Posts Tagged ‘Mixtape’



Other than less clothes, sun-kissed skin, patio dining and New Orleans style snoballs, DJ Jazzy Jeff and MICK’s annual Summertime mix is the warm weather constant I look forward to most.  Summertime Vol. 5 will prove to be the soundtrack to your cookouts, your pool parties and your bones tournaments.  With Biz Markie on the intro and classic gems from Herbie Hancock, Zhane, Bell Biv Devoe, De La Soul and a long list of many more, your guests won’t want the party to stop.  Gon and download it here and thank me with an invite.  Or just save me a plate.  Stream the mixtape after the cut.


Big K.R.I.T. just dropped one of the most anticipated mixtapes of 2012.  Hell, probably one of the most anticipated albums, period.  Since his last release, Return of 4Eva, the southern producer and rapper has kept his name in many mouths.  He’s been producing gems for artists such as Smoke Dza, Freddie Gibbs, Ludacris, T.I. and 8Ball & MJG.  His official debut album, Live From the Underground is set to be released some time this year (come on now, Def Jam).  The man has been busy.  Through that extensively busy schedule, K.R.I.T. managed to produce, mix and arrange his own equally substantial mixtape, 4Eva N A Day.  I have to say, quite frankly, it is the shit.


It’s been a minute since I’ve really dug a R&B/Pop singer.  Admittedly, when I first heard Elle Varner’s “Only Wanna Give It To You”, I experienced a slight internal struggle, fighting the groove that this joint made me feel.  Ok, I like her.  She has these soulful undertones that belie her pop princess persona.

Before the release of her debut album, she’s dropped a very nice mixtape, Conversational Lush.  With production from J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League and Bei Maejor, Elle blends her take on soul and pop seamlessly.  Check it out.  You won’t be disappointed.

Sooo, I just came across some fire and I have to share.  Hailing from East London, the singer/songwriter A.L. croons melodically over classic beats from the late, great J Dilla.  That’s right.  This young lady was bold enough to hop on some Jay Dee productions and do her thang.  Her style is slightly reminiscent of both members of Floetry.  Yep, she gets her Floacist on, rhyming coolly as if Dilla designed those beats especially for her.

Personal stand out tracks are “123456789”, taken from Q-Tip’s “Let’s Ride” (a true banger, btw), and “The Urge”, which is an ode to a lady’s yearning for just a good ole fuck.  But please believe, the whole EP is a smooth ride.

Click the cover art for the free download of “The LB EP (The Laid Back EP)”.