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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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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.


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I honestly wasn’t anticipating on listening to Kool A.D.’s new mixtape but after an awesome single I become much more hyped for Kool A.D.’s mixtape dedicated to the bay area.  The hour-long mixtape, 51, is probably the most convincing example of Kool A.D.’s talent since Sit Down, Man and at this point I don’t think there is anyone that can argue that Das Racist are no more than a few funny lines.  On 51 Kool A.D. steps out from his usual character of referencing every possible aspect of pop culture and shows off that he can be a pretty conventional rapper.  With out mentioning Taco Bell or Pizza Hut, Kool A.D. still manages to explode with charisma and his laid back flow sounds great paired with the many Main Attrakionz features.  Stream and download the mixtape below…


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Kool A.D. of Das Racist just announced that after releasing his debut solo mixtape this year, he plans to release a solo album entitled 51″ and along with the announcement released this song, which is not to be confused with the Das Racist song of the same title.  Although Das Racist was formed and is based out of the east coast, Kool A.D. is originally from the bay area, and this track is an homage to that.  Enlisting some of the bay’s best current rappers, including Mondre M.A.N. of Main Attrakionz, Kool A.D. and co. go in over a classically Bay-sounding beat with a bass-line that would fit right in on a Too $hort song.  Kool A.D.’s mixtape, The Palm Wine Drinkard, was very abstract and avant-garde, so this seems to be a pretty steep turn in the other direction, which for some people may be a good thing.


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