Music Birthday: Murda Beatz

Today, February 11, 1994, Murda Beatz was born Shane Lee Lindstrom in Fort Erie, Canada. On February 12, 2020, Murda Beatz’ ‘Do Not Disturb’ collaboration with Smokepurpp, Offset and Lil Yatchy earned gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America.  The song, released March 28, 2018, is a joint production by Murda Beatz and…

Ol’ Dirty Bastard: “Osirus: The Official Mixtape”

Today, January 4, 2005, Ol’ Dirty Bastard posthumously released his “Osirus” mixtape. This hip-hop album peaked at no. 157 on the US Billboard 200, and no. 9 on the Billboard Independent Albums Chart.  “Osirus” has the ‘Pop Shots’ song, a production by DJ Premier. The song samples ‘Shimmy Shimmy Ya’ by ODB, ‘Protect Ya Neck’…

Ivy: “Monkeys on a Porch”

Today, December 23, 2016, indie rapper Ivy released his third solo mixtape, “Monkeys on a Porch.” An underrated rap jam, this mixtape has both club and workout vibes. Made with rich beats, cooly matched with real lyrics so easily delivered. It’s a solid mixtape, full of pitching potential for labels like Def Jam, Interscope, Atlantic,…

Tyga: ‘I’m So Raw’

🔊💜Today, May 16, 2010, Tyga released ‘I’m So Raw,’ from his “Fan of a Fan” mixtape with Chris Brown. The song samples ‘So Appalled’ by Kanye West, Jay-Z, RZA, Swizz Beatz, CyHi The Prynce, and Pusha-T. The song by Tyga is laced with pop culture references, confidence, and sex appeal.

HomageCollage: Drake, “More Life”

🔊💜Today, March 18, 2017, Drake released his mixtape, “More Life.” The album clearly gave life, peaking at no. 1 on the US Billboard 200, and no. 2 on the UK Official Albums Chart. Drake tapped Quavo and Travis Scott for features on his ‘Portland’ single—produced by Cubeatz, and Murda Beatz. Now, for his famous ‘Fake…

Rest in Paradise: Bankroll Fresh

🔊🙏🏾Today, March 4, 2016, Bankroll Fresh passed away from gunshot wounds in Atlanta, Georgia. For his 2015 ‘Live Yo Life’ single, production by a The Democratz, he sampled Lisa Fischer’s classic soul single ‘How Can I Ease the Pain.’ The song comes from the eponymous studio album from Bankroll Fresh. Three tracks from this album…

HomageCollage: Kehlani, “While We Wait”

🔊💜Today, February 22, 2019, Kehlani released her third mixtape, “While We Wait.” On March 8, 2019, “While We Wait” peaked at no. 9 on the US Billboard 200. The album spawned the memorable Ty Dolla $ign collaboration, ‘Nights Like This,’ and it peaked at no. 67 on the Hot 100. The song was produced by…

HomageCollage: Drake, “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late”

🔊💜Today, February 13, 2015, Drake released the mixtape, “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late.” The set peaked at no. 1 on the US Billboard 200, and has the saucy song ‘Energy.’ Boi-1da and OB O’Brien produced ‘Energy,’ and it peaked at no. 26 on the Hot 100. At the 58th Annual Grammy Awards, Drake’s…