So, I got to hear this hot mixtape drop recently. Aaron Cohen’s second mixtape and honestly, it has such a different vibe. Aaron Cohen is a Seattle based rapper who is much in the underground hip-hop community. Much like Action Bronson, he has the ginger beard, but unlike Action Bronson, they have an entirely different sound.
Potential Fans, Aaron Cohen’s second mixtape took me by surprise when it released November 15th. Extremely excited as MURK, his previous work is one of my favorite hip-hop mixtapes out there (and it’s a free download like Potential Fans. Links down below). When I got my initial listen to this mixtape, I was kind of disappointed. I was expected the strong hooks from his previous work and more aggressive flow that he lacks in a lot of the songs. On my first two-three listens I thought his style of rapping over the instrumentals was weak, and disjointed.
It was after a few more listens it sank in. There are songs on the mixtape that do feel like his work on MURK, like True, Gottem Coach, and Wes Unseld. Those are not the truly notable songs to show off Aaron’s skill as a rapper. Those songs were the ones I thought were more disjointed and felt initially lacking. They soon became the versatility Aaron Cohen has as a rapper, and the ability to change flow throughout the song to match the instrumental seamlessly was something I disregarded and now appreciate about this mixtape as the instrumentals go, he mixes trap, and downtempo influences that make a very modern sound.
As for mixtapes go this year, I think it’s a very solid 8/10 for hip-hop, but an overall 7/10 for this year. It’s worth getting, and it’s free, the only thing you have to devote is 42 minutes to honestly listen to it. You might be a critic, but as Aaron Cohen says, “I don’t got critics, I got potential fans”.
You can pick up Potential Fans here:
If you’re new to Aaron Cohen, you can also pick up his other mixtape, MURK here:
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