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February 21, 2016

The 10 best mixtapes, according to @Bonkaz

Bonkaz showcases his steadfast love for hip-hop with a list of his favourite hip hop mixtapes..

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Read a list of the best R&B and rap mixtapes, according to Bonkaz.

Bonkaz is part of a new generation of artists who came onto the scene with a DIY attitude towards their craft, allowing them to push boundaries and limits into a new sphere. Growing up when grime was birthed was influential to his own musical journey, and he spent his youth listening to artists such as Kano and Dizzee Rascal. This was pivotal to both his creativity and outlook on music, schooled by grime’s ingenious and inventive journey.

Growing up in Croydon, he watched artists such as Krept & Konan and his good friend Stormzy break boundaries in UK rap and grime. Bonkaz knew he could do it too: he had to use same mentality as them, but break his own boundaries in an individualised way.

Bonkaz’s sound cannot be defined: some of his tracks are undeniably grime, whereas some are rap. He is a creator of his own sound by refusing to be boxed into a genre. Bonkaz is becoming a brand, and these are the lessons he has picked up from grime and his peers along the way.

After gaining a rep via UK music platforms such as SBTV and Link Up TV – who showed early support to him – he signed to Danny Weed and DJ Target’s label Pitched Up, an imprint of Sony. He released We Run The Block on it as his first single, which was the track that propelled him into the limelight. Keeping the track off the internet for as long as possible and only performing it live was solely his idea – a brilliant marketing plan, and one that solidifies his rising status as a future visionary.

Last week saw him release ‘#MixtapeOfTheYear’, an 11-track project with only three features – Stormzy on And Dat and Blade Brown and Yxng Bane on Outside. The remainder of the tape is just purely him and his lyrical intellect. Naming it mixtape of the year in February just shows Bonkaz is confident when it comes to his ability, and that he’s just shut 2016 down with 11 months still on the clock.

In light of his new release, we asked Bonkaz to compile his favourite mixtapes and ranging from Chance The Rapper through to Giggs, the list showcases his steadfast love for hip-hop.

01. Chance The Rapper ‘Ten Day’

Bonkaz: “This was actually the first mixtape from Chance but the second one I heard. Apparently it’s called ‘Ten Day’ because he recorded it during a ten 10 suspension from school. Some of the best lyricism I’ve ever heard and very experimental. Chance is one of my favourite artists!”

02. Giggs & Dubz ‘Ard Bodied’

Bonkaz: “Completely dominated the UK rap scene for a long long time. So many fire tracks. A lot of them went on to be classics such as ‘Pain Is The Essence’. It was that project you play on the way to and from school!”

03. Rick Ross ‘Rich Forever’

Bonkaz: “Ross was on fire when this dropped, completely dominating the game. This mixtape is incredible, even better than a lot of albums. He had John Legend on the title track, and John Legend on a mixtape is a big deal!”

04. Nipsey Hussle ‘Mailbox Money’

Bonkaz: “This mixtape is full of super sick tracks! The release was super innovative also. He offered an option to download the tape for free, a pay what you like option and also a $1000 option. He sold all 100 of the $1000 options. Jay Z also bought a few as a way of commending his level of innovation.”

05. Lil Wayne ‘Drought 3’

Bonkaz: “Wayne was absolutely untouchable when this tape dropped. In terms of lyrics he couldn’t be beaten, this is around the time he started referring to himself as the best rapper alive (rightly so imo). He was also on just about every big R&B tune at the time.”

06. Drake ‘So Far Gone’

Bonkaz: “The first I ever heard from Drake. Super relatable and just completely genuine music. Every track felt so personal, very ambient music.”

07. Sza ‘Z’

Bonkaz: “Not sure if this was a mixtape or an EP but it was incredible. My first listen to Sza and she became the soundtrack of that summer. Such a great sound with thought provoking lyrics.”

08. PartyNextDoor ‘PartyNextDoor’

Bonkaz: “This was the soundtrack to the summer before I heard Sza. One of the originators of the sound that he brought. This mixtape changed a lot of things within the new R&B type stuff, great project.”

09. The Weeknd ‘House Of Balloons’

Bonkaz: “What a project! It was almost like a step by step guideline to anybody that was out getting drunk and being young at the time (as I was). Some of the most honest lyrics I’ve ever heard and a completely new and original sound. This along with ‘House Of Balloons’ and ‘Thursday’ were all combined to make Weeknds first album, ‘The Trilogy’.”

10. A2 ‘Once Too Many’

Bonkaz: “A2 was the first person I ever heard to bring that street R&B sound. Before I heard Bryson Tiller or PND. I personally believe he created it. A completely unskippable project, with great tracks from start to finish. Such an ambience, such relatable lyrics. This may be my pick of the bunch.”

‘Mixtape Of The Year’ is out now.

