Mixtape Monday: Gilles Peterson, DJ Jazzy Jeff, The Soul Preacher + More
This week's episode of Mixtape Monday is ALL TRIBUTES EVERYTHING! With selectors from across the globe paying their respects to two massive talents — we are featuring sets that honor the life and legacies of The Notorious B.I.G. on the 20th anniversary of his untimely death, which shook the world on March 9, 1997, and Clyde Stubblefield, the ultra-funky drummer who gave hip-hop some of the illest breakbeats as a member of James Brown's band.
Brownswood Recordings chief Gilles Peterson is responsible for that mix, while DJ Jazzy Jeff puts in work for BOILER ROOM, serving as the chief architect for the company's Philly debut. The Soul Preacher and Paul De Loecker lift their respective glasses to toast to the amazing ladies around the world in celebration of International Women's Day. Last, but certainly not least, '80s hip-hop classics and Brazilian funk-and-jazz also make an appearance in this week's roundup, just for good measure.
Gilles Peterson - Clyde Stubblefield Tribute Mix
Gilles Peterson pays tribute to the funky drummer Clyde Stubblefield with an exhaustive set that speaks to depth of his legacy as the rhythmic master behind a bevy of funk, soul and hip-hop hits. Stubblefield was James Brown’s drummer for six years and in that time established a singular sound that would inform the foundations of hip-hop, electronic and jungle music. Peterson dropped this mix with a little insight on his relationship with Stubblefield’s music.
When and where were you the first time you heard Clyde Stubblefield on record?
"That would have been a long time ago! Club wise it would have been going to all those rare groove parties back in London during the early eighties where his beats were the foundation of an entire clubbing movement - early Soul 2 Soul events at the Africa Centre in Covent Garden come specifically to mind."
What inspired you to do this mix to celebrate the Funky Drummer's life?
"How can we ignore the groove master? My role is to inform the next generation of the essential art brought to us by the legends of our music."
DJ Jazzy Jeff - Boiler Room Philadelphia 01.2017
The magnificent DJ Jazzy Jeff delivers two hours of absolute heat with the his set for the Philadelphia debut BOILER ROOM. Beginning with an electric tribute to J Dilla, Jeff commences to tearing the venue down with a monstrous party set featuring tracks from Kendrick Lamar, Timbaland, Rihanna, Jay Z, Dead Prez, Collie Buddz and more.
To inaugurate our Boiler Room debut in Philadelphia DJ Jazzy Jeff takes us on a two hour ride. It’s been far too long since our last session with him in London, catch him here on his home turf.
DJ Moodymanc - Brazilian Wax Off!
The home of hard to find remixes, edits and hidden gems, Gouranga Music teams with Manchester’s Moodymanc to drop an hour and 15 minutes of South American gems with the Brazilian Wax Off! mix. The set includes tracks from Jorge Ben, Uniao Black, Gilberto Gil, Dom um Ramao, Os Batuqueiros, Martinho da Vila and more.
I first knowingly discovered Brazilian music when I heard Flora Purim’s “500 Miles High” when I was about 14 and I was completely transfixed. (Fitting that I should start this mixtape with that track then: It still feels like a major achievement in my life that I was later to work with her!). As a drummer and percussionist, a record collector and a music producer the influence of Brazil and its music is omnipresent, and something from which I have never stopped drawing on for inspiration; from the complexity and beauty of its rhythms and folk music to the bossa nova movement which exploded worldwide and influenced so heavily the jazz scene, the amazing production values of the records that were being produced there in the 70s and the rugged disco, funk and more that has followed. Here’s a selection of tracks I picked as I sifted through my record collection, (I wanted to keep this 'all vinyl' and I make no apologies for the crackles!) some ‘classics’, some more obscure, all inspirational. I also wanted to give a breadth of styles but there is definitely a link between the selections. I hope that you enjoy listening to them as much as I did picking them.
