We “old heads” enjoy bitching and moaning about how Hip-Hop today will never stack up to the “Golden Era”– its fun, and in many ways, it’s true. Constant comparisons between the “new hotness” and your favorite rapper from the 90’s are unavoidable.

But let’s be realistic.

We aren’t getting another Illmatic; There will NEVER be another Biggie, and do you really believe you can compare Drake and J. Cole to Hov and Nas? Well… good luck with that.

For all you old timers out there, GET OVER IT. Enjoy the now. There is a lot of good music out there, and you don’t have to try very hard to find it. Your favorite artists are releasing free albums and mixtapes on Twitter. [Insert your preferred hip-hop blog here] neatly organizes all of the day’s leaks, and all you have to do is download and listen at your convenience. Hell, if you can’t download an album before its release date, you should be more than a little surprised! (*daps U-Torrent and Mediafire*)

On the other side of the coin, however, is the constant release of tons of crap– And I mean TONS. Not even bringing retail albums into the equation, there’s hundreds of mixtapes dropping every day. Go to Datpiff right now, and check under “new today”. Go ahead, I’ll wait …………………

My point (i’m getting there, chill) is that in spite of the instant availability that the internets provide, a lot of good shit can fly under the radar. Why bother with the latest tape from Young Handjob the Unholy or Donnis (yes, shots) when you could just avoid the mixtape scene all together? I know i got sick of the the “download, then delete, repeat” cycle, and eventually i just quit trying. It’s also easy to forget that not everyone is an internet addict who knows what’s dropping, when it’s dropping, who produced it, who did the cover art, and every other detail that’s constantly aggregated on your favorite rap blog.

So for your consideration, the #GBMgang wanted to make sure we give you a second chance to catch the 5 best mixtapes to drop so far this year. You may have missed them, or maybe you downloaded one of these gems and left it sitting in your download folder awaiting a listen thats never coming. Hell, maybe you got as far as the intro before you CTRL + ALT + DEL’d that shit into the recycle bin..

It’s the internet era. This week alone, there is going to be 100 new songs that command your attention, but i wanted to give these tapes a little more well deserved shine before we move on and consume the next batch of new music that is without a doubt on it’s way.

Being that my disdain for Southern Rap has been well documented, I enlisted the services of fellow young republican and bamma rap enthusiast, Shellz to round out this shit and give it some geographic diversity.


Fiend – “Tennis Shoes and Tuxedo’s”
For: Those who enjoy the current “lifestyle” rap that Currensy, Wiz, and Smoke DZA kick to the masses.
Sounds like: The Precursor to Currensy’s Covert Coup

For those of you who remember Fiend from his “Whomp, Whomp” No Limit Records days, this new International Version of Jones will throw you off, but (maybe) not in a bad way. Now a part of the Jets (Currensy collective), International Jones has transformed himself and his music from the more aggressive New Orleans sound to the smoother, Ski-esque (yea, I made that up) sound currently receiving a well deserved revival. Featuring features by Currensy, Trademarc (who?), and BiG KRIT, the whole project is the type of breezy, blowing smoke on the traffic cop while your on your way to scoop another niggas girl music thats a necessity now that the spaghetti straps and mini-skirts are getting dragged out of the closet.

Check for: James Bond Benz, Sweet Mary Jane, and Luvin Life Ft. Currensy


Juicy J and Lex Luger – “Rubber Band Business”
For: People who know how to turn their brains off; People who enjoy recycled bass lines.
Sounds Like: Anything else Lex Luger has cut-and-pasted into Pro Tool for the last 2 years, except with more angry, humerous Down South rap.

Juicy J, one half of the Triple Six Mafia, has finally shaken off that post- Oscar lull and moved on from attempting to be Reality TV stars (the show was dope tho, word to Big Treice and SugarFoot) and struck out to work on solo projects, as they have a habit of doing from Time to Time. While DJ Paul and Drumma Boy continue to work on their solo project, Juicy has gone for self, singlehandledly making the only Wiz Khalifa song worth listening to, “The Puff Bus”, and dropping the excellent Rubber Band Business collab project with inferior producer Lex Luger. Lots of dope synths, heavy 808s, and a level of debauchery other, treble voiced rappers could never hope to meet over these types of beats.

Songs to check for: Stunna’s Do, Party, Niggaz Got Problems.

Note: I never listened to the last song on this project– Ya’ll know I don’t fuck with cops.


