For the last four years and change, I’ve been recapping each week with a playlist (Weekly Dope) highlighting the best drops. Every Monday, I’m hitting you with a couple dozen songs that are worth a listen in hopes to keep y’all caught up on what’s going on in never ending monsoon of new music. I even throw together some artwork with a mix of the best releases.
Taking it back even further, way back to the heart of the blog era (that I still miss to this day), I started playlist called What’s in the Shakedeck where I showed off what I was jammin’ at the moment. There was a healthy mix of classic tracks entwined with brand new ones, rare gems that might’ve been slept on, and just a collection of music for people to enjoy–and possibly help discover something new or remember a past favorite.
Fast forward a decade and it’s time to bring it back. So, where Weekly Dope will be used to feature the latest tunes, the Shakedeck will give me a chance to share my personal selections. Kicking things off, I’ve put together a collection of 25 songs that range from acts like the late great MF DOOM and Nipsey Hussle along with Benny the Butcher, Royce 5’9, eLZhi, Phonte, Isaiah Rashad, Joe Budden, Curren$y, and others.
Press play below and be sure to add the playlist wherever you consume music as I’ll be updating it with a fresh batch of records at random.
DISCLAIMER: This specific playlist now includes all the songs that have previously been included in the What’s in the Shakedeck playlist.