The new year always brings massive periods of reflection for me. Not only do we all start a new chapter, but I have a January birthday, so I’m looking ahead and acknowledging my past simultaneously. I assess where I want to be, areas of life to improve and lessons to keep in my back pocket. I’ve always been an extremely deep thinker, and music significantly marks and highlights different seasons on my life.
More after the skip
There are a few reasons I decided to do this compilation. First, I lived in the 757 Virginia Beach area for half of my high school experience and I must say that the radio down there is consistently two steps ahead. Through The Neptunes, Timbaland, Missy Elliott all the way back to vets like Teddy Riley, the 757 has clearly proven to be a hotbed for musical creativity. Aside from that, during this era every artist you see in the cover artwork from our wonderful NO had a collective synergy and a distinct sound that was simply indelible. The samples used, the drum machine skills, the sound effects and the overall style has never been fully duplicated. And none of them rapped that great but somehow every song was bounce-worthy enough to overcompensate. I culled some of my favorite Tim, Missy, Ginuwine, Playa and Aaliyah joints that embodied their movement to pay homage. I had to fish some of the CDs out of my collection and convert them to MP3s (see: time consuming) so you better enjoy.
It’s Valentine’s Day Blind I faithful! And whether you’re filled with love or steeped in heartache, chances are you will be listening to whatever suits your mood today. Allow us to make it easier. I thought about making a new compilation for the day and then I remembered all of the amazing compilations we’ve created individually and as a staff. Through these, we touch on every topic from sex to breakups to makeups. We’ve gained a lot of new fans since some of these were posted years ago, so now with love, we present The Love Re-UP (11 compilations). Hit the skip for the the mixtapes. Also, check out Modi’s Singles Awareness Day (S.A.D.) tape over at Dctobc.
The first time we decided to collaborate on a compilation it was for Grimey, which was three volumes of hardcore hip hop. And during the process of selecting songs, we discovered that our individual musical tastes were very similar and complemented each other well. We have some dope compilation ideas for the future but for now we proudly present… All That Jazz Vol. 1. Some of the songs are strictly jazz, while others just have the smooth vibe like “Autumn’s Evening Breeze.” In the tracklist, the songs in blue were picked by Maiya and teal by NO and we alternated taking turns. It’s cold outside and the perfect time to throw this compilation on and let it ride.
TL & DL after the after…
Join us in wishing our very own 1st lady Maiya a wonderful, $tunta$tic, fresher than fresh birthday! We appreciate all your hard work & dedication you have shown to all of us since we started this whole Blind I movement, for we cannot move without you. Jedi respecognition unto you on this day & many more! May the best of your past – Be the worst of your future.
Happy Birthday Mai Mai!
A few weeks ago, Contraband approached me about doing a compilation with all Raekwon and Ghostface Killah. Being the huge Wu fan that I am, I thought it was a dope idea and I was excited to get started. We’ve been tag teaming the best of the talented emcees and with 20 tracks each, I must admit we’ve outdone ourselves here. Blue & Cream has classic and new material and we hand-picked each one for your listening pleasure. Special shout out to Contraband for the concept and the artwork. Click here for more background on the compilation.
CONTRABAND & MAIYA PRESENT…RAEKWON & GHOSTFACE- BLUE & CREAM [DOWNLOAD]
Tracklist after the jump!
It’s that time of the month again. She’s baaacccccckkk. I was hoping to use the artwork that was on the wall in the movie Belly (our minds work so randomly don’t they) because I thought it would be perfect. You should know the RDV compilations by now. All the goods are after the skip. Let me know what you think. Some new, some old. All sexy. Thanks to Suli and Noah for tag-teaming the graphics.
There are so many reasons to feel good right now. Blind I has an amazing showcase on the way NEXT WEEK at SXSW (become a fan on FB #shamelessplug). The snow is finally melted and it seems like Spring is about to make its debut. These always get a lot of downloads but there’s something about this volume that I really like. Can’t put my finger on it. Make love. Spread love. Enjoy!
A persons spirit is the power that propells us past our mental and physical limitations….
limitations that often define our human condition.
To empower another is to inspire and to inspire is to be in spirit. Like each record on this compilation, you play a part in the whole. You have the power of spirit, mind,and body let the music speak to ya soul.
The collaborative family at Blind I is daring you to EMPOWER and be EMPOWERED in 2010 and beyond…
here is your soundtrack to always be present with you.
We trust in your path.
-BLIND I FOR THE KIDS-
Track List & Download after the J…
Grimey – The Final Chapter. That’s right folks, when Mai & I set out to do these compilations, we had it set in mind that each collabo/comp we did would only hit 3 volumes & then we’d be on to the next one..on-on to the next one (besides y’all slept on vol.2). So this is our 3rd & final opus in the Grimey series, we will mos def come back next year with some OTHER theme, but until then put the razor blade under your tongue & stomp on the streets in your Timbo’s 1 mo’ ‘gain!
Tracklist & DL after the Jump 2 get beat down…
- J DILLA’S RECORD COLLECTION
- ART DONT SLEEP PRESENTS: 12 REASONS TO DIE W/ GHOSTFACE KILLAH x ADRIAN YOUNGE RECORD RELEASE/TICKET GIVEAWAY
- THEMPEOPLE – SMOKE BREAKS || DOPE INSPIRES DOPE
- VIDEO: VIC SPENCER (@VICSPENCER) – DUCK SAUCE (FT. MC TREE @MCTREEG)
- VIDEO: CHANCE THE RAPPER (@CHANCETHERAPPER) – JUICE
- VIDEO: LILI K (@LILIKJAZZ) – NEVER EVER
- VIDEO: YANCEY BOYS – THE THROWAWAY
- ART DON’T SLEEP PRESENTS “THAT 70′S SOUL”
- VIDEO: KAVINSKY – PROTOVISION
- LEGION OF DOOM – ALL DISRESPECT INTENDED
- CLOUDEATER – HYBRID HEART (MESCK REMIX)
- LILI K AND PETER COTTONTALE – METAL PETALS
- STRONG ARM STEADY & OH NO – NO SKY LIMIT (SMOKE ON REMIX) FEAT. DOM KENNEDY
- VIDEO: KARRIEM RIGGINS – SUMMER MADNESS
- MIX: DEECH – 30 MINUTE MIX 4 ACTIVIA BENZ
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- A CONCERNED NIGGA on BLIND I PRESENTS THE NEPTUNES – DECEMVIR
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