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Top 10 mixtapes of ’10 plus favorite song of the year

December 31st, 2010 by | Alternative/Indie, Before Bigs Exclusive, Hip-Hop/Rap, Pop, R&B, Rock |

happy new years Top 10 mixtapes of 10 plus favorite song of the yearJust got into Florida and 1st thing I had to do was figure out the top 10 mixtapes of 2010. I feel mixtapes are good because the artist isn’t putting it out for immediate profit but to build exposure and sometimes just to give back to fans (thank you B.o.B).

I ranked the mixtapes below by looking at the least amount of songs I deleted from the mixtape (none for most of them). Also I took into account the originality from the artist, looking for artists who can’t be defined by a specific genre and whose music stands out. Without furter ado, enjoy BeforeBigs.com top 10 mixtapes of 2010.

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10. ¡MAYDAY! – Lords of the Fly
If you haven’t heard of ¡MAYDAY! then I hope this mixtape convinces you to pay attention to this hip-hop/rock band based in Florida. “Lords of the Fly” features over 20 tracks and features from Cee Lo, David Banner and Lil Wayne (¡MAYDAY! was Weezy’s backing band on Rebirth. Favorite songs: Groundhog Day, Miles to Go, Robot Rock.

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9. Rocky Business – Rocky Business Mixtape
Another alternative hip-hop band, Rocky Business brings a new urban rock style to the game. Though some of the songs are a bit raw, MC Strictly Business and Rocky Business have potential to make some hits. Favorite songs: Find Away, Army of Love, Amongst Stars.

Tayyib Ali Eighteen front large Top 10 mixtapes of 10 plus favorite song of the year8. Tayyib Ali – Eighteen
Tayyib Ali is young and has huge potential because he released several dope original tracks on “Eighteen”. Also being only 18-years old and from Philadelphia, he has lots of time to build his fan base and become a star. Tayyib Ali will get a record deal and be on the radio within a few years, mark my words on it. Favorite songs: I Ain’t Scared, Kid Again, Soundcheck.

undeclared Top 10 mixtapes of 10 plus favorite song of the year7. The Dean’s List – Undeclared
My favorite new band of 2010, The Dean’s List are young 20 something’s with loads of potential. “Undeclared” features an eclectic mix of songs from hip-hop, pop, and R&B with some dope production as well that reminds me of a more pop/R&B Chiddy Bang with less sampling. Be on the lookout for their next mixtape, The Drive-In, dropping January ’11. Favorite songs: Impossible, Valley Girl (The Script sample), Last Semester.

OnCue Leftovers V1 500x500 Top 10 mixtapes of 10 plus favorite song of the year6. OnCue – Leftovers
A 21-year old from Hartford, Connecticut, OnCue reminds me of Atmosphere with Hoodie Allen-type sampling/production. He’s got loads of potential as he is quickly carving his own niche to find mainstream success among alternative hip-hop artists. If you like “Leftovers”, download “Cuey Sings The Blues“, another dope mixtape OnCue dropped in 2010. Favorite songs: She Likes My Music (Grizzly Bear sample), You Must Be High, Story of a Lifetime.

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Finding and providing music that has similarities to Chiddy Bang is one of the small reasons why we started BeforeBigs.com. Only reason this mixtape is not in the top 3 is “Air Swell” only features 7 songs and isn’t as good as the Philadelphia duo’s The Preview EP. However, Chiddy Bang will become huge stars once their debut album, The Swelly Life, drops around Spring 2011. Favorite songs: Pass Out, Hey London, Breakfast.

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Hoodie Allen has loads of potential and I only see him getting better as he continues to finish up his next project. There’s something about Hoodie’s music that attracts tons of bloggers (including myself) to continue to anticipate his next release and his popularity is only growing. After seeing him perform almost all the songs from “Pep Rally” live, trust me that you won’t want to ignore what Hoodie does next. Favorite songs: Tighten Up, Look At What We Started, Words of Wisdom.

Outasight Never Say Never Cover Top 10 mixtapes of 10 plus favorite song of the year3. Outasight – Never Say Never
This free album/mixtape is probably the most underrated free release of 2010. Outasight is like Fitz & The Tantrums but hip-hop; Outasight is basically dope production hip-hop mixed with R&B/Soul influences. Plus dope tracks featuring XV and Freddie Gibbs behind the white rapper from Yonkers, NY, only adds to the quality of “Never Say Never”. Favorite songs: She’s Leaving Home (Beatles sample), Ahh Yea, Near The End.

XV Vizzy Zone front large Top 10 mixtapes of 10 plus favorite song of the year2. XV – Vizzy Zone
With the power of the internet, we have seen more and more dope musicians pop up in many atypical areas of the world. Add Kansas-native XV to that list of dope musicians from unusual upbringings as I can’t think of any other rappers from Kansas making the dope music that XV is putting out. “Vizzy Zone” has so many great songs, not only the several tracks where XV raps over other beats like Kid Cudi but the original material features dope lyrics, excellent production and overall catchy songs you can listen to again and again. Favorite songs: Nevermind, Gettin’ Bizzy, She Go I Go.

BOB No Genre Top 10 mixtapes of 10 plus favorite song of the year1. B.o.B – No Genre
B.o.B set out to prove all the haters wrong and turn the doubters of his talent into believers. He succeeded and went above and beyond in “No Genre” first putting out Beast Mode, showing his superb flow and lyricism, then putting out a mixtape which he could have easily turned into an album and made some dough off of. However Bobby Ray was nice enough to release the dopest mixtape of 2010 for free, providing music that you can’t put into a specific genre, hence “No Genre”. Favorite songs: Batman Flow, Beast Mode, Cold As Ice.

