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: B.o.B. ft Andre 3000, Ed Sheeran ft Yelawolf, Termanology, Jakk Frost, Fabolous ft Meek Mill + Tyga ft. Wale, Fab, Meek, Jeezy & T.I.
I told ya’ll I’d be back with some more jams tonight. First things first though; how bout my boy Derrick Rose today? My favorite basketball players have always been point guards. Not just because I played PG in my days, but because in most cases, the odds are stacked against them in a sport that creates a natural advantage for those blessed with size. So every time Derrick Rose takes it to the rack, slashing through defenders and adjusting his release while floating through the air so to avoid the outstretched arms of those taller than him, you have to appreciate the skill required more-so than that of Lebron James jumping over lil’ Johnny Lucas and throwing down with two hands. Although, that was pretty nasty, too. As far as the game as a whole goes, with no Deng, no CJ, I gotta say that was one of the most satisfying L’s I’ve ever witnessed. Plus I hit the over for Rose total points (22.5) and Noah total rebounds (9.5), along with 2nd half spread (Bulls +1.5). I swear I don’t have a problem….onto the music…
This one dropped a while ago while I was boycotting being productive. B.o.B. use to be confused with Andre when he first started dropping tracks 3-4 years ago, so it’s cool to hear them go back-to-back. I never really heard the connection, but regardless, I like the combo. Of course, Andre wins in this one. Which I guess means Bobby wins too. This one gets some body parts moving.
B.o.B. – Play The Guitar (ft. Andre 3000) (right-click, “save as” to dl)
This is just a great song. I really like this British (I think) dude’s voice/vibe. And Yela meshes his flow perfectly with that vibe, while his voice is the perfect compliment. Shit is smooth as hell.
Ed Sheeran & Yelawolf – You Don’t Know (For Fuck’s Sake) (right-click, “save as” to dl)
It’s extrememely difficult for me to not enjoy any song utilizing the Play N Skillz “Freaks” sample. Absolute classic. Well, actually in their song they sampled this weird “Moments in Love” song themselves, but to the hip hop community, it’s now the “Freaks” sample. Anyway, outside of the sample, I really like a lot of what I hear from Term. Dude can flow.
Termanology – Speed It Up (ft. Anjuli Stars) (right-click, “save as” to dl)
This is another one I came across a lil while back but just never threw up on the Funk. I always appreciate a verse from Fab, and Meek Mill surprises me more and more each time I hear a new verse. These aren’t your typical lazy coke rappers.
Fabolous – You Don’t Know (ft. Meek Mill) (right-click, “save as” to dl)
This one is interesting to say the least. It’s hard to take seriously because of the hook, but it’s actually some quality storytelling. I really like the quirky beat too.
Jakk Frost – Dirty Uggs (right-click, “save as” to dl)
I posted the Wale and Meek version a while ago, but this one includes some more high profile verses to complete the “official” remix. Tyga got real lucky with this beat.
Tyga ft Wale, Fabolous, Young Jeezy, Meek Mill & T.I. – Rack City (remix) (right-click, “save as” to dl)
Weekend Rap Up: Sonny Shotz (of The Dean’s List), Big K.R.I.T. ft Yelawolf, Face Tha Music ft Jon Connor + Asher Roth
“Wait for it. I promise you the best shit, just…wait on me.”
Sonny has been doing a lot of solo work lately, apart from his group The Dean’s List. I don’t really know what that’s all about, but I’d think he’d want to build off the hype from The Drive In WITH the rest of the group. And maybe after they actually get an album out and he makes a name for himself outside of the internet, he can ditch the dude’s that got him there and make all the money for himself. Just seems a little premature is all. I still really like dude’s music a lot, so I’m not complaining, just saying.
(MP3): Sonny Shotz – We Good
Damn, I’m lovin this shit right here. The keys baby, the keys! Once again K.R.I.T. kills it with the production. This one’s off the hold me over mixtape titled Last King 2: God’s Machine while we wait for K.R.I.T.’s debut album Live From The Ungerground. I love when these two get together on the track.
“Persistence overcome resistance.
The Black Album was such an incredible project, and My 1st Song was definitely a personal favorite of mine. Great use of the vocal sample to go along with the jazzy dope beat. First listen to Face tha Music, conclusion; diggin it.
Asher recruits dude from Chester French to sing the hook for this positive chill jam. Real nice vibe to this one. I really like Asher’s mentality and I seem to be getting into most everything he’s been putting out in the past year. Check it out.
