Spring 2021 Mix

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Albums I enjoyed as we emerged from under our rocks to once again see sunlight:

  • Alchemist – This Thing of Ours: Short and sweet EP from the best producer around.
  • Armand Hammer x The Alchemist – Haram: Strong contender for rap album of the year. Billy Woods and Elucid have been pumping out some of the most ambitious and unsettling rap music of the past decade. Alchemist dials them back just enough to keep it weird but not off-putting.
  • YL – Jesus Is My Homeboy: YL has that confessional, laid-back style that makes this sound like a sequel to Navy Blue’s Song Of Sage: Post Panic!
  • Cory Hanson – Pale Horse Rider: The Wand front-man’s latest solo effort would sit nicely next to your Kevin Morby and Sam Cohen records.

On to the mix:

1) The Alchemist – Loose Change (feat. Earl Sweatshirt)
2) Armand Hammer x The Alchemist – Black Sunlight (feat. Kayana)
3) YL – Hills Have Eyes
4) The Alchemist – Nobles (feat. Earl Sweatshirt, Navy Blue)
5) The Musalini – Early Bird Special
6) Chris Crack – Jesus Dropped the Charges (feat. Nate Knew)
7) YL – Ghost Ride feat. Yungmorpheus
8) Pink Siifu x Fly Anakin – Blame
9) Milano x Showbiz – Come On
10) Quelle Chris & The Alchemist – Iron Steel Samurai
11) CZARFACE x MF DOOM – Mando Calrissian
12) Denzel Curry x Kenny Beats x Smino – So.Incredible.pkg (Robert Glasper Version)
13) Waterr – Chile Of Light
14) Armand Hammer x The Alchemist – Stonefruit
15) The Peacers – Dandelion
16) Cory Hanson – Pale Horse Rider
17) Dam-Funk – Grow
18) Valee – HIMMYimmy
19) Kodak Black – Easter In Miami
20) P-Lo – Boomerang
21) City Girls – Twerkulator
22) BROCKHAMPTON – BUZZCUT (feat. Danny Brown)
23) Lil Gray – Walk Ina Bank
24) Lord Apex – Like You Know
25) Benny The Butcher x Harry Fraud – Plug Talk (feat. 2 Chainz)
26) Murs & Georgia Anne Muldrow – Turnt Garveyite
27) Acid Dad – Die Hard
28) Chubby and The Gang – Union Dues

March 2021 Mix

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Albums I was listening to on my way to go get vaccinated:

  • Alex Bleeker – Heaven On the Faultline: Bleeker is one of the dudes from Real Estate. If you enjoy Real Estate, you’ll like this.
  • Mach-Hommy – Bulletproof Luh: Nice little EP from arguably the most exciting rapper of 2021 (can’t wait to dive into Pray for Haiti)

Onto the mix:

1) Alex Bleeker – D Plus
2) Menahan Street Band – Silkworm
3) Conway & Big Ghost Ltd – Highly Praised
4) Your Old Droog x Tha God Fahim – Reign Man
5) Mach-Hommy – Apple Juice
6) Tha God Fahim x Your Old Droog x Mach-Hommy – Tha Poverty Bothers Me
7) B0nds – African Groove
8) Sir Victor Uwaifo And His Titibitis – Sakpaide No.2
9) DJ Muggs – Nigrum Mortem
10) G Herbo – All Black
11) YBN Nahmir – Opp Stoppa (feat. 21 Savage)
12) Duke Deuce – DUKE SKYWALKER
13) DJ Chose x Gucci Mane – You A Dime
14) Drake – Lemon Pepper Freestyle (feat. Rick Ross)
15) Larry June – Organic Smiles
16) Curren$y – Above The Law
17) Larry June – 2002 S500 Benz
18) Sir – Teach Me
19) Dustin Shearon – Run Dem Hot
20) Tokischa x Rochy RD – El Rey De La Popola
21) El Alfa El Jefe – Singapur (El Androide)
22) Ceky Viciny – El Pepe (ft. Haraca Kiko)

February 2021 Mix

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Albums I was listening to as we started to see the light at the end of the tunnel:

