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Artists To Watch ’11-’12: Part 2

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Be sure to check out Part 1 of my “Artists To Watch” here. The rest goes like this:

Cyhi Da Prynce

Kanye’s most recent addition to GOOD Music, Cyhi is almost guaranteed to blow up. Still waiting on Big Sean’s album though.

Video

Mixtape

Cyhi Da Prynce – Royal Flush mixtape

Tracks

Cyhi Da Prynce – Sidewayz mp3

Cyhi Da Prynce – Living Wonderful mp3

Cyhi Da Prynce – Hero mp3

Kevin McCall

An initial afterthought on Chris Brown & Tyga’s “Fan of a Fan” mixtape, Kevin McCall out-shined both headliners. He also is deep in the producing/writing game with hits like CB’s “Dueces” and Big Sean’s “What U Doin”.

Video

Mixtape

Kevin McCall – Uninvited Guest mixtape

Tracks

Kevin McCall – F*ck You Pay Me mp3

Kevin McCall feat. Tyga & Chris Brown – 360 mp3

Kevin McCall feat. The Game – Power Of The P mp3

Yelawolf

Who would’ve thought 2011 would be the year of the white rapper? They all have completely different styles – I’m not sure how to describe Yelawolf’s…

Video

Mixtape

Yelawolf – Trunk Muzik mixtape

Tracks

Yelawolf feat. Gucci Mane – Wanna Party mp3

Yelawolf – Daddy’s Lambo mp3

Yelawolf – Stage Lights (remix) mp3

BIG K.R.I.T.

Honestly, I’ve been sleeping on BIG K.R.I.T. for far too long. Good flows, and he makes his own beats.

Video

Mixtape

BIG K.R.I.T. – Krit Wuz Here mixtape

Tracks

BIG K.R.I.T. – See Me On Top mp3

BIG K.R.I.T. feat. Curren$y & Smoke DZA – No Wheaties mp3

BIG K.R.I.T. feat. Curren$y & Wiz Khalifa – Glass House mp3

Pac Div

This rap trio from Southern California has been around for a while now, but they’re definitely gaining more play recently. Hopefully “Mania!” drops any day now.

Video

Mixtape

Pac Div – Don’t Mention It mixtape

Tracks

Pac Div – Anti Freeze mp3

Pac Div – It’s On mp3

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

Honorable Mentions

Cory Gunz/Lil Twist

Young Money’s representatives this year. Gunz definitely has the DNA to make it in the rap game. And I still think of this clip from The Carter Documentary whenever I hear Lil Twist. These 2 will be big over the next few years.

Lil B

With song topics ranging from Justin Bieber to Jesus Christ to Ellen Degeneres, I still haven’t figured out Lil B. I don’t know how many times I’ve said I’ll never listen to another of his tracks…

Vado

He may of turned down XXL, but he can’t turn down my list! Honestly, I haven’t listened to enough of his music to put him any higher.

Diggy Simmons

Dude definitely has skills – must be in his genes. But he’s kind of like the Bieber of rap for me. Plus, AT&T commercials already?!

Sam Adams

I wish there were more artists like Sam Adams going in on house/electro beats, but this video made me have to drop him down the list.

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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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Cinglis!

First, I had to post this song again. It’s prob my favorite song right now. Get it if you haven’t!

The Grouch & Eligh feat. Slug – !BOOM!

 

Ace Hood is hood… Definitely a good collab with Luda.

Ace Hood feat. Ludacris – Born An OG

 

I don’t know if I’ve heard a beat by Twist, but this one isn’t bad at all.

Jae Millz – I Feel Me (produced by Lil Twist)

Jae Millz – Defeat Is Not An Option

 

Mickey is pretty good. Reminds me of Lupe’s style maybe?

Mickey Factz – Flyin Ballons

 

The remix with Gucci came out at basically the same time as the original haha. I guess it’s an Eminem diss track… The second one with Snoop is pretty good/funny tho.

Mariah Carey feat. Gucci Mane – Obsessed (remix)

Gucci Mane feat. Snoop Dogg – Awesome

 

Actually makes me kinda excited for The Rebirth…

Lil Wayne feat. Tyga – Ground Zero

Lil Wayne – Ready For The World

 

I think this is a freestyle? Idk, but Cudi is pretty hot right now.

Kid Cudi – Excuse My Mood

 

For the new 2K game. Not a huge Game fan, but I always like the music in those games…

The Game – NBA 2K10

 

Hahaha… reminds me of that Natalie Portman rap that sug. posted (reposted below).

Taylor Swift feat. T-Pain – Thug Story

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Artists To Watch in ’09-’10

This is a quick list of artists that seem to be generating increasingly more buzz recently. I think that any of these artists has a legitimate shot of making a big impact in the next few years.

