Hell yeah. It’s summer, therapist and you know what that means: pool parties, approved less clothing, see and college rap music. There is definitely a Los Angeles sound within the college rap/backpacker rap subgenre – if you’re into categorization – and this show is all about that. Perfect, fun summer music – download this one, grab the chucks and dickies, and bump it.

And while you’re on the computer, don’t forget to join our facebook group!


Giant Panda – One Time. I remember being really excited about this release when I got it a couple years back, and for good reason – it’s hot. I actually was supposed to catch them at a quasi-legal show under a bridge in some weird back alley somewhere in LA, but there was sound trouble and one of the neighbors snitched, so the promoters moved it to a club and what do you know, I was all like 19 and stuff and it was 21+. So I went home. Dope record though. myspace.com/giantpanda.

Oh – did I mention that a summer episode went down last year, too? Check it out here.

Aesthetics Crew – LA Opinion. LUKE SON WHAT IT IS. I met Luke, one of the members of AC back what, two years ago?, and he told me that he was in this rap group called Aesthetics. He never let me hear any of it, but I kept hearing about them, and seeing stickers on freeway onramps. Like 1.5 years later, dude decides to send me a couple LPs and the CDs and what do you know, it’s nice. Last I heard they were working on some new material. Look for it in like 2015. myspace.com/aestheticscrew.

Shout outs and respect, by the way, to Nasty Nes.

People Under The Stairs – Eat Street. Even if you don’t like rap music, this pretty much lays some of the more infamous food joints in the LA, on some tourguide status. The Roscoe’s was an obvious, but I must say I prefer their waffles. Gus Jr also gets the stamp of approval. I actually interviewed Thes One of PUTS a loooong time ago on this very hip hop podcast – check it here. myspace.com/peopleunderthestairs.com.

Crown City Rockers – B-Boy Remix (feat Planet Asia, Zion I, The Grouch, Chali 2na, and Mystic). In a scene full of me-too groups that are trying to do this whole live instrumental hip-hop thing, Crown City Rockers stand out as one of the few groups that take it beyond gimmicks and really put some soul into the art form. Plus they’re nice people. I first met them at a show we threw at UCR back when I was still doing that stuff, and they basically did the damn thing. And all you producers should definitely take a look at their site, where they’ve uploaded all of the acapellas for Earthtones – for free. Shouts to Rashad and everyone at Basement for getting this one to me. crowncityrockers.com.

intro cut: Sunny Outside (In LA…) by Voice.
outro beat: Soul Slam by Alf-Alpha.

So that’s this week’s show. Hella busy around here – don’t forget about the video podcast! Artists, VJs, whatever – holler at me, and everyone else – let me know what you want to see on the show!

20 thoughts on “MIXTAPE 75 – BACKPACKER / SUMMER IN LA!

  1. You always got that hot fiyah!! But I[‘m gonna feel like I’m fronting when I hit the streets bumping this and don’t have any chucks or dickies on…

  2. So i got the chucks, no dickies though. I’ll be bangin’ it out anyways. I Know you been deep in this new podcast, but what happened to that samurai movie joint?..or whatever it was dude from Africa sent you. You forget?

  3. SARA. Never forgot, I still got that joint. I just spoke to the director the other day, matter of fact. There’s a trailer of the movie here: Shogun Khumalo Trailer but it doesn’t do it justice (but then again it doesn’t give away anything in the movie, so that’s a tradeoff).

  4. Yo man, first of all, great show… Yeah it was good, I mean the penultimate two were hot. Now, I don’t know if this fits in with the whole summer/backpacker theme, but these guys, I don’t know, I like these guys. They’re called the Brooklyn Funk Essentials. They’re fronted by Papa Dee who, on the first track at least, reminds me of GSH (You know, just the way he says his lyrics, I don’t why but it reminds of a slow version of The Revolution Will Not Be Televised). Anyway, here’s the link:
    And sorry ’bout the lateness of this comment.

  5. This is reaaaallllllyyyy hot man ….I been listening to your music on my way to work, so in a way your like folgers coffee ” the best part of waking up”.
    Peace and much love

  6. Sara Brer – actually, it is on DVD – and word on the street is that I’m going to be giving away some copies of it. I’ll let you know when that happens…

    Mr U – haha. I actually dig this! It’s hella dated, but kinda hot. good recommendation!

    Jafree. HAHAHHA. maybe that should be my our new slogan?? The Mixtape Show : THE FOLGERS OF THIS RAP SHIT.


  7. What the deal Dex!! Your boy Aidger (Luke) from the Aesthetics Crew here… thanks for the love potna! And yeah, the title of the song is actually LA Opinion, but it’s all gravy anyway haha.
    For any of you out there who dig our ish, please add yourself to our myspace page at: http://www.myspace.com/aestheticscrew

    That’s it for now ladies and gents… just got home from chaperoning grad night for the high school I work at (you mean music ain’t paying the bills?), tired as hell… big ups to the one student who we left at Disneyland cuz she didn’t get back to the busses in time… hahahahahahaa


  8. HAHAHHAA you left somebody at the happiest place on Earth? Oh, and I been done told you – I … I mean Nasty Nate.. went back and fixed it up, so the track is properly IDed as LA Opinion. For those of you who have the out of print version where Nasty Nate calls the song “Aesthetic Appeal”, you may want to hold onto that mp3…could be worth something in the future.

    And you’ve got some shows coming up in the LA area, right? You can tell people, there aren’t that many stalkers on this site.

  9. yup yup, left her ass over there. she apparently made it back okay, lucky for her someone at a close-by school has a heart and let her get on their bus…

    And ummmmm… check the text on the page, it still says the other song there… not to put my man on blast on nuthing… FYI for all you folks out there, “Aesthetic Appeal” was the name of our 1st 12″ we released on vinyl in 2002. It’s currently up on our myspace page as part of our “old skool” summer session on myspizzle… One!

  10. oops. I’m blind. Coulda sworn I’d fixed that – guess I forgot to save it. Fixed now. Thanks!

  11. Nice!! Dex dun did it again. Giant Panda bangs heavy in my car. That LA Opinion joint is bangin’. And pardon my ignorance [I live in Ohio ;) ], but what is in a Garbage Burrito??

    Tray [headphone_drone@yahoo.com] iaingotime@gmail.com
    B-Side Team

  12. Garbage Burrito – basically what it sounds like. They pretty much throw everything they can get their hands on into a tortilla and wrap it up. Carne asada, chiles, eggs, tomato, rice, chicken – seriously everything in the kitchen. Kind of like the joints you make up in your kitchen when you’re broke except without the ketchup and ramen noodles. I think Gus Jr might have them. Highly recommended.

    And actually I just saw this link: The Eat Street Club. They broke down the lyrics to Eat Street, complete with links to all of the proud eating establishments mentioned – and issued a challenge to readers to actually go and eateverything mentioned in the song.

    Somebody clearly has too much time on their hands.

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