Mixtape Review: Return of the White Beard – Redd Emcee

Producer/rapper REDD EMCEE steals today’s limelight with his first mixtape in two years, ‘Return of the White Beard.

In this eight-track collection, the white-bearded emcee gives a comic insight into his life and also his views on the true meaning of hip-hop. The lineup of UK and US producers on the eight-track collection truly captured the London spitter’s signature sound – a  laid-back and, at times, sporadic hip-hop/boom bap-esque arrangements which is reminiscent of the late eighties/early nineties.

It’s definitely worth the trip to his Reverbnation profile; head right here to check out ‘The Return of the White Beard’.

Must Listens: The World’s Greatest, Termite And The Ant Dweller, The World Today (Part 3)

Mixtape Review: Foreva Fameos – Fameos

Continuing his combination of light atmospheric overtones and that heavy bassline from his previous mixtape, ‘Hall Of Fame’ – named Mixtape of the Week by NEW LEASE MUSIC late last year –  FAMEOS bounces back, dropping another collection, this time entitled ‘Foreva Fameos’.

His above combination takes on a deeper and gutsy vibe, with the upriser’s newfound “hey, hey” trademark, featured at the beginning of each track – providing the way for the mammoth build up.

There’s some real slick numbers in this neat package, so it’s definitely worth a trial.

Must Listens: Wait For It, Lottery, Rodeo Show, Apply Pressure.

Mixtape Review: Bean$tock Presents Jay Boogie Bawse – Roses

Boston hip-hop collective BEAN$TOCK is back with another full set entitled, ‘Bean$stock Presents Jay Boogie Bawse – Roses’, pushing its youngest member Jay Boogie Bawse into the spotlight.

Unlike the previous mixtape, ‘Live From District 3’, the ten-track offering takes on a more subdue theme with Jay’s kick back flow, delivering some serious one-liners over a woof of a bassline – so do keep your ears open, as this spitter knows how to crack a punchline.

‘Bean$stock Presents Jay Boogie Bawse – Roses’ is probably one of the most well-produced mixtapes I have heard in a long while…and I’m not just saying this for the hell of it. As a collective, they’re serious about their climb – so you better check this hot one out!

Must Listens: The Life, Amen, Witching Hour, Got It, SLSS

Mixtape Review: The Blue Tape 2 – Dizzy Rambunctious

Following the release of mixtape ‘Wond3rland’ in March, DIZZY RAMBUNCTIOUS isn’t messing around and slams another one, this time entitled ‘The Blue Tape 2’.

The title of the nine-set project pretty much gives it all away with occasional jazz-esque tones alluringly meeting the New Jersey producer’s trademark – that bombastic bassline.

Although there are a few great tracks, I’m not sure that this mixtape has the same oomph as its predecessor, ‘Wond3rland‘. Have a listen and see what you think – and don’t be afraid to comment below!

Must Listens: Days, Sazon, Sunshine Notes.

Mixtape Review: First Things First – Kid Cut

First things first – no pun intended – KID CUT is not messing around with his debut project, ‘First Things First’ . His ambition for a place in the underground hip-hop scene is felt in his fire-skippy flow and every word he presents.

The collection caught fire from the very beginning, alternating between uptempo blazing beats and laid back, after hours mixture of R&B and hip-hop, driven by a go-all-hard bassline. Deeper into the mixtape and that bassline only gets infectiously dense with KID CUT going all in by putting that extra oomph into his delivery.

I’m telling you, this guy is a real contender; check out his work.

Must Listens: Feel Alive, Scrub, Telling Lies, Unreachable, Love Kid Fuck Cut.

Album Review: Wond3rland – Dizzy Rambunctious

Unlike his previous project, ‘Arcadia’, which loosely takes inspiration from the theme tunes from classic arcade games, DIZZY RAMBUNCTIOUS switches it up and takes a complete detour with his latest mixtape, ‘Wond3rland’.

