Download AraabMuzik's Bass-Dropping 'For Professional Use Only' Mixtape

Beat guru returns with floor-shaking new set

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AraabMuzik performs at Coachella 2012 / Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images
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If you like your hip-hop instrumentals boosted with dubstep aggression, a mixtape has arrived to tide you over until AraabMuzik's next proper album. The Dipset producer and sampler virtuoso's For Professional Use Only is here via LiveMixTapes. On a quick first pass, the record's murky sub-bass grind lacks quite the fearlessness to be straight-up pretty that made 2011's Electronic Dream so broadly appealing — although "Never Have to Worry" has a slight new-age shimmer, and tellingly titled "Beauty" nods to pillowy '70s soul. Still, there's clearly also less macho pummel than Araab broke out during his tour opening for indie-pop noise-bombers Sleigh Bells, and there's ample reason to hope this will be a step above last year's scattered Instrumental University. Indeed, Araab's willingness to show some wub — see previously dropped "Runway Bass," and then run for cover — definitively distinguishes him from peers like Clams Casino, Ryan Hemsworth, and Keyboard Kid 206. The unspoken message: This isn't cloud-rap; this is pro.

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AraabMuzik, For Professional Use Only, mixtape

AraabMuzik's For Professional Use Only mixtape:
1. "This For The Ones Who Care" 
2. "The Prince Is Coming" 
3. "Getting 2 The Point" 
4. "Never Have To Worry" 
5. "Hammer Dance" 
6. "Turn Tha Tide" 
7. "Runway Bass" 
8. "I Can Show You" 
9. "Beauty" 
10. "Street Knock" 
11. "G Riding" 
12. "So Good" 
13. "AraabStyles" 
14. "Heaven" 
15. "Y.N.R.E" 
16. "SUCCUBI"
17. "D.R.U.G.S"
18. "World Is Lost"
19. "Astro Dust"
20. "Words Of A Chameleon"

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