Welcome to the first post of Mixtape Mondays. I’m Tim Nazanin, the newest contributor to the All Things Go family, here to talk about hip-hop mixtapes that you, the loyal reader, should know about. A little about me: I’m from Chicago (the suburbs, but we got a hard life with tax fraud and soccer moms), and I love everything about hip-hop, from the old-school style of Tribe, Wu-Tang, Biggie to Leanin’ and Rockin’ with Dem Franchise Boyz and Snappin My Fingas wit Lil Jon. I’ll admit that I’m a sucker for those songs, but I can’t help it. But enough intros, let’s get to today’s mixtape:
The mixtape that you guys should definitely hit up is Drive Slow: The Mixtape by GLC and A-Trak. GLC is Kanye West’s protégé and A-Trak is Kanye’s DJ, so you know that this mixtape is going to be hot just by these two being associated with Mr. Chi-town himself. There are two songs that headline the mixtape that you guys should take a listen to.
On “Drive Slow (A-Trak Remix)”, A-Trak takes a song that is already hot and ups the hotness by adding an epic twist with orchestral strings to accompany the original instrumentals. Then there is a little surprise in the middle during Paul Wall’s verse, as A-Trak tosses in a screwed version of Paul Wall’s “Sittin Sideways”, and then goes back to the orchestral string assemble. The only way this song could get better was if Nate Dogg came in and sang the hook…not a bad idea…I’ll bring it up when I see him at bingo night tomorrow at the community center.
Can you top the chorus (“I gotta stay fly-y-y-y-y because I’m from the CHI-I-I-I”) in “Stay Fly (From The Chi)”? GLC and A-Trak take the song that started the infamous career of Academy Award Winners Three Six Mafia and sprinkled some Chicago on it, reinventing the party song.
Thanks for taking the time to read my first post. If any of you have any suggestions on how I can make it better or just want to hook me up with a mixtape to listen to and write about, just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I’m out…give it to the world, peace love and Gap.