If there’s ever a time in life to be overstuffed without the possibility of being judged at the dinner table, it’s Thanksgiving. The same goes for music, right? At the very least, a slew of artists thought so this year. From the moment we chucked the deuces to office cubicles on Thanksgiving Eve to the weekend spent reheating leftover turkey, stuffing and Patti LaBelle’s sweet potato pies, rappers and singers doled out mixtapes like candy.
From Erykah Badu’s sassy But You Caint Use My Phone and Chris Brown’s damn near audio novel Before The Party to Weezy’s long awaited No Ceilings 2 and Lil Bibby’s Free Crack 3 street sagas, the masses were force-fed mixtapes to whet our appetites for new music to come. Now, were they all quality offerings? Maybe. To be quite honest, it’s an exhausting plate of options, but the VIBE staff sat down with full bellies and open ears to help you decide.