You know the drill: here are the best mixtapes of last week, here for your listening and downloading pleasure!
GrandeMarshall, Mugga Man
When it seemed GrandeMarshall could not get any better–his debut mixtape 800 was very impressive–the Philadelphia-based rapper returns with Mugga Man, a tape that drives with atmospheric production and Marshall’s alluring flow. Mugga Man picks up where 800 left off, with Marshall continuing to experiment as both a rapper and producer, improving in both roles. His MCing skills take center stage though, as Marshall enlists producers Nascent, MP The God and SamGreenS. Mugga Man is an excellent tape that showcases Marshall’s consistency and creativity.
Standout track: “Gethernudeinterlude”
Funkmaster Flex, Who You Mad At? Me Or Yourself?
This tape features fifty-six tracks. All of the songs are exclusives and most of them are good. From Schoolboy Q’s “Hit Em Up” to Childish Gambino’s “Think Of Me,” the tape bangs pretty hard and offers an eclectic selection of rappers.
Standout track: “Love To A Diplomat” (Cam’ron feat. Lil Wayne)
Jae Millz, Property Of Potentness 2
Even when his tapes are solely dedicated to smoking weed and celebrating its 4/20, Jae Millz still manages to create enjoyable music. The fact that he turns a verse from Erykah Badu’s “On & On” into a marijuana-friendly jingle on “Whataday,” is a good example of his ingenuity. The production pairs well with Millz’ lyrical content: the “Summer Madness” sample on “Elevate Your Mind,” the “cloud rap atmosphere” of the aforementioned “Whataday,” and the minimal boom bap of “Dat Feel.” If he wanted to, Millz could become the go-to “weed rapper.” But he’s better than that.
Standout track: “Dat Feel” feat Mak, T-Real and GP
Future & FreeBand Gang, Black Woodstock: The Soundtrack
If you’re expecting 10 minute psychedelic raps featuring Future’s underwater and gargled delivery, you will be disappointed. Nothing is “Woodstock” about this tape except the fact that it’s wildly fun. And unlike past FreeBand Gang releases, Future’s cohorts actually leave an impression this time around. Casino’s “White” is ridiculous in the best of ways and Doe Boy’s “Sack” has a highly memorable hook. Black Woodstock is, with the exception of a few dragging moments, a twenty-track adrenaline rush.
Standout track: “Suffocate”
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