Just in time for our Snowboard Camp Tour, So-Gnar compadreFurbie Cakes drops a mean mixtape for the Shred-heads. Titled ” How The Midwest Was One,” this hour long mix combines 17 of the So-Gnar family’s favorite hip hop tracks together. Think of this as our soundtrack for the upcoming tour. As we set off to make our way across the treacherous Midwest, which is in the process of recieving a massive snow storm. This mix is FREE and features classic tracks from an all-star cast of Midwest legends including Atmosphere, Danny Brown, Mudkids, Eyedea & Abilities, Doomtree, Toki Wright and more!. Click the link below to download.
Let me show you “How the Midwest was One”. This mix tape is not simply just a collection of music. It goes far deeper. This mix tape is a culmination of a lifetime love for one thing. Hip-hop. It is my personal journey through music with a specific direction and dedication. While the Midwest is known for many things, to me personally, it is a really dope hip hop scene. Many of these artists are from different part of the Midwestern United States, but they shared a common passion for one art form.
The intro track is an uplifting feel-good type of song that I felt was suitable to set the mix tape off on the right foot. I have been obsessed with hip hop as long as I can remember, and treated it with almost a religious level of devotion. This song embodies the same feeling and thankfulness for hip hop.
When thinking of Midwest hip hop artists/groups, Slug is obviously one of the most prolific. I chose older, maybe less popular Atmosphere songs for a specific reason. Around when the tape (yes tape, not compact disc) was released with these songs on them, I started dabbling in the modern day alchemy that is making your own music. The second track that I produced on the mix tape, “The Rook” was created on my parent’s computer at around the same time. Ever since then I never looked back.
After Slug, others soon became personal favorites on rotation. Eyedea because of his self-inspection, thought provoking lyricism. Blueprint’s ability to have super raw powerful vocals, yet still having meaningful bars. One Be Lo’s legendary style of metaphor mastery while portraying hardships in his own life and neighborhood.
As I grew up many things in my life changed, but a few component remained the same. Music was always there for me no matter what. If I was sad, it made me happy. If I was stressed out about something stupid and ultimately meaningless, it would remind me that there are bigger problems. If I was confused with life, music would somehow provide insight at the proper time. When I realized that I was gifted with the ability to maybe provide the same type of relief/enjoyment to other people I decided I should master this craft as much as humanly possible.
The final track of the mix, Danny Brown’s “Grown Up” sums up the entire compilation perfectly. He is an up and coming artist out of the Midwest. He is coming to Denver soon to my hip hop scene to rock Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom on 2-2-13. The song is about growing up; hardships, successes, failures, and a musical journey. I feel personally so connected to this track because I am growing up and music is helping me do so. “How the Midwest was One” is the first mix tape that I put this much meticulous thought and effort into. My music had grown up and so had I. It all just fell into place.
So no, I am not from the Midwest. This is a just an interpretation of Midwest Hip hop from a Denver Colorado kid. I know that there are many artists that I am leaving out and I am sorry. This is just my personal scope of what I grew up listening to, that made me the person I am today. Turn it up and let it bump.
—Chris Reano (Furbie Cakes)