What the hell is TiM's MiX: Vol. 55?
The 55th volume of a personal mix series I created nine years ago as a sophomore in high school. Yes, seriously, 55. (And yes, my first name is Tim. Mind blown?)
Like many legendary hip hop beginnings, the TiM's MiX series began in a basement with a couple friends and I creating a playlist, then using this cool new thing called a "CD burner". Back then, I had no iPod. Just a Sony Discman that was attached to my hip like a pager (OK, I'm not that old) while walking to and from class. Plus, at age 16, I was eager to drive a car on my own, with the windows down of course, and blast some music that I knew no one else was blasting.
It started out as pure fun, then snowballed into something I kept up for nine years (and counting) especially when passenger after passenger wanted one (and there were some!). I still have the old playlists saved between a couple computers, the physical CDs somewhere in my collection, and overall: a pretty amazing time capsule of what I listened to during my most formative years (55 volumes divided by 9 years is about 6 every year... i.e. 1 every couple months on average).
Naturally, the TiM's MiX series is pretty personal to me. Inspired by the creation of TiM's MiX: Vol. 55 last night though, I figured I would share it with you all and give you a glimpse of what I'm listening to in my car today. Zoom past the TiM's MiX Characteristics if you want to go straight to the music below.
TiM's MiX Characteristics:
1. Most obviously: spell "TiM's MiX" with alternating upper-case and lower-case letters... because trust me, that was cool in high school.
2. More seriously: a true mix of old school hip hop, Chicago hip hop, hip hop club singles, guilty pleasures radio hits, R&B, mashups, and a ridiculous, often times humorous throwback track from a funny movie my friends and I just saw (Ex: "What Is Love?", the "Mortal Kombat" theme song, you know, the classics.)
3. The two rules: Tracks may not come from an album I just bought (that's why I bought the album, guys) and can not make multiple appearances on future volumes (gotta keep it fresh ya'll). Also, there are no rules. I'm making a CD for myself! (But I do follow these.)
4. Order the TiM's MiX with such a flow that I can listen to it from beginning to end. This is always a fun challenge given the wide spectrums of music I am into. This is also the extent of my DJ career.
5. Lead off the TiM's MiX with a track that's either hilarious or old-school (bonus points for both) to set a fun mood in the car. Guys, this was a great ice breaker with the ladies (I think, maybe).
6. Spinoffs! Best believe the following series exist: TiM's RoaD MiX, TiM's fLy MiX, TiM's Workout MiX, and more that are borderline embarrassing. I know what you're thinking, and I honestly don't know why I haven't alternated the caps in "Workout".
TiM's MiX: Vol. 55
(All for stream below!)
Track 01. Gemstones "God Is My Rock"
As you definitely have read above, I usually lead the TiM's MiX with a track that's either hilarious or old-school. Well, "God Is My Rock" is neither hilarious nor old-school — it's Gemstones' newest release last month. This has got to be track 1 though because, well, "God Is My Rock". Gotta be #1. Beautiful record, that gets even better the more you listen.
Keepin' it Chicago with track 2, the song title and long instrumental intro of "Lords" also continue the spiritual theme. The bravado on this record from Phero and 'Millie is fantastic and Vince Nantes on the outro is chilling every time (just wish his part was longer).
Track 03. The Boy Illinois "1818"
Track 04. The Boy Illinois "White Collar" f/ SLV
Another instant *TIBS FAV. from Jean Baptiste that I knew I had to get on a CD asap. Here's my "get money" theme for the foreseeable future.
Track 05. The Weeknd "Belong To the World"
Because the music video is badass...
Wanted to keep the dark production and R&B vibes from Illi & SLV going, and no better pick than The Weeknd's new single that's taken over my playlist the last week and a half since its release. One thing I'm not yet sure I've mentioned about this track, but gets me every time: the orchestra on the chorus is piercingly beautiful.
