Monday Mixer

1 – Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment – “Sunday Candy”

This is the best thing to hit the internet in many moons. In the spirit of always including Chance on my Monday Mixers, “Sunday Candy” was a natural fit. Watch. Smile. Be happy.

2 – Run The Jewels – “Close Your Eyes (And Count to F**k)” ft. Zach de la Rocha

Keeping up with the hip-hop theme, RTJ recently dropped a visual off of their sterling second album. This track features Zach de la Rocha of Rage Against The Machine fame, and is guaranteed to raise your adrenaline level.

3 – Jay Prince – “4U/Lately”

Probably my favorite rapper out of London right now, Jay Prince has achieved much acclaim through his record label, Soulection. The boom-bap beat and the British accent can’t be beat, I swear.

4 – Mick Jenkins – “Alchemy”

If there’s one rapper from Chicago who is probably “next up” I would have to say it’s Mick Jenkins. His last mixtape, The Water[s] was one of the most poignant works to come out of the city in quite a while, and with a Lollapalooza spot in 2015, it’s hard to imagine Mick not blowing up. You heard it here first (but not really, I think a lot of people hold that opinion.)

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5 – Drake – “Know Yourself”

I had to. I’m sorry. It’s so much fun to shout “I WAS RUNNIN’ THROUGH THE 6 WITH MY WOES!”

6 – Jai Paul – “Jasmine”

Jai Paul is a bit of an enigma. The semi-electronic soul artist from London dropped a couple of tracks with XL records a couple of years ago before going completely silent. Here’s to hoping he’ll eventually release an album, because this track is groovy as hell. Here’s to hoping we get to hear more from Mr. Paul in the future, but it looks bleak.

7 – Action Bronson – “Baby Blue” ft. Chance The Rapper

There is no more likeable emcee out today than Action Bronson. I would pay serious money to watch him do stand-up, but until then, I have to settle for this. I’ll deal, I guess.

8 – Saba – “Burnout”

Just a kid from Chicago, Saba is probably the brightest star in Chicago’s underground hip-hop scene. Couple a constant performing schedule in Chicago with one of the best projects (ComfortZone) in 2014, and you’ve got a kid from the west side with an impeccably bright future. Honestly, of all the artists I’ve talked to, none have been more genuine and humble than Sab. I only want to see the best for this guy.

9 – Ibeyi – “Ghosts”

Ok, I had to take a break from rap music – if only for a track. Ibeyi are a duo of French/Cuban women who make the most interesting genre-bending music I’ve heard in quite some time. Just listen, you’ll see what I mean.

10 – Kanye West – “Wolves” ft. Vic Mensa

I couldn’t make a hip-hop playlist without including a little Kanye. I know he’s arrogant. I know he’s a jackass. But when he releases new music, everyone seems to listen. To get the song I’m talking about, you have to skip to about the 2:30 mark in the video – and while I’m not usually one for auto-tune, Yeezy did it right on this track. Oh yeah, and that’s Vic Mensa on stage with Ye at SNL. So awesome.

11 – Kendrick Lamar – “King Kunta”

I didn’t really have a choice. Dance-walk all day.


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