During a time when so much of hip-hop is saturated with blatant sexual references, we have Joey whose album dropped on what is hard to believe is only his 20th birthday. The album permeates with an introspection and lyricism found in someone much older than Joey's 20 years.
Erizku is a photographer and a self-reflective curator. He tells me that he envisioned his show as a mixtape - he's got some hits mixed in with some tracks that he might need to convince you are worth a listen.
I can at least tell you about one guy, posted up in the back corners of the club, who still does it for the love of the game. Immanuel Smith is his name, and he plays for the Best of Both Offices team.
Pete Rock has always stayed true to his raw boom bap roots but remains amazingly current even amongst the most blinged out bottle popping crowd. His new mixtape and group is a perfect collaboration featuring lyrics delivered by the Bronx duo Camp Lo.
The power of choosing a song to demarcate a liminal period lies in the truth that in-between times are uncomfortable and music helps tether us to collective meaning and memory while empowering us to move forward into the future.
Even though it's been a while since the duo released a full album, M1 assures us that they've been hard at work, putting out mixtapes, working on their "Turn Off the Radio" series and Stic dropping his workout album.
I heard your mom is dropping a mixtape. Kidding, of course -- but in this oversaturated climate, it doesn't seem too far-fetched. The drastic decline in record sales has led a phenomenon I refer to as "The Mixtape Epidemic."