Getting older is difficult for everybody to deal with. But, getting older as a Hip Hop head is even tougher to process because many things about Hip Hop music are to put it bluntly, immature. As we Hip Hoppers have gotten older and started families, it has been difficult for all of us to reconcile are own personal growth and maturity, with the lack of growth of our culture's music. The collection of Okayplayer artists serve as the exception to that rule. Generally speaking, Okay artists continue to musically grow and innovate without abandoning their Hip Hop foundations. Many of these artists included in the mix are the same artists that continue to inspire me through my "I just turned 30 crisis." Watching a Roots show, or listening to Back to Black/Kweli/Blackalicious, restores my faith in a culture that I sometimes doubt fits me. To celebrate those artists who are pushing this culture to new and better places, I created the below okayplayer mix for your listening pleasure. All songs on the mix are either performed by, or produced by okayplayer artists. Now, before all of you start moaning and groaning about why I didn't include artist "such and such," I went off of okayplayer.com's artist roster for the "official" breakdown of okayplayers. I know there are several okay artists that are not included on the official roster, but I stuck with the official roster because the last thing I want is all you finicky okayplayer heads saying, "artist such and such is not an official okayplayer you moron." If your favorite okayplayer artist was left out of the mix, don't fret, because there is always volume 2. Expect the usual Pipomixes steez of mixing. Hope you enjoy the mix as much as I enjoyed making it.
the Okayplayer.Mixtape - Mixed by Pipomixes (downlaod)
Common - Start the Show
Dead Prez - Hip Hop
Blackalicious - A to G
The Roots - Living in a New World
Dilated Peoples - Trade Money
Mos Def - Love
Pharoahe Monch - Push
Dilated Peoples - Pay Attention
Dilated Peoples - Worst Comes to Worst
Common - Tekzilla
Blackalicious - As the World Turns
Reflection Eternal - Memories Live
Erykah Badu - Soldier
J. Dilla - Gobstopper
Mos Def - Brooklyn
Pharoahe Monch - Simon Says
Amy Winehouse - You Know I'm No Good
Blackalicious - Shallow Days
Blackalicious - Dream Season
Slum Village - Fall in Love
Reflection Eternal - Blast
Mos Def - Sex, Love, Money
Common - Cold Blooded
Reflection Eternal - Move Something
Skillz - Take it Back
The Roots - Act II
The Game - Runnin
Amy Winehouse - Back to Black
Amy Winehouse - He Can Only Hold Her
Blackalicious - Make You Feel That Way
Mos Def - Umi Says
You guys never dissapoint!!!! Always on point!!!!
Glad you enjoyed. Thanks for the support
I 100% feel you on your comments about the mix and entering the "30 zone". I've got a hip hop family/household. My wife and I (who both turned 30 this year) are heads and my 2 year old son is growing up with beautiful music and culture everyday of his life. I had to take a step back from a lot of the artists that I grew up with because of the immaturity...so I feel you. I'm so thankful for artists like The Grouch, Zion I, Breeze Brewin', J-Live and others that keep it relevant for us. I've got your spot bookmarked on my laptop. Thanks for doing your thing and keep it going. Bless up!
Finally got around to listening to this mix and damn! Like "Beatjunkie299" said, you never disappoint. I posted a link on my blog, gotta share the love on this one! Excellent mix, definitely feeling all the Blackilicious, and I thought I was the only one who ever heard the "Tekzilla" song by Common!?
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This is nice mix!! I diggin it and I'm gonna add it to my blog this Monday. I like how you threw Winehouse into the mix.
oh yeah the tracklisting is a little off it's "He Can Only Hold Her" before "Back To Black".
Glad you enjoyed. Thanks for posting it up on your blog
was looking for houseshoes king james version mixtape
and i stumbled across your spot.
blackalicious/gift of gab has been my favorite since i seen hi do alphabet aerobics at sobs in the late 90s.
and i feel you on that "getting older" bit.
but a song that hit me in the heart even in my 20s
was his labelmate lyrics born on his solo joint BALCONY BEACH on the latyrx album.
keep up the great work!!
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