Pusha T – “Fear of God”
How excited was i for Long Live the King, Pusha’s upcoming solo debut on G.O.O.D music prior to hearing Fear of God ? To keep it short and simple, only sorta. The last Clipse LP was the Malice show, Push had signed to the biggest blouse rap label in the world, and dude shows up at the VMA’s wearing a salmon colored suit ? I was skeptical. Post Fear of God expectations ? Sky fucking high. Pyrex P absolutely murders every original production on this one. He chose the right beats, he got the right features, and he murdered it. A handful of freestyles that were pretty much underwhelming held this project back, but it definitely accomplished it’s goal – prove to the skeptics that Push will be fine on his own, and you should be excited about the upcoming album. I’d like to say that P won’t be wearing blouses in a year or two, but I can’t call that one.


Willie the Kid – “The Fly 2”
What can i say about The Fly 2 that hasn’t already been said by my e-fam, HL ? Something i noticed today, was how well this would fit in with the Wu catalog, even though so many others have tried to replicate the Wu style before and failed, Willie somehow pulls it off without even trying. This tape would recieve the coveted “holy ghost music” ranking, but one of the criteria for a classic is how it stands the test of time. We may not have had years to see how “The Fly 2” will age, but it definitely shares some characteristics of a classic. To say it flows like an album should, would be an understatement. This shit is a movie. If you haven’t given this a thorough listen, slap yourself, then slap Deen’s mama.


Stalley – “Lincoln Way Nights” (Intelligent Trunk Music)
I had to include the homie Stalley on this list. I know a lot of people were checking for him on the strength of “Harsh Ave”, which was produced by Ski, but no one expected homie to come with this type of product, especially with virtually unknown producer, and fellow Ohio native Rashad. Stalley proved that Ohio can breed more than just thugs n’ harmony, white trash and a King with no ring(yes, shots.again). Stalley showed a few different sides on this one, switching in and out of the radio friendly lane with Slap, and back to his comfort zone with more of a conscious, almost spoken work type flow with joints like 330. This tape is a banger, and for once – it’s time to give someone from Ohio a little credit.

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Comments on: "5 Mixtapes That Deserve Your Hard Drive Space (From Jan-Apr)" (37)

  1. Covert Coupe > WTK
    And this list is complete

    And Hoots…June is next week. Wolves is waitin on you.

  2. 007 said: May 26, 2011 at 3:42 pm
    Covert Coupe > WTK
    And this list is complete
    And Hoots…June is next week. Wolves is waitin on you.

    ^

    We are going to do another one of these. We actually finished this BEFORE CC came out, and we were trying to pick projects people may not have listened to.

    JihaD

  3. hoots 2.0 said:

    dare near one you niggas show up at the Nah bbq… i’m going ham on the first nigga face, look at me wrong

  4. hoots 2.0 said:

    007 you cool and all. Jihad too. But yo fa real fa real… let one yall niggas say or even remotely look at me wrong.

  5. hoots 2.0 said:

    Im just tired of these tough guy commenters… I swear it can’t happen to em… I ready to put the beats on someone. Any one of you niggas. gone ‘head and Act up.

  6. fbm rns said:

    Frankie…got an email?

    Need to speak you…Not trying to get indicted and prison term..

    No phone and none of that fuck shit on the radio.

    Strictly emails….

    007…get at me….no gay shit

  7. fbm rns said:

    hoots 2.0 you are a fucking genius..

    Drug Dealers Wives…would be epic and the ratings would be thru the roofs..

    Fuck black women….nah but for real I am really tired of my black queens getting disrespected left and right….from Flava Flav show….to GG and racist porn companies…to Rap Videos…where they are hookers and strippers..

    The Black Women in America is at the bottom of the totem pole…unfortunately..

    Shout out to my moms…he stay hustling and struggling….Real Black Women >>>

    anywhoo…

    I got a white girlfriend…ROFFLE….white girl sitting in lap of the white girl, in the passenger seat…the blicky in the glove compartment of white bmw….ya heard…

    I would be the protaganist of the show…

    taking trips across the border…like a migrant worker….Shooting it out with Zetas….and Tijuana Cartels…

    shit would be epic…no scripts…real shit…if a nigga die on tv…then so be it…makes for cable pay per view…ratings go up

  8. fbm rns said:

    a nigga feel like yo gotti…up in this bitch…

    risking his life
    25 to life
    in the trunk….so much white
    you think the holy christ is near

    pusha is garbage tho

  9. FBM Real Nigga Shit says:
    May 26, 2011 at 1:26 pm  (Edit)
    Tron you are a faggot and a loser. Your kids will hate you one day.
    ^
    what’s the deal hoots..

