Frank Ocean - nostalgia, ULTRA.
Release Date: February 14th, 2011
Although I was late on posting this mixtape in February, I still managed to get my hands on a mixtape which would allow me to re-discover R&B, with the help of Frank Ocean. 'nostalgia, ULTRA.' was a mixtape which I was able to play from top to bottom, with Frank providing his soothing vocals over innovative instrumentals.
A$AP Rocky - Live.Love.A$AP
Release Date: October 31st, 2011
It didn't take much time for A$AP Rocky to become a much talked about artist on the Internet. He started off by releasing 'Deep Purple' in July, and from there his buzz grew! 'Live.Love.A$AP' contains such nice beats and A$AP Rocky is able to flow with them, often switching up his flow mid-verse. The mixtape contained nice features from SpaceGhostPurrp, Schoolboy Q, Main Attrakionz, some of the A$AP crew & more! This mixtape is just different.
The Weeknd - House Of Balloons
Release Date: March 22nd, 2011
The Weeknd dropped his debut mixtape 'House Of Balloons' in March this year. Coming out of Toronto and being linked with Drake meant that The Weeknd already had strong backing. All it took was this mixtape containing 9 tracks to get the ball rolling. I'm glad I listened to this mixtape sooner than later, as it's so well put together and...inspiring. The Weeknd completed the mixtape trilogy which contains this mixtape, 'Thursday' and 'Echoes Of Silence' (which was released December 21st, 2011). If there was one word I had to describe The Weeknd's music, it would be 'Eargasm'. The whole feeling atmosphere of this mixtape is nice, and it definitely spurs up a mix of emotions. Watch out 2012.
Pusha T - Fear Of God
Release Date: March 21st, 2011
Pusha T announced that he would drop a solo mixtape in the middle of last year, and it was supposed to drop on September 14th, 2010 along with all the other G.O.O.D Music projects (remember that ordeal?). And so months later Pusha T, half of Clipse, dropped 'Fear Of God'. The highly-anticipated mixtape amassed positive views from many music critics. Pusha was lyrical and picked crack beats! The mixtape included features from Rick Ross, Liva Don, Kevin Cossum & 50 Cent.
Fabolous - The Soul Tape
Release Date: April 21st, 2011
On 'The Soul Tape' mixtape we get to hear Fabolous kick back with a smooth flow and lyrics to match. The instrumentals complement some of Fabolous' subject matters, which are deeper than we usually here from Fab! The whole project is NICE *fabolous voice*!
Fashawn - Higher Learning 2
Release Date: February 16th, 2011
Fashawn dropped his 'Higher Learning 2' mixtape in February after some delay. It was worth it though, especially as it meant Fashawn was able to build his promotion properly! Fashawn shows us how lyrical he can be, progressing as an up and coming rapper!
Elzhi - Elmatic
Release Date: May 11th, 2011
It's always a risky move reworking and honouring a classic album, such as Nas' 'Illmatic'. But of course, Elzhi made it work and had a dope project with 'Elmatic'. It's always nice to hear some raw Hip-Hop!
Freddie Gibbs - Cold Day In Hell
Release Date: October 31st, 2011
Shout out to that new school gangsta rap music wave! Freddie Gibbs is really at the forefront of the revival of Gangsta Rap music. 'Cold Day In Hell' contains 16 tracks and features from Alley Boy, Young Jeezy, BJ The Chicago Kid & more!
Big K.R.I.T. - Return of 4eva
Release Date: March 28th, 2011
One of the realest from the South Big K.R.I.T. released his inspirational project 'Return of 4eva' in March. Features include David Banner, Chamillionaire, Ludacris, Bun B, Raheem Devaughn & more! He also made the XXL Freshmen of 2011 list!
Jadakiss - I Love You
Release Date: May 21st, 2011
Jadakiss released a mixtape for his fans titled 'I Love You (A Dedication To My Fans)' earlier on this year. Must admit the project came out to be really nice! Smooth lyrics, complementing beats and dope subject matters!