It has been a very, very long time since a new “Nark” hip-hop mixtape has been released. 2015 as a matter of fact. Let’s face it, hip-hop hasn’t been spectacular for purists in recent years. However, I always tell people there are bright spots in the rap game if you look in the right places.
For the uninitiated, my “Nark” mixtapes have been in production since circa 2000 and believe it or not, they were the only mixtapes I made for many years. My good man Gutter created the initial Nark (titled Nark Out Remix Volume 1), which featured Eminem, Drama, Big Tymers, Snoop Dogg, Krayzie Bone, and Ying Yang Twins. And when I say created, I mean downloaded everything from Napster or ripped gems from a stellar bootleg mixtape purchased in Panama City, and burned to a CD with the freshest stick-on album cover imaginable. I’m actually not even sure how I started making the Nark mixtapes (its not this), but I eventually transitioned the mixtape names to pun-worthy gems like Raiders of the Lost Nark, Jurassic Nark, Nark Runner, and who could forget Are You Afraid of the Nark. Speaking of Gutter, if you happen to have any Gutter’s Goodies mixtapes collecting dust in your old CD collection, I will pay large amounts of money for those relics.
I always said I’d only make another Nark mixtape if it did not require an archeological (or Nark-eological, if you prefer) expedition to find quality hip-hop. From the title to the track list, A Nark Is Born came together naturally over the past month. This lengthy mixtape made it actually hard to keep it to 30ish songs based on dimes I heard over 4-5 months.
Fans of past Nark mixtapes will recognize names from some of the earliest Narks, like Ghostface Killah (with CZARFACE in tow) and Big Boi, but other favorites like Wiz Khalifa, J. Cole, and Royce Da 5’9″ as well. Big K.R.I.T. lifts off the mixtape with his Lonestar-state influenced gem “Learned From Texas” and its otherworldly production. From there the mix touches on other hip-hop legends (AZ, Killer Mike, Curren$y, Juvenile), Detroit favorites (Clear Soul Forces), and influences from my time in Atlanta (Migos, 2 Chainz), The mixtape favorite has to be Meek Mill’s surprising return with Drake on “Going Bad”. The song has been around since late November 2018 and is still a party-starter.
Stream A Nark Is Born below and be sure to follow my Beat Tape Spotify playlist for all of the hip-hop I’m listening to in 2019. If you’re feeling nostalgic, stream Gutter’s Nark Out Remix…Vol. 1 (minus Krayzie Bone’s “Thug Mentality”) at this Spotify link.
JayeL Audio Presents…A Nark Is Born – STREAM (Spotify)
1.Big K.R.I.T.-Learned From Texas
2.Meek Mill-Going Bad feat. Drake
4. Post Malone-Wow.
5. Mustard & Migos-Pure Water
7.Nav-Price On My Head (feat. The Weeknd)
8.Yella Beezy, Quavo, & Gucci Mane-Bacc at it Again
9.2 Chainz-In The Way
10.Wiz Khalifa & Curren$y-Friendly
11.Birdman & Juvenile-Just Another Gangsta
12.Big K.R.I.T.-Pick Yourself Up
13.J. Cole-MIDDLE CHILD
14.Quavo-Flip the Switch (feat. Drake)
15.Big Boi-Return Of The Dope Boi feat. Killer Mike & Backbone
16.Rich The Kid-Two Cups (ft. Offset & Big Sean)
17.French Montana-Slide ft. Blueface, Lil Tjay
18.Erick Sermon-That Girl feat. Big K.R.I.T. & Ricco Barrino
21.Future-Jumpin On A Jet
22.Clear Soul Forces-Hit Me Now
23.Royce Da 5’9″-Field Negro
25.Wiz Khalifa & Curren$y-Car Service
26.Erick Sermon-Tha Game feat. AZ & Styles P
27.Czarface & Ghostface Killah-Face Off
28.Offset-How Did I Get Here ft J. Cole
29.GRiZ-Find My Own Way (feat. Wiz Khalifa)
30.Chance The Rapper-My Own Thing (feat. Joey Purp)
31.2 Chainz-Momma I Hit A Lick (feat. Kendrick Lamar)