Sunday, September 30, 2018

The Tape Deck 2018: Volume #3

I haven’t had as much free time as I’d like to keep the blog active and relevant. I apologize for that. Nonetheless, I feel obligated to keep The Tape Deck series alive because I really don’t trust “the cloud.” And I really do pride myself on spending hours upon hours dedicated to sharing what I consider to be good music, while finding a healthy balance of both mainstream and underground hip hop. My only issue is that I feel like… a dinosaur. Are people still checking for blogs? Are people still downloading mp3s? Are Mixcloud and Zippyshare the sites/services I should be sticking with? I can’t rely on a service like Spotify, because so much of the music I want to share with people isn’t even on that platform. (And even if it is, there’s no assurance that it’ll be there in a month.) The internet used to feel like the wild, wild west. Those days are gone. But good music is not. It never will be. I appreciate all of you who are still checking the site and still listening. Any recommendations for reaching a wider audience or making my efforts more accessible to users (like you) are welcome. On the flipside, words of support to continue doing what I’m doing, the way I’m doing it, are appreciated, too. Anyway, enough of all that, I hope you enjoy these 23 tracks. There’s a lot of great music out there. You’ve gotta get out there and look for it. This is just a taste. Enjoy… and turn it up!!

1. SmooVth & Giallo Point - Killer Gold (feat. Roc Marciano)
2. The Bad Seed & Nottz - The Devil's In the White House
3. Apollo Brown & Joell Ortiz - Timberlan'd Up (feat. Royce Da 5'9)
4. Ghostface Killah - Buckingham Palace (feat. Benny, KXNG Crooked & 38 Spesh)
5. Lil Wayne - Uproar
6. Dave East & Styles P - Feels Good (feat. Kehlani)
7. Innanet James - Better Without You (feat. Pusha T & KALLITECHNIS)
8. M.W.P. - Ancient Artifacts (feat. Dope Product)
9. Rasheed Chappell - Street Corner Shit (feat. O.C.)
10. Conway - 212 (feat. Elzhi)
11. Bun B - KnoWhatImSayin (feat. Slim Thug & Lil Keke)
12. Cypress Hill - Jesus Was a Stoner
13. Hus Kingpin - 36 Gas Chambers (feat. Planet Asia)
14. V Don - All Business (feat. Avenue, Eto & Willie the Kid)
15. Chuuwee & Trizz - See Today
16. Nine - Breathe (feat. Kool G Rap & Smoothe Da Hustler)
17. Donnie Raven - Vibin'
18. Magno Garcia & EvillDewer - Blu Mags (feat. Blu)
19. Roc Marciano - Fabio
20. Ghost of the Machine & DJ Proof - Esco Said (feat. Skyzoo)
21. Lupe Fiasco - King Nas
22. Mozzy - Thugz Mansion (feat. Ty Dolla $ign & YG)
23. Kendrick Lamar - Look Over Your Shoulders (feat. Busta Rhymes & Michael Jackson)