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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Hillel Cool J- The 21st Century Project


For a long time now, over and over you hear heads arguing that hip-hop is dead. Recently I got into a discussion about this very topic over at a favorite blog of mine Martini & Jopparelli’s Music Selections. Basically, although I love the classic jams (as evident in many of my mixes) I recognize that there are still amazing musicians in this hip-hop game. That discussion got me thinking about doing a 21st century mix to highlight what has been produced in the last decade. Why argue when you can listen and enjoy, right? Here’s the beginnings of my newest project. I present to you the years 2000 and 2001. I hope this continues to inspire your love of hip-hop music.

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Reflection Eternal- Too Late (prod. Hi-Tek)
People Under The Stairs- We’ll Be There (prod. Thes One)
Masterminds- Joints 2000 (prod. Mr. Khaliyl)
DJ Presto- Relax Your Mind (prod. DJ Presto)
Slum Village- Conant Garden (prod. Jay Dee)
Dead Prez- Hip-Hop (prod. Dead Prez)
Blackalicious- Deception (prod. Chief Xcel)
Jel- Stop (and Listen) (prod. Jel)
Funkstorung- Grammy Winner (prod. Funkstorung)
Rise- Do You Know Him? (prod. DJ Spinna)
Rubicon ft. Ronnie B- Mister Mister (prod. Rubicon)
Schoolz of Thought- One Of Those Days (prod. 88-Keys)

Jigmastas- Nocturnal Jam (prod. DJ Spinna)
Alp- Pistachio (prod. Alp)
J.Rawls ft. J-Live- Great Live Caper (prod. J.Rawls)
Eyedea & Abilities- Liquid Sovereignty (prod. DJ Abilities)
Unspoken Heard- This Is Me (prod. The Sound Providers)
Hi-Tek ft. Jonell- Round & Round (prod. Hi-Tek)
Prefuse 73- Nuno (prod. Prefuse 73)
Mars Ill- Sphere of Hip Hop (prod. DUST)
Aesop Rock- 9-5ers Anthem (prod. Blockhead)
Cannibal Ox- A B-Boys Alpha (prod. El-P)

2002 (sneak peak)
DJ Shadow ft. Mos Def- Six Days Remix (prod. DJ Shadow)

posted by josh at 4:45 pm  


  1. 10 minutes into the 2000, hittin ill.

    great concept, think you’ll get love on that other blog?

    Comment by justin reed — August 10, 2009 @ 4:17 pm

  2. […] For the beginning of this mix project, please see: The 21st Century Mix 2000 and 2001 […]

    Pingback by illmeasures » Hillel Cool J- The 21st Century Project continues — August 25, 2009 @ 10:13 pm

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