By Rob Markman, with reporting by Ade Mangum
Mixtape Daily Main Pick
Headliners: Tone Trump, with DJ Damage and DJ Aktive
Mixtape: The New Fresh Prince
Real Spit: Who wouldn’t want to be like Will Smith? Not only did the Philadelphia spitter put out hit records, Big Willie also navigated his way through Hollywood proving that there is life after rap. “I named my mixtape The New Fresh Prince first and foremost, obviously, to pay homage to Will Smith, who came from West Philly,” Tone Trump told Mixtape Daily of his latest offering.
In May, Tone made headlines when he signed with Young Jeezy’s CTE record label, and while the Snowman may be his favorite rapper, it’s rapper-turned-actor Will Smith who motivated Trump to get his money up with this new tape.
“He inspired me a lot to turn my empire into a billion-dollar empire like he did, and he let me know it’s true,” he said of the rapper, who has made unforgettable rap hits like “Parents Just Don’t Understand” and “Summertime” alongside his partner DJ Jazzy Jeff and starred in blockbuster movies like “Independence Day” and “Men in Black.”
Though The New Fresh Prince is much more aggressive than any of the lighthearted hip-hop material that Big Willie has ever released, Tone Trump draws a correlation mainly due to his ambition and the fact that he and Smith both hail from the same part of the city. “I’m the new Fresh Prince,” he said with unwavering confidence. “New swag, new wave reppin’ that west side of Philly.”
Joints to Check For
» “Afghan” – “This record right here, ’Afghan,’ this is one of my favorite flavors. Y’all can put that together.”
» “We Winning” – “That is my mind state: Mr. Let’s Win and all that. So I had to make a record called ’We Winning.’ I reached out to the big homey Beanie Sigel, he came and laid a classic verse. I put my young’n I know Brasco on there to kinda bridge the gap with the legend to the new wave.”
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