Mixtape Monday Volume XXXXI – “Braine Waves”


Good morning babes, we have more music for your Monday with Mixtape Monday Vol. XXXXI – “Braine Waves”. I’m currently down in LA working on some new vibes, so this week’s mix is a bit shorter for those California drives. Our line up this week includes Kanye West, Blood Orange, A$AP Rocky, Knox Brown, Anderson .Paak, Kid Cudi, Beyonce, Kendrick Lamar, Nirvana, Lewis Del Mar, Deerhunter, Angel Haze and Travi$ Scott.


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“Heading To LA” – Mixtape Monday Vol. XXXX


Hey all! I’m getting ready for my trips up the Sea Ranch this weekend, then Los Angeles next week, and with the rising temp across California I thought it’d be a good time for a Summer Jam Session. So we got Mixtape Monday Volume XXXX, “Summer Sunshine, Heading To LA”, featuring the likes of Kendrick Lamar, YG, ScHoolboy Q, Big K.R.I.T, Warren G, Dr. Dre, Jon Connor, Kanye West, Skepta, Pharrell, Kamaiyah, MF DOOM, Kaytranada, Kid Cudi, Anderson .Paak, Rationale, Nice As Fuck, Joey Bada$$, The Game, and Snoop Dogg.

Enjoy! And have fun with this Summer Sixteen life we go going, it’s wild out there.

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Mixtape Monday Volume XXXIX – “Friends in HiiiPlaces”


New Week, new music, new art, new vibes, let’s roll into it with Mixtape Monday Vol. XXXIX, “Friends in HiiiPlaces”! This week we have a vibey mix of large and small musicians, many of my personal favorites – in the limelight or on the come up, and tons of new music from 2016. Ride into it with Oddisee, Vic Mensa, Doomtree, Main Attrakionz, Childish Gambino, Lil Yatchy, Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, Kanye West, Open Mike Eagle, Kamaiyah, Angel Haze, and A Tribe Called Quest. Enjoy.
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“Carison Waves” – Mixtape Monday Volume XXXVIII


Mixtape Monday comes in this week with another special guest edition, this week featuring Carison Wade, with Volume XXXVIII – “Carison Waves”. The mix takes a smooth and mellow ride down the California coast line as you kick back to some melodic hip hop, indie tunes, jazzy orchestration and choirs and guitars. Perfect for a sunny summer morning meant to shake off the weekend blues, we know there are many to be had this weekend. Carison brings us quite the rank of artists including Kanye West, Kid Cudi, Chance the Rapper, Illogic & Blockhead, Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment, Kooley High, Little Joy, Mickey, The Neighbourhood, and Ugly Cassanova. We hope you enjoy!


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“Blessings” – Mixtape Monday Vol. XXXVII Part I & II


Gottdamn. What a week it has been, new art, new music, new festivals. What a time to be alive. I’m incredibly thankful for all these blessings, hence the titled and focus of this week’s Mixtape Monday Volume XXXVII.

This week’s mix is a double feature, with the Part I focusing on the rock and roll psychedelic vibes that have had the Bay in a mood for decades with artists like The Byrds, The Zombies, Jefferson Airplane, Motion, The Doors, The Monkees, Kristin Diable, Janis Joplin, Nancy Sinatra, The Rolling Stones, Chyvonne Scott, Freddie Scott, and Oakland’s very own Fantastic Negrito.

Part II takes things back to hip hop, with Travi$ Scott, Big K.R.I.T., Kendrick Lamar, Angel Haze, Clipse, OutKast, Chance the Rapper, Freeway, JAY Z, Beanie Seagel, The Game, Lance, Dr. Dre, and Vic Mensa.

This week’s mix is super exciting because it features several friends and colleague’s of mine, and their fresh new projects. We have songs from Fantastic Negrito’s debut album “The Last Days of Oakland”, which I designed and illustrated, Lance//Fuze the MC’s “Lance is a Genius” second LP, and Vic Mensa’s debut EP “There’s a Lot Going On”. Very aptly titled. It’s a good time for music, I hope you enjoy.

