Here’s a backstory for this one.
I’d been meaning to do a mix on Just Blaze way back in February, since I watched his wholly entertaining beat battle with Swizz Beatz. However, I usually designate the entire month as “Listen To Only J Dilla Month,” which prompted an accompanying mix.
Finally, I got around to doing one for Justin Smith. And its inspiration came from the unlikeliest of sources: an Apple Watch commercial. You know, the one that plays Beyoncé’s “Freedom” ad nauseam?
Suffice to say, that song is in there as well as a variety of Just’s discography. I used some of most popular tracks (“Flipside,” “Touch The Sky”), some Jay Electronica cuts (because we’re never getting an album), his times at Roc-A-Fella Records, flipped samples, some of his earliest work, and even a track for a video I’d only see on episodes of BET UnCut. Per usual, I hope that you, the listener, enjoy the mix as much as I did creating it.
Listen to the full mix below.
Hopefully, Just can make that Timbaland and Pharrell beat battle happen, too.