Vancouver emcee KAI Sky Walker has just released his highly anticipated mixtape, New Mind | Old Soul. Personally, I’ve been anxiously waiting for this mixtape to drop-Ever since I first heard the lead single “Dead Saint’s.” This project has been broken into several unique chapters, each one representing a different type of production and sound.
Chapter I, dubbed “Indie Bass”, consists of indie vocal samples over heavy bass and 808s, while Chapter II contains much smoother, more melodic production and vocals. This sound is labeled as “Black Alternative” – a cross between alternative rock & hip hop music. The third chapter, defined as “Trill Trap Trunk”, drifts away from the more serious tone of the first two sections, providing listeners with simplified lyrics and heavy production to prepare them for a night of fun and partying. The fourth chapter is titled “Rap Reborn.” Here Sky Walker rap over 90′s hip hop inspired production. Resurrecting samples and flows from legends such as The Notorious B.I.G., 2 Pac and Jay Z.
Executive produced by KAi Sky Walker himself, Chapter IV proves to be his best body of work to date. The project features additional production from Stevie Ross, Astor, Willie Sacks, IVN TWNSND & D-Rec as well as guest appearances from Rich Kidd, Moka Only, Soultree & Noble
New Mind| Old Soul is one of the most innovative projects I’ve heard so far this year. Do yourself a favor and download this project NOW, so you can be the first person in your circle to discover a super star in the making.
ShaqIsDope has released his highly anticipated, brand new EP, Early Beginnings: The Shaquille Baptiste Story. The 11-track project features only MTV’s Rob Markman, while production on the EP comes from The Cratez, L&X Music, Matt C., Mj Nichols, Muvafux, One Tone Beatz, Pitt tha Kid, Vince Jordan and S.I.K. Stream/download “Early Beginnings: The Shaquille Baptiste Story” below.
Curren$y has partnered with BitTorrent once again, as he hits the big screen with his latest project, “The Drive In Theatre.” Fans can also download the BitTorrent Bundle, which includes 15 new tracks, handwritten lyric sheets, art, stencils, apparel discounts, and the Cruise Life video. The 15-track project features Action Bronson, Freddie Gibbs, Le$, B-Real and Jet Life members, Young Roddy, Smoke Dza, Fiend, Cornerboy P, Mary Gold and Trademark. Production on the mixtape comes from Thelonious Martin, Cookin’ Soul, Cardo and more. Tune your car stereo to AM or FM radio and stream/download The Drive In Theatre after the jump.
Kitchener-Waterloo’s G Man Jones just dropped his latest offering, the 10-track A Day Or Three mixtape. The beat selection on here is pretty on point throughout, and Jones has responded by crafting some special tracks on this one.
A couple early favourites are “Give It Up For,” “Reunion,” and “Rock The Mic.” “Give It Up For” is an electric, party-ready anthem. “Reunion” is a heartfelt look back at the past, equally nostalgic about the good times and regretful about how things have changed. “Not To Dream” is pretty cool, too: Jones delivers a poignant spoken word piece over a somber guitar lick, one of the more compelling beats off the mixtape. The mixtape closes with a banger in “Rock The Mic,” easily the most headbang-inducing track of all — something Jones has showed his skill for in the past with “Watch The Funk.”
There’s still room for growth in Jones’ delivery and songwriting, but what’s encouraging is that he’s consistently improved from project to project, and when he does strike gold, it makes for some pretty good music. Stream A Day or Three below and download it here.
Last night (Jan. 28) was a big night for J. Cole. Not only did the Roc Nation MC celebrate his 29th birthday, he also performed at the Madison Square Garden in New York as part of his “What Dreams May Come” tour. Cole and his Dreamville team also announced that his Dreamville imprint has inked a partnership with Interscope Records, ultimately resulting in a brand new compilation mixtape. The 11-track project features J. Cole, Bas, K-Quick, Omen and Treasure Davis. Stream/download Revenge of The Dreamers below.
Xali, 21, from Bronx, New-York has released his mixtape, American House Slave and it’s dense with raw energy, original flows and even more original beats. Xali boasts an distinct, raspy sound, and directs his rhymes towards real content while addressing real issues. Speaking of rhymes, they flow seamlessly and poetically, with experiences of survival, finding real meaning in Hip-Hop, pain, love, and inspiration. What I really like about this 20-track mixtape is how each song feels like a different chapter of Xali’s life and creativity. After listening to each track, I feel like I lived an entire life- or at least, heard one. Some of my favourite tracks on American House Slave include, “Design”, “Marijuana Times”, “Nat.Turner 1″, “Nat.Turner 2″, “New.Jerusalem”, and “Back.Door”. Xali experiments with sounds, throwing in dozens of sample tracks and new sounds that offset the effortlessness of his rhymes. I can say with confidence that Xali is onto something new- he’s carved his own space in the Hip-Hop world, and I’m expecting more great projects from him in the near future.
