DJ Scotty Fox and Big Von
Hide Ya Bitch Mixtape, hosted by Bailey and J. Valentine
Bailey and J. Valentine spit Bay Area-themed flows over beats from hit songs by artists such as T. Pain, Pharrell, and Three Six Mafia. Besides offering up some regional fun, like hearing Valentine shout out the Cache Creek Casino over Lil Jon's infectious production for T.I.'s "I'm the King," this mix proves that these guys could hold their own in the national arena with hit-quality beats. Of course, you'll hear a few plugs for other upcoming projects (like Bailey's The Champ and J. Valentine's Valentine's Day), but that's more of a hard-core rule than a self-promoting exception in the mixtape world. And considering the awesome price of this one, there are no complaints allowed: Download Hide Ya Bitch for free at www.bigvon.com.
Also worthy of mention:
DJ Ales One, aka Max Kane
Livin' in the Bay, Vol. 1
(4 One Funk)
On this mix, Ales One provides a handy lesson in local hip hop, serving up classics from legends like RBL Posse, the Click, Mac Dre, Rappin' 4-Tay, and E-40. He's in S.F.-based "DJ band" 4 One Funk with partners B-Cause and Mr. B; more info on the crew is available at www.4onefunk.com.
Hard Headed: The Mixtape
Santa Rosa-based Chinese-American rapper Emcee T (also one-half of the Chink Bros.) presents a 33-song effort that features Nate Dogg, 50 Cent, and even Makaveli -- aka the late Tupac Shakur. Is he truly the "Yay Area's rawest Asian hip hop MC," as he claims? Cop the mixtape and decide for yourself, or just watch him rap drunk at www.myspace.com/emceet.
Get in the mix! Send your mixtapes to this address, and maybe we'll review 'em:
c/o Garrett Kamps
185 Berry St., Suite 3800
San Francisco, CA 94107