Thursday, October 28, 2010

Artist Spotlight: Mickey Factz

Mickey Factz aka Mickey Williams Jr. is currently one of my favorite up and coming artists. The first piece of work I heard from Factz was his Heaven's Fallout mixtape. I remember the first time I heard it, I was at work assembling these weird desks, turned on the iPod and I was hooked. In all honesty, my desire to branch out and listen to more genres of music all started from when I heard Heaven's Fallout and I thought to myself, "all of this is hip hop." I mean, Factz was rapping over stuff no other rapper would even think twice to try to rap over AND he was killing it. Hell, the dude rapped over the Geico commercial jingle. Right now, Mickey Factz is working on a joint mixtape with Cory Gunz and he is also working on his album, The Achievement due out sometime next year. Until that comes out, here are all of Mickey Factz official mixtapes (minus Flashback Vol. 1). I've also uploaded individual tracks for you to sample and download from each mixtape.

Alpha (1st iTunes Single)

thedarkphoenix: ALPHA
Download: Mediafire

The Leak Vol. 2 (The Inspiration)
Download: Mediafire

The Leak Vol. 1 (The Understanding)
Download: Mediafire

Heaven's Fallout
Download: Mediafire

In Search Of N.E.R.D.
Download: Mediafire

Mickey Factz - Skyscraper (Video)

Mickey Factz - Paradise (Video)

Lupe Fiasco - The Show Goes On (Single off Lasers)

New single from Lupe. I love it. Do the right thing and support the artist. Go spend $1.29 and purchase this single.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Kendrick Lamar - O.D. (Mixtape)

The 2nd mixtape from Compton MC Kendrick Lamar. O.D. or Overly Dedicated gives us more of what we loved from his FreEp.

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01. The Heart Pt. 2 ft. Dash Snow
02. Growing Apart (To Get Closer) ft. Jhene Aiko
04. P&P 1.5 ft. Ab-Soul
05. Alien Girl (Today W/Her)
07. Michael Jordan ft. Schoolboy Q
08. Ignorance Is Bliss
10. Barbed Wire ft. Ash Riser
11. Average Joe
12. H.O.C.
13. Cut You Off (To Grow Closer)
14. Heaven & Hell ft. Alori Joh
15. She Needs Me (RMX) ft. Dom Kennedy and Murs
16. I Do This (RMX) ft. U.N.I Skeme, Brown (of Sore Losers)

G.O.O.D. Music Cypher (Uncensored/No Audience)

The uncensored, audience free, version of the G.O.O.D Music Cypher from the BET Awards.

Download: Mediafire

Kanye West - Runaway (Short Film)

The 35 minute short film dedicated to Runaway is here. This video contains several tracks from My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and from what I've heard, I can't wait to buy the album. 35 minutes is a lot of time, but you'll feel like it's all worth it when you hear Lost In The World. The ballet performance to Runaway was pretty sick too.

Kanye West - Don't Look Down ft. Lupe Fiasco, Big Sean, and Mos Def

This would be a dream come true if it wasn't for the fact that Swizz Beatz produced this. Nonetheless, Kanye, Lupe, Mos, and Big Sean all do a great job on this collaboration.

Download: Mediafire

Friday, October 22, 2010

Kendrick Lamar - Kendrick Lamar (FreEP)

This is the FreEP from Kendrick Lamar. Born and raised in Compton, Kendrick Lamar isn't your usual Compton MC. Not only does he have some substance, he also has a flow and style that totally embodies and reflects the golden era of hip hop that inspired him. "She Needs Me" is hands down my favorite track on this EP. If you only listen to one song, let it be that, you won't regret it; It's the type of track that when you hear it you say "that's hip hop."Lamar recently released a mixtape titled "OD" so keep an eye out for it here. After I give it a solid listen, I'll see if it's worth posting.

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01. Is It Love ft. Angela McCluskey
03. P&P ft. Ab Soul
06. Wanna Be Heard
07. I Do This ft. Jay Rock
08. Uncle Bobby & Jason Keaton ft. Javonte
09. Faith ft. BJ The Chicago Kid & Punch
10. Trip
11. Vanity Slaves
12. Far From Here ft. Schoolboy Q
13. Thanksgiving ft. Big Pooh
14. Let Me Be Me
15. Determined ft. Ash Riser

The Black Keys - Tighten Up

Off of their LP, Brothers, co-produced by Dangermouse. Mediafire

Artist Spotlight: Mayer Hawthorne

Born and raised in Michigan, Andrew Cohen, better known as Mayer Hawthorne (Hawthorne was the road he lived on as a kid), describes his style of music as,"Green-Eyed Soul". Not only does he sing, but he also writes and produces his music. After moving to L.A. to pursue a music career, Hawthorne was eventually signed by the beloved Stone Throw Records label. It was there that he released his debut single, "Just Ain't Gonna Work Out"/"When I Said Goodbye", on a red heart-shaped 7" record in 2008. 2009 saw the release of his 1st LP, "A Strange Arrangement". Here are videos and other tracks as well that are not only just delightful (yea, I said "delightful") but also conjure up a bit of nostalgia from soul music's yesteryears. Also, I've included his remix to Snoop Dogg's - Gangsta Luv.

XV - Everybody's Nobody (Mixtape)

Hailing from Witchita, KS, XV isn't exactly new to the scene. Vizzy dropped "Complex" back in 07 and has since had trouble getting any real attention. Over the past year and several mixtapes, it seems as though he was finally getting some love. Then, in July, XV finally inked a deal with Warner Bros. Everybody's Nobody isn't new by any means, having been released in 2009, but it serves as a great mixtape to introduce XV to new fans. Features include, Big Sean, Wiz Khalifa, Colin Munroe, and others. Enjoy.

