Fiend a.k.a International Jones drops his highly anticipated mixtape, Keep Ya Cool.

From his start, playing a key role within the No Limit Records movement as a charting artist, to a noteworthy collaboration with West Coast legend Snoop Dogg, claiming a residency among the Ruff Ryders conglomerate, and inevitably coming into his own as a successful independent mogul connected with Jet Life Recordings, Fiend's industry movements reflect his uncanny ability to evolve sonically as the rap landscape shifts, and he continues to push hip-hop music into necessary pockets of progression.

Fiend's alter ego International Jones takes off on Keep Ya Cool, trekking through Texas screw with production from Hot Rod on "Candy Paint." He revisits aggressive origins with "Keep Ya Cool," while continuing his evolved smooth flow on "California Mornings" and "You Know." Other standouts are the laid back "Eyes Be Red," produced by First Class Music, hype track "Super Models N Speedboats," produced by Drum Gang, and the lyrical barrage that is the Washed Out produced "Habanero."

Features on Keep Ya Cool come from Houston rapper (by way of Louisiana) LE$, Mississippi's Big Sant, New York emcee Wais P, and New Orleans brethren Nesby Phips. Dice also lends bars on Tokyo-based KutTBA's production masterpiece "Cherry Blossoms."

Truly a labor of global collaborative love, Keep Ya Cool is the predecessor to Fiend's next project T.G.I.Fiend set to drop later this month.

@FIEND4DAMONEY - Keep Ya Cool (INTERNATIONAL JONES) @FIEND4DAMONEY - Keep Ya Cool (INTERNATIONAL JONES) Reviewed by Tony G on October 12, 2013 Rating: 5

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