Mayer Hawthorne – A Strange Arrangement
A great hommage to Motown soul, perfectly adapted for younger ears by this rapper/DJ/producer from the Stones Throw fam’.
Jay-Z – Blueprint III
Not a very popular opinion among rap fans, but I sincerely believe that this is the blue print for what older rapper should do. Leave the crack game, the criminal story telling and the stupid promo beef alone, just say what you want to say. Plus he made me discover J.Cole, who’s probably going to be in my Best Of next year.
Donnis – Diary of an ATL brave
10.deep knows the mixtape business. After Cudi two years ago, the clothing line presented Donnis, an ATLien who can rap, sing and compose catchy hooks. One of the best quality/price deal of the year.
Cam’ron – Crime Pays
I was never a big fan of Dipset, so I really discovered Cam’ron with this record. A MC who can be super hardcore and funny at the same time, like in this awesome line: “You a passer, me I got a scorers aura/Owe me money, your wife, son, daughters oughta/Leave the country, I’m thinking like bora, bora.”
Scary and funny.
Freddie Gibbs – midwestgangstaboxframecadillacmuzik
The 4th coast is ready to explode. And Freddie Gibbs might be the first one to reveal the grim, the dirt and the typical style of the Midwest. This mixtape, composed mainly of material that was meant for an aborted release on a major, is just raw, energetic and pityless rhyme spittin’ about a world I didn’t know existed.