Dang I’m not a mixtape enthusiest but this is one that caught my attention and kept it. Producer Oh-No recently released an instrumental album using old-school and rare samples of Ethiopian music. These beats are ridiculous! Fellow Ethiopian Gabriel Teodros caught wind of this and felt compelled to create a mixtape using these samples which represent the strong roots to his home country of which he still feels such a strong tie. This mixtape is kind of cool because its less than 20 minutes long hence the name ‘Jitter Generation’. But believe me, he sure accomplished a hell of a lot in a 20 minute span. This release shines light on the realities of Ethiopia, touches on America’s own imperfections & stresses the importance of exploring your own intelligence and spirituality. I have to say this is the kind of mixtape that could possibly offend you at times. But it does it in a very compelling and intriguing way forcing you to evaluate your own views and opinions. If nothing else let this be a way to introduce yourself to Gabriel Teodros, he is very relevant to the hip hop scene right now and I predict will stay that way for some time.
Download/preview: GT’s Ethiopium: A Jitter Generation Mixtape