With every movement or revolution there’s a soundtrack and what took place over the past 3 weeks in Tunisia and Egypt is no different. We got word that scores of recording artists on the ground in Egypt captured the historic moment by recording songs. Their goal to inspire those alongside them in the struggle to keep on keeping on…
We decided to do this mixtape to pay tribute not only to the folks in Egypt who inspired and made us proud but also to pay tribute to those who struggled before them and continue to do so as we speak. Among the highlighted tracks are ‘Beautiful Resistance’ by Bay Area artist Mystic. It’s a song dedicated to those who stand strong in turbulent times…
We also have dope cuts from Killer Mike ‘Burn”, Invincible ‘Sledgehammer’, Jasiri X and M1 ‘We Shall Be Free’ and Kev Choice ‘The Struggle’ who stepped up and addressed the ongoing battles many communities have with police brutality..
We wanted to remind folks of the horrors many experienced in past struggles hence we rocked some deep songs from Brother Ali and Baltimore‘s Labtekwon which touch on the issue of slavery
Other artists like Salome from Iran, Clotaire K from Lebanan, Narcy from Arab Summit/ Euphrates from Iraq and Lowkey from UK/ Iraq, Fredwreck from Palestine, Arabian Knightz from Egypt reminded us that Hip Hop is alive and well in the Arab World and front and center in these struggles.
In this mix we captures the sounds of rallies both in Cairo and right here in San Francisco. They along with Malcolm X and Martin Luther King and Kathleen Clever of the Black Panther Party provided timeless narratives to this mixtape
Lastly we kicked things off with an anthem of sorts from almost 20 years ago.. Rozalla‘s Everybody Free. It was a house music favorite back in the days and her timeless words calling for freedom resonate with many today.. We remixed it up and heightened the urgency of her message.
Enjoy the mix it comes from the heart… I also dedicate this to my father who found freedom from his own struggles here on earth. May you Rest in Power Dad.
you can also access the mix at All day Play FM
1.Everybody’s Free (Davey D Freedom Remix)by Rozalla
2.Freedom by Paris, Dead Prez & Public Enemy
3.Freedom by Jurassic 5
4.#jan 25 by Freeway, Narcyst, Omar Offendum, Amir Suilaman & Aiya
19-The Struggle by Kev Choice
20-Sledgehammer by Invincible