2WGZ Presents: Mixtapes Essential For Your iPod
So during the little break we took from February to Ultra, there were a lot of dope mixtapes released that I feel necessary to inform yall of! From underground hip-hop to pop to dubstep, everything you should have on your iPod…here we go!
First off Mickey Factz, the story behind this mixtape is just as great as the actual tape!
Mickey Mause is a pseudo character created by Mickey Factz who is thrown into the 1980s as a graffiti writer who was among the stars of that decade: Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Kenny Scharf, Fab Five Freddy, then mentor Andy Warhol, etc. He flourished as a writer but was later kicked out by his parents for being a troubled youth. Mause then took to the streets of NYC, specifically Union Square and the Lower East Side. He would sleep on benches and sell his work to make a living.
After a chance encounter, Mause interned and later worked at the Factory, now debunked, but still full of inspiration. His work quickly began getting noticed and his art afforded him the opportunity to work and travel overseas. Mause did fairly well upon his return to the States. He was able to get a home, a girlfriend, and maintain a normal career. Fame got to Mause however. He began experimenting with more art, different drugs and different women.
As the story progresses, we come to realize Mause gets swallowed up by the fame and fortune and forgets that he too is still human, and contracts the virus we now know as HIV.
The soundtrack consists of 17 songs all produced by Mickey Factz, containing sampling from Dangermouse and Deadmau5. The character draws striking similarities toward Mickey Factz (with the exception of AIDS) and is reminiscent of his own bubbling career ready to break through the barriers of pop culture.
Next up is the always fascinating and talented Tim William with his EP Ash Wednesday
Don’t try and categorize Tim William’s music, just sit back and enjoy the beauty of it! This mixtape hosted by DJ Benzi, is a compliation of genius lyrics, mind boggling melodies mixed with a subtle darkness and edge. You might recognize Tim from his first single, “Tripping” winning the title of “Best Freshman Video” on MTVU, or from Gym Class Heros. Either way you will definitely remember him after listening to this 9-track EP, with features from D.A. Wallach (Chester French), Travie McCoy, and production from Bjorn Yttling (Peter Bjorn and John), as well as a remix by Alex Suarez (Cobra Starship). Enjoy!
Next must have is from the homie Kid Boogie! His debut album The Night Is Young
Kid Boogie and the Galaxc Kidz bring us the official debut album, The Night Is Young. The album has a perfect range from bangers to tracks for the ladies, to bragging about shopping at YSL (always need that cocky track!) Interscope should be proud of their artists debut project he obviously put all that he had into this and it definitely paid off!
Zeds Dead have become my favorite live Dj’s in the past year, and the crow always loses it when they bring out fan favorite and long time collaborator rapper Omar LinX. So it is no surprise the duo and the rapper came together to present us with an EP, Victor – seven genre-bending tracks on Mad Decent’s Jeffree’s label.
Fusing nostalgic 90s sample-based hip hop with the ZD’s always token zombie (as I like to call it) sounds, it is a perfect marriage between dubstep and hip-hop! You also get Zeds Dead’s fan favorites on here like “Eye On Fire”, “Rude Boy”, and more.
Yeah you are welcome for this one!
Posted on April 4, 2012, in 2WGZ Original, Bass In Yo Face, Blog, Download, Here's what I think, HipHop x Dubstep, Hot New Shit, Mixtape, Music and tagged entertainment, illustration, music. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.