If you've ever heard of Charles Hamilton or followed him previously then you know how eccentric, egotistical, and consistent he WAS with his music. Charles had a campaign at the end of '08 where he released a new mixtape (with all new content) every 2 weeks for 3 months. After that he was releasing tapes and trying to promote his album. Charles pulled a pretty large "no-no" right before his albums release, he added the late great J Dilla (if you don't know him, you will when you check his resume) as an exec. producer on his album. A lot of people close to the Dilla camp took this as a negative action and essentially killed his buzz by comments, posts, videos. Now he's back in the limelight he's released 2 tapes already this year, and now collaborating with more artists. He's also been less cocky, arrogant, etc etc etc. B.O.B. is a newer artist that is bubbling pretty big in the industry. Originally from Atlanta, he's catching the eye of some the big artists & blogs that follow hip hop. His debut album "The Adventures of Bobby Ray" is set to drop on April 27th and he's been putting himself out there in light of that album release date. I'm not too sure if this track is going to be on an upcoming mixtape or not but regardless he GOES IN. Download: Charles Hamilton & B.O.B. - Paperboy Shout out to 2dopeboyz for the audio.
Download: Nickelus F Feat. XV- Shine OnNickelus F (formerly Nick Fury) has been around for some time. I first discovered him on one of Drake's older mixtapes and as things progressed, I started to notice him more and more. He started out on 106 & Park (remember AJ & Free??) as a part of their Freestyle Friday series and went on to win 7 weeks straight. He's had a slew of mixtapes out since and I've come to trust him when I see a song by him come up. XV has been making appearances all over the place lately and recently dropped his "30 Minute Layover" mixtape. XV are the roman numerals for the # 15 at which the age he began to start making music. Originally from Kansas (he's not southern-styled) you can tell he's really about his city getting on the map when rhyming and I think XXL missed large out when they didn't add him to the 2010 Freshman List (but thats a whole other story.) To check out more of either artist here are their Myspace pages Nickelus F XV