Mixtape Of The Week

Mixtape Of The Week: Kevin Gates By Any Means

I saw a lot of rappers at SXSW this year -- according to a few smart people I talked to, this was the year rap…
Tom Breihan | March 26, 2014 - 12:17 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: Vince Staples Shyne Coldchain Vol. 2

Vince Staples came about as close as you can come to being a member of Odd Future without actually joining Odd Future. On the crew's…
Tom Breihan | March 19, 2014 - 12:43 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: 100s IVRY

When the Berkeley, California rapper 100s released his Ice Cold Perm mixtape a couple of years ago, I initially took a pass on it because…
Tom Breihan | March 12, 2014 - 9:35 am

Mixtape Of The Week: Migos No Label II

The Migos are, in some deeply fascinating ways, the early-'00s answer to Das EFX, the New York/New Jersey duo who introduced the much-lampooned tongue-flipping iggity-wiggity…
Tom Breihan | March 5, 2014 - 12:44 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: Lakutis Three Seashells

I've known guys like this, and you probably have, too: Charismatic dirtbags, greasy-faced self-destructive party machines, guys who are really fun to have around until…
Tom Breihan | February 26, 2014 - 2:02 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: Casino Frank Matthews

The Atlanta rapper Casino is brothers with Future, the reigning king commercially accessible, emotionally resonant Auto-Tune burps. This, in itself, is not a good enough…
Tom Breihan | February 12, 2014 - 3:20 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: Pearls Negras Biggie Apple

When was the last time you thought about baile funk? The genre had its cultural moment about a decade ago when a young Diplo, on…
Tom Breihan | February 5, 2014 - 2:09 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: Tree The MCTreeG EP

How old is Tree? Do we even know? He certainly looks like a young man, but the Chicago rapper/producer has a voice like a gnarled,…
Tom Breihan | January 29, 2014 - 4:25 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: Young Thug & Bloody Jay Black Portland

When rap weirdos go off the deep end, they generally don't come back. Consider, for example, Kool Keith, a transformative figure when he first emerged…
Tom Breihan | January 22, 2014 - 2:38 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: DJ Angelbaby Get Pumped Vol. 2

For the past year or two, the cool dance-music subgenre among music-critic types has been Chicago footwork -- a bizarre and organic homegrown house-music tributary…
Tom Breihan | January 15, 2014 - 2:03 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: 2$ Fabo We Amongst U

When Ghostface Killah snarled, on "The Champ," about those "stuck on 'Laffy Taffy,'" he was not alone. A certain breed of self-serious rap fan looked…
Tom Breihan | January 8, 2014 - 2:33 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: King Louie Drilluminati 2

For me, and for a lot of other people, Kanye West's Yeezus was the rap album of the year -- and the album of the…
Tom Breihan | December 18, 2013 - 1:41 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: Ian Isiah The Love Champion

I didn't write this week's Album Of The Week piece on R. Kelly's Black Panties, but I agreed. And here's why: For all the obvious…
Tom Breihan | December 11, 2013 - 2:39 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: Lil Bibby Free Crack

Lil Bibby might have the world's least intimidating rap name. It evokes the following things: Smallness, actual babies, and journeyman NBA point guard Mike Bibby,…
Tom Breihan | December 4, 2013 - 12:40 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: Rich Kidz A Westside Story

Atlanta still makes rap groups. You don't hear too much about rap groups anymore, since the genre, at its highest levels has progressed toward a…
Tom Breihan | November 27, 2013 - 2:49 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: Death Grips Government Plates

Last week Death Grips dropped a new album out of nowhere -- a really good new album -- but considering it's a spontaneous digital, free…
Miles Bowe | November 20, 2013 - 12:19 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: Da Mafia 6ix 6ix Commandments

Can you imagine SpaceGhostPurrp's face when he first heard "Murder On My Mind"? I can't, since I'm not entirely sure what SpaceGhostPurrp looks like. But…
Tom Breihan | November 13, 2013 - 3:02 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: Young L Convulsion

Whether you love his whole thing or whether you're hopelessly, painfully confused by it, Lil B is, in 2013, a tremendously important rapper, a transformative…
Tom Breihan | October 30, 2013 - 3:19 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: Vic Mensa Innanetape

"Vic Mensa" is a terrible rap name. The young Chicagoan rapper actually has the name Victor Mensah on his birth certificate, which lessens the blow…
Tom Breihan | October 23, 2013 - 2:27 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: Lil Durk Signed To The Streets

Chicago teenage-nihilist-rap fatigue is a very real thing. Last year, in this space, I recommended Lil Reese's hard-as-hell tape Don't Like, shortly before a video…
Tom Breihan | October 16, 2013 - 2:40 pm
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