“When people didn’t rally around Dead Prez, I knew the black hip-hop audience had become far less politicized. I just don’t know if Americans give a damn about anything past a shopping mall. And that’s all Americans on all levels. I can’t expect rappers to be politicized when Americans are not socially motivated enough to care about their own lives and public policy as much as they were even 20 years ago. But I’m compelled to make the music I make regardless.”—Killer Mike talks about the evolution of hip-hop’s relationship with politics in our latest feature interview. (via pitchfork)
Lots of talk about this Rustie BBC Radio 1’s Essential Mix. You can listen to the whole thing above, and peep the track list below:
The Friends of Distinction - Impressions (Dialogue) Rustie - Gilded Jewel Case Dreams - Bloodsport The Blessings - Whoopi Hudson Mohawke - Gooo Rick Ross - MMG The World is Ours Rustie - All Nite (Demo Version) Clams Casino - Im God Juicy J - Geeked Up Off Them Bars Obey City - Work Move Love Shy - That First Kiss Xcuse - All Right (Shiftee Remix) Asap Twelvy - Our World Rustie - Eyezz S-Type - Billboard Surkin - Gold Island - (Bok Bok & L-vis 1990 Remix) Kavsrave - No More (Slow Jams) Lunice - Cant Wait To Nightwave - Night Bird Rustie - City Star (vip) Baauer - Harlam Shake Hudson Mohawke - Push My Dry Wet Mess - When We Were Wrong Skeletone 3 Rustie - Reflector Lone - Dream Ache Rustie - Love Frequency Surkin - White Knight (Jackson & His Computer Band Remix) Fox Gut Daata - Throb Black Map Rustie - Crakk Squirrel Rustie - Prizm Cashmere Cat - Mirror Maru Destinys Child - Get on the Bus Rustie - Shifft Lucky Beard - Shake Your Nipples Krystal Klear - Pistol Chauffeur Obey City - Fallin Cid Rim - JazzJazzJazz (Dorian Concept Remix) Big Sean - Marvin & Chardonay Manix! - Feel Reel Good Heezy Baby - Logobi Heezy International Cassie - King of Hearts (Kanye West Remix) Rustie - Hover Traps Wiz Khalifa - Guilty Conscience Rustie - Mint Lotus Rustie - Gold Likk Danny Brown - Witit Rustie - Frazzle Rustie - Ooompa Rustie - Cat Nip Rustie - Sawdust Drake - Lord Knows Tnght - R U Ready Baauer - Dumdum Nicki Minaj - I Am Your Leader Eprom - Regis Chillbin (Machinedrum Remix) Dorian Concept - Toothbrush Rustie - Teen Souls Burning Rustie - 444Sure The Friends of Distinction - Impressions (Dialogue)
I know this is like a week late but whatevs. So much Rustie on repeat lately.
This is one of the best Essential Mixes I’ve ever heard, and I have heard a LOT of Essential Mixes. Rustie proves that he isn’t just a world-class electronic musician- dude is also a FIERCE DJ with a real ear for how to construct a great, accessible party mix that not only reps his tunes and promotes his style, but also could get a crowd bouncing without having ever before heard a single track in the mix.