Featuring verses from Styles P., Talib Kweli, Royce Da 5'9'', and Pharoahe Monch, Jean Grae is getting some great MCs on her latest mixtape. Of course, the New York MC is no lightweight herself. She's got a great flow, a ton of personality, and a nice handful of past releases.
I'm on my first listen through the tape right now, and what I'm loving most about it is the versatility. Grae goes hard with her collaborators on "RIP" and "Assassins," but can get weird enough to make it onto the new Madvillainy album--well, if that ever comes out. Even the sadder spots here like the borrowed-via-Kanye "Blame Game" come off sincere, and warrant no eye-rolls from me. "Rock On" might even be a club hit waiting to be discovered.
Grab the tape via the link above, and enjoy.