Here are my Top 5 Mixtapes from 2012. Click the pics to be taken to the appropriate download links.
Spit Gemz – Welcome To Hellzgate
If war came in your headphones, this is what it would sound like. Spit Gemz is the quintessential street poet of our generation. This man combines the highest level of intelligence and wordplay making this the best street album/mixtape this year.
Red Eye – St. Fatrick’s Day
Red Eye definitely has an argument for the best mixtape of 2012. This mixtape is tough. Really tough. The beats are big and the rhymes are raw. There are also tons of dope guest shots on this project as well. Lots of replay value on this joint.
Juan Deuce – No Sweat
Juan Deuce’s first project, No Sweat, is a winner. Juan Deuce is an artist all unto himself and can not be duplicated. This project is absolutely unique. And ‘unique’ in this instance means…fresh.
DMP – Live From Early Street
DMP offers the most traditional of mixtapes in this year’s awards. Lots of short but dope cuts on this project from a group of Virginia emcees back by Nottz behind the boards. Good music to saturate your eardrums in.
OnlyOne – Cult Classic
Do you want a mixtape to bang and knock in the whip? Our Sandpeople brethren brought you some ill music in 2012 and perhaps none more sick than OnlyOne’s Cult Classic.
Another jam from Juan Deuce’s No Sweat mixtape produced by Falside. Video crafted from thoughts of thieves jacking penguins, wheel chairs, and handguns. Be sure to check the mixtape!
Artist: Juan Deuce
Album: No Sweat
1. The Draft
2. Right On
3. People (ft. Romen Rok)
4. Falling Down
5. .38 Special
6. Larry Sellers
7. Left You
10. Menahan (ft. Jaysonic)
12. Show Me Love (ft. Jon Hope)
15. Jimmy Buffett
18. Clay On Words
Juan Deuce is not for the faint of heart. If you have a short memory span and don’t like well-woven wordplay he might not be for you. Throughout No Sweat, Juan Deuce takes concepts and ideas that don’t ordinarily blend and makes hip hop magic. In addition to that, this album is produced by some of my favorite producers in the business with the likes of Falside, The Audible Doctor, and J57 making contributions.
I can’t lay enough praise down for what Falside does behind the boards. He is a top five producer commercial or independent, period. I love the way he chops up this sample while Romen Rock and Juan Deuce drop their bars. Juan Deuce and Romen Rok have contrasting styles which makes this joint all the better. That divergency plays well with the production. this song is dropping on the yet to be released, No Sweat Mixtape, from Juan Deuce.