Mixtape Monday: STS – “Gold Rush”, Hodgy Beats – “Untitled” + Ed Sheeran & Yelawolf – “Slumdon Bridge”
First up, I present to you Sugar Tongue Slim’s latest mixtape effort titled Gold Rush. STS is gold, ye’aint know? This time Slim adds his impeccable flow over some current indie instrumentals and samples while relentlessly demonstrating professional lyricism. If you enjoy my taste in music, you’ll love this shit. Check out my top 3, or just go head and download the full tape above.
STS – Cut Me Off ft. Schoolie V (click to listen/dl @ hulkshare)
Next up, I recommend you check some shit from this dude Hodgy Beats, who accounts for 1/4 of Odd Future. Despite my admiration for Frank Ocean, I’m not a huge fan of the group as a whole. Although, I can’t say I’ve really listened to a ton of their shit. I just think they’re kinda annoying…looking? And you know, the whole arrogant, ignorant and outrageous deal was never my forte. Is that an accurate judgement or just pure ignorance on my part? Anyway, Hodgy’s EP is pretty solid, but these two featured jams are pretty awesome. Might have something to do with the return of my Beats by Dre…can’t help getting lost in these alluring instrumentals.
Just in case anyone missed that post where I first introduced this crafty Ed Sheeran & Yelawolf duo, go back and check that joint “You Don’t Know.” But outside of that, the EP only adds 3 more songs. This one stood out as my next favorite, but all top notch quality.
Weekend Rap Up: Trae The Truth ft Lupe, Big Boi, Wale & Wiz, Drake, G-Eazy, Game ft Dr. Dre & Snoop, STS + Rockie Fresh ft Tayyib Ali
Damn, I don’t know how I missed this in early July. Oh yea I do, I wasn’t paying attention to shit. Anyway, props to dude Bo-ski for puttin me on. Whoooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaooooohhh, im on! I know you recognize that sample…..c’mon Mark Morrison – Return of the Mack! Although it looks like they couldn’t get the rights to the real sample from Mark, but luckily MDMA did a damn good job of jocking the Mack’s style. Check out this all-star lineup, shit’s crazy! Too many quotables in this one to be able to single one out.
I’ve said it before, but I respect Drake because of his self-awareness. Complacency is a common enemy for many of us. It’s easy to get comfortable with something, even if you’re walking a tightrope just waiting for something to knock you down into what could be an abyss. I know I gotta remind myself quite frequently of my strengths and more importantly, weaknesses to make sure I keep myself in a good place. Rappers gotta do the same thing before they lose it all. Although drake only has one album out so far, so he must really be full of himself if he’s ALREADY struggling to keep that hunger alive.
“I might be too strung out on compliments, overdosed on confidence
started not to give a fuck, and stop fearin’ the consequence
drinking every night because we drink to my accomplishments
faded way too long, I’m floatin’ in and outta consciousness”
(MP3): Drake – Headlines
(MP3): G-Eazy – Make-Up Sex
“And I don’t love these hoes, so if they don’t go then girl you gotta say bye
and at the end I hope they see that I’ma be me when they don’t understand why”
Let’s NOT get high off something, let’s get DETOX! Wtf Dre? As a huge consolation, this one is courtesy of Game’s upcoming album release Infrared. Always interested in new shit from Jayceon though, and you know Dre and Snoop gonna bring a lotta hype.
Speaking of embracing your strengths, how are you supposed to know which one to focus on? Honestly, I can see my life going in about 4 completely different directions depending on what kind of career path I choose to follow. If I narrow that down to what my strengths really are, that still leaves 3 realistic choices. Now I gotta take into account the lifestyle that each one of these careers would bring about, the attainability and time to get there, not to mention the forever uncertainty and second guessing that lives in my head. The thing is, I don’t even know which one I would feel better about waking up to everyday…..Shit man, I just want to wear sweat pants around the city without experiencing discrimination, is that too much to ask?
I do know of a couple things I do well, and one is having an ear for new music and up and coming artists. While I don’t want to just turn this blog into a mass music sharing outlet for all the mediocre new music that comes out on a daily basis, I do enjoy (and take pride in) getting behind artists like STS and watching them knock it out the park each and every time they come up to the plate.
On the contrary, I also have pretty discriminating tastes and feel like the general public doesn’t really feel my shit like I do. Gotta stick with your strengths though. Unfortunately, love songs are my strength. Writing about, and songs about struggles, empowerment, confusion, social awareness, depression, and idealism are my strengths. There’s no point in trying to be someone else.
For now, try and keep up with the unfuckwitable flow and insanely clever punches delivered with apparent ease by Suga Tongue Slim. Sick man. Beat is dope as fuck too. Dude. This song is ridiculous.
This one comes off Chamillionaire’s newest mixtape Major Pain 1.5. Cham isn’t your typical southern rapper, but even the most unique, anti-establishment rappers can’t resist an instrumental and chopped & screwed hook as dope as this. Feel me? Just listen.
This song might take a couple extra listens to really grab you, but once it does, the grip won’t slip. I heard this “City Kids” joint from these dudes a lit bit ago, but wasn’t a huge fan. Still, I decided to download their newest mixtape, Up Before The World, to get a better sampling. I’m sure glad I did, because I can’t get enough of this song right here. Dudes got that quick, conversational type flow that may require a lil more attention than most, but you’ve got to expect that here. The piano and voice sample throughout the instrumental are perfect.
