damsels & dames vol. 2
sandōk - damsels & dames vol. 2
1. sza - supermodel
2. tamia - so into you
3. buffalo springfield - son of a preacher man
4. gallant + jhene aiko - skipping stones
5. snoh aalegra + logic - sometimes
6. sza - go gina
7. niia - girl like me
8. solange - bad girls
9. estelle - come over
10. lauryn hill - forgive them father
11. solange - don’t let me down
12. city high - caramel
13. snoh aalegra - you got me
14. amy winehouse - in my bed
15. sza - prom
16. jhene aiko + childish gambino - bed peace
17. trevor lawrence jr. + donna missal- auckland
18. aaliyah - i care 4 you
19. lana del rey - because of you
20. sza - 20 something
Sixteen months since my last mixtape, overdue. At least it’s better than my previous three-year hiatus.
I want to take the time and talk about the female inspiration behind this second installment of Damsels and Dames that made this passion project possible:
SZA. You’re the driving force of this mixtape. The way your mother introduces and ends talking about the illusion of control magically captures the thematic qualities of your album. Thank you for pouring your heart and soul into CTRL.
Donna. My sister is the entire reason I fell in love with Hip-Hop. I was in Kindergarten when I stole her cassette of Snoop Dogg’s “Doggystyle.” I learned all the words to Lodi Dodi and would sing it by myself not knowing this album would dictate the rest of my life. She continues to be my biggest supporter of my DJ career.
Julia. Thank you for indirectly telling me to study SZA’s album. It’s surreal how there are so many qualities that you and my actual sister share. You’ve been welcoming from the very beginning when I first started coming to Mesa as a patron. You are the sole reason Mesa invited me to be apart of the family. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for keeping my love for music and DJ'ing alive.
My Mother. She still has the same level of excitement and pride when I tell her I’m going to or just finished DJ'ing even after doing this for 17 years of my life. I think she always knew that I never wanted to pursue making a lot of money because I was so passionate about things that didn’t concern money at a young age. I’m happy she recognizes that I still have that passion when I DJ. I’m happy she’s happy that I’m happy.
I hope you enjoy this, mixtape. It’s on the slower side to show the reflective nature I put into it. I love you all.
PS - Thank you, Sean and Jon. You’re neither damsel nor dame but you both indirectly and directly helped me with finishing this project. Donna Missal and Snoh Aalegra would be missing from this mixtape without you. Excited to collaborate with musical projects with each of y'all in the future.