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DJ Neil Armstrong

As a DJ, over the years I’ve developed a few routines that I like to break out here and there to keep my sets interesting. Sometimes I do this thing where I’ll play the sample source and mix it into the song using the sample. I call it “Single City.” Other times I’ll loop a section of lyrics and mix that into another song with the same or similar lyrics. I call this “Swing City. How do we filter out the teases? We don’t let them in. This goes for the guys, too, because sometimes the guys are tapped out. But check your lease man, because you’re living in “Fuck City!”

One better-known DJ who has also discovered the wonders of “Single City” (aka a standard DJ routine) is NYC’s Neil Armstrong, founding member of the 5th Platoon DJ collective and Jay-Z’s tour DJ. Armstrong has also appeared on Letterman, Carson Daly (is that still a show?), at the NBA All-Star Game and the Olympic Games.

Additionally, he has been steadily churning out mixtapes for over a decade now, among them Originals, which takes the sample->sample source idea to new levels and DNA of The Blueprint, which serves as Armstrong’s personal tribute to his current MC (both are available for download after the jump).

ArtNowSF is bringing Neil Armstrong to Manor West this Thursday (4/29), along with DJs Lex (Souls of Mischief) and Beats Me (distortion 2 static). Advance tix are 10 bucks and you can buy them here.

Here are the mixtapes. Enjoy:

Neil Armstrong – DNA of the Blueprint

(artist Jay-Z for all)
2 No ID Speaksâ
3 Props to BIG Brother Jay-z – Kanye West
4 Hola Hovito
5 BluePrint 1 Return to the soul samples
6 The Rulers Back
7 Izzo
8 Heart of the City
9 Never Change
10 Young Forever
11 Empire State of Mind
12 What Where I’m From
13 Already Home
14 Reminder
15 People talking
16 Hate
17 Takeover/Run This Town
18 Renegade
19 Real As it Gets
20 All I Need
21 03 Bonnie And Clyde
22 Excuse Me Miss
23 So Ambitious
24 The Bounce
25 Excuse Me Miss Remix
26 Jigga that N*
27 Stop
28 What They Gonna Do Part 2
29 Ain’t No N*
30 Venus Vs Mars
31 Girls girls girls remix
32 On to the Next One
33 What We Talkin about
34 Every Day A Star is Born
35 Thank You

Neil Armstrong – Original (zip file)

1. Mtume, Rappin’ Duke – ‘If U Don’t Know Now You Know’
2. Jeff Lorber Fusion, Bahamadia – ‘Crush On You’
3. El Debarge – ‘One More Chance’
4. Lou Donaldson, The Roots – ‘Another Chance’
5. Isley Brothers – ‘Call Neil Big Poppa’
6. Isaac Hayes – ‘Warning’
7. The Delphonics – ‘Player Haters’
8. Slick Rick, Public Enemy, Busta Rhymes – ‘Zulu Nation War Chant’ (feat. Betty Wright / Mary Jane Girls)
9. Mark the 45 King, DJ Kool, Marva Whitney – ‘900 Number’
10. Aja – ‘Whose In The House’
11. Taste Or Honey – ‘Sad & Blue’
12. Dionne Warwick – ‘Mona Lisa Says Goodbye’
13. Gloria Gaynor, Herb Alpert – ‘Release Yo Delf’
14. Underdog There, Wu-Tang Clan – ‘Nuthin To F*ck Wit’
15. Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band – ‘Cherchez Le (Neil)’
16. De La Soul, Aja – ‘Eye Know’
17. De La Soul, Hall & Oates – ‘Say No Go’
18. Leaders Of the New School, Boz Scaggs – ‘Zone Coasting’
19. For The Bitties At Bobs Lounge, Joe Sample – ‘W5PS’
20. De La Soul, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson – ‘Breakdawn’
21. John Leguizamo, Al Green – ‘Lets Stay Together’
22. Shalamar – ‘For The Player In You’
23. Teddy Pendergrass, BUMS – ‘The Door Is Closed’
24. Rick James – ‘Mary Jane’
25. Gap Band – ‘She’s Outstanding’
26. Eric B. & Rakim, Marvin Gaye, Midnight Star – ‘Got Me Curious’
27. Eric B. & Rakim, Aaliyah, Cecil Homes, Helix C. – ‘It’s Been A Long Time’
28. Surface, Kool G Rap, Nas – ‘Happy’
29. AZ, Nas, Gap Band – ‘Life’s A Bitch’
30. Nas, Michael Jackson, Biz Markie – ‘It Ain’t Hard To Tell’
31. Biz Markie, Steve Miller Band – ‘Nobody Beats The Biz’
32. Big Daddy Kane, Heatwave – ‘Ain’t No Half Steppin’
33. Brand Nubian, Edie Brickell – ‘Slow It Down’
34. Queen, Vanilla Ice – ‘The Vanilla Cometh’
35. Labi Siffre, Eminem – ‘Slim Shady Reps’
36. Dr. Dre, Leon Haywood – ‘The Next Episode’
37. Isley Brothers, Ice Cube – ‘It’s A Good Day’
38. Herb Alpert, Blacksheep – ‘Flavor Of The Month’
39. Gang Starr, Public Enemy, Joe Simon – ‘U Know My Steez’
40. Maynard Furgeson, Showbiz & AG – ‘Next Level’
41. Grace Jones, LL Cool J – ‘Doin’ It Well’
42. ATCQ, Lou Reed – ‘Cause I Can Kick It’
43. Fugees, Roberta Flack – ‘Killing It Softly’
44. Heatwave, Nice & Smooth – ‘Mindblowing’
45. Partridge Family, Nice & Smooth – ‘Hip Hop Junkies’
46. Tracy Chapman, Nice & Smooth – ‘Sometimes I Rhyme Slow’
47. Souls Of Mischief, Bobby Cobham – ‘From Now Til Infinity’

White Mike