Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Hip Hop Radar (Week Of 12/1-12/7)

The duo Nacho Picasso (@NachoPicasso) and Avatar Darko (@AvatarDarko) strike a decidedly dark theme with their mixtape Vampsterdam. With production that barely rises a certain register, it’s a rather good effort. Their delivery varies between odd, fast, and intelligent metaphors. Something in their music is strangely hypnotic. I find myself enjoying the mixtape as a whole.

SUGGESTIONS: “Vampire”, “Emptiness”, “Mad Max"
RATING: 4.5 of 5
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MAC X SLIM - Pre Crooklyn
Conversely to the previous tape, Mac X Slim (@MacXSlim) depends on more sounds and really well crafted production. Pre Crooklyn is rhythmic and plays with a cool vibe that sometimes feels like Texas hip-hop. Each beat punctuates an amazing flow that ensnares you with each track. This tape is one of those rare projects to put on repeat as you ride.

SUGGESTIONS: “45”, “Questions”, “Forget Me”
RATING: 4.8 of 5

THECOOLISMAC - Underground Grammy
Not many people can pull off a mixtape that sounds like a studio LP but TheCoolIsMac (@thecoolismac) does it on Underground Grammy. Each song seems as if it has been crafted as opposed to written or recorded. With features from Quentin Miller and Scotty ATL, the tape is another strong effort from yet another Georgia born MC. This one is inspired in every sense of the word.

SUGGESTIONS: “Intro”, “FaceCard”, “Live From The A
RATING: 5 of 5

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