Cruisin' The 80s

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Set sail with Crockett and Tubbs as they patrol the waterways of Miami in the 80s. This three-hour cruise through the Decade of Decadence will keep you moving the whole time, even without the white powder. If you love the 80s, you will love this mix. 

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Recorded live at the iHeart80s Martha Quinn Cruise on 8/10/19. 

On San Francisco Bay. Not Miami. But I like Miami Vice, so deal with it. 

Smooth Operator

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A few months back the homie Russell Peters (yes, I'm name-dropping) hit me with a request. As a fan of my Thread Count series, he has spread the smooth vibes to a number of his close friends. Through Russell a certified LEGENDARY rapper from the 80s / 90s reached out and wanted a custom mix done. How could I refuse? I was star-struck a little, I'll admit it. I've met many a celebrity in my days in radio, but this guy I was such a huge fan of since even before becoming a DJ. I knew there could be no half-steppin' when I made this.

I put together this mix for him, using a few joints from the Thread Count series, and a few others that were left over or I didn't think fit that vibe. I think this mix came together nicely, and definitely kept the fire. I waited almost 8 months to post this. I hope you enjoy. Keep it smooth!

(The title of this mix is a big hint as to who the rapper is)

Beat Street

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The sound to get down. Pure 80's hip-hop. Unfiltered and raw.

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The '80s was hip-hop's first real decade, the era when everything started to blow up. There's an old saying that no idea's original: "There's nothing new under the sun. It's never what you do, but how it's done." Hip-hop was about poor kids taking broken pieces of the world around them and putting them back together. This was the true break with history—the end of the beginning, if not the beginning of the end.

Early on, it wasn't an album genre; hip-hop was all about parties and park jams, preserved and spread via bootleg cassette. Soon after it was about stars and singles, disco loops and breakbeats, drum machines, and ultimately, albums. The art of the hip-hop album was perfected by the close of this remarkable decade. We may never see an era of music so fresh and vibrant again.

Product of the environment

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In the heart of the city you was born and bred
You grew up smart or you wound up dead
Things moved fast, but you knew the scoop
And your savior was a rhyme and a beat and a rap group
A modern day production of the city street
You said I didn't have it that I couldn't compete
So the sleeper did sleep but the sleeper shoulda woke up
Now you're in my sight, the buddha sess you smoke up
That's the element you carry your rhymes on
That style of rhyme won't let you live long
Cause a strong song to you is what I sent
Cause I'm a product, of the environment

Sunday Morning (Chris Is Gonna Lose The Slow Jam Battle)

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After DJing at Bruno's one night, the GM and good friend Chris was playing some slow jams off his laptop just for the staff. He was kinda feelin' himself, and decided to challenge me to a slow jam battle. So I guess I'll have to show him what time it is... Here's a mix I made this morning, just something to get warmed up.

These aren't your typical R&B slow jams, these are some pop & rock ballads from the 90s. Remember these?

Anyways, Chris... get ready.

(The pic is Chris reevaluating everything after I beat him)

I used to have a crush on natalie merchant

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Moving into my dorm at college in 1992, I was greeted by my new roommate, and his music collection. I had already been a DJ for a few years, and had a sizable collection, but he introduced me to another side of the musical spectrum: Alternative rock...and that voice. This amazing voice that belted from his bookshelf speakers. I'd never heard something like it. "You like it? It's 10,000 Maniacs." I just needed to know who she was. Natalie Merchant. My crush was born....

This mix is a few 90s Alternative rock, dorm-room favorites of mine....

44: Forever Young

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Let's dance in style, let's dance for a while
Heaven can wait we're only watching the skies
Hoping for the best, but expecting the worst
Are you gonna drop the bomb or not?
Let us die young or let us live forever
We don't have the power, but we never say never
Sitting in a sandpit, life is a short trip
The music's for the sad man
Can you imagine when this race is won?
Turn our golden the faces into the sun
Praising our leaders, we're getting in tune
The music's played by the, the madman

Thread Count ⛵️

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Thread Count.

The concept started as a joke amongst friends, but the roots go much deeper. I've always had a fascination with late 70s, early 80s soft rock. I'm not sure where that came from, as I wasn't exactly exposed to it as a child. I remember some songs being on the radio, and of course some of others are buried in the consciousness of American pop culture. But what really caused me to set sail on this voyage to Yacht Rock?  Grab a cool drink and a life preserver, and float with me. 

It must have been on MySpace in 2006 or 2007, and I had posted a quote from "What A Fool Believes" by the Doobie Brothers. A friend of mine and fellow DJ from the Bay Area, Mark 7, messaged me with a resounding "FUCK YOU, LOGGINS!" I had no idea what he was talking about, until he explained this wonderful internet creation from Channel 101 called Yacht Rock. 

YACHT ROCK on CHANNEL 101

 

I was taken aboard a hilarious voyage into the world of Smooth Music. I was stuck. All these songs and memories of childhood came flooding back. I started quoting the show to people, who had no idea what I was talking about. I began playing more of these songs at the 80s club I was spinning at. I wanted into Koko's world, badly. I was sailing. 

The idea to make a mix of this stuff had been floating around my head for a while. I had already done a mix called 8-Track Sessions which incorporated similar elements, but a bit more rock feel to it. It didn't really embrace the smooth. 

So I held off, buried the idea. Would anyone care? Probably not. I did 5 more volumes of 8-Track Sessions (I'll get into those in another blog), plus numerous other concept and live mixes. My Mixcrate page was getting popular, and I would indulge myself every now and then with a mix that I thought only I would care about, but would often turn out to be fairly well-received. 

But it took Lionel Richie to bring it all together. 

How, you ask? In 2014 I attended a concert at the Concord Pavilion with Lionel Richie with a group of my closest friends. Some drinks flowed. Somehow I came up with term "a soft rock riot" to describe our evening. That clicked in my head. It was time. Koko's spirit beckoned. (If you don't know who KoKo is, then you need to watch Yacht Rock. Seriously. Watch it.)

Ten days later I dropped Thread Count: A Soft Rock Riot on Mixcrate. 

I had the title in my head for a year before I even thought of making a mix. Thread Count. It has a dual meaning, one obvious, one personal. The obvious being the fabric / cloth ratio to softness (soft rock, soft fabric, haha, get it? I'll wait while you bask in my glorious "dad joke") But the second meaning was a subtle shout out to my closest friends, the same ones who attended the show with me. See, we have a long-running Facebook "thread" that we keep private, and full of off-color jokes and just random hilarity. No, you cannot see it. But Thread Count had been circling in my head, and I finally had to get it out. 

The first song was the obvious choice. Sailing by Christopher Cross. It sums up everything I want to express in one package. It IS the SMOOTH. So I had a strong starting point. Voyage underway. 

So I dug into my archives. I chose about 45-50 songs that I knew fit this genre, and fit the smooth vibe I wanted to create. But I also wanted to throw a little nod to our Lionel Richie concert experience, so I chose a few songs by him that could fit the vibe. It should be Easy. Like Sunday morning. 

 

8-Track Sessions

These are the tracks that might have penetrated your consciousness as a small child, riding in the back of your parents' wood-grain station wagon, or their AMC Pacer, even in the bed of that old Ford side-step pickup. Before CDs or even cassettes, there were 8-track tapes, and they lasted from the late 60s to the early 80s. These mixes are a collection of songs that might have graced your ears during that time.