It’s official, people. Mixtape Daily is here. That’s right, daily. Mixtape Monday had a phenomenal run. For over six years, the weekly segment became an institution. Every week, it was your one-stop shop for everything related to the streets. But we promised you bigger and better things in 2009, and we’re men of our word. We’re going to keep bringing you all the exclusives and insight you’ve come to expect. We’re just expanding and refocusing.
Don’t Sleep: Necessary Notables
Mixtape: I Bullsh– You Not
Starring: Busta Rhymes and DJ Scratch
Key Collaborations: “Foreign Currency” (featuring Maino), “Death Wish” (featuring Raekwon) and “Director’s Cut” (featuring Uncle Murda)
Essential Info: [artist id=”1043″]Busta Rhymes[/artist] is on a European promo tour pushing his May 19 release B.O.M.B. In the meantime, the mixtape I Bullsh– You Not is available for free download online.
“This is happening in its own organic, natural way — the way I’m used to it happening for me,” Busta said of the love he’s getting from the streets and the charts. “The music is sparking something in the people that they completely open their arms and embrace willingly. It ain’t nothing you gotta force-feed or beat people in the head. They rocking with it because it’s genuine hot sh–.”
Mixtape: Jacques Jams, Vol. 1: Endurance
Starring: [artist id=”3003497″]Chester French[/artist] and DJ Clinton Sparks
Key Collaborations: “Cîroc Star” (featuring [artist id=”1244169″]Diddy[/artist] and [artist id=”1163822″]Jadakiss[/artist]), “Campus Kingpin” (featuring Pusha T) and “I’m So Tall” (featuring [artist id=”1162710″]Talib Kweli[/artist] and Mickey Factz)
Essential Info: “We’re just trying to create a movement around endurance and eventually stamina as well,” French’s D.A. Wallach said of their mixtape’s crazy name. “We want people to get their game up. We’re not talking about music. We’re nerds. We live in the studio and live on a bus and do shows. … When we say ’game,’ we’re talking about basketball, soccer, backgammon. We’re talking about things that involve physical endurance. … I do know how to play spades. Yes.”
The group — signed to the Neptunes’ Star Trak label — just put out their Interscope debut, Love the Future, with a host of your favorites, including Skateboard P. and N.O.R.E. the two worked on beats for a couple of weeks and let Mr. Sparks act as their liaison with all these big-name artists. The tape bridged the gap between their core rock/pop fans and all their hip-hop supporters.
Listening to the project, though, the duo, who both graduated from Harvard, put together the project to play like a audio movie and tell the abbreviated story of their lives (being “athletes” at college to getting signed, moving to L.A. and getting caught up in that scene).
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