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Erykah Badu's full DJ set at Okayplayer's SXSW 2014 showcase + more mixtapes
Erykah Badu's full DJ set at Okayplayer's SXSW 2014 showcase + more mixtapes

Mixtape Mondays: Erykah Badu Live DJ Set, Qool Marv x The Roots, Jazzy Jeff, Soul II Soul + More!


Mixtape Mondays is here and it is awesome. Erykah Badu AKA DJ Lo Down Loretta Brown's DJ set (full excusive audio from our SXSW 2014 official showcase!) kick's off what might be the most epic collections of mixes to be seen in the parts in...forever? Besides Ms. Badu on the 1200s (with a little help from Thundercat) we got DJ Qool Marv putting down a 2-hour set dedicated to The Roots, a new mix from DJ Jazzy Jeff, an all-Soul II Soul installment of the all-vinyl Twelve 12s series, r&b from hipstar Kitty Cash,, a new Sound Traveler mix from I Love Vinyl's Jon Oliver x Record Breakin' Music, one drop reggae from Deadly Dragon Sound, dusty grooves from Chairman Mao and (pause to suck in oxygen) once and future soul from the homie LeftO. What. Isn't that enough for you? Go ahead and click true!

We probably have mentioned already that we turnt out SXSW 2014 with our 4-part event series but hands down one of the most gratifyingly funky parts of the whole Texas experience for us was Erykah Badu's "DJ Set", holding down the dancefloor in her DJ Lo Down Loretta Brown persona. I put DJ set in quotation marks because with Thundercat playing along on the bass and Ms. Badoula alternately playing her favorite jams and cutting the audio out to sing along (or sing whatever was in her heart) shout out her people and speak her clout ("don't come through here with that bulllshit. You'll get your shit broke."), the whole experience was less like catching a so-called "superstar" DJ in a megaclub and more like being out for a night of karaoke with close family and friends--assuming your family and friends included some of the most talented, soulful individuals making music today. The bandwidth of our off-the-boards audio recording is not always adequate to capturing what we experienced in person (or the bass on Too $hort's "Blow The Whistle") so to give you the full 360 immersion we have included a 3-minute video of highlights and ann 8tracks playlist of every jam in Erykah's set, from "Planet Rock" to Andre 3000--including Prince jams! Press play to enjoy below:

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

Next up a semi-exclusive from the connoisseur's record connoisseur, Qool DJ Marv dedicating a two-hour set to the Legendary Roots crew! Marv originally recorded this epic set for a Black History Month show on Philly's WURD, but the results were so powerful it demanded to be edited as a stand-alone mixtape and shared with the world--and Okayplayer was only too happy to oblige. Read Marv's thoughts on the inspirations for the mix as you hit play below and then scroll down for complete tracklisting.

2 supporting inspirations:

One - I was telling my mom about The Roots making it from playing music on a South Street corner to becoming a band that travelled all over the U.S. and the world and is now the house band of the new Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. She wasn't aware of them and their journey. One idea behind this is a Roots mix for the older generations.

Two - I imagined this scenario between a Dad and his son. Dad's hipping son to the hip-hop of his day. Thanks to a cool mix from a DJ named Marv, Dad played his boy the entire mix on a drive from Philadelphia to New York (because they scored tickets to the Tonight Show).

After each and every song, son asked "That's them too?"

"Yes, that's them too," smiled Dad.

"They sound so different, every song," the boy with the eager ears said.

"Well, they are musicians and their main voice, Black Thought, what a name eh(?), he's more than a rapper, he raps poetry, stories, information and encouragement."

"I thought rappers just talked about themselves and how they the best," said son.

"They are best at self-aggrandizement, I always needed more son," taught Dad.

(The Seed 2.0 starts playing)

"Oh who is this? Are we finished listening to the Roots," asked son.

"That's them too," beamed Dad while reaching for the + sign on the volume control.

"Wow, that's them too," said son with a voice that trailed off as he looked out the window and saw New York City on the horizon.

(Narrator: "Each time [son] asked "That's them too," in his mind's eye, heart & soul and deep in his consciousness, he was actually saying, "That's me too. That's me too. That's me, too. That's me.")

Hour One

Get Up - Blaze - 25 Years Later

Possibility (2nd Movement) - The Roots - Undun

The Roots Is Comin' - The Roots - Organix

Essaywhuman?!!!!! - The Roots - Organix

Intro/There's Something Goin' On - The Roots - Do You Want More?!!!??!

Proceed - The Roots - Do You Want More?!!!??!

