West1996 is the debut mixtape from Charlotte, NC native & ForeverFC member, Lute. Inspired by the 90’s New York hip hop sound, the introspective, yet still rugged and raw lyrics Lute delivers are straight narrative hip hop. Not only is the mixtape cover inspired by Nas’ Illmatic you can hear the influence lyrically,and even down to the overall play length & track numbers. Production is on point as well, sampling great jazz & soul elements and mixing them with classic hip hop drums & bass to give it that true hip hop feel.
Early favorites of mine are “All About The Money” ft. Jimmy Kelso, “West Nine 6” ft. Schyler Chaise both ForeverFC members. As well as “80 Proof”, which the video of is available below. Stream the album below on the bandcamp player and download link is below.