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OKP Presents: The Official Roots Picnic 2013 Mix (Mixed by Cosmo Baker)

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June 1st is right around the corner and that means The Roots’ sixth annual picnic is about to get underway (get your tickets here). And to help showcase the talent that will be performing, okayplayer called upon Cosmo Baker to put together a sweet mix of music featuring the likes of The Roots (of course), Macklmore & Ryan Lewis, Gaslamp Killer, Solange, araabMUZIK, Hit-Boy, Trinidad Jame$ and more. Stream/download below.

At the 11th Hour it seemed like a good idea to write some sort of introduction to this mix and I gave it some thought as to what I was going to touch upon, but understand this is harder than it may seem. It’s difficult enough to capture everything that this collection of artists is about in the futile medium that’s one single mixtape. In the same regard, much like their entire career it’s almost impossible to pin down what The Roots, and Okayplayer are all about with just words. And that right there just may be the point.

I could take it back to 1992 or 93 when I first met these two dudes Ahmir and Tariq and this could be the story of “Philly dudes done well” or I could talk about the parallels of all or our respective career arcs and all that jazz. Or I could talk about how just some local musicans and DJs from South and West Philly have transformed into global music and cultural ambassadors.

But to me it comes down to one thing – love. The love that one has that makes one do what they do. It’s not for the money of the fame, but for the love of music that is the single reason why we’re in this game. That’s the greatest commonality that we all share, and one of the reasons why Okayplayer is what it is today in 2013. Perhaps it’s something in our mutual Philly history, and its collective cultural fiber; from being in that one time at that one place. I don’t know, but I do know one thing: I grew up with all this, and so when I was asked to contribute this mix, it was more than an honor. It felt like I was coming back home. –

DJ Premier “Young Gifted & Black Intro”

Gang Starr “Full Clip”

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis “Thrift Shop”

The Roots “Dynamite”

How To Dress Well “Running Back”

Sonnymoon feat. Melo-X “Htlv (Houstatlantavegas) (Melo-X Remix)”

Naughty By Nature “Hip-Hop (DJ Scene 2013 Remix)

Trinidad James “All Gold Everything (Emynd NOLA Bounce Remix)

Robert Glasper “Black Radio feat. Yasin Bey (Pete Rock Remix)”

The Gaslamp Killer “Anything Worse”

The Roots “The Seed 2.0″

Solange “Losing You”

Jennah Bell “Monster Killer”

Solange “Sandcastle Disco”

The Roots “How I Got Over”

Duck Sauce “Grand Steppin”

Grimes “Circumambient”

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis “Can’t Hold Us feat. Ray Dalton”

Grimes “Oblivion”

A-Trak “Tuna Melt feat. Tommy Trash (Grandtheft Remix)”

Jay-Z & Kanye “Niggas In Paris”

Trinidad James “Females Welcome”

AraabMuzik “The Prince Is Coming”

The Gaslamp Killer “Impulse feat. Daedelus”

Kendrick Lamar “Backseat Freestyle”

A$AP Rocky “Goldie”

Gang Starr “Above The Clouds feat. Inspectah Deck”

Robert Glasper “Twice feat. Solange (?uestlove’s Twice Baked Remix)”

Gary Clark Jr. “The Life”

Joey Bada$$ “Waves”

Naughty By Nature “Jamboree feat. Zhane”

Smoke DZA “Gotham City feat. Joey Bada$$”

AraabMuzik “Hammer Dance”

The Roots “Act Too… The Love Of My Life feat. Common”

Shlohmo “Don’t Say No feat. How To Dress Well”

Lushlife “Magnolia”

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