What were you doing for Memorial Day weekend? Young Jeezy would answer this question by shocking the hip hop community with a surprise Gangsta Grillz mixtape. Gangsta Party is the first offering from Jeezy in what feels like ages. He’s been quietly creating with the idea of his next album in mind, but in traditional Jeezy fashion he had to make a mixtape stop. Gangsta Party lives up to its title as Jeezy takes a cue from Gucci Mane and works with everybody. He’s not breaking anybody new, but it’s refreshing to experience records with Rich Homie Quan, Young Dolph… continue reading
Kevin Gates and Atlantic Records get it. If you have a complete body of work, why just release it for free? Loyal fans LOVE to buy albums. This formula has been something Kevin has used since early 2013, and it’s worked. Every album sells more than the last. So, you can buy Luca Brasi 2 on iTunes, or just get it for free below if you choose. The follow-up to Luca Brasi has huge shoes to fill. His break-out mixtape was the first installment, and it had some serious heat on it. Luckily for Gates, he’s shown how much he’s… continue reading
It’s that wonderful time of the year when Troy Ave spreads holiday joy to the entire internet. The sequel to White Christmas is even hotter than the original. “Merry White Christmas” is a strong introduction and once the ball is running, it doesn’t stop. Features from 2 Chainz (yes, a Southern rapper brought into Troy’s sound; cry about it if you want to), Lloyd Banks, Uncle Murda, Statik Selektah, Chase N. Cashe and more help strengthen the material. He says that he only had 11 days to record the whole 13 songs, but you can’t tell based on the quality… continue reading
In one corner, K. Camp is being prepped by his coach, DJ Drama, as he prepares to start the next round of his career. In Due Time isn’t about popping overnight like a lot of Atlanta rappers have been doing. It’s that slow build up, so people understand that he’s more than just a hit single, his projects are worth playing start to finish. He also put an untagged version of the tape on iTunes if you choose to pick that up. Features include CyHi The Prynce, Nard & B, Sonny Digital, Big Fruit, and more. Stream and download below.
Rich Homie Quan has been slowly ascending in hip-hop this year since “Type Of Way.” He ran into a couple rough patches dealing with this Future situation, but the best way to silence those people is to keep putting out music. I Promise I Will Never Stop Goin’ In, hosted by DJ Drama, is here. Besides Birdman, Problem and Young Thug, Rich Homie doesn’t want to use his position to overweigh his tape with guest features. Stream and download it below.
The annual Lloyd Banks mixtape is here. F.N.O, or Failure’s No Option, is kind of an ironic title considering the PLK could be do so much more with his career. Instead, he’s become on the same level of Skillz’s yearly “Rap-Up” series (and even that’s over now). Sad part is that he’s still snapping on records (“The Natural” is CRAZY!), but dropping a tape with no videos following and going away for a year isn’t a success formula. Ah, well. This is the first in his DJ Drama Gangsta Grillz series too. Features from Styles P, Raekwon, Vado and Mr…. continue reading