Good mornin' ya'll! I woke up this morning to find that one of my live mixes featured on Uproxx.com in an article titled The Best Hip-Hop DJ Mixes Streaming Right now. This news was incredibly flattering, not to mention it started my morning off on the right foot.
Prior to opening the article, I was trying to guess if I was listed or if the article was sent to me for inspiration. Either way, I knew I would be inspired. I love hearing new mixes and ones that come highly recommended by others. With no expectations, I saw my DJ name and a little mix that was recorded (unedited) from a radio show we did from 2006 til 2015.
The featured mix was the '360 Made Me Do It' mix. I think it was recorded somewhere around November 2008. Damn, that was a long time ago. Seems like yesterday.
The mix is a curation of throwback Hip-Hop, New Jack Swing, Funk, Soul, R & B; all the things I like in to an hour long set. I remember this particular show fairly well. It was always hot in the studio and, by hot, I mean temperature. We streamed the show live from our home studio in Hayward. It was not climate controlled.
We had a lineup of about 3 or 4 DJs that do hour long sets. I usually went on first. Our radio show was broadcast live around the world on Thursday nights beginning at 7 pm. The live recording then went in to our rebroadcast server and replayed on Friday mornings. '360 Made e Do It' was simply my cut of that live show as it was.
I often forget that I posted that mix. It's been that long. But that "Coming To America"/Randy Watson/Sexual Chocolate intro always jogs my memory of that mix. It is one of my favorites because I had fun mixing it. I was in a good zone. I was feeling good and tipsy at that. I guess that persisted through the set.
I appreciate all the listeners that remember this mix and tuned in and kept this one afloat in your minds. If this is your first time listening to it, I hope you enjoy it and that it takes you back to a good place in music time. If you aren't familiar with this music, I hope it encourages you to become familiar. After all, these tracks are some real gems. *wink*
Thank you Aaron Smarter for selecting my mix to feature in your article. It was a pleasant surprise! All, please follow Aaron Williams on Uproxx.com for more great articles and @aaronsmarter on Instagram!
Love and light...