So where does rap and hip hop fit in to my lifestyle? Well, sometimes you just got to dance and break it down. What's great about rap is that you don't have to be a good singer, you can yell it, hum it, speak it, beat-box it, and practically make it your own. And the best body moving beats come from this genre and there is definitely a time and place for it. I have a dedicated playlist on my iPhone for those times when its time to break out a dance party.
With that being said, one of the downfalls of the rap genre is that there is a lot of NOISE out there to filter through. Since anyone and everyone has the ability to rap, you will find a lot of garbage out there. But the best of the best can rhyme on the fly and mix a beat that can stand alone without any words needed. For me personally, I tend to gravitate towards the artists with high production value that will make your stock car audio system sound like the dance club. I also like the artists that don't over-saturate their music with sex, drugs, and vulgar language. It's not part of my culture, so it's hard to gravitate towards that type of music no matter how awesome the beat is.
Datpiff.com and Livemixtapes.com feature thousands of free rap mixtapes by just about any artist. However, these sites are littered with ads and they require you to sign up to obtain the vast majority of the content. They even require you to give them your cell phone number! That's way too invasive for my taste. My goal this week is to bring everyone some high quality beats from some incredible artists without the ads, spam, viruses, and headache.
To start of on the right foot, here is a free download to a seriously good Rap and R&B artist. His name is Chancellor Warhol. He is a Hip Hop Indie sensation who is bringing a new sound to Nashville (The Country Music Capital of the World). Brite Revolution offers two of Chancellor Warhol's tracks as a free download. You can preview Chancellor's flow below by viewing the behind-the-scenes acoustic performance of "Wings". I dig the cooler in this video.
Brite Revolution: Download Chancellor Warhol