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Amerikas Addiction | Lights

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Amerikas Addiction – Lights mp3

Take a minute to check out Amerikas Addiction’s newest single “Lights”. Even though this track will not be on AA’s highly anticipated album, “The Key”, dropping on September 11th, 2012, it provides a good idea of what we can hope to hear. Preliminary info on “The Key” includes production by big names like:

Brandun Deshay (Danny Brown, Mac Miller, Casey Veggies, Curren$y, Dom Kennedy)

Roc N’ Mayne (LEP Bogus Boys, Meek Mill, Bun B, Raekwon)

DJ Pain 1 (Young Jeezy, Meek Mill, Chuck D, Gucci Mane, Kirko Bangz)

Paul White (Danny Brown, Homeboy Sandman, Guilty Simpson)

Be on the look out for Amerikas Addiction – more to come soon!

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The Best Mixtapes of 2010

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This year saw the continuing evolution of the mixtape from simple album-promo to legitimate work of art. In fact, the following mixtapes are better than a majority of artists’ studio albums. They are too hard to rank, so without further ado… in no particular order. I’ve also included a 3-song sample of my favorite tracks from each:

Wiz Khalifa – Kush & Orange Juice

Wiz had a very good year rising to become one of the hottest artists of 2010. Along the way, he signed a major deal with Atlantic Records. This mixtape is by far his best cumulative effort of the year.

Wiz Khalifa – Kush & Orange Juice mixtape

Wiz Khalifa – Never Been mp3

Wiz Khalifa – The Kid Frankie mp3

Wiz Khalifa – Mezmorized mp3

Big Sean – Finally Famous: Volume 3

The youngest member of Kayne’s G.O.O.D. Music, Big Sean’s creativity and style are encompassed in this mixtape. Hopefully 2011 will finally bring Finally Famous: The Album.

Big Sean – Finally Famous: Volume 3 mixtape

Big Sean – Meant To Be mp3

Big Sean – Hometown mp3

Big Sean – High Rise mp3

XV – Vizzy Zone

Another artist that signed a major deal in 2010 (Warner Bros. Records), and another mixtape with the quality of an album. XV’s The Kid With The Green Backpack should be one of the best albums of 2011. Still don’t understand how XXL forgot about Vizzy last year.

XV – Vizzy Zone mixtape

XV – GettinBizzy mp3

XV feat. Talib Kweli – Reset Button mp3

XV feat. Chiddy Bang – She Go, I Go mp3

Pac Div – Don’t Mention It

Representing the best coast, this mixtape was probably overlook by many in the Eastern Time Zone. Dispite the time different, don’t sleep on Pacific Division!

Pac Div – Don’t Mention It mixtape

Pac Div – It’s On mp3

Pac Div feat. Dom Kennedy, cARTer & Chip Tha Ripper – Don’t Forget the Swishers mp3

Pac Div feat. Pill – Birds mp3

B.o.B – No Genre

The newest mixtape to make the list, B.o.B’s May 25th mixtape could probably be included alongside No Genre as well. B.o.B is one of those artists who arguably puts out better mixtapes than studio albums.

B.o.B – No Genre mixtape

B.o.B feat. Donnis – Batman Flow mp3

B.o.B – Shoot Up The Station mp3

B.o.B – How U Do That mp3

Charles Hamilton – 10 Things I Hate About Me

Charles Hamilton is either a genius or suffering from serious mental/behavior issues. Either way, dude knows how to make a mixtape. This is Charles’ best effort from his countless releases in 2010.

Charles Hamilton – 10 Things I Hate About Me mixtape

Charles Hamilton – I Am Always Up To Something (Do That) mp3

Charles Hamilton – I’m Moody (Rox) mp3

Charles Hamilton – I Am More Concerned With Love (Mult-Player Love) mp3

Chris Brown & Tyga – Fan Of A Fan

Chris Brown’s In My Zone and In My Zone 2 as well as Tyga’s Well Done mixtape are noteworthy, but what pushes this tape over-the-top is its introduction of Kevin McCall to a larger audience. How long until Chris Brown officially signs with Young Money?

Chris Brown & Tyga – Fan Of A Fan mixtape

Chris Brown & Tyga – What They Want mp3

Chris Brown & Tyga feat. Kevin McCall – Have It mp3

Chris Brown & Tyga feat. Kevin McCall – Ballin’ mp3

Chiddy Bang – Air Swell

Even though it’s only a “mini-mixtape”, Chiddy Bang had to make the list. Check out 2009’s The Swelly Express now if you haven’t done so already.

Chiddy Bang – Air Swell mixtape

Chiddy Bang – Stylo (remix) mp3

Chiddy Bang – Pass Out (freestyle) mp3

Chiddy Bang – Hey London mp3

Wale – More About Nothing

Drawing inspiration from his Mixtape About Nothing released in 2008, Wale’s newest tape includes many tracks that could’ve even been included in his studio album, Attention: Deficit.