Honorable mentions:
J. Cole – Friday Night Lights
Wale – More About Nothing
k-os – The Anchorman Mixtape
Shane Eli – The Push
Moxie Black – How Did This Happen?

Any mixtapes you think we missed? Sound off on our chat box (right side of blog) or hit us up on facebook or twitter.

You thought it fucking stopped! Here’s my favorite song of 2010 that sort of epitomizes the beginning of a new year. Maybe these lyrics can help explain what I’m talking about:

Alright, already the show goes on
Alright, till the morning we dream so long
Anybody ever wonder, when they would see the sun up
Just remember when you come up
The show goes on!

Lupe Fiasco - The Show Goes On

2011 here we come.

DJ Ellipsis – “Ghost Over Baghdad” [Deadmau5 vs. Outkast]

December 31st, 2010 by | Dance, Hip-Hop/Rap, Mashup |

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This mashup came out about a year ago but it is definitely worth posting. This track provides a great blend of Outkast’s classic song “Bombs Over Baghdad” and Deadmau5 “Ghosts n’ Stuff”. I love both songs and they have been favorites of mine for years so it is nice to see a mashup with both. Happy New Year to everyone and make sure to live it up tonight. Enjoy!

Download: Ghosts Over Baghdad

Best You Never Heard II: Fall/Winter edition

December 30th, 2010 by | Alternative/Indie, Before Bigs Exclusive, Daily Mix, Dance, Hip-Hop/Rap, Mashup, Pop, R&B, Remix, Rock |

cover3 Best You Never Heard II: Fall/Winter editionIt’s that time of the year where we would like to give back. Sometimes I feel we don’t give back to our readers enough and we are working to fix that in 2011. Until then, here’s a mixtape we created.

It’s called Best You Never Heard II, which is a mixtape showcasing some of the best up-and-coming talent in music from the last several months. It’s a collection of 20 songs of mostly hip-hop with a little bit of rock, pop, R&B and mashups/remixes (much like our site’s content).

Listen to the mixtape below, and download through mediafire.
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Let us know of your favorite song(s) and if you like the songs on this mixtape, check out our Summer mix of the Best You Never Heard.

Jordan Brown: A Singer/Songwriter With A Bright Future

December 29th, 2010 by | Hidden Gem, R&B |

Portrait 200x300 Jordan Brown: A Singer/Songwriter With A Bright FutureFor those of you who know The Dean’s List, than you have definitely heard of Jordan Brown. He is a very talented Singer/Songwriter from Boston, Mass who has appeared on many of The Dean’s List tracks and is currently working on his own solo mixtape and web series. Below is his newest single “Rollingstone”. Check it out and download it. Enjoy!

Download: Jordan Brown – “Rollingstone”

The Wild – Phoenix

December 29th, 2010 by | Alternative/Indie, Hip-Hop/Rap, Rock |

artworks 000003789672 8w4us4 crop The Wild   PhoenixSimilar to “Revolution”, once again The Wild demonstrate their talent with their newest track, “Phoenix”. I have always had a huge liking towards hip-hop bands from The Roots to today with The Wild and many others. Keep an eye out for the New Zealand hip-hop band.

Here’s a little something from The Wild:
As any band or artist will say we hope to bring something new to music and the industry from unique instrumentation to vivid lyrics. We just hope to bring a certain quality to everything we do and make a sound that we’re proud of.

Kanye West- “Home” *The Original Homecoming (Unreleased)

December 29th, 2010 by | Hip-Hop/Rap |

Kanye West Lunch Room Freestyles Kanye West  Home *The Original Homecoming (Unreleased)We all known about Kanye West’s – “Homecoming” off his album, Graduation, but did you know that there was an earlier version of it which was never released? Well hear it is. It’s called “Home” and it features John Legend on the hook. Thanks to P&P for bringing this track to my attention. Enjoy the track and download it if you please!

Download: Kanye West – “Home”


XV – “2015″ *A Must Listen New Hip-Hop Track

December 29th, 2010 by | Hip-Hop/Rap |

xv the kid with the green backpack XV   2015 *A Must Listen New Hip Hop TrackXV is without a doubt one of the most promising rappers to break through in 2011. We support him a lot on here and may other blogs do the same as well. However I just want to showcase the huge talent of this Wichita, Kansas native. He has been around for a little while now and he is finally starting to gain recognition. Look for the release of his debut album, The Kid With The Green Backpack, early in 2011. In the meantime enjoy his newest track “2015″ and download it if you please.

XV – “2015″

Download: XV – “2015″

Dr. Dre – “Topless” (featuring Eminem & Nas)

December 28th, 2010 by | Hip-Hop/Rap |

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Above is “Topless”, by Dr. Dre featuring Eminem and Nas. This is another leaked tracked off the much anticipated, Detox, album which has had its release date continually postponed throughout the last six years. Hopefully this is another sign that the “official” release of Detox is near. Enjoy!

Passion Pit – All These Trees

December 28th, 2010 by | Dance, Electropop, Pop, synthpop |

Passion+Pit+glowstix Passion Pit   All These TreesPassion Pit is back again, with another synth-sational hit. This new song uses Asian-sounding instrumentals with a great mix of the lead singer Michael Angelakos high pitched voice. “All These Trees” is apparently being used for American Express’ latest commercials with the credit card companies campaign to use indie band music.

All These Trees

I Just Had Sex ft. Akon – The Lonely Island *comedy hip-hop

December 28th, 2010 by | Hip-Hop/Rap, Music Video |


If your a fan of humorous hip-hop then The Lonely Island’s newest song, “I Just Had Sex” is a must download. Featuring Akon, the video is funny, the lyrics are funny, and The Lonely Island once again puts out a dope jam. Purchase


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