Monday, June 23, 2008

RZA's Staten Island Ferry Ride Muxtape

NYMag asked RZA to make a summer mix and here's what he came up with. RZA calls it his "Staten Island Ferry" mix. RZA says he spent a large portions of his childhood summers on the Staten Island Ferry and recalls paying for $1 rides out there.

SAVE THE DATE: RZA will be playing a show at Webster Hall on July 5.

Listen Here

Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes - Wake Up Everybody
Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes I remember listening to this as a little kid. I was really poor, and this song made me feel like there was hope.

Peter Brown - Do You Wanna Get Funky With Me
Peter Brown
This is for when you’re heading to the ferry—I used to ride the dollar van, now I walk or ride the bus.

Andrea True Connection - More, More, More
Listen to this when you go to the concession stand.

Force M.D.’s - Tender Love
The ferry can be a very romantic place. Take it up to the third deck, you might get lucky and see a pretty woman sitting there alone, right when you pass the Statue of Liberty.

Eric B. & Rakim - My Melody
This is for the hip-hop side. In the old days of the ferry, there were guys hustling loose joints downstairs. I can see me back then, getting my smoke on, listening to Rakim.

Run-DMC - My Adidas
There was nothing like coming back to Staten Island fresh with your new Adidas on. I loved Adidas, and shit, I felt so cool when Run-DMC made this song.

Silver Convention- Fly Robin, Fly
This reminds me of standing outside at the back of the boat, watching the bubbles blow up, seeing the pigeons fly up, maybe throwing them some food.

Paul Simon - 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover
When the Wu-Tang got popular, I would ride the boat just to get serenity. This is a song that I advise people to listen to. “Hop on the bus, Gus.” Now, he didn’t say get on the Staten Island Ferry, but that’s another way to do it.

Wu-Tang Clan - C.R.E.A.M.
You gotta represent Staten Island. Also, it’s how to prepare yourself for New York City. This city’s all about the money.

Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
As the Wu-Tang Clan, we needed to get off of Staten Island to find our real life. We used to meet on the ferry on our way to see Russell Simmons. Me and Ol’ Dirty got arrested on the ferry three or four times. I remember fighting cab drivers. Fighting Brooklyn niggas. Hitting on somebody’s girl, and then her boyfriend comes.

Odyssey - Native New Yorker
This is when you’re approaching Manhattan. I really feel the Yankees, the mustard—I really feel New York when I hear this song.

McFadden & Whitehead - Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now
Now you get off the boat, you’re on your way to the real world. You should have this idea in your head—ain’t no stopping us now.

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