July 1, 2010


The BBQ/Block Party Tape


1. DJ Quik – Pitch In Ona Party
2. Janelle Monae – Tightrope (ft.Big Boi)
3. The White Panda – Tipsy In The Sun (J-Kwon vs. Weezer)
4. Mayer Hawthorne & The Country – Your Easy Lovin’ Ain’t Pleasin’ Nothin’
5. Toots & The Maytals – Funky Kingston
6. Tamba 4 – California Soul
7. Souls of Mischief – Sho For Real
8. Eddie Kendricks – Intimate Friends
9. The-Dream – Shawty Is Da Shit (ft.Fabolous)
10. Mark Ronson – Bang Bang Bang (ft.Q-Tip)
11. King Reign – One More Time (ft.Pharaohe Monch)
12. Amerie – One Thing (Dilla Dukes Remix)
13. John Legend – Green Light ft. Andre 3000 (Afroganic Remix)
14. Alton Ellis – La La Means I Love You

The aim of this tape: to get that chick you’ve had your eyes on all summer out to the party. You know the one with the nice backyard. The one wears the sundress every time it’s above 15 degrees (or 75 Fahrenheit for the Yanks out there). She’s got this fly way of sashaying and bopping her head when she walks, and a smile that makes your heart pump. So what do you do, fool? Invite her out to the BBQ you’re throwing on Saturday night. You got potato salad, you got burgers, you got some BBQ chicken, you got Corona, Sol and San Miguel and lime on ice. But you’re going to need a playlist stat and that’s where I come in.

Start with some low-key party jams, a lil’ Quik sets it off nicely. You gradually bump the energy level as more people file in – turn up the Janelle Monae and Mayer Hawthorne to get folks up on it. At this point, you got some jerk chicken and burgers cooking nicely and the booze is flowing. People are loosening up. You can kick in a few more chilled out mellow joints, then you transition to the slow dance material. Added bonus: you’ll impress fellow heads with spots from Outkast, Pharaohe and the Abstract. That’s when you get the Amerie and John Legend joints in, then you hit ‘em with the Alton Ellis. When that John Legend hits, you move in for the slow dance. Break out that two-step and get in close. If that can’t at least get you a lil lip lock, you’re beyond my help. Go talk to Mystery. –Aaron Matthews

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