Good afternoon AHMers and welcome to Volume 103 of Monday Blues & Beats. I’m not sure if it’s just my ears, but I feel the music industry is churning out week after week of quality tunes. 22 tracks coming at you today from the likes of Frank Ocean, How To Dress Well, Lil Wayne, Kaytranada, Big Sean, Common, Hercules & Love Affair, Daft Punk featuring Jay Z and ODESZA remixing Pretty Lights.
I’m not one for large, extravagant valentines day plans, but apparently De La Soul is. Today, and today only, the legendary hip-hop trio from Long Island are giving away their entire discography for free. Yes, for FREE! So if you’ve misplaced them over the years, or you have low-quality versions, or you’ve never given them a chance; hit the link and choose to download one or all of their records. Enjoy
Yes I realize the tape dropped on Sunday, but I have a hard time enjoying music when DJ Drama is screaming his name in the background, along with other absurdities. So here’s Meek Mill’s Dreamchasers 3 ‘Drama-Free’ so to speak, and the bulk of the tracks re-surfaced in higher quality.
Price Tag and Oktane, aka Audio Push have let go of their latest project for FREE. When I heard “Space Jam” with Lil Wayne, I was impressed, then “Shine,” reassured me these cats were a long way from Jerkin’, and with the recent release of “Theme Song” with T.I., this album became top priority. The work Hit-Boy has done with HS87 is incredibly impressive, taking two guys on the verge of being YouTube sensations, and helped them become something substantial. Regardless of how they got to this point, I think Come As You Are will solidify them within the Hip Hop community, so look out for them on upcoming feature lists.
We’re back in business ladies and gentleman with a massive mix of music for Volume 76. One of the greatest things about stepping outside the blogosphere for five weeks is coming home to an overwhelming abundance of new music. I’m sure a lot of you will have already downloaded some of the tracks in today’s mix, but i’m going to recap the last five weeks and bundle it up in 60 songs. The write-ups will be short and sweet and today’s mix shall be in two parts (++).
Note: How about some of the albums that were released while I was away…impressive. Be sure to stay tuned this week, because with travel time, comes writing time and i’ll be throwing some album reviews your way.
The Brooklyn boy has done it again, another incredibly solid project. It’s impressive that at 18 years old, this guy stays true to his roots and his sound is progressing with every track I listen to. Summer Knights serves has Joey’s second solo mixtape and he enlisted a talented lineup – on both sides of the glass.
Here’s the debut project from Ontario’s PartyNextDoor, the first artist to be signed under Drake’s OVO record label. At just 20 years old, he’s making quite the name for himself – with a little help of course. If I had to pick a sound, think The Weeknd meets Miguel with a little Frank Ocean in there, it’s a good vibe.
Gilbere Forté was born in Michigan, moved to Chicago and ended up in Philadelphia. The common denominator in each of these places; Hip Hop.
Forté has slowly but surely made a name for himself in the industry. After being signed to a dead-end record deal, he worked his way out of it with determination. He had a stint in Paris along side DJ Bob Sinclar on tour and in the studio. Since returned, Gilbere intends to release a independent short-film called PRAY, and this mixtape serves as the soundtrack. Most of the production was handled by right-hand man Raak, and only a few features, two of which come from Active Child (aka Pat Grossi).
One day after J. Cole let go of “Cole Summer,” he surprised us with Truly Yours 2. This is the follow up to part one, which dropped back in February. After multiple delays on Cole’s sophomore effort, he holds us over with free music (no complaints here). If the album isn’t ready, or doesn’t feel right, do not release it. That being said, the Roc Nation protege has set June 25th as the release date for Born Sinner.
The EP features 2 Chainz, Young Jeezy, Bas and production from Canei Finch, Jake One and Ron Gilmore.
Justin Scott, aka Big K.R.I.T. hails from Mississippi and represents the South with great esteem. Today, the 26 year old dropped his eleventh mixtape, simply but elegantly titled K.R.I.T. (King Remembered In Time). The tape is entirely produced by KRIT himself, except for one guest appearance from the legendary 9th Wonder. Scott can spit bars for days but enlisted DZA and Wiz for a smoked out chill ride, Bun B for a southern anthem, BJ The Chicago Kid for some storytelling, Trinidad James for a banger, the beautiful Ashton Jones for a soulful love joint, Big Sant for some jabs and a snippet of the Future induced hook. I’ve said it before and i’ll say it again, Big K.R.I.T. is one of those underrated artists in Hip Hop, the man can spit, story tell, carry a track and produce all day.