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The last 12 months were filled with more mixtapes than we can remember. There have literally been hundreds of MP3 collections mixed together and uploaded to the ‘Net. Did we listen to every single release? Um… well, we tried our best to give everyone a fair shot. In doing so, VIBE stumbled across a number of mixtapes worthy to be kept in steady rotation.
Standout projects from Jadakiss, Currensy, 2 Chainz and Waka Flocka were hard to forget about but there were 11 mixtapes that we had to name as the best tapes of 2011. It was a crazy and overwhelming year for hip-hop music. Who can forget the countless number of tapes released in October (we challenge you to name 10 right now!)? Or Wale crashing Hulkshare with his Eleven One Eleven release. As the year comes to end, we found it necessary to spotlight the 11 mixtapes that got the most play in the VIBE offices this year. Continue reading
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In hip-hop only New York, cocky and accomplished and obstinate, casts a shadow this long. The burden of history is especially heavy here, in rap’s birthplace, which is why generations of rappers have done their part to protect the fort. Old styles become sacred texts used for indoctrination. Progress is acceptable, within the lines.
Into that morass comes ASAP Rocky, child of Harlem, with a new idea about how to be a New York rapper. “Live Love ASAP,” his forthcoming debut mixtape, is placeless and universal, an album that sounds as if it has ingested the last 20 years of hip-hop’s travels and would be comfortable anywhere. There’s chewy, slowed-down homages to Houston, flow patterns reminiscent of Cleveland’s Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, nods to New Orleans and Atlanta and the Bay Area and everywhere else hip-hop is made. Almost everywhere but New York, it seems. Continue reading