki Minaj’s Soundcloud banger “Chi-Raq.” That song should’ve changed Herb’s life. Before “Chi-Raq,” Herb was a tremendously talented young rapper with a growing internet fanbase but no real larger profile. With… More »

Mixtape Of The Week: Kevin Gates Luca Brasi 2

By Tom Breihan / December 17, 2014 - 4:21 pm

If you’ve ever spent too long speaking uninterrupted — teaching a class, say, or reading aloud to your kids — you’ve probably noticed your voice fraying and decaying, reducing itself to a husk more quickly than you might’ve thought possible. That zombie version of your own voice — grainy, creaking, drained of vitality — doe… More »

Mixtape Of The Week: Shy Glizzy Law 3: Now Or Never

By Tom Breihan / December 10, 2014 - 3:05 pm

There’s a great moment that arrives in a few rappers’ careers: They’ve been local heroes for long enough to become local stars, and their reputation has started to expand the the point where their hometowns can no longer hold them. They’ve been around for years, and yet they feel completely new to the national scene,… More »

Mixtape Of The Week: A$AP Ferg Ferg Forever

By Tom Breihan / December 3, 2014 - 1:10 pm

A$AP Ferg is kind of a dork. Plenty of evidence supports this claim, but none of it is more persuasive than “Bonnoroo,” the track where Ferg enthuses about the weekend he just spent at a festival while also hilariously misspelling that festival’s name. On “Bonnoroo,” Ferg rhymes “Diplo” with “they taking off they shit slow,”… More »

Mixtape Of The Week: Ethereal Blackli$t

By Tom Breihan / November 19, 2014 - 3:13 pm

Awful Records, the Atlanta crew and Soundcloud label, cranks out way too much music for anyone to keep track of all of it. But anytime you do check in, they’re usually doing something interesting. The kids in the group live in a big group hovel together and seem to spend their days recording and making… More »

Mixtape Of The Week: Migos Rich Nigga Timeline

By Tom Breihan / November 13, 2014 - 1:34 pm

There’s been this meme floating around Twitter the past few weeks. Maybe you’ve seen it, and maybe you haven’t. The idea is this: Migos, the excitable and inventive Atlanta rap trio, are better than the Beatles. That’s it. That’s the whole thing. There are thinkpieces about it and everything, but you’ve probably already decided how… More »

Mixtape Of The Week: Lil Boosie Life After Deathrow

By Tom Breihan / November 5, 2014 - 2:27 pm

Once upon a time, Lil Boosie made party songs. He was great at it. The party songs never dominated the Baton Rouge rapper’s catalog, and you sometimes got the impression that he didn’t like doing them. Boosie started off as a gangsta rap child star, and by the time he got around to making GhettoMore »

Mixtape Of The Week: Mykki Blanco Gay Dog Food

By Tom Breihan / October 29, 2014 - 2:31 pm

Mykki Blanco can rap. Last year, I walked into a Swedish hotel ballroom during the Way Out West festival and saw him, shirtless and sweaty, barking bars while standing on the bar in the middle of the room, Scandinavian kids freaking out all around him. He tends to keep that same focused intensity on-record, too… More »

Mixtape Of The Week: Dej Loaf Sell Sole

By Tom Breihan / October 22, 2014 - 12:26 pm

When a rap song bubbles up out of nowhere and takes over the world, people try to figure out how it happened, and you can usually retrofit some kind of narrative. ILoveMakonnen’s “Tuesday” didn’t go supernova until Drake jumped on it. People might’ve given “No Flex Zone” a chance because Rae Sremmurd were proteges of… More »

Mixtape Of The Week: Gangsta Boo & Beatking Underground Cassette Tape Music

By Tom Breihan / October 15, 2014 - 5:26 pm

There are two types of people in this world: Those who will not dork out upon seeing the phrase “‘Like A Pimp 2015′ [ft. Lil Flip]” and those who will. There is a very good chance you haven’t thought about Lil Flip in years, if you ever even thought about him at all. Every since… More »

Mixtape Of The Week: Rome Fortune Small VVorld

By Tom Breihan / October 8, 2014 - 1:02 pm

You have to do a lot to stand out in the Atlanta rap universe. André 3000 was wearing platinum wigs and football shoulder pads 15 years ago. This is the city of Gucci Mane, of Fabo, of Future — street-rap goons who became psychedelic genre-pushing visionaries without losing their core bad-motherfucker appeal. These days, Young… More »

Mixtape Of The Week: Young Thug, Birdman & Rich Homie Quan Rich Gang: Tha Tour Part 1

By Tom Breihan / October 1, 2014 - 11:56 am

Birdman isn’t the center of attention on the Rich Gang mixtape, but let’s take a moment for Birdman anyway. For someone who, at least according to conventional wisdom, cannot rap, Brian “Baby” Williams sure has verses on a lot of classic songs. “Big Ballin’,” “#1 Stunna,” “Bling Bling,” “Shine,” “Get Your Roll On,” “What Happened… More »

Mixtape Of The Week: Archibald Slim He’s Drunk!

By Tom Breihan / September 24, 2014 - 2:09 pm

Atlanta rap has never exactly been hurting for weirdos; it is, after all, the city that gave the world André 3000. Lately, the city’s street-rap universe has been comprised of almost nothing but gifted space-travelers: Gucci Mane, Future, Young Thug, Migos, each of them an utterly singular artist in one way or another. And right… More »

Mixtape Of The Week: Father Young Hot Ebony

By Tom Breihan / September 17, 2014 - 2:23 pm

It’s too late now, but I really fucked up when I didn’t make ILoveMakonnen’s I Love Makonnen EP mixtape of the week a month or two ago. Makonnen has songs, and he probably would’ve been a cult star in the making even without the Drake co-sign. More to the point, he represents something exciting: A… More »

Mixtape Of The Week: Que Can You Digg It?

By Tom Breihan / September 10, 2014 - 4:02 pm

“My name is not OG Bobby Johnson,” the Atlanta rapper Que felt compelled to tell the crowd when I saw him jump onstage at the Fool’s Gold SXSW showcase this year. This is probably something Que says a lot. For the early months of the year, Que’s street-rap harangue “OG Bobby Johnson” was inescapable i… More »

Mixtape Of The Week: Raury Indigo Child

By Tom Breihan / August 27, 2014 - 12:55 pm

Raury isn’t quite there yet. The Atlanta singer-songwriter just turned 18, and he’s still figuring out what to do with a fascinating stew of influences that’s as much psych-rock as it is neo-soul. He’s got a distinct style that’s clearly just taking shape, and he wrestles with big questions all over Indigo Child, his first… More »

Mixtape Of The Week: Mick Jenkins The Water[s]

By Tom Breihan / August 20, 2014 - 2:56 pm

Rap is a personal thing, and those of us who listen to the stuff all have our own particular sets of likes and dislikes. They vary from one listener to the next, and there’s no such thing as a right way to listen to the music, even if, as we’re listening, it sometimes seems like… More »

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