Having trouble keeping up with all the rap/hip-hop mixtapes coming available? We’re here to help keep you up to speed. Here are a few mini-reviews of some of the more noteworthy mixtapes fresh on the market.
Wrath of Caine by Pusha T –Pusha comes back with a short-but-definitely-sweet serving of “dope” music on this highly anticipated mixtape. He hops onto a bevy of great production that helps him deliver wicked metaphors about that coke kingpin living and his gangster trials and tribulations. “Millions” featuring Rick Ross is the best collaboration on the mixtape, while Pusha’s return to that familiar Neptunes production is a welcome surprise. French Montana’s headache inducing hook on “Doesn’t Matter” is cringe worthy, but it doesn’t take away from Pusha’s “over your head” bars. Wrath of Caine is an addictive listen that will have his fiends losing themselves again.
Rating: 4 / 5 stars
Check Out – Only You Can Tell feat. Wale
Dirty Slums 2 by Slum Village – Detroit’s (STILL!!!) most slept on rap group has weathered the many exits and passings related to their career. But through it all, Slum Village has persevered and continued to put out an amazing body of work. Their untouchable catalog receives a great new entry in the form of their latest mixtape, Dirty Slums 2. T3, Illa J, and Young RJ make up the group’s newest incarnation, but they drop quality rhymes all the same. “The World Is Yours,” featuring deceased member Baatin, is classic material. “Gangster B***h” harkens back to a golden age beat and a certain Native American MC, yet it thrives off of a style all its own. “And We Go,” “Greatness,” and “Look At Yo Face” are just a few of the excellent cuts that Slum delivers here. Slum Village is rap perfection. This mixtape should bring you out of the slums of radio fare garbage.
Rating: 5 / 5 stars
Check Out – Gangster B***h
Ivy League: The Kickback by CyHi Da Prynce – CYHI! G.O.O.D. Music’s most unheralded MC never lets his buzz fade away because he’s always building it. This sequel to his first higher learning-themed mixtape is A-Town certified. CyHi has slick wordplay and a penchant for humorous lines about the ladies and getting a hater jumped for talking slick. “Kick Back Music (Intro)” is a super cool track that will make listeners giggle and get blown away by CyHi’s lyrics all at the same damn time. The features here (Childish Gambino, Big K.R.I.T., Yelawolf, Smoke DZA) justify their appearances with solid bars, but they get overshadowed by the lead artist’s fire 16’s. Some tracks strengthen this tape (“Round The Corner” and “We Drink We Smoke”), while other songs don’t live up to CyHi’s top quality (“I’m Catching Feelings” and “All Night”). Still, this mixtape is worth a listen. Kanye should take his mind off sex tape starlets and get in the studio for this man’s debut album.
Rating: 4 / 5 stars
Check Out – We Drink, We Smoke feat. Big K.R.I.T. and Yelawolf