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.

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Mixtape Review: Arcadia – Dizzy Rambunctious

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He dazzled this blog and fans with standout tracks including Midnight Jams and Carnival…now DIZZY RAMBUNCTIOUS is sure set to blow minds with his 16-track instrumental mixtape, Arcadia, released this month.

In his latest release, the young New Jersey producer took inspiration from classic and modern arcade games, often fusing the sugary sweet nostalgic rhythms with his laid-back, borderline boom bap trademark. Definitely worth a trial – hit that play button.

Upcoming Release: The Undergrad (1st Year: Ambition) – Raphael Blake

 

Spoken word poet RAPHAEL BLAKE is all set to release his debut body of work entitled The Undergrad.  Having already garnered the support from various BBC Radio stations, the free 18 track mixtape is being released in 3 parts, each containing 6 tracks.

The Undergrad is a body of spoken word  poetry over a backdrop of ambient electronic, chilled house and soulful sounds that encompasses the tales of the South Londoner’s life and ideas, capturing his experiences within the 3 years post college. The concept of the The Undergrad project mirrors the journey of a university student that is partitioned into 1st (Ambition), 2nd (Reality) and final years (Sacrifice), each having its own theme revealing Blake’s ambitions, realisations and trials throughout.

The release of part one ‘1st year’ follows the theme of Ambition touching upon autobiographical stories and thoughts – check it out!

Mixtape Review: Olde English – Travis Boykin

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When TRAVIS BOYKIN (formerly known as AMOR FATIII) approached me with the effortlessly smooth tracks, Payday and Edge of the Cliff Livin’, I suspect his fresh and velvety take on hip-hop would be the theme throughout his debut mixtape, Olde English released last month.

Still retaining the smoothness , the 10-track project also feature warm hints of old-school blues and jazz, which I did not expect from the laid-back Tennessee  emcee – but, hands down, it was a pleasant surprise.

Olde English is the perfect mixtape  for kicking back with some friends… that’s if you don’t mind the gigantic burp at the end! Have a listen and enjoy!

#TheMuslistens:  Adderall, Carefree, Achilles

 

Mixtape Review: Long Overdue – FLYAC

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1. Chip Vegas x Anonimous Sound x Coca – Wake Up
2. Legend Guevara x Xander – Red Wine (feat. Ray)
3. Double D – Awwwe
4. Legend Guevara x Double D x Coca x Nico Green – Crenshaw Soul
5. Xander x Legend Guevara – Rhythm4TheMind
6. Chip Vegas x June Black – Asphyxiation
7. Xander x Anonimous Sound – Vibe
8. Legend Guevara x Nico Green – Next $hit (feat. June Black)
9. Legend Guevara x Double D – Adventure Time
10. Chip Vegas – When The Chips Are Down
11. Legend Guevara x Xander – Sacred
12. Xander x Anonimous Sound x Chip Vegas x Double D – All My Life
13. Another Planet Ent. – The Plug (Forever Living Young And Comfortable)
14. Gilroc – Dreams (feat Double D)

Know FLYAC? Nope…well let me introduce you…FLYAC (which stands for Forever Young and Comfortable) is a six-piece hip-hop group from Woodbridge VA, consisting of MixMasterAle (Engineer),  (Engineer), Nico Green (Engineer/Producer/Artist), Legend Guevara (Artist), Xander (Artist), Anonimous Sound (Artist), and Double D (Artist). Started out two years ago, they recently joined up with another local group called Another Planet Ent and together they came up with a 14-track mixtape Long Overdue.

Released last month, the mixtape starts off with some smooth vintage beats then hits you with in-yer-face beats coupled with straight talking, reality-bites wordplay. Think SLUM VILLAGE meets a mild WU TANG CLAN.

Tracks  Wake Up, Red Wine Awwwe and Vibe features that vintage hip-hop drive where the raps that cruises with the production. The mixtape heats right up with the old-school, head rolling Rhythm4TheMind and When the Chips are Down (SUPERHOT TRACK, MUST LISTEN). Long Overdue goes out with a BANG with the super smooth, super-slick, SLUM VILLAGE-esque, Dreams.

This is ONE mixtape for serious hip-hop heads. So if you haven’t heard these guys in action, I suggest you have a quick sample of Long Overdue…and there’s no better place to start than the beginning….