Mixtapes have come to rule the world and can be the best thing for hip-hop artists trying to get a taste of a new project before it hits the water. What were you jamming to this past summer? Singersroom.com rounds up what they think are 2011’s best mixtapes of the warm months.
Chris Brown ‘Boy in Detention’
Continuing his healthy run, Brown never fails us. Similar to a boy in detention, he is bad, carefree and raw. Diving head first into rap, you would’ve thought he had years under his belt. In 21 tracks, he holds no bars as he delivers a style never duplicated. Combining his rapping and singing, you may just want to sit in detention with him. With close to 6,000 listeners and 415 downloads thus far, we salute this bad boy.
Listen to Boy In Detention
Rocki Evans ‘Simply Twisted’
Simply amazing! Hands down he is running for the best R&B of the summer. The eleven tracks are a titillating tease. So much so that a burning, yearning for the album is present. Evans simply twists a few classic hits making the sound that much more. His voice takes you to a place of comfort. The male spin on love and relationships is always intriguing and Evans’ twists it to the exact groove. “Better Dreams,” “The Nest” and “The Past” are must listens. Still building, his 3,634 listens and 253 downloads are well earned.
Listen to Simply Twisted
Sonyae Elise ‘Lady Rebel Vol. 2’
As if her voice wasn’t enough to lure us in, her lyrics are equally hot! This pretty little rebel is wreaking havoc on our ears as she laces us with reality. Catchy beats, loose tongues and a fearless attitude is embedded on this mix-tape. Rebellious indeed!
Listen to Lady Rebel Volume 2 (LRV2)
Teedra Moses ‘Luxurious Undergrind’
Still under appreciated, Moses is coming with a vengeance that we all knew she possessed. Her sweet, soothing, hypnotic vocals engage us and put us under over and over again. Bellowing out love songs every girl can relate to, she makes us smile, reminisce and contemplate. With Maybach Music on her side, we hope to see her receive the credit she is owed. Go ahead and add another listen to her already 4,457 and 354 downloads.
Listen to Luxurious Undergrind
Pretty Ricky ‘Sex Music Vol. 1 Streets n the Sheets’
There isn’t another word to describe this group besides nasty. Pleasingly, they tune our ears with sexy, straight forward lyrics that may pierce our sometimes virgin ears. Crooning us, we can’t help but to get in the mood. Freaky, nasty and vulgar, all in a good way.
Listen to Sex Music Vol. 1: Streets N The Sheets
K. Michelle ‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered’
“Calling all ears” K Michelle is trying to tell you something. Lyrically blunt, she tells us just how she feels. Ranging in her vocalic, she sends us chills. Collaborating with Rick Ross, Gucci Mane, Meek Mills and Jim Jones, this mix-tape is a must listen in its entirety.
Holding a sound we haven’t really heard, Nikkiya is giving us a dose of what we need, something different. Quickly adapting to her voice, Nikkiya similar to a speaker, commands our attention. Writing all her tracks, she is speaking to us. Hailing from the southern streets of Atlanta, she is rising.
Listen to Speakher
Verse Simmonds ‘The Sextape Chronicles 2’
Granting us full access to his bedroom, Simmonds knows what mind frame he wants us in. Singing directly to the ladies, our attention is captured. Must listen to his new single “Boo Thang” featuring Kelly Rowland.
Listen to The Sextape Chronicles 2
Jovan Dais ‘Sex Sells
Sex is obviously a topic on the tip of most tongues. Dais is no different as he delivers sultry music. Filled with club bangers, this mix-tape made the summer that much more stimulating. With 5025 listens, he’s definitely selling something.
Listen to Sex Sells
If you haven’t fixed your ears to these musical melodies, then your summer just wasn’t summer!