Mixtape Mondays: Neil Armstrong, Prince, DJ Jazzy Jeff x Mick + More


It's now solstice-certified official: summer is underway and while you could spend the next three months listening to nothing but Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince on repeat, we suggest mixing it up a bit and savoring these searing hot new mixes in their own fresh, jazzy right. In the first of two world premieres you'll find the newest chapter in DJ Neil Armstrong's Original All Out King mixtape series. It's a  sprawling refresher course on the art of hip-hop sampling, and pairs legends like NasSnoop Dogg, BiggieKanye WestGang StarrJay-ZJ DillaA Tribe Called Quest and just about every other legend of the last 25 years with the crate-dug tracks they've flipped. Master of mixes (and Okayplayer) DJ AllyAl has brought us a brand new set of choice Prince tunes bearing the just-right title Shut Up Already & Jam! On top of all that we've got an ideal hot-and-bright mix from (who else?) DJ Jazzy Jeff and Mick Boogie (he just goes by "Mick" now)  that opens hard out the gate with our favorite Alicia Keys cut. Add a tribute to jazz legend Horace Silver from Gilles Peterson and the sonic cook-out has begun! Click true and stay tuned for more to come.


If ever there was a mix-maker worthy of a moon-walker's moniker, it's DJ Neil Armstrong. His Original All Out King is a must for anyone interested in the lineage of hip-hop and want to add a little learn to their lean. Here in its world premiere is the latest (and final) installment in the AOK series, which has been running strong for a decade now. Just like previous installments in the series, OG sample material get mixed in deliciously with their hip-hop counterparts. Some of the connects are obscure, others well-documented, but everything is precise, bass-heavy and just right. Here's the official description:

This one is for the fans who have been listening to my mixes for the last 10 years and with this one he is bringing it full circle. You should know the deal. Original samples, mixed with their Hip Hop counterparts. Crossing genres, drawing that connecting line between rock, soul, reggae, opera, classical, blues, funk, jazz... let's just call it good music. All mixed with that Hip Hop aesthetic, and all samples used were on original vinyl, to show love for the lost artform of diggin’. The 1st "Original" mixtape came out in 2001, and making it set me on this path that has literally brought me around the world and back. It introduced the Neil Armstrong brand to the world outside of his turntablist roots and became so significant to my life as DJ Neil Armstrong, a turning point if you will. Here for first time, the complete mix "Original All Out King" available via Digital Streaming courtesy of the

