Wednesday, February 26, 2020

The Tape Deck #458

Needless to say, 2020 didn't start off as I'd expected. My computer's motherboard failed on me, and just a few days later, my childhood hero died. I'm still processing Kobe's death. This one's gonna hurt for a while. Anyone who's been following the site since the heyday, back when I used to splatter this page with purple and gold - especially around April, May, and June, if you know get what I'm saying - knows how important Kobe was to me. And always will be.

My beat/remix/video, 2014


I've been coping/mourning by getting heavy/ier into NBA basketball and hooping at local parks. Feels healthy. Listening to rap music from the late-90s/early-2000s has been helping, too, because I associate that era in rap with Kobe's coming of age. Lot of Jay-Z/Roc-A-Fella shit. And regardless of this process, sometimes I get into these moods where I just can't get into new music. But then the pendulum swings and getting back into contemporary music becomes imperative. So... here we are in late February with my first new music mix of 2020 lol. As always, some of this, some of that...

1. Fabolous - Black Mamba Freestyle (Kobe Bryant Tribute) (2016)
2. Future - Life Is Good (feat. Drake)
3. Pop Smoke (R.I.P.!!!!!) - Christopher Walking
4. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie - Pain Away (feat. Meek Mill & Roddy Ricch)
5. Royce Da 5'9'' - Upside Down (feat. Ashley Sorrell & Benny the Butcher)
6. Conway the Machine - Yikes (Freestyle)
7. Rebel Rodomez - Scare No One (feat. Benny the Butcher)
8. Royce Da 5'9'' - Overcomer (feat. Westside Gunn)
9. Conway the Machine - Sign Language
10. Roc Marciano - Another Day
11. Lords of the Underground - What's Up (feat. Onyx)
12. Rockness Monsta - Be Better
13. Styles P - Cash to Burn (feat. Kanye West & Kenny G)
14. Fred The Godson - Rae (feat. 38 Spesh)
15. Gang Starr - Bad Name (Remix) (feat. Method Man & Redman)
16. REASON - Show Stop
17. Mick Jenkins - Carefree
18. The Leonard Simpson Duo - My Inspiration
19. Boldy James & The Alchemist - Giant Slide
20. Jay Worthy, G Perico & The Alchemist - The Routine
21. French Montana - This the Reason (feat. A$AP Rocky)
22. Juelz Santana - 23 & 1
23. Meek Mill - Believe (feat. Justin Timberlake)
24. Agallah - For Kobe For Gigi