Thanks to formidable superstars like Kendrick Lamar and ScHoolBoy Q, TDE is one of the most respected independent labels in Hip-Hop. But, their success didn’t happen overnight. To celebrate the imprint’s 10 year anniversary and all the hard work that Top Dawg, Punch, Jay Rock and the crew have put in, in-house engineer MixedByAli has put together Ali’s Throwback TDE Mix, featuring highlights and rarities from some of label’s 30 releases.
Aside from the overall quality, the coolest part of said project is hearing how Ali decided to sequence the blend. There’s no real rhyme or reason for the track selection or order, other than making sure the release was cohesive and captured his label’s trend-setting diversity – which it definitely does.
Listen to MixedByAli’s historic 24-minute mix below. Then, check out his recent Deflowered interview with Merry Jane, Snoop Dogg’s new weed-based website, where he talks about his first time in the studio with Dr. Dre, best stoner flicks, favorite munchies and other marijuana-related musings.