The Swishahouse just put out a new mixtape, Playing The Game With No Rules, announcing the arrival of their new lineup. The tape features tracks and freestyles from Paul Wall, Lil Keke, Coota Bang, and Archie Lee, along with tracks from others including Trae, T.I., B.G., Young Joc and even Z-Ro on a Paul Wall collabo. Keep an ear out for the freestyle over Jigga’s “Dead Presidents” beat. It comes in a two-disc set along with Straight to the Room #5, featuring screwed-up R&B tracks from Jamie Foxx, Eddie Cane, Letoya Luckett and Chris Brown.
Elsewhere in the South, Louisiana rapper Max Minelli and Eddie Deville team up for another two-disc set. The first is more of a “best of” with joints featuring Mystikal and Paul Wall, to name a few. The second disc is full of new shit with features from a couple of Louisiana legends, C-Murder and C-Loc. Speaking of Down South vets, S.U.C. vet Lil’ O is re-releasing his classic late-’90s album Da Fat Rat Wit Da Cheese as a screwed and chopped mixtape. Also, check out the DJ Smallz/Paul Wall and G.R.I.T. boys collabo, along with DJ Scream’s Project Pat mixtape, chronicling some of his best work, plus a brand new track with Young Jeezy and Lyfe Jennings.
Sqad Up, Lil Wayne’s former crew, who are now down with Lil Flip and the Clover Gs, have their classic SQ mixtapes being re-released, and they just released volume 5. The SQ series is a must-have if you want to sample some southern mixtape shit before the mixtape game was even poppin’ down here like that.
Up North, Whoo Kid just released his POW! Radio Vol. 2 with Shadyville newcomer DJ Mandog and Young Buck. Whoo Kid got heat from every region, boasting new tracks from Papoose, Snoop Dogg, Yung Joc, Spida Loc, Trae and Ice Cube. Also, another “official best of” Papoose CD is out, but with only 14 songs and that track list, I’m not so sure that it’s the best of anything.
Green Lantern has a new joint called In The Kitchen: The Listennn Edition— with the same quality and innovation we’re used to—co-hosted by DJ Khaled, with new exclusives, freestyles, and remixes by Styles P, Juelz, Jim Jones, Lupe Fiasco, Lil Wayne & Baby and, of course, Papoose. Also, if you’re like me and like hearing Green Lantern’s production skills, there’s plenty of that sprinkled throughout.
Last but not least, go pick up DJ Khaled’s Listennn…The Album. Plenty of heaters, A-list features and 305 production: DJ Nasty, The Runners, Cool & Dre, etc. If you really want to see your favorite DJs come up, support these albums and let the labels know that these albums can do numbers.