Episode 4: Ladies Love RTB

June 24, 2007

This mix features my favorite women in hip-hop showing off their lyrical skills. Shout out to all the women who made guest appearances on this mix.

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Track Listing:

U.N.I.T.Y.- Queen Latifah
Lost One- Lauryn Hill
Nickel Bag of Funk- Ladybug
Set The Mood- Indeed
Queen Bitch- Lil’ Kim
Ching Ching- Miss Jade ft. Nelly Furtado
Waterfalls- Left Eye
Twice Inna Lifetime- Jane Doe
How Many Mics- Lauryn Hill
(Holy Matrimony) A Letter to the Firm- Foxy Brown
Put Ya Lighters Up- Lil’ Kim
What They Call Me- Rah Digga
Gotta Man- Eve
Let’s Talk About Sex- Salt-N-Peppa
Hat 2 The Back- TLC
Ain’t Too Proud 2 Beg- TLC
Paper Thin- MC Lyte
Let it Bump- Missy Elliot
Sunshowers- M.I.A.

There are way too many great female emcees to fit them all on one mix, but I tried to fit in most of my favorites. Bahamadia, Apani B. Fly Emcee, Jean Grae, and Lil’ Mama (yeah that’s right, she’s ill) are just a few of the deserving emcees who didn’t make the cut.

This mix marks the first time that guests have appeared on Ross The Boss Radio, but what is a radio show without guests? Much love goes out to those beautiful guests who do so much in their lives and still make time to listen to Ross The Boss Radio.

If you like any of the free music on these podcasts or posted on this site please support the featured artists by buying their music.


Bonus Mix 1: Reggaeton Pa’ La Calle

June 23, 2007

Stop hating on reggaeton. RTB said so.

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Track Listing:

Intro- Stop Hatin’
Vamos Alla- Audi ft. Dani Fornaris
Se Vale To-To- Calle 13
Cuchi Cuchi- LG ft. Dani Fornaris
Chulin, Culin, Chunfly- Voltio ft. Calle 13
Que Pajo Shorty?- Ross The Boss
Los Bandoleros- Don Omar ft. Tego Calderon
La Jirafa- Calle 13
Chillin’- Tego Calderon ft. Don Omar

Some folks prefer to sleep on reggaeton or bad mouth it all together, but everyone must respect certain artists in the genre that consistently bring that fire. A few of my favorites are on the bonus mix above.

All of these beats are ridiculous and the majority of them are produced by Dani Fornaris who is making a name for himself as he takes that Luny Tunes style of electronic reggaeton one step further. There are also a lot of Calle 13 tracks on this mix and while these guys can get a little annoying after a while, I do feel that they bring a lot of creativity to reggaeton. Plus I like their politics, especially after they did a track dedicated to Filiberto Ojeda Rios entitled “Quierido FBI.” Of course I had to put Tego and Don Omar on the mix, but I left Daddy Yankee out, sorry ya’ll, it’s just a bonus mix anyway.

Episode 2: Outlibbed – Outkast X Madlib

June 23, 2007

From Atlanta to LA, RTB learns you what happens when you mix the dirty originators with the west’s best analog beat technician.

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Throw Some D’s (Remix)- Rich Boy ft. Andre 3000
Walk it Out (Remix)- Unk ft. Andre 3000
Mighty O- Outkast
Git Up, Git Out- Outkast
Two Dope Boyz in a Cadillac- Outkast
Wailin’- Outkast
Chonkyfire- Outkast
Da Art of Storytellin (Part 1)- Outkast
Xplosion- Outkast
The Show- Talib Kweli and Madlib
Ridiculous Piano- Madlib, Common, Boss on the Piano
Wild Child- Madlib and Wild Child
Curls- Madvillian
Definition of Ill- Madlib and Planet Asia
Montara- Madlib Blue Note Remixes
Accordian- Madvillian
Shopping Bags- De La Soul and Madlib
Spanish Bells (High Dreams)- Madlib
Outro/The Comeback- Madlib and Ross The Boss

Growing up in the north east I wanted to make a mix that spoke to music from a different part of the country. Outkast (Atlanta) and Madlib (Los Angeles) are some of the most innovative producers and emcees out there. They are both truly hip hop and at times truly weird so I thought they would go together really well.

I had to start off this mix with the remix’s of “Throw Some D’s” and “Walk It Out.” Both of these songs have great beats that really get into your head, but the original versions leave something to be desired, lyrically speaking. I am so glad that Andre decided to drop verses on these tracks because he really turns an average song into something so special. His lyrics are not only funny, but insightful, political, and deeply metaphoric. He saves both of the songs and adds a poetry to them that makes me respect the beats and the artists.
I chose the Outkast tracks that follow because they are some of my favorite and more non-traditional hip hop tracks that they have created. Songs like Chonkyfire and Explosion are great examples of how innovative and trendsetting Dre and Big Boi really are.

I start out the Madlib section of the mix with a track from a Kweli/Madlib collabo album entitled “Liberation.” This album was given out free for a week at the begining of the year and it is a real gem. I must applaud these two for spreading the love for good music. The following track is a Madlib instrumental that I layed down a “ridiculous piano” solo over. You didn’t know Ross The Boss played piano too!! The tracks that follow are some of my favorite Madlib produced songs including one from the mid 90s and a couple of great MF Doom tracks. My favorite Quasimoto track “Axe Puzzles” didn’t make the mix but it was a hard decision for me to leave it out. The outro song “The Comeback” is such a soulful production and can either make you so sad or so happy and that is one indicator of what great art should do.

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Episode 1: A Tribute to J-Dilla

June 23, 2007

The producer/emcee genius known as J Dilla has been putting out beats and flows for over a decade. This episode is a sampling of some of my favorites mixed together for your listening pleasure.

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Track Listing:

Don’t Cry- J Dilla
Show Me What You Got- Busta Rhymes
Give It Up- J Dilla
Whip You With a Strap- Ghostface
F*ck The Police- J Dilla
Verbal Clap- De La Soul
Love Jones- J Dilla
Starz- Jaylib
Reminisce- Bilal ft. Mos Def
Got Til it’s Gone- Janet Jackson ft. Q-Tip
Look of Love- Slum Village
Body Movin- J Dilla
Rico Suave Bossa Nova- J Dilla
Time Travelin Reprise- J Dilla
Get a Hold- A Tribe Called Quest
Star 69*- Common
Thelonious- Slum Village ft. Common
The Rhyme (Remix)- Keith Murray
Dynamite- The Roots
Drop- Pharcyde
Players- Slum Village
Stressed Out- A Tribe Called Quest
Can’t Stop This- The Roots

I am really proud of this tribute because it showcases the different production styles of Dilla and highlights the emcees that he collaborated with. I made this mix before his latest album “Ruff Draft” was released so that is why some dope tracks like “The $” and “Crushin” are not included in this mix, but you can find out more about that album and J Dilla here, and please remember to support all the artists featured on this mix by purchasing their music.