  • Navy Blue – Song Of Sage: Post Panic!: His style has a bit too much “dear diary” angst for me, but if you can rap competently over great production, I’m there for it.
  • Sault – Untitled (Rise): Their previous, Untitled (Black Is), was maybe my favorite album from 2020, so I was shocked to learn they released a follow-up that I had missed. It is also excellent.
  • Bad Boy Chiller Crew – Full Wack No Brakes: Something I should hate on paper: some white dudes from a suburb of Leeds, rapping over early 2000s house beats. But fuck it, it’s fun, and I’m too old to pretend I’m cool. Put it on next time you go for a run.
  • Madlib – Sound Ancestors: If you’re going to listen to an instrumental hip-hop album, might as well be one from one of the all-time greats.

On to the mix:

1) Bad Boy Chiller Crew x S Dog – 450 (2020 Mix)
2) DaBaby – Masterpiece
3) Playboi Carti – Vamp Anthem
4) Juice Wrld x Young Thug – Bad Boy
5) Russ – UGLY (feat. Lil Baby)
6) J. Stone x E-40 – Hella Toasted
7) Lil Skies – Ok
8) MoRRay – Quicksand
9) Jahari Massamba Unit – Riesling Pour Robert
10) Navy Blue – 1491
11) Jesse Medina – Chasin’ Franklin (feat. Kool Keith)
12) SilkMoney – Not the Cat Y’all Saw Yesterday
13) Madlib – Chino
14) Wale x Westside Gunn x Smoke Dza – The Hurt Business
15) Aesop Rock & Homeboy Sandman – Ask Anyone
16) Run The Jewels x Santa Fe Klan – ooh la la (feat. Mexican Institute Of Sound & Santa Fe Klan) (Mexican Institute Of Sound Remix)
17) Su Kramer – Magic
18) Giovanni Damico – Quan U Teng Tu Dong
19) Sault – Son Shine
20) Navy Blue – Certainty feat. Maxo
21) LNDN DRGS x Jay Worthy x Sean House x Elcamino – Drills
22) Larry June – Booty Girl Club feat. Premo Rice
23) GoldLink – Dunya (feat. LukeyWorld)
24) Madlib – The New Normal

January 2021 Mix

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What I was listening to (besides MF DOOM) as we all mourned the passing of Daniel Dumile:

  • Lee Paradise – The Fink: Creepy, funky, and weird.
  • Yves Tumor – Heaven To A Tortured Mind: Given Yves Tumor’s name and visual esthetic, I assumed their music would be too weird for my liking. But it basically falls on the spectrum somewhere between Maggot Brain and Prince.
  • Boldy James x Real Bad Man – Real Bad Boldy: Boldy James put out 4 albums and an EP las year. This one, his last of the year, is my favorite of the bunch.
  • Roc Marciano – Mt. Marci: Nothing soundtracks your winter better than a classic Roc Marci album.
  • Pink Siifu x Fly Anakin – FlySiifu’s: The more grimy east coast street raps, the better.
  • Larry June’s back catalog: Enjoyed Larry June’s Keep Going EP so much that I’ve been going back through his many many older releases. Expect many Larry songs the next few months.

On to the mix:
1) Cookin Soul x Larry June – Let the Beat Ride
2) Curren$y – All About The Dough
3) Yves Tumor – Kerosene!
4) Lee Paradise – A Present to Ponder
5) Sada Baby – Slide
6) Future x Lil Uzi Vert – Real Baby Pluto
7) 2 Chainz – Grey Area
8) Young Dolph – Hold Up Hold Up Hold Up
9) Chief Keef – Lamb Pass By
10) Lil Yachty – Coffin
11) Bizzy Banks – Movies
12) Thee Oh Sees – If I Had an Experiment
13) Parquet Courts – Hey Bug
14) The Budos Band – Maelstrom
15) Westside Gunn – Had Enough (feat. Flee Lord)
16) Boldy James x Real Bad Man – Light Bill (feat. Meyhem Lauren)
17) Your Old Droog – BDE (Feat. Mach-Hommy & MF DOOM)
18) Sean Price – Not For Nothing (feat. ShortFyuz)
19) $ilkMoney – The Pump Didn’t Kill Him, He Drowned in the Fountain
20) Statik Selektah x Black Thought – The Healing
21) Pink Siifu x Fly Anakin – Spades’
22) Boldy James x Real Bad Man – On Ten
23) Madlib – Road of the Lonely Ones
24) Curren$y – Light Switch (feat. Gunplay)
25) Roc Marciano – Mt. Marci

