Earlier this year, Drake shocked the hip-hop world by dropping an album without prior announcement. The album, really pretty weirdly titled If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, completely blindsided us and has dominated our iPhones since its release. Like any Drake release, it also spawned thousands of remixes from SoundCloud producers, eager to craft a triple-fire-emoji-IRL-flame-thrower-Yeezus-All-Day-performance-GIF-dope-ass-swag-ass remix that gets passed around the blogosphere like Rachel Green sexually among the friend group in that show about friendship. I noticed that I had a lot of these remixes in my iTunes, and so far James Blake is the only producer to get a Drake remix onto a Tape Tuesday.
Most of these tracks are remixes from If You’re Reading This. Some of them are remixes of older tracks.
Connect with me on LinkedIn, and let me know what you think of the mix.
*The SoundCloud playlist is missing track 9, “Madonna (OG Ron C & The Chopstars Remix).”
Based on probability alone, most people are bad for you. The problem is my generation is so antisocial that they cling to any semblance of familiarity. Familiarity, oftentimes, is also bad for you. This mixtape documents that internal struggle between the comfort of familiarity and the drab of routine. I miss new feelings. In order to experience newness, you first have to acknowledge how damn easy it is to be sucked into unhealthy but familiar tendencies, and then you have to fight those urges. Progress comes from the fight for novelty.
On a different note, “Vic Mensa sang beautifully on a Kanye West song” is not a thought I ever imagined I’d have. But on “Wolves” Vic croons, “I’m just bad (bad, bad) for you,” and it’s the most affecting part of the song (along with the haunting sounds that follow his verse). This mixtape is in part an ode to the perfection of that song. It’s my attempt to channel the same energy of “Wolves” into an entire mixtape that doesn’t include the song itself.
And I was only trying to make it
*SoundCloud mix missing track 7 (“Home” by Heems), track 8 (“The Death, The Funeral” by Sean Leon), and track 19 (“Stay Down” by Big Sean) — so basically, download the entire thing below.
Big Sean‘s had himself a hell of a few hours. Last night, he was featured on the debut single from Meek Mill’s sophomore album (which is also a banger), and late last night he dropped a single of his own. “Blessings” is a bit darker then we’re used to hearing from Sean, but anything with Drake and Kanye West features is destined for greatness. Dark Sky Paradise drops on 2/24.
Meek Mill has been KILLING it since he got out of jail, and the visuals for “B Boy” are only keeping the ball rolling. The first single from Meek’s sophomore effort Dreams Worth More Than Money, the video finds Meek with Big Sean and A$AP Ferg (all three of which murder this track, by the by) living the dream lifestyle. The beat ain’t too shabby, either. Props to Illroots for the sick pic, as well.
Big Sean drops his own solo version of Rick Ross’ “Sanctified” which appeared on his latest album. You better believe he’s doing what he does best: wordplay. There’s really only about a minute and a half of rapping, the rest is intro-outro church-like-stuff going on.
I mean, sometimes I wake up in the morning feeling like the black Brad Pitt, too.
Big Sean must’ve read my mind or something. I honestly thought this guy completely fell off the face of the earth, but he returns with this sick freestyle to start off the 1st quarter.
This is the for the fans that say they love the album / But they fuckin’ love the mixtapes.
^^True for me
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Well, I’m back in college for my junior year. This is some scary stuff. One more year? Don’t get me started. Also, I turned 21 today so that’s a great thing as well. Here’s my gift to you!
Jordan’s Top 5:
He is unbelievable. I would let him sing to me, one on one, clothing optional, and not feel weird about. Sorry if that was slightly weird. Nirvana will give you that feeling, too.
Well, if you haven’t heard, Kendrick Lamar calls out a ton of rappers, and it’s fantastic. Even two rappers that he’s on the same song with! Wowza!
You know what? It’s just good, so just listen.
Blast it, jam it, sing it, loudly. This is one of those “why isn’t it at least four minutes long” scenarios. You rock out at only 2 minutes and 40 seconds, but it’ll feel like an eternity with one of my favorite songs of the year.
Hit the jump for the track list Continue reading “Best of August 2013” »
It’s been another wonderful week of tunes, here are some of the highlights in case you missed anything!
(Posted by Arjun)
Nothing better than a song that gets people talking, right? All week long people have been feeling some sort of feelings towards Kendrick Lamar’s verse in particular, so you know it did what it had to do. Whether you like this track or not, you’ll probably be hearing about it for awhile. You just can’t put out this kind of fire folks.
(Posted by Arjun)
This Galimatias track is fresh as hell, to say the least. It’s hip hop but with it’s own twist. It’s chill but the textures of “Dream” are something to marvel at. Will these artists from the UK ever put out bad music? I’m starting to think it’s impossible with what’s been coming out of there the last few years. We thank you, either way.
(Posted by Alicia)
Did this track come out of nowhere and sweep us off our feet? I’m going to say yes. It’s a fusion of many genres from r&b to electronic to indie, so there’s a touch of everything for everyone. It’s soothing, catchy and just fabulous in all the right ways.
(Posted by Lydia)
This Smallpools remix is one that makes you want to drive around and not care about anything ever again, really though. To quote Lydia “I feel invincible right now, yall.” FOR REAL THOUGH. It’s fun, indie pop heaven. Nothing to complain about with this kind of music in our lives. Magic Man did the job with this perfect remix of “Dreaming”.
(Posted by Alicia)
Two amazing artists doing their thing together, what more could you ask for? Smooth as can be, a blend of Chet Faker’s soul and Kilo’s edge. It’s what we like to call a match made in heaven. “Melt” will truthfully make you dissolve into your seat because it’s that good. Hey awesome artists, keep making music together because we LOVE it.
Big Sean‘s “Beware” has been on replay for me over the past couple days (it also earned a spot on my 2nd half of 2013 Spotify playlist), despite some aggravating sections of the song (namely Lil Wayne’s verse and the bridge-like session from Big Sean where he slows things down). It’s still a good song to throw on your headphones and listen to mindlessly. The music video, though, that’s some weird shit. It felt a little bit like I needed to readjust my laptop angle because the coloring was off and spotty. There’s a difference between trying to make art and making art. This seems like a half-assed attempt at trying to make art…but it doesn’t come off as real art. Hey. Big Sean. Leave the artsy stuff to Kanye. Make a cleaner music video.
Real-life pro tip, though: go to YouTube, find a video. (Here’s one for you.) Press pause. Type 1980. Click play to continue. [Have fun and you’re welcome.]
Last night, rap Twitter was set ablaze with input about Kendrick Lamar‘s super angry, namedropping, year-best verse on Big Sean‘s loose single “Control,” also featuring the whimsical, faux-man of mystery Jay Electronica. The epic, 7-minute track features solid verses from the three talented MCs; Kendrick’s just stands out in its egregious intensity and Kanye-confident delivery. Damn.
Hall of Fame drops August 27th. This is not on it due to “sample clearance issues,” but also I can’t imagine Sean would want to be this outmatched on his own album.
After accidentally releasing “Fire” to the general public a little bit ago, Big Sean dropped the video today for the very appropriately named track. And can someone explain to me the avid fascination with Miley Cyrus that’s been going on since, like, May? I don’t get it. First the whole twerking thing, then she’s in Jay Z’s (no hyphen) song “somewhereinamerica,” and now she’s literally the only person in this video. I just don’t get it. But hey, I’m simple. Big Sean’s highly-anticipated (at least by me) sophomore effort Hall Of Fame drops on August 27th.
Now if you don’t mind me, I’m going back to watching the The O.C. You suck, Oliver.