Miami's own hip-hop / jazz sextet, ArtOfficial, will release a new mixtape, The Payback, online Friday (April 23). And the best part? It'll be absolutely free.
The band will celebrate the release at Transit Lounge in downtown Miami on Friday, and they're promising special guests and free copies of the new release.
The group, consisting of rappers Newsense and Logics, as well as drummer Matt Patino, keyboardist Danny Perez, bassist Ralf Valencia and sax-player Keith Cooper, took a different route when constructing their mixtape. Whereas most hip-hop mixtapes consist of rappers tackling beats to other artists' songs, ArtOfficial took it one step further with The Payback: They replayed and adapted some of their favorite classic rock and hip-hop songs to their own style.
On "Voodoo," Jimi Hendrix's classic guitar riff from "Voodoo Child (Slight Return) is repurposed by Cooper's saxophone, while the two MCs' verses are punctuated by bluesy organs.
The Payback isn't just a cover album though. ArtOfficial also includes several all-new songs to help tide fans over until early 2011, when they release their next full length album, Misfits, Scholars & Mystics.
You can download The Payback for free on Friday at ArtOfficial's website.
Below, check out a video of ArtOfficial performing "Oceanography," a reworking of Led Zeppelin's "The Ocean / Black Dog," with Wrekonize from ¡Mayday!. The tracklist for The Payback is after the jump.