RBMA Bounce Ballroom Thursday May 1st
RBMA Bounce Ballroom Thursday May 1st

Mixtape Mondays: DJ StarEyes x Bounce Ballroom, The Bullitts, Ghostface Killah + More

Bounce Ballroom Star Eyes Mixtape

This Thursday May 1st, marks the official start of Spring and the kick off of Red Bull Music Academy here in New York with the Bounce Ballroom dance-stravaganza. To kick it off properly this week's edition of Mixtape Mondays features an OKP exclusive mix crafted for RBMA'S Bounce Ballroom by DJ Star Eyes, of Brooklyn's Trouble & Bass crew, running down the anthems of the various foot styles (Flexing/Bruk Up; Voguing; House Dancing and Jersey Club) on display. Mixtape Mondays is the best of the best though so we also have a playlist from The Bullitts, a new Nas tribute mix, the fourth installment of Record Breakin's Sound Traveler series with a mix by Spinnerty, Trackstar's compilation of Ghostface Killah's best storytelling moments (yes, it is titled Ghost Stories), another gem from Spöek Mathombo--this time featuring South African Rap--and wrapping things up is our boy LeFtO. Get full details for Bounce Ballroom via the flyer below and click through to stream another continent-skipping, mind-shattering-body-groovin collection of music for Mixtape Mondays.

RBMA Bounce Ballroom Thursday May 1st

Bounce Ballroom Star Eyes Mixtape

DJ/producer Star Eyes is part of the NYC-based Trouble & Bass squad, who have been transmitting Brooklyn's heavy bass sounds to the world for the last 8 years. Star Eyes joins us on Mixtape Mondays today in her capacity as curator of Bounce Ballroom, the inaugural event or Red Bull Music Academy's Spring '14 music festival here in NY. Bounce Ballroom is an event featuring four club dance styles—and the music associated with them—that are native to the New York/New Jersey Area each presided over by DJs and dancers who are kings in their respective jungle (dancehall expert Bobby Konders for Flexing/Bruk Up; DJ MikeQ, MC Kevin JZ and Prodigy for Vogue; NY house legend Todd Terry for House Dancing; and DJ Sliink and Mike Gip for Jersey Club).

For maximum edification while you flex, we asked Star Eyes to create an original mix exploring the common threads that run through the 4 distinct styles as well as curate a playlist of the essential anthems. This mix starts with deep house then goes to ballroom house (the music of the vogue movement), Jersey Club, and into the final section for flexing or bonebreaking, a New York spin on a Jamaican dancehall dance that is typically performed to a mix of dubstep, trap, and wild reggae refixes from bedroom producers from Bed-Stuy to Queens. Listen to both below and read what Star Eyes had to say about her selective process below:

It's a mistake to think these worlds are separate. The work of artists like Brooklyn's Todd Terry and Kenny Dope, the Bronx's Lil Louie Vega (half of Masters at Work, with Kenny), and NJ's Kerri Chandler in the 80s and 90s continues to have a huge influence today, trickling down from parents and older brothers and sisters and seeping into new productions throughout the Tristate Area. This isn't the definite mix of any of these styles, of course, but I wanted to present some of my favorite tracks from some important producers and a selection of producers and tracks you will hear at the Bounce Ballroom event on May 1. I think its exciting how all these genres continue to talk to one another—for example, 20-year-old Jersey Club DJ Mike Gip remixing Cajmere's "Brighter Days" (an important house track) or ballroom's MikeQ working Jersey club DJ Sliink. Now get your heart rate up.

DJ Star Eyes Bounce Ballroom Mixtape Tracklist

DJ StarEyes - Bounce Ballroom Vogue Playlist from OKAYPLAYER on 8tracks Radio.

Joe Smooth - Promised Land

Kerri Chandler - Atmosphere

Todd Terry - Keep on Jumpin

Aly-Us - Follow Me

Todd Terry - Can You Feel It?

Hardrive - Deep Inside

MK feat. Alana - Burning

Masters at Work - The Ha Dance

Junior Vasquez - X

Robbie Tronco - Walk for Me (The Payless Pump Mix)

Toddy Terry - Samba (DJ MikeQ Remix)

DJ MikeQ - Feels Like (feat. Kevin JZ Prodigy)

Kingdom - Stalker Ha

Divoli S'vere - Ckunt Cuz Ur Ckunt

Dat Oven - Icy Lake (Total Freedom Remix)

Kevin Aviance - Sushi Darling (MikeQ Remix)

Scissor Sisters - Lets Have a Kiki (Vjuan Allure Ha Ha Remix)

DJ MikeQ - Let It All Out

Dashaun Wesley - Shit Mother Fucker Damn

MikeQ & DJ Sliink - The Bitch feat. Miss Jay

Cajmere - Brighter Days (Mike Gip Remix)

