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Weekly Mixtape: The Week’s Best Tracks (Edition 8.4.12)

Welcome to your Weekly Mixtape August 4, 2012.


Tech N9ne & Sleepwalkers, “Blur Remix”

While Tech N9ne has suffered from the occasional bout of poor taste—stylizing his name with a number and hanging out with the Insane Clown Posse both come to mind—the MC has for the most part carved an admirable path through the independent hip-hop world.

The unique career of rap music’s most wildly dreadlocked hooligan has now expanded to include this dalliance into trance music, courtesy of Sleepwalkers. With a seductive hook contributed by producers/remixers Sleepwalkers, Tech N9ne’s typical de-evolutions into barking winds up ceding the stage to an elegant synthesizer arrangement.


Pill, “Ain’t Stettin Y’all”

Riding the wave of Rick Ross’s blockbuster fifth LP, Pill, a member of Ross’s Maybach stable, has released this single in anticipation of his Over the Counter Drugs mixtape.

With a beat that coasts a level or two above the standard set by Self Made Vol. 2, “Ain’t Stettin Y’all” signals the arrival of what might be yet another solid rapper who perpetually sports a Maybach chain.


Murs & Fashawn, “Slash Gordon”

Sometimes Murs falls victim to his tendency toward preaching, but he inevitably makes up for it with searing, impecable singles like “Slash Gordon.”

The first taste of Murs’ upcoming collaborative album with Fashawn, “Slash Gordon” uses a steel drum sample as its arresting, melodic bedrock, then lets the two MCs have at it. With Murs’ nasal rhymes bouncing nimbly off of Fashawn’s baritone, the track serves as an enticing advertisement for the album to come.


Game ft. Meek Mill & Drake, “Amen Remix”

Though I can’t really describe this track as one of “the best of the week,” I nonetheless proffer it as a fine example of how to undo an otherwise good thing.

On “Amen Remix,” LA-based MC Game raps over what was originally the highlight track from Meek Mill’s Dreamchasers 2 mixtape. Game’s contributions do not improve things. He’s done this before. He needs to stop doing it.

Meek Mill is still good though…

(Photo Credit: Mizery Made/Wikipedia)

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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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