Archive for the 'Mixtape' Category

13
Feb
10

Not Your Average Valentine’s Day-Themed Mixes.. DJ Matt Cali & Russel Fong | Cosmo Baker

Whether or not you celebrate the holiday dedicated to men attempting to impress women who possess unrealistic expectations* St. Valentine, anyone can appreciate some fresh vibes.

First up is a spankin’ new mix from some of HTT‘s good friends, turntable master Matt Cali and music historian Russel Fong. I’ll let Cali tell it:

… If you are looking for a sappy slow jam mixtape, you are obviously unfamiliar with the way these two get down (pause). Luvsick is a perfect blend of all types of love songs ranging from REO Speedwagon, Radiohead, Teddy Pendergrass, to the likes of Slum Village, Jodeci and Lil Wayne. And like all Russel Fong and Matt Cali presentations, it is mixed in true school turntable fashion.

Now that sounds dope, don’t it?

For the traditionalists, expert create-digger Cosmo Baker splices soul and classic R&B on his Valentine’s Roll Mix. Featuring songs by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway, Al Green, Aretha Franklin, and of course Prince, this will help the fellas get their ladies in that special mood.

Bump these while you do whatever it is you do this weekend. Don’t forget guys – wrap it up be safe.

Shouts to Russel & Matt, plus the gracious homie Gotty & Co at TSS for the second jawn. Enjoy!

*I keed, I keed. Y’all lovers do y’all thang.

 

Luvsick

Download: DJ Matt Cali & Russel Fong – Luvsick

Cosmo Baker - Valentine's Roll Mix

Download: Cosmo Baker – Valentine’s Roll Mix

Track List:

The Friends Of Distinction “Circles”
Aretha Franklin “Call Me”
Donny Hathaway “I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know”
Rick James “Fire & Desire” feat. Teena Marie
Curtis Mayfield “Sweet Exorcist”
James Brown “That’s My Desire”
Otis Redding “That’s How Strong My Love Is”
Sam Cooke “Bring It On Home To Me”
Irma Thomas “Ruler Of My Heart”
Al Green “Simply Beautiful”
The Isley Brothers “Voyage To Atlantis”
George Harrison “I’ll Take You Anytime”
Stevie Wonder “I Believe (When I Fall In Love)”
Patrice Rushen “Settle For My Love”
Prince “Adore”
Quincy Jones “The Secret Garden (Sweet Seduction Suite)”
Rene & Angela “Your Smile” (12? Version)
The Isley Brothers “Fire And Rain”
The Smith Connection “Rainy Days And Mondays”
Darondo “Listen To My Song”
The Beach Boys “Forever”
Rita Wright “I Can’t Give Back The Love I Feel For You”
Black Ivory “Got To Be There”
Brenda Russell “So Good, So Right”
Bonnie Pointer “More And More”
David Bowie “Can You Hear Me”
Earth, Wind And Fire “Can’t Hide Love”
The Rolling Stones “Let It Loose”
East Of Underground “I Love You For All Seasons”
Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell “If This World Were Mine”
The Delfonics “Walk Right Up To The Sun”
New Birth “You Are What I’m All About”
Steely Dan “Any Major Dude”
Bill Withers “Can We Pretend”

26
Jan
10

Nappy Roots.. On Their “Pursuit of Nappyness”

Nappy Roots - The Pursuit of Nappyness

Awnaw, hellnaw

It’s a shame that the subgenre of silky smooth, Southern-fried soul remains under-appreciated and becomes almost nonexistent when discussions about hip-hop dip below the Mason Dixon. 

Perhaps it’s the  sudden prevalence of boisterous trap-rap promoted by ex-kingpins like Young Jeezy. Or the rise (and fall) of simplified crunk-hop that started (and ended) with Lil’ Jon’s four-word vocabulary. Perhaps it’s overshadowed by the stripclub shaking induced by Ying Yang Twins, the alcohol-soaked innuendo of Ludacris, the dumbed-down chatter of Ace Hood, the slurred diction of Three 6 Mafia, or Lil’ Wayne’s alien activity to which few can relate.

However, tucked neatly between T.I.’s superstar swag, Arrested Development’s political musings, OutKast’s vibrant vitality, UGK’s trunk-knocking force and Scarface’s heart-wrenching ghetto gospel lies the effervescent sincerity of them country boys, Nappy Roots.

Fresh out the skillet after their appearance on SMKA’s 808’s Experiment Part 2, the Kentucky quintet’s latest jawn “Ride” is a lustrous, string-laden melody cruising over boom’s and bap’s equipped for Fish Scales, Skinny DeVille and Co to represent their often-overlooked yet never-disappointing style.

