Here Are All The Important Rap Mixtapes That Came Out In The Past Few DaysBy Noisey Staff
Being a rap fan in 2012 is often an exercise in trying to swim against an impossible current. It's nearly impossible for us to sort through the flotsam and jetsam that is the rap internet, and it's literally our job to do that. In the past few days a bunch of really good stuff has come out, all for free. Here's most of it, but we probably missed some of it too.
Cassie - The Cassie Trilogy
Cassie's music is great, and one time she and Diddy had sex for 36 hours. Someone realized her music kinda sounds like it inspired The Weeknd, so they took a page from The Weeknd's book and released an unofficial three-disc set of all the good (mostly unreleased) Cassie songs.
Master P - Uptown Veteran
People who get it understand that Master P is secretly one of the most influential rappers of the past twenty years. He's back, even though he has a gajillion dollars. He's formed a group with Alley Boy and Fat Trel as well called the Louie V Mob, and that's going to be the best.
Riff Raff & Dame Grease - Hologram Panda
The thing about Riff Raff is that even though he's a funny, smart dude with a tight flow, he puts out a lot of bullshit and is yet to anchor a project. Pairing him with Dame Grease—one of the guys who helped build Max B's "Wavy" sound—is actually a great idea. Riff Raff needs sonic cohesion in order to make sense, and the steady hand of Dame Grease makes itself evident pretty much immediate on Hologram Panda. Like any good rapper/producer pairing, Riff Raff and Dame Grease meet each other halfway, stylistically speaking, and the results are way better than any other full-length Riff Raff has ever done. He even kicks a nice Houston-y wave flow on a few songs here.
King Louie - Drilluminati
Hailing from Chicago, King Louie's awesomeness is one of the original reasons for the increased media attention paid to Chicago (though he was pretty obviously quickly outpaced by Chief Keef in terms of who's the hottest in the city now). This is his newest tape, and it's a great look at how the city's sound has really progressed into its own, sonically speaking. Be sure to listen to "My Hoes They Do Drugs," which is pretty much the greatest song ever.
Young Jeezy - Its Tha World (Es El Mundo)
Of all the tapes in this post, this is probably going to end up being the biggest deal unless a bunch of people get really into the Riff Raff/Dame Grease thing. Young Jeezy is one of our favorite rappers, mainly because he's real as shit and has an awesome bellow. This is his newest mixtape, and for some reason he decided to make the title also in Spanish. DJ Drama has particularly good shit-talk on this one. The popular rap blogger Noz was angry that this tape contains a hyphy song.
Gunplay - Lock Down
We're a little late on this one, but Gunplay's the best so fuck it we're throwing this in here. This has a bunch of new tracks as well as lots of recent Gunplay classics such as "Bible On The Dash," "Definition Of A Plug," "Drop," as well as the "Same Damn Time" remix where Diddy yells, "You niggas can't multitask!" This one's long, but so is the movie Chinatown. Nobody complains about Chinatown being long, and if you complain about Gunplay's mixtape being long he'll beat you up.
Ace of Base's Secret Nazi Past
Before he founded Ace of Base, Ulf Ekberg was a member of Commit Suiside, a Nazi punk band.
Parquet Courts - "Light Up Gold Road Trip" (Full Documentary)
In this new documentary, Noisey follows rising indie rockers Parquet Courts from Mexico to Texas and London as they tour to support their debut LP, 'Light Up Gold.'
Yung Lean Doer Is the Weirdest 16-Year-Old White Swedish Rapper You'll Hear This Week
Yung Lean raps over pillow-fluffy beats and raps about glory holes and Arizona Iced Tea. Who the fuck is this kid? And why is he like this?
Adam Ant - The British Masters, Chapter 6
Noisey's John Doran talks with the great post-punk pop star Adam Ant about tribal body mods and layering tape.
Photos: Taking Acid at Coachella
When Paley sent these photos in, she included a nice little caveat over email that we've decided to reprint here in full, not only because it's too good to edit, but because her photographs of her and her weird buddies riding the snake are some of the best
R.I.P. Storm Thorgerson (1944-2013)
On Thursday, the hyper-talented graphic designer, artist, and famed album cover creator Storm Thorgerson passed away after a battle with cancer. He was 69 years old.
The Internet Is Scary
As of six months ago, my Facebook fanpage is like a dojo where hormonal teenagers hone their technique. Here is a heartfelt poem from some kid who wants to rape, kill, and marry me.
I Accidentally Touched Little Richard's Butt One Time
It was in the Detroit airport. After it happened Little Richard said, "He graze my derriere."
Listen to St. Lucia's Remix of The Colourist's "Little Games"
Last month, Cali quartet the Colourist released "Little Games," and St. Lucia just pulled a warm Balearic blanket over the whole thing, sanding away its rough edges with bright synths and lightly gated percussion.
Aaron Montaigne, Godfather of Screamo, is More Interesting Than You Can Ever Hope to Be - Part Two
On surviving combat in Iraq and Afghanistan with the help of magic, 'Bladerunner,' and everything in between.