The Transition 2: Bright Lights, Big City – YONAS


As promised, YONAS released his new, highly anticipated mixtape, The Transition 2: Bright Lights, Big City, today. The project really represents his progression as an artist from his beginnings as a more strict lyricist to a much more versatile rapper who can get on almost any type of track. The Transition 2 sees YONAS tackle fun songs with upbeat production while still making the lyrical, inspirational tracks that longtime fans can appreciate. Standout tracks include the Moosh & Twist-assisted Roller Coaster, Die Young (Freestyle), and Never Let You Down. You can check also out the previously released music video for one of the project’s singles, Girls of Summer, here. Overall, this is a great new effort from YONAS. Although this summer includes releases from J. Cole, Wale, Kanye West, and Jay-Z, YONAS definitely has a project that many, many fans will have on repeat all summer long.

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The Foundation 2 – Euroz


Today we get to hear Euroz’s highly anticipated mixtape, The Foundation 2. If you couldn’t tell by the title, it is the follow up to The Foundation, which dropped last October. There is no doubt that Euroz has bars, but I have seen some questions about his versatility. He should silence those critics with the diversity he shows on tracks like King of Sorrow and Work. His typical lyricism is on display, and the instrumentals are solid, with many of the tracks having been produced by Alex Lustig. It is also very impressive that Euroz was able to craft an entire 20-song project without a single feature. Overall, this is one of the best mixtapes we have seen this year to date, and I highly recommend that everyone check it out below.

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Young Sinatra: Welcome to Forever – Logic


Today we finally get to hear Logic’s newest mixtape, Young Sinatra: Welcome to Forever. It is his fourth mixtape, and the third in the Young Sinatra series. I have only gotten to hear the first couple tracks, plus the leaks, but it is already the best mixtape released so far this year in my opinion. Logic’s combination of lyricism, flow, wordplay, mainstream appeal, and the production on his songs is unmatched in the game today. Welcome to Forever features Trinidad James, Dizzy Wright, Jon Bellion, Kid Ink, Jhene Aiko, and C. Dot Castro. In some ways I wish there were fewer features so we could have more of just Logic, but I guess I should be happy that Logic is getting big enough to work with some of these bigger artists. There are several producers on the project, including Don Cannon and Visionary Music Group’s 6ix. The tape is really art, and I can’t wait to hear the whole thing and will have it on repeat for weeks to come.

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XXL Freshmen 2013 Mixtape


XXL released their yearly mixtape compilation of songs from their Freshmen Class today. The 17-track mixtape includes songs from all of the Freshmen (except for “Honorary Freshmen” Chief Keef), and also has appearances from Gucci Mane, T.I., 2 Chainz, and Big KRIT. Some of the tracks are brand new, while others are tracks we have heard before. The tape is presented by DJ Drama, but there are different producers for all of the songs so I’m guessing that means Drama just mastered it or something. You can check out the mixtape for yourself at the link below.

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Truly Yours 2 – J. Cole


As he promised last night on Twitter, Cole just let go of Truly Yours 2. I haven’t had a chance to listen to any of it yet (except for Cole Summer, which dropped earlier today and is sick), but I’m sure it is awesome. The mini-project is a group of 6 songs that did not make it onto Born Sinner, some due to quality and others due to not matching the album conceptually. Cole handled a lot of the production himself, but also got help from Canei Finch and Jake One. There is one feature from Bas, and artist signed to Cole’s Dreamville label. I can’t wait to hear these six tracks, and I’m sure that once I do I will be looking forward to June 25th even more in anticipation of Born Sinner.

P.S. I love the cover art for these Truly Yours tapes. I’m not even being sarcastic; I actually think it’s really original.

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Unreleased 2001 Demo Tape – Kanye West


Any new music from Kanye is a gift, but nothing compares to new old Kanye music. This Kanye demo tape recently surfaced, and features tracks that he made in 2001, pre-College Dropout.  Many of the songs we have already heard or are older versions of songs from The College Dropout, but there are also some never-before-heard tracks. It’s not that I don’t like Kanye’s new music, it’s just that his older stuff was different. Check it out for yourself below.

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Who You Mad At? Me or Yourself? – Funkmaster Flex


I have already posted three songs off this tape: the tracks by J. Cole, Childish Gambino, and Chris Webby. At first those were the only songs I was going to post, but as I looked over the tracklist I changed my mind. I would never listen to a lot of the rappers featured on the project, but there are also a ton of artists on here that have the potential to murder a song. The 56-track project includes artists such as Joey Bada$$, Wale, Slaughterhouse, Fabolous, and Schoolboy Q, to name just a few. I will probably end up listening to all of their songs and more, just to make sure I don’t miss any gems. If you want to hear the full mixtape, you can check it out below on HotNewHipHop.

Side note: I don’t know why this is a Funkmaster Flex mixtape. I guess it’s because he got in touch with all of these artists and compiled these  songs, but he doesn’t rap or produce any music for the project. The only contribution Flex has is annoyingly shouting his name and other random noise when we are trying to listen to music. The audio quality is also poor. It really is too bad that he is famous and influential enough to get all of these great artists on a project with him.

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