"I first started listening to Hip Hop back in high school when my friend introduced me to "Illmatic" by Nas. Since then Hip Hop has become my passion. I like tracks with boom bap drums and strong messages that convey various aspects of life such as struggle, peace, love and joy. Hip Hop has helped me survive tough times in my life. 

After getting two turntables and a mixer I would go to the record stores in San Francisco every week to dig for records of 90's jams and more recent underground joints. Early Jay Dee productions had the biggest influence on me. My recent favorite Hip Hop artists include Joey Bada$$, Joe Styles, and Roc Marciano just to name a few. I'm also a fan of producers in the current beat scene who have an essence of Hip Hop, such as Dibia$e, Budamunk, Elaquent, Knxwledge, Ill Sugi, Fitz Amro$e, and Wun Two. Now based in Tokyo Japan, I've also come to like a Japanese Hip Hop group, Monju. 

For this Mellow Orange project I selected tracks out of my Hip Hop vinyl collection to create a mix that was positive and real, as many of us are facing hard times due to political issues and conflicts. Much respect and appreciation to the Mellow Orange fam for their dedication to good music and for giving me the opportunity to share my music flavor. I hope you enjoy the positive vibes in this mix." - EQA



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