Mixtape Monday: Labor Day 2016 Edition
Holidays like Labor Day are always some of the best times to enjoy mixtapes. Many people will be enjoying BBQs with friends and family, playing their party-ready mixes on the speakers outside. Others will be hanging by themselves, soaking in the solitude and the rest from an extra day off; after all, Labor Day is all about rewarding people for their hard work. But we also know what else Labor Day means: the unofficial end of summer. These sun rays won't be bright for much longer, so throw on your systems and enjoy the selections of this Labor Day edition of Mixtape Monday before the fall hits.
Brooklyn's DJ Tahleim has put together a mixtape paying homage to the golden era, 93-94 Hip Hop (Lost & Found). The tape has official voice drops from Buckshot (Black Moon), Masta Ace, Ali Shaheed Muhammad of A Tribe Called Quest, Large Professor of Main Source, DJ Premier, Jeru The Damaja, O.C., Pharoahe Monch, Busta Rhymes, Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest, and Common. If you want some classic hip-hop to bump today, this mix is for you.
For Episode 70 of his Motellacast series, DJ MoCity puts together a collection "reggaematical vibes." The mix includes music from Yussef Kamaal, Ross McHenry, Mungo's Hi Fi, Dub-Stuy Records, Totally Dubwise Recordings, Blend Mishkin, Gappy Ranks, Quantic Music, Mateo Kingman, Sizzla, Mista Savona, Muti Music, Parly B, Mandinka Warrior and more.
With the ONE Musicfest coming up in Atlanta, Ga. on Saturday, Sept. 10, DJ Rasta Root put together a mixtape showcasing music from the festival's star-studded lineup. The mix includes songs from Dungeon Family (who will be officially reuniting at the festival), Ice Cube, Erykah Badu, Anderson .Paak, Busta Rhymes and A$AP Ferg.
This year's Afropunk was one to remember, and DJ Dhundee was a part of it with his live set from Saturday. The mix includes songs by Chance The Rapper, Frank Ocean, Nas, Kanye West, Jimi Hendrix, The Clash and more.
Vashtie has released a Caribbean mix, West Indian Summer. From Vashtie's web site:
“As the daughter of Trinidadian parents, I am proud of my heritage. To honor all the beautiful and eclectic sounds of the Caribbean, I made a mix titled ‘West Indian Summer,’ featuring sounds of Reggae, Reggaetone, Dancehall, Soca, Salsa, Merengue and Bachata!
From Jamaica’s Beenie Man to Colombia’s J. Balvin to Martiniques Kalash to Trinidad’s Machel Montano, the mix contains new school bangers for di yute dem, as well as old school classics for the elders. And for everyone else, I hope you love it also!”
With summer on its way out, use this as a final chance to enjoy DJ Jazzy Jeff and MICK's Summertime Volume 7 mixtape. The duo always turns out a solid mixtape every summer and this one is no exception, compiling remixes and original songs across genres in a tape made for the sunny weather.
For this mix, Miles Opland of Bokeh Versions "goes deep and dutty for a 45-minute excursion across the digidub spectrum from oddball Yorkshire-men making post-punk-infused conscious roots to future Sleng Teng from Miami Vice-era Florida."
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