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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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Most Played of ’09

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Here is a list of my most played tracks in 2009. Every song on the list was downloaded in 2009. I know this somewhat skews it toward songs from earlier in the year, but it’s a pretty solid list nonetheless. Click on each track to download:

1.) Wiz Khalifa – Boarding Pass

2.) Drake – Best I Ever Had

3.) Wiz Khalifa – Dreamer

4.) Day26 feat. Yung Joc & Diddy – Imma Put It On Her

5.) New Boyz feat. Tyga – Cricketz

6.) Soulja Boy feat. OJ Da Juiceman – Gold Grill Shawty

7.) Yung L.A. – Have Her Like Bow

8.) Freekey Zekey feat. Gucci Mane – That’s Me

9.) Yung L.A. – Mathematics

10.) Jay-Z feat. Kanye West – Hate

11.) Lil Wayne feat. Pharrell – Yes

12.) Jay-Z feat. Swizz Beatz – On To The Next One

13.) Drake feat. Trey Songz & Lil Wayne – Successful

14.) Wale feat. Lady Gaga – Chillin’

15.) Gucci Mane feat. Yung L.A. – Do It

16.) Kid Cudi – Simple As…

17.) Charles Hamilton – MTV Cribs

18.) Gucci Mane – Gorgeous

19.) Drake feat. Bun B & Lil Wayne – Uptown

20.) Gucci Mane, OJ Da Juiceman, Fabolous, 8ball, MJG & Shawty Lo – Bricks (remix)

21.) Drake feat. Lykke Li – Little Bit

22.) Big Sean – Supa Dupa

23.) Drake feat. Santogold & Lil Wayne – Unstoppable

24.) Kid Cudi feat. MGMT & Ratatat – Pursuit of Happiness

25.) Lil Twist feat. Lil Wayne – The Leak

26.) Ray Cash & The Notorious B.I.G. – Wavin The .44

27.) Yung L.A. – Taser Gun

28.) Gucci Mane feat. OJ Da Juiceman – Still Cookin

29.) Kid Cudi – Sky Might Fall

30.) Gucci Mane feat. Plies – Wasted

31.) Wiz Khalifa – Get Sum

32.) Rich Kids – All In My Video

33.) Slim feat. Ron Browz & Deezo – Heels On (remix)

34.) Yung L.A. – Bow

35.) Gucci Mane feat. Esther Dean – I Think I Luv Her

36.) Beyonce – Diva

37.) Kid Cudi – Up, Up, And Away

38.) OJ Da Juiceman – Cold

39.) Wiz Khalifa – Extra Credit

40.) Yung L.A. feat. Ricco Carrino – Futuristic Love (Elroy)

41.) Wiz Khalifa – Sky High

42.) Big Tuck feat. Gucci Mane – Not A Stain On Me

43.) Drake feat. Birdman – More Milli

44.) Gucci Mane feat. Chip Tha Ripper – Gucci Land

45.) Drake feat. Peter Bjorn & John – Let’s Call It Off

46.) Gudda Gudda – Gettin’ To The Money

47.) Lil Wayne feat. Gucci Mane – We Be Steady Mobbin

48.) Wiz Khalifa – Name On A Cloud

49.) Gucci Mane – Heavy

50.) Henok Achido feat. Sophia Somajo – Pusher

51.) Jay-Z feat. Kid Cudi – Already Home

52.) Kid Cudi – Soundtrack 2 My Life

53.) Lil Wayne feat. Drake, Jae Millz, Gudda Gudda & Mack Maine – Every Girl

54.) Mike Posner feat. Big Sean – Speed Of Sound

55.) OJ Da Juiceman – I’m Boomin’ And Bunkin’

56.) Wale feat. Jazmine Sullivan – World Tour

57.) Wiz Khalifa – Never Ever

58.) Yung L.A. – I Thank I Can Sang

59.) Ace Hood – White Leather

60.) Drake feat. Lil Wayne & Young Jeezy – I’m Going In

61.) Fabolous feat. Lil Wayne – Salute

62.) Drake – The Winner

63.) The Grouch & Eligh feat. Slug – !BOOM!

64.) New Boyz – So Dope

65.) The Cool Kids – Hammer Bros.