2020 Losers Mix

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The 2020 songs that just missed the cut of the monthly mixes and still deserve some shine:
1) Chubby and The Gang – Chubby and The Gang Rule OK?
2) Damaged Bug – Sold America
3) Fontaines D.C. – A Hero’s Death
4) Eddy Current Suppression Ring – All in Good Time
5) Pop Smoke – Dior (Bonus)
6) WiFiGawd, Tony Seltzer – Uncle Ben
7) 21 Savage x Metro Boomin – Glock In My Lap
8) Key Glock – 1997
9) Gucci Mane – Step Out (feat. Future and Foogiano)
10) Ini Kamoze – Trouble You Trouble Me
11) Hamilton Leithauser – ‘Til Your Ship Comes In
12) Kevin Morby – Valley
13) Mike Polizze – Marbles
14) SAULT – Wildfires
15) Ricky Reed – Real Magic
16) KAYTRANADA x GoldLink, Eight9FLY, Ari PenSmith – Vex Oh
17) Pop Smoke – For The Night (Feat. Lil Baby / DaBaby)
18) Roddy Ricch – Big Stepper
19) Curren$y – All Work feat. Young Dolph
20) Larry June – Orange Juice Wit Dom (feat. Dom Kennedy)
21) Boldy James – Detroit River Rock
22) Benny the Butcher – Burden Of Proof (no outro)
23) Black Thought – Thought vs Everybody
24) Westside Gunn – LE Djoliba feat. Cartier William
25) Ka – I Love (Mimi, Moms, Kev)

2020 Favorite Hip-Hop Albums

  • The Koreatown Oddity – Little Dominiques Nosebleed
  • Pop Smoke – Meet the Woo 2
  • WiFiGawd & Tony Seltzer – Heat Check Vol. 2
  • Westside Gunn – Pray for Paris

2020 Favorite Garage/Punk Albums

  • Chubby and the Gang – Speed Kills
  • Damaged Bug – Bug on Yonkers
  • Powerplant – People in the Sun

2020 Favorite Indie Rock Albums

  • Kevin Morby – Sundowner
  • Mike Polizze – Long Lost Solace Find
  • Hamilton Leithauser – The Loves of Your Life

2020 Other Faves

December 2020 Mix

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Here’s what I was listening to when I learned that we have a Four Seasons (landscaping) in Raleigh:

  • Kevin Morby – Sundowner: The guy can do little wrong, as far as my ears are concerned. Absolutely love all his albums. Out of all the shows that got cancelled this spring/summer, his was the one that made me most upset.
  • Gzus Piece – SoxNDrawz: I think this dude’s been around Chicago for like a decade, but I’ve never really given a listen until now, which was a mistake. He’s got bitter old man humor and a classic taste for hard raps and soulful beats.
  • Larry June & Harry Fraud – Keep Going: Hip-hop yacht music.

Honorable mentions to the Budos Band, Ty Dolla $ign, Woods, Future Islands, and Benny the Butcher

