Lyrical warfare for twenty strong minutes. Chicago-based rapper Defcee unleashed a mixtape of rappin’ ass raps over some familiar instrumentals as well as sporadic original production. An old school approach that still manages to sound fresh and new.
Half an hour of smackin’ instrumentals, bass-driven beauties. Producer DJ Smokey comes correct with his newest mixtape, Squirtle Sapphires. If you’re familiar with this iconic artist, it’s a great place to pick up where you left off. If you’re unfamiliar, it’s one hell of a mixtape to kickstart the journey. Don’t sleep on Smokey 666.
Are you up to speed with the Set? The Illinois collective Leaf Set released a twelve track project back in December known as Film. With different pieces of art for every track, it feels like a slideshow in your mind, spanning across genres and time. Step inside with caution, step inside with dilated eyes.
It’s been out for a couple of months, but it’s necessary that we talk about this ZMoney tape right now. The seven song project is fully produced by ChaseTheMoney and features heater after heater. The standout here is “Look Up” with Chicago rapper Valee. Enjoy the video above and the full project below. Stay awake forever.
As rapper CHXPO is currently on tour with Ghostemane and Nedarb and Wavey Jone$ (as of November 3), he decided to let loose the fifteen track mixtape So Icey Deathrow before taking to the road. The 46 minute project is packed with energy and aggression, perfect for all of the impending mosh pits across the country. Shout-out to producer Loko Los for handling almost half of this project.
Let’s take a trip back in time to this past summer where DC rapper WIFIGAWD released the twelve song project Trenches to Riches. Fully produced by Oogiemane, the cohesive project is a dark and deeply energized trap classic. From the artwork to the host from DJ Smokey, you already know what you’re getting into. “Lickmobb Pt. 2” is straight fire. Sheesh.
Atlanta rapper UnoTheActivist continues to climb. His newest album is an absolute problem. At sixteen songs in length (with one bonus track), LiveShyneDie features heater after heater. While I’m unsure of production credits, the project features Lil Duke, Famous Dex, Kodie Shane, and Tripe Redd, all who help establish UnoTheActivist as one of the hottest rappers coming up right now. If you need more, check his ‘Sorry for the Wait’ EP from this summer.
Chicago rapper MFn Melo has finally delivered with his debut project Melodramatics. The Pivot Gang member (Saba, Joseph Chilliams) enlists some of Chicago’s finest for the eleven song rundown. Bar heavy and full of smooth production (courtesy of Saba, Cory Grindberg, and DaeDae Pivot), the album is yet another fine addition to the Chicago hip-hop scene. If you need more, be sure to check out the music video for “White Cheddar”. Go.Absolutely.Crazy.
We’re getting dark with this one. Take a trip to hell with the five song EP Dystopia from Wavy Jone$. Fully produced by STILL, the EP is a testament of the power of evil ass trap music. The kind of music to play to terrify your neighbors, to blast in the car as you conduct a seance, to worry your family members at this year’s Thanksgiving. While you’re at it, be sure to check out Wavy Jone$ with Ghostemane and Nedarb in November.
Last week, LA-based artist released the nine song project This Mess is My Mess. Fully produced by Fish Narc, the collaborative album is a sad and emotional release. Guitar-driven melancholic trap gets blended with alternative rock, punk, and hip-hop. It’s a monster unlike any other, with one feature from Lil’ Peep. Shout-out to Yawns for mixing and mastering. Don’t sleep.