Weekly Mixtape Round-Up: Future, T-Pain, OG Maco, and More
This week featured some mixtape releases from some major-label artists. It's funny when you think of what mixtapes used to be: a promotional vehicle for upcoming artists or DJs. Now it's a free for all, where artists from all ranks drop some jewels in between albums. Anyway, I'm rambling. Check out the choices from the signed to the not-so-signed.
Future - '56 Nights'
So, this mixtape fell from the sky randomly at the very top of the week. Hosted by DJ Esco, 56 Nights = the number of nights Esco spent in jail in Dubai after a trip last year to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. While it's hard to compete with Monster, this one is enough to sate fans until Future comes through with an LP.
Gucci Mane - 'Dessert'
Okay, so I know I said I was going to not post about Gucci Mane's meal plan albums, but then he comes with Dessert. It's only three tracks, one of which knocks—"Play Too Much" produced by Mike MiLL Made-It. Hopefully this is the last of the meal-themed mixes though. What's next? Midnight Snack?
T-Pain - 'The Iron Way'
Hey everyone, T-Pain is back. The Iron Way is a big return for him, boasting big cameos. The track "The King" with Bun B and Big K.R.I.T. is thorough and even Weezy comes through on "Let Me Through." While sometimes T-Pain can get moderately annoying, he keeps that to a minimum on this one. After four years since he dropped his last album, this is a solid comeback until his next formal release.
OG Maco - 'I Made This Shit Before U Guessed It'
Last month, OG Maco offered up 15, and now he returns with this little gem. Yes it's an "EP," but whatever it's OG Maco and we can do whatever the fuck we want to do. "Full Tank," "Boss Up," "Everlasting," there's some good stuff within these five tracks. There's a reason why this guy keeps popping up in conversations, right?
Que - 'The Sixth Man'
Is there another "OG Bobby Johnson" on this mixtape? No. But let's focus on the track "Weak" that features Young Dolph and producer Flippa. Too perfect. Dolph? Flippa? Can't. Stop. Laughing. Okay, I'm done. DL this one. You won't be sorry. No "OG Bobby Johnson" though.
Adrian Marcel - 'Weak After Next Reloaded'
Raphael Saadiq lends a helping hang to his protege by "presenting" his latest. After "2AM," Adrian had a lot to live up to, and this project does his mentor proud. Kelly Rowland brings her vibes to "Honey," while Pusha T snaps all over "Livin That Life." Casey Veggies also checks in on "I Get It," and the rest is just a nice little ride. Hopefully, he gets another new hit single out of it.
Maceo - 'Mexico City 2'
Maceo brings the second installment of Mexico City, as producer Stribb controls the beats on this mix. Yes, a lot of the songs sound exactly the same, but this is turn-up music and it has one sound. This is good background music though, in like your car partying down the highway or something.
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