This week, I feel like showing some love to the up-and-coming rap genius Wiz Khalifa. Originally hailing from Pittsburgh, the 21-year old Wiz Khalifa has already shared the stage with the likes of Ghostface Killah, Styles P, Lupe Fiasco, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Cham, Little Brother, Clipse, Lil Wayne, Young Jeezy, Lil Scrappy, Mario, T.I., Nas, and Rich Boy. Back in 2008, his hit single “Say Yeah” dropped to critical acclaim. I remember I had that track on repeat for days. Khalifa’s version of “Say Yeah” was even mashed-up in the song “Don’t Stop” off of Feed the Animals by Girl Talk.
This week’s Mixtape Mondays segment is a continuation of last week’s mixtape. This week we are showcasing We Got It 4 Cheap Volume 2. This mixtape was first released in late 2005. It was so well-received that it was awarded the “Best Mixtape of 2005” award by AllHipHop.com. Back again on the mixtape is the entire Re-Up Gang. This mixtape is much more solid overall in terms of beats, vocals, and verses. Tracks like Mic Check, Hate It or Love It, I’m a Hustla, and Daytona 500 simply bring the hip-hop mixtape to new, uncharted levels.
Up for grabs this week in Mixtape Mondays is Clipse’s We Got It 4 Cheap Volume 1. This album was released in early 2004, which makes it over 4 years old. Clipse is comprised of Malice and Pusha T, who are known for rapping mainly about drug-trafficking. This was the first mainstream album released after Clipse’s debut album entitled Lord Willin’. We Got It 4 Cheap Volume 1 _is hosted by DJ Clinton Sparks, and also featured Ab-Liva and Sandman, who make up the other half of the _Re-Up Gang.
Originally released in late 2004, Piracy Funds Terrorism Vol. I can be considered old, in a way. But, with theresurgance of M.I.A.’s popularity after both the release of her album Kala, in 2007, and the featuring of her hit single in the movie Pineapple Express, it seems only natural to post this classic of a mixtape. Featured on it are 21 tracks of M.I.A. (duh) collaborating with Philadelphia’s own DJ Diplo, or simply Diplo. My personal favorite track on this mixtape is number 7, entitled Amazon (Diplo Mix). It features M.I.A.’s Amazon _mixed with Ciara’s _Goodies. It’s pretty awesome. Listen to the first 8 tracks on Piracy Funds Terrorism Vol. I below, and then download the entire mixtape.