Pursuit of Nappyness drops April 20th (alongside Little Brother’s last LP, might I add). Unfortunately, I predict that even if they grill up a well-seasoned offering, the masses will probably write it off as stale or bland.

My advice is – check ya tastebuds at the door. You might just find it’s more savory than a plate full of Watermelon, Chicken & Gritz.

Download: Nappy Roots – Ride [Mediafire]

Quotables:

Go on, do the Stanky Leg
It’s better than talkin’ bout shootin’ people in the head

Do you go..
I wonder where in the world
Do you go..

Sometimes you got to give it all you got
Even though a few folk keep wishin’ that you stop
But after that, another classic we gon’ drop
And I ain’t talkin bout no fancy mansion or no yacht
Just a quarter pound of pot on my 40 acre lot
With my Caddy coupe, it drop, and a Range Rover spot

..Then they can’t see they self back in the hood
Can’t let they friends know they not doin’ good
So you lay low, and focus on your kids
Hope somebody remember somethin’ that you did

The grass gets mighty green by the fence
Which side is the question, I’m headed that direction
Knowledge is the weapon and I use it for protection
If you think I’m really slippin’ then run up and learn ya lesson

Purchase: Watermelon, Chicken & Gritz | Wooden Leather | The Humdinger

 Bonus Downloads: Nappy Roots – P.O.N.

Nappy Roots ft. Anthony Hamilton – Po’ Folks [Mediafire] |

Nappy Roots – Awnaw [Mediafire]

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18
Jan
10

He Had A Dream.. And So Do We

Greg Street Presents - Dr. King - The Speeches 

On this very special holiday, let’s all vow to work hard each and every day to fulfill Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s dream. We’ve come a long way, but we’re not there just yet.

Celebrate the ongoing fight with Greg Street’s quality tape of some of Dr. King’s most inspirational words over Dre beats. I also hooked up an excerpt from the original “I Have A Dream” audio below, in hopes that all will hear his eloquent voice and determined tone. Shout to the TSS familia. Happy Dr. Martin Luther King Day, Enjoy!

Download: Greg Street Presents – Dr. King – The Speeches Mixtape

1. Greg Street – Imma King (feat. Dr. King & Ricco Barrino)
2. Greg Street Speaks
3. Greg Street Presents Speech by Dr. King, Beats by Dr. Dre

Download Original Excerpt: Dr. Mather Luther King – “I Have A Dream” Speech

13
Jan
10

Tiye Phoenix – Down (The Armageddon Theme)

Tiye Phoenix

Here’s a fresh leak by the homegirl Tiye Phoenix, who should have been on your radar long before now with last year’s Half Woman, Half Amazin’.

“Down (The Armageddon Theme)” is off Kevin Nottingham, DJ Booth & HipHopDX‘s recent mixtape HiPNOTT Records 2010 Takeover. Scoop the full tape at DJ Booth here.

Chalk this track up as another example of why I call Tiye the best up-and-coming female in the game (Nicki who?). Not only does she spit hot fiyah (no Dylan), she also controlled the MPC and flexed her vocal muscles on the hook. Look for something special soon here at HTT featuring none other than Tiye P.

Shouts to Kev for sending this one over, Enjoy!

Download: Tiye Phoenix – Down (The Armageddon Theme)

08
Jan
10

DJ Heat – Late Night With The Roots (Mixtape)

Late Night With The Roots (Mixtape)

Questo & Black keep their vision to the sky, the rest have their eyes on the road. Fitting.

I’ve been a long-time, outspoken fan and critic of the Legendary Roots Crew. When they became the house band for Fallon’s new gig after Def Jam put so much time into marketing their CDs (#sarcasm), I was ecstatic that they’re hard work was finally recognized on a larger scale. Plus, after raiding the OkayPlayer store yesterday during its 50% discount sale, it’s only right I post this.

The generous DJ Heat recently compiled all of The Roots’ live renditions to date with guests of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Performances include Q-Tip, Public Enemy, Mos Def, Luda, Ghost, Rae, and, well you can read the tracklist for yourself. It showcases the Philly band’s single “How I Got Over” in its pure form, plus that Clipse set is damn near phenomenal.

Download link and track list below. Shout to 2DB and Heather for the heads up. Artwork by Shake. Oh, and props to the only whiteboy in the group, bassist Owen Biddle, for holding it down for us soulful yet melanin-deficit brothas, Enjoy!

