Monthly Archives: June 2013

Cosmo Baker’s Roots Picnic 2013 Mix

Another favourite DJ of mine, Cosmo Baker, did this mix for the annual Roots picnic. Here’s what he had to say about it:

“At the 11th Hour it seemed like a good idea to write some sort of introduction to this mix and I gave it some thought as to what I was going to touch upon, but understand this is harder than it may seem. It’s difficult enough to capture everything that this collection of artists is about in the futile medium that’s one single mixtape. In the same regard, much like their entire career it’s almost impossible to pin down what The Roots, and Okayplayer are all about with just words. And that right there just may be the point.

I could take it back to 1992 or 93 when I first met these two dudes Ahmir and Tariq and this could be the story of “Philly dudes done well” or I could talk about the parallels of all or our respective career arcs and all that jazz. Or I could talk about how just some local musicans and DJs from South and West Philly have transformed into global music and cultural ambassadors.

But to me it comes down to one thing – love. The love that one has that makes one do what they do. It’s not for the money of the fame, but for the love of music that is the single reason why we’re in this game. That’s the greatest commonality that we all share, and one of the reasons why Okayplayer is what it is today in 2013. Perhaps it’s something in our mutual Philly history, and its collective cultural fiber; from being in that one time at that one place. I don’t know, but I do know one thing: I grew up with all this, and so when I was asked to contribute this mix, it was more than an honor. It felt like I was coming back home.”

– Cosmo Baker, 2013

DJ Premier “Young Gifted & Black Intro”
Gang Starr “Full Clip”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis “Thrift Shop”
The Roots “Dynamite”
How To Dress Well “Running Back”
Sonnymoon feat. Melo-X “Htlv (Houstatlantavegas) (Melo-X Remix)”
Naughty By Nature “Hip-Hop (DJ Scene 2013 Remix)
Trinidad James “All Gold Everything (Emynd NOLA Bounce Remix)
Robert Glasper “Black Radio feat. Yasin Bey (Pete Rock Remix)”
The Gaslamp Killer “Anything Worse”
The Roots “The Seed 2.0″
Solange “Losing You”
Jennah Bell “Monster Killer”
Solange “Sandcastle Disco”
The Roots “How I Got Over”
Duck Sauce “Grand Steppin”
Grimes “Circumambient”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis “Can’t Hold Us feat. Ray Dalton”
Grimes “Oblivion”
A-Trak “Tuna Melt feat. Tommy Trash (Grandtheft Remix)”
Jay-Z & Kanye “Niggas In Paris”
Trinidad James “Females Welcome”
AraabMuzik “The Prince Is Coming”
The Gaslamp Killer “Impulse feat. Daedelus”
Kendrick Lamar “Backseat Freestyle”
A$AP Rocky “Goldie”
Gang Starr “Above The Clouds feat. Inspectah Deck”
Robert Glasper “Twice feat. Solange (?uestlove’s Twice Baked Remix)”
Gary Clark Jr. “The Life”
Joey Bada$$ “Waves”
Naughty By Nature “Jamboree feat. Zhane”
Smoke DZA “Gotham City feat. Joey Bada$$”
AraabMuzik “Hammer Dance”
The Roots “Act Too… The Love Of My Life feat. Common”
Shlohmo “Don’t Say No feat. How To Dress Well”
Lushlife “Magnolia”

Get On The Floor! – HeavySoulBrutha

Dave HSB presents a selection of classic disco records for your enjoyment – you can’t go wrong with this! Vinyl only of course…


House Hop – Gonorstein


It’s about time for a new mix from one of my all time favourite DJs, Gonorstein (if you don’t know, get to know). This time he goes into the zone of house related rap from the era when everyone put a house track on their album in the wake of Push It and I’ll House You. Props to Phil Martin on the artwork too…

1. Kool Rock Steady & Sundance – Aint No Stopping Hip House
2. King Sun – On the Club Tip
3. Seville – Keep Ya Movin
4. Lady Supreme – I’m That Type of Girl
5. Chill Rob Gee – Make It
6. Special Ed – Club Scene
7. KC Flight – Let’s Get Jazzy
8. The Break Boys – And The Break Goes On
9. Chuck Chill Out & Cool Chip- Rhythm Is The Master (Acapella)
10. Epmd – I’m Housin’ (White Noise mix)
11. Epmd – It’s Time To Party
12. Fingers Inc – Can You Feel It (Let The Rhythm Hit Em’ Acapella)
13. Black Rock & Ron – Black Rock & Ron (UK Mix Together Forever)
14. ATCQ – Footprints (Doc Brown Mix)
15. Double Jay – Bless The Funk
16. Nitro Deluxe – This Brutal House
17. Craig G – Turn This House
18. Jungle Wonz – Movin On’ (Acapella)
19. Edward Crosby & Singing DJ – Party Time Remix
20. The DOC – Portrait Of A Masterpiece (CJ Edit)
21. M & M – Get Off Your Butt
22. Adonis – No Way Back
23. Men At Work (Acapella)
24. JM Silk– Music Is the Key
25. Jamose – Megablast
26. Raw (Acapella)
27. Underground Solution – Love Dancin’
28. Longsy D – Ska
29. Open Up Your Mind (Acapella)
30. Doug E Fresh – Summertime
31. Masters at Work – Alright Alright