Posts Tagged ‘mixtape’

A 90’s Kind of Love

 

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I’ve been thinking for sometime now, “What should my next mix be about?”  While listening to music and looking for inspiration, I thought about the 90’s.  This was a magical decade for me.  I graduated from high school and college and became a young woman in the 90’s.  It was also a great time in music.  Hip hop was maturing, grunge was budding and hair bands were dying (thank goodness).  R&B was also coming into its own.

After courting in the 70’s and making love in the 80’s, R&B was clearly having SEX in the 90’s.  The lyrics were stronger and well beyond suggestive.  The beats were memorizing and the vocals strong.  This was the decade of the R&B singer and this mix features some of the best.  It spans the entire decade and showcases some of its most popular R&B slow jams.  I’ll take my next 90’s slow jam mix back underground… but for this first volume, I wanted everyone to have the chance to think back and remember when.  Enjoy and Love!

BELIEVE – “Be” Mixtape Vol. 4

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I’m so proud to present Believe, the 4th installment in my signature “Be” Mix Series.  This mixtape explores various concepts of believing.  It also examines the idea of true love sustaining despite the baggage from past relationships.

I’d like to give a special shout-out and thank you to up and coming Neo-soul singer, Tracy Cruz; she blessed me with her forthcoming single Happy.  This mix features a number of new artists who I hope you’ll explore including Jose` James, KING, and my home girl Carolyn Malachi.  She opens this mix with her song Organic Soul.  There’s also some classic Soul on this one including music from Roy Ayers, the Pointer Sisters and Deniece Williams.  My friends, family and their hilarious voicemails have once again provided my interludes.

The “Be” Mixes are like my babies, and I take months carefully selecting each song.  My goal with these mixes is to be cutting edge while challenging you with new music and experimental artists who push and break boundaries. Be sure to also check out Betrayed, Between, and Behave as well.  Please stream or download all of my mixes and tell a friend about DJBeTray.com.

I hope you enjoy Believe, remember to comment  and tell me what you think.

And on a side note – it is official, Erykah Badu is the only artist featured on all of the “Be” Mixes.  Nina Simone follows her with appearances on 3 of the 4 mixes including this one.  Love!

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Sub Hip-Hop

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It’s important that we pay attention to underground music in all genres, that’s where artists are nourished and new sounds developed; this is especially true in Hip-Hop right now.  So many MC’s are working underground to find the voice that will distinguish them as Hip-Hop flirts with commercialism and struggles with shrinking audiences.  This is the idea behind Sub Hip-Hop, this versatile mix of MC’s and their diverse approach to this musical format are necessary for Hip-Hop’s sustainability.

In this mix, East Coast, West Coast, Down South, Midwest, and far too many cities in between to name, are represented.  This is the Hip-Hop radio won’t play.  Jay Electronica, one of the most talented rappers in the game today, is featured throughout.  So is eLZhi, formerly of Slum VillagePusha T formerly of The Clipse; and I also explore some horrorcore with newcomer Tyler the Creator, of Odd Future… why not?  There are also some big names on this mix who enjoy making underground hits like Kanye West, Mos Def, Talib Kweli and I threw in some Lil Wayne just for fun.

Special shout out to some of the DMV (D.C., Maryland, Virginia) based rappers featured in this mix including rapper-producer, Oddisee of Prince George’s County, Maryland and up-and-coming DC rapper Denard Dapoet whose exclusive song Sunrise is 3rd on this mix.

This mix is truly for HIP-HOP HEADS ONLY.  Be prepared, this art has not been censored.  Love.

BEHAVE – “Be” Mixtape Vol. 3

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After BETRAYAL, and being stuck in “BETWEEN,” it’s understandable that there may be feelings of anger, want, and regret but…BEHAVE!  That is the sentiment behind this third installment in the “Be” series of mixtapes.  This fantastic voyage into experimental music rocks out with some international soul and American alternative, then mellows some with jazz-fusion, hip-hop, house, Afrobeat and Neo-soul.  Like the other Be-mixes, this is for serious music-heads only.  Please download, enjoy and tell me what you think.

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Re-Enter the Wu

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This mix is for all the Wu-Tang Clan fans.  I put this together for a friend of mine (yes I take requests) and thought many of you may enjoy it as well.  I am a huge RZA fan.  He is without question one of the most talented and influential producers in hip-hop.  This mix displays his incredible knowledge of music and his gift for sampling some of the dopest beats ever used in hip-hop.  From the first minute I heard C.R.E.A.M., senior year of high school, I knew hip-hop would never be the same. This mixtape features music from Wu-Tang as a group as well as some of their solo projects and collaborations.  You’ll hear some of the original songs RZA sampled as well.  Whether you’re a Wu fan or not, I think you’ll enjoy this collection of songs.  I’m not one to sensor art, so know there is strong adult language in this mix.

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