I’ll keep posting STS until he becomes a common name in hip hop circles while discussing the hottest newcomers in the game. Dude is nasty, nuff said. No surprise, Joell Ortiz delivers here as well. This one’s off the recently released Demand More.
This is another one of those powerful type instrumentals that can take you for a trip on its own, regardless if you’re already driving around without a destination in mind. But the only journey that really matters is the personal one you embark on everyday you wake up. One in which you don’t even need to open your eyes in order to put miles on the dash. Ironic that I could go on that trip for free simply by closing my eyes with my professional headphones on. Instead I choose to drive around blasting my below average car stereo to clear my head, all the while burning money through my gas tank. Always seem to make things more complicated/difficult than necessary. But hey, if the shoe fits….
This one comes off Curren$y’s newest mixtape Covert Coup. Not a huge fan of the project as a whole, but this one definitely stood out as his most solid contribution. Giving props to my dude Pip on the title won’t hurt his cause. Btw, reference #2 to Pip in this weeks Rap Up. I wonder which Air Pips he’s talking bout? Probably the original Nike Air Pippen. I’m not a fan of the one’s with the rain drops on the side and I do think I’m one of the few that really liked the one’s with “AIR” written along the side of them.
I’ll close it out with this smooth freestyle from Mac Miller released last week after reaching 300k twitter followers, I think. The beat comes from an old People Under the Stairs joint called San Francisco Knights. I said it before, I wasn’t a big Mac fan when I first heard his shit. But I can’t lie, the more and more I hear, the more I’m starting to really appreciate dudes talents on the mic.
Weekend Rap Up: New Nipsey Hu$$le, Cam’ron & Vado, Kendrick Lamar, Saigon, STS ft Freddie Gibbs & More
Nipsey goes in on this one like he’s never heard of a marathon before. I think his name might actually a detriment to his exposure, at least in my personal experience it was. It must be the ever-cliche word “hustle” as part of his name, not to mention it’s spelled incorrectly in order to fit another dollar sign, that gave me the impression I’d be wasting my time with the stereotypical “drugs and money” raps. Anyway, don’t let the name detract you (if it even would, I think I may be in the minority here) because although much of the content fits the stereotype, dude still brings real raps to life.
Nipsy Hu$$le – The Mansion
Let’s switch it up and slow it down with some new killa Cam. This one takes me back to those Diplomats/Purple Haze days. Cam’ron is clever in the simplest way possible, so it’s pretty funny when he delivers those straight to the point punchlines. Gotta enjoy this one if you’re a fan of vintage Cam, but can’t say that I’m waiting around for Gunz n’ Butta to drop.
The original is pretty old now, but this remix is fairly new. I love the simple tweak they made to the beat during the hook, kinda feels like it increases the tempo a lil bit. Anyway, this one is definitely worth a listen and a good opportunity to introduce yourself to some of these new comers.
“This is physical and mental, I won’t sugarcoat it
You’ll die from diabetes if these other niggas wrote it
And everything on TV just a figment of imagination
I don’t want a plastic nation, dread that like a Haitian”
Something about J. Cole production just brings out the best in these rappers. And understandably so, his beats are fucking nasty. Kendrick is becoming one of my favorite “Freshmen” because of his honesty, thought-provoking lyrics along with the fire/effort in his voice. The 23 year old is wise beyond his years. Pay attention to the lyrics.
“I’m filled with this realness, rappers happen to lack it
I’m flabbergast that you got a platinum plaque for that wack shit
All the real gangsters they on their way to bein’ dead or in jail
They don’t make records to sell”
I find it funny that Saigon even got offended and started that beef with Joe Budden in the first place, seeing as though they’re actually very similar rappers. Although, Saigon actually does have a much nicer flow. I think the main difference in terms of content is that Saigon spits realness outside himself, where Joe spits the realness inside. I think this one hit the net a month or so ago and should be coming off the long awaited Greatest Story Never Told. You couldn’t have picked a better title even after the fact. I really hope his buzz has not come and gone inhibiting him from ever dropping that LP because I really like listening to Saigon speak his mind through beautiful raps.
STS is like the skinny, southern version of Twista. Dude spits so quick it’s hard to even catch most of his rhymes, yet he still puts forth thought and effort into each and every line. Freddie Gibbs comes with his A-game and compliments STS real well here as well.
Never heard of this TIME dude until his latest mixtape – Overgrind 2: The Critic. It’s just a decent project IMO, mainly because the production is lacking. This particular song here is the exception; Saxophone is killin it! TIME flows real nice while kicking some realness for your brain in this one.
TIME – The Truth (prod. TIME)
Ha. Sugar Tongue Slims (STS for short) verse is so nasty it makes me chuckle. Money Making Jam Boys consists of Black Thought, Dice Raw, Truck North, P.O.R.N., and of course STS. STS is up first in this one, and Thought closes it out. This group can take off under the wings of those two right there. Black Thought is one of my favorite MC’s of all time, and you don’t hear a lot of him away from the Roots, so I’m pretty pumped about these guys’ upcoming mixtape.
See Also: The Roots ft STS – Right On ;