THE LEGENDS LEAGUE + DJ MENSA present THE LAYER CAKE M*XTAPE

This is the Layer Cake, a collection of songs that have personally fueled the fire to pursue my individual goals. Over the years, hip-hop music has been able to communicate so much to me on so many levels, that it was only right for me to select the brightest gems out of the bunch and compile them for the masses.

I made this for every person who has fought with their parents, creditors, ex’s, teachers, bosses, and anyone else who said they couldn’t do what they wanted to do really do in life. This is for those brave enough to venture off away from the 9 to 5 paradigm, risk financial security, and hold off on the white picket fences for a real shot at following their dreams.

It reads like a book in three chapters: admission, advice, and actualization.

The first step to self-betterment is acknowledging your problem. The songs in this third of the tape are tales of struggle and despair, spoken from both a personal standpoint, or with regards to the social climate. Put together, the vibe of this section is gloomy, but every word is spoken with a glimmer of hope.

The next step to finding your way out of despair is to heed the advice of people who have been down a similar path. Naturally, the atmosphere in this part of the tape is more uplifting. Many of these songs I live by for affirmation of living this unorthodox lifestyle.

The final path of the tape is supposed to be the big breakthrough: taking the steps to achieving your goals. No more talk, just action. Here, songs of triumph against the odds and some final words of confidence are offered to toughen you up before finally stepping out into the world. My favorite Biggie Smalls quote of all time was saved just for this section.

Speaking of quotes, the title of the mixtape comes from this ill movie from 2004, and and is heard at the beginning and end of this tape. The notion of the Layer Cake is the inspiration for this tape. I hope it impacts you the way it did me.

For all my aspiring artists, regardless of your craft, this one is for you.

All the best in the ’09 and beyond,
DJ Mensa

Tracks separated:
THE LEGENDS LEAGUE + DJ MENSA present: LAYER CAKE – A MOTIVATIONAL MIXTAPE
THE LEGENDS LEAGUE + DJ MENSA present: LAYER CAKE – A MOTIVATIONAL MIXTAPE
THE LEGENDS LEAGUE + DJ MENSA present: LAYER CAKE – A MOTIVATIONAL MIXTAPE

Playlist:

Acknowledgement:
LAYER CAKE INTRO
LITTLE BROTHER – SPEED
GOAPELE – CHANGE IT ALL
BLU – SHOW ME THE GOOD LIFE
MISTA – BLACK BERRY MOLASSES
JAY-Z & SCARFACE – THIS CAN’T BE LIFE
SAUKRATES – MONEY OR LOVE
DE LA SOUL – TRYING PEOPLE
AKON – GHETTO
KANYE WEST – SPACESHIP

Advice:
TRIBE – STRESSED OUT
THE ROOTS – WHAT THEY DO
FOREIGN EXCHANGE – HUSTLE HUSTLE
MYSTIC – THE LIFE
MARY J. BLIGE – GOOD WOMAN DOWN
ERIC ROBERSON – FOR THE LOVE OF THE GAME
CESAR COMANCHE FT. ETERNIA – UPS AND DOWNS
ALLEN ANTHONY – ALRIGHT
GANG STARR – MOMENT OF TRUTH
J. DILLA – THE $$$
BRAND NUBIAN – DON’T LET IT GO TO YOUR HEAD

Actualization:
N*E*R*D – PROVIDER
SIZZLA – BE STRONG
COLLIE BUDDZ – BLIND TO YOU
2PAC – KEEP YOUR HEAD UP
JAY-Z ANYTHING
KANYE WEST – LAST CALL
NOTORIOUS B.I.G. FT. 112 – SKY’S THE LIMIT
LUDACRIS FT. COMMON & SPIKE LEE – DO THE RIGHT THANG

Shouts to my motherfuckin’ man Be. of The Legends League

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