The UK’s DJ Hudson has been filling his crates for around 25 years, in that time DJing a number of venues across the country and being a part of the Midlands’ highly regarded Off The Hook hip hop/funk parties. Always one to appreciate a list and a theme, he’s no stranger to making single artist mixes, namely his Pete Rock and Massive Attack mixes. Here he breaks down some of his favourite single artist mixes, all linked in the titles:
J. Period mixes are in a different league; the way they’re put together makes them like a documentary with interviews weaving through the music. This one is a retrospective of the career of Q-Tip with his music with A Tribe Called Quest, solo work, productions and more.
This is a great listen – a selection of some of the guest appearances Andre 3000 has done on other people’s songs. It’s a good way to deal with the fact we’ve not had a full length release from him or Outkast for about 10 years.
Matthew Africa put this very comprehensive selection of the legendary west coast rapper/producer together back in 2009. Definitely not one to play around children but an excellent selection from a kingpin of west coast rap. FURTHER LISTENING: Also check out Matthew’s mixes playing all Gang Starr and all Mizell Brothers Gang Starr mix //Mizell Brothers)
Diamond D’s Stunts, Blunts and Hip Hop album from 1992 is in my personal top ten of all time and DJ Hedspin from Canada’s The EH Team does the legendary Diggin In The Crates member justice with this selection of classic productions, remixes and original breaks. Featuring Lord Finesse, Mos Def, Show and AG and many more.
“Gotta give a shout to the Large Professor…” The Extra P is another one of my all time favourites and this mix goes through all the favourite productions, remixes, solo work and of course Main Source hits along with bits of interviews from numerous people. FURTHER LISTENING: Check out Kid Grebo’s tribute mixes to Large Professor’s mentor Paul C.
Southern Hospitality’s Superix dives into the back catalogue of Nile Rodgers going from the Chic Organisation productions for Diana Ross and Sister Sledge to the 80s productions for Madonna and David Bowie.
Kanye, Kanye, Kanye… it’s not easy to do a best of mix of the World’s Greatest Living Rock Star but Raydar Ellis has knocked this one out of the park with a good selection of Kanye’s work so far. FURTHER LISTENING: Welcome to Kanye’s Soul Mix Show has A-Trak mixing up the original breaks to Kanye production while ‘Ye drops facts over the top.
Nate Dogg is the undisputed king of the hip hop hook. Steve1der gos through all the classics Nate did with Dr Dre, Snoop and the rest along with some of his lesser known material. Essential listening.
Spinna and Bobbito started off the Stevie Wonder tribute Wonder-Full parties in New York in 1999, where they play all Stevie related music and they put this CD out in 2001 off the back of that. The parties are still going in various cities (DJ Spinna is doing it in London this Friday). Extra bonus: Here’s some footage of Stevie at the Washington DC Wonder-Full party singing while Spinna plays some breaks
So there it is, the definitive list of single artist concept mixes. Hope there’s something for you here. Be sure to check out DJ Hudson’s work on mixcloud and his blog “What would Hudson do?” for more general knowledge.