Mixtape Monday: Mutant Academy, LE$, Smoke Dza x DJ Whoo Kid + More
Hip-hop collective Mutant Academy is first out the gate this week's Mixtape Monday, with the latest project from Fly Anakin, Koncept Jackson and Tuamie, entitled Panama Plus.
Le$, The Boy Illinois, Smoke DZA, LS Camp, Supakaine and Rayvon Owens also contribute to the pile with a handful of tapes that feature heavy bars paired with everything from nostalgic samples to lofi beats.
Jon Rogers leads the pack for the producers with the Elevated Funk Levels instrumental project. The Bay Area’s own pAS dOO follows with the Think Less, Doo More beat tape for Hot Record Societe. M-Phazes, Nottz, J57 and Small Professor are just a few of the names on the roster of producers that pilot Coalmine Records' sonic journey, Beats, Mines and Life.
Mutant Academy - Panama Plus
Fly Anakin and Koncept Jackson team with Mutant Academy classmate Tuamie on the follow-up to their stellar Chapel Drive project, entitled Panama Plus. The 18-track release is noticeably harder than the first but still sports their melodic signature. The project also features tough bars and ominous, melancholic production that conjures the best of Wu-Tang Clan, Boot Camp Clik, Brownsville Ka and Mobb Deep.
The Boy Illinois - WINDY
The Boy Illinois follows the single “Cool” with his 9-track WINDY mixtape. The soulful tape follows an uncharacteristic break for the prolific Chicago rapper and stands as another reminder of the city’s deep well of talent. WINDY features appearances from Saba, Rico Recklezz, Frsh Waters, Chai Tulani, Windy Indie and YP.
Smoke DZA - Cuz I Felt Like It Again
Smoke DZA follows the 2012 Cuz I Felt Like It EP with the appropriately titled mixtape sequel entitled Cuz I Felt Like It Again. The project, which boasts a trio of bonus tracks, also features appearances from Sheek Louch, Westside Gun, Cozz, Royce da 5’9” and Big K.R.I.T.
LS Camp - Back To The Basics (The Boom Bap)
Western Mass collective LS Camp throws back to the golden era with the Back To Basics (The Boom Bap) tape. The 16-track project from the true school veterans follows the title cut as well as the singles “Too Black” and “That’s All.” LS Camp rock alongside an impressive collection of featured artists and friends including Sadat X, El Da Sensei, Masta Ace and their HiPNOTT Records labelmate Von Pea.
Various Artists - Beats, Mines and Life
Coalmine Records celebrates some of the best instrumentals in their catalog on the Beats, Mines and Life compilation project.
The 14 tracks featured capture the brilliance of several of the producers we've worked with in recent years. These include numerous living legends who have carved out a massive niche in the game, including the likes of Nottz, Ayatollah, M-Phazes, and Khrysis. Also featured are the underground stalwarts like DJ Concept, Max I Million, J57, Small Professor, and Thelonious Martin, all of whom are cementing their place in the Hip-Hop world.
Le$ - The Catalina Wine Mixer
H-Town spitter Le$ follows Midnight Club and the more recent Summer Madness project with The Catalina Wine Mixer. The Step Brothers themed release is the third from Le$ this year. He avoids features on the project, which finds him putting in work over nine soulful tracks.
Jon Rogers - Elevated Funk Levels Vol. 1
Midwest producer Jon Rogers is waist deep in dirty drums and infectious loops on the Elevated Funk Levels Vol. 1 tape. The eight track release is a collection of beats from his live beat showcase performances in 2013 and 2014. The music plays like a sonic tribute to J Dilla, but packs in nods to producers like Hi-Tek, Madlib and DOOM.
Supakaine - Scholastica Park
Detroit native and DopeHouse representative Supakaine follows lead single “Incense” with the 11-track project entitled Scholastica Park. The follow-up to his 2015 Ghetto America LP features appearances from Slum Village, Chuck Inglish, Payroll Giovanni and Guilty Simpson. Young RJ, Icepic and DaG guest on production.
pAS dOO - Think Less, Doo More
Right on time, Bay Area producer pAs dOO drops his Think Less, Doo More instrumental tape. The funk infused collection of tracks is a bite sized flavor bomb that nestles field audio, protest language and hopeful refrains into tracks anchored by traditional boom-bap percussion. This is a gem for lovers of sample chopping and experimental sounds.
Rayvon Owens - Neuro Narrative
San Diego native Rayvon Owens represents for the rising class on the Neuro Narrative project. The 12-track release follows Owens’ 2016 Maturation album and finds him deep in thought about the African diaspora and his place in it. He also packs a nod to Outkast into the mix.
Karas Lamb writes and digs for tunes you haven’t heard yet. She actually wants to listen to your mixtape. Follow her on Twitter @karaslamb or Instagram @blamblamkaraslam.