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Sunday, November 8, 2020

Cinderella - Mac Miller ft. Ty Dolla $ign



tempo: 70 bpm

bpm range: 70 bpm to 75 bpm

the dj's take: Song #7 in our chapter 56 mix (13:05):



That simple guitar is what makes this sound pretty cool over the instrumental for No Doubt's Underneath It All. Could make for an interesting mashup if you really feel like exploring it.

On a side note, not to nitpick, but I got a little confused after hearing the line where Mac Miller says 'I do you like a chore.' Because most people don't do their chores with a ton of enthusiasm or energy, right? And isn't he talking about the love of his life? Then again, it rolls off the tongue a lot better than 'I do you like the research for my fantasy football team.' And who knows - maybe he was unusually studious about doing the laundry or raking the leaves.

Either way, rap's tough. That's why we leave it to the professionals.

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Thursday, November 5, 2020

Lemonade - Internet Money, Gunna, Don Toliver, NAV



tempo: 70 bpm

bpm range: 70 bpm to 75 bpm

the dj's take: Song #3 in our chapter 56 mix (4:00):



Can't lie - that shade of green in the underwater scenes from the video gave me a flashback to the first time I got stoned in the early 2000s. Was lying in my bed, feeling like I was at the bottom of the ocean, staring up at the sky (i.e. the ceiling).

Five minutes felt like an hour. Called a more experienced friend on my Nokia cell phone, asking if this was normal. They assured me everything would be ok. Had to call in sick to a gig in downtown Boston that night, because my ability to beatmatch by ear was compromised. No regrets.

As for the song itself, I like it quite a bit. May do a video on my decision to mix this into Ginuwine's Pony. More interesting than you might think - stay tuned.

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download or stream Lemonade:

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Thursday, October 15, 2020

I'm Upset - Drake



tempo: 75 bpm

bpm range: 70 bpm to 75 bpm75 bpm to 80 bpm

the dj's take: Song #11 in our #55 mix (22:38):




If Drake thinks he's upset, he should see this kid:



If this was staged, he deserves an Academy Award. And if it was real, even more impressive. Either way, one of the rawest performances you'll ever witness in any medium. Bravo.

As for the track, try mixing with:


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