Gucci Mane x Diplo Diplo Presents: Free Gucci (Best of the Cold War Mixtapes)

Gucci Mane x Diplo Diplo Presents: Free Gucci (Best of the Cold War Mixtapes)
Despite being behind bars, tricolour fanatic Gucci Mane is using his 2009 momentum to go beyond the trap with a remix album created by party producer Diplo. Free Gucci features 15 tracks taken from the rapper's recent Cold War Mixtapes series, re-supplied with Mad Decent's rote electro, B-more and dub-step influences. It's not solely a Diplo endeavour ― myriad DJs and producers show up, from Flying Lotus to Memory Tapes to Mad Decent resident Benzi. More wonderful than weird, the dance-y beats work ridiculously well with Gucci's playfully forceful flow (and, no, unfortunately "Wonderful" doesn't appear). Standouts include the surprisingly bucolic "Danger's Not a Stranger," the bright "Excuse Me" and the ATB-sampling "Break Yourself." And despite the obvious appeal to a non-rap audience, it's hard not to grin when Daniel Bedingfield's '00s banger "Gotta Get Through This" sets off "I'm The Shit." (Mad Decent)