March 7th – Playing off of last week’s set of songs, this volume features a lot of the same artists, which is no mistake because they’re names that are on the rise. I included a couple songs from The Dean’s List’s recent mixtape, The Drive-In. It’s been easy for me to pass Dean’s List off as another example of what has become a very crowded “college rap” scene. Yet, like many others in the genre, they prove themselves with good music and a fresh sound that just makes you want to put it on repeat. I can’t stop thinking I’m listening to some mix of Wiz Khalifa and Lil Wayne when they’re stuff is playing, but its done in a way that makes it their own – and I guess you could come up with worse comparisons to elicit. The second half of the volume has a definite change in tempo and feel, Dear Rachael is off of Madison, Wisconsin rapper Stereotype’s recent debut mixtape, Welcome to my Spaceship. He’s got a smooth sound and good flow that I’m looking forward to hearing more of.
February 28th: Here’s number 1 (sans download while I figure that out). I went with a pretty low key set of songs here – hopefully a good mix of artists you know and some you don’t. I had to represent e-dubble, who is probably the hardest working MC out there right now; after wrapping up his last Freestyle Friday (new track every friday for 53 weeks) installment a few weeks ago, he dropped his latest project last week, a new mixtape with 25 tracks. His sound is still a little bit raw in my mind, but what more can you really expect from someone who has put out over 75 songs in the past year? Also been listening to a lot of Childish Gambino lately so I had to give him some representation as well, he’s got a real strong, crisp sound coupled with seriously potent lyrical style. Gambino’s following has been growing quickly and he seems to be on his way up, fast. He’s about to go on tour, I’d suggest checking him out if you can. ENJOY.