Two years after its initial announcement, Rick Ross has finally dropped off “Act a Fool,” a first taste of the highly-anticipated album Port of Miami II. Assisted by “Gemini (2 Sides)” rapper Wale, the track contains an undeniable callback to 2006’s Port of Miami, but modernized to fit current soundscape of hip-hop. Rozay’s flow is strong as ever, kicking off the chorus with a laidback yet confident bar: “20 billboards in the city, who the f**k is you?” Basing off the record’s debut single, the Florida native is definitely making it seem like the two-year delay was more than worth it.
Stream Rick Ross’ “Act a Fool” featuring Wale on Apple Music.
As the retail world sent bargain savers and Christmas shoppers into a frenzy on Black Friday, November 27th, the hip hop fraternity of artists used this day, as the give back date to their fans by dropping multiple mix tapes for you to stream, and download for free via DatPiff.com. Some of the mixtapes I downloaded included
Today is Cyber Monday, so it’s been a non-stop back to back listening fest with these 4 mixtapes, and I can say not one of them disappointed me. Chris Brown certainly leads the track numbers on his mix tape with 34 tracks, which in my opinion could have been split into 2 albums. Some of the features on his mixtape “Before the Party” include Rihanna, Fetty Wap, French Montana, Wiz Khalifa, and his homeboy Tyga as well. If you’re a true Chris Brown fan, and a lover of R&B, this is one for you.
Between the other 3 mixtapes, well, we waited for Lil Wayne to drop “No Ceilings 2”, and in true Young Money quality control, Weezy F doesn’t disappoint, with various original tracks, and freesyles with his version of Hotline Bling aka Jail Phone.
Fabolous, what can I say, he is a beast, who has kept to his flow and formula, which is why I am true fan of his. “Summertime Shootout” I feel, should have been released in the summer, it’s one of those mixtapes, you have to bump loudly, with various flavours of tracks, including the upcoming club banger “The Plug”, and his version of Hotline Bling aka Trapline Bling.
I’ll wrap up with the biggest boss, Rick Ross’s “Renzel Remixes”. He has been delivering various freestyle remixes over the past few months, his biggest freestyle remix has to be of Adele’s “Hello”, if you haven’t yet listened to it, simply download his mixtape and put it on blast. This mixtape is 26 tracks, and is covered over 2 discs, so be sure to grab both downloads. All in all, I’ve enjoyed listening to all 4 mixtapes and will continue to for a while to come. I have to salute the other artists that dropped mixtapes on Black Friday, be sure to log onto Datpiff.com to see them all and download.
Krept & Konan – New Single – ‘Freak Of The Week’ (feat. Jeremih)
Release Date: 28th June 2015
Pre-iTunes Link – http://po.st/LWHiTdlx
After their recent hard-hitting collaboration ‘Certified’ with Rick Ross racking up a BBC 1Xtra A List and over 300,000 views online, KREPT & KONAN have recruited yet more international players in DJ Mustard and Jeremih for their new single ‘Freak of the Week’ to bring another transatlantic slice of their signature hip hop to the charts. Sampling the Playground Riddim from the legendary ‘Who I Am’, ‘Freak of the Week’ is inspired by dancehall Godfather Beenie Man.
Destined to dominate the airwaves and become the soundtrack of the party circuit this summer, ‘Freak of the Week’ is a force to be reckoned with, guaranteed to reign supreme taking
KREPT & KONAN into the realms of global success. With some of the duo’s hottest lines inked over a heavy bassline, the new single offers a second taste of what is to come from their hugely anticipated debut album.
KREPT & KONAN stand as forerunners in their scene commanding a huge fan base that pushed their last mixtape into the top 20 – the highest ranking unsigned release in British chart history. Their album, ‘The Long Way Home’ sees a collection of artists so rarely seen on a debut record, from the hottest property in UK Grime at the moment Skepta to Grammy nominated Ed Sheeran, Wiz Khalifa and YG to name a few.
This summer will also see the duo hitting festival stages around the world including Glastonbury and Wireless for a second time after a rammed set at last year’s festival.
