In a time of mainstream hip hop being overcrowded by meaningless club hits, Aidan Moore brings some meaning back into the game. With The Experiment he bases songs off of his own experience through life. This is a mixtape you should listen to a few times to get the full effect. Aidan Moore is not only a good lyricist, he also brings great sound with his slow beats and low voice. For only his sophomore project, I wouldn’t expect Aidan to have the experience to bring a sign songy vibe to his tracks. In an effort to completely prove me wrong, Aidan kills the singing on Rain. Aidan reminds me a lot of up and coming Seattle rapper Sam Lachow, giving a sound that is worthy of much more hype than he currently has. This is one of the best mixtapes I have ever reviewed on the site. I will have it in my iTunes rotation for quite a while. It is highly suggested that you download this mixtape, since Aidan Moore is moments away from big time exposure.
Really solid mixtape from Quita. I am surprised to hear that this is his first mixtape becasue it has a pretty developed sound. It is awesome great to hear that Quita self produces most of this tape. This shows in how the chill style of his beats match well with his flow. Main Chick features some of the best flows on the whole mixtape and has some really nice relaxed production. On the very next song, Chasing, Quita showcases an amazing story telling style. Not enough songs these days tell a story from beginning to end but Chasing seems to mimic a novel with its verses stringing together a story from beginning to end. Reminds me of a less refined J. Cole at times, which could lead to a really prominent career. Quita has some real talent and with the right marketing and more experience in the game he could do something big. We’ll see if Quita is able to find the sound that sets him apart and propells him to the next level. For now click here to download and listen to this great mixtape.
Make sure to keep an eye out for Quita’s music video for Where You Been At dropping this summer.
G*T*N was my first experience with Mike Mulligan. As usual, I had an open mind when getting into it. There are a couple key points that make this a solid mixtape. For one, Mike takes a style of flow that’s becoming popular these days, and makes it his own. I really like how Mike takes simple stories and ideas, and is able to rap about them for songs at a time. Judging by G*T*N, Mike could probably take any given topic and write however many bars he needed to about it. Being able to write quality rhymes about everyday life is a crucial skill that makes G*T*N great. Secondly, I was literally amazed by the instrumental selection. There are many familiar sounds on these tracks that Mike personally selected to use as instrumentals. Many of these are recognizable, but not as beats for hiphop. I absolutely love how well each of these go with Mike’s lyrics and they really set G*T*N apart. I appreciated this so much because I was able to enjoy sounds I already liked, but in a new way. Overall, this is a solid piece of work by Mike Mulligan. The flow of the mixtape as a whole goes nicely; fairly short tracks with very interesting instrumentals under nice lyrics to keep the listener interested. I would definitely recommend checking out Mike Mulligan and G*T*N. Follow Mike Mulligan on Twitter at @MullyMull12 and DOWNLOAD G*T*N HERE!
Solid Mixtape from Pap titled Pap Bush, hosted by DJ Clutch. Pap has a hood slowed down style that matches well with the hard hitting beats. The bass in most of these beats is deep and consistant, which really does a lot to keep the head nodding. Sugar Daddy is an example of this very simplistic beat style mixed with Pap’s slow relaxed flow. The sample selection is pretty original as well, with many samples coming from porn flics and movie sex scenes. definetely give this mixtape a listen if you’re looking for some hard street style with thumping beats. Download the full mixtape here.
Check these guys out on Twitter
Pap’s Twitter – @PapBrady Dj Clutch’s Twitter – @Raisednda90z
I’ve taken some extra time listening to Golden State of Mind for two reasons. For one, I love it and I want to keep listening to it. For two, Salute and KDubb offer lyrics that are incredible and it’s taken me a few listens to really wrap my head around the pure poetry that these guys write. I was honestly amazed by these lyrics. The thing I really appreciate is that they use well-made instrumentals that fit, but they don’t hide behind them. By that, I mean that they don’t use a super loud and aggressive beat and then put mediocre lyrics behind it. They write quality rhymes that tell a story in each song. Salute and KDubb don’t clutter up Golden State of Mind, they lay down material through steady, easy flow. They are able to say what they want to say, and does so in a stylish manor. My favorite songs on Golden State of Mind are Live For Today, Street Shit, and especially, Slave to Money. I highly recommend checking this mixtape out, I really enjoyed reviewing it and I’m sure you’ll be glad you gave it a listen. Download Golden State of Mind here. Follow Salute on Twitter: @Salu_Te
New debut video from Tony 2 Stacks. It’s short but sweet and very catchy hook. The Michigan native knows how to rap hard.
The name dark ages sets the tone for SQ’s mixtape. His hard spitting goes well with the slow paced stomp of most of the beats on the tape. SQ does a great job to switch it up with the hooks, which can often be hard for artists with a hard repetitive delivery. On “God Forgive Me” he exemplifies this with a catchy whisper hook that provides a nice refrain from the raw verses. If your in to slow hard songs this is definitely the tape to listen to. Overall really well produced and mixed songs. SQ could very well be the next big thing in underground rap. Take a listen to Dark Ages below.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from a mixtape that involves such a collaboration, but after listening to #NoMoreNoLess for about a week now, I’m more than satisfied. #NoMoreNoLess is a collaborative project from Block-Syndicate Music group in Memphis, TN. They’ve been getting some solid attention lately and it’s clear why. I really like the different elements that each artist brings to the table on this project. #NoMoreNoLess consists of work by Squeeze aka Kraft, Payso Jones, Mr 420, and Sean K. Each artist has his own voice on these tracks, and they come together nicely for a great finished product. The instrumental selection on this is pretty consistent, but it works well for each artist’s style. The flow I got from #NoMoreNoLess is intense. They have a full, solid sound that still kept a good flow throughout each song. Overall, a solid piece of work that I enjoyed reviewing. I definitely recommend this mixtape to anyone who enjoys rap music and is looking for something new. Look out for these guys, I’m sure you’ll be hearing more about them. You can download #NoMoreNoLess here! Follow them on Twitter! @BlockSyndicate.
New song from ASAP Mob’s captain ASAP Rocky and a very promising artist in ASAP Ferg. This is a short little snippet but hopefully it’s a sign on more to come. Grab the free download here!
By far the best video coming from up and coming Philly artist Malik LRB featuring Boston native The President. Great production and really well filmed visuals from. I’ll let the video speak for itself.