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99problems.org Promotes Census among Youth

Numbers Don't Lie: The Mixtape

99problems.org, the news website of The League of Young Voters Education Fund (LYVEF) – an American organization dedicated to empowering “young people nationwide to participate in the democratic process” – has launched a new “online intiative”  to educate urban youth about the importance of the 2010 Census.  According to a press release, the campaign will feature

a viral video PSA series hosted by DJ Willie Shakes (Core DJs, Star Trak’s Chester French) … [that] will enable each featured interview (sic) to give their own spin on why the 2010 Census is important to them, as well as the neighborhoods they reside in and come from, in order to reach young voters in an organic and impactful way on such a meaningful issue.

The campaign has also released a free mixtape, with cuts from Jay Electronica, Lupe Fiasco, Drake, Lil’ Wayne, Joe Budden and more.  Atlhough I haven’t listened to it yet, the album’s lineup and message has certainly piqued my curiosity, and I’m looking forward to giving it a spin.  Click here to download it, courtesy of 2dopeboyz.  And scroll down to see the tracklist.

Regardless of the quality of the mixtape or the ‘viral’ PSA, it’s great to see an organization try to raise the profile of the census among young people.  The census is massively important because it informs public policy and spending at all levels of government.  Indeed, since government spending is often allocated on the basis of population, it is absolutely critical that policy makers have an accurate understanding of the population and demographics of a given community or neighbourhood.  Inaccurate census results can jeopardize funding for social programs, education and other government services.  As the LYVEF press release notes:

“The Census is so important. It decides how trillions of dollars will be spent in our community … Every 10 years young people don’t get counted because they don’t understand how important this process is. We are going make sure this doesn’t happen. We are going to meet young people where they are at, and make sure they understand how important this process is to their future.”

Numbers Don’t Lie: The Mixtape

1. Shakes Don’t Lie
2. State of Emergency – Toki Wright
3. Dollar And A Dream – J. Cole
4. Exhibit A – Jay Electronica
5. Problems In The Hood – Miss Nana
6. Wonder Why – Chip The Ripper
7. Everybody’s Nobody – XV
8. Shakes Break
9. Daisy – IB3
10. Dealings – Jay Electronica
11. Ayo – Melanie Fiona
12. I’m Beaming – Lupe Fiasco
13. Where Were You – Drake
14. One For The Money – Mr.Finley
15. All About That Money – Gucci Mane, Rick Ross
16. Numbers Don’t Lie – Yo Gotti, Lil Wayne
17. Certified Gangstas 2 – Game, Jim Jones
18. Crazy Since The 80’s – Wiz Khalifa
19. I Keep On – Joe Budden
20. Wyclef Broadcast
21. Jimmy Outro

DOWNLOAD: Numbers Don’t Lie: The Mixtape


Three best mixtapes of ’09

It’s nearly the end of the calendar year (and the decade!), which means only one thing: ‘best of’ lists.  Yep, it’s that magical time when critics, fans and musicians announce their favourite music of the last 365 days and, for those more ambitious, the last 3,650 days.

So it seems only right for us to start posting some best ofs of our own (a.k.a. other people’s best ofs that we find entertaining).  First up is a set of three mixtapes described by BlackBook magazine as the best of ’09.  They are, in no particular order:

Chiddy Bang – The Swelly Express

Donnis – Diary of an ATL Brave

Drake – So Far Gone

Click here to download ’em.

Are they any good?  I’m not sure, I’m still downloading them from the Interwebs.  Plus, I’m busy remixing a local indie rock band’s latest album with Wu-Tang accappelas.  But they’re free, so get your download on and listen for yourself.


J. Sands giving you a free mixtape

Sites all over the internet have been going crazy for this new mixtape.  Okay, definitely not new, since it came out back in Feb of 2007.  But somehow I, and many others, slept on this. 

J. Sands of Lone Catalysts fame decided to lay down a bunch of tracks over some Dilla beats.  The mixtape, entitled Mrs. Sands.

You can stream some of the tracks off Sands’ MySpace if you want a taste.  Not bad, check out the track “Love feat. Rashad“.  It’ll give you a good idea of what the album will sound like.

Grab it here. Or here.

[Source: MySpace]


Free mixtape from Theo

In celebration of free music, 4080Records (thanks to Okayplayer.com) wants to present to you yet another mixtape.

Theo’s The Birth is available for free download.

Who’s Theo?  Good question.  An emcee who’s trying to become a youtube celebrity.

Here, check out the first episode of The Theo Show, where he introduces himself to you.

Download the mixtape over at Okayplayer.


Torae’s free new mixtape for download

Courtesy of Okayplayer.com, a new mixtape by a emcee named Torae is available for free.

It’s okay if you’ve never heard of him before, I hadn’t either until the Okayplayer article came up.  So I checked out his MySpace and Torae’s actually pretty dope.

Here’s a couple of tracks for you to test before downloading the album.

Here’s a bit of a love track, titled Tayler Made

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And here’s Uncomfortable

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So go grab the mixtape over at Sharebee (via Okayplayer).

He’s got a pretty interesting style, and I can’t quite place who he reminds me of.  That’s probably a good thing, becuase it makes him seem a bit more original.  Sgtill, tight rhymes and backing by some of the best underground producers in the business (9th Wonder, Madlib, and others) mean this mixtape is going to be a total success.

Check it out.