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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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Hip Pop

I haven’t posted singles in a while, so I thought I might as well. Besides the first couple here, I think a lot of these songs will become pretty popular soon. I mean, I’m not a huge fan of Akon, but the beat on ‘New York City’ is legit. Birdman is still holding it down with a couple singles here. And Timbaland teaming up with Shakira and Lil Wayne? Hit. Also, watch out for Cory Gunz and Wiz Khalifa in the near future. :

Tyga – The Nausea

Cory Gunz – Big Noise

Wiz Khalifa – The Plane

Drake feat. Birdman – More Milli

Timbaland feat. Shakira & Lil Wayne – Give Up To Me

OJ Da Juiceman – When I Get Big

Akon – New York City

Birdman feat. Jay Sean, Flo-Rida & Mack Maine – Written On Her (remix)

Wale feat. Pharrell – Inhibitions

Which one has a better verse?

Mario feat. Big Sean – Before She Said Hi

Mario feat. B.o.B. – Before She Said Hi (remix)

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Bloody Beetroots

When I was in Sweden, I went to this celebration in Stockholm for 08.08.08. This group called the Bloody Beetroots was performing that night for approx 50,000 people in the streets. I had never heard of them and didn’t really like the music very much at the time. Welllll, I came across one of their songs the other day on Fifa ’09. It’s pretty catchy; check it out. They also did a remix to a Timbaland song… watch out:

The Bloody Beetroots – Butter:

Timbaland – Miscommunication (Bloody Beetroots Remix):

And here’s a lil vid i took that night of some crazy people dancing (to the Beetroots) on top of some structure thing that they’re not supposed to be on. I think the Police got everyone down from this thing eventually…

Ohhh and here’s one from that night of my friend John from Boston making friends with some of the locals… or something. “You are Nazi!”. haha. 100% sober.

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