And for my first post I’m doing the top 10 mixtapes of this year, 2012. We had a lot of good stuff this year, and these are what I believe are the 10 best out of the bunch. Make sure you cop these, they’re all free downloads and excellent listens.
10. Big KRIT, 4evaNaDay – As usual Big KRIT makes a great project with his southern-influenced production and predominantly personable lyrics. While generally a conscious rapper, he still makes songs you can just bump in the whip. This mixtape suffers a lack of replay value compared to his older ones however.
In hindsight, some of the songs on this tape are the best of KRIT’s career and the concept of this album is mad tight. Only some of the songs lack in replay value.
My favorites: “Down & Out” “Sky Club”
Download 4eva N A Day from any site but Datpiff (get ready for constant Datpiff slander): http://www.livemixtapes.com/mixtapes/16042/big-krit-4eva-n-a-day.html
9. Casey Veggies, Customized Greatly – is a super smooth listen all the way through. The production is excellent and carries somewhat a happy feeling to it. While still worth actually listening to the production alone makes this tape great background music. And Casey delivers flows that make you want to rap along to, and has catchy hooks.
My favorites: “Roses” “When You See The Kid”
Get CG3 here: http://www.livemixtapes.com/mixtapes/16734/casey_veggies_customized_greatly_3.html
8. Don Trip, Guerrilla – Don Trip, defined by his punchline abilities delivers on this mixtape. Along with that, he really gives you a vision of what a hustler’s life is like. He doesn’t hesitate to show listeners how he feels, but still takes some time to just spit.
On top of that, Trip has incredible energy and a unique and effective delivery. This tape was heavily slept on to me.
My Favorites: “Allen Iverson” “Like Me” “Trap’d In The Trap”
Cop Guerrilla here: http://www.livemixtapes.com/mixtapes/16350/don_trip_guerrilla.html
Also, if you like what you hear, he has an excellent verse on “No Pain” by 8ball (one of the year’s best) so listen to that and cop Premro.
7. Pill, The Epidemic – Pill goes hard succeeding his exclusion from MMG. One every song, Pill’s raps synergize beautifully with the tone and tempo of the instrumentals. Every song on this tape is noteworthy (with the unfortunate exception of “I’m Player”). Within this he has several anthem-type songs along with several heartfelt personable songs.
My Favorites: “4Life” “New Clothes New Shoes”
Download link (Ya’ll lucky, I had to suffer DJ Holiday yellin all over da damn songs smh): http://www.djbooth.net/index/mixtapes/entry/pill-the-epidemic-no-dj
6. Action Bronson, Blue Chips – Ratchetness at its best. Action Bronson brings a smooth flow that blends effortlessly on Party Supplies’ beats, even when the beats transitions mid-song. In this project, Bronson excels with wordplay and extensive vocabulary.
Bronsolino exhibits expertise in thing like multisyllabic rhymes and other cadence techniques to. If it wasn’t for his lack of subject matter he’d be unstoppable.
My favorites: “Thug Love Story 2012” “Pouches Of Tuna”
Taste Bronsolino’s delectable delights: http://www.djbooth.net/index/mixtapes/entry/action-bronson-blue-chips-mixtape/
5. Alley Boy, Gift of Discernment – Quite possibly what could be considered for the most classic “Trap” mixtape ever. The mixtape is packed from top to bottom with tight beats, and Alley Boy shows out on most of them. Alley Boy puts a real unique, yet effective spin on his subgenre with his “oooooooh” and other ad-libs, aggressive yet laid-back delivery, and good balance between having fun/boasting and substance.
My Favorites: “Swishin'” (or swisher idk wtf it’s called) “I Live This Shit” “Make It Everyday”
Download here: http://www.livemixtapes.com/mixtapes/18751/alley_boy_the_gift_of_discernment.html
4. Flatbush Zombies, D.R.U.G.S – Speaking of NY artists Flatbush Zombies are making big splashes in the hip-hop world with their unique, zombie-inspired, gothic shtick. They possess so much chemistry without trying too hard, while also having incredible technical rap skills. Look out for these guys.
My favorites: “Thug Waffle” “Chuch” “Mary, Nothing Above Thee”
Get your bath salts here (Could only find it at this trash website): http://www.datpiff.com/Flatbush-Zombies-DRUGS-mixtape.377648.html
3. T.Shirt, The Fuck – Though taking a little getting used to, “The Fuck” is masterful. T.Shirt shows that he’s in expert at cynicism, while still being personable enough to relate to. Shirt is one of the new NY artists putting the city back on the hip-hop map.
My favorites: “My Bitch Don’t Even Like Me” “Southside Phantom” “Moonshine”
Embrace your inner asshole: http://www.illrapper.com/2012/01/new-tshirt-album-fuck-available-now.html
2. Brother Ali, The Bite-Marked Heart – Brother Ali’s eloquent and poetic diction is at an all time high on this mixtape. Every bar is filled with feelings and emotion. The way he depicts these series of love-related instances is nothing short of genius. A must-listen.
My favorites: “Shine On” “Haunted Housebroken”
Reminisce Valentine’s Day here: http://www.djbooth.net/index/mixtapes/entry/brother-ali-the-bite-marked-heart/
1. Freddie Gibbs, BFK – Freddie Gibbs is single-handedly bringing Gangsta rap back. His project is full of jams. His delivery is so fitting on every single beat on the mixtape. From top to bottom all 18 songs are a great listen.
My favorites: “Boxframe Cadillac” “Kush Cloud”
Stay bout it: http://www.djbooth.net/index/albums/review/freddie-gibbs-baby-face-killa-deluxe/
And every time I make a post I’ma try to put someone else on. Everyone check out the underground DC legend, the late great Avionadramida. A great talent with great potential that was gone too early. Check out his tapes here: http://koolkluxklan.com/avionadramida