Mike Gip - YaYa Theme (Giddy Up Rock Ya Hips)

Beyonce - Drunk in Love (Fiinesse x Mike Gip x Brenmar Remix)

Jayhood & DJ Sliink - Bussin At Em (Bandit Remix)

Tim Dolla - Swing Dat Shit

DJ Tameil - Handzup

Mighty Mark feat. TT The Artist - Unh (Fiinesse Remix)

Nicky Minaj - Bo$$ A$$ Bitch (DJ Uniiqu3 Remix)

A$AP Ferg - Shabba (DJ Rell Remix)

DJ Sliink - Vibrate

Dog Blood - Shred or Die (DJ Sliink Remix)

Mr. Incredible - N**gas in Brooklyn Refix

Skrillex - Ruffneck (Flex)

Chinx - #Cant Say Sorry

DJ Aaron - I Swear Mad Tune

DJ Winiez - Silver Space Mix

DJ Blue - Rocket 3

DJ Snake - Bird Machine (Jingle Bells Version)

Jimmy Billions & Epic B - Dumb It Down

Casa Brothers - Fuma Marijuana

We Still in This Bitch (DJ Philly Phil Trap Remix)

The Majorz & DJ Suzie Q - Major Bands

Yun Nostra - Empty Words

Mixtapes: Super Soul Ballads Power Hour II

The redoubtable Chairman Mao comes through with his latest for RBMA radio, a little podcast called, Super Soul Power Ballads Power Hour II. Which kind of says it all. Listen below:

Mixtapes: The Bullitts FULL CLIPS playlist

Spotify playlists usually don't qualify as mixtapes but selections from the mind of Jeymes Samuel AKA The Bullitts are an exception. We're alway interested to hear what the evil genius behind the Great Gatsby soundtrack, not to mention his own film They Die By Dawn is listening to when he's not inspiring Jay Electronica to jump back in the studio or staging guerilla cinema actions on the streets of London with Rosario Dawson. He's listening to a lot of folk music, turns out which suits our mood just fine. This FULL CLIPS playlist, however, is only the first in a series The Bullitts will be unveiling over time, presumably as audio clues for the next big project he's working. Listen below and stay tuned for more (The Bullitts debut album "They Die By Dawn & Other Short Stories" is out now)

THE BULLITTS present FULL CLIPS: Volume One.

RBM Sound Traveler Spinnerty

DJ Spinnerty of Grown Kids Radio teams with the homies at Record Breakin' for the latest installment of their Sound Traveler mix series. Beats ahoy:

ghost stories ghostface killah mixtape

DJ Trackstar take the Best Mixtape Concept award for this week with his mix of the very best storytelling raps with one of our FROAT (Favorite Rappers Of All Time), Ghostface Killah. It's called Ghost Stories and that's what you need to know about it except for these instructions: If you a good kid...Run!

ghost stories tracklist

Mixtapes: DJ Moneyshot Nas tribute

The anniversary of Nas' Illmatic has result in a grip of amazing tribute mixes (not to mentiona an %844 spike in sales for Nas) and Solid Steel connects us with another, courtesy of DJ Moneyshot. Here's what they said:

Twenty years ago Nas released his legendary Illmatic album and DJ Moneyshot has put together an outstanding tribute mix, Nas – Half-Man Half-Amazing. As with the previous tribute mixes for the Beastie Boys, De La Soul and Public Enemy, it’s more an audio documentary threading together sample sources, interview footage and remixes alongside the original Illmatic tracks. Hear the vocabulary, the flow and the rhythm expertly delivered by Nas, backed up by the sublime production of Pete Rock, DJ Premier, Large Professor and Q-Tip, plus original samples from Lee Erwin, The Heath Brothers, Ahmad Jamal and Reuben Wilson. All this deconstructed and rebuilt by Moneyshot for another classic Solid Steel edition.

DJ Moneyshot — “Nas — Half-Man Half-Amazing: A Tribute to Illmatic” Ingredients:

Geoffrey Sumner — Train Sequence (DECCA)

Nas — Freestyle on Stretch & Bobbito ’93 mp3

Zorro Dialogue — Wild Style (First Run Features)

Lee Erwin — “Thief of Baghdad” (Angel Records)

Nas Interview mp3

Nas — “Represent” (Columbia)

Whodini — “One Love” (Columbia)

Nas — “One Love (LG Instrumental)” (Columbia)

Nas Interview mp3

The Heath Brothers — “Smilin’ Billy Suite” (Strata-East)

Parliament — “Come in Out of the Rain” (Invictus)

Nas — “One Love (One L Main Mix)” (Columbia)

Nas — “Memory Lane” (Columbia)