*Published on Dummy Mag 15.02.16

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March 3, 2015

Pixie’s Tracks Of The Week (@Skepta) (@Footsie) (@Sneakbo) (@ArdAdz) (@ShoShallow) (@_BushObama )

From last week here are the 5 best tracks, which of course includes Skepta’s ‘Shutdown’ and Sneakbo’s mixtape ‘JetSkiWave 2’ with both releases shutting the internet down …

 Skepta – Shutdown

Of course this has to be the biggest track from last week. With pretty much no lead up to it, Skepta premiered his brand new track ‘Shutdown’ on The Fader. His name has the biggest hype around it at the moment, from shows in New York to joining Kanye West on stage with other Grime artists at the Brits, and now reportedly working with Kanye in the studio. This will be on his forthcoming ‘Konnichiwa’ album where we can expect bigger and better music still to come.

Footsie – Straight Loco

Another Grime don is next up and that is Footsie from the Newham Generals, who released this track as a solo one. ‘Straight Loco’ brings a hard, Grime beat produced by G Jones allowing Footsie to flow in his style known to most Grime heads. This is the 2nd release from his forthcoming project, so keep your eyes and ears locked…

Sneakbo – Rap Like Dat ft Grizzy & Frass

So Sneakbo dropped his ‘JetSkiWave 2’ mixtape on Saturday hosted by the veteran US DJ Whoo Kid and setting the internet alight with it also trending on Twitter. This tape saw fans in the likes of Wretch 32, Chip, Krept and more all tweeting it. ‘Rap Like Dat’ video also dropped a few days before from the tape warming up his fans for the full 22 track tape. Watch the video below and download the mixtape by clicking here

Ard Adz & Sho Shallow ft Jaja Soze – Thoughts

Haven’t heard much from Brixton’s Ard Adz & Sho Shallow from a while, but the two rappers return with this one featuring PDC’s Jaja Soze for ‘Thoughts’. This is an emotive, deep track with all three spitting a verse each about the streets in Brixton where they are all from and their life experiences. They all complete each other with their varied deliveries but similar subjects.

Bush ft Benny Banks – Own Path

Bush is a rapper that’s new to my ears. I came across him after the release of his debut mixtape ‘Driven 2 Success’ which dropped on 23rd February. ‘Own Path’ is the 3rd video release from the project and sees him dropping some motivational bars over a melodic beat. Benny Banks drops a hard verse for Bush’s track adding more inspiration to the track. These two make a sick team! Download Bush – Driven 2 Success by clicking here

 

February 18, 2015

Toddla T Meets Protoje – England Be Wise [Free Mixtape Download]

Sheffield bass don and BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra DJ Toddla T teams up with reaggae newcomer Protoje for a brand new free downloadable mixtape. England meets Jamaica, Reggae meets Grime, Dubstep and Drum & Bass, and Toddla T meets Protoje for the awesome collaborative mixtape England Be Wise

Proteje “merks every riddim to the highest degree” as he jumps on the wickedest selection of unexpected beats from Skepta’s ‘That’s Not Me’ to jungle classic ‘The Burial’ from LeviticusKrept & Konan’s ‘Don’t Waste My Time’ and Schoolboy Q’s ‘Collard Greens’. Bringing that genuine Jamaican Reggae sunshine to some of the deepest, synth filled, 140 Grime beats.

January 15, 2015

Potter Payper (@ThePotterBk) – 24 [Mixtape]

This is one mixtape I have personally been waiting for for a long time. I named Potter Payper as my 5 emcee’s to watch out for this year last week, and this week he dropped his heavily anticipated 24 mixtape for the rap fans out there. He had a few good releases last year including video for Bandoe which is remixed on the tape and features Youngs Teflon, Bonkaz, Snow Team, Illmade and Sicker we also see other features on other tracks from Mark Asari, Keke and more.

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This was worth waiting for and a tape that will stick around on my iPod for a while to come and may stay a classic. He wasn’t shy to show emotion, and his pain and struggle really shines through.

Download Potter Payper – 24 here 

January 15, 2015

One To Watch: Coops [@CoopsOfficial]

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Coops released his mixtape Lost Souls in 2014 and saw him gain attention from publications such as Wonderland Magazine, Vibe Magazine, Wordplay Magazine, MTV and more. He released a whole host of videos from the tape as well such as ‘Chillin’, ‘Blessings’ and more and really shook things up and got people standing up paying attention to his laid back, real rap flows. The visuals were on point too showcasing his strength as an artist. He can add opening for hip hop royalty Nas to his achievements as well…not bad eh. Watch out for more from this incredible hip hop artist…

September 3, 2014

Star One (@StarOneUK) – Elements [Free Mixtape Download]

Elements is a mixtape that is guaranteed to take the UK Urban and Dance music scenes by force. Following on from the Star One’s 2013 releases, the UK producer duo, promise to transport you to Grime-led, Drum and bass-influenced heaven, and back again; with a whole host of incredible features from the likes of G FrSh, D Double E, Trim, Thabo and more. The duo don’t stick to one sound, their influences are endless, allowing them to span multiple genres throughout the project.

