J.Period | Rage Is Back [Mixtape]
Mixtape king J.Period added yet another winning project to his killer discography this past week with Rage Is Back. The tape, which boasts 30-plus tracks, features never-before-heard rhymes from Shad, Black Thought, Common, Blu, and plenty others. There are also some previously unreleased remixes of Nas and the Notorious B.I.G., making this even more of a must-have for the hip-hop heads.
You can download Rage Is Back here.
J. Cole | Truly Yours [EP]
For what it’s worth, I think J. Cole is at his best when he’s not worried about label input or anything related to fitting music within the confines of a “proper” album. For that reason, I’m particularly drawn to his collection of loosies, Truly Yours, which houses four random tracks from the sessions for his upcoming Born Sinner LP. There’s also a cut from 2009, a time when he was making arguably his finest music to date.
You can download Truly Yours here.
Giraffage | Needs [Mixtape]
San Francisco’s Giraffage better receive the love he deserves for Needs, his latest project that he so kindly gave away for free this week. It centers on stellar flips of R&B/soul joints, including one hell of a Keith Sweat rework on “Thinking About You”. Needs flows easily from warm, late-night romps to spirited work-out jams, which makes it just as versatile as Giraffage himself. Get familiar, y’all.
You can download Needs here.
AraabMuzik | For Professional Use Only [Mixtape]
It’s bangers aplenty on AraabMuzik‘s latest release, For Professional Use Only. The free project is loaded with 20 instrumentals from the Providence, R.I. native and Dipset favorite. The kid’s toned down the insanity just a touch here, meaning the wobble-wobble is kept to a minimum. Hooray!
You can download the tape at Live Mixtapes.
Madlib | Madlib Medicine Show: Pill Jar [Compilation]
Before embarking on his Japanese tour, Madlib gave up the goods with Madlib Medicine Show: Pill Jar. It compiles eight tracks from his sprawling Medicine Show series and includes features from MED, Karriem Riggins, and Guilty Simpson. I’m still itching for some proper new material from the blunted multi-talented artist, but this will certainly do as a holdover.
You can download the compilation here.