Main Attrakionz logged at least 50 releases between 2009-2012, if you count both group and solo projects. The number goes up to about 80 if you count collaborations and related Green Ova material. If you extend the date period to 2015, their upcoming 808s and Dark Grapes III album might just be somewhere around their 100th. That’s a whole shitload of music, and incredibly that’s actually not all of it. There were also innumerable loosies.
A lot of these random unattached tracks came out between late 2010 and 2012, arguably the peak period for the group in terms of both quality and popularity. Some were purposeful high-profile collaborations with other noteworthy rising rappers and producers of the era, the rest were likely just fortuitous byproducts of hyperactive creativity. A whole lot of them were really really good. Unfortunately, because the internet moves at such a rapid pace, many were quickly forgotten.
I’ve always thought it was a shame to just let all these gems fade away from memory. So with the anticipation of the new album in mind, I’ve decided to compile my favorite loosies from that time. Enjoy!
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I purposely waited for the album & mixtape to drop before putting this up, there were alot of tributes but NONE can ever compare to mines. Heres the 2hr Tribute I did, no Tracklisting, Enjoy the music for what it is. , If you take this mix and try to sell it in any way shape or form, you will get sued! I miss you P. Love u brother
A really great tribute mix of rarities and new stuff from Sean Price’s close friend and long-time collaborator (he did the pre-Monkey Barz Donkey Sean Jr mixtape, all the way back in 2003). This mix was briefly up on Cuttin’s Mixlr page, but as Cuttin mentions above it was removed to allow more attention for the the newly released Songs In The Key Price mixtape and EP. Now the mix is back up, hopefully for good because it’s likely the best Sean P tribute mix out there.
The current best rapper in NY got a new video and an new album Pregnant with Success coming this fall.
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From the Deep Ellum EP, which is really dope but unfortunately only up for streaming with no purchase/dl link in sight.
Second single from Dam’s upcoming sophomore album, which I’m anticipating more than any other album slated for the end of the year.
I always enjoy hearing Dam’s collaborations with others, they make for really interesting variations on his signature style. His template is pliable in a way that allows his guests/co-conspirators to imprint their own presence onto it strongly, but without overbearing Dam’s funk je ne sais quoi.
The two non-album tracks included as ‘bonuses’ with the single demonstrate this well by juxtaposition. ‘Glyde’ is polished, it’s bounce tempered by the Sylvers’ veteran sophistication. Meanwhile ‘Haunting Me’ and”Fisticated’ are pure uncut Dam, with more punch and some frayed edges that peak through the drum programming.
Volume 2 is one of my favorite mixtapes of the year and I’m still undecided if Volume 3 tops it (it’s very much a contender). 3 may have the edge by sounding more polished. It feels almost like an album, more focused and better executed than the last installment. Granted, this is a more of an instinctive call than a proper assessment. But listen to the sequence of tracks 11-14 on here (my favorite part), and consider that stretch in the context of this mixtape series as a process of refinement for the group’s aesthetic and sound. This is where they really get their optimal configuration just right.
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Two new-ish songs from Pyramid Quince, who’s predilection for a spacey widescreen sound makes him a solid candidate for my favorite Awful member. Do U 2k15 being a remake of a great Twista/Do Or Die summer jam definitely goes a long way too. Both songs produced by Dexter Dukarus.
Keep forgetting to post this, but it’s one of my favorite songs of the year. Also, LOOK AT THAT JACKET!
Stackin’ And Mackin’ 3 will be out very soon apparently.
Fuck yea, a new Outfit EP. This one is meant to spotlight Dallas’ burgeoning underground scene, hence the features on every track – they are all local guys who were features in Mel’s scene report for Noisey.
Been wondering what K9 has been up to since dropping that ridiculously good Mad In The Cut last tape year, and then this magically appears. Snarling raps over a great beat by Suicideyear, right on. Software’s page implies there’s more of this to come, I certainly hope so.
You can stream/buy the track via bandcamp as well, if you’re so inclined.
New solo EP from ST 2 Lettaz of G-Side fame. Produced entirely by The Block Beattaz, of course, but the sound here is harder than on their previous space age exploits. There’s a feature from Clova (so it’s technically a G-Side song), a surprising cross-generational collab with The Migos and Hunstville legend Big Pope, and a nice cameo from another old HSV favorite Mic Strange. All in all good stuff. Read ST’s own description of the project below.
“I literally tried to format it like a TV series. This is season one and it’s mostly an introduction to the main character Crooked Letter. He is basically my whole crew I hustled with rolled into one person. All the stories, the personality traits, even his moral compass, it all derived from real people and real events. It’s 30 minutes long and even ends with a cliff hanger. To me, it’s a chance for the listener to let go of real life for a minute and live through my eyes and see what a good day in my ghetto consists of…and in some cases, it ain’t all good. The tape starts out with a nightmare.”