Nas – “Memory Lane (DJ Premier Remix)” (Columbia)

Craig G — “Droppin’ Science” (Cold Chillin’)

Lee Dorsey — “Get Out My Life, Woman” (Stateside)

Nas ft. AZ — “Life’s a Bitch (Acapella)” (Columbia)

Nas ft. AZ — “Life’s a Bitch (Arsenal Mix)” (Columbia)

Grover Washington, Jr. — “Black Frost” (Kudu)

Nas ft. AZ — “Life’s a Bitch (Buckwild Remix)” (Columbia)

Nas — “The World Is Yours (Tip Mix Instrumental)” (Columbia)

Nas Interview mp3

Ahmad Jamal — “I Love Music” (Impulse!)

Nas — “The World Is Yours” (Columbia)

Nas — “The World Is Yours (Acapella)” (Columbia)

DJ Moneyshot — Stretch’s Freestyle Beat mp3

Bobbito García On the Phone to M$ mp3

Nas — Freestyle on Stretch & Bobbito ’93 mp3

Nas — “Life is Like A Dice Game” (Unreleased)

Mountain — “Long Red (Live)” (Drums) (Island)

The Gap Band — “Yearning For Your Love” (Mercury)

Stanley Clarke — “Slow Dance” (Epic)

Eric B. & Rakim — “Mahogany” (MCA)

Nas Interview mp3

Joe Chambers — “Mind Rain” (Muse)

Donald Byrd ‎ — “Flight Time” (Loop) (Blue Note)

Kool & The Gang — “N.T” (Drums) (De-Lite Records)

Nas — “N.Y State of Mind” (Columbia)

Main Source ft. Nas — “Live at the Barbecue” (Wild Pitch)

Nas Interview mp3

MC Serch ft. Nas — “Back to the Grill Again” (Def Jam)

T La Rock & Jazzy Jay — “It’s Yours” (Partytime Records)

Nas — “Understanding” (Unreleased)

Biz Markie — “Nobody Beats The Biz” (Cold Chillin’)

Nas — “It Aint Hard To Tell (Large Professor Remix Instrumental)” (Columbia)

Michael Jackson — “Human Nature” (Epic)

Nas — “It Aint Hard To Tell (Acapella)” (Columbia)

Nas — “It Aint Hard To Tell” (Columbia)

Average White Band — “School Boy Crush” (Drums) (Atlantic)

Japanese Hair Cast — ”Dead End” (RCA Victor)

Nas — “Half Time (Butcher Remix)” (Columbia)

Nas — “Half Time” (Columbia)

Gary Byrd — “Soul Travellin’” (RCA Victor)

Nas — “I’m A Villain” (Unreleased)

The Blue Jays — “What Do You Want From Me Woman?” (Map City)

Nas — “Just Another Day In The Projects” (Unreleased)

Nas Interview mp3

Reuben Wilson — “We’re in Love” (Blue Note)

Chris Stein — “Subway Theme” (Animal Records)

Zorro Dialogue — Wild Style (First Run Features)

spoek mathambo south african rap mix cava the combo

Spoek Mathambo knows Swedish rap; Spoek Mathambo knows South African rap. We don't know Bo but we know mixtapes...and this one is worth all the Bo! Bo! Bo!s in Brooklyn:

K.O - Caracara (Feat. Kid X)

PHFAT - Lights Out Ft. JungFreud

Riky Rick - Amantombazane (Remix) Ft. DJ Dimplez,Maggz,Ginger Breadman,Kid X,Kwesta,Nadia Nakai & Okmalumkoolkat

Khuli Chana - Tswa Daar (Explicit Radio Version) [feat. Notshi]

Sheen Skaiz - Muthafucka Up (freestyle)

Ifani - Shake

Sheen Skaiz - Gusheshe

Cassper Nyovest - Gusheshe ft Okmalumkoolkat

The TeMple - STATES

The TeMple - NTSANGO

Big Fkn Gun - Space

Big Fkn Gun - RIOT

White Nite & Ms Amnesia - Swaggatron 2000

Die Antwoord - Zef Town Juke

Okmalumkoolkat - Inhliziyo Yami Izibozi

Kanyi - Ungalibali(prod.Khosh) Iintombi-Zifikile

Khuli Chana - Mnatebawen ft KayGizm and Fifi Cooper

DJ Switch Ft Reason - SWITCH

REASON - Bump The Cheese Up Remix Feat. Toll Ass Mo; AKA; OkMalumKoolKat

Ruffest - Ufunani (Maramza Ghetto-Bass Remix)

Cassper Nyovest - Doc Shebeleza

Sibot - Nice Shandee's ft Okmalumkoolkat

Samthing Soweto - Dreamin Of U

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

Last but not least, a double dose of LeftO: