If you tuned into Joe Cool's breakout mixtape Cooley Hi then you know we're dealing with one of the most skilled artists buzzing in the game right now. To start 2k13 off with a major wave the Louisiana rapper/producer extraordinaire drops his new project for the masses. Joe has some serious aspirations on Drivers Ed and it pays off this is tape is superb and is not to be slept on. The new year is looking good for NewLA!
Download: Joe Cool - Drivers Ed (Mixtape) | Alt Link
With Kickz N Starez due out January 17th, hosted by TMB and Heyday Footwear, Charmingly Ghetto decided to release a new song/video combo for the holidays. This Sauce Fonda produced track definitely has me excited to hear the rest of the project.
Miami up and comer Jigg was very smart in his decision to feature both PUSH! and the Low End Professionals on this track everybody comes with it. "Clapped" will appear on Jigg's High Grade 2 dropping January 1st.
This video really makes me want to go to an Action Bronson show. Watch as the most entertaining rapper in the game comes onto the stage rocking an outrageous headpiece (that's the only way I can describe it) and then innocently throws his jacket off but accidentally whips it directly into the DJ's laptop which takes a nosedive. Bronsollino and The Alchemist's Rare Chandeliers is out now.
Here's a short film from G.O.O.D. Music's CyHi The Prynce, co-starring Pill, for "Favorite Things" which depicts the events leading up to a robbery staged by CyHi and his crew. Look out for Ivy League: Kick Back dropping in January.
Two of the South's most promising rising emcees join forces with DJ Burn One for this cut in anticipation of their concert in Hotlanta this Friday. Scotty & Burn One's F.A.I.T.H. (Forever Atlanta In The Heart) is set to drop in January.
Download: Scotty - Bucket Seats f. Big Sant (prod. DJ Burn One)
Brooklyn emcee Troy Ave has improved substantially with each project he's released culminating in the critically acclaimed Bricks In My Backpack 3 he dropped earlier this year. Today, he gives the fans a White Christmas present with this star-studded mixtape which should give Harry Powder a nice buzz heading into 2k13.
Troy Ave - White Christmas (Mixtape)
Leave it to Spitta to give all the Lifers out there an early Xmas gift in the form of this aptly titled 3 Piece EP he recorded with Young Roddy and producer Thelonius Martin. Jets fool...
Download: Curren$y - 3 Piece Set (EP) | Alt Link
While his latest mixtape, Highway, is still in heavy rotation new music from the homie Sky Walker is always welcome in the Winner's Circle. "Vintage Soul" is featured on Los Angeles based indie label KatHaus Records' Kompilation II mixtape which is available now.
Baton Rouge, LA's own Max Minelli recently stopped by the Sway In The Morning Show and did his thing over K.Dot's "Swimming Pools (Drank)". If you like what you hear Minelli's new mixtape The Killer Elite is out now.
Since Joey Bada$$ first hit the scene this year and exploded with 1999 his lyrically-inclined-beyond-their-years rapping brigade has been along for the entire ride. On PEEP: The aPROcalypse Joey brings the whole Pro Era gang front and center into the limelight with him as they gear up for an even more productive 2k13. Great throwback style production throughout the tape comes from Lee Bannon, Statik Selektah, branUN DeShay, Thelonius Martin, Chuck Strangers & more.
Download: Pro Era - PEEP: The aProcalypse (MIxtape)
After making some serious noise this year with The Jiffy Cornbread Experience, Atlanta and Cool Club's own Scotty has announced that his highly anticipated project with DJ Burn One, F.A.I.T.H. (Forever Atlanta In The Heart), is set to drop January 2k13. "S.S.D.D. (Same Shit Different Day)" is the first release from the tape and it's as smooth as it gets I'm uncontrollably head-nodding right now.
UPDATE: A week after the audio's release, Scotty brings his single to life with a crisp set of visuals.
This track has the classic Cool Kids vibe and newcomers Da$h and Retch both come through with impressive verses. "Four 12s" can be found on the new album Loosies from A-Trak's label Fool's Gold.