Los Angeles based rapper DUBB released his highly anticipated mixtape Never Content on January 14th, 2014. DUBB’s lyrical abilities and versatility has landed him the reputation of being one of the best rapper to step out of South Central Los Angeles. The new project is hosted by “DJ Carisma” and it features a series of guest appearances such as Iamsu!, Nipsey Hussle, Eric Bellinger, Skeme, Rayven Justice Glasses Malone, Lamar Jay and more. The Come Up Show will be interviewing DUBB tonight via phone conference to discuss his latest project and what to expect from this prolific artist in the new year. Be sure to take in DUBB’s mixtape Never Content, and share your thoughts with us.
Cullen Flynn’s mixtape Winding Road speaks some real truth. In the first track, “The Days”, Flynn’s already talking about turmoil between family members, a brother’s illness, being a father, and using anger as a fuel for music. Other tracks address failed relationships such as “So Long”, using samples of “Somebody That I Used to Know” by Gotye, the heart-wrenching story of a struggling girl in “Beautiful Disaster” and the need to live righteously and compassionately in “Bob Saget”. Flynn’s single “Diamond in the Rough” is definitely a highlight of the mixtape, where he spits verses about struggling not just to better his life, but the life of his daughter. It’s an inspiring project from Flynn; he spares no details of his life and experiences, and speaks directly from the heart, making Winding Roads a relatable mix tape for everyone.
The wait is over, One Long Day is officially here! From “Believe” to “Luck” and last night’s teaser “Monday Night” we kind of already had a feeling how good this one was going to be, though after just taking it in I’m blown away. From The Stroll, Good Morning, Where’s Waldo, Words I Said, Good News to The Closers he has been really harnessing his sound as an artist, more recently saying how he feels he’s finally found his style though I think he’s had it all along and One Long Day sums it up for you, as it touches on various points in the journey SonReal has been on to get to where he is at now. Instantly drawing you in with “Confession”, you know you’re not hitting the stop button anytime soon leading into the Rich Kidd produced “Shits Hype” followed by “Luck”, “Monday Night”, “LA”, “Today Tomorrow”, “Honor Roll”, “Believe” and “Let Me”. Closing it off with “All” featuring Andreena Mill. With only a few features, Kardinal Offishall, Shad, Willa and Andreena Mill; there’s a good mix of talented producers giving One Long Day a range of different sounds that make up SonReal’s latest free giveaway – we got lucky that’s for sure. Producers like Rich Kidd, Chef Byer, Arthur McArthur, Alex Lustig Chin Injetti, Burd & Keyz, Superville, 2oolman to be exact. I don’t see myself putting this one down anytime soon. Hit play and download the album below and see for yourself though!
Jyrome Good, Jyrome Good. What can I say that hasn’t already been said.
I have been waiting for this new mixtape more impatiently than I’d like to admit, and my waiting has really paid off. As we’ve heard in his single, “Ocean 2″, Good knows how to bring the ethereal to your mind- and your ears. From Brampton, Ontario, he does it by blending spacey, zoning, haunting sounds with R&B and trap beats over his silky and at times, crooning, pained voice. Take this mixtape however you want- as Slow Jamz, as Hip-Hop, as Alternative, as Indie, as Tyrese in Space- whatever genre you try to shove it in, it won’t work. This mixtape is something new, and something desperately needed in breaking down rigid genres boundaries. There are lots of love songs on this mixtape that take swooning to a new level- this isn’t your ordinary, superficial love song. These are the kind of love songs that are so emotionally charged and heartfelt that they’ll hit you straight in the gut (I sense a very large female population coming his way). My favourites are “Another World”, “Ocean 2″, “Living Post Mind”, and the bonus track, “Daze”.
So you get the point, I really love this mixtape. Jyrome Good definitely kept his promise- he delivered a truly ethereal-sounding album. It works amazingly well for him.
Ace Hood is still looking to feed his hunger as he releases the third instalment in his widely popular Starvation series. The 14-track project includes features from label mates Vado and Mavado as well as Kevin Cossom. Production comes courtesy of Beat Billionaire, Reazy Renegade, Street Runner, Beat Bully and more. Stream/download Starvation 3 after the jump.