Download Star One – Elements mixtape here

 

August 28, 2014

Giggs (@OfficialGiggs) – Str8 Murkin [Free Mixtape]

Giggs released a free mixtape about a week ago to all of our enjoyment, woooohhhooooooo! The mixtapes features the like Kano, Popcaan, Scrapz, Kyze and production from Urban Monk, Boom Production, Pablo Production and more. Enjoy!

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Download Giggs – Str8 Murkin’ here

 

July 14, 2014

Yellows (@Yellowsuk) ft Paigey Cakey (@Paigey_Cakey) – Cake [Music Video]

The second track taken from Yellows’ forthcoming mixtape; No Ego features fellow Alwayz Recording signing and Queen of Cake, Paigey Cakey.

Playing on all meanings of the word “cake” on the bassy and bouncy beat, Yellows delivers his bars in his deep and rich tone while Paigey provides the icing with her sweet vocal covering over the beat of the second verse.

 

June 13, 2014

MTV The Wrap Up: UK Rap Rundown [News] @Coopsofficial @Stormzy1 @LittleSimz @YoungMadB

 

Last week was all about the ‘one to watch’ rapper Coops who has turned a lot of heads with his new mixtape release ‘Lost Soul’ with rave reviews and a lot of positive talk about the North London artist. Coops along with producer Talos have built a sound reminiscent to the golden 90’s era of hip hop. His style is well balanced and hard hitting, neither too road nor too conscious. With an at times almost conversational flow and easy to relate to content, once paired with the classic hip hop feel of Talos’ productions the overall effect is very satisfying.

He also dropped a new video to one of the tracks ‘So Cold’ featuring Benny Banks and Sophie Faith on the vocals. Make sure you download ‘Lost Soul’ for free now!

Little Simz is also another artist here that has blown up in the past months and everyone is raving about. She is on fire right now, recently opening for Schoolboy Q in London along with various other shows and accolades. After releasing the audio to ‘Bars Simzon’, she treated us to the Simpsons themed video last week. Her skippy flow, coupled with passion and raw energy makes you admire her and want to hear more. Look out for her E.D.G.E EP coming June 16th.

The most consistent rapper in the game right now again released another cover freestyle…can you guess who I’m talking about. That’s right after dropping his net video two weeks back, Stormzy took to his hometown of Croydon to shoot the video covering Drake‘s 0-100 inviting anyone who wanted to, to go down. He has definitely caught the attention of a lot of people, and his fan base is evidently growing weekly. I think it’s time for a full length project now from him…

Young Mad B released a 5 track EP ‘The Practice’ a series of tracks all done recorded acoustically. Back in November last year a video was released of ‘Big Homie’ done as an acoustic version, and it’s great to see Young Mad B taking this route and showing some diversity. I personally love hearing rappers recording tracks with instruments and live bands.

June 2, 2014

Coops (@CoopsOfficial) – Lost Soul [Mixtape]

I’m making no exaggeration when I say Coops is the North London hip hop artist everyone is talking about. He can already say he has opened for Nas at the 02 in London and his latest video release ‘Blessings’ from the tape was premiered by Vibe in America, Big!

The mix-tape demonstrates the lyrical genius of the 23-year-old and his ability to draw the listener in to every word. His deep and mindful views on his subject matter set on the backdrop of the intricately produced and very musical productions make for a collection of tracks that will give you some real food for thought.

With the majority of the Lost Soul mixtape being produced by Hip-Hop producer, Talos, it is evident that the pair have a real musical understanding of each other resulting in the creation of a fresh, yet deep rooted sound.

Released this week (2nd June) via his own website, the ‘Lost Soul’ mix-tape is a collection of tracks which represent a number of different meanings and emotions, as the title implies.

TRACKLIST:

1. Intro

2. So Cold Ft. Benny Banks & Sophie Faith

3. Why

4. On & On

5. Clouds Ft. Sophie Faith

6. 360 Degrees Ft. Twitch

7. Darcus Howe Skit

8. Blessings Ft. Rexx https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5KMt6Y62BA

9. Halftime Ft. Black The Ripper

10. Rap Masterclass

11. Make Things Right Ft. Sophie Faith

12. Soul Down Ft. Richy

13. Chillin’ – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSgUtNE4I40

14. Coops & P Freestyle

15. Pass The Weed

16. Odyssey Ft. Elz

17. This Is Rhymin

 

Download Coops – Lost Soul mixtape here for free