This mixtape is good–gets my endorsement. But if you really want to hear Domo spit fire, check out Madlib and Freddie Gibbs’ new record, one of the best of 2014. Domo appears on “Pinata” and kills it.
But this one’s pretty dope, too.
Dej Loaf is a 20something rapper from Chicago who is proud to be a woman. Finally! A rapper who can speak from an honest perspective. She’s not a bimbo, she’s not a wannabe gangsta, she’s not trying to be an idealized female or “one of the guys.” Her songs are about love, family, and pain: Missing her Grandmother, hustling on the streets, making millions and spending it on her mother, promoting peace over violence, loving rap, not trying to sound like Tupac, teaching the children well…They’re about real life. That’s how come she can get away with lyrics like: “Can we stay home tonight/Try something new tonight/This drink got me feeling right…Let’s make a some babies and make it official/I feel you inside…”
Her lyrics are smart, and her beats and words seem…Sad. But powerful. This is a thoughtful mixtape, and thought is usually reserved for backpackers in this genre. Great stuff.
You may remember Dej from her 2012 hit “Try Me,” which got her a major label deal and is remixed on this mixtape with verses from Remy Ma and Ty Dolla $ign and some new bars from Dej herself.
Found out about this dude from Pigeons and Planes who, as of this writing, have a free download available of Chaz French’s new mixtape. It won’t change your life or anything–and if you don’t like rap, it won’t even change your mind. But if you’re looking for some new music by a strong lyricist with solid beats, this is a gem.
And there’s a free link to download here.
What makes for great hip hop? Is it the words, the flow, or the beats? There’s definitely guys who I listen to for the lyrics, even if I’m not blown away by how they say it or the music they speak over. And there are guys whose lyrics usually make no sense, but I listen because of the way it all comes together in production–I’d put MF Doom in that category, and I love that dude so much I’m wearing his mask in the masthead of this blog.
And then there are the rare gems that bring it all together. “Shades of Mary” is the best example of that so far this year.
The lyrics are terrific–there are rapidfire rhymes that hit so quick you have to hit rewind and listen again, and there’s humor (“You wanna roll or what? I wanna hit that butt.”) and wisdom (“I don’t carry a piece, but I hit my piece/Got more random drops than explosives in the Middle East/Shoutout to the Middle West/They show me love even though I’m from the far left”). Choice samples, like the familiar use of Rappin’ 4-Tay’s “Playaz Club” beats under “You Got Soul,” make this a true mixtape. In the spirit of Clipse’s genius mixtapes, Jetpack Jones seems to be saying, “I can hit your beats better than you ever did, even if you did have a hit.” Brock Berrigan’s sound collages like “Justice For All” add meaning, depth, and mood to the overall album.
Fantastic. Check it out.