Leon Bridges Shares New Mixtape Blending His Songs With Classic Houston Rap
The decadently nostalgic and lovely sound of Leon Bridges has been one of the greatest musical boons for 2015, with the young Texan shooting from no-name to industry institution status in just a few short months, thanks in large part to his excellent debut LP Coming Home. Fans of mid-century soul a la Sam Cooke and Wilson Pickett have been become born-believers in soul music’s modern power, as ballads like “Coming Home” and “Better Man” have only gotten more and more play on headsets (and Apple ads).
Bridges’s music harkens back to the roots past of Houston (or, one could say, the South at large), but what of its not-so-distant history? What of UGK, Slim Thug and the other rap acts that made Texas a driving force in rap over the past two decades? Well, Leon and Mick have the answer for you: a brand new mixtape that blends the young crooner’s work with beats, samples and bars plucked right from only the finest of local artists’ work. Stereogum reports that Chi Duly, Hasan Insane, Donnie Houston, Jett I. Masstyr, Chris Rockaway, and TedyP were all also involved in the mixtape’s construction, and has a direct quote from Mick on its inspiration:
Leon Bridges is an underground king who made a classic album with a timeless sound. I wondered what would happen if I remix that with timeless classics from the state of Texas? This is the result.
The entire thing is the brilliant sort of “profound meets profane” collision that we just absolutely love. We couldn’t wait until Mixtape Monday on this one, and we’re on one will blame us. Listen below.
[Spotted at: Stereogum]