1 Diamond D / SSO I went for Mine

2 Gang Starr / Clarence Wheeler & the Enforcers Dwyck

3 Nice and Smooth / Parliament Funky for You

4 Gang Starr Jean-Jacques Perrey Just to get a rep

5 Gang Starr / Manhattans Work

6 Gang Starr / Monk Higgins Code of the Streets

7 Kool G Rap / The Fatback Band Streets of NY

8 Big Daddy Kane / Albert King Young Gifted and Black

9 Kanye West / Mandrill Two Words

10 Kanye West / Mike Oldfield Dark Fantasy

11 Kanye West / Elton John Good Morning

12 Kanye West / Marvin Gaye Space Ship

13 Kanye West / Labi Siffri I Wonder

14 Kanye West / Natalie Cole Heard em Say

15 Jay-z / The Originals Guess Who's Back

16 Jay-z / The 4 Levels of Existence Run This Town

17 Kanye West / Continent number 6 / King Crimson Power

18 Kanye West / Curtis Mayfield Flashing Lights

19 Talib Kweli / Nina Simone Get By

20 Reflection Eternal Move Somethin'

21 Smif N Wessun / Jack Bruce Bucktown

22 East Flatbush Project / Odetta Tried By 12

23 Jeru / Shelly Mann Come Clean

24 Jeru / Modern Jazz Quartet Can't Stop the Prophet (remix)

25 Blackmoon / Ronnie Laws Who Got The Props

26 Crooklyn Dodgers Crooklyn

27 Crooklyn Dodgers / Young-Holt Unlimited Return of the Crooklyn Dodgers

28 Group Home / Ramsey Lewis Livin' Proof

29 Group Home / Cameo Supa Star

30 Royce da 5'9 / Marc Hannibal Boom

31 Notorious BIG / Les McCann 10 Crack Commandments

32 Notorious BIG / Bobby Caldwell Sky's the limit

33 AZ / Lou Donaldson Your World Don't Stop (original version)

34 NAS / The Dells If I Ruled the World

35 Nas / Chic Just a Moment

36 Big L / James Gilstrap Flamboyant

37 Big Pun / Brenda Russell Still Not a Player

38 2pac / Zapp Get Around

39 Ice Cube / Evelyn Champagne King You Know How We Do It

40 Dr. Dre / Soul Mann & the Brothers XXplosive

41 Dr. Dre / David McCallum Next Episode

42 2Pac / Joe Cocker / Ronnie Hudson & The Street People/ Zapp / California Love

43 Snoop Dogg / The Counts / P. Funk What's My Name

44 Snoop Dogg / Laid Back Drop it like it's Hot

45 Raekwon / Earl Klugh Ice Cream

46 Raekwon/ Koko Taylor Incarcerated Scarfaces

47 Method Man / Jerry Butler Bring the Pain

48 The Diplomats / Sanchez Dipset Anthem

49 The Diplomats / Major Harris I Really Mean It

50 A$AP Rocky / S.O.S. Band Peso

51 Rick Ross ft Jay-z / The Friends of Distinction Maybach Music

52 Drake / Bill Conti Forever

53 Lil Wayne / Diana Ross and the Supremes Lollipop

54 Chris Brown / Sparks Look at me Now

55 OutKast / Joe Simon So Fresh and So Clean

56 T.I. / Roberta Flack What You Know

57 Jay-z/ MIA / The Clash Swagger Like Us / MIA Paper Planes

58 O'Jays For the Love of Money

59 Prodigy / Jack Mayborn Keep It Thoro

60 Mobb Deep / Esther Phillips Give Up The Goods

61 Mobb Deep / Quincy Jones / Herbie Hancock Shook Ones part II

62 Alchemist / Al Cooper Hold You Down

63 Dialated Peoples / William Bell Worst Comes to Worst

64 A Tribe Called Quest / Kool and the Gang Oh My God

65 A Tribe Called Quest / Gary Bartz Butter

66 A Tribe Called Quest / Rotary Connection Bonita Applebum

67 Q-Tip / Joe Pass Let's Ride

68 Jaylib / Gap Mangione The Official

69 Slum Village / The Singers Unlimited Players

70 J Dilla / Stylistics Baby

71 Jaylib / Cris Williamson The Red

72 Slum Village / Gap Mangione Fall In Love

73 Hi-Tek / Camel Music For Life


(Artwork by KerryEJordan)

Ally Al is an Okayplayer champion in his own right, and we're pleased to premiere his proper purple primer. This is the real deal, all Prince and nothing but. And rather than offer us a tracklist, Al has chosen to keep us guessing on just which tunes make up the mix--very Prince-like in all respects. Things kick off to the bounce of "Just as Long as We're Together" and only get funkier from there. We've had a chance to take it for a spin and be warned: this thing flows smoother than the Minneapolis man's purple velvet circa 1985. Game: blouses.


This one had to happen. DJ Jazzy Jeff and Mick have been blessing us with pitch-perfect summertime mixes for the last four years running, and this year's might be their very best. From the glossy glide of "You Don't Know My Name" to the nutty cuica intro of Herbie Hancock's "Watermelon Man," JJ and MB have given us a mix that packs variety, consistency, and warm, wavy satisfaction. Peep the download link in the embedded player itself, or click here and follow the instructions.

Summertime 5 Intro (Produced by 6th Sense)--Biz Markie

Let Me Prove My Love--The Main Ingredient

You Don't Know My Name--Alicia Keys

Sock it to Me (Remix)--Missy Elliot

Bad Girl--Usher

So Ambitious--Jay Z


Don't Disturb This Groove--The System

Watermelon Man--Herbie Hancock

Dolly My Baby--Supercat

Props Over Here--Beatnuts

Tha Bizness--De La Soul feat. Common

Remindin' Me of Sef--Common

Feel My Flow--Naughty By Nature

Give it to You--Da Brat

Let The Funk Flow--EPMD

Send My Love--Born Jamericans

Right Here/Human Nature--SWV/Michael Jackson

Somethin for the Honeys--Montell Jordan

I Went for Mine--Diamond D

The Rhythm--Kwame

Get Involved--Raphael Saadiq feat. Q-Tip

Beautiful--Snoop Dogg

Spring Again--Biz Markie

Groove Thang (Jeff's That DJ Edit)--Zhane

Hey DJ--Zhane

Rump Shaker--Wreckx-n-Effect

Sir Duke--Stevie Wonder

The Humpty Dance--Digital Underground

You & Music--Donald Byrd


Do Me--Bill Bev Devoe

Groove Me--Guy

My Perogative--Bobby Brown

Poison--Bell Biv Devoe

Knee Deep (Jorun Remix)--Funkadelic

Me Myself & I--De La Soul

The Breaks--Kurtis Blow

Remember Me (Jim Sharp Remix)--Blue Boy


Stay Cool--The Roots

Got Til it's Gone--Janet Jackson

Big Yellow Taxi--Joni Mitchell

Hey Ma--Cam'ron

Bag Lady--Erykah Badu

Get Lifted (Remix)--Keith Murray

I'll Take Her--Ill Al Scratch

Hey Look Away--Questionmark Asylum

Sealed With A Kiss (Chi Duly + Mick Outro)--Bobby Vinton

Lenny Kravitz, Grace Jones, Lauryn Hill, Lion Babe, Thundercat, SZA & More Rock The Afropunk Festival 2015 in Brooklyn, NY.

