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preparation for the next life

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The Long Goodbye, Part 3 of 3.

And that's it. I did everything I set out to do. Time to do something else. All y'all got your weekly Spotify playlists now, and I can't rock no Joe Pesci samples behind those.

Cats used to ask me, 'how long you going to do this?'  Until I'm finished.  Like Skeme, I didn't start doing this to be on the radio or DJ a club or work for Complex, I came here to bomb.

Eleven years is enough.  There's 120 mixes up on this site, give or take--I lost count.  It's staying up until I can move it all over to elmattic.com.

I gave you what I gave you.  I made you sway.  I gave you noise.  Lots of noise.

For 11 years, I've clattered by, but this old steel skeleton's outlived its usefulness.  So the El is being torn down.  I dappled the streets with shadows.  I nearly touched the buildings and blotted out the sun.  Things change, and the El is at the end of the line.

Destroy All Lines - Skeme / Thug's Prayer - Roc Marciano / You're Nobody Till Somebody Kills You (Original Version) - Notorious B.I.G. / The Game (You're Nobody Til' Somebody Kills You) - Nas / Heaven & Hell - Raekwon / Five Arch Angels (Instrumental) - 4th Disciple / Allah Sees Everything - Killarmy / Paradise - C-Rayz Walz / I'm Dead - Scarface / Final Count Of The Collision Between Us And The Damned - Public Enemy / The Final Call - Black Market Militia (feat. Abiodun Oyemole of The Last Poets) / Outro Beat - Super DJ Signify & Six Vicious / Kiss Of Death / Blink - Sonic Youth / Spiegel Im Spiegel (Dälek's Reflection Remix) - My Education / Great Day (Four Tet Remix) - DOOM / Dances With Death - Gone Beyond & Mumbles / Something I Can Never Have - Vitamin String Quartet / Friday Afternoons, Op. 7: Old Abram Brown - Choir of Downside School, Purley, Viola Tunnard & Benjamin Britten / SISTERS (OG drum version) - Odd Nosdam / Ghosts I/1 - NIN / White Room - 3:33 / Almost There - Killah Priest / The Bhagvad Gita / Years - Ka & Preservation / God Of Grace - Howard Hanger Trio / Good Night - billy woods / The End of The El / The 900 Number - DJ Mark The 45 King

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life & death of great american cities

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The Long Goodbye, Part 1.

A Hustler's Soliloquy (Walkingshoe Remix) - Roc Marciano / Murder Game - Danny Brown (feat. Guilty Simpson) / The Badlands - Raekwon (feat. Ghostface Killah) / Simply Dope Part 2 - The 45 King / Maxine - Ghostface Killah / Clockers - billy woods / Pounds of Pressure - Mr. Lif / Black Roses - Bigg Jus / Life Ain't The Same - Godfather Don (feat. Sir Menelik & Mike L) / Catch A Bullet - Blue Sky Black Death / The Cookout - Crimeapple / Neva Die Alone - Capone-N-Noreaga / Respect Mine - Fat Joe (feat. Raekwon) / Red Tops - Conway (feat. Westside Gunn) / Don’t Trust a Soul - Westside Gunn / Survival of the Fittest - Mobb Deep / More Trife Life (Instrumental) - Mobb Deep / The City (Instrumental) - 4th Disciple / Peace Akhi - Ka / Science Project - Killah Priest / Day One - Killarmy / Unsolved Mysteries - Super Chron Flight Brothers (feat. Vordul Mega)

poetry with a splash of blood

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Deep Cover (Main Title) - Michel Colombier / Jump Fence, Run, Live - El-P / The Things They Carried - Billy Woods / Poetry - Boogie Down Productions / 2 Wrongs - Onyx / All Along the Watchtower - The Psycho Realm / Dead Serious (Instrumental) - Verbal Kent & Kaz 1 / Trigganomics - Vordul Mega / Skrilla - Ol' Dirty Bastard (feat. RZA) / Krazy Kings Part III (3:33 Mix) - Company Flow / Scarface N***a - Roc Marciano / 4 28 1967 pt 1 - Skipp Coon & Mr. Nick (feat. Melaphyre & PyInfamous) / Trust - Guilty Simpson & Paul White / I Know What It's Like - Ka / Decisions, Decisions - Goodie Mob & DJ Muggs / Where My Homiez? (Come Around My Way) - Ill Al Skratch / I Can't Go To Sleep - Wu-Tang Clan

Some visuals for these aurals: Khalik Allah's photos and writing.

hostages of reality

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Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, it doesn't go away.

