In the land of Hip Hop releases, the mixtape is king. While 2012 has just started and the album release world is looking bleak for the first month or so, the mixtapes are not stopping. Even as people were ringing in the new year, T.I., Raekwon and others were popping mixtapes instead of champagne. But wait, there’s more…

January gets a consistent flow of product. First from 40Cal, bringing “Watch the Chrome” today. Tomorrow, Chingy is scheduled to check in with “Jackpot Back.” Later in the month we get Rockie Fresh’s “Driving 88” on January 23rd. A day later on the 24th, it looks like Young Buck pulled a switcharoo and is dropping “Live Loyal Die Rich.” What happened to “Bond Money?”

A lot is going on in limbo land, which means that surprises are in store. Rick Ross pushed his album God Forgives, I Don’t to mid 2012, but swaps it for the newly titled “Rich Forever.” As a follow-up to “The Diagnosis,” Pill will deliver “The Epidemic.” What will the next one be called? “The Cure?” We’ll see. You heard our prediction. Then Red Cafe is coming through with “Hell’s Kitchen,” along with ScHoolboy Q’s “Habits & Contradictions.” Even Jeezy’s favorite producer Lil Lody is getting in on the action with his own mixtape “Last Of My Kind.”

Hopefully the momentum continues throughout the coming months.

Late Pass

Fabolous – “There Is No Competition 3: Death Comes In 3s”

Raekwon – “Unexpected Victory”

T.I. – “#Fuckdacityup”

Slim Thug – “Houston: The Mixtape”

Nelly – “O.E.M.O.”

Yo Gotti – “January 10th”

French Montana, Juicy J, Project Pat – “Cocaine Mafia”

Jahlil Beats – “Crack Music 5”

Soulja Boy – “Gold On Deck”

January 2

40 Cal – “Watch the Chrome”

January 3

Chingy – “Jackpot Back”

January 23

Rockie Fresh – “Driving 88”

January 24

Young Buck – “Live Loyal Die Rich”

February 14

Raheem Devaughn – “Jackin For Beats 3”


Rick Ross – “Rich Forever”

Pill – “The Epidemic”

Red Cafe – “Hell’s Kitchen”

Birdman & Mack Maine – “Billionaire Minds 2”

ScHoolboy Q – “Habits & Contradictions”

Lil Lody – “Last Of My Kind”

Gunplay – “Bogota”

Maino – “I Am Who I Am: The Album Before The Album”

Drake & Rick Ross – “Y.O.L.O.”

Wiz Khalifa – “Taylor Allderdice”

Cassidy – “Get It In 3”

Young Rhome – “FUCK: For U Criticizing a King”

Young Buck – “Bond Money”

Jurrarri – “Rubber Band Rrarri”

Glasses Malone – “Cold As Ice”

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