Mixtape Monday: Elujay, brainorchestra, Yugen Blakrok, Cornelius Plus + More
Fresh music from Elujay, brainorchestra, Yugen Blakrok and Cornelius Plus kicks off this Mixtape Monday.
Elujay drops Adojio, brainorchestra represents for the beat scene with Havens, Yugen Blakrok drops Anima Mysterium and Cornelius Plus takes us to Futureland. V Don and Willie The Kid team with Eto on the Heather Grey EP and The Legion represent Uptown New York with Three The Bronx Way.
Ajani and BoatHouse keep things going with their collaborative One Punch EP. Amsterdam represents for the Pacific Northwest with Crush, 38 Spesh returns with 38 Strategies of Raw, The Good People keep NYC on the board with Good For Nuthin and AZ closes strong with the Legacy Mixtape.
brainorchestra – Havens
New Jersey’s own brainorchestra follows the Elevatum EP with Havens. He describes the six-track release as “Select connections. From the future. Displaying growth. Foreshadowing more love.” Take a listen.
Elujay – Adojio
Oakland spitter Elujay takes a deep dive into the realm of funk and soul on the seven-track Adojio EP.
Yugen Blakrok – Anima Mysterium
JoBurg spitter Yugen Blakrok follows the Return of the Astro-Goth with the twelve-track album Anima Mysterium composed by Kanif The Jhatmaster.
Cornelius Plus – Futureland
Bronx representative and “rap-futurist” Cornelius Plus takes a fresh approach to spitting on his progressive, effervescent eight-track debut Futureland.
Futureland revolves around this idea: what if you could speak things into existence as easily as you request a song from Alexa or Siri? What if instead of just getting information, you could create an entire world with your words. For me, that world is Futureland and this project is what it sounds like. It’s the world I wanna see
V Don x Willie The Kid x Eto – Heather Grey
V Don and Willie The Kid follow their 2018 collaborative album Deutsche Marks by teaming with Eto on the Heather Grey EP. The six-track project is produced entirely by V Don.
The Legion – Three The Bronx Way
Uptown trio The Legion put on for the birthplace of hip-hop with eleven tracks of true school heat titled Three The Bronx Way.
Hailing from hip-hop’s birthplace, The Bronx, NY, The Legion are back to solidify their already-storied legacy. Molecules, Dice Man and Chucky Smash once again combine forces to deliver their BX slick talk over Cules’ gritty tracks. They enlist the help of fellow artist Dres (Black Sheep) as well as Sadat X (Brand Nubian) and embark on a journey to further uphold the sound that the BX made popular some 40 something years ago. Traditional sounds with beats and cuts included.
Ajani Jones x Boathouse – One Punch
Chicago and Minnesota link with the arrival of the anime-themed One Punch EP from Ajani Jones and producer Boathouse. The five-track extended play features an appearance from Kweku Collins.
Amsterdam – Crush
Back with his first album in over five years, Oregon spitter Amsterdam drops the nine-track follow-up to Avarice titled Crush. The project boasts tracks from DJ Grumble, Tope and Trox.
38 Spesh – 38 Strategies of Raw
38 Spesh follows 5 Shots with the partially self- produced 38 Strategies of Raw featuring Klass Murda, Fred The Godson, Benny The Butcher and more.
The Good People – Good For Nuthin
Underground veterans The Good People drop a boom-bap gem with the arrival of Good For Nuthin featuring appearances from Large Professor, Sadat X, Lil Fame, Cella Dwellas, Napoleon Da Legend, and DJ Red Alert.
AZ x DJ Doo Wop – Legacy Mixtape
AZ is back on his “new 90s shit” representing for the borough of Brooklyn with that signature flow. This time he serves up a collection of freestyles and features on the Legacy Mixtape hosted by DJ Doo Wop.
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.