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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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.”
Back to a breezy sound after flirting with a bit harder edge on the previous 2 singles. Stackin N’ Mackin 3 needs to come out already, it feels like they’ve leaked half of it through the singles by now. But the quality holds with every track so no complaints really.
Slow down Alchemist, I’m still not done with Israeli Salad….. Nah I’m kidding, the more instrumentals he puts out the better.
4 new tracks of rap miscreancy from Awful’s most vocal shit talker, all produced by KeithCharles Spacebar. Mostly sparse with emphasis on percussion and a little fuzzy, like something from an old west coast tape mix.
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Another good one from the Jersey soul duo, who are now 3/3 with their singles.