From HBK’s Bay Area-proud, hyphy-filled “Gang Forever” tape to Big K.R.I.T.’s laid-back “4Eva N A Day ”instrumentals tape, this week’s free music round-up has plenty to offer.
Chief Keef, “Bang Pt. 2” (Download)
“Bang Pt. 2,” Chief Keef’s only official project of 2013 so far, finds the rapper doing what he does best: creating straightforward yet entertaining raps, and even more entertaining ad-libs. There are some telling moments on this tape, such as when Keef shouts out his grandmother and mother on “Morgan Tracy” and creates a hood success anthem with “Gotta Glo Up One Day.” He shows his knack for making catchy songs on “Hoez N Oz.” Keef still has horror stories to tell but it’s apparent that the lush life he’s recently gained is what matters right now. (Also, Michael Blackson should be on every mixtape from here on out.)
HBK Gang, “Gang Forever” (Download)
Iamsu!, who’s had a good year so far in terms of buzz, has brought his crew, HBK Gang, out for some fun. “Gang Forever,” the West Coast crew’s first official mixtape, bangs with Bay Area-proud production, while Iamsu! and his cohorts provide some great punchlines. Although the rhymes may get a bit redundant at times the production remains consistent and engaging throughout.
Trinidad James, “0pc. Mild” (Download)
This tape has a song called “Hip$ter $trip Club.” This doesn’t validate why Trinidad James’ latest release is worth listening to, but it’s worth mentioning. Overall, the tape is surprisingly enjoyable, primarily because of the guest rappers that are featured: Danny Brown, Gucci Mane, Childish Gambino (who gives one of his best and “hardest” verses on “Ea$tside.”) They overshadow Trinidad, who serves as a hype-man on his own tape. “0pc. Mild” isn’t to validate Trinidad as a competent rapper but to expand his repertoire for future tours. The mixtape is suitable for any situation that can be described as “ratchet.” Which, considering Trinidad gave us the highly memorable line, “Pop the molly I’m sweating,” makes plenty of sense.
Big K.R.I.T., “4Eva N A Day” (Download)
K.R.I.T. is a capable rapper but what contributes to his rap’s enjoyability are the self-produced beats that accompany them. The rapper has finally released the instrumentals for his well-received tape, “4Eva N A Day.” The tracks ooze with samples from the likes of Sade, George Duke and Bobby Womack, reminding listeners that K.R.I.T.’s production is as engaging as his rhymes.