November has been quite a month for hip hop fans, so I assume it was easy for a few independent albums/mix tapes to fall to the wayside as listeners jammed their ears full of someone’s Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Here are five free November releases that you might have missed from Hexsagon, Reks, Chuuwee, Roc C, and Vinyl Frontiers.
El Paso, Texas born producer,Â Hexsagon, has channeled the infamous ‘Yardbird’ Charlie Parker to construct one of better tribute beat tapes to come out in 2010.Â The Charlie Parker Beat Tape features various loops and samples of Parker’s most influential work as one of the greatest jazz saxophonists to ever live. The 14-track beat tape flows seamlessly with beautiful song sequencing, blends, and interview clips with Dizzy Gillespie, Jay McShann, and Chan Parker, making Hexsagon’s beat tape a well constructed, cohesive piece of work, rather than a haphazard compilation.
Remember when Reks had the internet going nuts with Grey Hairs? Don’t drop him off your radar just yet.
Lawrence, Massachusetts, emceeÂ REKS has hooked up withÂ DJBooth.net to bring fans his latest street album,Â In Between the Lines, Volume 2.
Joining REKS throughout the mixtape are such collaborators asÂ Slaine,Â Jaysaun,Â Termanology,Â Reef the Lost Cauze,Â Sha Stimuli,Â Jon Hope,Â JFK,Â Dynas andÂ Lucky Dice. Beats come courtesy ofÂ Nottz, Statik Selektah,Â OhNo,Â Rain and more!
Ever sinceÂ Chuuwee flipped every up and coming youngin’ on their ass andÂ sent them 6 Feet Deep, I have been hooked on his golden era ethos and work ethic. Judging by his output over the last month, Chuuwee isn’t here to pound his chest and rest easy over a few blog posts and props. He remains ravenous, aggressive, passionate, and in tune to the talent he possesses, which can be heard in every freestyle and leak he has dropped thus far. This rare mix of desire and effortless aptitude reminds me of another recent Northern California MC success story, but before I make that bold comparison I will let you listen to Chuuwee’s latest free EP and form your own opinion.
Sunday Afternoon is a Mini-Tape Chuuwee compiled in one evening. The Tape follows the timeline of how long it took to record and finish each track and features what the 19 year old Sanchez Rivierra does best– murdering beats while brewing scalding cauldrons of early 90’s nostalgia.
Soul Professa killed this! Roc C hooks up with producerÂ Soul Professa (Lloyd Banks, Diamond D, Cappadonna, M.O.P, Chino XL, Big Shug, JR Writer, Fashawn, Cali Agents, and more) on the latest 14-track freebie to give the internet whiplash,Â SOULROC.
The european production crew known asÂ Vinyl Frontiers have just launched a new label (iMake Records). To celebrate the launch they have released a free EP full of unreleased collaborations and remixes with various North American artists that have yet to see the light of day. TheÂ Unreleased EP will also give a small glimpse into future projects with Canadian producer/MC Muneshine and California MC Trek Life. VF explains more below:
â€œWe’ve met a lot of artists during European tours and through the internet. Producers usually have to settle for just production credits in a booklet, but we have been blessed in a way that all these artists are willing to let us release this music ourselves. So expect a lot of EP’s/albums from Vinyl Frontiers within the next year. The first EP will be made with Canada’s Muneshine, followed by Cali’s own Treklife.”