In part two of DZI: The Voice‘s “Best Music of 2014 (So Far)” series, we take a look at the Hip Hop mixtapes that had rap fans tweeting lyrics and packing concert venues. Exceptional studio albums from rappers have been at a minimum over the last six months, so luckily these artists gave away free projects to help keep the culture fed on new music.
CyHi the Prynce
Black Hystori Project
CyHi the Prynce, G.O.O.D. Music’s best kept secret, dropped his latest project back in February. The aptly titled Black Hystori Project coincided with the month dedicated to celebrating achievements in Black History. With song titles like “Huey”, “Mandela”, and “Coretta”, the Atlanta native compares historic African-Americans of yesteryear to the “black heroes” of today’s youth.
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To connect with CyHi follow him on Twitter @CyhiThePrynce
The Drive In Theatre
Curren$y could easily go by the title “Hardest Working Man In Hip Hop”. The Jet Life boss has dropped two dozen projects since 2010, but The Drive In Theatre is perhaps his most groundbreaking release yet. Not only is it exceptional musically, its release as a BitTorrent Bundle may become the new model for industry. BitTorrent’s “Mixtape 2.0 Culture” led to The Drive In Theatre reaching 3 million downloads in just 2 weeks.
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To connect with Curren$y follow him on Twitter @CurrenSy_Spitta
Mac Miller made history with his debut LP Blue Slide Park when it became the first independently distributed release to reach number one in sixteen years. While his studio albums have effectively helped Miller crossover, it’s the rapper/producer’s free projects, like the 24-track Faces, that still appeal to his core fans. And apparently Mac as well. On “Here We Go”, he raps, “So many things that I’ve created, but this right here might be my favorite.”
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To connect with Mac follow him on Twitter @MacMiller
Shyne Coldchain Vol. 2
Vince Staples is on pace to earn the “Rookie of the Year” award for 2014. He has already earned a feature on Common’s latest single “Kingdom”, but that’s not the Long Beach emcee’s only triumph this year. Vince hooked up with another rap legend from Chicago for his superb Shyne Coldchain Vol. 2. Def Jam executive No I.D. produced a majority of the tracks on Staples’ fourth official mixtape.
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To connect with Vince follow him @vincestaples
Wiz Khalifa is probably best well-known by mainstream fans for hit singles like “Black and Yellow” and “Young, Wild & Free,” but he has been a favorite of the marijuana friendly crowd for years because of mixtapes like Burn After Rolling and Kush & Orange Juice. On 28 Grams, Wiz goes back to trap in order to once again pass an ounce of weed tunes to his Taylor Gang followers.
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To connect with Wiz follow him on Twitter @wizkhalifa