Based on probability alone, most people are bad for you. The problem is my generation is so antisocial that they cling to any semblance of familiarity. Familiarity, oftentimes, is also bad for you. This mixtape documents that internal struggle between the comfort of familiarity and the drab of routine. I miss new feelings. In order to experience newness, you first have to acknowledge how damn easy it is to be sucked into unhealthy but familiar tendencies, and then you have to fight those urges. Progress comes from the fight for novelty.
On a different note, “Vic Mensa sang beautifully on a Kanye West song” is not a thought I ever imagined I’d have. But on “Wolves” Vic croons, “I’m just bad (bad, bad) for you,” and it’s the most affecting part of the song (along with the haunting sounds that follow his verse). This mixtape is in part an ode to the perfection of that song. It’s my attempt to channel the same energy of “Wolves” into an entire mixtape that doesn’t include the song itself.
And I was only trying to make it
*SoundCloud mix missing track 7 (“Home” by Heems), track 8 (“The Death, The Funeral” by Sean Leon), and track 19 (“Stay Down” by Big Sean) — so basically, download the entire thing below.
Okay, I know it is a Saturday, but today is also June 1st a.k.a. the beginning of the summer months. Did you really expect me to drop a summer mixtape on any other day? Welcome to Summer is the perfect driving-with-the-windows-down mixtape. Like, that is the sole reason I made it. Whether you’re rolling into town blasting RL Grime‘s remix of Chief Keef (making eye contact with the old lady in the car next to you at a stoplight) or just shouting the lyrics of Planetarian‘s “Swim” at the top of your lungs as you cruise down the interstate, this mix works. Plus, how legendary is the sequence of Chance The Rapper into Reggie Watts into Chief Keef into Disclosure?
- Fyfe – Introduction
- Rhye – One of Those Summer Days
- Heems – Medium Green Eyes (ft. Safe)
- Kitty – Dead Island
- Tyler, The Creator – Bimmer
- Planetarian – Swim
- Peter and Kerry – Fucking Around
- Thundercat – Oh Sheit It’s X
- Autre Ne Veut – Play by Play
- Everything Everything – Don’t Try
- Pigeon Hole – June
- Bayou – Forever Deluxe
- Chance The Rapper – Pusha Man (ft. Nate Fox & Lili K.) [Edit]
- Reggie Watts – The Monster and the Princess
- Chief Keef – Love Sosa (RL Grime Remix)
- Disclosure – When a Fire Starts to Burn
- Petite Noir – Noirse
- Francis and the Lights – ETC
- San Cisco – Outro
You daydream about the sea, and I daydream you’ll be mine,
Underneath the shade of leaves, stars over the trees,
Spending a whole summer with you that sounds alright, I’ll,
Meet you in the evening so we can swim tonight
P.S. In case you missed it I made a promo video for this tape. First ever, very rare.
Oh hey, this is cool. Last week the radio rip of this song spread like wildfire across the Internet, and now the CDQ has quietly surfaced to very little response. If you haven’t heard “Tell Me” yet, it features Childish Gambino and Das Racist’s Heems just recklessly going off over a Mike Finito instrumental. The two “alt” rappers name-drop so many cool things in the song’s less than 3 minute run-time and really mention Snapple just enough times (twice) for it to get kind of weird.
Err…”tell me” what you think of the song/my personality in the comments section below.
Yeah, remember Fruitopia? That shit was delicious / But Snapple came back around and put ‘em out of business
This past week was exam week for me. It involved a lot of studying and a lot of Children’s Hospital (I seriously love Children’s Hospital now. You can start the series here.). It also involved a lot of downloading mixtapes but not being able to listen to them, which was really frustrating. Anyway, here are some mixtapes I wasn’t able to post during exam week.
1. Heems – Nehru Jackets
I like Heems. Not because I’m Indian and can relate or whatever. Most of the time I can’t relate to what Heems is saying because what Heems is saying is outrageous. But I like Heems because he seems to be infinitely creative. Mike Finito and he teamed up to create this self-aware, politically-driven hip-hop tape that features beats and rhymes that are both frustrating and intriguing at the same time.
Heems likes to think that he’s lazy, but this mixtape clearly proves otherwise.
Download Nehru Jackets here.
2. Rockie Fresh – Driving 88
I know this might sound bad, but part of me despises discovering a new rapper that I like. I mean, I love rap, but the rap game and rappers in general are really volatile. You could say I have trust issues with rappers because when I find a rapper I really like I want to commit to them, but I also don’t want to be disappointed. With Driving 88, Rockie Fresh has converted me into a full-time fan. And he samples SBTRKT and Sunset favorite (really though) Oliver Tank on the way, so that’s cool.
Download Driving 88 here.
3. Conner Youngblood – Sketches Pt. 1
This one I learned about thanks to Pigeons & Planes. I like it for two reasons: 1) because it is a non-hip-hop mixtape and 2) because it features some really really pure singer-songwriter type songs. I don’t know how else to describe it. It’s refreshing that this can exist behind the convoluted nature of today’s “indie rock” scene. With Conner’s music, you’re not going to get an onslaught of synthesizers and whiny voices; you’re going to get some raw acoustic tracks, Bon Iver-type build-ups, and maybe the occasional tasteful auto-tune. Also, it should be noted that “Will You Be There?” is a well-executed Michael Jackson cover, “Monsters” features some weird wobble, and I have been trying to fit “Australia” on a Tape Tuesday for a very long time. #FreeWilly #FreeWillieNelson
Download Sketches Pt. 1 here.