Mixtape Of The Week

Mixtape Of The Week: Cities Aviv Black Pleasure

First up: If anyone released a worthy rap mixtape in the past seven days, I haven't been able to find it. The closest thing would…
Tom Breihan | December 5, 2012 - 3:43 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: Mouse Millionaire Dreamzzz

About five years ago, I flew down to Orlando to spend some time with the then-rising Baton Rouge rapper Lil Boosie, for a profile that…
Tom Breihan | November 28, 2012 - 12:03 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: Action Bronson Rare Chandeliers

Some weeks, I have to dig deep into the internet's weirder recesses to find anything remotely worth writing about in this column. And some weeks,…
Tom Breihan | November 21, 2012 - 2:47 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: Iamsu! $uzy 6 $peed

I've spent some ungodly chunk of my adult life attempting to write critically about rap music, and one of the hardest things about the genre…
Tom Breihan | November 14, 2012 - 2:30 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: Curren$y Priest Andretti

Over the past few years, Curren$y has become a model of online cult-rap consistency, a guy who reliably cranks out three or four eminently listenable…
Tom Breihan | November 7, 2012 - 4:55 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: Gucci Mane Trap God

Knee-jerk Gucci Mane haters, I am no longer talking to you. Three-plus years after Gucci's still-staggering 2009 breakout, if you're still unwilling to concede the…
Tom Breihan | October 31, 2012 - 3:08 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: Lil Durk Life Ain’t No Joke

Earlier this week, Queens rapper Homeboy Sandman penned a thoughtful essay for The Huffington Post about the perpetuation of negativity in rap music by the…
Corban Goble | October 25, 2012 - 12:03 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: ST 2 Lettaz R.E.B.E.L.

Huntsville, Alabama's G-Side were one of our great active rap groups -- a hard-rapping throwback duo who pushed each other and came with their ow…
Tom Breihan | October 17, 2012 - 1:35 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: Deniro Farrar & Shady Blaze Kill Or Be Killed

This is a weird week for mixtapes. The big news is obviously Black Bar Mitzvah, the new Rick Ross tape, and he'd had a spot…
Tom Breihan | October 10, 2012 - 4:52 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: Death Grips NO LOVE DEEP WEB

With all the furor about its sudden online leak, it's easy to forget that with NO LOVE DEEP WEB, Death Grips have done something that…
Tom Breihan | October 3, 2012 - 5:07 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: Freddie Gibbs Baby Face Killa

When Freddie Gibbs first arrived on the mixtape and blog scene a few years ago, he had a couple of big selling points. There wa…
Tom Breihan | September 26, 2012 - 2:51 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: Waka Flocka Flame Salute Me Or Shoot Me 4

There aren't too many sure things in this world, but here's one of them: If Waka Flocka Flame records a song called "Randy Savage," i…
Tom Breihan | September 19, 2012 - 2:35 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: Gunplay 601 & Snort

Five or so years ago, most rap mixtapes consisted of rappers grabbing each other's beats by the handful, competing to see who could do the…
Tom Breihan | September 5, 2012 - 2:33 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: A$AP Mob Lord$ Never Worry

When A$AP Rocky first went viral last year, with the "Purple Swag" and "Peso" videos, he came off like a mesmerizing alien hybrid, an extraterrestrial…
Tom Breihan | August 29, 2012 - 12:07 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: Mikkey Halsted Castro

Here's how the Chicago rapper Mikkey Halsted describes himself on the second track of Castro, his new mixtape: "The common denominator 'tween Chief Keef and…
Tom Breihan | August 22, 2012 - 3:02 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: Riff Raff Birth Of An Icon

There's a very good chance you'll hate Riff Raff. In fact, if you're reading this, there's a decent chance you already do. For a certai…
Tom Breihan | August 15, 2012 - 2:12 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: Beautiful Lou Sumone 2 B Young With

Kitty Pryde is a 19-year-old apple-cheeked Claire's employee and giggly quasi-novelty rapper. Fred Da Godson is a classical New York hip-hop miserablist with a thousand-yard…
Tom Breihan | August 9, 2012 - 2:48 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: Kane Mayfield Rhymes By Kane: Thievery Corporation Edition

I grew up in Baltimore, practically the duo's back yard, but I never had a very difficult time ignoring Thievery Corporation, the bourgie downtempo electronic…
Tom Breihan | August 1, 2012 - 2:48 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: Flatbush Zombies D.R.U.G.S.

The Flatbush Zombies who I first encountered in the "Thug Waffle" video were, and are, as much a collection of freaked-out signifiers as an actual…
Tom Breihan | July 25, 2012 - 12:34 pm

Mixtape Of The Week: Lil Reese Don’t Like

Lil Reese is one of many, many teenage Chicago rappers who suddenly finds himself holding a major-label contract, and he secured that position for himself…
Tom Breihan | July 18, 2012 - 3:37 pm
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