Category Archives: Mixtapes

Hasty Generalization: Dave East – Hate Me Now

This post marks the second and final leg of my get familiar with Dave East mission [btw, th’fuck happened to Clinton Sparks?!]. The first stop, his Straight Outta Harlem mixtape, had some high points but was so unfocused that it ended up getting a mediocre score. Now, with about a year’s worth of added experience, let’s see how Dave did on his latest mixtape, Hate Me Now

His eyes are fucking scary!
His eyes are fucking scary on this! And why the hell is “NFL” tattooed on his chest?

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Quick Shot of That 100 Proof: Dave East – Straight Outta Harlem

Dave East - Straight Outta Harlem

Dave East is one of those cats who has been on my radar in name alone for about the past six months. I can’t remember how he got there, but my guess is Peter Rosenberg mentioned him at some point so I put him on the medium-sized list of people to give a chance to at some vague time in the future. Add some procrastination, and we’re at the point where Dave dropped a new mixtape, Hate Me Now, three days ago but I just started listening to Straight Outta Harlem several weeks ago. So I’m in the interesting position of being able to witness a rapper’s year-plus progression in a matter of weeks, which may be one of those rare times where being lazy pays off. Or maybe I’m imaging silver linings? Anyway, on with the review…

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Hasty Generalization: Fabolous – Friday Night Freestyles

Fabolous - Friday Night Freestyles
A fittingly lo-fi art sample for a mixtape about jacking old beats

I mentioned this mixtape when reviewing that Clue tape a few weeks ago, when Fabolous stole the show with a B-grade freestyle on the Bitches Ain’t Shit instrumental. I’m not going to pretend that there’s much to say about Friday Night Freestyles, because either you’re open to the idea of Fabolous talking shit over classic instrumentals, or you’ve probably already closed this browser window/tab. Me? I’m more than open to this kind of music.

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Hasty Generalization: DJ Clue – Banned From CD Part 1

I remember Clue tapes from back when mixtapes were the internet, before blogs and iTunes and Spotify. Big-name DJs were the gatekeepers to the industry for artists who needed more attention. DJ Clue was one of the biggest names during his time, he even had a deal and albums with Roc-A-Fella! Given that history, I grabbed DJ Clue’s Banned From CD Part 1* as soon as I saw it, so I could see what a Clue tape sounds like in 2015.

Turns out…not that great.

DJ Clue - Banned From CD Part 1

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Shot of That 100 Proof – A$AP Ferg – Ferg Forever

Ferg ForeverAlong with last week’s A$AP Ty Beats experiment, which pretty much crashed and burned, I’ve been trying out this new A$AP Ferg mixtape, Ferg Forever. It’s a Gangsta Grillz ‘tape, but besides a few examples of DJ Drama’s yelling, you’d be forgiven for thinking this was another official album: it’s as coherent as Ferg’s last album (read: not at all), and it has a few catchy singles, and I couldn’t recognize any jacked instrumentals from popular songs. But, according to DatPiff, this is Ferg’s debut mixtape. The milestone is very deflated since he’s already released an album, but I guess any first is worth celebrating?

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