11 Jul

Jose Bee – State of Hip hop

It's not often I'll post DJ Mixes two days in a row, it's not what we're really about and I like to use the great mixes as a break from the norm rather than a regular occurrence, and as a collective all the contributors to both The Walk to Work and Interestingblends.com tend to focus on tracks and albums. But there have to be exceptions and as I mentioned on Monday I’ve come across some excellent mix tapes of late.
The first mix (well two mixes actually) are Jose Bees State of hip Hop 2012 Part 1 & 2, and I’m not joking when I say these two mixes have been nothing short of a revelation to me. 
I would be lying if I said I hadn’t become bored with a lot of Hip Hop and Rap music, it’s for the most part become stifled and formulaic, stagnant is a good word to describe it, but these mixes really prove that if you’re willing to dig a little deeper there is some genuinely amazing Hip Hop doing the rounds. It very much reminds me of the classic New York street style mixtapes that were so popular in the 90’s, lot’s of moody beats, great MC’ing, simple but musical scratching, and real pass the mic style posse cuts. Infact it's the style of hip Hop that fourbears and myself used to sit and talk about for hours on end.
Now, you may take this with a pinch of salt but I honestly think these are two of the best Hip Hop Mixtapes I’ve heard in the last 6-7 years or so, they are not extravagant, just mixed at the right points and quickly (how hip hop should be), and it’s all about the flow of the mix and the MC’s. It’s one of those occasions when you realise that despite all the fancy tricks available to modern DJ’s it’s the people who understand and love their music and are willing to push it rather than using it as a means to represent themselves that produce the goods. It’s certainly piqued my curiosity in Hip Hop again and I’ve already started hunting some of this stuff down already.
Jose is part of the renowned Glasgow based Mixkings crew, you should check their blog:http://www.themixkings.blogspot.com and individual soundcloud pages (linked on their blog), but for now grab these mixes and enjoy:

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