Mixtapes

  • Skizzy Mars – Pace (Mixtape)

    By Mason Strehl on March 10, 2014
    Skizzy Mars has been really busy dropping off all of these singles. First with "Moments", then "All Say", and lastly "Numb" leading up to a full mixtape release. The twelve track EP seems to be a showcase of Skizzy's talent, as there are not a lot of features (besides Ms. Jones and Jon Waltz). But that's just fine, because Skizzy Mars is not short of talent, In fact, he kills every track on the project. With his nonchalant flows and his sometimes stream of consciousness rhymes, he molds a storyline throughout. Stream and download the project below. Download: Skizzy Mars - Pace (Mixtape)
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  • Raz Simone – Cognitive Dissonance [Review]

    By Mason Strehl on March 7, 2014

    cog·ni·tive dis·so·nance noun the state of having inconsistent thoughts, beliefs, or attitudes, esp. as relating to behavioral decisions and attitude change. 

    Few have the depth and understanding of how life works as Raz Simone. He is constantly pushing the expression of himself at his truest point, spitting truths he has seen and experienced. He's been there, he's been a dope boy, he's been hustling, and he's come a long way from there. But the evils that come from that sort of life leach on, and can follow you for the rest of your life. Such is the story of his newest EP, Cognitive dissonance. In the life of such an enigmatic man, there are lots of decisions he has made, and more that he will make that will either make or break him. It's a constant struggle to choose right, even if it conflicts with his morals or beliefs. I see Raz as a very powerful man, who strongly adheres to his beliefs and holds high regard for his family, friends, and his city. So it is a difficult road for him. But he has pushed through and made the best out of it, Cognitive Dissonance is his story, through all these conflicts. When listening through the project you can feel these pains, feel his strife and struggle. Raz is a master at conveying emotion, with his rhythmic, raspy voice. With the soul of a poet, he weaves story after story that not only show the downsides of his life, but also his dreams and aspirations. He has the support of his people, and won't stop at anything to get where he is trying to go. In terms of instrumentality on this project, they carries a somber mood. While relatively downtempo, Raz's jazz influences shine through. This is often in the form of horns, trumpets and slow beats. He is very creative with accentual sounds, which increases the draw of this project. Please, go and support this project. This is real music right here, and a lot of work has been put into it. Share it with your friends, and most of all enjoy it. Download: Raz Simone - Cognitive Dissonance 
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  • A-Plus – Think Tank EP

    By Mason Strehl on February 18, 2014
    Every artist changes as their career continues - even more when they experience success. But the best of them will return to what boosted them into the spotlight and find an original sound. A-Plus of the legendary Souls Of Mischief and Hieroglyphics is a great case in point. After venturing briefly into the world of EDM with his last album Molly's Dirty Water, he returns to hip hop and delivers the Think Tank EP. Premiered this morning by one of my favorite music blogs, Potholes In My Blog, the Think Tank EP signifies a lot of things for the Oakland emcee. First off, it shows A-Plus' extreme skill behind the boards, and that he still has it in him to weave together a set of track, but also a cohesive, connected fully instrumental album. It features project long cuts that correlate one track to the next that ground you in familiarity, but also a unique sound for each track. A-Plus leaves us off with this message:

    ”I made Think Tank with the purpose of letting people know that although I have stepped into a different realm with my production, my roots are in hip-hop, and I’m still a hip-hop producer. And always will be.”

    Download: A-Plus - Think Tank
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  • Pro Era – Succ$ Tap.e 2

    By Mason Strehl on February 18, 2014
    The Pro Era Succ$ Tap.e 2 EP has been a long time coming. with various leaks dropping ahead of time we got a general sense for the feel of this project. Now with the full stream, we can fully see the direction the Pro Era crew is headed in. This release comes on the tail end of #Proeraweek. The EP has a good chunk of the Pro Era crew on it with Joey Bada$$, NYCk Caution, Dirty Sanchez and more laying down verses somewhere. Stream it below.
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  • De La Soul Releases Full Discography For Free

    By Mason Strehl on February 14, 2014
    De La Soul decided to release their whole discography pretty much from nowhere today, and I'm not complaining.  This free release contains 6 albums and a collection of rarities, remixes, and instrumentals. Among the albums are critically acclaimed albums Stakes Is High, 3 Feet High & Rising, and of course the AOI series. This is definitely the best thing to happen this valentines day. But it's only available for about another 12 hours, so don't wait. All you have to do is head over to their site and enter your email, and it's yours no strings attached. Download: Wearedelasoul.com
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