[Hip-Hop] Curren$y – Priest Andretti (Mixtape)

As promised, and right in time for Halloween, Curren$y drops off his latest project. While many highly anticipate his upcoming mixtape with Wiz Khalifa, this along with Cabin Fever 2 should help hold fans over. Priest Andretti continues Spitta’s experimentation with different types of beats and flows. The at times ominous production seems fitting for its release date and the NOLA based artist demonstrates his always entertaining and creative delivery. Check out a few of our favorite tracks below and grab the whole thing free here: Curren$y – Priest Andretti.

’Contacts (ft. Trademark and Fiend)’
’For Seasons (ft. King Chip)’
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[Hip-Hop] Travi$ Scott – Old English (ft. King Chip)

After landing a feature and a couple of production credits on G.O.O.D. Music’s Cruel Summer, Houston’s Travi$ Scott has grabbed the attention of many hip-hop fans. Yesterday, he let loose a self-produced single with the Cleveland rapper King Chip, formerly know as Chip tha Ripper.

On “Old English,” Scott develops a heavy, ominous 808-heavy instrumental layered with a deep and haunting chant that induces a sort of trance for listeners. King Chip gives us a more aggressive verse than we’re used to with the confidence that comes with his new name and Travi$ proves his abilities behind the mic anchoring the track. This cut will be featured on Travi$ Scott’s upcoming project Owl Pharaoh, due out soon.

’Travi$ Scott – Old English (Ft. King Chip)’
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[Hip-Hop] Big Sean – Detroit (Mixtape)

Since being signed to G.O.O.D. Music back in 2007, Big Sean has had a steady rise finding mainstream success with out losing his original fan base. Sean has been featured on some of the biggest hip-hop tracks in the last couple of years and, with the help of Kanye West, emerged as a consistently relevant artist. Best known for his witty wordplay and experimental flows, the Detroit native  has been a very valuable asset to the G.O.O.D. team. On his latest mixtape, dedicated to his home city, he draws in help from a ridiculous amount of notable names in hip-hop including Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Juicy J and King Chip, just to name a few. With production credits just as impressive, Detroit, will likely be one of the strongest efforts from Big Sean yet.

With G.O.O.D. Music’s highly anticipated Cruel Summer‘s September 18th release date around the corner, this should more than hold fans over. Stream a few notable tracks below and download the whole tape for free here: Big Sean – Detroit (Mixtape).

’Big Sean – Higher (Prod. keY Wane)’
’Big Sean – 24K of Gold (ft. J Cole) ‘
’Big Sean – Experimental (ft. Juicy J & King Chip)’
’Big Sean – 100 (ft. Royce Da 5’9  & Kendrick Lamar) (Prod by Don Cannon)’
’Big Sean – Once Bitten Twice Shy (Prod by Hit Boy)’
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[Hip-Hop] Kid Cudi – Just What Iam Feat. King Chip (Prod. Kid Cudi)

As I and many of my fellow ninjas have expressed in the past, we definitely miss the old Cudder.  After watching him delve into some acting and trying his hand at being a rockstar, it’s good to finally have The Man on The Moon back where he belongs.  On his latest single, Cudi’s flow is reminiscent of his A Kid Named Cudi days, and with a chorus like “I want to get higher,” the once lonely stoner is making sure to pick up right from where his intergalactic spaceship landed.  Cudi also brings along King Chip for the ride, a familiar friend with a new moniker who you might know as Chip Tha Ripper.  If this song is any indication of what’s to come, then we’re definitely in for a real treat with his upcoming album, Indicud, which he’s described as his version of The Chronic 2001.

’Kid Cudi – Just What I Am f. King Chip (prod. Kid Cudi)’

[via Complex]

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[Hip-Hop] Hit-Boy – HITstory (Mixtape Review)

Let me give you a brief “hitstory” lesson. Before Kanye West broke through as the multi-million dollar mega producer/rapper he is today, he had plenty of detractors who had no faith in his prowess on the mic. This fact is pretty well documented on “Last Call,” the closing track on his debut album, College Dropout. It’s a pretty remarkable story, and at the time, it really provided perspective on the struggles Kanye had to endure just to get a shot to prove himself as an emcee. Nowadays, hardly anyone would ever question Kanye’s abilities as a spitter or a producer, as he’s grown to be arguably the most profound and revered artist in the genre opening doors for other multi-talented artists and producers who came after him like Pharrell, and more recently, Big K.R.I.T. & J. Cole. Now I’m not saying the idea of a rapper/producer first started with Mr. West, but I don’t think we’d seen a transition from producer to rapper quite like that before in hip-hop and his influence is undeniable.

