Archive for the ‘Mixtape’ Category

A3C Vol 4



What better time to emerge from my hiatus than with this new joint from blctxt and producer King I Divine?  In the midst of a turbulent sociopolitical time, “The Roots” is a thoughtful narrative reflecting this nation’s unjust timeline.  “I’m a mortal man that wishes he had answers/I’ma have some kids I hope that they stand up/to the man with the gun in his hands/whose agenda is to wipe them off earth cuz he can.”  Over King I Divine’s hypnotic sounds, blctxt’s insightful lyrics can’t help but resonate with folks that understand this struggle.


This song is from the A3C Vol. 4 compilation mix, which dropped today.  The mix is full of dope artists: new ones you need to know and familiar ones you’ve been diggin’ for a minute.  You can stream it here and cop it here.



the big payback amerigo gazaway


I honestly cannot get enough of Amerigo Gazaway.  He has consistently dropped exceptional projects, chiseling out a body of work that is undeniably his own.  His latest mashup comes from the “The Big Payback” tribute mix series, which featured “The 45’s” by DJ Scratch and “The Legacy of JB” by J.PeriodAmerigo Gazaway’s “J.B. and The Soul Mates” is a mean re-conceptualization of James Brown’s funkiness paired with artists who have felt the influence of The Godfather in some form.  Download it here and listen below.




Other than less clothes, sun-kissed skin, patio dining and New Orleans style snoballs, DJ Jazzy Jeff and MICK’s annual Summertime mix is the warm weather constant I look forward to most.  Summertime Vol. 5 will prove to be the soundtrack to your cookouts, your pool parties and your bones tournaments.  With Biz Markie on the intro and classic gems from Herbie Hancock, Zhane, Bell Biv Devoe, De La Soul and a long list of many more, your guests won’t want the party to stop.  Gon and download it here and thank me with an invite.  Or just save me a plate.  Stream the mixtape after the cut.


Oooh, I got a treat for y’all this Friday.  I know it’s been a minute since I’ve blessed y’all with some Funk It Out Friday flavor.  Now, this is only for the grown and extra sexy, so if you don’t fit the criteria, keep on scrolling.  This mix is Lovely Things and, as you can glean from the cover, it’s laid out with some sexy, lovely, soulful grooves.  Xan Drie Smith put together a mix that will cause nothing but good vibes and sweet, sticky thangs.  So go ‘head and get into this funk.  Enjoy y’all.


Yasiin Gaye

Y’all.  Okayplayer just dropped some heavy, heavy news.  I’m talmbout so heavy, it’ll make your head spin from the weight of it all.  Amerigo Gazaway, returns to reign majestically with an epic fusion from his new series “Soul Mates”–Yasiin Gaye.

Building the album’s foundation from deconstructed samples of Gaye’s Motown classics, Gazaway re-orchestrates the instrumentation into new productions within a similar framework. Carefully weaving Bey’s dense raps and Gaye’ soulful vocals over his new arrangements, the producer delivers a quality far closer to Gaye’s famous duets than that of a “mashup” album.

Yes, that’s the mighty Mos, now known as Yasiin Bey and the Soul Gawd Marvin Gaye.  As one.  Together.  The full project will drop on February 25th but you can listen to the track below and download it here.

Tay Walker EP


If you’ve been following the soul makers of the Odd Future collective, then you’re already somewhat familiar with this cat, Tay Walker.  He’s 1/5 of OF’s The Internet, playing the role of keyboardist and one of vocalist of the group.  He dropped this solo effort last fall and it’s proving to be the perfect storm of rhythm and blues.  My favorite track: “(Why Me) Pondering.”  Walker is due to drop his next project, 25 Hours a Day, this Spring.  Check out his first single and video, “Karma,” from the project under the cut…



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The Dungeon Dragon and the Abstract Poet are together again!  A couple of new joints mixed in seamlessly with some classic material comprises “The Abstract and The Dragon” mixtape.  The mixtape features some nice interludes that provide a narration to Busta Rhymes and Q-Tip’s 20+ years of friendship and collaborations.  There may be some disappointment if you’re looking for an album entirely of new tracks, but it never hurts to relive those moments that ushered in your love for hip hop in the first place.  Cop the download here!


runaway radio


They’ve been chillin’ in the background, grinding out hits for Wondaland’s queen, Janelle Monae (who also executive produced this project).  “Punk prophets” Nate Wonder and Chuck Lightning combined their powers to birth Deep Cotton, a funky duo set on reprogramming your ideas of radio and good music.  Dubbing their sound “haunted funk n’ roll,” Deep Cotton’s mixtape fixtape, Runaway Radio, compels its listener to abandon all notions of pinpointing a genre and labeling it along with the bad music one may be used to.  Runaway Radio is reminiscent of Prince, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Outkast, Parliament Funkadelic, and The Universe.  Seemingly, anything consisting of molecules influences the music.  Move the furniture out the way, let your hair flow and funk out!  Download the “fixtape” here.

tribe called kast

Get into this mashup of Outkast rhymes over ATCQ beats.  Ghetto Blastic & The Soulition present A Tribe Called Kast, a blend of 12 remixes reworked and funked up by Nappy DJ NeedlesDownload it here.  Get a quick taste below.

Goodness copped from BamaLoveSoul.

Life in Technicolor

Atlanta in the 90s, for me, was skating on Saturday nights at Golden Glide to bass-heavy Southern sounds, participating in Bankhead Bounce dance-offs, watching American Rap Makers (RIP to Arnell Starr) and Planet Rocks late at night and strolling through South DeKalb Mall, debating on whether or not I should get my name airbrushed on a shirt or twisted up on a gold wire chain.

Outside of Miami, Atlanta was where bass music thumped the hardest.  90s ATL influenced many, including singer/songwriter Spree Wilson and production team The Flush, most evident by this dope ass EP these Southern gents dropped entitled Life in Technicolor Vol. 1.  If you know anything about Atlanta Bass Music, you know that fun is the epicenter of it all.  It’s about getting your folk together and having a good time.  This EP brings that vibe back.  With appearances from Big K.R.I.T. and A-Town legend DJ Jelly, you already know it’s gonna be a party.

Oh, and get into that Miya Bailey original cover art!