Mixtape XXII: Hip Hop After Work

Written by BlackbirdGo August 21, 2018

Disclaimer: Keep out of reach of children. For use only by adults 21 years of age and older.

Illustration by Cheyanne Salmon

This week we have a special hip-hop playlist curated by local creative and icon Cheyanne Salmon.

Tell us a little about yourself, what do you do?

Hi, I'm Cheyanne. I'm 26, I'm queer, and I talk too much. I'm a neurotic pacifist, renaissance woman, graphic designer, illustrator, and mental health advocate.

What inspired this playlist?

I changed the concept for this thing like a billion times before settling on this idea. It's basically a collection of hip hop songs that don't follow the cliche hip hop formula that you hear on the radio. There's themes of mental health issues, poverty, being a queer person of color in America, and overcoming hardship. I love radio hip hop but this playlist is a bit more deep. Perfect for winding down after work.

What do you like about hip hop?

I love everything about it. Especially the storytelling, the themes and the variation within the genre. Hip hop is a large source of innovation within the music industry as a whole. I don't think people realize how much influence it has.

Do you smoke?

Yeah, but not super often... only like... every single day :)

Tell me about your first time smoking weed

I was pretty against cannabis in general for most of my life until last year when I became more open minded to it. I was with close friends in my backyard and I totally believed the myth that you didn't get high the first time you smoke. I took a few awkward hits and ended up Way. Too. High.

I had a series of epiphanies, I'm sure, and probably thought I was going to die.