Weekly Mixtape Round-Up: Drake, Young Buck, CyHi The Prynce, Gucci Mane, and More
If you're reading this, chances are you weren't invited to the NBA All-Star weekend. That's fine, because neither was the person writing this column. The releases this week were a little slim, but one in particular hit the hardest, and we'll get to his mixtape in a second. The important thing to keep in mind is that maybe a million mixes didn't drop in a week, but the ones that did should really count. Check out our picks and determine if quality won over quantity this week.
Drake - 'If You're Reading This It's Too Late'
So Drake dropped this one off at random, and the Internets blew up. If You're Reading This It's Too Late is just a non-stop ride of rhyming, where Drake is really trying to drive that "I'm a RAPPER rapper" point home. He's got the homies Boi-1da, "40", and PARTYNEXTDOOR among others on the beats, and all in all it's a strong release. Thing is, if you think you're pressing play on a bunch of hit singles, then look elsewhere. This is really for the mixtape heads. No hooks needed.
Young Sav & MMG - 'NYC All-Star 15'
So yeah, like previously mentioned, it's the NBA All-Star weekend, and Young Sav teamed with the MMG guys to drop off a nice little mixtape for the weekend. Some recent blog favorites appear like Chris Brown, Tyga, and Rick Ross on "Ayo," along with Meek Mille, Big Sean, and A$AP Ferg on "BBoy." There's much more from the Bawse, Meek Mill too, plus Wale and the other soldiers like Stalley, Gunplay, and Fat Trel. It's a party, and even if you weren't invited to All-Star, you're invited to listen to this.
Gucci Mane - 'Brick Factory 3'
This shouldn't be touted as a Gucci Mane release, but like the other Brick Factory releases, it's mainly a bunch of everybody else. On this one, Young Thug seems to be the shining star, showing up for "Heart Attack," "Down On That," and some other tracks that even feature the BASEDGOD. If you find Young Thug remotely entertaining, then you'll probably like this mixtape. If not, then walk away immediately.
Amherst x Young Thug - 'Disco Thuggin'
Speaking of Young Thug, Pigeons & Planes unearthed this delightful mix from someone named Amherst off Bandcamp. The remix project is called Disco Thuggin and features Young Thug over (get this) disco beats. This is going to sound ridiculous, but Young Thug actually sounds more palatable when you're listening to bell bottomed beats. It's true. It almost feels like everyone's favorite incoherent rapper was around during the '70s.
Young Buck - 'Before The Beast'
DJ Whoo Kid hosts this teeny tiny 7-track project from Young Buck in anticipation of the March 3 release of The Beast Is G-Unit. Young Buck can rap—that's never been the problem—but what he lacks are those tracks that really stick. It's hard to find anything sticky on this little project, but Drumma Boy's beats on a few cuts and "Exclusive" with Lloyd Banks, Yo Gotti, and Lil Reese make up for the lack of replay value. This wasn't supposed to be replayed anyway, right? It's just a teaser. Right? Right?
CyHi The Prynce - 'BHP 2: N.A.A.C.P.'
Apparently, when CyHi The Prynce isn't randomly Instagramming pics with Kanye, he's making music. And he's really good at it. We knew that already, just trolling a bit. But CyHi's release is full of straight-no-chaser bars from the fresh Prynce. Super duper slim on the features, it's easy to really hear how good CyHi is when he's not the fifth dude on a track. Songs like "Master P" really showcase his smooth flow, along with the Mannie Fresh-produced "What We Have," which is begging for the summer to start. Fans of the G.O.O.D. Music veteran will be pleased with this one.
Two-9 - 'B4FRVR'
Great news! Rae Sremmurd aren't the only ones making music on Mike WiLL's Ear Drummers Entertainment. No diss to Rae Sremmurd, of course, who actually show up on B4FRVR. So Two-9 have been together for a while now, but got that extra push in the name of ATL thanks to the super producer (who is also the executive producer of the project). The mixtape is pretty hot, and the single "Full House" has Wiz Khalifa and Ty Dolla $ign on it, so there's that. This one is worth a listen.