Swim Team – Swim Team Trax 2 (Compilation)
18 August | | Mixtapes

Since releasing their first compilation, Swim Team Trax 1, last fall, NYC-based producer collective Swim Team have seen many members go on to put out solo projects. Last week, the crew released Swim Team Trax 2, which features contributions from Color Plus, Rambow, AceMo, Kanyon, rapper Izy, and more. Head below to stream the compilation and hit the link to purchase a limited edition cassette tape while they’re still available.

Buy: Swim Team – Swim Team Trax 2 (Compilation)

Haleek Maul – Love (Single)
5 August | | Mixtapes

Listen to another new one from young Barbadian rapper, Haleek Maul. New single Love, which was premiered by Clash Magazine, features a happier, more positive Haleek than we’re used to hearing in the past. With production from Dubbel Dutch and Shy Guy, Love is set to appear on Haleek’s forthcoming Prince Midas mixtape.

Nacho Picasso – Blunt Raps 2 (Mixtape)
22 July | | Mixtapes

Looks like I missed the latest project from Seattle’s Nacho Picasso last month? The 13-track mixtape is titled Blunt Raps 2 and features production from Eric G, Raised Byy Wolves, Harry Fraud, Jake One, and more. This one was released only a month after The Witchtape with 88 Ultra, which shows just how much recorded music Nacho has stashed away. Stream/purchase his Blunt Raps 2 in full below.

Buy: Nacho Picasso – Blunt Raps 2 (Mixtape)

Haleek Maul – Money God (Video)
14 July | | Mixtapes

Check out the video for Money God, a new one from New York rapper, Haleek Maul. Featuring co-production from his go-to producer, Shy Guy, this one is set to appear on Maul’s forthcoming project, Prince Midas, which should be dropping any day now. Watch the video above and try not to fall victim to the almighty dollar.

The Jealous Guys – Make Me A Beat (Video)
13 July | | Mixtapes

Apparently The Jealous Guys are back?!? I was tipped off by the always-on-point Southern Hospitality crew, who posted the Make A Beat video a few weeks back. Biz Y Casa and Ayinde haven’t lost a step since we last heard from them and based off an image that appears at this end of the video, they are preparing to release a new project sometime during the month of August. Keep your fingers crossed.

KOR x P4K Fest 2015 Mix
10 July | | Mixtapes

This year marks the ten year anniversary of my favorite live music event, Pitchfork Music Festival. Presenting more than 40 bands over the course of three days in Chicago’s Union Park, Pitchfork manages to secure some of the city’s best local vendors while maintaining very reasonable ticket prices despite an oversaturated local festival circuit.

This year will feature live performances from Wilco, Vic Mensa, Vince Staples, Chance The Rapper, Jamie XX, Clark, A$AP Ferg, Tobias Jesso Jr., Ariel Pink, How To Dress Well, Future Brown, Caribou, CHVRCHES, Run The Jewels, Panda Bear, Todd Terje & The Olsens, Madlib & Freddie Gibbs, ILoveMakonnen, Shamir, Mr. Twin Sister, and so many more. I am honored and excited to be a part of the festival for the third year in a row, which is why I have assembled a mix featuring some of my favorite artists set to perfrom this year. Stream the 18-track mix below and hit the link to purchase a ticket for Friday (Saturday & Sunday are sold out).

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Khallee – Crying Diamonds EP
6 July | | Mixtapes

Chicago singer/songwriter Khallee was first introduced as a member of non-traditional R&B outfit, JODY. After collaborating with the majority of Chicago’s rising talent pool, including the dense Posture (Supreme Cuts’ label) and Lo Motion (The-Drum’s label) crews, Khallee finally got around to releasing his solo debut earlier this month. Titled Crying Diamonds, the seven-track outing finds him honing in on his sparse R&B sound that can only be classified as “experimental.” Production is provided by the likes of Bobby Swan and Boody, with a guest appearance from fellow Chicagoan, Holy Kit. Stream Crying Diamonds below.

88 Ultra – Wish For More (Video)
29 June | | Mixtapes

Riding the wave from his solo debut earlier this year, 88 Ultra (Kingston of BSBD) released the first visual for album cut, Wish For More. Premiered by Complex, the Stephan Gray-directed video matches the mood and overall feeling of the track perfectly. Grab a copy of 88 Ultra’s Sirens LP through the link below.

Buy: 88 Ultra – Sirens (Album)

Boogie – The Reach (Album)
29 June | | Mixtapes

Promising Long Beach rapper Boogie made waves with his debut album, Thirst 48, right around a year ago. Last week, he followed it up with his second full length, The Reach, and it does not disappoint. The 12-track outing holds one guest feature from Compton crooner D’anna Stewart, with production from Willie B (TDE), Jahlil Beats, Mike Zombie, Keyel, and more. The Reach was premiered by HotNewHipHop and is available to stream and download in full below.

Download: Boogie – The Reach (Album)

Contour – Still Life (Mixtape)
12 June | | Mixtapes

Originally from Charleston but residing in Houston, rising producer Contour caught my attention after releasing his debut album, Street Chasers, back in April. Turns out he released more music a few weeks ago in the form of a new mixtape, Still Life. Sticking to his free-form style of production influenced by hip-hop, juke, footwork and more, Contour has quickly become one of my favorite new producers. Even though the limited edition blue cassette tapes are sold out, you can still grab a digital copy of Still Life for a $1 through the link below via Collected Recordings.

Buy: Contour – Still Life (Mixtape)

The SEVENth – 1TL2A (Mixtape)
3 June | | Mixtapes

The SEVENth is a talented producer/rapper, as well as co-founder of Grand Rapids based outfit, AGO Music. With one high quality EP already under his belt, The SEVENth is looking to add another notch with his latest release, 1TL2A (1 Thing Leads 2 Another). The eight-track mixtape, which features Maydien, Joose, Sheefy McFly, Waldo, and more, is about finding a way to balance your insecurities/flaws as an artist, while still managing to stroke your ego. Stream/download 1TL2A below and stay tuned for The SEVENth’s forthcoming Sky God EP (Side B).

Download: The SEVENth – 1TL2A (Mixtape)

Nacho Picasso & 88 Ultra – The Witchtape (Mixtape)
15 May | | Mixtapes

Earlier this week, 88 Ultra (Kingston of BSBD) and Nacho Picasso reunited to release a new project. Their 10-track mixtape features five new tracks with Nacho, in addition to the five instrumentals to go with them. With a few solid guest from Avatar Darko, Child Actor, and more, The Witchtape is a hybrid of 88 Ultra’s moody, orchestral instrumentals and Nacho’s explicit, drug-filled raps. Head below to stream The Witchtape in its entirety and hit the link to support these guys.

Buy: Nacho Picasso & 88 Ultra – The Witchtape (Mixtape)