As if Killer Mike, El-P, Ab Soul, Big K.R.I.T., SL Jones, Will Brennan, Currensy, SpaceghostPurrp, Oddisee, Fresh Espresso, Nacho & BSBD haven’t already smashed your brain with music worth understanding DJ’s Burn One and Dibiase have mounted a return of their Presidential podcast/mixtape/life soundtrack.
You might remember towards the end of last year I was getting a Sonic Gardens post up every week and always coinciding with the newest jump off from these two. Well the new year came and they were ghost. We know where Burn was, steadily crafting jams for rappers you’ve never heard of but probably will in the coming years. I still know next to nothing about Dibiase, and that’s ok – his ear is right there with Burn’s when it comes to selecting and mixing.
As if to speak specifically to me this edition right here has me geeked and I’m not even half way through Side A! Just look at this tracklist?! “Bass Head Jazz” from Cee-Lo’s first jump off as track two! Starlito into Santana? Curt Mayfield and Willie Hutch, John Mayer into Pill. I’ve been itching for an adventure (I know I’m going on one here in less than a month, but I want it now!) and this right here is just the antidote.
Side B is equally as exciting, specifically the chopped and screwed portion, which begins after a handful of new “blog” rap cuts. While my taste for chopped and screwed jams is still developing, these two always dedicated a portion of the past Presidential tapes to the southern artform and it always left me thinking if Screw were alive he’d be sipping his lean in approval. Dibiase tweaks that ever so funky Hypnotic Brass Ensemble Outkast cover of “Spottieottiedopalicious.” The Theophilus London and Big Boi track isn’t safe, nor are a pair of Wiz tracks. And “I Don’t Like” sees it too.
I never jump on mixes like I have this series. Perhaps it’s my undying appreciation for anything Burn One puts his name on – it is a true fact that the guy seemingly has an infallible touch. The constant stream of mixtapes he tags his name too almost always garner repeat listens, and his production work with the 5 Points Music Group comes out like a down south gumbo of live instrumentation and hiphop percussion. Imagine the Meters reformed with a Dungeon Family state of mind.
The praise is hefty, sure. But with my mind already in the south, and my body fighting everyday to not make the jump sooner than later this is just what I need right now to remind me the music is there and not going anywhere. Like they always advise when they let these go, pour up, light up, and get into the groove. This right here is a journey best enjoyed throwed. Or maybe that’s just the effects of the mix?