This mix is about minority-loving minorities.
Why It’s Pretentious: So if you follow me on Twitter, you may have realized that I only like to talk about two things: Sundance and my Asian roommate. This mix encompasses (or, at the very least, vaguely touches on) both of these things!
As an Honors student — ding! goes the pretentious bell — this is my only free semester to study abroad or “away” at our New York or LA campuses. Instead, I decided to fake-study-abroad and take a trip each month. January, I volunteered at Sundance for five days (One of the films I got to see was Ice-T’s rap documentary “Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap.” That means I’ve been feeling the West Coast rap since I got back last week. Keep that in mind as we continue on this journey.)
So my Asian roommate Sarah (obviously also Honors) decided to use her free semester to book it to LA for the spring semester. Before she left, I made her a few going away mixes. This one is comprised of hip hop/rap songs that mention Asians, bookended by songs about California. (In the interest of featuring multiple artists, there is only ONE song by Childish Gambino.) I didn’t tell her the theme beforehand, but since she has a highly-tuned Asian-dar, she was able to guess it by the second song, i.e., the first song that mentions Asians. Priceless. Anyway, we’ve all missed our little Japanese rose, but GUESS WHAT. February’s trip is to the Grammy’s, so I will see her next week! So this mix is in honor of Sarah Champion! Of Asians! Of LA! Of Ice-T (who is not actually featured in this mix)! Of friendship!
Maybe the next mix I post will not be about race, but I find that highly unlikely. This blog is slowly but surely becoming “ridiculous race-related mixtapes I made in college.” BECAUSE I BELIEVE IN NICHE MARKETS.
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Tracklisting after the jump.
Spring Break Heartache: The Musical
This mix is about spring break heartaches.
Why It’s Pretentious: Guys, I am REALLY EXCITED about this mix. I’ve been working on it for forever and it’s finally where I want it to be. I started it as a tribute to one of the greatest songs in the history of the world: Spring Break Heartache by Blown Stag. According to their bio, band members Tommy Thrust, Bitch Romney, Chris, and the Squish, form “a timeless musical justice that echoes down into the tubes of the music industry.” I went to their single release show a few weeks ago and 95% of ladies there left pregnant, simply due to the cacophony of sexual energy unleashed by their songs. One girl just immediately had triplets, right there on the dance floor. True story.
What you’ll find here is a series of vignettes about love and loss in early to mid March of 1985, of trysts on the beach and prostitutes in back alleyways. There are some really great surprises in here that I think exquisitely sum up the spring break experience, sort of like a musical roofie in your Mai Tai Mix Tape. (Now is as good a time as any to mention that the extended title of this mix is GIRL$ GIRL$ GIRL$: Spring Break Heartache: The Musical.) I hope this mix finds you wearing track suits and ray-bans and gold chain medallion necklaces, or neon booty shorts and bikinis. Double-fisting cheap beer and fruity drinks. Unsuccessfully hitting on someone foxy and nursing that spring break heartache with rock and roll.
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Tracklisting, bonus video, and bonus analysis of Bobby V’s “Stilettos & T-Shirt” after the jump.
i thought the line in “fuckin’ problems” was “i love bad bitches, that’s my fuckin’ problem / and yeah i like the bitches that cause fuckin’ problems.”
“and yeah i like to fuck; i got a fuckin’ problem” is pretty clever, but i like my version better
this always happens when i get used to censored versions on 101.1 da beat jamz