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The holidays are the one time of year when I appreciate the fact that my Facebook and Twitter feeds are flooded with promotional posts. That’s because the holidays are the time for giving, specifically the time when producers dump all of their bootlegs/edits/unfinished tracks on the unsuspecting masses. The quality is generally a mixed bag, but we’ve received a deluge of heat in the past few days that deserves its fair due. On the raps front, Lil B, King Louie, Fredo SantanaLil Silk and Fabolous have let loose new tapes over the past week or so. All deserve your attention, although save Lil B’s 05 Fuck Em and maybe spend a little more time with Silk and Louie.

The good folks at Mixpak were also kind enough to hand out a bundle of free tracks from their roster and beyond. The Holiday Bundle evokes the grime, dancehall and soca-based riddim culture that Dre Skull has so carefully curated over the past few years. Sudanim, Murlo and Koyote all bring their best to the table.

You’ve likely seen these already as well, but big hitters Flying Lotus, Zed Bias, Ryan Hemsworth Clams Casino all gave bundles of tracks away in the past few days. Casino’s third Instrumental Mixtape is probably the most cohesive attempt of the bunch, but FlyLo’s assorted beats, remixes and bootlegs offer some intriguing insight into the producer and his cohort’s recording processes. The Hemsworth collection is largely edits he’s designed for live play and the “Post-Rock Tears” version of Future’s “Honest” is a real beauty. Two step legend Zed Bias handed over 200 MB of live recording, remixes and production work under both his ZB sobriquet and his Maddslinky nom de plume.

Hit the jump for a jambalaya of free tracks…

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After giving Yeezus’ “Send It Up” the club treatment last month, the Brick Bandits reppin’ and Philadelphia-based Nadus has contributed his impressive abilities to Travi$ Scott’s WondaGurl produced, and A$AP Ferg featuring “Uptown”. The original has been lighting up traps and trunks for for a minute now after it was originally released as part of Scott’s Owl Pharaohs tape, but it seems like Scott is on the verge of a major leap that will likely see his back catalogue exposed to far more attention. The track’s menacing, chord progression and creative use of a number of flows (from both Scott and Ferg) make it a perfect subject for Nadus’ rhythmic use of vocals as the synth work is virtually kept intact and used as a hypnotic base for a menagerie of vocal stabs. Word on the street is that Nadus will be releasing an EP through Belgian label Pelican Fly in the near future so if you’re not familiar with his expansive remix catalogue then get clickin’.