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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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Alex Jordahl | Wake Up

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Alex Jordahl – Wake Up mixtape

 Alex Jordahl literally dropped his “Wake Up” mixtape minutes ago, and it does not disappoint. Fortunately for me, I got a sneak peak of the tape and have been bumping for the last few weeks. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: beat selection is crucial to making a quality tape – Alex obviously knows this. Featured artists include Enliten Elite member Mayo as well as Alex Theesfield, XXL and TeeJay. Check the steam here or download here.

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Mayo | Wassup

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Check out Mayo’s newest single, “Wassup”, produced by Paul Judge now. Be on the lookout for Mayo’s sophomore mixtape, “Dream Big”, dropping soon on Enliten.

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Mayo – No Condiment

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Mayo’s “The Naked Truth” exemplifies how to make a solid mixtape:

  1. Quality lines, metaphors & similes
  2. Beat selection (either original or industry or both)
  3. Overall track quality over quantity

Download the full mixtape below or stream some of my picks.

Mayo – The Naked Truth

Mayo – Story Time (Prod. by Lil Jamsz)

Mayo – Restless feat. Alex Jordahl (Prod. by C-Sick)

Mayo – Can’t Stop Me (Prod. By Creashon Ross)

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Affiliate Mixtapes

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The past month has seen the release many affiliate mixtapes from artists all over the country. Check out all the tapes at www.enliten.me/mixtapes. If you have something you think should be on the site, contact us at www.enliten.me/contact – make sure you send your best work!

This first tape is by an artist named B.I.T. out of Oregon. This tape has been a long time in the works, and the quality shines through. Mixtape artwork by Enliten! Download it now.

B.I.T. – The Introduction

 

Illinois rapper Acely (aka Ace West) drops his second tape on the site. Be sure to check out the track “Six Inch Tuna”.

Acely – AOK

 

This tape is the first (of many to come) by California rapper Jay Allen, who is a 14-year old with skills. Don’t sleep.

Jay Allen – Summer of 2011

 

Next up, French/Maryland rapper Marcushizzle drops the second tape in his Green Diamond series.

Marcushizzle – Green Diamond 2

 

Finally, up-and-coming rapper and Illinois native Excell (aka Legit) released his second Enliten tape with “Yesterday’s Remembered”.

Excell – Yesterday’s Remembered

 

 

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No April Fools

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I had seen Donald Glover (aka Childish Gambino) popping up on more and more hip-hop blogs recently but hadn’t given him a chance as a rapper… until recently. My main problem was the assumption it wasn’t a serious endeavor for the comedian. I mean, my first introduction to Donald was through his YouTube sketch comedy group, Derrick Comedy, and their popular video Bro Rape: A Newsline Investigative Report years ago. More recently, I watched Derrick Comedy’s (very disappointing) feature film, Mystery Team. But after hearing Childish Gambino’s recent EP, I’m sold that it’s not a joke. Check out a video and get the full 5-track EP below:

Childish Gambino – Freaks & Geeks mp3

Childish Gambino – EP

I think Gambino’s only difficulty making it even bigger in the rap game will be overcoming the same preconceptions I had about his motives as a rapper. Celebrity doesn’t always equal talent. But then again:

Unrelated, this is like my 12th Enliten blog post in a row. Don’t I get attack dogs or something? #CODswag

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Artists To Watch ’11-’12: Part 1

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It’s that time  again – my 3rd annual “Artists To Watch” list. I debated about not doing it this year with the previous (lack of?) success of the first two lists (Artists To Watch ’10-’11Artists To Watch ’09-’10). Like in prior years, an artist can’t be on one of my past lists to qualify this time. I had to split this year into two parts: Part 1 & Part 2.

One quick clarification: this isn’t a “Freshman” list because, honestly, I’m not sure what that means. This list is comprised of new(er) artists that I’ll be keeping my eye on over the next few years… and you should too! I’ve included 1 video, 1 mixtape and 3 of my top tracks for each. In no particular order:

Young L

The most talented artist from The Pack – no, not Lil B. His beats are some of the best out there. Plus dude has the sickest chains –  see video below.

Video

Mixtape

Young L – DOMO-KUN mixtape

Tracks

Young L – Right There mp3

Young L – Watch How I Do mp3

Young L – Pop That Coochi mp3

Bei Maejor

Bei Maejor is already a well-established producer working with artists like Trey Songz, Soulja Boy and Keri Hilson. His solo work is something to check out as well.

Video

Mixtape

Bei Maejor – Upside Down 2 mixtape

Tracks

Bei Maejor – Translation (Alien Music) mp3

Bei Maejor feat. Big Shan – PaperBoy mp3

Bei Maejor – Sing A Lil Song mp3

Mac Miller

Born in Pittsburgh and signed to Rostrum Records, Mac Miller is closely following one of the hottest rappers in the game: Wiz Khalifa. That’s about where their similarities stop though.

Video

Mixtape

Mac Miller – K.I.D.S. mixtape

Tracks

Mac Miller – Donald Trump mp3

Mac Miller – Trippin’ Out mp3

Mac Miller – Nikes On My Feet mp3

Chiddy Bang

Consisting of rapper Chiddy and producer Xaphoon Jones, Chiddy Bang consistently makes some of my favorite music. I could listen to every Chiddy track in my library without skipping. Oh, and Chiddy Bang > Shwayze.

Video

Mixtape

Chiddy Bang – The Swelly Express mixtape

Tracks

Chiddy Bang feat. Train – Baby Roulette mp3

Chiddy Bang – Young Blood (remix) mp3

Chiddy Bang feat. Q-Tip – Here We Go mp3

Shawn Chrystopher

Hailing from Inglewood, Shawn Chrystopher is definitely a Freshman to watch out for – he is repping Honour ROLE Music.

Video

Mixtape

Shawn Chrystopher – You, And Only You mixtape

Tracks

Shawn Chrystopher feat. Foster For the People – All the Other Kids mp3

Shawn Chrystopher feat. GLC – I’m GOOD mp3

Shawn Chrystopher – The Hangover mp3

Tyler the Creator

Recently exploding onto the scene, Tyler already has the music video of the year according to Kanye West –  and we all know how passionate Kanye is about videos.

Video

Mixtape

Tyler the Creator – Bastard mixtape

Tracks

Tyler the Creator – Seven mp3

Tyler the Creator feat. Jasper & Taco – Tina mp3

Tyler the Creator & Hodgy Beats- Sandwitches mp3

continue to Part 2

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