I can’t say enough about Big K.R.I.T. He epitomizes what Hip Hop should be. Thankfully with K.R.I.T., it’s looking more and more like what it will be. We’ll never lose the ringtone rappers, because Americans really like to drink and party, and a hard beat with mindless lyrics is the best way to get it in. I’m not trying to act like I don’t enjoy that either, but I appreciate and enjoy the opposite much more and just want people to recognize that this is what Hip Hop really is. By the way, I still don’t understand why people are so infatuated with other people’s riches….I find the monologue at the beginning of this song ironic in that K.R.I.T. dispels the notion described by an A/R but still speaks really fast to make sure you know what he’s all about within the first 20 seconds of the song.
Game is another real rapper whom I thoroughly enjoy listening to because of his perspective on life and rap. Yeah, his perspective on life is slightly different than mine because of the way he came up, but why should that mean I can’t get into it and still share some views? It’s like if you’re interested in sociology and the study of other cultures, these songs are your study guides. And then you have Yelawolf who grew up in poverty as well, actually homeless up until a couple years ago. Both dudes represent stories of adversity, hard work and success.
I don’t know enough about these guys yet to really figure out who the mastermind behind the production is, but dudes make JAMS. Seems to me like just a couple college kids enjoying the shit out of life right now, while providing good music for everyone else to enjoy the shit out of along with them. I see big things in the future for these guys.
What is rap when you really break it down? It’s poetry over instrumentals. Some are better poets than others. Some poets you can relate to and actually find inspiration in. This is what I look for in Hip Hop. Ironic that I just found this guy the day after I started applying to go back to school. Made the mistake the first time in trying to get a degree in something I thought would make me marketable in order to find a job to make money. I’m a little older now and know what I’m really meant to do, and could really give a fuck what kind of money I make….Both songs come off EP “A Piece of Mine.”
“You can be the best at what you do
but it doesn’t matter cuz it means nothing til you’re paid.
I’d rather stay poor doing something that I love
Than to ever be rich doing something that I hate”
“Get off that plane, change your flight,
it aint too late to save your life.
You still got time to change your grind,
you don’t know what can make you shine until you try.
The lack of passion makes a man feel worthless,
so I’m forever grateful that I know my purpose”
Red Cafe is definitely an artists I thought should have blown up by now. He’s got the distinct voice, solid flow, clever punchlines, and usually really good beats. Time will tell, but I think he’s still got something in store for the mainstream. I really like this mixtape “Above the Cloudz.” Check out my favorite tracks below.
From the press release:
Rap supergroup Slaughterhouse and budding superstar Yelawolf have been signed to Eminem’s Shady Records it was announced today.
“Yelawolf and Slaughterhouse, it’s kinda phase two of Shady,” says Eminem. “It’s the new generation of Shady Records and as we’re trying to rebuild our label, it’s exciting for hip-hop and with all of these forces coming together and with what everybody’s capable of on the mic, it’s gonna be fun.”
Bringing together the East Coast, West Coast and Detroit in the middle, Slaughterhouse consists of Crooked I, Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz and Royce da 5’9”. Most recently, Slaughterhouse was featured on “Session One,” a bonus track on Eminem’s 2010 blockbuster Recovery album. Eminem is expected to be personally involved in Slaughterhouse’s sophomore album scheduled for release in 2011.
Said Royce Da 5′9″: “It’s very exciting for me to reunite with Eminem years after our Bad Meets Evil project together. Slaughterhouse on Shady Records will be a force to reckon with.”
Late last year, Yelawolf released Trunk Muzik 0-60, a compilation of select tracks from his critically acclaimed 2010 mix-tape Trunk Muzik, along with six previously unavailable songs. The Alabama native is currently in the studio recording his full length major label debut.
Said Yelawolf: “Considering where I’m from and the shit I’ve been through, it’s hard to put into words what partnering with Shady means to me, my team at Ghet-O-Vision, and my state of Alabama. I can tell you that when you’re willing to give your life up to see a dream through, the reward is great. And now that I’ve become an apprentice to one of the greatest artists in the world, my potential reaches beyond anything I ever imagined. Let’s kill this shit.”
This is pretty cool right here. Been hearing about a Slaughterhouse/Shady deal for a minute now, but didn’t know if it was all hype or not. Royce and Eminem obviously go back to their Detroit roots, but they did have beef for a while back in the D12 days. If you’re not familiar with Slaughterhouse, it’s the lyrical supergroup composed of Joe Budden, Royce Da 5’9”, Joell Ortiz, and Crooked I. Yelawolf is an up and coming white rapper outta Alabama. Was homeless much of his life growing up, but dude mastered his craft, and that flows gonna keep a roof over his head from now on. Check out some new material from Slaughterhouse and a closer look at where Yelawolf came from.
Yelawolf – Pop the Trunk (Bones and Vocal Version) at usershare