While on tour overseas Bronsollini stopped by Tim Westwood's spot and rapped very well over some classic instrumentals.
Gangsta Gibbs brings one of the standout tracks from Baby Face Killa to the next level with some intense visuals portraying a colleague of Gibbs who gives the crew up to the police. Just like with "BFK", this is more like a short film than a music video as the Gary, IN native continues to kill the game on his own terms.
Earlier this month we posted a compilation tape from Starlito and producer Coop and now to celebrate his birthday the Nashville native drops a new mixtape out of thin air for all the fans. Production and features come from DJ Dahi, Soundtrakk, Young Chop, Cy Fyre, Killa Kyleon, Young Dolph and more.
Download: Starlito - Funerals & Court Dates (Mixtape)
Elusive Atlanta emcee Grip Plyaz finally drops his long awaited project Purp, Wind & Fire and it was definitely worth the wait. With slamming production throughout and features from Rittz, Trinidad James, Aleon Craft and more this is one of the best tapes to come out of South this year.
Grip Plyaz - Purp, Wind & Fire (Mixtape)
Talk about a pleasant surprise. Out of thin air, after all this time Chuck Inglish and Sir Michael drop the visuals for one of my favorite Cool Kids songs ever which appeared on Gone Fishing back in '09.
I first discovered rising Miami emcee J NICS through the almighty DJ Burn One co-sign and from his wildly impressive single "Wonderland". I had possibly unfairly high expectations for the project based on that song but I played DarkSide front to back today and let's just say J NICS is gonna be a real problem in 2013. The tape's stellar production is handled by Burn One throughout and making cameos are Gangsta Gibbs, Scotty, SL Jones, Bernz & Wrekonize.
Widely respected DJ Wally Sparks links up coming SPKSMEN & TSS to present this mixtape, consisting of brand new material start to finish from a who's who of all your favorite rappers.
Download: DJ Wally Sparks, SPKSMEN & TSS - SPKSMEN Vol. 1 (Mixtape)
While we're still jamming to The Legend Continues Hollywood FLOSS is already plotting his next move as he releases the first single off his upcoming EP Power Moves. As the title suggests FLOSS and SL Jones join forces for some trademark country rap over a Ric And Thadeus beat sampling the late, great Pimp C. Check out a second new track from the Houston emcee in "Brand New" featuring the one and only Jackie Chain below.
Boldy Block posts up and rides a moped around his native Detroit in the final set of visuals from Consignment: Favor For A Favor. Look out for an EP from Boldy before he releases his highly extremely project with The Alchemist.
Criminally underrated Nashville emcee Starlito links up with producer Coop for this compilation release with features from Young Buck, Yo Gotti, Don Trip and more.
Download: Starlito - Produced By Coop: The Starlito Tape
Vegas emcee/producer extraordinaire Trade Voorhees has always been able to infuse his love of horror flicks into his music but I don't know if he's ever done it better than this. Over some haunting, boom-bap inspired production Trade compares himself to R.L. Stein, proclaims to be the poltergeist of rap and suggests you play his music with a night-light on. If you like what you hear make sure to head over to TV's website and get familiar.
Download: Trade Voorhees - Horror Movie Kid
Radrick and The Trippy One go in on this ground-shaking, glass shattering beat from Mike WiLL Made It who's riding a serious wave right now. Mike's Est. in 1989 2.5 is out December 24th and look out for Juicy J's Stay Trippy to drop early 2k13.
Reggie is back and goes in over some masterful Erick Sermon production in this new song/video. Now we just need "How High 2".
While he puts the finishing touches on his forthcoming project No Hobby Queen City emcee Tiz links up with fellow NC native Lotta to bring us the inspirational "Fight Song". Both of these guys make it clear on this track that there is no backup plan and if they keep making music like this I don't think they'll need one. No Hobby is on the way and Lotta's Final Fantasy is out now.
Two of Chicago's finest join buzzing up and comer Blanco Caine on the remix of "Front My Move" which will appear on Blanco's upcoming mixtape White America.
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