Mixtape Assembly is a podcast in which guests talk about the songs, lyrics and poems that have meant the most in their lives.
Created and produced by Hartley Lloyd Pack.
M.O.N.G.O : A LIFE LESS RAWDINARY
There's no shortness of rawness! This Mixtape Assembly is curated by Mongo, an artist who will be well known to anyone who knows a bit about the history of hip-hop in the UK, being as he was a founding member of the Mud Family, alongside fellow rappers Skinnyman and Chester P.
Mongo honed his rap skills whilst roaming around Finsbury Park as an aggy adolescent, with his raw delivery allowing him to develop a style what was unmistakably his own.
In his Mixtape Assembly, Mongo recalls early memories of the Mud Family, including a mythical battle between the US emcee Common and Highbury’s very own Chester P.
Moving beyond his life in music, Mongo reflects openly on his personal challenges with addiction, and talks in depth about the pain and difficulty of witnessing his older brother - a gifted poet himself - suffer from chronic mental illness.
A North Londoner to the bone, Mongo considers the way the city has changed, particularly in terms of the racism he experienced as a lad with brown skin growing up in Islington. As his instagram followers will know well, Mongo is a skilled photographer, and this Mixtape Assembly proves his observations on the mic are just as vivid.
1. Pink Floyd: Comfortably Numb
2. M.O.N.G.O: No Running
3. Orbital: Chimes
4. Roxanne Shante: Have a Nice Day
5. Mud Family: Itchy Town
6. London Posse: Original London Style
7. Oglala Laktoa: Colour
8. Prince: Christopher Tracy’s Parade
9. M.O.N.G.O: Thankful
10. Mike Khan: Daydreams
11. Diamond D: Fuck What U Heard
Some of these tunes are by Mongo / Mud Fam and so we could include them in the episode - for his other choices check out the Spotify playlist here - https://open.spotify.com/playlist/42nD7QGRDTdRWVzHbvKAKz?si=JqhxHju-Rtigw0KVPhTX4Q
G.O.A.T DEBATE # 2 : LAURYN HILL
To be top 3, or not to be, that is the question...
Lauryn Hill's a GOAT, no word of a joke...but it feels like her name is rarely mentioned in these lists and debates, so we had to take action. Affirmatively.
This time the discussion was a three way thing, with Janai now on board as a co-host alongside Simon and Hartley - a real boost to the team.
As well as critiquing Lauryn's style in general, each host chose a favourite verse to explore: Simon kick's off with Lost Ones, Janai comes through with Doo-Wop, and Hartley hits us with How Many Mics.
We were also lucky enough to get a bunch of artists to share their favourite L Boogie lyrics with us, including Shezar, Gorgon City and Nesah Gonzales. Big ups all round.
It's clear that we're all in love with Lauryn, though feelings towards Wyclef are more complex, and, in a strange twist, Talib Kweli is cast as the story's pantomime villain...
For more shows check out http://mixtapeassembly.com/ and look out for next episode on Nas - hit us up on social media with your fave lyrics from the Queensbridge don...
Artwork by Hush
G.O.A.T DEBATE # 1 : THE NOTORIOUS B.I.G
To be top 3, or not to be, that is the question...
Let the great G.O.A.T rapper debate begin!
We're kicking off this new series critiquing The Notorious B.I.G's credentials - could he be the best to ever to it?
Had to get Suspence on hosting duties for this one; regular listeners will remember how much Biggie means to him from his appearance on the first series of Mixtape Assembly, and this episode was another heated and emotional affair. For real though.
We Zoomed in to explore Christopher Wallace's legacy, with a number of hip-hop heads dropping us their favourite Biggie lyrics along the way, including Jimothy, Mongo (Mud Family) and Janai.
A lot of things get covered, and most of them are rugged.
We talk about Biggie's capacity to hold whole verses in his head, his unrivalled use of humour, as well as some of his most offensive lyrics, including the infamous 'Gutter' lines from What's Beef? Oh dear.
If you're easily offended, this might not be the best episode for you - hold tight for our next G.O.A.T debate, on Lauryn Hill, coming soon...
If you want to feature on the Lauryn episode, drop us a line on Instagram with your favourite Lauryn lyric - @mixtapeassembly
Produced and hosted by Hartley Lloyd Pack
Co-hosted by Simon 'Suspence MC' Spencer
Biggie Portrait: HAM The Illustrator
Theme Music: Clive From Accounts
Big up Nixxxsta for letting us use his Big Poppa track
For more shows and tracklists check out http://mixtapeassembly.com/
ZOE BUCKMAN: FLOWERS IN THE POURING RAIN
This Mixtape Assembly features Zoe Buckman, an artist who has developed a reputation for the bold and innovative ways in which she confronts the themes of feminism, mortality and equality.
