Despite its carefree nature, making a summer mix can be a harrowing task. Do you opt for of-the-moment pop jams or comfortable nostalgia? These are the questions that kept us cassette-dubbing youth up at night in summers past.
Kristine Flaherty, aka K.Flay, has made a name for herself as an independent-minded, feminist rapper. On "West Ghost," from the new mixtape of the same name, she proves her production chops are just as strong. The track smacks and stutters and flows like the best hip-hop party starters must.
Aside from Christmas, no religious or patriotic holiday has any kind of notable soundtrack. But then there's Carnival, aka Carnivale, or Mardi Gras.
"You shouldn't do a job just to do it; you should do a job because you give a damn," says Jason Robinson, host of the Mixtape on 88.1 KDHX.