You gotta give it up to the folks over at Disturbing Tha Peace.
Although Ludacris’ famed label is known mainly for pumping out hip-hop music, DTP has been responsible for getting some quality R&B joints out to the listening public. Case in point: singer/songwriter/musician Rudy Currence.
A native of South Carolina, Currence signed up with the label a little more than two years ago; in that time, he’s lent his gospel-inspired vocal abilities to a holiday album (Last Christmas), a cut by Quincy Jones featuring Ludacris and the group Naturally 7 (“Soul Bossa Nostra”) and more.
Currence’s latest release is the mixtape Digital Analog, which includes the DJ Don Cannon-produced, hip-hop/soul flavored cut “The Other O.T.H.E.R.” (see video below) and 10 other tracks.
Wanna hear it? Well, then go ahead and download it for free.
Atlanta MC Alley Boy has been steadily making a name for himself on the underground mixtape circuit for a couple of years. You may have heard him on "Rob Me A N*gga" off of Freddie Gibbs's Cold Day in Hell in addition to tracks by Trouble, Juicy J, Slim Dunkin (R.I.P.) and Waka Flocka. He's primed to make a name for himself with the release of his newest mixtape, Nigganati (#NoTypo), which is set to be released today on LiveMixTapes.com.
On leaked single, "I Want In," it seems as if the Duct Tape MC intends to Debo his way into the fold of Atlanta's hip-hop elite — whether they like it or not. With a couple of thinly veiled darts sent at T.I. and Young Jeezy, Alley Boy is pretty much ensuring that he'll soon be the talk of the town.
Alley Boy, "I Want In"
Nearing completion of his studio recording Purp, Wind & Fire, Grip Plyaz returns with a cut from the long-awaited album. Featuring a sample from the late great Richard Pryor's stand up, the song has Grip waxing poetic about waxing some ass.
The track was released through Soundcloud via Yelawolf's Slumerican label — which can only mean good things are on the horizon for Grip and his fans.
Props to manager extraordinaire Kei for letting this one go on Twitter.
Jay-Z's ode to his newborn daughter Blue Ivy features debut vocals from none other than Blue Ivy. Yep, that's her crying at the end of the track. And y'all thought she was going to be another spoiled trust-fund baby. Daddy sounds pretty vulnerable, too — especially when hinting that this was actually he and Bey's second attempt at giving birth after suffering a miscarriage.
"Glory," Jay-Z ft. B.I.C. (yep, that stands for Blue Ivy Carter)
Lyrics below the jump:
If the Internet breaks tonight, blame it on this guy. T.I.'s F*ck Da City Up mixtape is live at LiveMixTapes.com.
"Fuck Da City Up" ft. Young Jeezy
"P.I.M.P.S." ft. Pimp C
When it comes to the musical worlds of soul, R&B and the like, there's a handful of artists that singers should never try to cover. Luther Vandross is one. Donny Hathaway is another. In addition to those two guys, it's typically a good idea to stay the hell away from remaking Michael Jackson tunes ... well, except for in the case of the recently released remake by singer ReneeDion and producer TallBlackGuy.
Atlanta's own DJ Larmarrous hipped me to this track, which re-imagines the MJ classic "Thriller" as a smooth, soulful, vibey joint.
And with Dr. Conrad Murray's guilty verdict coming down this year, putting closure on Jackson's death once and for all, it seems fitting to end 2011 by grooving to this. Enjoy.
If you're still in #SMH mode over the recent news that Atlanta rapper Slim Dunkin reportedly died over a piece of candy, here's something specifically packaged to incite more head bobbing.
Of course, the post-mortem release is as timeless as Tupac Shakur. But because Dunkin was still an unsigned artist and second-tier soldier on the come-up, this mixtape tribute isn't a full-blown release as much as it is a streetside liquor-pouring session. The Dunkumentary is chock full of mostly pre-released material featuring Slim Dunkin alongside compadres-in-rhyme, Waka Flocka and Gucci Mane, in addition to appearances from Rocko, Roscoe Dash, Alley Boy, Trouble, and more. It comes courtesy Traps-N-Trunks and Ms. Rivercity — the Ozone magazine writer/publicist whose 2010 interview footage with Dunkin eerily foreshadowed his senseless death.