Track 06. Childish Gambino "Centipede"
Mr. Glover is one of my favorite artists to listen to in the car. His new track yesterday is dope and comes after a long layoff for him. Always a great feeling to get a song that's been released just hours before straight to your car.
Track 07. Logic "Ballin'" f/ Castro
My favorite track from Logic's summer mixtape, Welcome To Forever. Fast flows, memorable lyrics, and first in my playlist for playing basketball (I mean, look at that title! And listen to that chorus.) Also gotta note Castro's incredible featured verse and make sure that's not overlooked as well.
Track 08. Fabolous "Breathe"
Because the music video, not in HD, is fun to see...
Vol. 55's first throwback track! Inspired by a late night grind session last month where this came on and I still remembered all the words.
Track 09. M.L.A. "Boom Trap"
Keepin' the workout jams going, I love how the Pak brothers grab your attention from the very start. Amazing flows and production (keep tuned til the end). And thus ends Vol. 55's "B" phase (note the song titles)...
Track 10. Nicky Romero vs. Krewella "Legacy"
...But we're still in the "all rise" part of Vol. 55. "Legacy" keeps the energy at a high, but differently with it's dance/electro vibes and the sisters booming powerfully on the vocals. Always gotta keep tabs on Chicago group Krewella and their next big moves.
Track 11. Wale "Love Hate Thing" f/ Sam Dew
I'm changing moods with this soulful intro, and phenomenal chorus by Sam Dew on "Love Hate Thing". This is the one song from The Gifted that really stuck with me (and many of my friends. Been hearing this one a lot in others' playlists.)
This one has an old-school vibe, but it's Raekwon's new-school single. His rhymes and the production are gritty as Melanie Fiona kills it on the "Soundboy Kill It" chorus. Haven't got this out of my head since its release.
Track 13. John Legend "Made To Love"
Perhaps my favorite R&B singer overall if I had to pick one. Been vibing with his latest preview off Love In The Future a lot. The vocals and production being especially top-notch.
Track 14. Skylar Grey "Religion"
This is just too sweet and catchy of a song to not appreciate. Especially after seeing Skylar play this jam off her new album Don't Look Down LIVE while strumming the guitar the other night. We don't have footage of it up yet (stay tuned), but did release a beautiful art piece on "Invisible" the other day (below).
Track 15. Mike Posner "The Way It Used To Be"
Keepin' the sweet pop vibes going, Mike Posner's new single continues to be in my rotation. His video release yesterday of performing this live on piano is a must-see.
Posner followed by Big Sean. For ole times sake! It fits too as Big Sean's new single "Beware" has also been a summertime fit in the rotation. So has Jhene Aiko's recent features, and she's especially great on this outro.
Track 17. Kid Cudi "Going To The Ceremony"
With Sean going on tour with Cudi this fall, I thought this would be a natural order. Kid Cudi's random WZRD release last month is even more epic when driving with the sun setting.
Track 18. Nirvana "Smells Like Teen Spirit"
Yup, Nirvana! This throwback has been playing all month after Jay Z & JT repeated the song's iconic lines in "Holy Grail". It also inspired this #OldSchoolSundays post a couple weeks back.
Because there's no music video for this unfortunately, here's a stream...
Another throwback inspired by a recent event — my own Twitter interaction with Lupe about this song and "OG Lasers". Brought that back below and this track back into the everyday rotation (the 3rd verse and Santos will never get old). BTW, definitely broke the rule of no tracks can repeat on future TiM's MiXes because "Shining Down" was on Vol. 38. You know, for those keeping track at home.
Track 20. Twista "Hope" f/ Faith Evans
Alas, we've reached the end of Vol. 55 with the third straight throwback — a gem from 2005 that I spotlighted on #OldSchoolSundays a week and a half ago. A fitting, and uplifting end to the CD that, as a bonus, brilliantly blends into track 01 and bringing the spiritual and Chicago vibes full circle.
Hope you enjoy the mix! You know I am (with the windows down, of course.) #SummertimeChi
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