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Really Quick Spin: Gucci Mane and Diplo, "Free Gucci (Best of the Cold War Mixtapes)"

Gucci Mane won’t be around for a while—in November the rapper was sentenced to 12 months in jail for a probation violation—so “Diplo Presents: Free Gucci (Best of the Cold War Mixtapes)” is one of what will likely be many remix projects to keep fans sated until the “Burr” man comes home.

The Hollertronix mastermind rallies a crew of producers (Memory Tapes, Flying Lotus) to rework tracks from Gucci’s “The Cold War” mix tape series; results range from the overly cutesy (DJ Benzi and Willy Joy’s “I’m The [Expletive],” which puts Gucci over the burble of Daniel Bedingfield’s “Gotta Get Thru This”) to the brilliantly strange (Diplo’s own mix of "Danger's Not A Stranger" tosses the rapper’s rhymes over Mariah Carey’s "Can’t Let Go.”).

Even with Gucci locked up, rap fans continue to debate whether he’s hip-hop’s death knell or its second-coming. Diplo and Co. seem to be of the latter opinion, but “Free Gucci” doesn’t jump into the fray so much as point out that things just aren’t as interesting when Gucci isn’t around.

(Free download, after the jump.)

A free download and a not-so-free T-shirt are available at Diplo’s Mad Decent site. Download the mix tape here.

ralph stanley

By Sarah Godfrey  |  January 12, 2010; 2:00 PM ET
Categories:  Really quick spins  | Tags: Diplo, Flying Lotus, Gucci Mane, Memory Tapes  
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