Wednesday, April 17, 2013

DJ Booth Releases Remastered XV Anthology

XV is a small-town rapper born in Witchita, Kansas who has been making waves in rap for a long time (he has over 15 mixtapes). I wasn't always a fan but after my friend recommended I listen to Zero Heroes and I started hearing some of the singles I knew that he had potential, possibly more than J. Cole. He's worked with the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Pusha T, Schoolboy Q, Vado and Talib Kweli in his career and mostly before he was signed. 

What struck me most about XV is his humble approach and his ear for sampling sounds from pop culture that inspire him, and turning them into dope hip hop tracks (The Kick). While they aren't always successful mashups (Foreign Exchange Student) the payoff is usually worth it. XV knows when he has a beat that matches his style and although his wordplay and metaphors can get corny sometimes, he's one of the better newcomers to surface in recent years.

Popular Culture is his latest release that is a step down from Zero Heroes, but there were memorable moments like "Breaking Bad" or "Go On Without Me". But it was was after his 12th mixtape Everybody's Nobody where he gained a mass following which led to him getting signed to Warner Bros. Records in 2010. His album The Kid With the Green Backpack has been talked since 2008 but was officially set to release early this year and include features from J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar and executive production from Just Blaze. Now DJ Booth has released an anthology of his last four mixtapes (Everybody's Nobody, VIzzy Zone, Zero Heroes, Popular Culture) but if you're looking to download more of XV's older work go here.

To download the tagless remastered versions of his last four mixtapes, with unreleased material go here.

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