|Pusha-T Fear of God / Frank Ocean Nostalgia, Ultra|
Pusha-T (of the Clipse, for those who aren't familiar) is branching out on his own with great results (picture me giving double thumbs up while I say that). But seriously, the mixtape is as good as I hoped it would be, the highlight being "Open Your Eyes" produced by Nottz, which samples Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" in a not-eye-rollingly-obvious way. I'll admit I'm predisposed to being way too into this, but I'm way too into this.
Then there's Nostalgia, Ultra by Frank Ocean of the Odd Future crew. Chances are you've heard some buzz about the OFWGKTA boys (and hopefully you caught their incredible performance on Jimmy Fallon), but this mixtape is more Drake than Tyler the Creator. It's a pretty soulful R&B/hip-hop fuse, sampling from an eclectic array of songs while still feeling mighty fresh and new. Good for non-rap fans and heads alike. Also for fear of sounding like a stan, he has a really really really nice voice (NYTimes compared him to Terrence Trent D'Arby, which made me laugh a single laugh).
Something kind of sweet: Frank Ocean put the mixtape up for download on his tumblr, and included rich text files of the lyrics to all his songs in the zip file. Aww.
Bottom line: download these both, now.
Then leave a comment and tell me your thoughts.
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