The Soul Preacher - International Women's Day
The Soul Preacher celebrates International Women’s Day with a soulful mix for all of the super women of the world. The 1-hour set features cuts from Nina Simone, Chaka Khan, Freda Payne, Etta James, Aretha Franklin and more.
March 8, 2017 was "The International Women‘s Day" and the third month of the year is traditionally under the women‘s sign. Special thanks to MemphisMinda for the great idea doing a special on this occasion.
Paul De Loecker - Women Are Hip-Hop
Paris and Brussels representative Paul De Loecker celebrates the contributions of women in the rap game with the timely Women Are Hip Hop mix. Though Heather B is absent from the first installment, De Loecker does manage to stack the deck with tracks from Lin Que, Dona, Bahamadia, Young M.A, Foxy Brown and more.
Today, just like every year on March 8th, the world celebrates “International Women’s Day”. Therefore, it was only right for me to pay homage to the Women in Hip-Hop. They have been a very essential part of the culture from the very beginning and their presence was and still is much needed ! So, for your enjoyment, I put together this tribute called "Women are Hip-Hop". Let me know what you think in the comments !
DJ Stikmand - 100% Eighties Hip Hop
DJ Stikmand takes a trip down memory lane with the 100% Eighties Hip Hop mix for Brooklyn Radio. The mix is the latest from the One Hundred Show, which has showcased the talents of a diverse selection of artists across r&b, hip-hop, funk and soul. The set includes classic tracks from EPMD, MC Shan & Marley Marl, Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force, Eric B. & Rakim, Grandmaster Caz and more.
Skratch Makaniks - Bad Boy & Biggie Mix (feat. DJ Excel, Jay-Ski and DJ Aktive)
DJ Excel, Jay-Ski and DJ Aktive aka the Skratch Makaniks celebrate the 20th anniversary of the passing of the Notorious B.I.G. with a tribute to Biggie Smalls and Bad Boy Entertainment. The mix hits hard from the opening drop and boasts original samples as well as hit tracks from Biggie and other acts from the roster that would ultimately cement Bad Boy’s rep as a legendary storehouse of hip-hop hits.
Maj Duckworth - #3 Notorious B.I.G. Broadcast
Twenty years after the departure of the most beloved Brooklyn MC, London’s DJ Maj Duckworth digs into the catalog of the Notorious B.I.G. with his latest from The James Trice Sample Selection series for Whitechapel AM. Spreading love from across the pond, Duckworth sorts through the classic funk and soul records at the root of some of Biggie’s biggest hits.
As of 9th March it will be 20 years since the sad death of one of great HipHop MCs The Notorious BIG, aka Biggie Smallz. This weeks show I'm celebrating his life by playing some of the classic samples used in the production of his unforgettable music. So, there's classic Soul, Funk and Blues to get ya teeth into, all sampled for Biggie productions. I hope you enjoy the original samples and the big facts I lay out for ya.
DJ Big Texas - Life After Death (Originals)
DJ Big Texas pays tribute to the Notorious B.I.G. on the date of his untimely passing with the Life After Death (Originals) mix. One hour and 30 minutes in length, the set mashes Big’s acapella verses and classic tracks with original samples. A treat for anyone in need of a quick tutorial on choosing and chopping samples.
20 years ago today we lost the greatest rapper of all time, The Notorious B.I.G. DJ BIG TEXAS is celebrating his life through his music and through his legacy today. This is the official Original Sample Mix-tape set done by the one and only DJ BIG TEXAS. To All BIGGIE FANS Globally you're gonna love this!!!
DJ “O” The Talk About - THE BEST OF NOTORIOUS B.I.G. 2K17
Brooklyn selector DJ “O“ The Talk About celebrates the musical legacy of the Notorious B.I.G. with a Best of Biggie tribute mix. Just shy of the 1-hour mark, the straightforward set is packed with hit after hit from the beloved Bucktown spitter. Yet another testament to Big’s catalog, which remains a force twenty years after his untimely passing.