Posted: March 26, 2008 by dillion in Uncategorized

A rep from Beat Garden Entertainment has introduced me to the mixtape. Yadibox is a collective designed solely at helping unsigned artists get ears to listen. They recently sent me their 2007 mixtape, The Beat Garden Presents, and it’s fantastic.

Unlike most label gangbangs, on this one every artist has skills, and all of the beats (all original music) are hot. There’s not a single toss off, and each cut is fully formed–no sudden drops, no obnoxious DJ shouts over the music. This is more of a sampler than a mixtape.

It’s hard to pick which songs to write up, because all are good, but here’s some notes on a few choice cuts: The Grind, by Fairmount Park Commission, featuring 2ew Gunnz Ciz, an ode to street life and the rap game (“We forced to eat, with no rationale to teach”), is an intelligent head bobber as good as anything from Rhymefest. Sling Blade Flow, by DAME and Nico the Beast featuring Tourguide Chuck is a witty rant against suburban rap fans–not a topic I’d generally encourage, as it does nothing but accentuate the sort of anti-white/pro-my-hood-at-the-expense-of-yours thinking that is destroying hip hop, but I have to admit this one is well done. Born to Roll freestyle, by DAME, is another example of fantastic beats and flawless flow. And every track with Clean Guns is hot.

I’m loving this.

Put It On The Ritz (Triple Nickels & Zilla Rocca)

  1. pluggcity says:

    I really doubt if it is as good as anything from Rhymefest, especially “Man In The Mirror”

  2. ekko says:

    I didn’t suggest it was as good as Man in the Mirror–although I did find that mixtape a little uneven. Listen to the songs I put up, and lemme know what you thought of it.

  3. WGHM says:

    YO! This mixtape is the reason why hip-hop is still pumping in my vanes.. Some people just dont know music and i am not pointing fingers but these dueds,pluggcity and ekko dont know music if u heard the mixtape like jeff and wghm and hundreds of other people this mixtape is the sound of cats knowing how to take this water down music, bubble gum, hip hop game and bring it back to the roots.. music that ekko and plugcity dont listen to..I am telling u six dollars u spend on the mixtape will open ur eyes to biggeer and better things than some bullshit music that u buy at some music store u spend triple the amount and get lesser the amount of song and still maybe get one or two banngers.. dont take my word just listen to it….oh by the way lil wezzy aka lil wayne is not hip hop he is bubble hop yea i said it. peace wghm

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