D.C.’s Wale has been getting lots of hype now that he’s teamed up with Lady Ga Ga.  He’s got smooth flow and generally witty delivery, so I get it, but I can’t say I fell all over his “Mixtape About Nothing” that so many folks raved on.  I haven’t heard all of this new one yet, but what I have heard is some of his best work.  Probably because 9th Wonder knows how to break an MC. Oh, and because Jean Grae makes an appearance.  Best female MC in the game.

Rather Be With You (Vagina Is For Lovers) f. J Cole & Currensy (prod 9th Wonder)

Goodbye f. Jean Grae (prod 9th Wonder)

Full mixtape.

More surprising, though, is the quality on War Angel–50 Cent’s new mixtape.  I found his last two albums pretty weak–less mean, more filler–but this mixtape (he calls it an “LP” because of the sound and song quality) is promising.  And it’s way better than Em’s official release.

Talking in Codes

Better Come On Your A Game

Full mixtape.