While Hit-Boy & Kanye’s stories aren’t quite the same, it’s hard not to draw some parallels between the two of them, especially with Hit-Boy being the youngest protégé to join Yeezy’s G.O.O.D. Music outfit. On his own debut, Hit-Boy brings the same versatility and energy on the boards that he provides to the A-list stars mentioned above. With features from Kid CudiBig SeanJohn LegendBun B, & Chip Tha Ripper, you can tell he spared no expense with his invite list. The tape starts out with the aptly named titled track, “HITstory,” which brings the listener up to speed on Hit-Boy’s background, and what led him up to this point. The album then continues to the excellent “Brake Lights,” a calm, atmospheric song on which I could even see his mentor Yeezy rapping over if given the chance. Next, Hit-Boy speeds up the delivery on the banger, “Option” which features a guest verse from fellow labelmate, Big Sean. The fourth track on the project, “Old School Caddy,” has to be one of my personal favorites on the project for multiple reasons, with the most prominent one being Kid Cudi’s return to the rap game.

It’s after this point on the album though, that the project starts to flatten out a little.  As expected, the production itself is pretty dope, but the songs seem to start dragging on, with repetitive and weak choruses as well as mentions of the same old subject matter throughout (name dropping Kanye, Jay-Z, Watch The Throne etc). The project doesn’t really spring to life again until Bun B’s verse on the 8th track, “Busta Ass Niggas,” a notable feature from the soulful Mr. John Legend on “WyW’ and the project’s first single, “Jay-Z Interview.” The tape finally wraps itself up acceptably with the eleventh and final track, “Running In Place” as Hit-Boy transitions from the past to the future, while discussing the predicaments of his present success ala a young Drake on So Far Gone.

After listening to this project, I can’t say I’m sold on the guy quite yet; I would say he has a pretty solid flow, although there is something missing there. The dude certainly has tremendous room for growth, however. I can’t say he will ever be as impactful or influential as Kanye West, but he’s definitely got the foundation and right connections to build a strong brand of his own in the future. While this project by no means will be considered a mixtape of the year candidate, it can be looked at as a necessary step in the growth process of a very talented young artist. Everybody’s gotta start somewhere right?

Stream several standout tracks below and download the whole tape free here: Hit-Boy – Hitstory.


Boy – HITstory’
Boy – Option (Feat. Big Sean)’
Boy – Old School Caddy (Feat. KiD CuDI)’
Boy – Busta Ass Niggas (Feat. Chip Tha Ripper & Bun B)’
Boy –  Jay
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[Hip-Hop] Chip Tha Ripper – Keep It So Real (Prod. Cardo)

Cleveland rep Chip Tha Ripper has long been one of the most slept on artists in hip-hop. His smooth delivery and genuinely positive vibrations always make for a great listening experience. On this cut, Taylor Gang producer Cardo sets the backdrop constructing his signature Kush&OJ-style chillwave sound. The Ohio spitter continues to evolve as he successfully experiments with different flows. This track was featured on Mick Boogie & Hypetrak’s Represent the Stripes mixtape, which includes appearances from a number of other exciting hip-hop up ‘n comers and can be downloaded free hereKeep It So Real comes off as relaxed and low-key, embodying Chip’s own persona.

’Keep It So Real (Prod. by Cardo)’
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[Hip/Hop] The Cool Kids featuring Asher Roth, Chip Tha Ripper, Boldy James – Roll Call

Awaiting their highly anticipated album, ‘When Fish Ride Bicycles’, The Cool Kids teamed up with Asher Roth, Chip and Boldy Jame and give us a preview of what is to come next Tuesday July 12th.

The Cool Kids – Roll Call

’The Cool Kids – Roll Call ft. Asher Roth Chip The Ripper and Boldy James – deadcloud.mp3′
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