Happy Wednesday, guys. We’ve been nicely rewarded for reaching the hump day: the large and ever-evolving supergroup Marijuana Deathsquads have unleashed a free mixtape packed with appearances by nearly 50 collaborators, including Bon Iver, GAYNGS, Doomtree, Solid Gold, and Poliça. Pieced together at the renowned April Base studio in Wisconsin, it’s a diverse and experimental 10-track collection built on warped electronic sounds and hard-hitting raps, borrowing beats from folks like Lazerbeak and Gonzobean. It’s nothing short of mind altering and in-your-face. Best thing about it? It’s free. So check out a few tracks below and if you dig, head over to Marijuana Deathsquads’ official website and download the entire thing.
We Do This
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MellowHype, consisting of Odd Future members Hodgy Beats and Left Brain, has quitely released some of the dopest hip-hop tracks in the last several years making their upcoming album, Numbers, one of the most anticipated among OFWGKTA fans. On their most recent release, “Decoy,” The LA-based artists hop on a trademark dark beat both delivering with their quick rhymes shuffling a wide rang of content through out.
“Decoy” marks the beginning of #MellowHypeWeek, so look out for new material from these dudes for the next few days. Stream and download the second impressive single below and make sure to check out Numbers when it drops on October 9th.
Detroit’s Danny Brown is one of the most unique and eclectic emerging rappers grabbing the attention of artists and fans of all genres with his refreshingly wild flows and odd content. Always open to collaboration, Brown is teaming up with the dope underground rapping/production duo Blu and Mainframe, also known as Johnson&Johnson, for a full length project, which, from the sound of the first single, might give us a glimpse into DB’s more laid back side.
“Change” departs drastically from Danny’s regular sound as he matches the smooth instrumental with slightly more conventional and reflective raps concerning his recent success and progression. The motorcity native pulls off the more classic feel flawlessly once again proving his artistic versatility and impressive lyricism. Stream this uncharacteristically mellow cut below and look out for the collaborative Danny Johnson album out soon via New World Color.
Danny Brown - Change
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The corky Bay Area native, Kreayshawn, burst onto the hip-hop scene with her massive single “Gucci Gucci” back in 2011. Since then, she has expanded her following and received cosigns from a variety of artists all the while continuing her strange, entertaining evolution. With a stream-of-consciousness flow and a truly creative style, Kreayshawn is sure to catch your attention at the very least.
On her most recent single, Kreay teams up with super-producer Diplo and New Orleans bounce music mainstay Sissy Nobby for a track worthy of its name. Diplo, who has a history of spotting talent, creates a bouncy, bass-injected instrumental and gets behind the mic for a warped, but addictive, chorus. Kreay delivers with her signature steez and Sissy gives us a taste of her unique vocals as well. Stream this high-energy cut below, shake your rompus and look out for Kreayshawn’s debut album, Something About Kreay, out September 18th via Columbia Records.
Twerkin!!! (feat. Diplo & Sissy Nobby)
As dark and mysterious as Purity Ring‘s music is, it makes surprisingly good material for a remix. That’s exactly what New York based rapper T.Shirt does on this mixtape, grabbing bits and pieces from Purity Ring’s excellent debut album, Shrines, and adding some mellow bars of his own. T.Shirt doesn’t miss a beat on this project, matching each unique note with perfect rhythm. He even switches his style multiple times throughout, showcasing his diverse skillset as an emcee and his ability to adapt easily to changes within the flow of the music. While T.Shirt doesn’t remix the album track by track, he does bring together an awesome 15-minute blend that shows exactly the type of music these two forces could create should they choose to collaborate sometime in the future. For now, we can only hope for more.
PURITY RING x T.SHIRT (MIXTAPE)
Oakland rap duo Main Attrakionz have carved out a sound of their own that embodies the more experimental side of the Bay Area hip-hop scene. While artists like E-40 and Too $hort continue to manufacture Bay trademarked hits, newcomers like the Main Attrakionz push that classic style forward progressing with little regard for genre boundaries. On their latest single, “Do It For The Bay,” Squadda B and Mondre M.A.N. enlist a fellow emerging emcee from across the Bay Bridge, DaVinci, who hails from the Fillmore in San Francisco. Over the some smooth signature “musica de Harry Fraud,” the three rappers pay homage to their respective homes with the distinct slang and feel of the Yay Area.
Stream and download this Northern California anthem below. The Main Attrakionz upcoming album, Bossalinis & Fooliyones, is due out on October 23rd on Young One Records. Also, look out for DaVinci’s LP, The MOEna Lisa, which is set to drop on October 17th.
Do it for the Bay feat. Davinci (Prod. Harry Fraud)