Cover Art by Nikko Washington
Once again 119 brings you a collection of original music from some of our generation's best, all featured in one compilation; Countdown 2 Midnight.
MICK JENKINS / KAYTRANADA / SABA / NONAME / MARTIN $KY / ONGAUD / QARI / MULATTO BEATS / GREEN SLLIME / CHELSEA REJECT / KING LOUIE / safeNsound (L.A. VANGOGH + AMBI LYRICS) / DALLY AUSTON / theMIND / JEAN DEAUX / RAYVN LENAE / VIA ROSA / drea smith / LOONA DAE / NEHEMIAH / FEM(DOT) / XAVIER HOLIDAY / SANI / ROMAN FLOWRS/ PHOELIX / DAX / RICH JONES / CHRISSPENCER / PANIK (MOLE MEN) / MOTHER NATURE / iLLeeT / JARO / RADAMIZ / I.O.D. / SOLAR FIVE / ANGELENAH / PSALM ONE / KAHRION / SÄGE, THE 64TH WONDER / MFN MELO / BENNY NICE / MORIMOTO / BEACH JESUS / JALEIGH / TEE SPIRIT / KURT SHELBY / UY / SAINT TBG / CARTIER JONES
Tracks were either submitted or we helped shape them in some way by bringing artists and producers together. As we began to build the tape out, all the tracks shared a vibe, eliciting a specific, undefinable mood, almost serendipitously. In this spirit, and we'd think you'd agree, this project isn't just a run of the mill compilation, but an experience. Each of these artists represent future, present, past and have had major impacts in our Hip Hop and music culture at large today. Most importantly these are artists internalizing and responding to the world around them. Given the times we're living in, their music is a most healing respite, their wisdom even more so. The project is called Countdown 2 Midnight: an allegory to the nuclear doomsday clock fully intact, but our chosen metaphor is for all artists everywhere. When your own doomsday clock hits midnight, what will you have left behind, and what will you do next for your world?
All photos from 119 Productions EX Kaytranada / OnGaud / King Louie / Rayvn Lenae / Tee Spirit / Panik / Phoelix / Beach Jesus / Kurt Shelby / Roman Flowrs / Sani / Jaro / UY / Saint "The Good Boy" / iLLeeT / Mike Sluggs.
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Southern Poverty Law Center --- https://www.splcenter.org
Dream Defenders --- http://www.dreamdefenders.org
Movement For Black Lives --- https://policy.m4bl.org
Disability Rights and Education Fund---https://dredf.org/support-our-work/
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The Young Center For Immigrant Children's Rights --- https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/TheYoungCenter
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