This week Mixtape Monday features a fun collection of tapes from H-Town veteran Jett I. Mastyr, Queen City spitter and Dreamville signee Lute.
NYC’s own Phase One, Left Coast gangsta rap supergroup G-Worthy and Beantown producer 1st Official. Young Thug and Carnage also make an appearance with their collaborative tribute to Martha Stewart. Freddie Joachim returns with the small but mighty Untitled instrumental tape, Mr. Sonny James and DJ Just Dizle take listeners into the hallowed halls of DJ Jazzy Jeff’s PLAYlist Retreat and The Extraordinair$ are back in the saddle with their slow jam masterpiece, Uncle Junie’s Mixxx.
Jett I. Mastyr – Decorative Pillows
Houston spitter Jett I. Mastyr is joined by a handful of H-Town’s finest to showcase the dopeness of the city’s elite MC class on the new collaborative project Decorative Pillows.
Decorative Pillows’ is a fully collaborative project featuring a bevy of independent artists from primarily Houston, TX. The meaning behind the project’s name is the music is “too dope to be slept on”, like a decorative pillow. Jett I’s sound on the album ranges from soulful boombap to gospel inspired to west coast & southern influenced bangers.
Tiffany Calver – OVO Sound Radio Ep. 51
London-based radio host and rising selector Tiffany Calver guests alongside Oliver El-Khatib for Episode 51 of OVO Sound Radio from Beats 1 and Apple Music. El-Khatib dropped tracks from SAFE, Frank Ocean and Jorja Smith. Calver’s trap dominant set was also generous with the UK classics. Standouts included tracks from Maxo Kream x Lil Uzi Vert, Roadman Shaq, Nav x Metro Boomin, Kodak Black, A2, Chef 95 and more.
Lute – West 1996 Pt. 2
Dreamville Records signee and Charlotte MC Lute serves up a slice of life with a reboot of the journey he began on the 2012 West 1996 project, entitled West 1996 Pt. 2. The introspective 11-track release is driven by a funky, gospel inflected collection of true school productions. West 1996 Pt. 2 features appearances from Cam Obi, Elevator Jay, GQ Slaughter, Earthgang and Hi I’m Ry.
Phase One – World Wonder
NYC spitter and The Lesson fixture, Phase One kicks in the door with the stellar 10-track project World Wonder. The ridiculously soulful release is a journey through manhood as told by a musical polymath. Buoyed by the gospel-inflected lead single “City Boii,” Phase raps and sings over production that conjures the Foreign Exchange, the OVO sound and the classic combination of Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek. What Phase has on his hands is a rare front to back listen that is worth repeated spins.
1st Official – The Shift: One Day Beat Tape Vol. 5
Boston producer 1st Official is the latest to take the 24-hour production challenge from The Shift with the arrival of the One Day Beat Tape Vol. 5. The 9-track tape from 1st Official and AR Classic Records follows Volume 4, which featured tracks from Jon Glass. 1st Official’s selections comprise a tight collection of synth-based productions that are expansive, soulful and tough as leather.
G-Worthy – G-Worthy
G Perico, Cardo and Jay Worthy have joined forces as G-Worthy to serve up an authentic taste of Angeleno gangsta rap on their self-titled Fools Gold debut. Cardo supplies nostalgic G-funk slappers for the seven-track project, which is driven by all of the swagger, tough chatter, pimp slanguage and bounce one might expect from a true school west coast gem.
Freddie Joachim – Untitled
Freddie Joachim quietly dropped a fiery instrumental tape entitled Untitled, which is fitting given the lack of fanfare that accompanied the short release. The formidable 4-track tape propelled by monstrous basslines is a beat maker’s delight that includes subtle chops of Jay-Z’s “Girls Girls Girls” and Raheem DeVaughn’s “My Queen.”
Young Thug x Carnage – Young Martha
Young Thug and DJ Carnage keep it as trill as humanly possible with the release of their Martha Stewart tribute EP, Young Martha. The 4-track release features appearances from Meek Mill and Slime. Expertly prepared in the trap tradition of threat riddled street bangers, this is a proper ode to the woman who – like Thugger Thugger – might have been the biggest boss alive in her prime. Like before the federal bid and the crocheted poncho.
DJ Just Dizle x Mr. Sonny James – PLAY The LIST
Philadelphia and Paris connect yet again as DJ Just Dizle and Mr. Sonny James link for their latest collaborative mix entitled “PLAY The List.” The tag team set offers a peek inside The PLAYList Retreat — the “intimate gathering of progressive artists for the purpose of inspiration, motivation and collaboration” organized by DJ Jazzy Jeff. Showcasing people that “believe in the greater purpose of expression through music,” they take listeners on a sonic journey into a groundbreaking musical gathering. Shouts to So-So.
The Xtraordinair$ – Uncle Junie’s Mixxx
KC representatives The Xtraordinair$ aka Dominique Sanders and Leonard Dstroy follow the January release of Flow with the 22-track Uncle Junie’s Mixxx. Following the strict directive “make love, not war, “ the duo deliver a Quiet Storm inspired collection of slow jamming joints that are perfect for the let-out or the late night. The best part of listening to this might be picking out all of the classic r&b samples they packed into this tape. Heat.