New Orleans’ own Juvenile commemorates this year’s Mardi Gras with a festive mixtape. Rick Ross, Mannie Fresh and Skip hit up the carnival with the rap veteran. Samples from Anita Baker and Lauryn Hill are also featured on the 13-track tape. “Power” is a pretty decent record, but collectively, Mardi Gras doesn’t excite me to go hand out beads. Skip isn’t the greatest hook man, yet he’s used as if he’s the second coming of Nate Dogg.
Like Dawn Richard, Kalenna is stepping away from the Diddy-Dirty Money train to find herself as a solo artist. She exudes her creativity over 17 personal tracks, with the help of producers Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins, Ryan Tedder and more. R&B, Pop and even Rap records can be found in Kalenna’s diary. I’m impressed!
Gucci Mane teams up with his handyman, DJ Holiday, for another mixtape. Trap Back is the latest, and it boasts features from Waka Flocka, Rocko, 2 Chainz, Yo Gotti, Jadakiss and Chilli Chill. 19 tracks filled with memorable funny quotes and drug innuendos.
Valentine’s Day may have been last week, but “when you’re dealing with Bobby V, everyday is V Day.” The Atlanta crooner releases his Valentine’s themed mixtape to hold his fans over until V5, his fifth studio album. R&B veteran Keith Sweat shows Bobby the art of begging on track 3, “Make You Say Ooh (Remix).” Honestly, all 11 tracks are pretty solid.
Chase N. Cashe’s credentials stretch from R. Kelly to Eminem. Now, the New Orleans native intends on making noise with his rapping skills. He offers The Heir Up There, the follow-up to 2011′s Gumbeaux. Hit-Boy, Tha Bizness and Chase himself handles production on the project. “I’m The Man,” “Myself,” “Money Right” and “S.S.D” are standouts on the 17-track mixtape.
DJ Snoopadelic introduces Radio Raheem’s Destination Loveland mixtape. The R&B crooner laces 14 tracks with his soulful and impressive vocals. Of course, Raheem introduces travelers to some vulgarity while on their destination. “Be The One,” “Radio Raheem” and “You Saved Me From Myself” are some good tracks from ‘Loveland’. Snoop Dogg, Marsha Ambrosius and Maya Angelou appear on the tape.The woman voicing the interludes sounds awfully familiar to Robin Thicke’s Sex Therapy chick.
Jake&Papa, formerly of Brutha, is serving up Somethin’ Soulful. The 16-track mixtape is quite impressive, and entertaining. “Tonight I’m trying to see if you’re my future baby mama,” they sing. “I’ll write the check before the baby comes so I know it won’t be no drama.” If you’re nostalgic for smooth and soulful R&B, Jake&Papa has the cure.
Olivia has redefined herself as a castmember on VH1′s Love & Hip Hop. Unfortunately, Mona Scott Young and co. focus on the former lady of G-Unit’s thirst to be a force in the industry, rather than her actual plight to make it happen. Preceding her Show The World project, Liv releases From Olivia With Love, a mixtape with “December,” “Walk Away” and more.