Download: Mediafire

03. Vizzy, Vizzy, Vizzy (Produced By Seven)
04. A.D.D. (Produced By Seven)
05. Come Back Down (Produced By Seven)
06. Gobstopper ft. Wiz Khalifa (Produced By Seven)
07. Mirror's Edge (Produced By Seven)
08. Blinded ft. Harlem's Cash (Produced By Seven)
09. Start A War ft. Colin Munroe (Produced By Colin Munroe)
10. Use To ft. Ne-Yo (Produced By Omen)
11. Live vs. Livin' ft. Big Sean (Produced By Seven)
12. Now Look (Produced By Boi-1da)
14. Me, You (Produced By Seven)
15. The Rabbit Hole (Produced By Omen)
16. Ending Credits [interlude]
17. Undeniable (Produced By Seven)
18. Bad News [Nobody's Somebody]
+ In Due Time [DJ Enuff Bonus]

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Diggy Simmons - Airborne (Mixtape)

The son of Rev Run, Diggy Simmons has decided to follow in his father's footsteps. At only 15 years old, Diggy Simmons is beyond "minor" leagues. This mixtape boasts production and features from the likes of Lupe Fiasco, Pharrell, Raekwon, Colin Munroe, and Boi-1da to name a few.

Download: Mediafire

1. Airborne feat. Wynter Gorden (Intro) (Prod. By Black The Beast)
2. Thinkin' Bout U feat. Bei Maejor (Prod. By T-Minus)
4. As I Am feat. Shianne Phillips (Prod. By Black The Beast)
5. Put You On feat. Chris Brown (Prod. By Black The Beast)
6. Super Hero Music feat. Raekwon (Prod. By Boi-1da)
8. Airplane Skit
10. You Got Me Now feat. Jacob Latimore (Prod. By Kane Beatz)
11. The Vision feat. Ghostwridah & Eric B (Prod. By Neako)
12. This Feelin' (Outro) (Prod. By Deputy)
13. Great Expectations feat. Bei Maejor (Bonus) (Prod. By Black The Beast)

Laws 4:57 (Mixtape)

Laws is a Brazilian-born, Flordia-based up-and-comer who recently inked a deal with J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League/Asylum/Warner Bros. Hosted by none other than Don Cannon, this mixtape not only features production from J.U.S.T.I.C.E League, but also, 9th Wonder, M-Phazes, DJ Khalil, and more.

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1. Illumination [prod. Benjamin Plant]
2. Number One (ft. Jay Rock) [prod. S-type]
3. Murder [prod. TN2 Productions]
4. This is Me [prod. L.A. The Craftzman & Feb 9]
5. Wall to Wall [prod. Benjamin Plant]
7. Want It All [prod. Feb 9]
9. Shining [prod. 9th Wonder]
10. My Chick (ft. Dion Primo) [prod. Benjamin Plant]
11. Hold You Down [prod. DJ Khalil]
12. Hustle (ft. Mason Caine) [prod. L.A. The Craftzman & Feb 9]
13. Colors (I Don’t Care) (ft. Calvin Harris) [prod. Calvin Harris]
14. So Nice (ft. Jason Caesar) [prod. S1 and Caleb, co-prod. Apple Juice Kid]
15. We Like It [prod. Da Honorable C.N.O.T.E.]
16. Rock and Roll Survival [prod. Cruiser]

Big Sean - UKNOWBIGSEAN (Mixtape)

The 2nd mixtape (my personal favorite) from Big Sean.

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1. Intro (Skit)
2. Intro
3. Take Me Away
4. Getcha Some (Album Version)
5. Tomorrow
6. Finally Famous (Skit)
8. Who Knows (featuring Mike Posner)
9. Rollin
10. Pharrell (featuring Pharrell Williams)
11. Billionaire
13. Outti (featuring Pat Piff)
16. Say You Will (Freestyle)
18. Blog (Skit)
19. Love Story (featuring Keely)
20. Supa Dupa
21. Starstruck (Freestyle)
22. Paper Chaser (featuring Jay. K)
23. Cum Over
24. Dj Shout Outs (Skit)
25. Iraq (featuring Dusty McFly)
26. Hollywood (featuring Earlly MacMillion)
27. MC Serch
28. Minds Playing Tricks On Me
29. Outro (Skit)
30. Last For Life (featuring Jwan)

Big Sean - Finally Famous Vol.3 (Mixtape)

The 3rd installment of Finally Famous from G.O.O.D Music's Big Sean.

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01 Final Hour (prod. Don Cannon and Nick Kage)
02 Meant To Be (prod. DJ Spinz)
03 What U Doin? (Bull$#!@ing) (prod. The Olympicks)
04 Money & Sex f. Bun B (prod. No I.D.)
05 Five Bucks (5 On It) f. Chip Tha Rippers & Curren$y
07 Crazy (prod. The Olympicks)
08 Home Town (prod. Eliseo of Treal)
09 Supa Dupa Lemonade
10 My Clost Sayitainttone (prod. Key Wane)
12 Fuck My Opponent f. Tyga (prod. Trillionz)
14 Ambigious f. Mike Posner (prod. Clinton Sparks)
15 Love Song f. Saui (prod. Key Wane)
16 Memories (prod. Key Wane)
17 Bonus Track