Das Racist’s Heems returns today with his second mixtape of 2012, following January’s bumpin’ Nehru Jackets. Wild Water Kingdom is comprised of 17 tracks and features production from Harry Fraud, Keyboard Kid, Crookers, Beautiful Lou, and more. In an interview with RollingStone.com, Heems described the tape’s sound as inspired by more mainstream, gangster-centric rap.
“Wild Water Kingdom is more [like] the music I listened to after independent rap, [in] 2001, when, like, The Blueprint dropped and I started appreciating mainstream rap again, and Dipset after. I fuck with shit like Meek Mill and French Montana, and this is more in the vein of what I listen to now.”
Looking for something a bit more experimental? Then check out Memphis rapper Cities Aviv’s Black Pleasure mixtape. The 15-track effort features several original productions alongside beats from RPLDGHSTS, L.W.H., Froskees, and Silky Johnson. According to a press release, the tape utilizes more of Aviv’s varied musical influences, including post-punk and drone, while managing to deliver his most focused and forceful verses to date.