While Tennessee rapper Isaiah Rashad proves himself as a capable spitter and lyricist on this project, it’s the storytelling, instrumentals, and choruses that are occasionally lackluster.
So Serene is the off-the-wall new tape from Wavves’ Nathan Williams and his brother Kynan. See that cover art of Batman and Robin melting? That pretty much sums it up. A 27-minute-long piece that goes through a multitude of wonky, chip-tune-inspired phases. Thankfully, the brothers have really stepped up their production game since Sweet Valley’s last outing.
So Serene is a crazy journey, and one worth taking for the sampling alone. I mean, the guys sample Larry David and Space Ghost Coast to Coast…TAKE MY MONEY NOW! Oh right, it’s a free download. Grab it here via the duo’s Bandcamp.
Ex-Das Racist MC Kool A.D. drops his umpteenth project with Not O.K., which I’m finding a bit more enjoyable than his other recent releases. His delivery is still pretty absurd and laid back, but this project is sounding a bit more coherent to me. Releases like 19 just seemed too scatterbrained for me to enjoy all the way through. Hopefully, this concise direction and quality production continues into A.D.’s future tapes.
With rap cliques being all the rage these days, Hellfyre Club comes together with a new compilation of clever, eccentric hip hop tracks that proves they can’t go uncounted.
Southern rap titans Three Six Mafia are back under a different name–and with a slight lineup change–but that hasn’t stopped them from pulling together one of the rawest, grimiest mixtapes to drop this year.
Stream: Da Mafia 6ix – 6ix Commandments
Sorry I haven’t mentioned this yet, but an occasion such as this can’t be talked about too many times, honestly.
Three 6 Mafia is back, but they’re now working under a different name and making music sans a few original members. I’ll let Koopsta explain:
Like Koop said, Juicy J isn’t in the mix on this new mixtape, and I don’t think Gangsta Blac and La’ Chat are on any of these cuts either. However, despite all of that–and a name change–the group has managed to bring back their classic sound without sparing us on their typically grimy, eerie edge. Download the tape via the link at the top of this post, and enjoy!
While East Coast MC Action Bronson didn’t skimp on the personality with this new tape of his, there are certainly a lot of aimless, short-of-breath tracks here that really feel like filler.
Australian producer Flume has a new mixtape out that features a myriad of different artists singing and rapping on his glamorously synthetic production, and the track above brings together R&B up-and-comer Autre Ne Veut with hip hop vet Ghostface Killa. Crazy, right? Though the track is short, the end result ain’t too bad. Enjoy!