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Mixtape Monday Volume XXXVI – “don’t you miss the ,”


Mixtape Monday this week is taking names, Volume XXXVI – “don’t you miss the ,” is here to claim every emotion you can possible hold onto. With some rad gangstar rap, smooth R&B, electronica, and blessings from the holy choir. Due to the nature of some of the songs the entire playlist is only available here @ blog.iamnfrancis.com, the playlist on Tidal is missing the opening track, and the outro tracks, but nonetheless enjoy the blessings brought to you by the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Chance the Rapper, Royce Da 5’9″, N.E.R.D., The Internet, Flatbush Zombies, Pusha T, Pharrell Williams, Angel Haze, MellowHype, Frank Ocean, Drake, Beenie Man, Nas, Damian Marley, A$AP Rocky, Mos Def, The Roots, Tyler, The Creator, T-Pain, Noname, and Kanye West.¬†Enjoy.

Also: check out the Oakland homie, now rep’n Portland, Duggy. A1 local producer, with some sweet vibes, check out his recent project in full bellow.

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Mixtape Monday Volume XXXV: “AirBorn2”


Mixtape Monday night tunes is here with Volume XXXV – “AirBorn2”. Today is my first real day back in Oakland after two weeks of crazy ass traveling. First NYC, then LA, all around it’s been a wild month.

So to close out this working ass week we have a long mix to chill out and vibe to with artists like: Harold Butler, Puff Daddy, Travi$ Scott, Big Sean, Radamiz, Beyonce, J. Cole, Miguel, Eric B. & Rakim, Mos Def, Astronautalis, A$AP Rocky, JAY Z, Adrian Daniel, Alicia Keys, Drake, Flying Lotus, Mark Ronson, Stevie Wonder, Hiatus Kaiyote, Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Lance Skiiiwalker, ScHoolboy Q, Chance the Rapper, Dr. Dre, Anderson .Paak, Digable Planets, Warren G. and Madlib. It’s quite the make up, and I hope it lasts you through the week. Enjoy!

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Thesis // Mixtape Monday: Liberated


All well and done, here is my finishing collection of works from my time at California College of the Arts Illustration Program. I built an album around a collection of songs, essentially building off the “Mixtape Monday” efforts I had been doing for the past several months.

Bellow is the album’s songs, and the pieces themselves, which can be viewed in totality @¬†iamnfrancis.com/my-product/thesis. The art was built into an album, CD and Vinyl, along with several posters and T Shirts – which will be available online shortly.

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Mixtape Monday Vol. XXXIII – “They Said Repent”


Happy Monday everyone! I’m off in New York right now so my friend Emeric has taken over the Mixtape Monday duties for the week – with quite the eclectic group of songs from many wonderful musicians such as David Gilmore, Dessa, Caught A Ghost, Counting Crows, Was (Not Was), The Royal Swazi Spa, Chet Faker, Vijay Iyer, SZA, Lorde, Leonard Cohen, Tina Dico, Elbow and Lianne La Havas.

This strangely jazz/classic infusion of music is a perfect start to what might very well be a wild week. Enjoy!

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Mixtape Monday Vol. XXXII – “FREE//DOM”


Ayyyyyyyyyye good morning everyone, I’m tired as hell so I’m gonna keep this brief. Welcome back to Mixtape Monday, Volume XXXII – “FREE//DOM”. So starting this week things are going to run a little differently, I’ll be posting playlists using TIDAL + Mixcloud, from now on. I’ve been meaning to make the switch to Tidal for awhile given their string of exclusives, but this week was the final push – we lost Prince, and this week’s mix serves as a personal thank you and good bye – so it obviously needed a couple of Prince tracks. Which are only available on Tidal. So from now on the playlists will be posted in that format, and the whole thing will be uploaded as a Mixcloud link, for those of you without Tidal – I’ll go back to doing intros and outros for those once the semester is over and I have more time.

SO. This week’s mix serves as a lil outro to Prince leaving us, it’s not all Prince related – but it felt like the right vibe to say THANK YOU. This week we have Adrian Daniel, Frank Ocean, Rick Fames, Sheila E., Judith Hill, Kamaiyah, Prince himself, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Nicks, Janelle Monae, Jamila Woods, Beyonce, Kendrick Lamar, Floetry, and MC Hammer. Enjoy

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