Star - The Roots - The Tipping Point

A Peace Of Light [feat. Amber Coffman, Angel Deradoorian, Haley Dekle] - The Roots - How I Got Over

Act Too (Love Of My Life) - The Roots - Things Fall Apart

What They Do - The Roots - Illadelph Halflife

Peace - The Roots - Organix

In The Music [feat. Malik B., Porn] - The Roots - Game Theory

Don't Feel Right [feat. Maimouna Youssef] - The Roots - Game Theory

Bread And Butter [featuring Truck North] - The Roots - Game Theory

Water - The Roots - Phrenology

Can't Stop This - The Roots - Game Theory

Now Or Never [feat. Phonte, Dice Raw] - The Roots - How I Got Over

Hour Two

Good Music - The Roots - Organix

The Session (Intro) - The Roots - Organix

The Next Movement - The Roots - Things Fall Apart

Sacrifice (Live on BBC Radio One's Worldwide Show with Gilles Peterson) - The Roots - Home Grown! The Beginner's Guide To Understanding The Roots Volume 2

Rising Up [feat. Wale, Chrisette Michele] - The Roots - Rising Down

Lost Desire [feat. Malik B., Talib Kweli] - The Roots - Rising Down

Do You Want More?!!!??! - The Roots - Do You Want More?!!!??!

Unwritten [feat. Mercedes Martinez] - The Roots - Rising Down

Long Time [feat. Peedi Peedi, Bunny Sigler] - The Roots - Game Theory

Waok (Ay) Rollcall [feat. Ursula Rucker] - The Roots - Phrenology

The Seed (2.0) - The Roots - Phrenology

Din Da Da - The Roots - The Tipping Point

How I Got Over - The Roots - How I Got Over

Finality (4th Movement) - The Roots - Undun

Dear God 2.0 [feat. Monsters Of Folk] - The Roots - How I Got Over

The Fire [feat. John Legend] - The Roots - How I Got Over

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

A new mix from GOAT DJ Jazzy Jeff, comes to us courtesy of UK player the Spin Doctor:

Ahead of spinning at #TDO300 at Scala on Friday 18th April we have this incredible mix by ‘The Magnificent’ DJ Jazzy Jeff.

Taking in all manor of party platters from Hip-Hop & Soul to Reggae & Rock this is a great example of what to expect from the greatest DJ on the planet as he joins the Beat Junkies own DJ Babu alongside his partner in Dilated Peoples Rakaa Iriscience, DJ Andy Smith, Mr Thing & more for this incredible party!

...and that's nuff said, except if you're in London catch his set at Scala on Friday April 18th.

Jon Oliver Mixtape for Record Breakin' Music's Sound Traveler series

DJ Jon Oliver (of the I Love Vinyl crew) helms the newest mix (#3, to be exact) in Record Breakin' Music's Sound Traveler series, running through the unsung masters (well unsung outside of the confines of Okayplayer, anyway) of modern soul, from Philip Owusu to Columbia Nights. Good shit, keep 'em coming, Junior!


Swiff D -- 100 Man March [Los Angeles // :10]

Hawthorne Headhunters -- Boats In Your Eyes featuring I Am [St. Louis & Los Angeles // 1:49]

Philip Owusu -- The Followers [Copenhagen // 4:14]

Olaf Stuut -- Siren [Amsterdam // 7:14]

GB -- The Black Monolith featuring Ricci Rucker [Los Angeles // 9:15]

Tiombe Lockhart -- O' Bloody Days, O' Starry Nights On The Bowery [NYC // 12:46]

Tanya Morgan -- The Only One featuring Tiara Wiles, Mike Maven, Spree Wilson, Chauncy Sherod of CharlieRED [Brooklyn // 14:42]

José James -- Sword + Gun featuring Hindi Zahra (FaltyDL Remix) [NYC & Morocco x NYC // 18:23]

El_Txef_A -- Broken Bridges (El_Txef_A & Fiakun Team 2013 Edit) [Spain // 25:15]

Todd Terje -- Swing Star (Part 2) [Oslo // 28:54]

Zaki Ibrahim -- Draw The Line (Alternate Version) [Johannesburg // 32:32]

Ill-Luzion -- Lucid Dream [Germany // 35:09]

GTA Hoffmann -- Levitate [Munich & Leipzig & Berlin, Germany // 38:11]

The Invisible -- Wings [London // 41:28]

Madi Diaz -- Trust Fall (Jensen Sportag Remix) [Los Angeles x Nashville // 44:48]

Okapii -- Gattu [Copenhagen // 48:01]

Sampha -- Without [Morden/London // 50:12]

Segilola -- Paint The Way [London // 53:08]

Rhian Sheehan -- La Boite A Musique (Eclise Remix) [Wellington, New Zealand x Samara Oblast, Russia // 55:56]

Blap Deli -- Farming, w/ Courtney Harkins [San Francisco & Sonoma County // 58:52]

Pedestrian -- Hoyle Road [UK // 1:00:59]

Thom Yorke -- The Eraser (XXXchange Remix) [Oxford x NYC // 1:03:58]

Nicole Wray -- Can't Get Out The Game [Atlanta // 1:08:29]

