I’m like the gift that keeps on giving….
I Made You A Mixtape is a feature I’m going to run regularly where, as the title suggests, I’m going to make you a mixtape. Or maybe a guest will make you a mixtape. Or maybe we’ll put up a collaborative mix. But then, shouldn’t it be called “We Made You a Mixtape?” you ask. Hmm. Maybe you’re right. I’m really just thinking out loud. I am going to go ahead and guess that you have figured out by now that I haven’t really thought this through. Whatever. Deal with it. I made you a mixtape and this is how you treat me?
Sorry. Sidetracked. Point is, I Made You A Mixtape. This time through, I thought I’d share a recording from a gig I DJ’d a few years back at Tex Mex Connection where I used to have a weekly residency (long time ago when I was fab…). Every Thursday night, I used to spin what the kids call “the hot beats.” Copious amounts of drunken requests, but occasionally, I would do my best to sneak in little nuggets here and there for the heads. The people who were really listening. I DJ with the thought process of “Some for you…. some for me.” This is why I’m some people’s favorite DJ and the most hated of others. See, I strive for that moment where someone hears something for that first time, tilts their head, smiles and starts bumpin’. An excited “Yo…. what is this?!” is one of my favorite phrases to hear whenever I’m behind the decks. Or the throwback. The cut someone hasn’t heard in awhile. When that recognition kicks in and they can’t stop but jam out, maybe even give a little, “Yo! That’s My Jawn!”
See what I did there?
The Jets – Crush On You
KLF – 3am Eternal
Jodeci – Come and Talk to Me
LL Cool J – I Need Love
Lauryn Hill – Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You
Wax Tailor – Que Sera
Beastie Boys – Pass the Mic
Citizen Cope – Let the Drummer Kick
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. Ed Sheeran – Growing Up
I Monster – Daydream in Blue
The Flaming Lips – Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Pt. 1
Miley Cyrus – We Can’t Stop
Run the Jewels ft. Zack de la Rocha – Close Your Eyes and Count to Fuck
The Hood Internet – Backseat Shake Off (Taylor Swift x Kendrick Lamar)
Smija – We Didn’t Shake Off the Fire (Billy Joel x Taylor Swift)
Outkast – Hey Ya
Childish Gambino – Do Ya Like?
Notorious B.I.G. ft. Bob Marley – Hold Ya Head
Handsome Boy Modeling School ft. Jack Johnson – Breakdown
The Roots ft. Erykah Badu & Eve – You Got Me
Carlos Serrano – Tell Me I’m the Only One (Kanye West x Sam Smith)
Carlos Serrano – Crying Out Loud (Jay-Z x Ed Sheeran)
J. Cole ft. Drake – Can I Hit It In the Morning?
RiFF RaFF ft. Mac Miller – Aquaberry Dolphin
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. Eric Nally, Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee, and Grandmaster Caz – Downtown
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – S.O.B.
Beck – Black Tamborine
Arrested Development – Mr. Wendall
The Weeknd – The Hills
Twenty One Pilots – House of Gold
Demi Lovato – Cool For the Summer
Flo Rida ft. Robin Thicke & Verdine White – I Don’t Like It, I Love It
Jhene Aiko ft. Childish Gambino – Bed Peace
Ingrid Michaelson – The Way I Am
G. Love ft. Tristan Prettyman – Beautiful
Selena Gomez – Good For You
Justin Bieber – What Do You Mean?
Vic Mensa – Down On My Luck
DJ SeVe – Can’t Go (The Weeknd x Chemical Brothers ft. Q-Tip)
Disclosure ft. Gregory Porter – Holding On
Calvin Harris ft. Disciples – How Deep Is Your Love?
Becky G. – Shower
Coleman Hell – 2 Heads
De La Soul – The Magic Number
CRS (Kanye West/Lupe Fiasco/Pharrell) ft. Thom Yorke – Us Placers
Tri-Lambs ft. Boobie Grande – Borderline
Theophilus London – Girls Girls $
Vic Mensa ft. Kanye West – U Mad
Drake Hotline – Bling
Travis Scott – Antidote
Jack Ü ft. Justin Bieber – Where Are Ü Now?