Mixtape Mondays: An Introduction

Hello and welcome to the very first edition of OurStage’s latest recurring column, Mixtape Mondays. This feature will be appearing on our blog 2-3 times a month and highlight the latest mixtape releases from hip hop artists around the world, as well as those here on OurStage. If you’re an aspiring hip hop superstar, send links to your OurStage account, as well as your latest mixtape to jshotwell@ourstage.com with the subject “Mixtape Monday Submission.”

The past few week have been pretty crazy for hip hop fans. On top of a plethora of strong Fall releases, no other point in 2012 has seen as many big names hitting the mixtape circuit as we’ve witnessed in the last month. This week I want to highlight three of those releases, each with their own unique appeal.


1. Wiz Khalifa – Cabin Fever 2 (Download)

Released on the heels of his latest O.N.I.F.C. delay, the latest tape from Taylor Gang’s ringleader features fourteen brand new tracks hosted by DJ Holiday. Those looking for some great, free top 40 rap music need look no further than this release to keep them rolling along until Khalifa’s new label release drops in December.

2. Gucci Mane – Trap God (Download)

YMCMB’s Gucci Mane may have never topped the Billboard charts, but he has kept a strong presence on the mixtape circuit for the better part of a decade. His latest, Trap God, features a plethora of diss tracks aimed at everyone from Yung Joc, to Young Jeezy, which pretty much ensure people will be talking about the record for weeks to come. Though with all the hype he earns, it’s hard to know if Gucci is really mad, or simply a mad scientist when it comes to marketing. I guess you’ll have to listen for yourself to decide.

3. Freeway – Freedom Of Speech (Download)

When Don Cannon agrees to put his name on something, you know the results are going to be explosive. The latest from Philly’s Freeway packs a lot of big beats and standout verses into fifteen tracks with very few guest appearances. The release serves as a prelude to Freeway’s recently announced Diamond In The Ruff album, and the still-rising rapper could not have picked a better set of tracks to promote. If you want to hear the name everyone will be screaming come early 2013, grab this as soon as you can.