As most of you know, once a month, a member from our team puts together a list of free projects that you can download right now. Some of these include new albums or mixtapes, some are classics and some are a year or two old that we feel you may have slept on. The cool thing about these lists are that they are simply each person’s favorites.
Being that I’m a DJ and I actually do mixtapes, each of these downloads will be projects that I was a part of. Here they are, in no particular order.
theBreax – Breax Over | Breax Over Pt. 2 | Breax Over Pt. 3
Before they were Dream Junkies, Ruslan (MC) and Beleaf (MC/ DJ) were the frontmen of a crew called theBreax. Another brother by the name of Mic B (drummer) was a part of it and the team even included a full fledged band if you caught them live in San Diego. This trilogy was one of the most thorough projects our scene has ever seen. Over the course of 11-12 months, theBreax would release a song a week and then we compiled them into mixtapes every 12-15 weeks. Fonzworth Bentley, Sho Baraka, Andy Mineo and a young John Givez also contributed throughout the project.
I had a great time working on this project with my friends over at JahRock’n. This was actually birthed out of a conversation Chris Belmont and I had about mashing up some of the big songs that were out at the time with records I had grown up on. I shared some of my ideas with him and his team, and they brought them to life. When it was all said and done, we remixed songs by Lecrae, Andy Mineo, W.L.A.K., k-Drama, Yaves, Flame and KB.
Readywriter – Poetic Freedom (Hosted by DJ Wade-O)
Don’t let the album cover fool you, if you like lyrics, you’ll love this project. On a plethora of many different styles of production, Readywriter drops bar after bar after bar. This project highlights his lyrical prowess as well as the versatility of Godchaserz Entertainment.
Before he partnered with Reach Records or started Reflection Music Group, I hosted this mixtape for Derek Minor. Going by PRo back then, I met him thru his then manager, not business partner Doc Watson. I could tell he was a new convert, but his musical talent was immense. And Derek knew he was nice. He seemed to be on a mission to smash everything he was on. Definitely worth a download for the hardcore Derek Minor/ RMG fan.
This is perhaps the most versatile project on the list. Julien gets down on trap beats, commercial beats and even some classic style production. As we noted when it dropped, this mixtape is an invitation into the sounds and thoughts of his head influence by many lessons observed and learned. Henceforth “The Session Mixtape” offers a clear view of Julien’s personal life, with what he’s learned so far and also what is YET to be learned. The motive is to bring clarity to who he is as a person, rather than just an artist.
Free at last was a project we dropped last year right before Christmas. D-Myles has an interesting testimony. He was a Universalist at one point and signed to a secular record label. He got saved and God radically turned his life around. Now a student at Full Sail, he is using all of his gifts and talents for the Lord. He rapped, produced, mixed and mastered this project. Free At Last is his celebration of his new life in Christ.
Derek Minor discusses his departure from Reach Records and the future of Reflection Music Group. He also shares what he learned from his time at Reach and what challenges he believes RMG faces going forward.