Things have been a little less melodic and a little more somber around the Okayplayer and Revive offices ever since jazz piano legend Horace Silver passed away last week at the age of 85. The best way to pay tribute, though, is to enjoy his legendary recordings and BBC's selector-in-chief Gilles Peterson has kindly amassed a mixtape of some of Silver's most prized studio moments.

Horace Silver - Senor Blues (Vocal Version)

Horace Silver - Doin’ The Thing Intro

The Horace Silver Quintet - The Baghdad Blues

The Horace Silver Quintet - Let’s Get To The Nitty Gritty

The Horace Silver Quintet - Song For My Father

Horace Silver - The Sophisticated Hippie

The Horace Silver Quintet - That Healin' Feelin’

Horace Silver - In Pursuit Of The 27th Man

Horace Silver - Time And Effort

The Horace Silver Quintet & J.J. Johnson - The Cape Verdean Blues

The Horace Silver Quintet - Nica’s Dream

Horace Silver - Psychedelic Sally

Horace Silver - Togetherness

Horace Silver - The Gods Of The Yoruba

The Horace Silver Quintet - Ah! So

Horace Silver - I’ve Had A Little Talk

Horace Silver - The Outlaw

The Horace Silver Quintet - Tokyo Blues

The Horace Silver Quintet - The Jody Grind

Horace Silver - Ecaroh

Lenny Kravitz, Grace Jones, Lauryn Hill, Lion Babe, Thundercat, SZA & More Rock The Afropunk Festival 2015 in Brooklyn, NY.

Too much of Gilles Peterson's deft selection is never a bad thing, and this mix is all but mandatory. A mix of classic Brazilian art music, GP has given us a 40 minute set that's equal parts classical guitar as it is avant-pop synth. Highlights include Sergio Ricardo's sunny "Conversacao de Paz" and the Golden Boys's laid-back take (dare we call it a remix?) of the classic bossa tune "Berimbau." The mix was made special for Noisey, and Gilles remarked in a recent interview that this mix is meant to showcase the not-so-obvious strains of Brazil's sonic lineage:

I wanted to give people a different flavor from the obvious music that comes out of Brazil. I wanted to give people a couple of new names with some of the more regional stuff and a little bit of psychy, songwriting stuff. That stuff was a big influence to the record I made out there in January. The Sonzeira album was a massive privilege for me; taking Brazilian music as I know it as a DJ and [getting to] celebrate it by giving the non-Brazilians a deeper understanding of the wealth of the music. It’s not just a couple of people doing bossa nova on a beach. I wanted to get across the broadness of Brazilian music, and I'm so pleased to have got some of my heroes on there, including queen of samba, Elza Soares, who was also married to the great Brazilian footballer, Garrincha. Then there are some acts that are better known domestically, so it’s good to get them exposed and [share] a few quirky versions of songs I really like.

Jose Mauro - "O Ninho"

Mpb 4 - "Cravo e Canela"

Luiz Eca - "Reflexos"

Nana Vasconcelos - "Aranda"

Sergio Ricardo - "Conversacao de Paz"

Joao Diaz - "Capoeira"

Arthur Verocai - "Boca do Sol"

Haraton Salvanini - "Salamandras"

Golden Boys - "Berimbau"

Gal Costa - "Baby"

Marcos Valle - "Ele e Ela"

Jose Prates - "Batucada Berimbau"

Joao de Pife - "Garota de Pife"

Carimbo e Sirimbo - "Pai Xango"

Hermeto Pascoal - "Mourning"

Sonzeira - "Plum Blossom"


Leave it to the great minds over at Wax Poetics to bring the brilliance. Their first "DOPE" mix from Bedford Box Office was a little slice of heaven, and now they're back with a second installment. The vibe is decidedly old school R&B, but the tracks are all brand new thanks to cuts from Touchsoul, Benny Love, Jypsy Jeyfree and more. The entire thing was blended by DJ Crystalena and comes very highly recommended if you're on the lookout for a new batch of familiar funk.


“Island Gyal”- Camille Safiya (Produced by Frankie P)

“Skin Deep”- Olivia Louise (Produced by Moteleola)

“Can’t Be”- Benny Love

“Falling”- Zey Karma

“Back To You”- Touchsoul

“My Hearts A Whore”- Amber Ojeda

“You Don’t Know Me”- Jyspy Jeyfree

“You & Me”- St. Bernadette (featuring Angela McCluskey)


Following a very steady stream of freestyles from the likes of Chance the Rapper and Vic Mensa, XXL has gone and dropped their much-anticipated Freshman 2014 mixtape. On it you'll find a sampler platter of hip-hop's brightest youth, with the likes of Isiah Rashad and Ty Dolla Sign joining the aforementioned on-the-rise MCs (minus Chance, whose exclusion is a major gaffe). The mix is a group effort between the magazine and DJ Drama and should play well in your jeep, your benzo or your Nissa sittin' on Lorenzos.