The Mixtape Vol. 176

Ahead of Castle Lite’s #HipHopHerstory concert, Loveslavephola brings us a mix with the baddest on the lineup

Acknowledging music as the ultimate ‘feeling of utopia’, Loveslavephola’s sonic selections lean towards R&B, soul and a whole lot of hip hop. You’ll recognise her sets by the smooth transitions between sounds that only just require a sway and beats that might make you break a sweat. A true music lover that knows how to bring something for everyone, we caught up with her ahead of her Castle Lite #HIPHOPHERSTORY performance to get a word on what her inspirations are as well as a precursor for the main event.

What was your first introduction to hip hop?

Listening to The Fugees album that my cousin owned.

What are your thoughts on the current state of hip hop?

Hip hop has definitely evolved from being a Boys Club and that shift is welcomed. I'm looking forward to seeing a whole lot more femme and LGBTQIA+ artists and DJs in the hip hop scene.

Who are some of the visionaries that have influenced your perspective?

Missy Elliott, Aaliyah, MC Lyte and Solange have influenced me musically and culturally.

What informed the selections you made for the mix you have put together for us?

My sets usually start off chilled and slow so I thought I'd switch it up a bit and start off with upbeat tracks that I really dig at the moment.

Which of the performers on the Castle Lite #HipHopHerstory lineup are you most looking forward to seeing, come September 8?

Godessa, Relo, Manthe and definitely Roxanne Shante after recently seeing her film on Netflix.

What’s on repeat on your playlist?

Teyana Taylor KTSE 

Where can we next catch you on the decks?

At the Street Food Festival in CPT and at the #HipHopHerStory on the 8th of September.

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