Monthly Archives: February 2014

Mixtape Review of Vado’s Official ‘Sinatra’ Release


Vado releases his new official feature, an EP titled ‘Sinatra’ on February 11, 2014.  On this project he brings along Rick Ross, French Montana, and Ace Hood.  With Production by Cool and Dre, SAP, Scott Storch, Dolla Bill Kidz, Heat Makers, Butter Beats, and B Wirks.

Vado, who resides from Harlem was once Camron’s protégé and sidekick.  His most notable releases and probably best works are from the ‘Slime Flu’ mixtape franchise.  Since the days of being Camron’s partner in rhyme have passed, he has recently matched up with Miami native DJ Khaled.  That would explain the Rick Ross, French Montana, and Ace Hood apperances.  It has been awhile since we have heard any new material from Vado as many critics and fans thought his career was over.  Now he is back with this mixtape EP that is 8 tracks of his recent efforts to gain critic’s acceptance and let fans know that his rap career has only begun.

On this release, Vado wastes no time handling his business by rapping about clothing style preferences, lavish women, and drug cartel lifestyle.  This style seems to have been handed down to him from Cam’ron.  On the track ‘Pimpin’ produced by B Wirks, he flows over Jay-Z and UGK’s  ‘Big Pimpin’ hit record with a reworked instrumental.  He still uses Jay-Z and UGK’s voice slowed down in the background on the hook.  The line is ‘You know I thug em, f*ck em, love em, leave em/cuz I don’t f*ukin need em’/I’m a pimp in every sense of the word b!tch/better trust and believe em’.

On the track ‘2 Fingers’ he brings along label mate Ace Hood to let the haters know he does not need or care what they have to say, it’s peace to them.  His flow is quick over this fast pace beat with r&b artists Kevin Cossom.

About Vado’s release of ‘Sinatra’, he still has what it takes to keep his name relevant in the mixtape/rap game.  This is just the beginning for Vado as he has signed with the ‘We The Best’ crew.  He may not be Camron’s sidekick or partner in rhyme anymore, but with his flow you can tell Camron was his Harlem mentor.  After this EP release, fans are looking forward to a retail album release by him.  Will he have it what it takes to keep his fan base raving about him since he has signed with DJ Khaled?  Be sure to check out and download this free mixtape release from Vado.

Review of DJ GJerzey Boy’s mixtape Adventures of a Mastermind


Rick Ross’ new retail album ‘Mastermind’ is set to be released on March 4, 2014.  This mixtape ‘Adventures of a Mastermind’ hosted by DJ GJersey Boy, who has released some hot free mixtapes recently, is somewhat of a preview to that album release.

The first track ‘War Ready’ features Young Jeezy and is a hot single.  The track was just released so it is all over the mixtape circuit.  On the track, Rick Ross talks about money, power, and the drug game.  The beat is produced by Mike Will Made It and it pounds.  At one time, Young Jeezy and Rick Ross were at war but have declared Peace.  Young Jeezy has the second verse on this track and comes in hard on the beat.

On the track ‘Oyster Perpetual’, Rick Ross lays down a freestyle flow with his nice, laid back, nonchalant flow over a smooth beat.

‘The Devil is a Lie’ is the second single off ‘Mastermind’ and has been very popular on mixtapes as of recent.  The track features Jay-Z and is produced by Major Seven.  The duo had a hot record with ‘FuckWitMeYouKnowIGotIt’ so Jay-Z only had to repay the favor and appear on one of Ross’ tracks.  Some people like to talk about Jay-Z and his devilish flows, so he just pokes fun at the notion and drops a record to play with his music critics.

‘Look Me in My Eyes’ features his Bad Boy label mate French Montana.  These 2 have been featured together on many records as of recent.  Camron’s protégé Vado also appears on the track as French Montana sings the hook. Rick Ross makes an appearance on the DJ Khaled remix of ‘You Don’t Want These Problems’ and lays down the first verse of the track.  Many other artists are featured on this track including Big Sean, French Montana, 2 Chainz, Meek Mill of Ross’ MMG Label, and Ace Hood.  The remix track is mediocre at best.

There are a few solo efforts by the boss on this mixtape such as the track ‘Bound 2’.  This track is produced by rap superstar Kanye West, so he probably paid a hefty price for the beat.  Rick Ross lays down lyrics over an instrumental with no bass beat, sort of an a cappella flow.

The track ‘I Know’ has a new version of the ‘I Got 5 on it’ beat.  How many times has this track been remixed or rapped over already?  Featured on the track is newcomer Whole Slab.

There are many other hip hop artists on this mixtape such as Fat Trel, Lil Durk, Jadakiss, Young Cash, and the final track features a remix with Lady Gaga and R Kelly.  The track remix is of Lady Gaga’s newest single ‘Do What U Want’.

Importance of free download mixtapes

50centMusic in the hip hop and rap genre are used today to break new artists. Unknown or well-established artists use these to hopefully land a recording contract with a major record label.  In today’s hip hop music industry, it is a must even for signed music artists to release these.  This helps to keep the artists relevant with their fans and also remind them that they still have what it takes to make hit records.  Many artists also release these tapes in between their album releases to hype up their retail efforts.  Sometimes, if not most of the time, these are better and more in tune with the artist’s emotions then their retail album. This is because many of the record companies want their music to be album specific and liked by the general population.  These contain raw and uncut music that may not be suitable for an album, so it is released on a mixtape.
These have been around for a very long time and artists have been making these for a long time.  Artists were being signed before him.  Several even claim to have invented these. However, most of the artists claim otherwise.  Some artists like 50 Cent made such claims which was highly incorrect.

Many aspiring hip hop musicians use mixtapes to help boost their career.  They use them as a way for their music to be heard.  By offering them as free, these tapes can reach a wider range of audiences.  Anyone that is serious about their music career will use these to help establish them in their local community, city, state or even worldwide by means of the internet.  Although these works mostly contain hip hop and rap music, some r&b artists have also used these free commpilations to establish themselves.  The popularity of these tapes is increasing day by day and music artists all over the world are realizing their importance.

All of these free download mixtapes were hosted by DJ Whoo Kid who was just as famous as G-Unit at the time.  50 Cent’s fame helped launch Whoo Kid’s DJ Career.  50 Cent went on to have an excellent career in music even though it did not last as long as anticipated.  Most of his wealth was acquired from Vitamin Water which was sold to Coca-Cola for 4 billion dollars.  His share in the health drink was 250 million dollars.  50 Cent also went on to release a retail hip hop album with his G-Unit crew entitled ‘Beg for Mercy’.