CMJ kicks off today, promising hundreds of bands, dozens of venues and countless industry flacks wielding their badges like swords to cut the line. Although we tend to think that paying $500 for a week’s worth of live music is pretty steep, we’re more than happy to crash the marathon’s best showcases – for an average of ten bucks a pop.
Despite album sales continuing to head the way of the dodo, 2010 is quietly shaping up to be a banner year for hip-hop. And though rap isn't something you often hear emanating from Mister Saturday Night's speaker stacks, we're still paying attention.
Thanks to the ever-growing community of internet rap nerds, unconventional MCs have been empowered like never before to bypass the major labels and direct their latest head-nodders straight to the people. We've rounded up a handful of our favorite Web-only mixtapes from the year so far, for your downloading pleasure. Continue reading “Our Favorite Rap Mixtapes of 2010, Pt. 1”