I don’t know why event inspired music excites me, it just does. The mixtape features a solid underground cast of emcees, none more intriguing as NY Knicks guard, Iman Shumpert on the last track. He’s not half bad (footage of Iman rapping), other tracks feature professional rappers: Action Bronson, Slum Village, Vince Staples, Michael Uzowuru, Chip Tha Ripper, Pro Era. Very patriotic stuff, represent the stripes.
Outkast aside, De La Soul is probably my favorite hip-hop group of all time. Call it a chicken-and-egg complex, but even now, when I listen to 3 Feet High and Rising I still remember pretty much everything about the day I bought that album: girl problems, algebra tests, etc. The esoteric quirks on each subsequent De La album are exactly the same in terms of stimulating elephant-like memories.
Mick Boogie and Co. have just dropped Le Da Soul: 20 Years of De La Soul with remakes of some of the classics De La has dropped for the past 20 years. Click the De La Soul sneaker below to download the mixtape:
I love videos like this because of their polarizing nature. On the one hand there will be the art school types who appreciate the low budget attempt at leaving things simple, letting the song speak for itself. Then there will be the heads who say it’s garbage, possibly even a reckless choice for a video. A video lacking any real artistic or entertainment value. Peep the screen shot from WorldStarhiphop ,where I first scoped the video, to get a glimpse of the comment war.