From street mixtapes to an EP that’ll probably accompany your remaining summer days, and even some more eclectic stuff in between, these free releases will keep your ears occupied for the weekend.
Master P, "Famous Again" (Mixtape)
Master P has been so consistent this year, and he keeps it up with "Famous Again." Not only is the production enjoyable, but so are P’s raps. "They all up in my spaceship, my windows they be tinted / Mad 'cause my shit paid for, and they shit be rented," boasts P on "I Need An Armored Truck." His booming voice adds to his vivid and outrageous lines, and he's even able to keep up with some of today’s youngest rap artists. If Master P ever does truly become famous again we wouldn’t be surprised. This tape is a reminder that the commander-in-chief of No Limit has still got a spot in the hip-hop world.
Stalley, “Honest Cowboy” (Mixtape)
Following in suit with the rest of his Maybach Music Group cohorts, Stalley releases a mixtape of his own, “Honest Cowboy.” The 11-song tape features Stalley riding over laid-back production, with rappers such as Scarface, Schoolboy Q and others making guest appearances. What continues to be a crutch for Stalley is that his voice leaves no resonance. Where fellow MMG labelmates Rick Ross and Gunplay are notorious for their charismatic and boisterous raps, Stalley essentially serves as the group’s “Hey I’m the chill guy rapping,” rapper. He has his moments: “Samson” could very well lead to a sub-genre of rap called, “beard rap.” "NineteenEighty7" is enjoyable as Stalley weaves through reverberated organ and smooth bass. But it still feels as if he hasn’t come into his own as a rapper yet. "Honest Cowboy" is worth a listen, but hopefully Stalley will leave more of an impression with his solo debut album.
DONCHRISTIAN, “The Wayfarer” (Mixtape)
DONCHRISTIAN’s debut mixtape shines more in the production than the rhymes. Featuring producers Boody, Le1f, Mess Kid and Squalladay, as well as Don himself, the beats that drive "The Wayfarer" are eclectic. But it takes some time to get even somewhat comfortable with Don’s rhyming style. His deep-voiced, monotone delivery contrasts from the production, and is more inconsistent than it is consistent. There are some standouts: tape-opener "Departure + Arrival" is lounge rap with its smooth production and Don’s laid-back flow. "Morning Glory" features a great chorus with an enjoyable guest verse from Le1f. But lyrically, not much else is as memorable or engaging.
Outasight, “Stay Gold" (EP)
Outasight can make some catchy music. "Stay Gold" is a five-song EP that features pop-rap vibes for those last remaining weeks of the summer. There’s by-the-beach acoustic guitars, upbeat drums and memorable hooks. The rapping is on par with the likes of Flo Rida and other pop rappers: its purpose is to keep the good times rolling until the chorus appears. If you need to add a few songs to your weekend party you might want to keep "Stay Gold" in mind.