Guest Mixes

MIMS Guest Mix: CONTEXT CHAMELEON (Los Angeles / Dome of Doom)

Compiled and Mixed by Context Chameleon | June 22-24, 2020

In this current age of awakening, absorbing pain and the transformative roads forward have become a daily cycle. One as essential as the process of body hydration through water. Many volatile and soul shaking truths have become evident and an entire country is now in a desperate state of soul searching. Deep and uncomfortable historical realities are now stretching into every pocket of public consciousness, representing a pendulum swing that feels foundational. It’s the people’s paths, involving deeply transformative private conversations, prolific protesting, masterful strategizing/organizing, business sector transparency, and much more. There’s an abundance of unpredictable moments that continue to organically write the history of this movement, providing a sense of hope the world desperately needs. 

The musical backdrop scoring these times, and those that led us here, remain a testament to the strength and resilience of the human spirit. A shining beacon that has pushed back the forces of inequality with great measure for decades. Let The Ghosts Chit-Chat is the first of many mixes summarizing the energy present within the United States during this era of social unrest and the energy that has awakened so many individuals living. The musical soundtrack to the soul searching process of the United States and the beautiful states of art that grows here despite the turmoil. 

Let The Ghosts Chit-Chat is also intended for consumption (either in part or fully) to a read of James Baldwin’s The New Yorker piece Letter from a Region in My Mind (1962)

“People who treat other people as less than human must not be surprised when the bread they have cast on the waters comes floating back to them, poisoned.”

James Baldwin

Part 1: Pain Transformation (00:00-34:58)

Watts Prophets – Pain – Ala (1971)
Kendrick Lamar – Alright – TDE/Aftermath/Interscope (2015)
Nas – Cops Shot The Kid ft. Kanye West – Mass Appeal/Def Jam (2018)
The RZA – Tragedy – Wu Music Group (1999)
2Pac – Where Do We Go From Here – Amaru/Interscope/Jive (1997)
Terrace Martin – Pig Feet ft. Denzel Curry, Kamasi Washington, G Perico & Dalytl – Sounds of Crenshaw/EMPIRE (2020)
Dead Prez – Hip-Hop – Loud (2000)
JAY-Z – Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem) – Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam (1998)
RZA as Bobby Digital – You Can’t Stop Me Now – Wu Music Group/Koch (2008)
Pharoahe Monch – The Truth ft. Common & Talib Kweli – Rawkus Records (1999)
OutKast – Hold On, Be Strong – LaFace Records/Arista Records (1998)

Part 2: Soul Transition (34:59-1:24:17)

Ike & Tina Turner – Bold Soul Sister – Blue Thumb Records (1969)
Beyoncé – BLACK PARADE – Parkwood Entertainment (2020)
Aceyalone Accompanied By Mumbles – The March – Project Blowed (1998)
Armand Hammer – Charms ft. KeiyA – Backwoodz Studios (2020)
Common – The 6th Sense – MCA (2000)
Rapsody – Oprah ft. Leikeli47 – Jamla Records/Roc Nation (2019)
J A Y E L E C T R O N I C A – Ghost of Soulja Slim – Roc Nation (2020)
Immortal Technique – The 4th Branch – Viper Records (2003)
2Pac – I Wonder If Heaven Got A Ghetto – Amaru/Interscope/Jive (1997)
Mavi – Self Love – Mavi (2019)
Mos Def – Modern Marvel – Rawkus Records/Geffen Records (2004)

Part 3: The Revolution (1:24:18-1:57:05)

Gil Scott-Heron – The Revolution Will Not Be Televised – Flying Dutchman (1971)
Mos Def – Revelations – Downtown Records (2009)
Ghostface Killah – Mighty Healthy – Razor Sharp Records/Epic Records (2000)
Black Star – Thieves In The Night – Rawkus Records (1998)
Chino XL – Nunca – Metro Records/Warner Bros. Records (2001)
OutKast – West Savannah – LaFace Records/Arista Records (1998)
Killer Mike – Reagan – Williams Street Records (2012)
Genius/GZA – Investigative Reports ft. Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, & U-God – Geffen Records/MCA (1995)
Kendrick Lamar – How Much A Dollar Cost ft. James Fauntleroy and Ronald Isley – TDE/Aftermath/Interscope (2015)

Part 4: Human Rights Restitution (1:57:06-2:48:08)

Junior Walker & The All Stars – Shotgun – Motown (1965)
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony – Thug Luv ft. 2Pac – Ruthless Records/Relativity Records (1997)
Earl Sweatshirt – The Mint ft. Navy Blue – Tan Cressida/Columbia Records (2018)
Saul Williams – Twice The First Time – Big Dada Recordings (1998)
The Roots – You Got Me ft. Erykah Badu & Eve of Destruction – MCA (1999)
Reflection Eternal – Memories Live – Rawkus Records (2000)
Killah Priest – Wisdom – Geffen Records/MCA (1998)
Run The Jewels – pulling the pin ft. Mavis Staples & Josh Homme – Jewel Runners/BMG (2020)
Genius/GZA – Cold War (RZA Mix) ft. D’Angelo – Geffen Records (1996)
Blackalicious – Attica Black – Soulsides (1994)
Method Man – Judgement Day – Def Jam (1998)
Busta Rhymes – We Could Take It Outside ft. Flipmode Squad – Flipmode Records/Elektra Records (1997)
The Last Poets – Black Is (Chant) – Douglas Records (1971)



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