Monthly Mixtape: July 2017

 

It's no secret that I have a huge love for music. A handful of our pins are inspired by music and I literally listen/sing to music 24/7. That's why I thought it would be fun to start a new series here called Monthly Mixtape, where I recap my month in music. That might include what I'm listening to that month or in this case an epic festival that made all my musical dreams come true. 

I recently went to FYF Fest here in LA (basically Coachella's little sister). It was my first festival, which might surprise some, but I'm not really about that scene (too hot, too many missed sets, too many people). However, I will say FYF did not disappoint. The lineup on the day I went (Saturday) was in my opinion the best of all three days. The bands I ended up seeing included Big Thief, MGMT, The Faint (long time love for them), and some others that I honestly can't remember who they were. Overall there was a great mix of different genres at each stage throughout the day. But the real reason I was there was to see my all time favorite, A Tribe Called Quest. 

In case you are unaware of who A Tribe Called Quest is, here is a short little synapsis. There are 4 OG members consisting of Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Jarobi, and Ali Shaheed Muhammad, all of which are legendary. Their music is lyrical rap genius laid on funky beats that combine to create a hip hop sound that cannot be compared to anything you've ever heard before. My love for Tribe runs deep. I could honestly talk about why I love them for days, but don't worry I'll spare you. 

Seeing them was exactly as amazing as I had always imagined it would be. Their set was a perfect mix of new and old songs. Some of the classics included my favorite Buggin' Out (the inspiration behind our new Buggin Out pin), Can I Kick It?, and Butter. The new songs were just as good, especially when they preformed We The People. They had the crowd chanting "we the people, we are equal" which honestly created a beautiful feeling of equality in a sea of strangers. To be able to see them preform and rap along with them to my favorite songs was a dream come true. I'm still pinching myself and I think I will be for a long time to come because nothing gets me quite as hyped as Tribe does.