Rick Ross doesn’t fail to keep dropping classic hiphop albums, yes that’s right I said it classic! He is about to release his sixth studio album “MasterMind”. I’ve had the privelidge of having a full listen to the album from start to finish, and back again. As with his previous albums, he takes you on his own musical journey, bringing along the way some heavy hitters to join him, whether it be on the production side, or guests to rap along with. One point of this album which is refreshing to hear, especially from a South based rapper, is that Rick Ross has steered clear of the modern, common sounding trap beats and records that all of the other rappers are commonly producing. Yes, it helps with club bangers, but a change of style shows diversity in the music, rather than every track sounding the same.
On the album, Rick Ross revisits the attempted murder on his life last year, when his Rolls Royce Ghost was shot upon, not sure if the EMS call was a legit one, but his reminder to his fans and enemies, that he is still here, and still doing what he does best, a strong minded business man. I’d have to say I’m a fan of the complete album, all tracks, it certainly isn’t one of those albums I’d skip tracks and get to my favourites. Now, upon producing this certified heat of a album, I should expect all future albums, and mixtapes from the MMG family to be of a equal quality, and not of what they dropped with “Self Made 3”, that was a huge disappointment to say the least.
My Overall rating for MasterMind – 8/10 (no ones perfect)
Continuing the IGLU Sessions, where party people give me tracks and I add a few more and present them in a mix for all to enjoy. This selection comes from Lola, thanks for this one. Next IGLU Sessions drops 25.12.13, for now Enjoy. Check out the mix via my SoundCloud.
1) Kendrick Lamar – Cartoon & Cereal
2) Drake – Worst Behavior
3) Big Sean – 10 2 10 Remix
4) Mr Vegas – Tek Weh Yuh Self
5) Mr Vegas – Gallis
6) Vybz Kartel – Tek
7) Lil Durk ft. Rick Ross – Dis Ain’t What You Want Remix
8) Cloud 9 – Do You Want Me Baby
9) Hot Natured ft. Anabel Englund – Reverse Skydiving
10) B.O.B. – Headband
11) 50 Cent Ft Olivia – Best Friend
12) Lady Saw – Man Is the Least
13) Baby Cham – Vitamin S
14) Popcaan – Smile Again
15) Beenie Man – Touch Di Road
16) Tommy Lee – Pussy Mechanic
17) Rick Ross – I Wonder Why
True to creative form, Maybach Music Group artist Meek Mill has released his third volume in his Dream Chasers mixtape series via Datpiff (free download). I was very reserved about this mixtape, due to the massive disappointment of Self Made 3, so I expected more of the same, which isn’t good. To my great surprise and enjoyment Meek Mill has once again delivered a mixtape that should and could succeed as a iTunes purchasable album.
Dj Drama once again is the host for the mixtape, and once again the main club bangers in this mixtape has Dj Drama talking all over the tracks and dropping his samples, so for many club goers you won’t be hearing any professional DJ playing these in the clubs, which I feel is bad promo when they can become hits like House Party from Dream Chasers 1.
The mixtape has features which include Nicki Minaj, O Melly, Travis Scott, Birdman, Puffy, Yo Gotti, French Montana, and of course the MMG Boss and Meek’s mentor Rick Ross is on there as well. The tracks that I feel are the heavy hitters and stand out over the rest are Lil Snupe, Meek’s tribute to his artist who was fatally killed before he made it stardom. On the mixtape you can hear the hunger and natural lyrical talent of Lil Snupe, it’s a shame and lost for the hip hop industry, he could have been a great artist. The other track that has been on replay is Heaven or Hell featuring Jadakiss & Gourdo Banks.
Meek Mill didn’t spare any expense on the producers, which included Boi-1, Super CED, The Mechanics and top producers Scott Scorch. This tells you the levels Meek Mill has pulled together for Dream Chasers 3, and yes it’s worth the Free download from Datpiff, you won’t be disappointed.
Conclusion – Meek Mill has once again delivered a timeless mixtape, and I look forward to his next release.