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Sunday, February 21, 2021

Everything We Need - Kanye West, Ant Clemons, Ty Dolla $ign



tempo: 58-59 bpm

The DJ's Take: Song #1 in our #60 mix:



If I ever went to church, this would be the kind of pre-service music I'd want playing as people filed in and sat down. Simple, upbeat, and when you've got soft organs playing and Ty Dolla $ign on the chorus, that's a recipe for success. Worth a spot in the rotation as an early tone-setter.

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Saturday, February 20, 2021

Save Your Tears - The Weeknd



tempo: 118 bpm

The DJ's Take: Song #3 in our #60 mix (2:51):



I thought this would sound pretty good with Bob Seger's Still The Same, and the final result confirmed it. Fun to bridge a generational gap - a modern pop hit going into something your parents (or maybe even grandparents) were rocking out to. Will definitely try out more unconventional song combos in future episodes.

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Thursday, January 28, 2021

It's All About The Benjamins - Puff Daddy, The Notorious B.I.G., Lil' Kim, The Lox



tempo: 90 bpm

The DJ's Take: Song #3 in our #59 mix (4:42):



This track is a slow build into one of the great closing verses in hiphop history. We've got Christopher Wallace at the peak of his powers, flowing effortlessly over a euphoric sample of It's Great To Be Here, which led off episode 52 of our mix show. Talk about saving the best for last.

On a side note, what's the over/under on number of years until >50% of Americans no longer know what a Benjamin is? I'm going with 20.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2021

California Love - Tupac ft. Dr. Dre



tempo: 92 bpm

The DJ's Take: Song #4 in our #59 mix (9:00):



That transition out of It's All About The Benjamins was a go-to of mine at college parties and bars in the mid 2000s - a fun way to highlight the east coast / west coast dichotomy that makes our country interesting. One of the great party songs of all-time; loud and proud with those heavy drums and horns, plus some verses from two of the most notable voices in hiphop. Worth a permanent spot in your rotation.

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