MIXTAPE OF THE WEEK
Anti-Lilly & EnVy Hunter, REdefinition
Last year, Anti-Lilly awoke from a haze. He picked out his afro, put on his glasses, rolled up, smoked and then released Memoirs & the '90s, a template of how to create a jazz-rap album inspired by your upbringing watching The Secret World of Alex Mack and hearing A Tribe Called Quest records.
The sound and horn arrangements continued far enough for his scratchy, charcoal-like whisper to maintain its balance on Stories From the Brass Section with producer Phoniks. In other words, his talents are rather defined: he's a dreamer and lifestyle-rap connoisseur who turns every character in his raps (whether autobiographical or not) into a key figure for something else down the road.
EnVy Hunter, the bowling ball who stands large over his contemporaries due to his girth, released every bit of frustration inside of him earlier this year on his own debut tape, Patiently Waiting. A rapper who damn near lost his life thanks to a heart ailment and dashed football dreams should have plenty to say, and EnVy's definition revolves around being pensive, angry at times and keen on making sure people know him.