Mixtape Of The Week

Mixtape Of The Week: Lucki Eck$ Body High

You know that clicking sound that the back of your throat makes when it's really tired? That deep door-creaking thing? The one that disappears completely…
Tom Breihan | August 13, 2014 - 2:53 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: Jeremih N.O.M.A. (Not On My Album)

A few years ago, Jeremih came off like Trey Songz' younger cousin, or like a poor man's Usher: A slick young R&B loverman who sounded…
Tom Breihan | August 6, 2014 - 2:23 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: Zuse Plugged

The definition of "mixtape" has changed a lot over the years, especially when it comes to single-artist projects. Mixtapes were once, of course, actual cassettes,…
Tom Breihan | July 30, 2014 - 1:40 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: Shlohmo & Jeremih No More

Jeremih and Shlohmo are an unlikely combination for a lot of obvious reasons. One is a black guy from Chicago who sings slick, radio-directed R&B,…
Tom Breihan | July 23, 2014 - 2:43 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: DVS Mutant League

DVS is a character, an ex-New York hardcore guy who now works in a strip club and who does all the standard self-promotional rapper things…
Tom Breihan | July 16, 2014 - 3:25 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: Slim 400 Keepin’ It 400

Near the end of YG's My Krazy Life, easily my favorite rap album of 2014, there's a posse cut called "When I Was Gone," and…
Tom Breihan | July 9, 2014 - 4:15 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: Woop Woop Lingo

Can I be honest here? This column isn't getting any easier to write. Part of it is that I've been writing the thing for nearly…
Tom Breihan | July 2, 2014 - 3:01 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: Cakes Da Killa Hunger Pangs

Lord Jamar, the least-great member of the once-great New Rochelle rap trio Brand Nubian, has found himself a maddening niche in 2014: He's rap's Glen…
Tom Breihan | June 25, 2014 - 3:14 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: Young L MVP

Lil B is no longer the most important or innovative member of the Pack. The Based God's entire head-blown love-the-world schtick has had a tremendous…
Tom Breihan | June 18, 2014 - 2:20 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: Tim Vocals Timtations

The Harlem singer Tim Vocals is an artist who thrives on contradiction. First, and perhaps most important, there's the contradiction between your ego and the…
Tom Breihan | June 11, 2014 - 3:19 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: DJ Moondawg We Invented The Bop 2

There are moments where I feel like bop, the fast-growing Chicago dance-rap subgenre, was invented entirely to irritate and frighten and confuse aging rap fans,…
Tom Breihan | June 4, 2014 - 2:02 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: PeeWee Longway The Blue M&M

Atlanta, man. City full of weirdos. Look at some of the city's biggest rap stars at the moment: Middle-aged bad-joke craftsman 2 Chainz, soul-baring Auto-Tune…
Tom Breihan | May 28, 2014 - 12:08 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: Young Chris Gunna Season

At this point, "mixtape" pretty much means the same thing as "album," with the crucial caveat that it's available for free online and there's a…
Tom Breihan | May 21, 2014 - 2:08 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: Mac Miller Faces

I was really enjoying hating Mac Miller. He was so much fun to hate. Here was this annoying bemused-goon Bob Marley poster-type motherfucker who came…
Tom Breihan | May 14, 2014 - 11:17 am

Mixtape Of The Week: 2 Chainz Freebase

It's funny how this Mixtape Of The Week business works. Some weeks, there will be absolutely nothing exciting happening, and some weeks we'll get so…
Tom Breihan | May 7, 2014 - 1:49 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: The Devil VIOLENCE

For whatever reason, all the best all the best albums I've heard this spring have been dank, dark, hopeless, fearsome, towering things, all expansive wrath…
Tom Breihan | April 30, 2014 - 1:20 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: Gucci Mane & Young Thug Young Thugga Mane La Flare

Someone on Twitter (and I wish I could remember who) pointed out a fascinating factoid recently: Every time Gucci Mane goes away to prison --…
Tom Breihan | April 23, 2014 - 2:42 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: DJ Uniique The New Klassiks

In that amazing new John Jeremiah Sullivan New York Times Magazine story about forgotten country blues geniuses, Sullivan discusses one old musicologist's idea of geographic…
Tom Breihan | April 16, 2014 - 1:40 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: Girl Talk & Freeway Broken Ankles

I've always had a problem with Girl Talk, and my problem has been this: When he piles on those shards of pop hits so quickly…
Tom Breihan | April 9, 2014 - 10:39 am

Mixtape Of The Week: Zuse Bullet

Here's today's exercise in weird geography: Zuse is a rapper from Kingston, Jamaica who currently resides in Atlanta and who takes his name, sort of,…
Tom Breihan | April 2, 2014 - 12:24 pm
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