Since i tend to post a lot of music on my blog, i just wanted to take some time to share my top 5 favorite mixtapes. If you follow my blog, you can clearly tell that hip hop and rnb are my favorite genres of music. So most of these are going to fit into that genre, but that doesnt mean my taste in music is only hip hop and rnb, because it isnt.
These mixtapes are not in order, but they are just my 5 most listened to mixtapes. So hopefully you enjoy reading what i think about each mixtape, and what i think about each artist.
Drake: So Far Gone
This mixtape by Drake is definitely what helped his career become what it is today. He had to re-release this mixtape into a full album from all the reviews, because technically it could be considered an album. He perfectly combines his singing and rapping, so they can co-exist with no uncomfortable transitions. He has some powerful features and uses some brilliant beats. Without this mixtape in existence, you can completely forget who Drake is, and what he has done to help revive hip hop. A very instrumental mixtape to the revival of rap, and like Nas said, Drake is one of the reasons hip hop is back.
- Favorite songs on the mixtape: Housatlantavegas, A Little Bit, November 18th, Uptown
Wiz Khalifa: Kush and Orange Juice
This right here is my SWAGGGGG. To be honest this mixtape is what made me become a true taylor. I’ve listened to Wiz for awhile, even during his Prince of the City era, but nothing really got me attached. I was always a fan, and a good one at that, because i would still download mixtapes like Flight School and Burn After Rolling, but this Kush and Oj joint was a different type of sound. Perfect for a wake and bake, perfect for just waking up to and relaxing too. Every track has its own vibe, yet the album gels perfectly together. Like Drake’s So Far Gone, this mixtape in my opinion is what gave Wiz Khalifa his stardom. Just a well done mixtape, that was crafted for perfection.
- Favorite songs on the mixtape: We’re Done, The Statement, Still Blazin, In the Cut, Never Been
Kid Cudi: A Kid Named Cudi
I really dont have much to say about this mixtape, because it probably has two of my favorite songs ever inside of it. The reason i became a Kid Cudi fan, because of how unique it was, and how different it was from everything else. If you havent heard this mixtape, you are truly missing out. I’m not going to say anything else because if you’ve listened to this mixtape you will have the same feelings as me. I promise you that.
- Favorite songs on the mixtape: The Prayer, Day n’ Nite, Maui Wowie, Embrace the Martian
Frank Ocean: nostalgia, Ultra
After the dust settles from the whole Odd Future movement, wait to see who comes out strongest out of it. Frank Ocean, is going to be the future of RnB, and his mixtape nostalgia, Ultra proves that he has a strong future ahead of him. Sultry vocals and indie instrumentals are the base of the mixtape, and the story telling skills of Frank Ocean help move this mixtape to an album. The mixtape will be re-released with some new tracks added on, after the rave reviews it received. Frank Ocean will be blowing up pretty soon, as he earned two features on Watch The Throne, and has a collaboration with Nas coming up. Just a great mixtape for the ears.
- Favorite songs on the mixtape: Novacane, Songs for Women, Strawberry Swing, Nature Feels
The Weeknd: House of Balloons
This mixtape will probably go down as my favorite mixtape of the year, and maybe all time. The Weeknd got help from Drake with the release of this tape, and with it came fame. The Weeknd sounds like so many different singers, yet is so unique. His depressing lyrics about drugs and women, mixed with the smooth instrumentals is what put him on MetaCritics top mixtape of the year. Each song tells a story, and the album itself provides visuals thru the lyrics and the melodies. The sound of The Weeknd may only be favorable to certain people, but with two new mixtapes coming up, he may be able to grab the attention of many more fans.
- Favorite songs on the mixtape: High for This, The Morning, What You Need, Wicked Games
There you have it, my Top 5 Mixtapes.
Hope you enjoy reading it, and more importantly enjoy the music that these artists have provided.