The Drama King is back on a roll with a treat for the hardcore fans out there before the release of his album “Rhyme Or Die”. This is Kay Slay’s first official street drop since his last banger “The Changing Of The Guards”. The deejay and entrepreneur has provided a excellent platform for ill emcees across the country and continues to be a trendsetter for the game.
Here are the SOHH.com 5 Reasons to download “The Last Champion”
1. The Drama King
As one of the premiere New York deejays Kay Slay has legendary certified status. From his early 80’s beginnings as a graffiti artist, Slay embodies the Hip Hop culture to the fullest. He has a prolific mixtape catalog that includes his long running “Street Sweepers” series which featured the hottest and most exclusive cuts across the city. Slay is known for his no nonsense style and has expanded his talents to running a magazine known as Straight Stuntin’ as well. A fixture on NYC radio for many years with his Hot 97 show “The Drama Hour”, Slay is one of the few deejays with mainstream exposure that breaks new artists. He is a relentless champion for the underdogs. He also is a featured deejay on Sirius Satellite Radio with “Street Sweepers Radio” show. Slay is a multiple Justo Mixtape Award winner and has earned his respect coast to coast, not only from fans but other deejays and artists alike.
2. Home-run Hitters
This mixtape is a home-run slam for the summer. Slay brings together some true heavy hitters who get busy on “The Last Champion”. Although Slay reps Harlem to the fullest and has some of NYC’s best on the check in, he’s also in tune with other areas across the globe. Expect to hear joints from all regions here. Slay is a master of the playlist. One look at the track-listing and listeners can point out the which songs they will anticipate hearing the most. Back in the day when going to cop a mixtape, you had to look at the features and compare them to other mixtapes to see which had the most exclusives and potential bangers before it was heard. Once a listener presses play you are bound to hear strictly authentic hood cuts with a nice mix of artists. The realist of the real rappers become that much more official once they get that Drama King co-sign.
3. Sounds Of The Street
When you are fiending for that authentic concrete music, Slay always brings the fix. One of the highlights of this drop is the emergence of full songs from some of the dopest emcees out on the battle rap scene. The features from Murda Mook and Loaded Lux are official and it’s good to see them get some burn outside the arena. The mixtape game has evolved so much in the past few years alone. Back in the late 90’s and early 2000’s when Kay Slay,Whoo Kid and Clue? were dropping on a monthly basis, “exclusives” were just that – exclusive. Only deejays with a major name and following would have access to certain tracks. Now anyone with the internet can get their hands on some unreleased material. They may drop a tape, but it’s not official and they probably don’t even know or have contact with the artists at all. On the other hand, Kay Slay is someone who has built solid relationships within the business. He is one of the few deejays currently that could pull of a release of this magnitude full of brand new joints and freestyles.
4. Rhyme Or Die
Slay is gearing for the release of his album compliation “Rhyme Or Die.” The highly anticipated project is scheduled for release soon. Slay knows how to heat the streets up so this is a definite good look for fans. The first single “About That Life” features Fabolous, T-Pain, Rick Ross, Nelly and French Montana. It’s a anthem sounding tune and T-Pain blacks out the hook. Everyone goes in with their verses. If you are digging “The Last Champion” mixtape, you will need to check for Slay’s album once it touches down.
“The Last Champion” doesn’t have too many solo joints but the one standout feature here is the return of Sauce Money. All one has to do is youtube or google the former rhyme partner of Jay-Z and see for themselves high caliber lyricism on display. It’s good to see Sauce back in the mix and he represents on this tape. Other appearances include Papoose, Uncle Murda, Sheek Louch, Styles P, A-Mafia, Murda Mook, Oun P, Torch, Mysonne, Joell Ortiz, Fred The Godson, Raekwon, Vado, Beanie Sigel, Busta Rhymes, Lloyd Banks, Brydgang Shoota, Chinx Drugz, William Young, JR Writer, Trae The Truth, Big KRIT, Kevin Gates, EA-Ski, Waka Flocka, Corporal AK, Loaded Lux, Maino and The Mafia. “Respect The Cipher” is a super posse cut and it features Tone Trump, Fred The Godson, Skyzoo, Freddie Gibbs and Pill.