Mixtape Of The Week

Mixtape Of The Week: Various Artists Garage Swim

In the mid-'90s, when I was in high school, the German label Crypt Records had cornered the market on the sleazy, knuckedragging, oilstained-bowling-shirt garage rock…
Tom Breihan | May 8, 2013 - 4:57 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: Chance The Rapper Acid Rap

Chance The Rapper is going to irritate the shit out of a lot of people. This is unavoidable. His voice is a pitched-up puberty-squeak, cracking…
Tom Breihan | May 1, 2013 - 3:03 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: Big K.R.I.T. King Remembered In Time

A$AP Rocky's "1 Train" is probably the year's most self-consciously cool rap song -- seven boldfaced blog-rap names, painstakingly assembled and sequenced, all attempting to…
Tom Breihan | April 24, 2013 - 3:54 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: Cassie RockaByeBaby

Once upon a time, people hated Cassie. In 2006, she was a 19-year-old model-turned-singer whose big single, "Me & U," may or may not have…
Tom Breihan | April 17, 2013 - 4:40 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: Problem & Iamsu! Million Dollar Afro

I had a strange realization the other day: I was getting ready to write a Mixtape Of The Week piece about Casino, Future's brother, and…
Tom Breihan | April 10, 2013 - 3:09 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: Western Tink & Beautiful Lou Mobbin’ No Sobbin’

Sometime last year, around the same time I first heard his stuttering foghorn bass-tones on Kitty Pryde and Riff Raff's "Orion's Belt," I jumped o…
Tom Breihan | April 3, 2013 - 4:17 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: Bodega Bamz Strictly 4 My P.A.P.I.Z.

As far as I can tell, the three most interesting things about the Spanish Harlem rapper Bodega Bamz are as follows: His nicely sculpted beard,…
Tom Breihan | March 27, 2013 - 4:06 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: Travis Porter Mr. Porter

The ancestral Oakland pimp-rapper Too Short is arguably one of the, let's say, 10 people in history who have had the most impact on ra…
Tom Breihan | March 13, 2013 - 10:52 am

Mixtape Of The Week: Gucci Mane & Young Scooter Free Bricks 2

Earlier this week, for about half an hour, Gucci Mane officially changed his name to Guwop, announcing the change on his Twitter: "Thanks Fans, for…
Tom Breihan | March 6, 2013 - 2:14 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: Young Thug 1017 Thug

Young Thug has probably the most generic rap name imaginable; it's like a character that Finesse Mitchell would've played on a halfassed SNL skit i…
Tom Breihan | February 27, 2013 - 2:56 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: Gucci Mane Trap God 2

Real talk: There have been more good mixtapes than good albums in 2013. I don't know that there's been a single out-and-out classic, but every…
Tom Breihan | February 20, 2013 - 2:10 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: Kevin Gates The Luca Brasi Story

Pusha T's new Wrath Of Caine mixtape is a cold, impressively clinical thing. Its straight-faced drug raps might be a few qualitative steps up from…
Tom Breihan | February 13, 2013 - 5:12 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: The Underachievers Indigoism

Over the last couple of years, New York's resurgent rap underground has hit upon a couple of winning strategies to find relevance: Be a weirdo,…
Tom Breihan | February 6, 2013 - 2:52 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: Le1f Fly Zone

The New York rapper Le1f delivers all of his lines in a quasi-mumbly back-of-the-throat snarlpurr, to the point where it can be tough to tell…
Tom Breihan | January 30, 2013 - 12:51 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: Master P Al Capone

If you grew up in the '90s, loving Wu-Tang or Cypress Hill or the Beatnuts or the Fugees, you probably had a "wait, what?" moment…
Tom Breihan | January 23, 2013 - 3:26 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: Future F.B.G.: The Movie

Future sneaks up on you. Way back in April, when he released his debut album Pluto, I enjoyed it, all its beeps and croaks and…
Tom Breihan | January 16, 2013 - 3:41 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: DJ Angelbaby Get Pumped Vol. 1

In Baltimore, my beautiful burned-out wasteland of a hometown, things don't change too quickly. The last time I filled up my minivan in town, a…
Tom Breihan | January 9, 2013 - 2:15 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: Iman Shumpert Th3 #Post90s

The NBA's relationship with hip hop comes with enviable scenarios. The camaraderie between players and rappers is replete with sparkler-adorned bottles of Ace of Spades,…
Claire Lobenfeld | January 2, 2013 - 5:28 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: King Louie Drilluminati

It's an old story: The cult-beloved pioneer whose work helps found an aesthetic and paves the way for a young phenom to come along, take…
Tom Breihan | December 19, 2012 - 1:43 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: Meyhem Lauren Mandatory Brunch Meetings

A few minutes into the new mixtape Mandatory Brunch Meetings, the Queens rap bruiser Meyhem Lauren joins a very small circle: The tiny club of…
Tom Breihan | December 12, 2012 - 3:06 pm