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, possibly help discover something new or remember a past favorite.
Fast forward a decade and I finally decided to bring it back last month. So, where Weekly Dope will be used to feature the latest tunes, the Shakedeck will give me a chance to share my personal selections. On the latest drop, I’ve put together a collection of 26 songs that range from acts like the late greats Nipsey Hussle, Sean Price, and Mac Miller, along with Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Royce 5’9, J.I.D, Brother Ali, Skyzoo, Conway the Machine, Ab-Soul, Pusha T, Obie Trice, The Roots, 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.