The mixtape's intro actually mixes Channel 2 news footage reporting on Dunkin's death with interview clips of him talking about his five-year plan for the future — if, he states, he doesn't end up dead first. It's equally odd listening to Dunkin rap about the live-fast-die-young lifestyle he represented on tape knowing that he tragically reaped it in the end. #RIP
Dunkin's suspected assailant surrendered to Atlanta police earlier this week.
Listen/download below the jump:
After a few relatively wayward years, Atlanta hip-hop returned with a vengeance in 2011. Killer Mike dropped an album so good it made the storied I Pledge Allegiance to the Grind sound meek by comparison; T.I. and Andre 3000 flashed glimpses of their former selves; even Soulja Boy showed some imagination with his Pac-inspired Juice mixtape. A few talented neighborhood cats went unexplainably M.I.A. (where are Homebwoi and Grip Plyaz?), and Shawty Redd’s legal troubles threatened to derail his brilliant career. But all told, local hip-hop enjoyed a productive calendar year.
While the gilded glare of the spotlight shone brightest on mainstream firebrands like Cee-Lo, most of the year’s best local releases caught traction in the underground. Here are ten of the most impactful mixtapes this city had to offer in 2011.
The links are live, so click to stream or download.
1) Rittz, White Jesus
This shit reps North Georgia so hard, there should be a “Made in Gwinnett County” imprint stamped on the cover. A stocky, redheaded MC who talks about the hardships and unique spoils of country living, Rittz will bring back nostalgic memories for anyone who grew up on Bubba Sparxxx’s Deliverance. Throw in a few pinches of Ghetto Mafia for healthy measure.
2) DJ Burn One, The Ashtray
DJ Burn One’s latest coup d'état was clearly informed by years and years spent listening to neo-Southern jam bands. Spurred by his preference for creepy church hymns and haunted roots-rock, it’s like the best My Morning Jacket record Jim James never wrote. Editor's note: Besides being CL's Producer of the Year, DJ Burn One also produced the top three mixtapes on this list.
3) Scotty, Summer Dreams
Scotty takes it back to ’95 with this serving of endlessly chewable comfort food. It can be easy to overlook the ATLien’s troubled rhymes, wherein he wrestles with the twin terrors of having to win bread for his family and risk his life in the trap.
Atlantans Bobby Creekwater and Stat Quo have both been about the business of rebuilding their solo careers after sitting on the shelf for what seemed like an eternity at Dr. Dre and Eminem's Shady/Aftermath imprint (long before Em recruited Yelawolf for his 2.0 re-up).
As talented MCs who emerged slightly before the mixtape era changed the game and made label A&Ring obsolete, Stat and Creekwater are something akin to the Last of the Mohicans. But the two Shady/Aftermath survivors have formed their own duo, which they call (dig this) FUPM (hint: the last two letters stand for "pay me"). It's the perfect name for two independent artists all too familiar with label politics at this point in their careers. The new music coming from these cats ("Alright Alright") shows the kind of promise that warranted their respective deals with a producer of Dr. Dre's stature in the first place.
The latest track, "Blast Off" ft. Sonny Moon, is as ATLien spaced-out as the title suggests, and even stylistically revamps some of those throwback G-funk-era keyboard sounds Dre was so well known for back in the Chronic era. But the duo's doing no coattail-riding, by any means. As Stat Quo raps, "I used to ask Dre how success tastes / now I want my own glass with plenty food on my own plate."
"Blast Off" ft. Sonny Moon
"Cocaine is a helluva drug." — Rick James
If you still haven't come down from that Big Boi tweet that featured revealing footage of the ATLien in Stankonia Studios with dreamy Swedish electro-soul band Little Dragon, here's another Little Dragon collabo bound to make you all giddy inside.
The group just released a remix of the song "Cocaine," originally recorded by the Internet — a duo compromised of OFWGKTA's DJ Syd the Kyd and Matt Martians. Little Dragon's remixed version is as intoxicating as the original, but with more BPMs and breathy vocals from Little Dragon lead Yukimi Nagano.
The Internet's debut Purple Naked Ladies drops Dec. 20. Check the tracklist and more MP3s below the jump:
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damn Dres. I kinda like ditty.