As the year draws to a close, most of the corporate structures that house major-label musicians are hibernating. But like some of his sub-mainstream peers, Fat Trel is bucking trends and slipping in new music before the calendar flips. The Washington, D.C. native has returned with Muva Russia, his second mixtape of the year, which is available to stream in its entirety.

The 22-track set is mostly devoid of big-name collaborations (on either side of the boards), but showcases Trel at his brashest and boldest. For those who are just catching up to the Maybach Music Group signee, it's a good primer, albeit a sprawling one.

Muva Russia is Trel's second tape of the year, after June's Georgetown. After signing to MMG in 2013, he's continued with a steady stream of free music, but has yet to lock down a release date for a retail album or to see a single break through to Top 40.

Trel's first major breakthrough was his 2012 tape Nightmare on E Street, which garnered him a cult following both in the nation's capitol and online. His early sound was bolstered by an assist from Lex Luger, the producer who became famous for his work with Waka Flocka Flame and has since gone on to co-found 808 Mafia, the wildly successful production collective that furnishes many of today's biggest street rap hits. One figures Trel will be a force to be reckoned with once he has the corporate backing he needs.

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