While I feel it safe to say that the beloved Mix Tape, and free music in general (hooray!), are here to stay, I find it quite intriguing that this tool is primarily used to hype commercial releases. Trey Songz, Lil Wayne, and the aforementioned, Mr. Drizzy Drake, have emphasized this with massive downloads of free music prior to the releases of their big label projects. The buzz created by the free-ninety-nine tracks pretty much secured chart worthy release figures.
With that, anyone trying to launch a career as an MC or songbird would do well to respect the Mix Tape hustle. I took to my twitter loves (follow me: @Chan_Lo) for advice on new business worthy artists. I received such a great response that I've decided to give you two a week...so much music, so little brain power. So, check below for installment one of independent joints worth checking out.
Originally from Harrisburg, PA, Leirow brings a sweet voice to the table in this compilation. Eight songs complete the tape, three are definite downloads: "Blow Over", "Micromanagement" which is reminiscent of A. Keys' "Karma" and "Happy Now" which finds us with a familiar track made popular by Melanie Fiona with "It Kills Me."
Leirow's tone is brilliant and the tracks are well produced. Lyrical content left a bit to be desired however, the songs above help the tape recover nicely.
Click HERE to listen to Euphoria on DatPiff.com
SOLO DOLO: $haud Money
Though his flow is slightly raw, witty anecdotes and laid-back delivery make it easy for Solo Flight to cruise through your head phones.
Peep a few of my favorite cuts from Solo Flight:
"Forever Love" (the hook on this joint will stay in your head for hours.);
"Find My Passport"; "Lights, Camera, Action"; "Ear Dope" (production credit to Johnny Juliano. Beat is a wonderful blend of guitar and synth); and "Text Her Back" feat. Denali Nova.
Want more from Shaud Money? Check out his next mixtape in collaboration with another Moonshine Kid Marty B, entitled, Audio Tutorials, set to drop June 25th.
I've included a few of his free-styles below. Make sure you check out his flow on both the "Deuces" and "Rude Boy" instrumentals ...irony, huh? :)
Download "Deuces" Freestyle - Shaud Money
Download "Rude Boy" Freestyle - Shaud Money
Till Pt. II...Peace. Love. Music.