On to the mix:
1) Fuzz – Spit
2) Michael Yonkers Band – Kill The Enemy
3) Black Thought, Pusha T, Swizz Beatz, Killer Mike – Good Morning 
4) Stretch x Bobbito x Notorious B.I.G. – Biggie Freestyle
5) Benny The Butcher – Timeless (feat. Lil Wayne & Big Sean)
6) Willie the Kid – Dirty Game
7) Gzus Piece – hitman theme
8) Falle Nioke & Ghost Culture – Barké
9) Junior Murvin – Jack Slick
10) Johnny Osbourne – In The Area (What A La La)
11) Ty Dolla $ign – Freak (feat. Quavo)
12) WhoHeem – Lets Link (feat. Tyga & Lil Mosey)
13) BlocBoy JB – Excuse Me (ft. Yo Gotti)
14) WiFiGawd – Outside
15) The Alchemist – Rain Forest (Dance of Elements)
16) Kevin Morby – Campfire
17) Woods – Skull
18) Kurt Vile – Dandelions
19) Jay Electronica – Real Magic
20) Larry June x Harry Fraud – Sunday Morning Drive (feat. Curren$y & Dom Kennedy)
21) Benny the Butcher – One Way Flight (feat. Freddie Gibbs)
22) Smoke DZA – 143
23) Gzus Piece – silly textures (feat. Suliaiman)
24) Larry June x Harry Fraud – Drinks with Tracy
25) Ty Dolla $ign – Temptations (feat. Kid Cudi)

October 2020 Mix

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Maybe I was too consumed by the growing existential dread of election day to enjoy any albums this month. But there were still some good songs.

1) Louder Than Death – Chief Sleeps in Park
2) Oh Sees – If I Had My Way
3) YL & Zoomo – All Change Isn’t Growth
4) Benny Sings – My World (feat. Cornelius)
5) The Flaming Lips – My Religion Is You
6) Your Old Droog – Not That Guy (feat. Apollo Brown)
7) Chris Crack – Gunpowder On My Watchband
8) Action Bronson – Golden Eye
9) Toots & The Maytals – Bam Bam
10) Clint Eastwood & General Saint – I Can’t Take Another World War
11) Cutty Ranks – Out A Hand
12) Mach-Hommy – Long Time (Beats by Alchemist)
13) Agallah – Praise The Lord (ft. Greg Nice, Sadat X)
14) Sean Price – Do Not 4 Get (feat. Agallah)
15) Westside Gunn – Ishkabibble’s (ft. Black Thought)
16) Rapsody – 12 Problems
17) BlocBoy JB – ChopBloc (Pt. 3) (ft. NLE Choppa)
18) Ddg – Moonwalking in Calabasas Remix (ft. Blueface)
19) Mike Lord – WAP (ft. Fiend)
20) SZA – Hit Different (ft. Ty Dolla $ign)
21) A$AP Ferg – Dennis Rodman (feat. Tyga)
22) Red Cafe – GOD WANTED US TO BE LIT (ft. Wiz Khalifa & French Montana)
23) 21 Savage x Metro Boomin – Steppin On Niggas
24) OSBS – Waffle House (ft. Hoodrich Pablo Juan & Desto Dubb)
25) Kamaiyah x Capolow – Oakland Nights (feat. Keak da Sneak)
26) Bbymutha – Nice Guy (feat. Yung Baby Tate)

September 2020 Mix

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Here’s what I was listening to as friends continue to responsibly social distance:

  • Mike Polizze – Long Lost Solace Find: If you like Kurt Vile, you’ll probably like this album (produced by Vile)

On to the mix:
1) Fontaines D.C. – Televised Mind
2) The Mekons – I’ll Have To Dance Then (On My Own)
3) Mach-Hommy / Navy Blue / Young Queenz / Tvoy – Clout Dracula – Remix
4) Conway the Machine – Lemon (ft. Method Man)
5) Hodgy Beats – In A Dream
6) Boldy James – Maria
7) Chris Crack – I Know a Place
8) Barrington Levy – Two Sounds
9) Conroy Smith – Original Sound
10) higgs & twins – watch & chat
11) Warsaw Village Band – What Have You Been Doing Kasia (El Búho Remix)
12) Nas, Fivio Foreign, A$AP Ferg – Spicy (Bonus Track)
13) Rick Ross – CUT EM IN (ft. Anderson.Paak)
14) Rob $tone – Hot Boy
15) Drake – Laugh Now Cry Later (ft. Lil Durk)
16) Rema – Dumebi (Vandalized Edit)
17) Popcaan – ANY ONE A DEM (feat. Frahcess One)
18) Blundetto – País Azucar
19) Mike Polizze – Revelation
20) Whitney – Rain
21) Mike Polizze – Sit Down
22) Black Thought – Mad Nice (feat. DANGERDOOM & Vinny Price)
23) Black Soprano Family, Benny The Butcher, Heem, Rick Hyde – It’s Over

