Sake 1 X Blvck Scvle – “White is the lighest shade of black” (mix)

 

Good friend and world-recognized DJ, Sake 1, collaboed with one of my fav street brands, Blvck Scvle, to give you a musical landscape to interpret both the times and their designs.  Genius, if you ask me.  Sake has an awesome intelligence for music and this mix proves it.  Please download immediately, you won’t be disappointed.  Tracklisting after the jump.

 

Sake 1 X Blvck Scvle – “White is the lighest shade of black” (mix)

 

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Posted on January 18th, 2012

DJ Franchise X Moxsie.com – Muse Music (mix)

 

I teamed up with one of the leading sites for independent fashion, Moxsie.com, to give you a mix to salute to the women of style who make our lives inspirational. Partnering with Moxsie for this mix was an easy decision: we both have forward-thinking fanbases, we appreciate the eclectic individuality of great style, and we both support the independent spirit/hustle of world-class talent. “Muse Music” is a soundtrack for you to appreciate the women who inspire you and give your style a chance to break from the norm. Enjoy! Props to AMART for the support.  Tracklisting after the jump.

 

Muse Music by DJ Franchise (KTL)

 

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Posted on April 12th, 2011

Pac Div – Mania (mixtape)

 

If you are tuned into the resurgence of West Coast lyricism, then you are pretty well informed of Pac Div.  If not, this mixtape will give you a great introduction to the LA-based trio. Great production and flow on this one. I listen to alot of mixtapes and this one has definitely stood out over the last few months.  “Supernegroes” is a standout joint. Shout out to Justene Jaro on the cover.  Sidenote: longtime fan of hers after she did a photoshoot with Estevan Oriol.  Tracklisting after the jump.

 

Pac Div – Mania (mixtape)

 

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Posted on March 28th, 2011

J. Cole – Friday Night Lights

Its  been awhile since I’ve been able to listen to any mixtape or album from back to front then repeat it two or three times.  With all the driving I do, I’ve listened to all the recent albums/mixes out – Diddy, Minaj, Ross, Kid Sister, Cudi, Kanye, Ghostface, etc.  Except for Kanye and Ghostface, I would say J. Cole’s “Friday Night Lights” has stayed in my car stereo for the past week.  Yes, I know it dropped in November and I am late to give Cole his accolades.  Truthfully, I wasn’t too impressed with him up to this mixtape.  His voice never consistently matched his beats and it felt like gruff yelling on some of his songs.  But his flow and beat selection were really ideal on this tape.   If I have any musical influence on you, I recommend to take a listen to the mixtape.   Plus, its titled after one of my favorite TV shows,I had to listen. Tracklisting after the jump.

J. Cole – Friday Night Lights

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Posted on January 21st, 2011

The ReIntro Part 2 – DJ Franchise

The ReIntro Part 2 ends my two-part mix for my fellow lovers of hip-hop who are hesitant to give the new generation of MCs, DJs, and producers an open ear (much less heart).  Like many of us who grew up on this culture, we’ve been scorned. We see the art being substituted for commerce. Our exclusive “club” of friends and associates who you recognized loved hip-hop because of the way they nodded their head is now accessible to your grandparents and other unrecognizables. My effort here is to let my circle of influencers, my 5%ers, know that the music we love is well and strong. The quality is now in the minority but the impact is no less effective.  While Part 1 focused on earning your respect and was a subtle, approachable blend; Part 2 pushes the listener to engage in the lyrics and beats like we did when we walked the streets with headphones or in our rooms with speakers on blast.  Partake!  Tracklisting after the jump.

The ReIntro Part 2 – DJ Franchise

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The ReIntro Part 1 – DJ Franchise

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Posted on December 10th, 2010

DJ Franchise – The ReIntro (Part 1)

Growing up in the Golden Era of Hip-Hop, I was privy (some say luckily spoiled) to some of the most consistent output of great music of our culture.  This experience has led myself and others in my age range to look down on the music produced by current hip-hop artists. Its easy to hate when you hear the radio, watch MTV, and the level of mediocre songs constantly blogged about on the internets.  But, those that do their proper e-digging and visit to indie concerts, know that hip-hop is prospering.  So, I give to you, my fellow hip-hop heads, The ReIntro – a sample platter of some of my most recent likings of established artists, burgeoning mcs, and underground producers.  This is ReIntroduction to hip-hop, who we once loved, broke up with, grew to appreciate, and now back to date but not ready to marry (word to Sake1).  Part 2 will be released on 12/10/10. Tracklisting after the jump.

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Posted on November 24th, 2010

Stretch & Bobbito – Final/20th Anniversary Show

Last night was an iconic night for hip-hop.  The Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito show reunited for a final hurrah before the doors were closed.  They went to their original time slot (1am to 5am EST) with a few homies, then kept it going for one more hour. They did what they normally did on the show – busted out jokes, played freestyles, and ridiculed callers.  Combat Jack & DP, who were doing their radio show on Thursday night, even called in – it was that big.  By 2am (PST), the internets, hip-hop heads, and fellow DJs were on their laptops listening to show.  It was a familiar feeling to listen to a radio show with your friends in the late night, feeling you were the only ones privy to this culture.  There was a dope twitter discussion between Platurn, Matthew Africa, Byze One and myself about the impact (or lack of) the show had on the West Coast.  Props to Ivan Rott for the stream.  Shout out to the West Coast Radio pioneers – KDAY, Wake Up Show, & Friday Night Flavas.  Salute to AtotheL & Fool’s Good for the content.

Stretch & Bobbito – Final/20th Anniversary Show

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Posted on October 22nd, 2010

Black Thought – Live Mixtape w/ J. Period

Black Thought, a member of my top 10 MC list ever, made a mixtape live back in September. Dope remixes and Thought goes through impersonation mode at the end. Those that were fans of The Roots’ Hip-Hop 101 show segment will appreciate it. Dope listening!

Black Thought – Live Mixtape w/ J. Period

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Posted on October 20th, 2010

KTL 3 Year Anniversary Mix – 2010

Its been 3 years today. Wow. Time flies. What started as way for few brothers and friends to keep up to date on hip-hop and other topics we deemed cool, has turned into a lifestyle epicenter for thousands of people everyday. But over the years, its core has remained the same – a conversation between friends and family.  Thanks and props to AMART, DFLO, Weston, A.Flores and all the other extended KTL fam (JGILLA, Kamikaze Xavi, KG, etc.) for making this a highlight of mine and many others each day.  Feel free to peek from behind the digital curtain and say hello in the comments section.

As a thank you to everyone who has stopped by I made a mix to celebrate our 3rd birthday.  I’ve been working on it for a few months but got it finished and ready last week.  Like KTL, I kept the theme – positive, upbeat, and influential. With every mix, there’s a little piece of my sweat and alot of my soul.  So enjoy or destroy – whatever pleases you. Tracklisting after the jump.


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Posted on October 4th, 2010

DJ Hedpsin – The R Mixtape Vol 1.0

The homie DJ Jr-Flo (Keys N Krates) sent me a link for fellow Eh! Team DJ, DJ Hedspin’s, tribute mix to the God MC, Rakim.  I downloaded it earlier this week but after a listen this morning, I think all 57 readers of KTL should take a listen.  Well executed and thoughtful sequencing.  Tracklisting after the jump.

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Posted on August 27th, 2010