    Thought we squashed our beef.. You supposed to be connecting me with some white sand while I’m down here..

    You either about that life or you ain’t..

  10. fbm rns said:

    that wasn’t me bruh…i squashed my shit witcha…its a troll mask wearer…

    we cool…i was going to chop it up with ya…when you got back from vacay…

    on the real…

    i need custies…in cleveland, cincinatti (i heard its violent there), lexington, louisvuille, daynton and youngstown…

    me and my homie gonna bring it up from houston…..I got niggas in Dallas (no Mavericks)….H town….Austin…lol

  11. hoots 2.0 said:

    word fbm rns… i’m recruiting prospects for the show now… I need legit drug dealers and their wives. It could be the corner block hugger, or the nigga pushing bricks. Explain to them their identity will be hidden and a confidentiallity agreement will be signed.

  12. fbm rns said:

    My house all white like a virgin, it aint a dream
    I flip the white, like a Russian Gymnast Team…
    Yay in the A…96 Olympics….
    O’s and Bricks shit
    Stuff it in ya ass…ugh
    in between ya nuts…bruh
    Got mules in Colombia…(model bitches)
    Break bread with Mexicans…no xenophobia
    Niggas bring it prison, flush it down the toilet
    Nigga take it out the strainers, make sure it not spoiled

    for real…

    Flip white how real estate agent flip a house…

  13. fbm rns said:

    #
    hoots 2.0 said:
    May 26, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    word fbm rns… i’m recruiting prospects for the show now… I need legit drug dealers and their wives. It could be the corner block hugger, or the nigga pushing bricks. Explain to them their identity will be hidden and a confidentiallity agreement will be signed.

    ^you got contacts at MTV or VH1…i heard they did a show about Mob wives….why can’t they put niggas on and let Pushas eat….

    Fuck a dope boy tho…fuck a trap nigga….to ignant….
    No corner niggas..

    We need the suppliers, the ceo’s of the streets, the boss of the hood, the nigga that gets it from colombia for 2k….and the flips in the UK for about 20-30K…

    ya heard me…

    If I do this shit…The feds will be on my ass…throw a hundred years at ya boy….

    Got so much white…shit looking like the Oprah Show Audience…

    for real…

    Got weapons too…

    they got bodies on em…

  14. Damn my bad hoots..

    I just checked the IP.. It was faggit ass NOWB.. Dropping N bombs cuz he’s a racist..

    I don’t normally expose the face behind the mask.. But u went too far .. U give us tolerant white folk a bad name.. U a racist..

    My 8 year old son would slap quarters outta you ..

    Cave ya chest in..

    Ima have about a hunnid wolves on ya.. Like Clyde smiff..

  15. Yo hoots..

    This clown NoWB stays out west..

    Ima need u to handle that ..

    Slap him around with the blicky.. Knock his teeth out..

    Make him drink drano..

  16. fbm rns said:

    Nah right is all racist b…

    McB is racist
    Stot is racist….
    Nowb is racist

    Tron you were and still are racist man….I heard you talking about Black hair in a negative light…

    its ok….tell us how you really feel…at least you real with it..

    I hate closet racists….that hide behind doors…say the “Nigger” and how they hate “Black folk”

    if you upfront with it…i can see ya…

    “Tell us how you really feel“

  17. fbm rns said:

    Nowb is from the East coast?

    he said he stayed in Pennsylvania….

    and he is a pittsburgh steeler fan..

    and I think he went to Penn State or some shit..

    or so he claims..

    where in cali he at?

  18. Pusha tape was weak IMO, but I can rock with the others. I would put Prodigy and Curren$y’s tapes over Fiend’s, but I liked that one too. I think The Fly 2 is the illest this year though.

  19. NOWB stays in Arizona or new Mexico or some shit..

    Maybe Utah.. He probably a mormon..

