Back once again it’s the renegade master, b-boy damager — power to the people! The great Z-Trip has returned from a self-imposed sabbatical with a newfound hunger for expression, a fresh outlook on music, and most importantly… a new mixtape! Recorded for BBC Radio 1, the Z-Trip Hip Hop Takeover Mix features Zach at the top of his dicing and slicing turntablist game, dropping classic gems and world exclusives. It’s a product of the world famous DJ taking some time off to reflect on his accomplishments and upcoming goals, and shows Z in top form. As he writes:

“I am feeling incredibly inspired these days. Loving and creating some of the best music I’ve ever made. My focus is dead on… This is all because I finally took a break!

Let me fill you in. I’m driving around the big island of Hawaii by myself. I find a tree by a beach and lay under the shade. I wake up 2 hours later and the tops of my legs are burnt to shit… Then it hits me… Tanning is NOT for me! I gotta get back in my dark studio and make some music!!!

Honestly though, while away I realized I’ve been touring and grinding so hard, that I forgot to take the necessary time to ENJOY the music. Just sit and listen… as a fan, not as DJ. The process took me back to the reason why I got into this stuff in the first place. It’s about connecting with it all. So that’s what I’ve been doing… Reconnecting… with my music, with myself, with my people.

I just completed a 45 minute Hip Hop mix for BBC Radio 1 with that feeling in mind and I’d love for you to hear it. It’s basically a return to form. Me going back to my roots. There are some dope exclusives in there too. Check for the brand new tune I did with my homie Brillz called “808 in The Trunk”. Our first collab, Jay Z’s “Dirt Off Your Shoulder” Remix, got such a good response we HAD to get back in the studio. You can listen to the mix right here.”

Peep the Z-Trip Hip Hop Takeover mix below, and hit the Jump to see the full tracklist…

Z-Trip Hip Hop Takeover Mixtape Tracklisting:

The Troubleneck Brothers – Back to the Hip Hop (Instrumental)
Stetsasonic – Go Stetsa I
Myra Barnes & James Brown – Message from the Soul Sisters (pt. 1)
Above the Law – Freedom of Speech
The Notorious B.I.G. – Party & Bulls*** (Ratatat Remix)
Tropkillaz – Listen to the Bass (Z-Trip’s Mantronix Remix)
Brillz & Z-Trip – 808 in the Trunk
Clipse – Grindin’ (Rumiez Twerk Remix – Z-Trip Re-Twerk)
Roni Size – Who Told You
Too $hort – Blow the Whistle (Instrumental)
Spoonie Gee – Spoonie is Back
Ice Cube – Jackin’ 4 Beats
Tim Smooth – Jackin’ fa Beats
Talib Kweli & Z-Trip – So Fresh
Herbie Hancock – Rockit (Chali 2na Freestyle)
Jimi Hendrix & Method Man & Busta Rhymes – What’s Happenin’ / Crosstown Traffic
Memphis Black – Hey Joe
King Fantastic – Lost Art of Killing (ACA)
dead prez – Bigger Than Hip Hop
Stevie Stone – The Reason (Acapella) (feat. Spaide Ripper)
Run the Jewels (Get It (Z-Trip Remix)
LL Cool J – The Do Wop
LL Cool J – I’m Bad (Z-Trip Remix)
Danny Drive Thru – Virtua Rap
Que Billah – Colors (feat. The Cool Kids)
Ice-T – Colors
Cristo – Ice T Please
Hardnoise – Untitled (ACA)
De La Soul – Tryin’ People

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