Unity High DJ Project CD 2

Posted Mar 30 2006

This is a compilation CD that I put together for The Unity High School DJ Project, an afterschool program that I work with in East Oakland, CA. Among other things, the high school students who participate record their own songs, including the beats and vocals, to contribute to a compliation CD featuring other youth in Oakland. Each week my co-teacher and I give students a CD and we discuss their thoughts about various tracks. The idea for this CD is to expose the participants to a wide range of music and to develop their analytical skills.

1. 1, 2 Step (Manny Faces Old School mix) - Ciara feat. Missy Elliot
New vocals over classic funk beat sample

2. In The Club merengue mix - 50 Cent
Not the best mix ever, but shows how the spread of technology lets anyone do a remix. Hip hop vocals over merengue beat

3. Corta El Bonche - Tito Puente
Old school Latin classic from one of the masters

4. Get Down Low - DJ Marquis
Another song with wack, but catchy, lyrics. However, be sure to check out how the DJ mixes this hip hop hit with a house music hit

5. Groove La Chord - Aril Brikha
Huge techno hit. Swedish producer, but Detroit sound

6. Humid - Calisto
Chill techno/drum & bass

7. Mentiroso - O-Maya
Political hip hop from the Bay with a Latin feel

8. Paid In Full (7 Minutes Of Madness Remix) - Eric B & Rakim
Classic hip hop remix with Arabic and English vocals

9. Steve Biko (Stir It Up) - A Tribe Called Quest
Named after African social activist. Classic New York hip hop

10. Honest Expression - Binary Star
Thoughtful lyrics but underground hip hop group

11. One Day - Bay Unity Music Project
Product of Youth Uprising! organization in Oakland, featuring local teens

12. Where I’m At - Bay Unity Music Project
Product of Youth Uprising! organization in Oakland, featuring local teens

13. Don’t Look Any Further - Dennis Edwards w/ Siedah Garrett
R&B classic sampled by the likes of P. Diddy

14. Serengeti Plains - Ambersunshower
Chill R&B with a live feel and African/political references

15. Homeland And Hip Hop - Immortal Technique featuring Mumia Abu Jamal
Peruvian-American rapper Immortal Technique doesn’t actually appear on this track, but social activist Jamal speaks on hip hop and politics


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