This time round, the New Jersey producer has adopted a real sublime soulful/rare groove-ish vibe to his usual trademark – that hip-hop/boom bap woofer of a bassline.

Now if you’re a follower of this guy, then you know he only deals with instrumentals – and you’ll also know he always hits you right between the eyes with a surprise – he recruited a few guest vocalists/spitters for this mammoth collection, which was most welcomed ( just have a listen the 6th track, ‘Zion’ featuring Phi & Shrls.)

I gotta give it to him; DIZZY RAMBUNCTIOUS has really stepped up his game – go and have a trial.

Must Listens: Wond3rland, Cosmic Gramma, Zion, Get on Down.

Mixtape Review: Kid Akeem’s Playground – Kid Akeem

At the age of 24, Adam Falkner – otherwise known as KID AKEEM – received the biggest news of his life; he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. While the news can be devastating and can send anyone into a spiralling hole, it didn’t stop the hip-hop upriser from persevering and laying all his cards on the table through his ten track mixtape, ‘Kid Akeem’s Playground.’

The upbeat New Jack Swing(ish) style beats and the boisterously dense bassline take turns to shed light on various events in his young life: from the carefree moments of chasing girls (featured in ‘Hello, Say Hi’) to the turbulent emotions after the MS diagnosis (featured in ‘My Letter To The Sky’) and seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and becoming a stronger person (featured in ‘Adam’).

With his flow just grooving into different level of tempos from each track, KID AKEEM is very worthy of a place in the underground rap scene and this mixtape deserves a place in any hip-hop head’s collection.

‘Kid Akeem’s Playground’ should be a reminder that no matter how bad things get, you can turn it around – take a look at this guy’s life and sample his mixtape.

Must listens: I Would’t Trade It/Intro, My Letter To The Sky, Good Times, Adam, USA Diamonds.

Mixtape Review: Live From District 3 – Beanstock

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I’ve never heard of the music collective BEANSTOCK before  – I feel so ashamed admitting this right now – but I henceforth, I shall be keeping a very close eye these Boston spitters and I’m going to tell you why…

Not only does the album cover features one of my favourite actress Betty White, their 12-track mixtape, ‘Live From District 3’  (released last month) hooks you straight in with seriously infectious basslines within the first two or so tracks.

Further along the collection, there’s a few isolated productions that doesn’t hold the same buzz created in the first half of the mixtape – but with a few listens, they could become potential favourites.

All-in-all, ‘Live From District 3’, is worthy of a place in any dedicated hip-hopper’s collection and has the ingredients to carry on the hype, created from their previous mixtape, ‘More Things To Do.’ Give a trial; check it out!

Must Listens: Right Mind, How 2 Catch a Body, Earthquake, Paul Shaffer Remix, Gotta B, It’s My Turn

 

 

Mixtape Review: Hall Of Fame – Fameos

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FAMEOS is rapidly becoming a regular on NEW LEASE MUSIC. The newcomer dropped his latest effort, Island last month as well as joining forces on hot tracks, Rambo and Get It Right with fellow NEW LEASE MUSIC staple Spike Geez – all featured on the his latest mixtape, Hall Of Fame.

Now the slick emcee from Philadelphia is determined to steal more of the limelight on the blog with his 10-track production by making use of the light atmospheric overtones respectfully colliding with the slight heavy bass, with his effortlessly cooler-than-cool delivery.

This upriser deserves some attention; go check out the mixtape.

Island, Hold It, Aw Yeah, Angels & Demons, My Mind

Mixtape Review: The Southern Poetry – Patrick Ladon

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Dallas-based spitter PATRICK LADON dropped his latest project, The Southern Poetry last month, reflecting on issues when growing up.

Starting off chocolate smooth, I must warn you, the lyrics of this 13 track production goes all hard (particularly with his experience on interracial dating) with progressively infectious groove to match.

If you haven’t heard of this upriser, it’s time you heard his story…hit that play button.

Must Listen: The OG Said, Interracial Dating, Money Speak, Drugs and Relationships, I Hated Myself.