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Weekly Mixtape: The Week’s Best Tracks (Edition 7.13.12)

Welcome to your Weekly Mixtape July 13, 2012.


Frank Ocean ft. Earl Sweatshirt, “Super Rich Kids”

Between a much-publicized announcement concerning his sexual preference, a monkeyed-with album release date and a possible snub by Target, Frank Ocean has had a busy week. Amongst his various newsworthy maneuvers, it’s almost possible to forget that Channel Orange, Ocean’s debut, is a fantastic, weird, stylistically singular example of R&B futurism.

“Super Rich Kids” allows Ocean and fellow Odd Future hooligan Earl Sweatshirt to mumble verses about the Hollywood party life atop a beat that sounds like it’s about to nod off from having taken a few too many Benzedrines.

The link below will let you stream the whole album, which you should, because the thing is chock-full of similarly stellar oddities.

Stream Channel Orange


Wiz Khalifa, “Bed Rest Freestyle”

The marketing push for Wiz Khalifa’s forthcoming O.N.I.F.C. has already yielded a superabundance of promotional riches, and now, as we get closer to the release date itself, lesser gems are tumbling forth from the Allderdice war chest.

On “Bed Rest Freestyle,” Khalifa lays down a slight, effortless rhyme while working on the disposal of an intimidating pile of weed. Given that this clip was apparently filmed in a college student’s grimy, post-party apartment, it’s remarkable just how compelling the thing is. The fact that Khalifa can command your attention while sitting there smoking pot has got to say something about the man’s overall appeal.


Pure ft. Jim Jones and E-40, “I Am Pure”

The sample around which this track is based has no right to be listenable, given how its cyclical repetition of a girl saying “I am pure” seems grating, even abstract. The track’s success can be laid at the feet of the MCs in question, each of whom contributes an engrossing verse atop the beat’s dripping drums.

E-40 once more proves his workaholic tendencies, providing an articulate counterpoint to Pure’s phlegmatic wordplay.

Pure ft. Jim Jones and E-40, “I Am Pure”


Kanye West ft. Pusha T, “New God Flow”

It appears that in addition to red block lettering, G.O.O.D. Music tracks will be known by virtue of their thundering, gothic beats and precarious aping of Southern Baptist swagger.

Oh, and unconventionally long runtimes. That too.

Pusha T dispatches the first half of this five-minute track before handing the mic off to Yeezy, who rides it into a call-and-response outro. Make some new room in the “Official Compendium of Kanye West One-Liners” for this one: “I’m living three dreams: Biggie Smalls, Dr. King, Rodney King’s.” Did I mention that this man has an album coming out soon?

About the Author


Shane Danaher's affection for pop music has peppered his adult life with a variety of aesthetically rewarding and financially disastrous decisions. After moving to Portland, Oregon for college (because that's where he heard Modest Mouse was from) Shane has wound up participating in the music world in roles ranging from 'drummer' to 'promoter' to 'bathroom floor scrubber.' He has toured without money, written about almost every band ever to have come out of the Pacific Northwest, and one time traveled all the way to Los Angeles just to see a catch hip-hop show. He currently resides in Portland, where he writes about hip-hop, pop and rock music for a variety of publications. He still plays drums. He wants to meet Kanye West.

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