  20. fbm rns said:

    Pusha and Jeezy get into a good description of my lifestyle…I fuck with them heavy…but Pusha Fear of God tape was so pop and kanye-esque….dude be yourself bruh…

    you a pusha…dope boy…trap nigga….

    now you wearing chancletas…pink pants and xtra small polo’s with roses and hearts on em?

    gtfoh…

    Thats why I only bump yo gotti and tity boi….they speak to me…i can relate…they talk about my life…

    ya heard..

  21. fbm rns said:

    SMH @ at NOWB being a Mormon…posting pictures with all these ugly horse faced white bitches….and he probably still comitted to being a virgin to marriage..

    the chubby boi will probably call the cops on me….

    i smack him and put hands on him…he’ll get daddy and mommy’s lawyer…

    fucking silver spoon fed white wiggas…

    nowb = stot

    cut from the same cloth

    if you had any self respect you’d be out robbing and selling drugs…you fucking spoiled suburban white fuck fucks…cowards…

  22. fbm rns said:

    i dont beef with white wiggas….

    they call the cops on me….fbi….dea…cia…..

    “The nigger right there….he is a gang member…he on gang land….he sells pills and cocaine….arrest him”

    Then I’m in a cell block….breaking my knuckles on the wall…waiting until 25 years later…to come out…and finish him and his family off…

    I like beefing with niggas…real niggas…because they don’t call the cops…

    so we can shoot it out all day like Dallas Mavericks and Oklahoma City Thunder…ya heard…

    frankie 007…where you at fuck nigga….

  23. Yo man I got sunburnt as fuck today..

    I’m used to grey and dreary Ohio..

    I got the complexion of a vampire..

    I got fucked up today

  24. WTK is overrated as fuck…

  25. hl said: May 26, 2011 at 4:36 pm
    Pusha tape was weak IMO, but I can rock with the others. I would put Prodigy and Curren$y’s tapes over Fiend’s, but I liked that one too. I think The Fly 2 is the illest this year though.

    ^

    None of those tapes were out when this was written, plus. people knew about those tapes. We were trying to spotlight some other projects that may have got lost in the shuffle.

    *daps*

    JihaD

  26. Yo.. How is wtk over rated tho?

    Like I know of a few people who Stan for homie, but other than that, he’s relatively obscure..

    Besides, Willie is dope.

  27. two dope tapes out of five (guess which), not bad actually..

    them other niggas NOT bout that life..

  28. Hoots if you aint hittin up Pittsburgh in June to settle your beef..

    then you fuck nigga status word with all that talkin

  29. heroine headliner said:

    nahright commentas gassin up wtk, hes allright, but hes not real

  30. EnglandRepresent said:

    The only mixtape I’d listen to out of alla these is that Pusha.

    NOWB is a fucking plank. Racist bastard.

  31. Fbm rns said:

    Stop switching your name

    I’m going to murk ya on camera

    And post it on wshh

    And reap the benefits

    Of snuff films

    Fuck nigga

    Let’s meet in the city

    Pirates field by the bridge

    There is never anyone there

    Imma shoot ya whole home up

    I dont give a fuck who in der

    Umma shoot that whole shit up then drive away

    And come back around and spray a couple cartidges

  32. Fbm rns said:

    Do you know who you dealing wit?

    My goons psycho that like spray guns for the fuck of it

    I am not a blogger

    I am not a rap nigga

    You will see

    If I wasn’t stacking my bread for the artillery and arsenal ya ass would of been ran thru

    No b pumper

  33. YC Young Chris said:

    My “Got Racks” mixtape definately deserved to be on this fuck ass list……I shit on porch monkeys like Pusha T…LOL

    Racks on Racks on Racks

  34. YC Young Chris said:

    And you can’t CTRL ALT DEL something into your recycling bin b….The fuck kinda computer you using?

    Racks on Racks on racks

  35. Exhibit A:
    About That Life says:
    May 26, 2011 at 10:48 pm
    Hoots if you aint hittin up Pittsburgh in June to settle
    your beef..
    then you fuck nigga status word with all that talkin

    Exhibit B:hoots 2.0 says:
    May 26, 2011 at 4:02 pm
    007 you cool

    Exhibit C-I like beefing with niggas…real niggas…because they
    don’t call the cops…frankie 007…where you at fuck nigga….

    ^Real niggas do real things! We waitin on ya boi. Goin turn that white vneckred tee fa ya.

  36. hoots what is u talkin bout? I’m not 007/frankie

    ^
    he right there, you see him

  37. Racks on Racks on Racks

    ^^
    knee grow please..song been played out just chill

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