MICKEY FACTZ – THE LEAK, VOL.1: THE UNDERSTANDING & THE LEAK, VOL.2: THE INSPIRATION
If Crooked birthed the free online weekly-release concept, the Bronx’s Mickey Factz raised it to new heights. Instead of just putting out freestyles, Factz used MySpace to put out his two 2008 mixtapes one song at a time, week by week. By releasing high quality, carefully conceived songs, which included a reflection on the murder of Sean Bell and collaborations with Drake and the Cool Kids, the 2009 XXL Freshman earned the respect of peers, bloggers and fans alike, and raised the standards for any rapper looking to make a name for himself (or herself?) online.
Highlight: “Good Money” (Produced by 9th Wonder)
Originality – XL
Quality – XL
Consistency – XL
Overall – XL