20 years old and still one of my favorite albums: Midnight Marauders was Tribe at the peak of its powers, every track is gold. In order to help us truly revisit the album the very capable Chris Read of WhoSampled.com has spun a clever mix that brings the tracks in a fluid mix in the context of their original sampled elements. The effect is not only a great listen but a must-see behind the scenes look for any Tribe fan at what each song on the record is made of.
This is not your average mixtape. Then again Amtrac is not your average producer. Hailing from a small town in Kentucky, Caleb Cornett has repeatedly impressed me with his genre-blurring sound and the composed swagger by which he makes his music. Throughout the 16 tracks of this mixtape there is something for everyone: NuDisco, Funky House, Electro, Trap, and Hip Hop. Amtrac has always been a producer of unique samples and beats and with this free giveaway he’s confirmed that he’s one of the most underrated electronic producers about today. Stream his tape below and follow the download link to snag it all. Favorites include: “Never Dug Disco”, “Metro”, and “Love For Gold.”
Maryland rapper Logic continues his progression into Young Sinatra. At a whopping 22 tracks, Undeniable is yet another free mixtape filled with top notch jams. As expected the tracks are dominated by Logic’s clever lyrics, sharp rhymes and extra smooth flow. The kid kills smoker anthems and slow jams alike. What really stands out for me on this tape is his use of diverse sampling: despite the presence of some classic old school samples like A Tribe Called Quest, on many a track his is essentially rapping over some of the most recognizable songs in contemporary mainstream music - Adele, Kanye, Justice, Drake. For the most part he pulls it off. My only complaint is that at times Logic seems to be trying to imitate his more well-known rap colleagues; his versatility, show in abundance here, at times puts him in danger of losing his original style. If the kid keeps true to his own unique sound, he’s gonna keep blowing up; and if he keeps repping my hood of Montgomery County, MD like he his, I’ll most definitely keep listening to him. Regardless this mixtape is sure to be his most accessible and popular among new fans.
Favorite tracks: Do Ya Like, Disgusting, Inception, Young Sinatra II, All Sinatra Everything
Emay is a Canadian rapper/producer from Ontario. You may or may not have heard of him. He seems to surface every once in a while to release music (to rave reviews) and then disappears in hibernation for a while. This album is undoubtedly his most listenable and daring work yet…thoroughly enjoyable, stimulating and thought-provoking. His style is understated yet brash; flow is simple but remarkable; and his rhymes are clever without being to cerebral. But it is Emay’s sampling and beatmaking that really sets him apart from most up and coming rappers bouncing about nowadays. No song, melody or riff is safe from his producing skills. The free album below illustrates this with samples from Rock, Electronica, and Pop alike. If he keeps this standard up, its gonna be hard for people to ignore Emay. Stream Adam below and Grab the whole tape here.
Don’t know how I forgot to post this tape when I first found it a couple weeks ago, guess I was just vibing to it soo hard it just slipped my mind. Cali producer Woody has got a perfect sense of what makes a heavy hitting hip hop beat. All of his beat tracks on his free instrumental album Lemons are so dope they’d make any half decent rapper sound sick. But I think there’s a lot to be said for keeping them instrumental because most of them easily stand alone without any extra. The title track ‘LEMONS’ is still my favorite but ‘Reflections’, and ‘Drippin Swagu’ come close to topping it. Stream the whole tape below and grab the tape for free here.