Working in sculpture, installation and photography, Zoe’s influences are often lyrical, with past exhibitions paying reference to John Keats and the Notorious B.I.G respectively.
In her Mixtape Assembly, Zoe reflects on how important music is to her work, and, as both a fan of hip hop and a feminist, talks about how she responds to some of the misogynistic content found within certain rap lyrics.
As a London girl relocated to New York, Zoe explains some of the cultural differences between the cities, particularly in terms of race and identity, in the process paying homage to one of London’s finest, Amy Winehouse.
Having attended the same sixth form as Zoe, we couldn’t help but reminisce about growing up as underage garage ravers, and it turns out we were both a little bit in love with Damon Albarn back in the day...
1. Paul Robeson: Balm In Gilead
2. Sweet Female Attitude: Flowers
3. Notorious B.I.G: I Got A Story To Tell
4. Jahnavi Harrison : Mayapur Dawn
5. Oasis: Champagne Supernova
6. Alicia Keys: Girl On Fire
7. Frank Ocean: Godspeed
8. Sabrina Mafouz: The Night You Were Born
9. Amy Winehouse: Fuck Me Pumps
10. The New Basement Tapes: When I Get My Hands On You
Check out all Zoe's tunes on the Spotify playlist here >>
JANAI: SOULJA SURVIVIOR
This episode is presented by the one and only Janai, a singer-songwriter who has performed alongside the likes of Jennifer Hudson, Gorgon City, and Anne-Marie. Janai is also a member of the all-conquering House Gospel Choir, who have been mashing up stages for a little while now - watch out! In her Mixtape Assembly, Janai discusses how she has drawn on music in a cathartic way to help her during times of difficulty, and reminisces about rampaging through London as a garage-loving-carnival-raving-Beyonce-worshipping teenager!
1. Labyrinth: Jealous
2. Mariah Carey: Music Box
3. Donald Lawrence: The Gift
4. Elephant Man: Pon Di River
5. Shy FX and T-Power: Shake Ur Body
6. Sia: Little Man (Wookie Mix)
7. Lauryn Hill: Lost Ones (remix)
8. The Edwin Hawkins Singers: Oh Happy Day
9. Chris de Burgh: The Lady In Red
10. Garnett Silk: Hello Africa
11. Jagged Edge: Let's Get Married
12. Destiny’s Child: So Good
13. Destiny’s Child: Survivor
14. Floetry: Floetics
Listen to all of Janai's choices on the Spotify playlist here >> https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6azZ5Q01kdD2PrzREhqZXv?si=MivoSutAQXSTX2fl9Hv9dw
JIMMY AKINGBOLA: TEN THOUSAND MORE
Delighted and excited to kick off a new series of the show with the much loved actor, Jimmy Akingbola.
Years ago I was lucky enough to see Jimmy on stage at the Crucible Theatre, in Blue/Orange, and since then his career has gone from strength to strength.
Whilst continuing to work prolifically on stage, including a memorable performance as Othello at the Hammersmith Lyric, Jimmy has developed a reputation as a scene-stealing comedy actor on TV; you might know him as crack-fiend Mick, from the BBC 1's Rev, or Valentine the exuberant DJ in in Sky One's In The Long Run, created by and starring Idris Elba.
More recently, Jimmy has taken on hosting duties in the comedy panel show Sorry I Didn't Know, which has been commisioned by ITV to mark Black History Month this October.
In his Mixtape Assembly, Jimmy reflects on the music, lyricism, and poetry that has inspired him to become the renowned actor he is today.
He talks about listening to the Wu-Tang Clan in his dressing room to get him hyped up to perform Chekov, ponders what Shakespeare would have made of Grime music's clashing culture, and reveals the time he had to hide from a sword-wielding angry mob who stormed the Birmingham Rep in 2004, whilst Jimmy was performing in the controversial play Behsti, or Dishonour, by British Sikh playwright Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti...
1. Wu-Tang Clan: Wu-Tang Clan Ain't Nuthing ta F' Wit
2. Wu-Tang Clan: Triumph
3. Wu-Tang Clan: Can It Be All So Simple
4. William Shakespeare: Aaron's speech in Titus Andronicus, Act 5 Scene 1
5. Black Slate: Amigo
6. Akala: Comedy, Tragedy, History
7. The Five Stairsteps: Ooh Child
8. Bashy: Black Boys
9. Stevie Wonder: You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
Check out Jimmy's choices on the Spotify playlist here: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2TPgnGwj14zaGjJfiqUjrj?si=Vxk-Z1pzSQCoaPM7BQdhpw
Big up Clive from Accounts for the theme music, and Suspence and Janai for the backing vocals ;-)
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