Articles Tagged: mixtape

Turn Me Up High Mixtape Volume 6

December 31st, 2015 | By

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Just when you think it’s over Dj Cruze brings out a last minute mixtape to finish the year strong. Turn Me Up High Volume 6 consists of the hottest tracks on the market with a variety of Hip Hop, House, Dembow, and Reggaeton. Cruze literally takes the term “From the Clubs to the Cars” literal, because all these songs are played in the club.

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Merry Christmas! Stream DJ Cruze New Mixtape Free

December 24th, 2014 | By

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Merry Christmas! DJ Cruze is full of holiday cheer and has a special gift, just for you; his 2014 Mixtape! Turn Him Up High & Listen/Stream Below or download here.

Mz. Sasha, Up-and-Coming Female Rapstress releases debut mixtape “Mz. Sasha and the City”

February 26th, 2014 | By

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Mz. Sasha can go toe-to-toe ith the best of the boys club, and after hearing her latest single “No Chase,” featuring Black Cobain, the first lady of the Board of Administration (BOA) is almost comparable to the likes of one of Rap’s greatest female lyricists – Foxy Brown.

Hailing from the DMV (D.C. – Maryland – Virgina Metropolitan Area), Mz. Sasha’s teamed up with and learn a great deal from predessessors on BOA such as Wale, Fat Trel and Black Cobain.  Released a little over a week ago, Mz. Sasha’s debut mixtape “Mz. Sasha and the City,” has been long awaited and from listening to the composition, we see that her time was well spent.

Although Black Cobain is the only other rapper outside of Sasha to appear on the mixtape, fret none, Mz. Sasha has held her own.

Here’s what DJ Cruze had to say about her single:

Her flow is Foxy Brown, but her sound is Nicki Minaj.  If I didn’t know this was Mz. Sasha, just listening organically, I would have easily mistaken her mixtape for unreleased Nicki Minaj material or even Shawnna in a few instances.  She gets much props for her sampling and replicas.  I enjoy listening to her rap; her words are meaningful and catchy, this chick has something to say!

Cruze adds, “Every story is similar, but how it is portrayed is what I look for. I enjoyed her swag on the records; I can feel her persona in the songs and get a complete glimpse of her as the artist.”

On the flip side, he continues, “it’s a little inconsistent.  Taking the beat selection; for example, some just simply weren’t for her.  ‘No Chase’ is the best song on the mixtape, hands down.  But, in order to survive in a male-dominated market and to compete with artists such as Nicki Minaj, she can’t stop short…or better yet, her producers can’t.”

Rather than just working with artists in her camp, DJ Cruze recommends Mz. Sasha team up with artists such as Wale or Rick Ross…featuring a few more well-known artists and producers will allow her to compete for an Atlantic, Def Jam or MMG accrual.

Follow Mz. Sasha and BOA on Twitter:  @ItsMzSasha @ThaBoard

Kanye West Releases Music from the Vaults:
A DJ Cruze Mixtape Critique

April 29th, 2013 | By

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Kanye West releases never-before-heard material, dating back to 2001 and The College Dropout Era.  The demo/mixtape is comprised of 15 unreleased tracks.

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DJ Cruze’s Thoughts on the Demo:

 

Listening to this mixtape took me back to my high-school years, listening to Kanye West’s old-school flow.   The first thing I noticed was that Kanye’s voice sounds much deeper in tone than previous years.  This could be the result of using a lower end of microphone then compared to the equipment he utilizes in his recent/current releases.  Perhaps, he’s simply more comfortable on the mic now than he was in previous years.  Overall, I enjoyed the old flow and his storytelling; you can hear the sincerity in his voice/lyrics.

 

Kanye sources more hip-hop/soul beats for this release; simple kicks, snares with a piano melodies and a few samples. The overall composition was impeccable as Kanye utilized percussion instruments, which to me is “hip-hop at its finest.”   The beat construction was very simple, and few rappers today go this route in production or even master it on any level. The fact that Kanye does not use 808 drums in this release, compared to rappers today, added to the success of this release.  Many of the beats you’ve heard in the market once before; a good example is “Jesus Walks.”  However, the song “Gotta Pose Snippet” on the demo tape samples a previous Solomon Burke 1968 original production (“Get Out of My Life Woman”) and uses the wording “I Don’t Love You;” this was used on “I Changed My Mind,” a Keysha Cole song featuring Kanye West on her 2005 Album “The Way It Is.”  The recent new hip-hop version consists of that slow 128 or 66 bpm, while in this mixtape, you hear the beats start about 88 to about 101 bpm.

 

On the flipside, there aren’t any “club bangers” on this demo mixtape, but the lack of club songs doesn’t put the album to shame… it’s very enjoyable.

 

I can almost compare it to the G Unit Mixtape circuit.
His sound is an influence of Talib Kweli and Common; the latter, to me, is expected, especially given both Kanye and Common’s links to Chicago.

 

His storytelling is against the grain and will surprise many listeners.

 

His style is a true showcase of talent; he displays different paces of rap flow, demonstrates that he can Rap at a slow pace, while being melodic st the same time.

 

Maybe this is the demo presented to Jay-Z while Kanye was shopping labels for a deal; if so, I completely understand Jay-Z’s rationale on picking up this artist.  Kanye sounds completely different that what we’re accustomed to hearing from his releases.

 


RATING:


Take into consideration that aside from being a DJ, I am also a producer and trained to listen to every kind of genre of music on a daily basis.


I give this mixtape a score of 8.5 out of 10.


Rather than being quoted as a mixtape, this release is obviously a demo; although, Demo Tapes are usually three-to-five songs, with the best songs in the beginning of the sequence to capture the listeners attention. However, as an avid listener of music and moreover a fan of early 2000s music, its evident that this release was not duplicated and is in fact, the real thing.


One aspect that contributed to this being a great demo piece was that there weren’t enough songs!  Although he presented a complete track listing with 15 songs, it didn’t feel long enough. For any aspiring rappers, this is an important factor when making a CD or EP. Overall this demo was good, and i wouldn’t change anything because this is what people like to listen. PROPS!