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Artist Update

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Before we get any closer to 2011, use the random selection below as an update on the 10 artists featured in the 02.04.2010 post Artists To Watch ’10-’11. To qualify, artists couldn’t be on the ‘09-’10 post. In no particular order:

Wiz Khalifa

Wiz Khalifa – Real Estate

Wiz Khalifa – Stoned

Wiz Khalifa – Bad Guy

Big Sean

Big Sean – Poster

Big Sean – Big Nut Bust

Chris Brown feat. Big Sean – Shit God Damn

Mike Posner

Mike Posner – Single & Drunk

Mike Posner feat. Big Sean & Clinton Sparks – Ambiguous

XV feat. Mike Posner – Mirror’s Edge

J. Cole

J. Cole feat. Drake – In The Morning

J. Cole – Blow Up

J. Cole feat. Wale – You Got It

Jay Electronica

Jay Electronica feat. John F Kennedy

Jay Electronica feat. Jay-Z & The Dream – Shiny Suit Theory

Jay Electronica feat. Diddy – The Ghost of Christopher Wallace

Game feat. Swizz Beatz & Jay Electronica – Higher

XV

XV – Gettin’ Bizzy

XV feat. Talib Kweli – Reset Button

XV feat. Chiddy Bang – She Go, I Go

Woody feat. Charles Hamilton & XV – Make Believe

B.o.B

B.o.B – Beast Mode

B.o.B feat. Wiz Khalifa – Fuck The Money

Slim Thug feat. B.o.B – So High

Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj – Catch Me

Nicki Minaj – Wave Ya Hand

Nicki Minaj – Blow Ya Mind

Chip The Ripper

Chip Tha Ripper – Ain’t No Love Here

Kid Cudi feat. GLC, Chip Tha Ripper & Nicole Wray – The End

Big Sean feat. Chip Tha Ripper & Curren$y – Five Bucks (5 On It)

Short Dawg

Short Dawg feat. Lil Wayne – Lean

Short Dawg feat. Kid Ink & Mistah FAB – Cuff Yo Chick

Short Dawg – Tell ‘Em Free Tune

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Artists To Watch ’10-’11

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Here’s the list for this year. The only qualification is that you can’t be on my list from last year. That means your name can’t be Tyga, KiD CuDi, Charles Hamilton, Drake, Mickey Factz, Jae Millz, Wale or Willy Northpole (a pretty decent list). I’ve included some kind of demonstration for each artist, which could be a mixtape, mp3 or video. In no particular order:

Wiz Khalifa

One of the best albums of last year:

Wiz Khalifa – Flight School (mixtape)

Big Sean

Big Sean destroys Bangladesh/Gucci Mane’s ‘Lemonade’ beat:

Big Sean – Supa Dupa Lemonade Freestyle

B.o.B.

I know I just posted this but:

B.o.B. – May 25th (mixtape)

Mike Posner

This was one of my ‘Best Mixtapes of 2009‘:

Mike Posner – One Foot Out The Door (mixtape)

J. Cole

I gotta admit – I’ve been sleeping on J. Cole this past year. Check this out though:

J. Cole – The Warm Up (mixtape)

Chip Tha Ripper

Check out an artist from Cleveland that’s not named CuDi:

Chip That Ripper – The Cleveland Show (mixtape)

Nicki Minaj

Currently, she is the only relevant female rapper. Here is the new video with Mariah Carey:

Mariah Carey feat. Nicki Minaj – Up Out My Face

Jay Electronica

Could be the future of music. Here are some exhibits to demonstrate:

Jay Electronica – Exhibit A (Transformations)

Jay Electronica & Mos Def – Exhibit B (snippet)

Jay Electronica – Exhibit C

Short Dawg

I gotta mention another Young Money artist since I had three on the list last year. Check out some singles:

Short Dawg feat. Tyga & Lil Wayne – I Just Wanna

Young Money feat. Short Dawg – Pass The Dutch

Lil Wayne feat. Short Dawg & Gudda Gudda – Break Up

XV

Until his next mixtape, ‘Vizzy Zone’, drops…:

XV – 30 Minute Layover (mixtape)

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Kane Beatz

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I’ve been a fan of Kane Beatz‘s beats since first hearing ‘Spaceship‘ by Treal on Myspace years back. You should check it out; it’s a really catchy beat. Recently, Mr. Beatz is more famous for making the beat for ‘Bedrock‘ by Young Money and Lloyd (also very catchy). Check out a few other songs he’s produced over the past few years including his newest contributions on Young Money’s ‘We Are Young Money’:

Young Money feat. Lloyd – Bedrock

Young Money – She Is Gone

Lil Wayne feat. Gucci Mane – Steady Mobbin’

Young Money – Wife Beater

DJ Khaled feat. Lil Wayne & Birdman – ‘S’ On My

Flo Rida – Still Missin’

Ace Hood – I Don’t Give A Fuck

Lil Wayne feat. Brisco – I’m In The Hood

Chamillionaire – The Evening News

Treal – Spaceship

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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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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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Three for Free

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There have finally been some decent songs coming out recently after a little bit of a drought. Here are 3 quality mixtapes from 3 different artists. Wayne is back in a big way – punchline after punchline! I still think 50 is on his way back up reminiscent of ‘Get Rich or Die Trying’. And Mike Posner brings his own style to the mix… you gotta like Kid Cudi, Big Sean & Saigon on tracks with him too.

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Lil Wayne – No Ceilings (mixtape)

[Featured Artists: Tyga, Jae Millz, Gudda Gudda, Short Dawg, Shanell & Lucci Lou]

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50 Cent – Before I Self Destruct (mixtape)

[Featured Artists: Eminem]

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Mike Posner – One Foot Out The Door (mixtape)

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

**Bonus: Here’s a making of ‘No Ceilings’ video:

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Young Money has been coming out with some quality tracks recently. I’m featuring Gudda Gudda’s new mixtape ‘Guddaville’ presented by DJ Ill Will & DJ Rockstar. Lil Wayne has good verses throughout and everyone on Young Money holds their own:

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Gudda Gudda – Guddaville

[Featured artists: Lil Wayne, Drake, Tyga, Lil Twist, Bow Wow, Jae Millz, Lloyd, Mack Maine, Ya Boy, Lil Flip, Nicki Minaj, Short Dawg, Colin Monroe & Shannel]

My favorite tracks:

Lil Wayne, Gudda Gudda, Nicki Minaj, Drake, Tyga, Jae Millz & Lloyd – Bed Rock

Gudda Gudda – Gettin’ to the Money

Lil Twist, Tyga, Jae Millz & Gudda Gudda – The Dungeon

Gudda Gudda feat. Lil Wayne – Young Money Hospital

Bonus track:

Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne & Swizz Beatz – I Can Transform Ya

Looks like I will have to address MTV’s list of the ‘Hottest MCs in the Game’ for 2009…

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