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My Mixtape Monday – August 29, 2016

First Name: sean
Twitter: @seanbeauford
Sex: M
Age: 28

Occupation: curator

Mixtape Name: what i’m on at the moment

Side A
1) The Way by Macy Gray
I randomly came across this song while randomly digging through Macy’s discography. It’s so vulnerable and inspirational and redemptive. Everyone goes through tough times, and this song makes you want to cheer for them. Or yourself.
2) The Sweetest Gift by Sade
This reminds me of my daughter, Neon. “Quietly while you were sleeping, the moon and i were talking. i asked that she’d always keep you protected. she promised you her light that you so gracefully carry”.
3) $ by D.R.A.M ft. Donnie Trumpet
Just a dope, relatable song. I first heard it while seeing the video which features vintage footage of D.R.A.M singing in church as a child, which was very nostalgic for me. There’s two versions of this, make sure you play the one with Donnie Trumpet.
4) How Great by Chance the Rapper ft. Jay Electronica & My Cousin Nicole
I grew up on gospel music, and while i loved the choirs, I was never a fan of gospel rappers, no matter how skilled they were. I wish there was a Chance when I was growing up. Chance isn’t a gospel rapper, he just raps his truth, and probably better than anyone else out right now. Him and Jay Elect destroy this. I’m here for 3 minute choir intros too.
5) Hello, Lakisha by Kilo Kish
I love this song’s energy. It’s about some of the things (black) people with different (black) names deal with growing up. Lakisha isn’t different at all to us, in fact it’s super common, which this artist didn’t like – I can relate to that. I didn’t want my daughter to have a common name.
6) Burgundy by Earl Sweatshirt ft. Vince Staples
The Neptunes produced this. It sounds like a band of elephants in tuxedos having a jam session. One of my favorites from Earl.

Side B
7) I Love My Music by Wild Cherry
Because I love my music too. I don’t know what it is, but there’s a lot of great songs from this era (late 70s, early 80s) that are dedicated to the love of music.
8) Bad Believer by St. Vincent
Low-key obsessed with Annie Clark. She dropped this as a part of a re-release of her already incredible, future Grammy award winning self-titled album. I love Annie’s ballads but rocker Annie is my favorite, especially when she’s shredding live. I love her + John Congleton.
9) Alive with the Glory of Love by Say Anything
I’m a big fan of sitcoms and one thing about the great ones, is that they always have great music, especially on finales. Songs that play during finales, season or series, always stick with me. Heard this on Scrubs season 6 finale and immediately loved it. It’s also one of the best love songs I’ve ever heard.
10) Maybe by N*E*R*D
I’ll always like Fly or Die more than In Search Of because I witnessed Fly or Die. This song is still top 5 in their and P’s entire catalog. The drums are underrated.
11) III. Zealots of Stockholm [Free Information] by Childish Gambino
One of my favorite songs off one of my favorite albums ever. Gambino showed a ton of versatility on this joint that he co-produced. The change ups are brilliant. The internet sample around 3:15 is one of my favorite musical moments ever. Kilo Kish is on here too.
12) Valley of Death by Rick Ross
Rick Ross is mostly known for his gangster persona and material flexing but he’s really human and humble on this one. My favorite lines, “I got two kids, and for me to feed them, I’ll get two gigs. I’ll shovel sh*t, I’ll C.O” are probably the most gangster bars he’s ever spit. Toomp killed this ish.

Apple Music Link: what i’m on at the moment

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My Mixtape Mondays – May 12, 2014

First Name: Clara
Twitter: @ohthatclara
Sex: Female
Age: 38

Occupation: District-level administrator for a large school district

Mixtape Name: My Chronological 12

Side A
1) Here Comes the Sun by The Beatles
The first Beatles song I memorized and it started my lifetime love of George Harrison.
2) Paul Revere by Beastie Boys
I got in trouble for singing this at Catholic school.
3) Serenade for Strings in E Major Op. 22 by Antonín Dvořák
I have always loved classical music. It’s my favorite genre and Dvořák is my favorite composer.
4) Boom! I Got Your Boyfriend by M.C. Luscious
I was a cheerleader all through school and we did many dance routines. This one stood out, for obvious reasons, and is still a high point of hilarity in my life.
5) Cannonball by The Breeders
High school. I played this way too loud for an entire year.
6) Smile by Pearl Jam
I’ll only say that my best friend died shortly after this album was released and this song was played at the funeral. It makes me smile.

