Droppin’ Cake on Drake
It’s no secret; the music industry is full of snakes, gossip-mongers and supposed stand-up dudes who actually sit down to pee. Still, there are plenty of good folks in the business and through it all I’ve realized that my word is everything. So if I say I’ma do something, god willing I’ma do it. When Drake dropped his free mixtape So Far Gone way back in February I said publicly (meaning on Twitter) that the tape was so good and if Drizzy ever decided to retail the tape, I’d go out and buy it. Seems like the Young Money soldier called my bluff and will be releasing So Far Gone as an EP of sorts on September 15 and since I’m a man of my word I’ll pony up the $9.99 or whatever an EP costs. Drake ain’t the only one though; here are some other free mixtapes/albums I’d spend loot on. The least you can do is Google ‘em and download. – Rob The Music Ed
Earlier this year the homie dropped his second mixtape (Do yourself a favor and check The Come Up), and it did not disappoint. If you like hard beats and true-to-life rhymes then check it out, if you don’t then shoot yourself.
Standout Songs: “Grown Simba” “Lights Please” “Dreams”
Wiz Khalifa- Flight School
I been bumpin’ this tape for a minute, but after seeing Pittsburgh’s native son rocking these joints live in Brooklyn yesterday I can officially say I’m a fan. If you like big, anthemic singles check the little homie out. He has a knack for melody and catchy hooks, oh yeah his bars are pretty dope too.
Standout Songs: “Get Sum” “Teach U To Fly” “Never Ever”
Nipsey Hussle- Bullets Ain’t Got No Names Vol.3
Interestingly enough, the homie Nipsey was actually selling this joint on his website for $10 until the Internets proceeded to throw a bitch fit. “Mr. Hussle in the House” eventually switched his steez and offered it as a free download. YOU’RE ALL WELCOME!
Standout Songs: “Rich Rollin’” “The Hustle Way” “Payback”
U-N-I – A Love Supreme
Along with Rick Ross, OB4CL II (yup I’ve heard it TWICE) and So Far Gone, U-N-I’s A Love Supreme is shaping up to be one of my favorite albums of the year. Reppin’ Cali’s bubbling underground, Yonas, Thurzday and producer Ro Blvd created one of 2009’s most soul-wrenching works.
Standout Songs: “Hollywood Hiatus” “My Life” “Lauren London”
Donny Goines- The Breakfast Club
Nobody works harder than Donny Goines and his free download The Breakfast Club is the proof. Besides having one of the best album covers this side of the Internets, the Harlem representative made sure he gave fans the music to match.
Standout Songs: “Don’t You” “She Likes” “Bring It Forward”
Who’s Stalley you ask? The Ohio MC is hip-hop’s breath of fresh air. Sure some folks hated on the mixtape’s name, but MadStalley is simply a Madlib-inspired, lyrically infused head-nodder. Stalley’s passionate delivery and the tape’s sonic fluidly alone, are worth the price of admission.
Standout Songs: “Worldwide” “Navi Song” “Masterpiece”
D. Julien- Live Love Learn
The glitz and glamour are nice, but when the hype dies down what are you left with? Beats and rhymes. The 18-Year Old Brooklyn MC does a great job putting his lifelines between the paper’s lines. Trust me keep an eye out for this kid, he’s gonna be a problem.
Standout Songs: “Shine On” “Absolute Perfection” “Memory Lane”
Curren$y & Wiz Khalifa- How Fly
The XXL Freshman alum Curren$y actually perfected the art of giving out good quality music. In 2008 he dropped six mixtapes starting with Independence Day and ended with Fin…. Then earlier this year he retailed This Ain’t No Mixtape with Amalgam Digital. I copped mine, how ’bout you? For his latest he hooked up with Wiz Khalifa for the high-inducing How Fly. I’ll smoke to that!
Standout Songs: “Car Service” “In The Middle” “Rollin Up”