DownloadDJ Heat – Late Night With The Roots (Mixtape)

Track List:

1. The Roots – How I Got Over (Live)
2. Ludacris – I Do It For Hip Hop / Last Of A Dying Breed (Live)
3. Mos Def – Casa Bey (Live)
4. Beastie Boys – So Whatcha Want (Live)
5. Black Star – History (Live)
6. Snoop Dogg – I Wanna Rock (Live)
7. Ghostface – Baby f. Raheem DeVauaghn (Live)
8. Wale – Pretty Girls (Live)
9. Raekwon – Catalina (Live)
10. 50 Cent – Baby By Me / Do You Think About Me (Live)
11. Clipse – Popular Demand f. Black Thought (Live)
12. Clipse – Grindin’ f. Black Thought (Live)
13. Q-Tip – Barely In Love (Live)
14. Goodie Mob – Soul Food (Live)
15. Public Enemy – Bring the Noise (Live)

06
Jan
10

Dysposable Heroes Presents – Genius vs. Genius (An Evening with Ray Charles & GZA)

Genius vs Genius

I haven’t listened to this yet, however it’s a combo of two legendary artists in my humble opinion, so I’m posting it for the HTT faithful.

J-Mass and Zero One, collectively dubbed the Dysposable Heroes, crafted this blend-tape. Here’s the deal:

This is a collection of 12 tracks of GZA remixes of his classic material behind heavy samples of classic and hard to find Ray Charles albums, with all production done by Gutter Water Music’s very own Dysposable Heroes. This is a concept remix project, with no ties to the artists or their respective labels, estates, etc. and is for promotional use only. Please burn this and give it to anyone you think might enjoy it!

Wu-heads and soul supporters alike should dig it. From the tracklist itself, I see some of my choice GZA jams like “Publicity,” “Fame” and “Triumph” blended with selections from Charles’ soulful blues discography.

For more info about Dysposable Heroes, peep their website.

Much respect due to my homie BMUSE at Always Hustle for spotting this, Enjoy!

Download: Dysposable Heroes Presents – Genius vs. Genius (An Evening with Ray Charles & GZA)

Track List:

1. She Knows Genius Intro
2. Labels Alright
3. Ring for Mama
4. Publicity Blues
5. Genius Interview 1
6. Leaving The Surface
7. Till The End
8. Fame to my Soul
9. No Achievement In The Game
10. Genius Interview 2
11. The Right 3rd World
12. New York Triumph

05
Jan
10

Hold the Throne Presents Writers Build: The Best Mixtapes of 2009

The Best Mixtapes of 2009

And, we’re back in action!

Last year, mixtapes dominated both the internet and the streets. There were all sorts of dope projects, from blend-tapes and remixtapes to artists going in over original beats and widely-used production. The lists compiled here cover many of these and everything in between.

Our contributors, once again:

Jaap van der Doelen, The Rap Up Contributing Writer & Host of WildStyle FM on Maasland FM

J Nicholson, Cornerstone Promotion National Mixshow/ Lifestyle Marketing

Trav Glave, of Wake Your Daughter Up & Bloggerhouse

… And yours truly, of course.

Per usual, click the covers or titles to purchase or download your copies. Let’s get it goin’, Enjoy!

No Ceilings 

Dom

1. Lil’ Wayne – No Ceilings [MP3 Download]

2. Sean Price – Kimbo Price (A Prelude To Mic Tyson)

3. Joell Ortiz – Covers the Classics (Hosted by DJ Green Lantern)

4. Michael Jackson & DJ Jazzy Jeff  – He’s The King, I’m The DJ [via UNDRCRWN]

5. Pill – DJ Burn One Presents 4180: The Prescription / The Empire & DJ Skee Present 4075: The Refill

6. J. Cole – The Warm Up [via DC to BC]

7. Wale & 9th Wonder – Back to the Feature [Free MP3 Download]

8. The Cool Kids & Don Cannon – Gone Fishing [via OnSmash]

9. K’Naan & J.Period – The Messengers (Tribute to Fela Kuti, Bob Marley & Bob Dylan)

10. Drake – So Far Gone [MP3 Download]

11. Freddie Gibbs – Midwestgangstaboxframecadillacmuzik

12. Rhymefest & Scram Jones – The Manual [via The Rap Up]

13. Memory Man – Wu-Tang Clan vs. D.I.T.C. [via Get Right Music]

14. Elzhi – The Leftovers Unmixedtape

15. J.Period Presents – The [Abstract] Best Vol. 1

16. Fashawn & The Alchemist – The Antidote

17. Nipsey Hussle – DJ Whoo Kid, The Empire & Jonny Shipes Present – Bullets Ain’t Got No Names Vol.3

18. Pac Div – Church League Champions

19. WQST Presents: Melanie Fiona Meets the Illadelphonics (A Live Remix Jam Session of The Bridge)

20. Lupe Fiasco – Enemy Of The State: A Love Story

Honorable Mentions: Emilio Rojas – DJ Green Lantern Presents: The Natural, K-Salaam & Beatnick – Never Can Say Goodbye, Raekwon – Blood On A Chef’s Apron, Russel Fong & DJ Matt Cali – Sample Junkies

