Justin Ivey: Another year, another #1 free album for Big K.R.I.T. The Mississippi emcee/producer stole the show once again with Return Of 4Eva, the follow-up to his breakthrough K.R.I.T. Wuz Here. After releasing the very dope Digital Dan LP in the spring, Nemo Achida showed he was holding onto some even better material on his album Nemotional. THURZ broke away from his U-N-I roots to show a politically-driven side which resulted in easily the best work to date from the West Coast emcee. Supreme INK caught my attention with “DeepSeaGumpShrimpin” and proved they were well worth that hype with their project Sell It To Me Free. Illogic dug into the vaults to present the world with a previously unreleased collaboration with producer Walter Rocktight that was originally intended to be distributed on Rhymesayers back in 2006. The line between mixtapes and “free albums” is blurry of course, but we look at it simply as the way the artist presents the project. If the artist identifies their project as an album and there’s no DJ or jacked instrumentals involved, then it’s not a mixtape to us.
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