Mixtape: 44108
Producer: Rami

King Chip remains one of the Midwest's most underrated performers, although he's built a bigger fanbase than many in the media may realize. (This is partly the fault of the "INTERIOR CROCODILE ALLIGATOR" meme.) His last tape, 2012's Tell Ya Friends, didn't quite live up to its memorable cover art, although it did contain perhaps the last truly great beat of Lex Luger's incomparable 2010-2011 run (it had been recorded the previous year).

This year's 44108, on the other hand, is a pretty great record, from the aggressive cop-hating anthem "Police in the Trunk" to the Cardo-produced single "Blk On Blk" to ’90s throwback narratives like "Nigga Who Shot Me." (They don't make them like this any more, seriously.) But the standout tracks are the combined "Bitch Ass World" and "Malcolm X" joints, primarily because the latter features Boldy James (who has an Alchemist-produced album dropping this month) and a beat that is reminscient of floral T-shirt songs like Andre Nickatina and Equipto's "Jungle" or Cormega's "Verbal Graffiti."