As the first day of classes creeps closer and closer, the idea of an endless summer becomes all the more appealing. Not that I don’t love going to school at Cal, I just like vacation better, and I’m pretty sure that Oakland-born rapper, G-Eazy, would agree with me. His 2011 mixtape, The Endless Summer, is infectious and light enough to get you through those end-of-summer blues.
G-Eazy’s retro doo-wop samples add a classic element to his fresh hip hop sound. His penchant for nostalgia is evident in his visual art and James Dean-inspired personal image as well. The highlight of the mixtape is ‘Runaround Sue,’ which samples the famous 1961 hit of the same name.
I’m really into G-Eazy at the moment. I like the samples he uses and the off-beat singers he features on his tracks. I like the fact that he grew up in the Bay Area and went to public school right here in Berkeley. I like that he looks like a handsome Christmas elf and has a really terrible rap name and I especially like the fact that he’s giving away The Endless Summer for free.
Tracks to Download: ”Runaround Sue,” “All I Could Do,” “Hang Ten, Endless Summer”
Also, I’ve realized that I’ve neglected to feature any ladies on this blog, and that just won’t do. Brit songtress and certified lady Marina and the Diamonds has a bunch of free downloads available.
My favorite track of the summer: “Primadonna”
Thus marks the end of ‘Free Music Fridays’ for now. I shared some of my favorite freebie picks with you, so now I want to know what you thought about this summer of music. Did you spend the dog days trying to get “Call Me Maybe” out of your head or did you relish the return of boybands to Top 40 radio? Leave a comment below sharing your favorite song/album/group/artist of the summer.
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