TDE’s Resident Engineer Ali Has Compiled 2 Epic Mixes of Their Throwback Music (Audio)
“Let it run, Ali” is a familiar-sounding phrase for Top Dawg Entertainment Heads. The crew featuring Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul (as well as their collective group, Black Hippy), SZA, and Isaiah Rashad was founded back in 2004 before any of their roster members were making it big, let alone becoming guests of President Obama’s. But in the years since, TDE has become one of the most successful indie labels in music, but many fans may not have heard all of the music to have been released by its flagship artists. But now, thanks to in-house sound man Mixed by Ali, a plethora of TDE’s discography is available in the form of two jam-packed mixes.
Last week, Ali dropped “Ali’s Throwback TDE Mix, Week 1,” a 24-minute playlist of deep cuts which has been followed up with “Week 2,” slightly longer and just as prolific in its depth. Collectively, the mixes offer a rare peek into the development of some young artists whose musical choices and stylistic cues are all still apparent today, but who certainly were still developing into the mature and well-rounded musicians they are today. For those who have yet to delve into Kendrick Lamar when he was still K. Dot, these mixes offer a perfect opportunity to do so. At the very least, the two playlists have crystallized specific moments in the cultivation of a contemporary west-coast sound for posterity, and the fact that they both knock heavily isn’t so bad, either.