66.) Kevin Cossom feat. Drake – I Get Paper

67.) Gucci Mane feat. Drake & Sean Garrett – In My Business

68.) Kid Cudi – Heart Of A Lion

69.) Young Money feat. Lloyd – Bedrock

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The Best Mixtapes of 2009

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1. Drake – So Far Gone

When a comparatively bad retail-version of your CD sells 73,000 copies in the first week, while a very good mixtape-version is available online for free, your album is #1 in my book. Also, props for songs featuring Sweden’s Lykke Li and Peter Bjorn & John. Everyone better already have at least some version of this mixtape in their library, and get ready for ‘Thank Me Later‘ in 2010.

[Featured artists: Lil Wayne, Trey Songz, Bun B, Omarion, Lloyd, Lykke Li, Santogold & Peter Bjorn & John]

2. Wiz Khalifa – Flight School

I still listen to this CD pretty regularly. ‘Flight School’ showcases Wiz better than any of his other CD’s in 2009 by far.

[Featured artists: Kev Da Hustla & John Record]

3. Kid Cudi – Dat Kid From Cleveland

Kid Cudi had a big year, and this is his best mixtape effort for 2009.

[Featured artists: Kanye West, Common, Wale, Chip Tha Ripper, Consequence, Kevin Rudolf, Jackie Chain, 88-Keys & Sharam]

4. Big Sean – UKnowBigSean Vol. 2

I really wish Big Sean would release another mixtape, but this one will have to satisfy until that happens. This tape is solid throughout.

[Featured artists: Mike Posner, Santigold, Jay K, Earlly MacMillion, Dusty McFly, Keely & Pat Piff]

5. Lil Wayne – No Ceilings

Lil Wayne proves he is still ridiculously creative and has unlimited punch lines… gives me flashbacks to his mixtape haydays a few years ago.

[Featured artists: Birdman, Tyga, Jae Millz, Gudda Gudda, Nicki Minaj, Short Dawg, Shanell & Lucci Lou]

6. The Cool Kids – Gone Fishing

The Cool Kids drop another solid mixtape. I wish these guys came out with more music overall, but you can’t knock their consistent quality.

[Featured artists: Ryan Leslie, Shorty K, Jahda & Tennille]

7. Gucci Mane – Gucci Land

Gucci is the most popular rapper right now; I can see ‘The State vs. Radric Davis‘ selling between 250K & 500K this week… it’s a good CD. I had this mixtape, ‘Gucci Land’, on replay more than any of his others in the past year.

[Featured artists: OJ Da Juiceman, The Game, Timbaland, Fabolous, Nicki Minaj, Chip Tha Ripper, Dem Franchise Boyz, Yung L.A., Gorilla Zoe, Shawty Lo, Freeky Zekey & more]

8. B.o.B. – B.o.B. vs. Bobby Ray

B.o.B./Bobby Ray/This guy is definitely one of the most talented of the new artists with his versatility rapping and producing.

[Featured artists: Kanye West, T.I., Charles Hamilton, Asher Roth, OJ Da Juiceman, Bun B, Mickey Factz, Big Kuntry, Mac Boney, Playboy Tre & Killa Mike]

9. Mike Posner – One Foot Out The Door

My only non-rap mixtape for the year, and it is Mike Posner for a reason. The songs featuring Big Sean are the highlights for me.

[Featured artists: Kid Cudi, Big Sean, Saigon, Bun B, Clinton Sparks, Freddie Gibbs, GLC & XV]

10. Wale – Back to the Feature

Another rapper that had a big year; this is Wale’s best overall mixtape effort in 2009.

[Featured artists: Big Sean, Talib Kweli, Mike Posner, Bun B, Joell Ortiz, Lady Gaga, Currensy, Memphis Bleek, Peter Bjorn & John, Young Chris, J Cole, Royce Da 5’9, Joe Budden & more]

11. Tyga – The Free Album

Yeah, I couldn’t narrow my list to 10 selections, and I even had a hard time deciding between this mixtape and Tyga’s more recent, ‘The Potential‘.

[Featured artists: Lil Wayne, Gata & Short Dawg]

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MP3s!

