Mixtape Of The Week

Mixtape Of The Week: Kelela Cut 4 Me

If Cut 4 Me, the first mixtape from the D.C-born and L.A.-based singer Kelela, worked as a simple production showcase for the various names associated…
Tom Breihan | October 9, 2013 - 1:31 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: Meek Mill Dreamchasers 3

There's a really great twitter, @MeekMillRapLike, that meme-ishly collects all-caps comparisons for Philadelphia rap star Meek Mill's delivery: "MEEK MILL RAP LIKE HE STEPPED ON…
Tom Breihan | October 2, 2013 - 1:34 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: Project Pat Cheez N Dope 2

Before Kendrick Lamar had his "Control" verse, Gucci Mane had "Birds Of A Feather," the song where he recklessly named just about every rapper he…
Tom Breihan | September 25, 2013 - 4:43 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: Le1f Tree House

Late into Tree House is Le1f's most sensual and sensory song, one aptly named "Oils." If the title doesn't emit a sense of sex, then…
Claire Lobenfeld | September 19, 2013 - 10:33 am

Mixtape Of The Week: Gucci Mane Diary Of A Trap God

No less than a month ago, Tom had this to say about Gucci Mane's 2013 output so far: "[He] has always been happy to absolutely…
Claire Lobenfeld | September 11, 2013 - 5:34 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: The Underachievers The Lords Of Flatbush

The kid still has his fans, and he's by no means a lost cause, but one of my great rap disappointments this year has been…
Tom Breihan | September 4, 2013 - 4:33 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: Hoax Hoax

First things first: I am cheating here. This isn't a mixtape. The self-titled debut album from the Western Massachusetts DIY hardcore bruisers Hoax is out…
Tom Breihan | August 28, 2013 - 12:30 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: Shy Glizzy Law 2

Shy Glizzy wants you to know that he is not Wale. On his song "I Am DC," Glizzy throws a few shots at the more…
Tom Breihan | August 14, 2013 - 4:17 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: Caleb James The Jones

[Note: Tom has asked me to column-sit while he's in Sweden and I'm totally going to observe the pretty lax practices he's been exercising here
Claire Lobenfeld | August 8, 2013 - 1:26 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: Roach Gigz Roachy Balboa Round 3

I don't like admitting this, but Roach Gigz used to give me headaches. When the San Francisco rapper first got internet attention for his first…
Tom Breihan | July 31, 2013 - 12:55 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: Travi$ Scott Owl Pharaoh

In the grand tradition of Iamsu! & Problem's Million Dollar Afro and Rich Homie Quan's Still Goin In Reloaded, here's another column about a mixtape…
Tom Breihan | July 24, 2013 - 2:17 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: Rich Homie Quan Still Goin In Reloaded

This was a slow week in the mixtape universe. The two best rap full-lengths (two best full-lengths in any genre, really) were actual official albums:…
Tom Breihan | July 17, 2013 - 3:10 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: TeeFLii & DJ Mustard Fireworks

Another week, another pretty great mixtape of horny, spacey California R&B. And why not? The stuff sounds great in summertime, existing specifically to soundtrack sunlit…
Tom Breihan | July 10, 2013 - 3:51 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: Ty Dolla $ign Beach House 2

On Monday afternoon, within a couple of hours of each other, two mixtapes from highly-touted coastal musicians with dollar-signs in their names hit the internet.
Tom Breihan | July 3, 2013 - 1:41 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: Katie Got Bandz Drillary Clinton

A quick programming note: El-P and Killer Mike's Run The Jewels is out now, and it is a monster. The music I usually consider for…
Tom Breihan | June 26, 2013 - 4:11 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: Migos Y.R.N.

A couple of days ago, when I was writing about Yeezus, I was bathing in that album, thinking about it for days on end, playing…
Tom Breihan | June 19, 2013 - 4:36 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: DJ Mustard Ketchup

Tyga is not an especially good rapper by any metric, but he still made my favorite single of last year, in any genre, with "Rack
Tom Breihan | June 12, 2013 - 3:00 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire Kismet

When I think about Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire’s output, more often than not, the thing that strikes me as most distinctly impressive is his lyrics. For…
Claire Lobenfeld | June 5, 2013 - 5:35 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: Tree Sunday School II: When Church Lets Out

The Chicago rapper/producer Tree calls his style "soul-trap," and that's a better genre descriptor than a critic nerd like me could come up with. Seen…
Tom Breihan | May 22, 2013 - 2:15 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: August Alsina The Product 2

The-Dream has a knack for pulling out a variety of things from the artists he works with. Just today, Destiny's Child member Kelly Rowland released…
Claire Lobenfeld | May 15, 2013 - 6:10 pm