Starting off, I would just thank all of you who are taking time of your crazy lives to read this. Whether you’ve been following Philly Mixtape since the website launch last year or just giving a shout out for the first time, I personally thank you from the bottom of my music heart. I’m not one to spill on numbers, but they’ve certainly spoken and plain and simple……you guys are the shit.
If there’s been one thing I’ve learned since kick starting this project (and it certainly is a project) on Instagram almost two (!) years ago (besides all of the 963, 000 other things), it’s that it’s the hardest fucking thing I’ve ever done in my life……mostly because, all truth be told, I’ve never actually seen myself as a true writer. While I learned a whole lot of writing…stuff…in college (before following my headphones to DJ pastures) as well as in my fabulous two-year residency at Philadelphia Magazine prior to Mixtape (thank you, Josh Middleton for taking a big chance on this music bitch), I’ve always thought of myself to be an entertainer. Never in a million god damn years did I ever get to think I would get the opportunity to be under such brilliant writing guidance, which would lead me to the (eek!) chance strike out on my own and entertain everyone on a daily basis. No matter how hard this journey has been (business tip–you’re not going to make shit your first year and it will drive you crazy like Brit Brit), it’s absolutely been worth it, and I have you (yas, you) to thank for that. I promise that as we head into further down the year two road, the local and legendary truth will be even bigger, bolder and more Brotherly than ever before. Just think…less filler, more Philly. That’s all.
On a bit of a personal note, naturally, I would just like to take a moment to quote a track off of Madonna’s (vastly overlooked) fifth studio album, Bedtime Stories, called “Survival.” On top of a dreamy ’90s R&B laced beat, the Material Girl coos, “A little up and down and all around, it’s all about survival.” Those coveted words have always stuck with me (as well as the line about never being an angel or a saint..#ownit), because they are absolutely true. Life is never easy, but it’s what we make of those hard times that truly defines us. I know that I’m still learning about my past, my present and my future with this project, and I can only hope to inspire those out there that no matter the drama. the fight or the shade…you got this. All you have to do is follow your passion, and while the road will certainly be tough, it’s always worth surviving in the end.
Closing out, I would just like to welcome everyone to what is already shaping up an exciting new chapter of Philly Mixtape. While there will absolutely be some bumps along the road (because, that’s business bitch), I look forward to sharing the journey ahead to with all of you out there.
So on that music Oprah note, let’s get to music werk, shall we? Now, as much fun as it was categorizing the daily grooves every week for you guys. this is Philly Mixtape, so a daily mix of jams will be taking over your music lives each day, no matter the genre–old school, new school, deep house, tropical house, Paula Abdul.
Today’s coveted jam is brought to you by NYC based Retro-soul group, LION BABE, whose romping single, “Jump Hi” sets the perfect tone for all kinds of Philly Mixtape stuff that’s on the horizon…….whether on or off on the pages.
Get ready to jump and follow Philly Mixtape on…..