Wale – More About Nothing mixtape

Wale feat. Wiz Khalifa & Tre – The Breeze (Cool) mp3

Wale feat. Fat Trel & Black Cobain – The Posse Cut (Who Don’t) mp3

Wale – The Flight mp3

J. Cole – Friday Night Lights

J. Cole’s third official mixtape release might just be his best yet – and the others are pretty good. Like many of the artists above, J. Cole’s upcoming studio album, Cole World, is one of the most anticipated releases of 2011.

J. Cole – Friday Night Lights mixtape

J. Cole feat. Drake – In The Morning mp3

J. Cole – Blow Up mp3

J. Cole – Back To The Topic mp3

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Honorable Mentions

Curren$y – Smokee Robinson mixtape

CyHi Da Prynce – Royal Flush mixtape

Fabolous – There Is No Competition 2 (The Funeral Service) mixtape

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Enliten Elite Affiliate Tapes

DyMe-A-DuZiN – The Orientation mixtape

Elbee Thrie – I am A PiG mixtape

MoeBrad – Graduation Kush mixtape

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XV’s Album

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XV’s new mixtape, “Vizzy Zone”, finally dropped yesterday… and it was definitely worth the wait. This is as close to a skip free mixtape as they come. But it’s really not a “mixtape” – it’s a legitimate album. Almost every track has original production, and XV holds his own like a veteran. Plus, you have to love the nerdy references to things video games, Star Wars & Lost. Until TKWTGB:

XV – Vizzy Zone (mixtape)

[Featured artists: Mike Posner, Talib Kweli, Mac Miller, Colin Munroe, Killer Mike, Chiddy Bang, Bun B, GLC & Kid Cudi]

XV feat. Talib Kweli – Reset Button

XV feat. Killer Mike & Mac Miller – May The Force Be With You

XV – Gettin’ Bizzy

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Elbee Thrie

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Elbee Thrie’s new project is enliten.me’s current featured ‘mixtape’, but it’s not your ordinary mixtape. It’s more like a production-tape made with the quality of an album. Be sure to check it out “I am A piG”:

Elbee Thrie – I am A piG (mixtape)

Elbee Thrie feat. Adj-B & Dyme-A-Duzin – Such A piG

Elbee Thrie feat. Crucial – Where Were You Last Night?

Elbee Thrie feat. Inkwell & Anna Monroe – Look At What You Made Me

Elbee Thrie feat. Dyme-A-Duzin & Sheriff Pj – Just-A-Jump

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Younger Money

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First off, Wiz Khalifa’s new CD, ‘Deal Or No Deal’, dropped today. Definitely give it a listen. You can hear samples and download the whole album for only $6.99 on Amazon – pretty good price. Here’s the cover:

Wiz Khalifa – Deal Or No Deal

Check out these free mixtapes released in the last week by Young Money artists Lil Twist & Tyga. Twist is only 16, but he has some good lines; he is probably the best in his age class… the class president even. And Tyga is notorious for solid mixtapes:

Lil Twist – Class President

[Featured artists: Tyga, Gudda Gudda, Jae Millz, The New Boyz, Birdman, Soulja Boy, Yung Joc, Young Dro, Bow Wow, Nicki Minaj, Short Dawg, Trai’D, Lil JJ & Young Durty]

Tyga – Black Thoughts

[Featured artists: Lloyd & Gudda Gudda]

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The Future is Here

Young Future‘s ‘I Am Him’ mixtape just dropped recently. I posted his mixtape versus Drake here, which is legit. This tape doesn’t disappoint. Here are my top tracks (look below the cover to get the whole album):

Future feat. Paul Snook – Into Ya Mind

Future – Futuristic Lingo

Future feat. T-Plezya – Love In The Sky

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Future – I Am Him (mixtape)

I would strongly suggest checking the whole tape out – at least for the fact that our logo is on the back cover. Big thanks for that as well as a good mixtape, Future.

Look what Mickey Factz had to say about Future. Mickey was one of my artists to watch last year. Here’s my list for 2010-2011 also:

Here’s a song they did together:

Future feat. Mickey Factz – Rolling Stone

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New Boyz – Skinny Jeans and a Mic

[Featured Artists: Tyga, Ray J, O.N.E., D&D & Kydd-SB]

These guys always reminded me of The Pack and The Cool Kids. It looks like they realized this too with shout outs to The Pack in ‘Bunz‘ and The Cool Kids in ‘Colorz‘. Here are a couple of my fav tracks from “Skinny Jeans and a Mic” by the New Boyz that I haven’t already posted (‘Update‘ & ‘MP3s!‘):

New Boyz – Cashmere

New Boyz – One Night

New Boyz – Dot Com

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