Mixtape Of The Week

Mixtape Of The Week: Childish Gambino Royalty

By Corban Goble / July 11, 2012 - 5:35 pm

Last time I was in this space, pickings were slim, thanks to a bit of a mixtape drought in the immediate time period Kitty Pryde’s conversation-starting Haha, I’m Sorry and Joey Bada$$’s immaculate time capsule 1999 dropped. I ended up going with Lil B’s Green Flame, which was, putting it lightly here, not his best… More »

Mixtape Of The Week: Meyhem Lauren Respect The Fly Shit

By Tom Breihan / July 3, 2012 - 11:57 am

For those of us who work on the periphery of the music business, SXSW is a whole lot of fun, a great chance to see a whole mess of bands and catch up with friends we haven’t seen in a while. It’s also a complete blur, a time when everyone you know is dealing with… More »

Mixtape Of The Week: Lil B Green Flame

By Corban Goble / June 27, 2012 - 3:52 pm

For whatever reason, 2012 has been a big year for the critical reassessment of Lil B, and it’s not necessarily because of the music. In February, he was on the cover of Wire, probably the world’s most discerning music mag. In April, he gave a lecture at NYU, which is one of the nation’s most… More »

Mixtape Of The Week: Kitty Pryde Haha, I’m Sorry

By Corban Goble / June 20, 2012 - 3:23 pm

In early June, Hot 97 DJ Peter Rosenberg incited a media and music industry fracas by using the Summer Jam sidestage as a megaphone for his ideals on rap’s purity. “I know there are some chicks here waiting to sing ‘Starships’ later,” Rosenberg said, referring to the Nicki Minaj pop hit. “I’m not talking to… More »

Mixtape Of The Week: Joey Bada$$ 1999

By Tom Breihan / June 13, 2012 - 3:32 pm

I don’t understand Joey Bada$$. I mean, I understand his music just fine. If you’ve listened to rap for long enough, you understand it, too. It’s the sort of warm, dusty, sun-faded boom-bap that New York rap crews were cranking out at a furious rate in, say, 1995. But what I don’t understand is how… More »

Mixtape Of The Week: Clams Casino Instrumentals 2

By Tom Breihan / June 6, 2012 - 11:23 am

When Clams Casino released his first Instrumentals mixtape just over a year ago, he was living off the rap grid, studying to be a physical therapist at home in New Jersey and putting together head-blown rap beats in his spare time, entirely as a hobby. He’d supplied a bunch of instrumentals to Lil B, and… More »

Mixtape Of The Week: Gucci Mane I’m Up

By Tom Breihan / May 30, 2012 - 2:34 pm

Here’s something funny: Gucci Mane records a goofy-ass song called “Scarface,” which is all about his stupid, ridiculous face-tattoo of an ice-cream cone with lightning bolts coming out of it, and how the existence of said face-tattoo makes him a scarface. And then he recruits the legendary Texas rap fatalist Scarface, a guy who neverMore »

Mixtape Of The Week: Miguel Art Dealer Chic Vol. 1-3

By Tom Breihan / May 23, 2012 - 3:17 pm

When the Weeknd and Frank Ocean were getting famous and reaping tons of critical love last year, a small but vocal cabal of R&B-friendly critics carped that the indie rock writers of the world, people who historically haven’t cared much about R&B, were getting sucked in by showy art-school affectations, and that there were plenty… More »

Mixtape Of The Week: Fiend & Cookin Soul Iron Chef

By Tom Breihan / May 16, 2012 - 12:47 pm

Iron Chef came out a couple of weeks ago, and it hasn’t appeared in this column yet because I was initially drawn to a couple of more immediate tapes: DJ Paul’s bleary-eyed hardhead marathon For I Have Sinned and Meek Mill’s insta-blockbuster Dreamchasers 2. At this point, though, the new Fiend tape has more play… More »

Mixtape Of The Week: Meek Mill Dreamchasers 2

By Tom Breihan / May 9, 2012 - 12:17 pm

For at least an hour after Meek Mill released his Dreamchasers 2 tape on Monday, the mixtape download site DatPiff was overloaded with traffic and basically couldn’t function at all. In rap’s current mixtape-based climate, crashing DatPiff is the rough equivalent of what going platinum in a week used to be. I can only remember… More »

