Last Minute Christmas Gifts For The Rap Music Lover

Posted: December 24, 2012 in Hip Hop
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Well if you haven’t done your shopping yet, you’re probably not sitting in front of a computer screen at this point, as it’s too late for overnight delivery or any of those other sneaky procrastinating means we use to slide a Christmas gift under the front door at the last minute, but here are a few December treats that can be had at little (or no) cost for yourself or others.

Blue Sky Black Death dropped two albums on the last day of the Mayan calendar, just in case it was their last chance to share their music with the world before it imploded.  The more polished of the two projects is their previously unannounced collaboration with Deniro Farrar – who certainly worked to build a bigger name for himself in 2012 – a short seven track EP entitled Cliff of Death.  The project is well worth the seven bucks, BSBD is currently charging on their bandcamp page.  It’s always nice to see how BSBD will tailor their approach to a new artist and Deniro certainly vibes quite well with them.  If you’re even the slightest bit skeptical, as always with stuff released on bandcamp you can test drive (stream) it as much as you like before purchasing.

The second project is one I’ve been anticipating for quite a while, the introduction of Skull & Bones (Bolo Nef AKA Druggy Bone and Caz Greez AKA Dusty Haze).  Like Nacho Picasso and Key Nyata, Nef and Caz are artists from BSBD’s local Washington scene.  Given the fact that BSBD have worked with some (inter)nationally renowned artists over the years, it’s very cool that they have also dedicated themselves to helping develop young artists from their region.  This project is currently up for free and it’s definitely one to check out.

It hasn’t dropped just yet, but probably will by the time I get this published, but there’s no doubt that Mike Will Made It’s Est. In 1989 Vol. 2.5 will be a must download mixtape when it drops on LiveMixtapes today.

If you’re in the mood for something more Christmasy, Cookin’ Soul put together a mixtape of Biggie acapellas over beats made by chopping up some old Christmas music.  Some of the cuts work much better than others, like the combination of  “Juicy” with “This Christmas,” but on the whole it’s a fun project and it’s always nice to see someone attempt to make some Christmas-friendly music out of the rap genre.

For the Raider Klan fans out there, and really any fan of poly-regional mid-nineties production and solid lyricism combined with some serious flow, Nell dropped a compilation of his best material from 2012, which is fittingly entitled 90’s Mentality ’94.  The compilation includes standouts like “Pistol Grip,” “What Can I Do?” “Vicious Flow,” and a whole lot of unreleased material.  At thirty one cuts deep and featuring SpaceGhostPurrp, Yung Simmie, Rell, Pouya, Denzel Curry, WooF, and others this stands as a strong testament to the excellent year that Nell had moving from an unknown to prominence as one of the premier rappers in BRK in 2012.

Of course if you’re still sleeping on SpaceGhostPurrp’s latest, you should definitely check out ICEE Mack P’s latest with B.M.W.  SGP brought along a lot of the team members this time, as Dough Dough, Nell, Chris Travis, Ethelwulf, & Simmie all show up on this EP, which is definitely more geared towards the strip clubs than any of his previous projects (although there’s always that element to be sure).

Other than a yearly wrap up of songs for 2012, this might be my final post for 2012, so enjoy your holidays and see you in the new year.

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