25 of our must play tracks this September

If you’re coming down to see us then you can expect a whole spectrum of amazing music, Hip-Hop and all it’s offshoots.

Here’s 25 tracks (in no particular order) we’re loving playing out at Donuts at the moment, from the brand new all the way to tracks that have been a staple in our set for years!

25) Dr. Dre – Still D.R.E.

Let’s start this off the right way shall we? Nothing more needs to be said about this one, iconic in every sense.

24) Kanye West, Jay-Z and Frank Ocean – No Church In The Wild

Moving into one of the greatest collab albums in Hip-Hop history… and then you throw Frank Ocean into the mix. A Modern classic you’ll definitely hear this early on to get you nice and warmed up.

23) J Dilla – Rico Suave Bossa Nova

Our main man Dilla comes in with the fire. Beautifully blending classic latin sounds and Hip-Hop together, we do love a good hip-shaking instrumental from the master himself.

22) Bryson Tiller – Don’t

Oof. Produced by the likes of the Soulection crew and endorsed by Drake, Timberland and more, Bryson Tiller is a multi-talented dude who has a massive future ahead of him.

21) Missy Elliott – Let It Bump

Aaaaand speaking of Timbaland, he and the legendary Missy Elliott are one of the all-time great partnerships in Hip-Hop. We went with this more obscure cut from her 2003 album “This Is Not A Test” because you all know the hits, but god you need to know this one.

20) M.O.P. – Ante Up (Remix)

Pure. Hype. An energy booster bound to get you jumping around, M.O.P., Busta Rhymes and Remy Ma kill this.

19) Kendrick Lamar – Alright

An amazing song that became an anthem for protesters trying to promote black rights, it’s power and uplifting and thoughtful lyricism makes it an instant classic.

18) Janet Jackson – If (Kaytranada Remix)

The song that brought the young beat-maker from Canada to the masses, one that Janet Jackson herself says is one of her favourite remixes of her track. Incredible bounce, it’s hard to sit still when this is on.

17) J. Cole – G.O.M.D.

J. Cole had a platinum album in 2014 with NO FEATURES and handled production on most of the album himself… Incredible.

16) Cypress Hill – Insane In The Brain

We’re going all the way back with this one. Cypress Hill’s biggest ever hit and an enduring Hip-Hop anthem, there’s always massive sing-a-longs to this one!

15) Protoje – Who Knows (feat. Chronixx)

Badboy riddim from down Jamaica way, one we put up there with the likes of Damian Marley’s “Welcome To Jamrock” and Collie Buddz “Come Around”.

14) A$AP Ferg – Work (Remix)

That moment in the night when you wanna get your bounce on and get a little crazy, this always does the job.

13) Stevie Wonder – Superstition

One of our favourite artists ever. You know it. You love it. No need to say anymore.

12) Grandmaster Flash – The Message

One of Hip-Hop’s first hits, this is one your parents were dancing to back in the 80s. Turntable genius Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five crafted this one for the breakdancers, and it still does the business to this day,

11) Lotso & Odie – Senorita

A secret weapon of ours, probably the track we get asked about the most. Found on one of our numerous music digs through Soundcloud, this modern take on Justin Timberlake’s “Senorita” is just so damn good.

10) Kendrick Lamar – King Kunta

One of the biggest Hip-Hop anthems of last year from one of the greatest Hip-Hop albums ever made “To Pimp A Butterfly”, Kendrick hits up his Compton roots with a slamming new school G-funk throwback track that always warrants a sing-a-long!

9) Kanye West – Fade

Love him or hate him, it’s undeniable Mr. West’s impact, not just on Hip-Hop, but music in general. Here you find him sampling some classic Chicago House from legend Larry Heard off his new album “The Life Of Pablo”.

8) Cheryl Lynn – Got To Be Real

Getting into that classic 70s Disco now, tracks that laid the foundation for what would become Hip-Hop, and this was one of the biggest tracks that would get spun at all those legendary block parties thrown by the likes of Grandmaster Flash, Kool Herc and others.

7) Notorious B.I.G. – Juicy

Where would Hip-Hop be without undoubtably it’s greatest one-line writer? A stone-cold classic sampling Mtume’s “Juicy Fruit”, it’s glistening synths were a perfect backdrop for Biggie to do his this. It was all a dream…

6) Kaytranada – Lite Spots

Getting in to the future with our friend the incredible Kaytranada, this one dropped off his recent album “99.9%”, a pure bounce track with a cracking latin sample and those signature drums we’ve all come to love from him.

5) Mura Masa – Lotus Easter

Every time we play this track when that 808 drops people go absolutely nuts. Brighton’s very own, this young prodigy is a star and churning out records like this is all the evidence needed.

4) Schoolboy Q – THat Part

Schoolboy Q’s new album “Blank Face” is one of the best albums of the year and this trippy number is doing the rounds, thanks in part to an ingenious verse from Kanye.

3) Jackson 5 – Want You Back

If ever there was a track that absolutely no-one on earth hates, it’s this one. Never. Ever. Fails.

2) Pharoahe Monch – Simon Says

“Get The Fuck Up! Simon Says Get The Fuck Up!” – What more is there to say. That beat. That Godzilla sample. Nothing else like it before or since.

1)Earth, Wind and Fire – September

Perfect for an end of the night, hands in the air moment, especially as we’re in the month of September. Say do you remember?