Carlton Zeus – The Spread Mixtape


Hip hop has grown past the era that requires a rapper to validate himself through a life shifting struggle that implies his credibility as a hard-ass. Today pejorative connotation and comedic pop culture references will take you far. Ask any fan of Lil’ Wayne or anyone on Roccafella Records for content references and it will likely be a sprawling list of cues taken out of everything from reality TV to casual jokes about human feces. And while it seemed like a tough fit in what most would consider the genres true calling it doesn’t seem to bother anyone. The music of Texas native Carlton Zeus raises volumes in this aspect because of the fact that I frequently see myself straying from hip hop artists that take themselves too seriously. While there are certain exceptions the truth is hip hop is flexible. Zues’ Spread mixtape is bulging with obscure sampling stretched across works like Edwyn Collins “Girl Like You” to Killers frontman Brandon Flowers solo work. Still, while these references may seem spastic it’s the playfulness of Zues’ lyrical content that makes it work in his favor. Hip hop lyrics have a tendency to stay within raps inherent misogyny about money, cars, women but there’s plenty of pop intelligence here that makes the tape versatile for the club or even a solo headphone geek session. Moreover the word geek would seem connotative if you were aware of what CZ caters to musically. Citing Michael Jackson, Hall & Oats, Snoop Dogg and even Rod Stewart as influences makes it easier to understand why the mixtape seems to rely heavily on epic ballad-like choruses and it’s likely that would resonate well with a much wider audience than most recent hip hop mixtape culture could. The Spread Mixtape is just precursor. Carlton Zues’ debut is set to be released soon. Here’s a personal favorite. Mixtape download below.

Carlton Zeus – Intro

Click here for complete mixtape download.

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~ by Santiago on March 12, 2011.

9 Responses to “Carlton Zeus – The Spread Mixtape”

  1. I like the sampling but think some of the lyrics and rhymes are not quite there yet. Not to say it’s bad, but just shy of good. In keeping with rappers with roots from South Texas, I think Preemo’s Flight 713 is a stronger mixtape. I will keep an eye out for future releases from Carlton Zeus; he shows promise. Thanks for the link.

  2. I agree with Stephen, the sampling/production is dope but the lyrics and rhyme schemes are on the weak side. When you look at all the other shit out there, you gotta come a lot harder these days.

  3. Never heard anything like it. Blown away! Gotta say I strongly disagree, boys. I would say, if anything, the quality of sound hints it wasn’t professionally mixed or mastered but lyrics, rhythm, delivery are top notch! I’m with Stephen – keeping my eye on this guy!

  4. LOVE it!!! Thank you for sharing!

  5. LOL NO WAY! LOL to say this guy is weak is just ..dumb. With all the bad hip hop out there, you’d think even ppl like Arnaldo would know when to give credit when due. But of course, there are ppl in the world that have nothing better to do than sit in their tighty whities, eating hotpockets and bash art. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK ZEUS!

  6. Saw him live at UTB! Cutie! Got a free Carlton Zeus CD and t-shirt! I tried to record it but my stupid phone ran out of battery 😦

  7. i ❤ Carlton Zeus!

  8. I am going to have to agree with Dex…. I think that Carlton Zeus is really gonna be something BIG here sometime soon. His music is fun, witty and creative. Hats off to you Zeus! Keep ’em coming!

  9. DOPE!!!!

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