I made a mixtape for a girl once. College graduation was approaching and I was headed out of town for a summer fellowship. It broke my heart to leave when it felt like our relationship was finally solidifying.
I'd never made love to this girl, mind you. So in a way, the music had to achieve something I'd failed to accomplish in the months leading up to its creation. I wanted to leave her so jacked up that she wouldn't be able to think about anything or anyone else for the next eight weeks – like aural foreplay on repeat.
My playlist was smooth: "Hello It's Me" by the Isley Brothers. Curtis Mayfield's "Give Me Your Love" from the Superfly soundtrack. I even threw A Tribe Called Quest's "Bonita Applebum" up in the mix.
It was a massive failure. Within a week, she stopped taking my calls.
The lesson I learned from that fiasco has remained with me to this day: Before you give a chick a mixtape, always dub yourself an extra copy.
Therein lies the inspiration for this year's music issue, Mixtape Love – a mixtape dedicated to the city of Atlanta. We wanted something timeless and timely; something selfless, and admittedly, kinda selfish, too. The result is an untamed mashup of CL-approved rap 'n' rock titled Mixt A, Vol. 1.
In addition to the free digital download, we pressed a limited-edition, 10-song vinyl LP to be released in conjunction with Criminal Records.
Of course, no compilation's complete without a little sentiment. We collected memories and backstories from some of our featured artists, including Grip Plyaz, Carnivores, Predator, Mums FP, the Balkans, A. Leon Craft, Zoroaster and Stanza. A few Atlanta tastemakers and critics even contributed their own top 10 playlists to create the ultimate mixtape sampler.
It's all love, from CL to you. And please, don't mind us if we set aside a few copies for ourselves.
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