Droppin’ Cake Part II
They say the best things in life are free. I’m not sure if that holds true when it comes to hip-hop albums, then again most of ya’ll did illegally download the Slaughterhouse album, so who knows.
This Internet age has opened a lane for rappers to give away tons of music for free and I’m not exactly sure what that means for the business of hip-hop. Would you buy an album from an artist after he/she/they already set the precedent of giving away music for free? I guess Kid CuDi, Wale and Drake will be the measuring stick huh? Whatever the case, in continuation of yesterday’s post here are some more albums worth your money…err I mean download. – Rob the Music Ed
Pac Div- Church League Champions
It ain’t all khakis and house shoes out in Cali. With their rich sports history the West Coast can lace ’em up with the best of ’em. In preparation for their major label debut on Universal/Motown Pac Div dropped Church League Champions. The group’s name may scream California love, but this tape has universal appeal.
Standout Songs: “Pac Div” “No No” “Knuckleheadz”
Pill- 4180: The Prescription
The problem with the abundance of trap rappers is that their unimaginative hustler rhetoric just ends up sounding generic. Atlanta’s Pill doesn’t have that problem. Maybe you’ve heard his underground hit, “Trap Goin’ Ham,” if you haven’t, smack yourself. Stop being rapper racist and cop the mixtape.
Standout Songs: “Trap Goin’ Ham” “The Work’s Hard” “Trap Boots”
XV- Everybody’s Nobody
Can anyone name any rappers from Kansas? Yeah, us either? The homie XV is about to change things. The rapper/producer keeps this fresh on Everybody’s Nobody as he references Spongebob, Willy Wonka and Blossom. WTF ?!? Yeah I know it sounds crazy, but trust me it’s dope!
Standout Songs: “Vizzy, Vizzy, Vizzy” “Mirror’s Edge” “Come Back Down”
Donnis- 10 Deep Presents: Diary of an ATL Brave
You know when 10 Deep gets down it’s usually something fresh; just ask Wale and Kid CuDi. Next up is Atlanta’s Donnis. He isn’t your typical ATLien like say a Jeezy or a Gucci Mane (two artists who I happen to fuck with). Donnis’ influences don’t necessarily come from the trap, but with his inspirational delivery and southern slang he is definitely worth the download.
Standout Songs: “Underdog” “Country Cool” “Over Do It”
Diz Gibran – Soon You’ll Understand
This Los Angeles MC dropped a criminally slept-on tape earlier this year. Sonically Soon You’ll Understand is aimed to penetrate your soul; lyrically it serves as an introduction to hip-hop’s next generation. If you like your hip-hop a little more mature then Diz Gibran won’t disappoint.
Standout Songs: “Once Again” “The Greatness” “Exactly”
Big Sean- UKNOWBIGSEAN
Quiet as kept, Detroit may be hip-hop’s dopest city of late. Everyone from Em to Royce to Black Milk has had heat on deck. Enter G.O.O.D Music’s Big Sean; while his fashion forward style isn’t what we’d normally associate with the D, the kid is sure to make an impact. And if you don’t know Big Sean yet, do yourself a favor and download the tape. It’s free you cheap bastards.
Standout Songs: “Getcha Some” “Tomorrow” “UKNOWBIGSEAN”
Mike Posner- A Matter of Time
Now the Duke University senior and J-Records signee isn’t a rapper at all, but his 2009 mixtape is hip-hop for sure. The singer/songwriter has a knack for finding the catchiest grooves and craziest lyrics. A dope listen through out.
Standout Songs: “Drug Dealer Girl” “Cooler Than Me” “Halo”