Hollie Smith and Mara TK -- Autumn Rain [New Zealand // 1:11:10]

Oddisee -- You Know Who You Are [Brooklyn // 1:12:27]

Columbia Nights -- As We Are (Brother Spanky's Upper Room Remix) [Washington, DC // 1:15:46]

Kitty Cash I am Woman mixtape for Women's History Month

Next up, double mixtape action from Kitty Cash via ur friends at Electric Circus (what up Shabazz). I Am Woman is a proper mixxy mixtape from the Kilo Kish righthand ryde or die chick, dedicated, of course to Women's History Month and featuring r&b from a who's who of QueenS of Soul, from Patra to Whitney Houston (play below scroll down for tracklist). Meanwhile, if you missed Kitty's debut mixtape Love The Free a few months back click here to get 19 unreleased tracks from the likes of Kelela, Phony PPL, Jesse Boykins III and other OKP favs.


1. Lauryn Hill (feat. Maya Angelou) - That Phenomenal Thing (JT Remix) [Kitty Cash Edit]

2. Whitney Houston - It’s Not Right But It’s Okay (Tajan Remix)

3. Mariah Carey - We Belong Together (Delinq Remix)

4. Janet Jackson - Anytime, Any Place (Staro Mix)

5. Mya - My Love is Like Woah (Jaw Jam Bootleg)

6. Beyonce (feat. Jay Z) - Crazy in Love (Da-P Remix)

7.Jill Scott - Golden (Kaytranada’s Life Extended Edition)

8. Brandy - Full Moon

9. Mary J. Blige - I’m Going Down

10. Cassie (feat. Ertha Kitt) - Me & U (Village Bootleg) [Kitty Cash Edit]

11. Jarreau Vandal - Until The Dawn

12. Madonna - Human Nature

13. Toni Braxton - You’re Makin' Me High

14. Patra - Worker Man

15. Aaliyah - Stroke It, Baby (Mr.Carmack Remix)

16. Erykah Badu - Honey (Hi-Tek Mash-Up)

17. M.I.A. - Bad Girls ( Art of Shades Remix)

18. Alicia Keys (feat. Minnie Ripperton) - Feeling U (Seventh Wonder Classic OG Mix) [Kitty Cash Edit]

Aaand double mixtape action from the homies at Boiler Room, who recently released live mixes from Four Tet and DJ Mustard respectively. Watch Mustard above and listen to Four Tet's set (which kicks off with a wicked Bollywood selection) below. Or stand on your head and do the vice versus.

Soul II Soul all-vinyl mixtape for Twelve 12s

Can't say I've heard of this Southern Hospitality series of all-vinyl mixes but with a name like Twelve 12s it clearly falls into the category of "wish I'd thought of that." This newest installment from DJ Pete Humphreys is entirely dedicated to UK funky dread collective Soul II Soul would be II times dope except it's II x Twelve x 12. Do the math and enjoy below:

Chairman Mao mixtape for Dust & Grooves

Trusty dusty groove collector Chairman Mao drops a new podcast in honor of the forthcoming Dust & Grooves coffee table book (more on that soon!) dedicated to the art of vinyl collecting. Here's what Mao has to say about it on Ego Trip:

Dust & Grooves is photographer Eilon Paz‘s blog site documenting avid vinyl collectors’ and their obsession with the wax. A couple of summers back I was flattered to have Eilon profile me for D&G. And now after much procrastination I finally got around to putting together a little mix featuring some of the records that came up in our conversation. It’s basically a mixed bag of stuff that’s either meant something special to me from over the years, or just happened to be things that I had lying around by the turntables that day. If you’re interested in reading the full Q&A of record related nerdom (and checking out all of Eilon’s great photos) you can go here. If you just want some decent soul, rock, reggae, jazz, funk and a Jungle Brothers song to listen to for about 40 minutes or so, listen below. Enjoy!

Reggae mixtape from deadly Dragon Sound

A new-brand mix of one drop reggae from our friends at Deadly Dragon Sound, the sound system and record store (they got joints, see above. This blend is rounding up one drop riddims released in 2013, including: Honey Pot Riddim, Contagious Riddim, Cardiac Keys Riddim, Tropical Escape Riddim, Corner Shop Riddim, Sweet Sounds Riddim, Digital Love Riddim, Scriptures Riddim, Free Spirit Riddim, Street Of Gold Riddim, Rootsman Riddim, The Mightiest Riddim, Gyal Season Riddim, Number One Station Riddim, Fight This Feeling Riddim--come in, selectors:

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

And last but not least we always got to close out our Mixtape Monday selection with the latest show from DJ LeftO--because his selections are so close to our taste that it's almost like listening to the Okayplayer site on with blends by a really good DJ. Get Show #578 below featuring De La, Dilla, Detroit swindle and the best in future soul from Jay Elec to Marvin Jaye.