Every so often I stumble upon some really dope music, and 21-year-old Oakland rapper Kamaiyah has definitely caught my attention. I’ve been hearing her songs “How Does It Feel,” “Swing My Way” and “I’m On” on fellow Bay native NEF The Pharaoh‘s Snapchat lately and was really feeling them. Unfortunately, I had no idea whose songs they were.
Fast forward to SXSW, I ran into Kamaiyah and her manager Brandon (who I know because he also manages YG,) and I put 2 and 2 together after she handed me a USB with her debut project, A Good Night In The Ghetto. Artists, take note – the USB was in the shape of an old school cell phone, and was by far the most memorable one in the sea of CDs and USBs given to me by musicians during my trip!
A Good Night In The Ghetto is minimal on features, but it does include YG, her Big Money Gang crew and Netta Brielle. Stream the project below!
Queen Cardi B was already an internet sensation before Love & Hip-Hop, thanks to her hilarious videos on Instagram, but now she’s a bonafide star. After releasing a couple of songs and teasing a few others on social media, the New York native has released her first official project, Gangsta B*tch Music Vol. 1.
I’ve seen some really great reviews over the last couple of days since the tape has been out, and even hearing a few snippets myself – I’m excited! Could this finally be the first GOOD music release that comes out of L&HH?!
“This mixtape signifies jumping out the window, taking a risk. The process has been amazing, but putting out my music for the world to hear is a super scary feeling, I just hope the world loves it as much as I do!” Cardi says. “I hope they listen to the words, and learn from the lessons and experiences I talk about in my music! I really hope they appreciate it! At the end of the day, I want young girls, and women to listen to the message! Its really simple, you can make it being yourself!”
Stream below, or download on iTunes or Datpiff.
Diplomats Vol. 2 was my introduction into the world of mixtapes, way back when in 2002. I was in the midst of my fascination with all things Dip Set, and was shopping on 125th Street (for my first time!), saw this on the street and the rest was history.
Vol. 2 came at the height of the guys’ beef with Nas, and features his infamous Power 105 interview (where he dissed them,) and includes their disses on songs like “Hate Me Now,” “Show You How” and “I Really Mean It.” (The latter itself wasn’t a diss, but Jimmy was sure to add his trash talk on the end.)
Listen to Cam, Jim and Juelz do their thing below!
I’m excited about Lexii Alijai. I was introduced to the young Minnesota native earlier this year, when she appeared alongside Kehlani on her critically acclaimed mixtape, You Should Be Here. Spitting on the track “Jealous,” I was immediately intrigued by Lexii‘s delivery because of her coarse voice and no f*cks given attitude, and was even more intrigued when I saw on Instagram that she was a pint-sized pretty little thing! Definitely NOT what I pictured!
I’ve been keeping up with her ever since, and I’m pleased to finally have a full body of work from her with this weekend’s release, Joseph’s Coat. The 11-track project truly showcases Lexii‘s range, and she kept it simple with only 3 features: Elle Varner, Kane and bubbling West Coast artist/DJ Mustard signee, Shaun Sloan (who also happens to be Lexii‘s boyfriend.)
It’s hard to really get a scope of an artist when you’re basing them off of one 16 on a guest spot, and this project truly gives Lexii an identity. And I’m loving it! Stream Joseph’s Coat below and download the project here!
Exactly one month from today, Ty Dolla $ign will FINALLY be dropping his debut album, Free TC. It’s been quite a long time coming, so naturally, he has recorded a TON of music that just didn’t make the cut for the project. So as an appetizer for the fans, Ty served up a 10-track mixtape today!
Airplane Mode doesn’t have any features, but includes production from DJ Mustard, Mike WiLL Made It, Sonny Digital and more – including Ty himself (as part of his production group, D.R.U.G.S.) Stream and download the project below, and pre-order Free TC on iTunes now!
We named Dave East as one of our 7 artists to watch for 2015 at the top of this year, and he’s definitely living up to the hype!
For his first major release of the year, the Harlem spitter teams up with DJ Drama for a Gangsta Grillz version of Hate Me Now. The 20-track project features some of New York‘s elite, from OGs like Jadakiss and Styles P to of course his mentor/CEO Nas, as well as up-and-comers like Tray Pizzy and Makarel. Tomorrow, a no-DJ version will be available for purchase on iTunes.
New York‘s rap scene has had small “comeback” waves over recent years, but very few are true to that feeling Jay and Nas and Biggie brought back in the 90s. Dave East definitely brings that on Hate Me Now, and it’s only a matter of time before he makes that “Forbes List” he’s dreaming of. Stream and download the project below!
Before Tsu Surf pays homage to the city that raised him with his long-awaited Newark project, the New Jersey rapper gives fans a bit of an appetizer with Garden Grillz.
Released today, the 16-track mixtape doesn’t disappoint, and definitely sets the tone for what Tsu has coming next. Stream and download Garden Grillz below. As for a release date for Newark – fans should be able to get their hands on it by next month.