As we go into Part 4 of the #YearOfTheMixtape campaign, I teamed up with my man DJ Dens to put together a mix of some of our favorite original soul records and rare grooves that have been used to create some of the biggest hip hop songs of all times. While Dens digs a little deeper and goes more into the classic samples (2nd half), I focused on some of the most recent music that you all know and love. Find out about what original songs inspired the producers for artists like Drake, Kanye West, Jay Z, Rick Ross and many others.
DJ Kitsune & DJ Dens – Samplifier by Dj Kitsune on Mixcloud]]>
DJ Kitsune – Early Morning Love 3 by Dj Kitsune on Mixcloud
I just had to do it. After you guys made „Early Morning Love 2“ my most successful mix on Mixcloud, I knew I had to do a third part sometime during the „Year Of The Mixtape“ campaign. Now with spring time around the corner, what’s better than a few brand new, mellow and soulful songs to vibe to. Once again I tried to sprinkle a handful of amazing new talent in between the superstar names, so you’ll get your dose of John Legend, Chris Brown, Rick Ross and Drake but also some SoMo, The Flavr Blue, Kesington Kross and Mack Wilds. Spread the word. Early Morning Love is back.
It’s been years since I first saw Aloe Blacc rock on Central Park SummerStage, but I’ve been respecting this man, his music and his incredible voice ever since. When he blessed Avicii with his amazing vocals for „Wake Me Up“ I just wished there was an r&b or at least more soulful version of it. And that’s exactly why I did this. Not so much production work here, thefore I call it „Edit“ instead of „Remix“. But who cares, I guess. Enjoy!
DJ Kitsune – RockSolid by Dj Kitsune on Mixcloud
I promised Part 2 is going to be special. And i hope you agree. Over the years I did so many mixtapes with so many topics and styles but there was one thing I never dared to touch. And that is rock music. Therefore „RockSolid“ is all about rock. Not just any rock songs or some of the greatest hits of all times, but most of my very personal favorites from the 90s, an era when so much amazing rock music came out that it was inevitable to be influenced by Pearl Jam, the Red Hot Chili Peppers or Nirvana, an era when MTV was still so big and you would watch „Yo! MTV Raps“, fall asleep and wake up to „Headbanger’s Ball“ and some obscure GWAR video. Anyway, you get the idea. This is a mix of my personal rock classics from the 90s and I hope you love these songs as much as I do. Do me a favor and share this mix if you like it. Sharing is caring.
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DJ Kitsune – The New West (Hosted by DJ Skee) by Dj Kitsune on Mixcloud
„The New West“ is all about new artists and new music from California, from Los Angeles all the way up to the Bay Area. Dedicated to the highly creative and very successful new movement of Cali based artists, you’ll find some of your favorite stars like Tyga, YG, Chris Brown or Kendrick Lamar among amazing newcomers and incredible talents like Jhene Aiko, Iamsu, Problem or Elijah Blake – all of them repping the Golden State to the fullest. My man DJ Skee from L.A. hosted this mixtape and shared a few stories here and there and I’m proud to say that his contribution made this mixtape kinda „officially approved“.
„The New West“ is also the kick off to my „Year Of The Mixtape“. There’s a brand new mixtape dropping every single month, so stay tuned and feel free to share and recommend this mix if you like it. #DJKitsune #DJSkee #TheNewWest #YearOfTheMixtape]]>
All of this makes it very why obvious why DJ Kitsune declared his 15th anniversary as a dj in 2014 to his very personal „Year Of The Mixtape“. All year long, a new mix with a special topic and various guests from all over the world will be released every single month. The kick-off will be provided by „The New West“, fully dedicated to the new and innovative music scene of California and hosted by Los Angeles’ very own DJ Skee.
„The New West“ and all upcoming „Year Of The Mixtape“ mixes will be available on www.djkitsune.com exclusively.
I grew up on Mr Cee being one of the geatest djs of all times. I mean, the man discovered The Notorious B.I.G. and djed for Big Daddy Kane! What more do I need to say? Cee turned Hot97 into the biggest hip hop radio station on this planet and helped develop the careers of so many of our favorite rap and r&b artists.
I remember how Rasul told me that one of his Brooklyn peeps knew Mr Cee and told Ra that he could meet him. Rasul gave him his demo and it was one of the greatest moments for him. Mr Cee has been one of the most influential djs in the most influential hip hop market of the world. This man forged hip hop into the shape it is today. If it wasn’t for people like him, hip hop history and classic music would be lost and forgotten.
I remember being at an industry event in New York that Mr Cee djed for a couple of years ago. The room was full of promoters, a&rs, djs, bloggers, struggling artists and record company interns. Cee started playing 90s rap songs, some more well-known, other more unknown or forgotten about. He noticed that the crowd wasn’t really reacting to some records he thought they should know and asked them. „What’s up, you don’t know these songs?“ The reaction was fairly reserved. He started to pick out some of the people in attendance, very aware of the fact that many of them worked for the big record labels. „You, you with the Yankees hat. How old are you? 21? And who do you work for? Oh, you intern at Universal Music? Don’t you know this song I’m playing? No? How do you work for the biggest record label in the world and don’t know about music? Do your fucking homework!!“ Then he moved on to the next guy. „You with the Brooklyn shirt – you from Brooklyn? Good. BK! You work for a label as well? Oh, you work for Def Jam?! That’s what’s up! How do you work for Def Jam with Jay-Z being the president and not know these early Jay-Z songs? Are you fucking stupid? And on top of that you’re from the BK??!! How are you shitting on hip hop and have the nerves to intern for the most important hip hop label in the world? Do you want me to call your boss and have you fired today? Do your fucking homework!!! Now step back and stop rapping along to these songs you have no idea about.“
This is one of the most classic and most vivid memories I have about Mr Cee. I was in this room, watching this guy do what he does best and teach these new kids about what’s real. It’s sad to see him leave, especially considering the circumstances. I don’t care about what people do in their private lives as long as it doesn’t hurt or damage other people. Mr Cee decided to pay for sex with men, that’s what his pleasure and (according to his words) his addiction was. It’s not for me to judge that. We let people sell drugs to kids and guns to criminals, but we have a problem with someone who’s into the same sex? This way we’ll NEVER advance as people.
Mr Cee – you will be missed.]]>
It’s about that time of the year, and yes, this time I’m celebrating my birthday in style. Presented by my friends over at htc, this event is guaranteed to be special. I’ve managed to get one of my favorite djs right now – London’s own DJ Kayper – to rock the turntables with me, and believe me, she knows how to do so. Join the party and celebrate with us, even though my birthday isn’t a 100% exactly on the 27th. But who cares right? A good party is a good party.
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