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XV, The Yellow Brick Road To SXSW

If there’s one thing to be said about rapper XV, it’s that he always sounds like he’s having fun. In the years that the Wichita, Kansas emcee has been on the mixtape circuit, he’s been consistent in his releases and not rested on his laurels. While 2009’s Everybody’s Nobody was the MC’s coming out party, it was 2011’s Zero Heroes that really put XV on the map. That mixtape was not only the his best effort to date, but was also one of the year’s standouts. Even Verizon took notice, borrowing the track “Awesome” for one of its commercials. Not bad for a kid from Kansas. With his brand new effort, The Yellow Brick Road To SXSW, XV is back in 2012, with a mix-tape that serves as an appetizer to his, as of now, unrevealed next project.

XV describes the release as something for his fans to hold onto in the meantime—and it is that, as he compiles many of his recent cuts—he almost sells it short, as The Yellow Brick Road is much more than just a teaser. The first few tracks alone are worth the price of admission, as XV displays his wordplay skills on “Learn To Fly,” “Boss Level,” “Gobstopper” and the standout “30,000.”

As an MC, XV possesses a combination of charisma, energy, wit and talent for storytelling that prove him an artist that takes his craft to hear. Tracks such as “The Kick,” “Hoop Dreams” and “End Of The World,” not only exhibit this, but also a keen ear for production. Throughout, the production remains strong.

XV does not veer off track with The Yellow Brick Road To SXSW. The Warner Bros. signee is continuing to come into his own as he sets the stage to build anticipation for his next proper release. —Nene Wallace Reed

  • KG

    This shit is so whack. Fuck this dubstep in hip-hop get that shit out of here please.

  • wat

    ^ Agreed. XV has been disappointing me more and more with each thing he releases.

    • jhwg624

      r you kidding me 27 club, learn to fly the motto remix squarian anthem chaka choa kahn r all great songs and these r all just singles that prob wont be on any projects and GMAD put the tap together it was an official tape by Xv

  • Sir Escobar

    lol there are only 3 dubstep tracks on this, one of them was on Everybody’s Nobody and nobody was complaining about that shit, and the the other two where highly praised looseys. DUbstep in hip-hop aint half bad anyway because it shows a rappers skill and how well they can flow and rap over a completely different type of beat.

  • @_izreal

    kg and wat get off his dick! #316 up!

    • wat

      Being on his dick would imply I like him. I do not.

      • jhwg624

        so how does he disappoint you if u dont like him

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  • newmoney

    what the fuck is dubstep?

  • http://www.lqent.blogspot.com L.Q.

    Great mixtape. Great beats, original ideas, and some awesome lyrics.

  • anoush_uk

    what he’s spittin on is not dubstep! its a cheap imation of dupstep! real dubstep is reagge influenced, heavy beats that isnt even popular in america, what he’s spittin on is out of control electronic noises that sound like they should be produced by fools like skrillex who calls his music dupstep jus to confuse people that have never heard of the real thing! if i played you a real dupstep tune then u’d realise and see thats its a form of music that is not made for hip hop mc’s.

  • Pacer

    Dope mixtape.
    Dubstep is on the come up – so get used it.

  • izreal316

    WICHITA STAND UP!!!!!