 

K'Naan & J. Period - The Messengers (Tribute to Fela Kuti, Bob Marley & Bob Dylan)

Jaap van der Doelen

1. K’Naan & J.Period – The Messengers (Tribute to Fela Kuti, Bob Marley & Bob Dylan)

2. Joell Ortiz – Covers the Classics (Hosted by DJ Green Lantern)

3. J.Period Presents – The [Abstract] Best Vol. 1

4. Lupe Fiasco – Enemy Of The State: A Love Story

5. Sean Price – Kimbo Price (A Prelude To Mic Tyson)

6. J. Cole – The Warm Up

7. Lil’ Wayne – No Ceilings [MP3 Download]

8. Jadakiss & Green Lantern – Kiss My Ass (The Champ Is Here Pt. 2)

9. Wale & 9th Wonder – Back to the Feature [Free MP3 Download]

10. Rhymefest & Scram Jones – The Manual

 

J. Period Presents - The [Abstract] Best Vol. 1

J Nicholson

1. J.Period Presents – Q-Tip The [Abstract] Best Vol. 1

2. J. Cole – The Warm Up

3. J Period Presents – The Best of Mary J. Blige Vol. 1-3

4. Black Milk – Purple Tracks

5. DJ Jazzy Jeff – Live From Nowhere (90’s Mix)

6. Fashawn & The Alchemist – The Antidote

7. DJ Neil Armstrong – Sweeet Pt. 2

8. Busta Rhymes- I Bullshit You Not

9. Marsha Ambrosius- Yours Truly Mixtape [via Metal Lungies]

10. 50 Cent – War Angel

11. 50 Cent – Forever King

12. DJ Chonz – Peaceful Journey Mixtape (MJ Tribute)

13. K’Naan & J.Period – The Messengers (Tribute to Fela Kuti, Bob Marley & Bob Dylan)

14. WQST Presents: Melanie Fiona Meets the Illadelphonics (A Live Remix Jam Session of The Bridge)

15. Pac Div – Church League Champions

16. Brinks Boys Presents Raekwon – Staten Go Hard Vol.1 [via Flawless Hustle]

17. Raekwon- Cuban Revolution Hosted by Memory Man

18. Sean Price – Kimbo Price (A Prelude To Mic Tyson)

19. Lupe Fiasco – Enemy Of The State: A Love Story

20. DJ Premier – New, Rare & Unreleased (Mixed By DJ Loscar)

 

Diz Gibran - Soon You'll Understand (Presented by Crooks & Castles)

Trav Glave

1. Diz Gibran – Soon You’ll Understand (Presented by Crooks & Castles)

2. Elzhi – The Leftovers Unmixedtape

3. Buff1 – It’s A 1derful Life Hosted by DJ Rhettmatic [via Grand Good]

4. The Problemaddicts Presents – The Guest List

5. Kooley High – Kooley Is High Hosted by K-Salaam [via illRoots]

6. Zilla Rocca – Bring Me the Remix of Zilla Rocca [via So Much Silence]

7. Brown Bag Allstars – The Brown Tape

8. Illite – Champion Mixtape

10. Rhymefest & Scram Jones – The Manual

11. Tiron – Ketchup Mixed by DJ Low Key

12. Jermiside – Die Jerm Die Mixed by DJ Low Key

13. yU – Before Taxes [via Fresh Selects]

14. Adrian Champion – Stars & Stripes

15. Small Professor – Resurrected The Remix

16. Cee & Bekah – The Soul Movement, Vol 3: The Final Chapter Hosted by Mick Boogie & Terry Urban

17. Tanya Morgan Presents i-El – The Prelude [via OkayPlayer]

18. Charlie Smarts – F’Alex

19. LoveJones – Love Potion Number 9th The Hangover [via Refined Hype]

20. Ullnevaknow – The Color Purple

.. We’ve still got a few more Writers Build segments to go. Stick with us, now!





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