Words by Daniel Isenberg (@StanIpcus)
There’s a lull in rap music this week, for me at least. Don’t get me wrong, there are some hot songs out there right now that I really dig. I’m in love with the new Cormega and Black Rob song “Home,” that beat is crazy Extra P! Mega’s new album has a few joints on it, actually. And I got that Mobb Deep “Dirt (Remix)” with Ghostface in heavy rotation too, along with that new Cali kid Cozz’s song “Dreams” and Your Old Droog’s latest leaks “Free Turkey” and “No Message” with RAST RFC (which just dropped this morning). But these are just songs. Even on repeat, they can and will not sustain my necessary hip-hop intake. I need multiple, full projects of fire to survive, and I’ve played out all the other new shit I’ve been bumping this year to the max (which is a light stack in comparison to last year’s abundance of remarkable releases let’s be honest). Shout to Issa Gold of The Underachievers, I just downloaded his new solo EP. But even with that in the queue, I’m know I’m not going to meet my weekly quota of heat absorption.
Okay, you’re right. I’ve been spoiled by the frequency of modern-day rap releases, forgive me! But it’s all good. When the new shit ain’t dropping fast enough, there are always older joints you can pull out to reverse the quiet. So with that said, I decided to dive into my archives this week and revisit five rappers’ mixtapes from the past, and I invite you all to join me. Read, stream, and download below.