Mixtape Stream: Mothership Collective “All Nigga Radio”

Influenced by Parliament Funkadelic, Too Short, Roni Size, Bootsy Collins and others, the Los Angeles-based act Mothership Collective’s latest mixtape All Nigga Radio, released by Bonding Tapes was written and conceived as a continuous late night radio broadcast featuring several genres of music, namely hip-hop, funk, reggae, commercials, snippets of interviews and disc jockey ramblings. Certainly, if you’ve grown up listening to hip-hop from the late 80s or so, the concept seems so familiar that it seems tiring; however, what makes this mixtape different is the fact that it satirizes the mind-numbing emptiness of contemporary mainstream music, mainstream radio by essentially saying “it’s generally nonsensical, vapid lyrics backed by dope beats that just blind you from reality, and commercials that make you want to buy shit that will eat away at your very soul.” But it runs much deeper than that, as the Los Angeles-based group is pointing out how media perverts and influences your perception of the world, of people and situations, often encouraging a worldview of behaving and thinking in terms of dangerously cartoonish stereotypes. 

Interestingly, the mixtape seems ridiculously timely as countless folks across the country and the world have criticized major media outlets on how they’ve covered the events of Ferguson, Baltimore and countless other places, and countless articles have been written on the impact of media imagery on stereotypes. But by skewering everything within their reach, the power to pervert and devalue is removed – and in some way it should force you to see the ridiculousness of it all, while digging the actual music. 

The album is available an extremely limited edition cassette and as a pay-what-you-want download. 

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