Due to the massive amount of free music floating around the Internet, great music often goes unnoticed and underappreciated.
Here are a few mixtapes that might’ve slipped under your radar that are worth checking out.
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Bacc 2 Old School Vol. 1 by Daz Dillinger
In 2013, Daz Dillinger released this mind-blowing mixtape that takes the listener back in time. The rapper uses exclusively funk music in all of the songs, presumably in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Snoop Dogg’s “Doggy Style” in which Daz played a part. The old school west coast funk sound is awesome and pays homage to artists like Snoop Dogg, 2pac, and Dr. Dre. Standout tracks include “Got 2 B Real” and “Mr. Groove”. I’m simply upset that we have yet to see any signs of Bacc 2 Old School Vol. 2.
Click here to listen and download Bacc 2 Old School Vol. 1
Orientation by Ohana Bam
At the end of 2016, Ohana Bam released a seven-track mixtape featuring vintage Kanye beats. Orientation’s a great introduction to the Chicago native. If he can create a full-length album with this level of quality, Ohana will blow up… Bam!
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Hotel by Yelawolf
Yelawolf’s 2015 album, Love Story, marked turning point in his career. His new sound and style fit him well and made me a huge fan. In October 2016, Yelawolf released an EP called Hotel. The project further solidifies his new country-rock style of rapping that defined Love Story. If his upcoming album, Trial By Fire, sounds anything like these two projects then we’re in for a treat.
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Unplugged: Live from Smith’s Olde Bar by Scotty ATL
This is one of my favorite mixtapes from 2016. The project was recorded during a live performance. Not only does this showcase Scotty’s impressive stage presence but it also shows that he only needs one take to perfectly deliver the lyrics. Fellow Atlanta artist, B.o.B, appears in a song as well. The two rappers frequently collaborate so it didn’t surprise me that Scotty had his buddy there to drop a verse. The beautiful background vocals and live instruments are the cherry on top of the already great mixtape. A few months later, Scotty released Daily Bread, which was also recorded live.
Click here to listen and download Unplugged: Live From Smith’s Olde Bar
Soul Searchin by Dizzy Wright
In 2011, before he got a big record deal, Dizzy Wright was just a kid trying to make a name for himself. The young lyricist poured his heart and soul into this mixtape and it really shows. The deep subject matter, vivid storytelling, and thought provoking opinions are all part of what makes Dizzy Wright so unique. Standout tracks include “Here He Go Again”, “Hit Me When You Comin”, and “I Wonder If Heaven Gotta Ghetto”.
Click here to listen and download Soul Searchin
What was your favorite on the list?
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