Mixtape Monday: Westside Gunn, Al Divino, Knowledge The Pirate + More
This Mixtape Monday is an ode to all things hip-hop with projects from Westside Gunn, Al Divino, Knowledge The Pirate and more.
Westside Gunn opens this week’s stacked roundup with the stellar Supreme Blientele. Al Divino follows with a fiery Dumpgawd reboot. Knowledge The Pirate drops Flintlock, Tuamie teams with Koncept Jack$on for Emergency Raps Vol. 3, QThree drops Pitch Black and Fly Anakin is in the mix with Big Kahuna OG on Life & Times of BigFly.
STS and Khari Mateen rework their latest with Better on A Sunday Evening, Mista Monotone pays tribute to the almighty Mash Out Posse, Queen Jo beasts on Some Women Are From Mars, quickly quickly makes his debut with Over Skies and DJ Harrison is back in the lab with UntilThen...
Westside Gunn - Supreme Blientele
Westside Gunn’s Supreme Blientele is being hailed as one of the best projects to hit the streets this year. Coming from one of the most respected spitters to put on for true hardcore east coast hip-hop, that should be no surprise. Features from Jadakiss, Elzhi, Crimeapple, Busta Rhymes, Roc Marciano and Anderson.Paak only sweeten the deal.
Al Divino - DUMPGAWD: Divino Edition Vol. 1
Al Divino’s 2017 Dumpgawd tape gets a reboot with the addition of three new tracks and a re-release as DUMPGAWD: Divino Edition Volume 1. With production from Sadhugold, Graymatter, Thelonious Martin, HNIC and Divino himself, the quality of the first volume bodes well for what’s to come. Nevermind the features.
Knowledge The Pirate - Flintlock
NYC’s own Knowledge The Pirate makes a statement with the arrival of his highly-anticipated debut Flintlock. The partially self-produced project also boasts tracks from Elemnt, Roc Marciano and Mushroom Jesus.
Tuamie - Emergency Raps Vol. 3
Just months removed from Emergency Raps Vol. 2, Tuamie and Koncept Jack$on resurface with Volume 3. Packed with “knocking drums and silky flows,” their latest features appearances from fellow Mutant Academy classmates Fly Anakin, Big Kahuna OG and Henny L.O. There's also a feature from Nickelus F.
QThree - Pitch Black
Keeping the heat coming in 2018, QThree drops his fourth project of the year with the Pitch Black EP. Arguably his hardest yet, the nine-track offering anchored by his monotone growl and gutter production features appearances from B.A.K.E.D. compatriots Mark Ryan, Drip and Atar’e Godspeed.
Fly Anakin x Big Kahuna OG - Life & Times of BigFly
Keeping a foot on the gas, Mutant Academy’s Fly Anakin follows the Ohbliv collab Backyard Boogie with the Big Kahuna OG-assisted Life & Times of BigFly. Five tracks deep, the project finds the pair taking a true school excursion over soulful beats from Graymatter, Ohbliv and ewonee. Monday Night and 3WaySlim guest on “On Retainer.”
STS x Khari Mateen - Better On A Sunday Evening
Taking the unplugged approach, STS and Khari Mateen combine Jam Boy magic and ace musicianship on the acoustic rework of their 2018 Better On A Sunday album entitled Better On A Sunday Evening. Juicing up the mix, Montreal’s Busty and The Bass join the duo to provide additional drums, guitar and horns on “Little Brother.”
Mista Monotone - Empty Clip: The M.O.P Story
Taking a slight break from rap projects, DJ Tony Tone celebrates an iconic rap duo with Empty Clip: The M.O.P. Story.
I PUT THIS TOGETHER TO ROCK! It's that simple. I didn't put it together to sell to the masses. The masses don't get M.O.P...and I like it that way. Not that I don't want M.O.P to be successful - I just want them to stay the way they are - hardcore & underground. Remember when being hardcore & underground was respectable? Remember when Nas & Jay Z were "ours"? It's easy to forget ain't it? This is for the fans...like you & me. Some of these are the certified bangers, some are album tracks & some are collabos you may not have heard. I also managed to sneak in a few original joints. Oh yeah, I did a little DJ Premier impression in the intro (give me some more tracks and an engineer? watch out nah!!). Anyway, nuff said...hope you get as much bang from this as I do! Salute!
Queen Jo - Some Women Are From Mars
Embracing masculinity, femininity and all-around badassery, Philadelphia spitter and Jo Darling alum Queen Jo takes a nuanced approach to love in the present future on her brand new eight-track slapper Some Women Are From Mars.
Some Women Are From Mars" is Queen Jo's account of dating as a millennial; where the men seem foreign and she learns to embrace her divine masculinity as much as her femininity. Navigating through this lens, she is able to interpret that love equates to respect and she's demanding it with a rage that is not set in Venus, the Goddess of love, but rather of Mars, the God of War.
Kev Brown - Homework
Thirteen years after his 2005 Up Above Records debut I Do What I Do, lyricist and producer Kev Brown scoffs at any hint of a sophomore slump with Homework. The introspective, sample-based record is a twenty-nine track clinic in Kev Brown’s singular aesthetic that was well worth the wait.
quickly, quickly - Over Skies
Rising Portland producer quickly, quickly marks his debut with the five-track Over Skies EP. Described by Passion Of The Weiss as “a lush reimagining of childhood, a refracted look at hip-hop from an obsessive actively documenting his entrance into the genre,” the project is the second release to surface from producer Ta-Ku’s 823 label.
DJ Harrison - UntilThen...
Fresh from Jellowstone HQ with a new batch of beats, Butcher Brown’s DJ Harrison drops the thirteen-track tape entitled UntilThen… Track titles like “IncenseSmoke,” “CoffeeGrounds,” “SparkRoach” and “SpiceRack” evoke mundane scenes of everyday life as easily as they read like a nod to MF DOOM’s Special Herbs. Melancholy, melodic and laidback, UntilThen… combines samba, trap and boom-bap percussion with a variety of loops.
B. Lewis - Strange Things
A little bonus this week in honor of a 7-inch vinyl re-release, San Jose producer B. Lewis’ “Strange Things” closes the roundup. One year after the arrival of Lewis’ debut vocal performance, Bay Area label Needle To The Groove gives the single a boost with a limited-edition white vinyl physical release.
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 @blamblamkaraslamb.