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Most buzzing rappers these days make it after one of their videos goes viral on the blogosphere and is able to show off their unique style and image.  Now the incredibly talented Vince Staples has his own ‘Purple Swag’/‘Yonkers’ with this video for ‘Matlock’.  Listening to Vince’s deadpan and rich flow is paired perfectly with the grainy, black and white style of this video.  The dark vibe of the video is taken even further as a clips of riot footage are projected on to Vince and Michael.  Shyne Coldchai Vol. 1 has already proved Vince to be one of the best rappers making music right now, hopefully this video will help more people realize it.

-PK

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After hearing his remix of Earl Sweatshirt’s ‘Drop’, I knew that I wanted to kick-off our new mixtape series with a mix from Jonathan of Tako Tomago.  His Hydro EP is still one of my favorite surprise releases this year as it is probably one of the most convincing examples of a (I honestly never thought I would say this) ‘post-genre’ release.  Although he’s making some left-field, r&b tinged, synth-pop, Tako Tomago decided to make a hip-hop heavy mix with a lot of edits and mixing thrown in.  To keep the mix fresh, Tako Tomago made sure that “pretty much every song on the tape is an edit so even if you’ve heard the song you’ve got something new to enjoy.” On top of the edits he even throws in an ASAP Rocky remix and an original demo to close everything off.  This tape is the first of hopefully many to come and we couldn’t have asked for a better tape.  Hit the jump for the download link, track list and a quick interview we conducted with Jonathan…

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Pillage Vatican City is a mixtape that every fan of hip-hop needs to listen to.  For better or for worse, the current hip-hop scene is focused heavily on features, crews and image.  Chris Villa managed to drop a mixtape with no guest MCs at all, and it doesn’t hurt the quality of the album at all.  Although most of the best beats on the mixtape come from Hanz, Villa is a formidable producer himself which is demonstrated nicely in this bonus track ’30 Deep’.  ’30 Deep’ has a shuffling electronic beat which is quite different from some of the harder beats that were featured on Pillage Vatican City.  His flow is really developed on that song and the result is possibly one of my favorite tracks from Villa yet.

-PK

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One of the only features on MapleSyrup‘s fantastic SURP mixtape comes from fellow 18 year old rapper Steezy Grizzlies who drops a quick but memorable verse.  I honestly probably wasn’t going to pursue listening to Steezy Grizzlies but one of his tracks showed up on my homepage and I’m very happy I decided to listen.  ‘Nikon Chicks’ is steeped in the same sort of originality and inspiration that made SURP such a great release.  The track is featuring and produced by Miles Meraki who provides an appropriately dynamic beat to provide the base for his and Steezy’s verses.  More than most other young rappers, Steezy Grizzlies wears his relatively young age on his sleeve and it pays off nicely.

-PK

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I’ve been on a huge Main Attrakionz binge lately having recently discovered just how awesome their 808s and Dark Grapes II mixtape is, so I was very excited to see that the duo had teamed up with Western Tink and Shady blaze over a new Beautiful Lou beat.  Beautiful Lou recently hit it big with everyone’s favorite new polarizing hip-hop track, so it’s nice to hear his beat taken on by some rappers that no one can argue about.  The video has the entire crew hanging out and generally looking pretty swagged out.  Western Tink hasn’t had the exposure that he’s deserved quite yet so I’m sure that this track will spread the good word more, look out for his upcoming mixtape Mobbin No Sobbin.

-PK

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Ever since we’ve starting following him, NicX has been determined to grow as a talented rapper and producer.  While early singles showed that he already had the technical talent down with his words, he’s slowly begun to produce more for his own tracks.  ‘Leo’ is his newest self-produced track and it shows the growth he’s been looking for.  If you didn’t know, NicX raps fast, so his beat has the pace to keep him on his toes.  ‘Leo’ doesn’t try to push him incredibly far lyrically, but NicX works with a repetitious hook on the track.  This track is our first taste of NicXnation II and really shows off NicX developing a style unique to him that we’re pumped to hear more of in the mixtape.

mp3: NicX- Leo

-PK

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I stopped myself from re-watching a video by the latest polarizing “rapper” (who’s name is already big enough on the blogosphere) to watch this new video from Danny Brown that has me easily and uncontroversial won over.  How could a track like this go wrong?  With Detroit’s hottest current rapper over a beat from Detroit’s most legendary producer, ‘Jay-Dee’s Revenge’ is as good as it promises it should be.  J Dilla’s musical influence is everywhere in music these days so hearing an actual original beat from him reminds me just why an album like Donuts is untouchable.  Danny Brown doesn’t hold back at all either.  Considering how he can even pull of a track that is… uplifting, I wouldn’t have been too surprised if Brown had decided to tackle the Dilla beat with restraint.  Instead, we get the full force of the same Danny Brown that made XXX one of the best mixtapes of last year.  Respect for Detroit.

-PK

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