The 10 Best Mixtapes Of May

Travi$ Scott, Owl Pharaoh

A few months ago, Travi$ Scott showed up at the XXL Freshmen cover shoot wearing an all black outfit and a matching bandana to cover his face. He was silent most of the time, but you could tell by his movements that he was reclusive. Often, he was jittery and spoke in short sentences, which only piqued people’s interest on finding out who this relatively unknown rapper was.

At our XXL Freshmen concert, the buzz was at an all-time high for his Owl Pharaoh mixtape dropping the same night. He first announced it in 2011 and would confirm a number of release dates the following year. In similar fashion to a perfectionist named Kanye West, Scott has meticulously weaved a strong tape that highlights his production and impressive lyricism. You would be hard-pressed to not find influences from West. But then again, Scott definitely proves his artistry is different, as seen in key tracks like “Bad Mood Shit On You” and “Dance On The Moon.” Even slow downed by delays, it was worth the wait. The music knocks.

Previously: La Flame Don’t Play No Games: My Day With Travi$ Scott

  • Doobie42

    May is the fifth month. Proof your shit.

  • AZ40

    This list was a reach huh?

  • DoinTooMuch

    Only listened to 3 of these tapes. And I just assume the rest are complete garbage by garbage artists. Gangsta Boo? Really? CTE? Really? smh

  • Jonathan

    LMAO Excuse My French is the biggest album of 2013 so far? That album is complete shit. HAAANNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN Owl Pharoah was 2x’s better than Excuse My French and it was an EP. LA FLAME has more talent than French Montana will ever have.