Side B
7) Fade Into You by Mazzy Star
My job in college was an on-air DJ and that is how I met this band. I grew to love them so deeply. Their music encapsulates my college years and still sweeps me off my feet.
8) She’s a Bad Mama Jama by Carl Carlton
I went skydiving for the first time with a large group. They asked me to provide two songs as background music for the DVD of my jump. This is the song that plays as I prep and go up in the plane.
9) She’s a Lady by Tom Jones
Everyone else in my skydiving group chose “Free Falling” by Tom Petty as the song that plays as they jump out of the plane and land. Not me. I chose this one.
10) Before We Begin by Broadcast
This song best captures what was going through my head when I met my future husband. We were both exiting bad relationships and were afraid to begin again.
11) Mint Car by the Cure
Our wedding song! Our families didn’t get it and we didn’t care. They clearly haven’t read the lyrics.
12) The Sweetest Gift by Sade
This is the song I sing to my two sons.

Liner Notes: I picked specific points in my life, in chronological order, and recalled what songs were important during that time.

Spotify Playlist link: My Chronological 12

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My Mixtape Mondays – September 23, 2013

First Name: Matt
Twitter: @mwhitehype
Sex: Male
Age: 37-0-0 (I’ve been told I look 38. That was four years ago)

Occupation: Sales and Marketing Project Manager

Mixtape Name: White House Hits & Misses

Side A – Get Up/Get Down
1) Cruisin’ for a Bruisin’ by Teen Beach Movie
2) Falling for You by R5
3) Harlem Shake by Baauer
4) Got to give it up by Marvin Gaye
5) Shake it Up Theme Song by Selena Gomez
6) Cha-Cha Slide by Mr. C

Side B – Private Party
7) Brown Sugar by D’Angelo
8) Super Bad, Pts. 1 & 2 by James Brown
9) It’s All About the Benjamins by Puff Daddy & The Family
10) Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes
11) Like a Tattoo by Sade
12) Cherish the Day by Sade

Liner Notes: Side A is more of a family affair. We do a lot of dancing around here and these are some of the current favorites.

I tried to mix it up with some classics like Marvin Gaye “Got to Give it Up” to provide some old school flavor. I explained to my 7 year old that this song is about someone being brave enough to try something new, like dancing at a party or learning a new sport. As long as you’re grooving there’s always a chance. Thanks for the inspiration Marvin!

Side B is what is on my “most played” list over the past month.

Wow, Sade is on there twice. That Greatest Hits Album is still a banger. I got turned on to her in college and even though they are the same songs they mean something different to me now than they did 20 years ago. I do want to see her in concert some day.

I could have also gone with “Hypnotize” however, I find Biggie’s verse on “It’s All About the Benjamins” to be one of his best ever even though he was dead by the time this song debuted.

Okay, I’m looking at my list again. The newest song, “Seven Nation Army” is from 2003. This was the entry music for the Miami Heat this year. I heard it during a few games and added it to my rotation.

“Super Bad” gets me in the mood to play hoops. I usually listen to this one if I’m playing ball at lunch.

I could’ve picked a few D’Angelo songs but this is the first one that I ever heard back in 1995. I think I was washing my car when it came on WAMO.

The original titles of my A and B sides were “Richer” and “Thinner” but I’m going to use that as my Fantasy Football team name this year.

Please check out my Twitter page at @mwhitehype. Is it called a Twitter page? I think I have one follower, Alex (the owner of this blog). I’m not real active on there but I really like my handle.



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