Mixtape Mondays: Nate Dogg Tributes, Mick Boogie x Mass Appeal & Kenny Dope 45s

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Last week's SXSW and the one-year anniversary of G-Funk legend Nate Dogg's passing both prompted a flurry of promotional and tribute mixes, providing us with--as one commenter described last week's Mixtape Mondays---"gems on gems on gems." Okayplayer is known for D.I.T.B. (Digging In The Blogosphere) to feature a few of the shiniest. Get yer miner's hat on and get yer Monday download on.

J Period - "The Best of Muthaf#ckin Nate Dogg"

J. Period AKA The Mixtape Assassin returns to throw up the dubs (legitimately: he started as a lower-case j from L.A.) and pour a little out for the one-year anniversary of Nate Dogg's tragic passing. As usual, J covers a lot of ground: classics, rarities, blends, and interviews that highlight Nate's impressive career. And although he repped G-Funk to the fullest, this mix really demonstrates Nate's versatility. Recognize.


Mister Cee - Nate Dogg 'Throwback at Noon' Tribute

More love for Nate Dogg from NYC. Mister Cee paid tribute last week by playing an hour of straight Nate on Hot 97's "Throwback at Noon."


Mick Boogie, Decon, and Karmaloop - "Mass Appeal SXSW 2012 Mixtape"

In honor of their magazine/website relaunch and last week's SXSW showcase, the good people at Mass Appeal, in conjunction with Decon and Karmaloop, rolled out this mix of mostly new-ish joints from artists featured in the showcase. Honorary Okayplayer Grandmaster Mick Boogie DEF-tly brings it all together. Mobb Deep, Raekwon, Nneka, Hudson Mohawke, Gangrene, and others. Rugged, son. Just rugged.


Kenny Dope - Jazz-Funk 45 Breaks 'Saturday Basement Mix 2012'

Kenny Dope demonstrates again that he's part of an elite group of record nerds seeking to son every other part-time computer-sucker DJ into submission with his vinyl collection. He makes a persuasive case here with a killer jazz-funk 45s set. Fellow record-hoarder DJ Spinna said he once mentioned to Kenny that he was digging at the infamous Jerry's Records in Pittsburgh, and Kenny said something like, "Come on man, Dilla and I hit that place up years ago." Point: Kenny.