August 2020 Mix

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See song #20

Here’s what I was listening to on the way to Louis DeJoy’s house:

  • Damaged Bug – Bug on Yonkers: John Dwyer covering the songs of Michael Yonkers (yeah, me neither) ends up sounding a lot more like classic Oh Sees than the other Damaged Bug records.
  • What Had Happened Was podcast: I can literally listen to Open Mike Eagle interview Prince Paul all day long
  • A bunch of 80s dancehall music: Went on an internet deep dive and downloaded a ton of stuff, but haven’t listened to it all yet, so expect lots of dancehall on the next several monthly mixes

Plenty of other decent stuff like My Morning Jacket (Jim James still has one of the best voices in rock), Chris Crack (still the best at naming songs and albums), and Westside Gunn (still one of the best at putting out new shit every month that doesn’t suck).

On to the mix:
1) Damaged Bug – I Tried
2) Ty Segall – Jump into the Fire
3) Damaged Bug – The Thunder Speaks
4) My Morning Jacket – Wasted
5) Chris Crack – Epiphany’s Are Important
6) Ruste Juxx – Won’t Be Televised
7) Boldy James – Middle Of Next Month
8) Westside Gunn – Buffs vs Wires feat. Benny the Butcher & Boldy James
9) 14 trapdoors – I Did It All (feat. Benny the Butcher, Camoflauge Monk & Rick Hyde)
10) Chris Crack – Don’t Be a Vic
11) Westside Gunn – Jose Canseco feat. Stove God Cooks
12) Ini Kamoze – Wings With Me
13) Half Pint – One Big Family
14) Yellowman – Walking Jewelry Store
15) Tenor Saw – Jah Guide And Protect Me
16) WizKid – Smile (ft. H.E.R.)
17) Kaytranada – Look Easy
18) Pop Smoke – Make It Rain (Feat. Rowdy Rebel)
19) Gucci Mane – Gucci Land (feat. Young Thug)
20) Soccer96 – I Was Gonna Fight Fascism

July 2020 Mix

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Here’s what I was listening to as I watched two adults and three large dogs ride a Sea Doo:

  • SAULT – UNTITLED (Black Is): Their third album in the last year is their best, capturing the zeitgeist (such as it is). Imagine if Khruangabin tried to make something that felt like A Seat at the Table.
  • The Koreatown Oddity – Little Dominique’s Nosebleed: LA’s version of oddball rapper Quelle Chris.
  • The Cool Greenhouse – The Cool Greenhouse: Speaking of oddballs with funny lyrics. The album sounds like it adds actual drummers, which is an improvement over the early tracks from Bandcamp.

On to the mix:
1) Snoop Dogg – I Wanna Go Outside
2) City Girls – Come Outside
3) Smokepurpp – Fishscale
4) Key Glock – Son Of A Gun
5) Popcaan – Buzz
6) Stylo G – Dumpling 
7) Buju Banton – Steppa
8) SAULT – Miracles
9) Larry June – Green Juice in Dallas (Intro)
10) Meyhem Lauren – Ducati Dreams
11) The Koreatown Oddity x Qur’an Shaheed, Kintaro – Lap of Luxury
12) Roy Ayers, Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad – Synchronize Vibration
13) SAULT – Why We Cry Why We Die
14) Pharoahe Monch – Same Sh!t, Different Toilet (Feat. Styles P & Marco Polo)
15) Armand Hammer – War Stories 
16) Big Ghost Ltd. – Fake My Death
17) Public Enemy – State Of The Union (STFU)
18) The Koreatown Oddity x Taz Arnold – Ginkabiloba
19) Quelle Chris – Rose Royce
20) Ty Segall – Pan
21) No Age – Head Sport Full Face
22) The Cool Greenhouse – The Sticks
23) Dead Ghosts – Swiping Hubcaps
24) Woods – Can’t Get Out