The Exchange 004: Summertime

The new Exchange is up for the week. Let’s pretend we were out on holiday last week. The theme is Summertime: tracks that make you think of summer.

George | Summertime – DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
Ouxu | What They Do – The Roots
OJ | Steady Mobbin’ – Ice Cube
Eyejammy | Walking Into Sunshine – Central Line
BK | Move Ya Body – Mad Skillz
Kate | Summersend – Misha
Cye | Everyone Falls in Love Sometimes – Tanto Metro & Devonte
Marcia | Summer Wind – Madeleine Peyroux
Liz | Motown Philly – Boyz II Men
Jen | Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles

Sam | ATLiens – Outkast

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The Story Behind My Pick:
For the record, George and I must be separated at musical birth because I was going to pick the track he chose for this release (this keeps happening with us). I pretty much grew up in a household where secular music was never allowed, so my earliest favorite song was 1991’s Summertime.

I remember I was at my grandparent’s farm in New Mexico for the summer (as usual), and four of my cousins from Texas were also staying there for the summer. [Sidenote: don’t ask me why my grandparents took in five grandkids for three months, but we were on a farm with lots of animals so there was tons of space–and work–to do.] I was introduced to secular music by my cousins, and Summertime happened to be the jam of the summer. I remember we spent a lot of time collectively listening to this track, memorizing the lyrics (knowing all the lyrics to a song was the ultimate form of freshness) by writing them down and arguing about what the Fresh Prince really said in that one line in the middle of the third verse.

However, since George took my first pick, my second pick is Motownphilly by Boyz II Men. Both tracks were released that summer, so Philly was reppin hard. I don’t think we had satellite television, but I distinctly remember sweating the music videos for these songs. All five of us would crowd around the TV and study every move and scene, especially Motownphilly. I am pretty sure we put together a dance routine to Motownphilly as well. We used to do shows all the time for my grandparents, haha.

Those were the days. 

The Exchange 003: Touch

Another week, another deck from The Exchange crew. This week our theme is Touch, giving you the songs that make you want to reach out and touch that special someone.

The Picklist:
George | Put it in Your Mouth – Akinyele
Marcia | Crown Royal – Jill Scott
Ouxu | Crush on You – Lil’ Kim feat. Lil’ Cease
OJ | I Pop – Trick Daddy
BK | If I Had You – Frankie
Eyejammy | I Wanna Do Somethin Freaky To You – Leon Haywood
Sam | Feel Like F**kin – Plies
Jen | Seems Like You’re Ready – R. Kelly
Liz | Slowly – Tank
Cye | G-Spot – Wayne Marshall

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About My Pick:
“Slowly” by Tank. I love Tank. When Jamie Foxx came out with his last album, I said it sounded like a Tank album. Come to find out they’re BFF’s of some sort. Force of Nature was my album jam for one of those summers in college. I am a sucker for an R&B man singing his heart out, and Tank came through for me with this track. I might have to give Force of Nature a spin today!

The Exchange 002

Welcome back for the second installment of The Exchange (explanation here for the late folks). This week our theme is Teenage Love Affair. Playlist and Who’s Who:
George | Can We Talk – Tevin Campbell
Liz | My Heart Belongs to You – Jodeci
Eyejammy | She’s Playing Hard to Get – Hi-Five
Kate | Treehouse – I’m From Barcelona
Ouxu | Crazy Love – Brian McKnight
Panama | Let’s Chill – Guy
Cye | Knockin the Boots – H-Town
OJ | Kissing You – Total
Marcia | Computer Love – Zapp & Roger
Blazey | Playground Love – Air
Jen | Weak – SWV
Sam | You’re Unbelivable – EMF

As always:
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About My Pick:
I went for My Heart Belongs To You by Jodeci mostly because of the passion. Every vocal on this track is pure passion. I love that about love, and about love songs. Granted, at the time this track was released I knew nothing about love (this is arguably the case now, as well!), but it was definitely one of my favorite songs to lip sync late at night, in the dark, in my bedroom, with my headphones bangin.  

12 Fresh People. 12 Fresh Tracks. The Exchange.

Today I am happy to introduce to you a weekly podcasting-ish/mixtape collabo project that I am apart of. It’s called The Exchange and it’s composed of me and 11 of the freshest people on the Internets. Every week we pick a theme, submit a track, and put it all together for you and yours.

Who are the 12 Freshest People On The Internets?

Glad you asked. For the record:

Why is it called The Exchange?
Because it’s a dope name, and because we are all friends (and/or friends of friends) strewn across the world but we all connect digitally, daily, in many different locations online.

What’s the first edition?
Say My Name.

What’s the tracklist, and who chose what?
Sam | Jazzy Belle (remix) – Outkast feat. Babyface
Marcia | Black Stacey – Saul Williams
Kate | Helen – The Cave Singers
Ouxu | Mary Jane (All Night Long) – Mary J. Blige
Cye | Saigon Meets Just Blaze – Saigon
Eyejammy | Mona Lisa – Slick Rick
Jen | Renee – Lost Boyz
OJ | Makeba – Aceyalone
Liz | Poor Georgie – MC Lyte
Panama | Hey There Delilah – Plain White T’s
Brandon | Adam – Me’Shell Ndeg√©ocello
George | Mona Lisa – Nat King Cole

Where can I cop your freshness?
You can download the zip file here. When Muxtape gets some Ack Rite, we’ll have a link for you there.

Big thanks to Marcia and my superfly homegirl Jen for organizing and executing this for everyone.

That’s it for this week. Go forth and listen.