With Max B in prison, Dame Grease has been steadily releasing tapes alongside DJ Delz and a host of NYC rappers. The most recent of these, Wave Gang 8, came out around Halloween, the same time that every single artist in hip hop decided to release a record. It’s a solid release, for one that got relatively little press and only includes Max B tracks recorded via telephone. It has a few new Dame beats—the easy highlight is “Gang Green (Time To Make More Stacks”)—but also Waka Flocka and French Montana trading verses over a Mobb Deep instrumental (now on the duo’s Lockout mixtape and soon receiving a video of its own). There’s also an appearance from the latest white rapper in this year’s speculative bubble, Princess Leah, on “Break Tree.” Download one of the tape’s Max B freestyles, “Block to the Yard,” below. His flow over the NWA instrumental just might be the best behind-bars recording since C-Murder’s Truest Shit I Ever Said LP. Meeno, E-Snaps and T6’s “Welcome 2 Harlem” is another album highlight, and it just received the video treatment. The beat’s ineffably grimy vibe (drawn from DJ Toomp’s “House of Pain” instrumental for the Game) feels like the right match for the trio’s gritty NY rap style.
Download: Max B, “Block to the Yard”