So we got a new setup for our blogs that will split up the categories a little better. Basically my original blog will still contain all posts about all categories. New specific blogs were made though for music, technology and international posts.

I haven’t made a post in a while, but the new site is almost done! And to make up for it, here are some new tracks. Hopefully my new setup works – you should just be able to click on the song links to make them start downloading. Let me know if it doesn’t work:

New Boyz feat. Tyga – Cricketz

Wale feat. Jazmine Sullivan – World Tour

OJ Da Juiceman – Colder

Drake feat. Nipsey Hussle – Killer

Drake feat. Kanye West, Lil Wayne & Eminem – Forever (original version of song with Lil Wayne & Kidd Kidd)

Jay-Z – Venus Vs. Mars

Jay-Z – Reminder

Jay-Z feat. Drake – Off That

Soulja Boy & Wiz Khalifa – Inked & Tatted

Charles Hamilton feat. Show Tufli – Body Roc

Trey Songz feat. Fabolous – Say Aah

Shawty Lo feat. Ludacris, The Dream & Gucci Mane – Atlanta, GA

Red Cafe – Here To Get Money

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Money Goes, Honey Stay

I posted this mp3 a couple weeks ago, but it looks like the new video is now the Jam of the Week on MTV Jams. Like I said before, this new Fabolous CD is pretty good, so you should check it out:

Fabolous feat. Jay-Z – Money Goes, Honey Stay (When The Money Goes)

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Update

Quick enliten update: the new site should be up within the next couple weeks. Our first line of shirts are going to be produced probably this week – the designs are pretty much all 100% finished.

I’m going up to Seattle tomorrow for a few days. I’ll be at the Seattle Sounders vs. Barcelona soccer game tomorrow night too.

Here is some new music to keep you entertained in the meantime; download them all for a nice little variety pack! There will be a lot of updates regarding enliten in the next few weeks, so be on the look out!

guccimanethemoviepart2cover-thumbGucci Mane – The Movie 2: The Sequel

My fav tracks:

Gucci Mane feat. Trey Songz – Beat It Up

Gucci Mane – Leading Lady

Gucci Mane feat. Woo Da Kid – Pressure

I would suggest you go out and buy Fabolous’ new CD – Loso’s Way. I’m a lil scared to post whole retail CD, so sorry about that. Pretty much every song is legit. I already posted ‘Salute’ with Lil Wayne. Here is a track with Jay-Z:

Fabolous feat. Jay-Z – Money Goes, Honey Stay (When The Money Goes)

Gucci Mane feat. OJ Da Juiceman – Wasted (remix)

Drake – The Winner

Drake feat. Saukrates – The Search

JD Era feat. Drake – Black Magic

Soulja Boy – Stick Em Up

Lil Kim feat. The Dream & Soulja Boy – Download (remix)

Soulja Boy – Outer Space Flow

Clipse feat. Pharrell & Keri Hilson – Eyes On Me

Shanell feat. Lil Wayne – Play In My Band

Mase – Shut The City Down

Ace Hood – On My Grind

Yung L.A. – Off Set

New Boyz feat. Ray J – Tie Me Down

Lil Boosie feat. Bobby Valentino – Nobody

Charles Hamilton – All Alone

Cassidy – OK, You’re Right Freestyle

I would also recommend Slaughterhouse’s new CD. Here is one of my favorite tracks:

Slaughterhouse – Cut You Loose

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Adventure Time

Haven’t been able to post in awhile because I’ve been working on the new site. So be on the lookout for that very soon.

Went on a little adventure today. Here are the songs we listened to on the way and some accompanying pics.

Mario feat. Gucci Mane & Sean Garrett – Break-Up

Fabolous feat. Lil Wayne – Salute

Fabolous feat. Drake – Throw It In The Bag (remix)

Drake – Juice

Jay-Z feat. Rihanna & Kanye West – Run This Town

Mase – Thinkin About You

OJ Da Juiceman – Trophy

Soulja Boy – Patriotic

Soulja Boy – Work On Deck

T.I. feat. Robin Thicke- Magic

This is where we hiked into today. Tamolitch Pool, Oregon:

And finally, a funny video about Adventure Time!

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