Man. Maaaaan. I have grown into such a fan of Trackademicks production. It’s summer music to the Nth degree, all smooth percussion and strategic bass. Every Trackademicks/Honor Roll production I’ve heard nails a light feeling without getting overly sweet.
And so of course, fresh for the summer of 2012, comes the latest installment. The Summer School mixtape is a collaboration between the Honor Roll team and legendary Fools Gold rep Nick Catchdubs, with guest features ranging from Flosstradamus production to the bearded maestro himself, Kool A.D. of Das Racist.
Download the whole thing here, and check out a couple of the tracks. There are more below the jump, as well as a complete tracklisting. Enjoy!
01. Intro Disaster Drill feat Mike Baker, Whiz, Spank Pops, Josie Stingray & Trackademicks (prod by Flosstradamus) by The Honor Roll
03. Wooowww (Bay Shit) feat Trackademicks & Kool A.D. (prod by Trackademicks) by The Honor Roll
Just before the new year, Honor Roll honcho Trackademicks dropped Cherry 2000 a four song, vibed out piece of beauty. Good snappy snares plus icey synths? It’s some serious wintertime music.
Listen to the whole thing in one mix below, and click here to download the full unmixed ep.
The Honor Roll Crew is one of the Bay Area’s most consistently creative crews. Led by Alameda’s own Trackademicks (one of the best nomes d’ mic ever, imho), and featuring a supporting cast made up of emcees, singers, producers, and DJs, they’ve got a deep bench (including heavily slept-on producer 1-O.A.K.).
More to the point, the music they make doesn’t fit into easy definitions – yes, it’s very West Coast, but the dashes of space and swing take it firmly into the 21st century.
There are two recent releases from the team to consider:
Firstly, Mike Baker the Bike Maker, Honor Roll’s newly-minted East Coast rep, who just released a new ep, Mike Plays it Cool. It’s produced 100% by members of the Honor Roll family, and features Mike himself rappity rapping. It’s a smooth farewell-to-the-West-Coast album (and hello NYC), worth some early morning and late night drives.
The second is Fresh Coastin’ from Trackademicks himself, and even though it dropped a couple months back, it’s certified heatery that demands repeated listenings. The production and most of the mic duties are handled by Trackademicks, with notable guest spots from Freddie Gibbs, Phonte, and 1-O.A.K. After hearing many many Trackademicks remixes, Fresh Coastin’ is a happy step forward, packed with production that feels almost immediately classic. It’s the kind of album that could only come from West Coast, and I have a feeling it’ll age well until next summer rolls around and it’s back in its element.