I’m sure you’ve heard of a lot of these rappers, but maybe you haven’t necessarily heard the songs I’m providing here. I included a lil bio on each artist just off the top of my head, so if you want to learn more, search online for info or post a comment and I’ll try to respond. I also tried to pick a variety of songs both newer and older.

If you think I missed someone (which I probably did) go ahead and leave me a comment. If you like any of these songs, you should probably research and support the artist! So here we go in no particular order:

1. Tyga

He is well endorsed in the game with connections to Lil Wayne, Gym Class Heroes, and Fall Out Boy. His first CD saw some success with the singles “Coconut Juice” and “Diamond Life”, but I think his sophomore effort will be even better; some of his recent work has been pretty insane. I just posted his most recent mixtape, so I won’t bother posting any of those songs again, but check out these if you haven’t already:

Tyga – Sayin’ This

Tyga – Get Silly Freestyle

Plain White T’s feat. Tyga – Hey There Delilah (remix)

2. KiD CuDi

This dude caught Kanye’s attention with his single “Day ‘n’ Night”. Since then, a popular ‘Crookers’ remix of the song has also gained play time both domestically and internationally. Additionally, he was featured on Kanye’s 808’s & Heartbreak. I like this guy  because first, his introductory mixtape was released through 10 Deep’s website, and he creates dope beats and catchy lyrics.

KiD CuDi – Day ‘N’ Night

KiD CuDi – Super Boo

KiD CuDi – CuDi Spazzin’

3. Charles Hamilton

Charles has been buzzin on the blogs for a while now but just recently became somewhat popular with the release of the single “Brooklyn Girls”. I listened to a bunch of his mixtapes last summer and was hooked. He does sound a little different though and took me awhile to get used to. His recent beef with Soulja Boy made me lose a little respect, but he still has some sik tracks.

Charles Hamilton – Brooklyn Girls

Charles Hamilton – Don’t Touch Me

Charles Hamilton – Sun Music (Hidden Track)

4. Drake

Drake is a rapper from Toronto, Canada who is also (like Tyga) signed on Lil Wayne’s Young Money Entertainment. Drake is pretty vesitile with his style as he can rap and sing pretty well. Personally, I really like his lyrics; he has a similar style to Wayne (there were actually some rumors going around that he used to ghost-write for Wayne). Oh and for those of you who know/care, he used to be on that show Degrassi haha.

Drake feat. Lil Wayne – Brand New (remix)

Lil Wayne feat. Drake & Kidd Kidd – I Want Dis 4 Eva

Drake feat. Lil Wayne – Man Of The Year

5. Mickey Factz

Mickey just came to my attention a few months ago with the release of “The Incredible Mixtape”. He reminds me somewhat of The Cool Kids with his flow and style of beats. The first song I’m posting here (“Rapio 2 Point OH”) has a pretty addicting ‘electro’ style beat. Like I’ve said before, I think this style of music could really blow up soon/already is. Check it out:

Mickey Factz – Rapio 2 Point OH

Mickey Factz – It’s Automatic

Mickey Factz – Incredible

6. Jae Millz

Jae Millz is ANOTHER artist signed to Young Money Entertainment. He has been around for a little while now but I think had some contract issues with labels, etc. Anyways, he is now with Young Money and is definitely creating some buzz. I really started getting into him after his appearances on Lil Wayne’s “The Dedication 3” mixtape where he tore it up.

Lil Wayne feat. Jae Millz – Dick Pleaser

Jae Millz feat. Lil Wayne – Holla At A Playa (remix)

Jae Millz – I Like That

7. Wale

It seems Wale has been around forever. He had a relatively successful song with “W.A.L.E.D.A.N.C.E.” a while back. Recently, his single “Nike Boots” is getting some attention on the radio and through its video. I actually first heard the remix of “Nike Boots” with Lil Wayne first about a year ago. But Wale has a pretty dope flow and sik lyrics.

Wale feat. Lil Wayne – Nike Boots (remix)

Wale – Chillin

Wale – Ridin In That Black Joint

8. Willy NorthPole

Although I don’t really like the sound of his name haha, Willy has been coming with some fire recently. From Arizona, he is signed on Ludacris’ Disturbing Tha Peace Records and was featured on Luda’s recent acclaimed CD “Theater of the Mind”. He is also the self-proclaimed ‘freshman of the year’ last year, so it looks like he’s set his standards high.

Willy NorthPole – Body Marked Up

Ludacris feat. The Game & Willy NorthPole – Call Up The Homies

Willy NorthPole – Drive By Music

Honorable Mentions: Ron Browz, B.o.B, Ace Hood, Asher Roth, Ryan Leslie

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