The LOFT – Anxxxious (A.S.O.V.)
The LOFT are a singer/producer powerhouse that took the internet by storm earlier this year, with their debut set Anxxxious. A mature dose of alternative-R&B, it had sexy vocals over stripped-back and dark production. It was really fucking good. Read our interview with the guys here and download the mixtape here.
Paris Jones – You’re Invited To The Assassination Of Patrick Campbell By Paris Jones
Paris Jones is an upstart with roots in Virginia and California and he legitimately had one of the best mixtapes of the year. With an eclectic fusion of hip-hop, R&B and indie he really set a standard for future releases. Expect big things and read our in depth interview with him here. Download the mixtape here.
Travi$ Scott – Owl Pharoah
Travi$ Scott’s mentoring under Kanye was very much obvious through out his debut. It was dark and unpredictable, and also a little hit and miss. However, when it was good, it was really good. With features from rap heavy weights like T.I. and Wale and also more alternative artists like Toro Y Moi, it’s a real diverse project.
Funkmaster Flex – Who You Mad At? Me Or Yourself?
Although technically a compilation, it cant be ignored, as this mixtape featured literally everybody in rap. Seriously. EVERYBODY. Download it here.
G-FrSH – Legoman II
My first taste of G-FrSH’s music was at a Tinie Tempah gig about 3 years a go, where he was handing out free mixtapes. Since then I’ve not looked back; G-sofuckinFrsh is a grime/UK hip-hop artist who’s style centres around the core of rap music; lyricism. Download here.
Busta Rhymes x Q-Tip – The Abstract and The Dragon
Busta Rhymes and Q-Tip have worked together for time; since Busta’s introduction to the music industry on A Tribe Called Quest’s single “Scenario”. This year they surprised us all by releasing a joint mixtape full of classic material and new hits. Who says the old heads fell off? Download it here.
Yungen – Topic Of Discussion
Yungen is a star in the making. He has crazy bars and an individual delivery. Don’t be surprised if in the near future he’s England’s biggest act in hip-hop. Download here.
Joey Bada$$ – Summer Knights
Joey Bada$$ came through with another solid project this year, packed to the brim with bars. However the whole 90’s sound is getting played out… we want to see evolution next time around Joey! Download here.
Action Bronson – Blue Chips 2
One again, Action Bronson proved why he’s one of the gullyest. Bubbling hot in the underground for a while, this is going to be the project that propels him into the mainstream. Just watch. Download it here.
Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap
Surprise, surprise. The mixtape that everybody is talking about, has of course, topped our list. Honestly, this would be a contender for the top spot in our upcoming Best Albums list, that’s a testament to how awesome this was. Chance’s alien and cartoony style worked wonders over his jazzy production. It’s been out since early May and I haven’t stopped playing it yet. See what all the hype is about and download it here.