View Full Version : Top 10 Mixtapes of the Year - Part 2

12-20-2010, 09:52 AM
The second half of the top 10 mixtapes of the year....


Diggy Simmons – Airborne (http://www.datpiff.com/DJ_Spin_King_Diggy_Simmons_Airborne.m145605.html) – released September 10, 2010

That’s right, the teenage son of Rev Run and probably the biggest victim of being hated on without being heard, Diggy Simmons can SPIT. The kid’s flow is incredibly strong, his lyrics are sharp, and he comes across with a confidence that his older brother certainly doesn’t have. He’s also consistent all the way through, which is rare, especially on a mixtape. This plays like an album, with solid guest appearances by Raekwon, Pharrell, Chris Brown and Lupe. People have tried to claim he doesn’t write his own rhymes, but honestly you could say that about anyone, I think it’s just shock that little Diggy from MTV is spitting bars. This is grown man hip hop from a kid, spacey production and strong melodies on the hooks, but Diggy knows he’s still young even though that doesn’t stop him for coming correct. Rapping like he’s been in the game for years I’m sure is the result of growing up with the Rev. True hip hop fans should definitely check this out as even though he’s a kid, he’s incredibly talented and can definitely hold his own on a mic.


Cam’ron & Vado – Boss of All Bosses 2 (http://www.datpiff.com/Dj_Drama_Camron_Boss_Of_All_Bosses_2.m91141.html) (and 2.5 (http://www.datpiff.com/Dj_Drama_Camron_Vado_Boss_Of_All_Bosses_25.m119460 .html)) – released January 12, 2010 & May 12, 2010

Cam’ron is still relevant after 13 years in the game, that’s an achievement, and with protégé Vado all types of hungry, this year has been busy for Dipset. Add in the incredible rookie producer Araab Muzik and the Diplomats are still dropping some of the best material in the game. The chemistry of Vado’s confident street bravado and Cam’s sing-songy hilariously obscene yet clever rhymes somehow makes them both bring out their best material. Lyrically they are both on FIRE on these tapes . “Speakin in Tungs” was hypnotic, “Fuck a Freestyle” gave us Cam at his finest on a happy-go-lucky beat, the classic Dipset soul-sample sound was brought back on “Ohh Baby”, “The Council” let Vado display his storytelling skills, and of course the newest in Harlem street slang with “Stop It Slime” and the ridiculous “Amber Lamps”. The rookie held it down and the veteran showcased his brilliant craft as one of the most consistent MCs in the game. The production was on point straight through and with Killa you know you’re always gonna get some hilarious skits. Either one of these is playable straight through, but almost no song goes by that you aren’t pulling lines back again and again, it’s Dipset.


J. Cole – Friday Night Lights (http://www.datpiff.com/J_Cole_Friday_Night_Lights.m168650.html) – released November 12, 2010

Jay-Z’s first signee to Roc Nation and easily the most anticipated rookie in the game, J. Cole may be making us wait on his debut album but with mixtapes like this we can’t even complain. There’s something to be said for an MC who makes his own beats, and is equally good at both rhyming as well as producing. Lyrically he’s incredibly advanced for his age and his soundscapes are both beautiful and raw. The Erykah sample on the intro is beautiful, “You Got It” is soulful but with that dance-style hip hop beat, and of course the recognizable hook. Cole absolutely crushed Kanye’s beat on “Villematic”, then brought more classic hooks over lush production on “Enchanted”. The most true school sounding hip hop track in a while “Higher” while “The Autograph” is just an uplifting joint, the sample of “Cost Me a Lot” is unorthodox but brilliantly placed and if anyone was worthy of going over Pac’s “Pain” it’s J. Cole and he definitely does it justice. “Premeditated Murder” is deep, as is “2Face”. Cole’s World is the epitome of hip hop, he’s deep and yet he’s true to the art, in every way possible, this kid is definitely going places and this tape is certainly proof of that.

(http://www.datpiff.com/Drama_Fabolous_There_Is_No_Competition_2_The_Fun.m 103255.html)

(http://www.datpiff.com/Drama_Fabolous_There_Is_No_Competition_2_The_Fun.m 103255.html)
Fabolous – There Is No Competition 2 (http://www.datpiff.com/Drama_Fabolous_There_Is_No_Competition_2_The_Fun.m 103255.html) – released March 4, 2010

There’s always that split amongst Fabolous fans, the mixtape fans and the album fans. The album fans usually like the mixtapes too but mixtape Fabolous fans hate all over his mainstream albums. Well, this mixtape definitely made those fans happy as Fab, as usual, brings some of the best punchlines in the game with that swagger that only he can get away with. Eventually making this into an EP for Def Jam, the full mixtape boasted all types of hype tracks right out the gate with “The Wake” as Fab explains that he’s holding a funeral for the competition, then he goes into “I’m Raw” and drops punchline after punchline before hyping it up on “Body Ya”. And that’s just the first 3 joints. He tackles some of the radio hits of the time and crushes them of course, then invites Cam’ron and Vado to zip up the “Body Bags”. And on the re-issue, “You Be Killin ‘Em” is the perfect ride-out, shit is crazy smooth. Fabolous is known for his witty bars and these are definitely highlighted on this mixtape as he says R.I.P. to the competition, and means it, as after this he’s proved that no one can fuck with him.


Vado – Slime Flu (http://www.amazon.com/Slime-Flu-Vado/dp/B004132I2K/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1292699539&sr=1-1) – released October 12, 2010

Putting three Dipset mixtapes on the same list? Well yeah it’s justifiable as Vado’s debut was incredibly strong. Definitely a candidate for rookie of the year the newest member of the Dips proved his ability to carry his own project with minimal guest appearances on here. Dude has the voice of the streets, confidently boasting about moves he makes and the ability he has to make you disappear with the quickness. But it ain’t all gunz (and butta) talk, he also takes time to praise every rapper’s favorite clothing line on the infectious “Polo”, as well as hold a toast before Kanye made it cool on “Celebration”. The production on here is real consistent with bangers like “Beat Knockin” and “Crimesquare”, the latter being the highlight with its funky boom-bap yet still hardcore street beat. And Vado even takes the time to smooth it out on “The U.N.” as well as get introspective on “Wake Up”. You always want diversity on your first project, proving that you can do it all, and Vado definitely did that here, trust if you check this out you will come down with the Slime Flu, and there is no cure.

12-22-2010, 09:06 AM
Diggy simmons....Bwahahahahah....Had to get that out...Anyway, onto REAL shit

Mood Musik 4: Joe buddens...period

Frank Sobotka
12-22-2010, 09:41 AM
Diggy simmons....Bwahahahahah....Had to get that out...Anyway, onto REAL shit

Mood Musik 4: Joe buddens...period

Joe buddens....Bwahahahahah.

12-22-2010, 09:48 AM
Fuck that wack list

The no.1 mixtape of the year goes to:

La Darkman & J-Love - Return of Darkman pt 2

12-24-2010, 04:00 AM
this list is ass....

12-24-2010, 04:06 AM
Meyhem Lauren-Clarified Butter. Check it out. Don't sleep.