Mixtape Of The Week: Killa Kyleon & Mouse Welcome To The Fish Fry

By Tom Breihan / May 2, 2012 - 12:52 pm

Rap music generally depends heavily on status and confidence: The best guys are the guys who mange to convince us of their complete dominance, and who assemble teams of like-minded guys behind them. More than just about every other genre, rap is built around stars, around rappers who have successfully asserted their will on the… More »

Mixtape Of The Week: DJ Paul For I Have Sinned

By Tom Breihan / April 25, 2012 - 12:16 pm

Back in 2005, I went to a Jay-Z show in New Jersey, and one of my favorite music critics gave me a ride back to New York in his Mercedes, a car that would give me radically unrealistic ideas about the monetary potential of my young career. During the drive, said critic mentioned that the… More »

Mixtape Of The Week: Quelle Chris 2Dirt4TV Vol. 1

By Tom Breihan / April 18, 2012 - 1:55 pm

In this little corner of the internet, things were slow this week. The week’s big mixtape is French Montana’s Coke Boys 3, the Bronx MC’s first tape since his slow-burner “Shot Caller” went supernova, but the tape turns out to be a bit of a turgid mess with some good hooks. I also had high… More »

Mixtape Of The Week: Stalley Savage Journey To The American Dream

By Tom Breihan / April 11, 2012 - 12:58 pm

I’ve seen the massively bearded, dependably sincere Ohio rapper Stalley live twice. The first was about five months ago at the University of Virginia, where he opened for Kendrick Lamar. Booked alongside a like-minded rapper and playing to an amped-up crowd of college kids in a location that doesn’t exactly get a whole ton of… More »

Mixtape Of The Week: Big Baby Gandhi No1 2 Look Up 2

By Tom Breihan / April 4, 2012 - 12:17 pm

I wasn’t too fond of Relax, the 2011 Das Racist album that, I guess, was supposed to launch the group into a whole different realm, but they’re quietly having a pretty great 2012. Kool A.D.’s The Palm Wine Drinkard mixtape was a bit of an unfocused mess, but it had some deeply fun moments, perha… More »

Mixtape Of The Week: Children Of The Night Queens… Revisited

By Tom Breihan / March 28, 2012 - 11:33 am

This past weekend, I jumped on a Bolt Bus up to New York to sit on a panel at the EMP Pop Conference with a bunch of my friends. The Pop Conference uses popular music as a jumping-off point to start conversations about all sorts of academic ideas, and we were talking about mixtapes –… More »

Mixtape Of The Week: Action Bronson & Party Supplies Blue Chips

By Tom Breihan / March 21, 2012 - 1:49 pm

I skipped this column last week because the entire Stereogum crew was at SXSW, but a whole lot happened in the mixtape universe in the past two weeks. Wiz Khalifa’s Taylor Allderice turns out to be a massively pleasant distillation of every float-rap thing that guy does right, and its release was such a big… More »

Mixtape Of The Week: Boldy James Consignment

By Tom Breihan / March 7, 2012 - 2:09 pm

Last week in this space, I wrote that something really incredible would have to come along to keep Boldy James from getting Mixtape Of The Week. Well, some very good things did come along. Big K.R.I.T.’s 4Eva N A Day, entirely a solo affair, is also the man’s most personal work to date, and it… More »

Mixtape Of The Week: Styles P & Curren$y #The1st28

By Tom Breihan / February 29, 2012 - 3:38 pm

Before I get into the very strong new Styles P/Curren$y EP, I should make something clear: The best mixtape I’ve heard in the past week isn’t this one; it’s Consignment: Favor For A Favor, the epic new tape from deadeyed Detroit street-rapper Boldy James. But that Boldy tape is massive — 26 songs, 80 minute… More »

Mixtape Of The Week: Shady Blaze The Grind, Hustle & Talent

By Tom Breihan / February 22, 2012 - 12:38 pm

The Oakland-based, perma-stoned Green Ova rap crew doesn’t much care whether you’re listening or not, or at least that’s the impression I get. The crew, anchored by the duo Main Attrakionz, had a relatively big year in 2011: Appearing on ASAP Rocky’s LIVELOVEA$AP, working extensively with producer-of-the-moment Clams Casino, seeing their murk-rap aesthetic take over… More »

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