After listening to this throwback demo mixtape of Kanye instrumentals, the phrase “I Love The Old Kanye” definitely holds true. Consisting of eight unreleased beats, the tape was originally owned by a Miami record exec who passed in the early 2000’s and has been auctioned off twice since. The new owner and Soundcloud user Trilly Madison decided to be a true hero, and upload the whole tape for streaming.
The soulful, sample heavy, laid back instrumentals are works of simplistic beauty that showcase a sound far removed from Kanye’s more recent productions. Yet this tape is a true representation of the sound which made Kanye one of the most sought out producers in his early career.
Stream the entire project below, and pray to the hip-hop gods that more tapes like these get unearthed.
French Montana gets Max B to host his newest mixtape, Wave Gods. The 12 track project holds features from Future, Kanye West, Nas, Big Sean, Travis Scott and more.
One of Curren$y’s most profound projects has to be Covert Coup which was produced by Alchemist. So you can only expect greatness on their follow up mixtape The Carrollton Heist. Stream below and download the mixtape via Datpiff.
In honor of the late J Dilla, Loaf Muzik dropped a free mixtape on February 7, which was the date of the legendary producer’s birth. With The Munchies, the quartet from the Big Apple add another body of work to their nostalgic boom bap arsenal. Check it out below.
Just a few days after dropping the hilarious video for “Watch Out”, 2 Chainz randomly drops an 8-track mixtape. Felt Like Cappin holds a feature from Lil Wayne and production from Timbaland, Zaytoven, Mike WiLL Made It.
The new music Rockie Fresh been putting out the past couple of weeks has been getting us hyped for this album. The Night I Went To… holds 13 new tracks from the Chicago MMG emcee, and is the first full project he’s dropped since 2013. Looks like some time off to work on his craft was exactly what Rockie needed. The tape holds solid production throughout with features from Chris Brown, Rick Ross, and Ed Sheeran.
Pro Era’s Nyck Caution celebrates his 22nd birthday by dropping a 3-track project. On it are features from fellow crew members – Joey Bada$$, Denzel Curry and Dyemond Lewis – with production from Metro Boomin and Soulstruck. Listen to 22 below.
Portland native Vinnie Dewayne has been working on music since 2009, but 2016 might be the year his name breaks out beyond his hometown. His newest mixtape is a certified gem and should be listened to anyone that is looking for a rapper with solid lyrics and a smooth flow. On The St. John’s Scholar Vinnie reflects on his time growing up in the rough neighborhood of St. John’s, all while keeping your head nodding over some soulful instrumentals. We recommend anyone who is a fan of Kendrick or J Cole (pretty much everyone) to peep this tape. You can stream it below and watch the short video for “Page 37” below.