If Jim Jones and Cam’ron‘s recent projects left any doubt that Dipset members had more than enough left in their respective tanks, look no further than Juelz Santana‘s new #FREESANTANA mixtape. The star-studded affair gives the Harlem native ample room to display his skillset after being in the rap game for over two decades.
At 38, Juelz Santana doesn’t have to rap. #FREESANTANA proves that his passion is still there with the playfulness of early 2000s mixtape-era mash-ups. He raps over samples of Drake‘s “God’s Plan” on “Wish Me Well” and opens up over Foreigner’s “I Want To Know What Love Is”. Juelz still recruits some hip-hop heavyweights for good measure, with Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz trading punches on “Boiling Water,” a hard-hitting, hypnotizing loop that sees the trio take things back to kitchens full of Pyrex.
On “Pink Eagle,” Santana pairs longtime collaborator Jim Jones with a new generation of Harlem rapper in Dave East. Everything fits rather naturally here too despite some of the samples seemingly coming out of left-field. Juelz taps Jeremih for the lone RnB-infused moment of the tape while A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie takes his auto-tuned crooning to a flipped rendition of JAY-Z’s “Dead Presidents II.” Lil Wayne makes another appearance later on in the tracklist, rapping over a sped-up sample of 2Pac’s “Hail Mary.” It’s a paring that hip-hop fans would’ve lost their minds over a decade ago (and who’s to say this wasn’t recorded all the way back then, as versions of “Bloody Mary” have been floating around the internet for the past few years.)
Listen to the full project below and in more music news, 50 Cent announced that he wants to executive produce late-rapper Pop Smoke’s next album.