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My Year of Mixtapes Week 13: Summer Jams

My Year of Mixtapes Week 13: Summer Jams

Playing tracks by

Nelly, Busta Rhymes, South Rakkas Crew feat. Kid Foreigner & Bigga Boss, Heatwave, Tasha Thomas and more.

So it's late August, and I don't know about you, but here in Chicago we didn't really have much of a Summer. It was actually kind of nice—I hate the excessively hot Midwestern Summers, and I was delighted to have a whole year where we barely broke into the 90s (that's the 30s for you celsius people). I played a Portland gig a couple of weeks ago, and apparently they had the opposite problem—the Pacific Northwest was host to the hottest Summer in memory this year (104° in a region where nobody has A/C)—so I'm counting my blessings that I didn't end up downright miserable like them.

Nevertheless, it feels like I missed something. So here's a tape of Summer anthems, BBQ tunes, and porch party bumpers to blare out of your jeep. Some of these are specifically summer-referential; others are just huge summer mega-anthems of years past that remind me of public pools, fireworks, and 120 degree automobile interiors. Enjoy!