- Philip K. Dick

Icarus Falling - PSY/OPSogist / All Day Breakfast - Jel / Numb - Blueprint / Temple of the Golden Pavilion ("Like Some Enormous Music") [excerpt] - Philip Glass / Fendi Shoe Bomber (Instrumental) - Nephlim Modulation Systems / Can You Feel It (Instrumental) - Schoolly D / Thomas is Gone Now - Gasoline Monk / Cradle to the Grave (Instrumental) - Mobb Deep / Calamus - MF Doom / Ice Cream (Instrumental) - The RZA / Connections (Instrumental) - Godfather Don / Sun vs. Clouds - Black-Tokyo Musik / [Echo from the Hosts interlude feat. Shabazz Palaces] / Snow (Remix Instrumental) - Roc Marciano / Queens Get The Money (Instrumental) - Jay Electronica / Forever Is Wasted - Mononome / Head Spins - Djinji Brown / [Empire of Dirt interlude feat. Johnny Cash] / Years - Bartholomaus Traubeck / [Beaten Metal interlude feat. Antibalas] / 30 - Danny Brown & SKYWLKR

city on the edge of never

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I don't want love.  I don't want forgiveness.  All I want is out of here.

--Burroughs, 'White Subway'

Evil Streets (Remix Instrumental) - Onyx / Departure - Jay Electronica / Dead Flowers - Bronze Nazareth (feat. 60 Second Assassin, Killah Priest & C-Rayz Walz) / Sleeping Giant - Epsilon Project (feat. Dopamine Rush P.O.E.) / Loves Gonna Getcha - Boogie Down Productions / Dreams - MoBonix / Paradise - C-Rayz Walz / Dream - Rob Swift (feat. Breez Evahflowin & Noam Chomsky) / Down - Ensilence / Gunbeat Falls - Shabazz Palaces / Will I Get Shot By A Dope Fiend? (Instrumental) - Third Sight / Memoirs of Tragedy - Killah Priest / Hock - 6RME / Vast Hope - DJ Bootsie (feat. Vast Aire) / Ruffturrain - Call O' Da Wild / Open Doors - Super Chron Flight Brothers / The Edge of Never (feat. Jodie Foster & Frank Sinatra) / Shadows - The Reavers

the illamentations

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Every day is a gift. It's just...does it have to be a pair of socks? -Tony Soprano

Ghost Dog's Lament / RZA's Theme / Walken's Lament / What's Your Life Worth? - Fatal Hussein / Lose This Skin - The Clash (feat. Tymon Dogg) / Soprano's Lament / More Than My Breath - Solaris Earth Pipeline / We're Still Standin' Here - El-P / Phantom - Mr Lif / Feel Like A Ghost - El-P / Scarface's Lament / Son of Public Enemy (Flavor Whop Version) - Public Enemy / Pigeon - Cannibal Ox / Chef's Lament / Ghosts I/6 - Nine Inch Nails / Dark Was The Night (Cold Was The Ground) - Blind Willie Johnson (Synthetic remix) / Almost There - Killah Priest / Ghosts Of Things To Come - Clint Mansell & Kronos Quartet / Barris' Lament

cities of the red night

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Kicks off with some hip hop blues, then gets into some avant garde shit. These cats went diggin' in the crates and came up with Leadbelly. These cats went diggin' in the crates and came up with Baudrillard.

PJ's - El Michels Affair & Raekwon / Accepted - Autolect / .45 Caliber Blues - El-P / Rain Water - Brother Ali / Low Tide/Epilogue: Rain - Super Chron Flight Brothers / Play With Toys - Basehead / Old Soul - Malkovich Music / Asphalt Static - Red Ants / Crow Topped Walls - Twilight Of The Idols / Images Of .44 Casings - Dälek / Fallen Angels - Mentol Nomad / We Came From Lego Blocks - Faultline (feat. Vordul Mega) / Escapisms Pt II - Qwel & Silence / Temple Of The Mental - Material (feat. Killah Priest)