Cookin Soul drops A Tribe Called Xmas mixtape in tribute to A Tribe Called Quest

The mixtape joins his previous festive drops including WU XMAS, DOOM XMAS and Notorious BIG – READY FOR XMAS.

Cookin Soul

Grammy-winning producer and beatmaker Cookin Soul has dropped his latest Christmas mixtape, A Tribe Called Xmas, in honour of the 80s hip-hop group, A Tribe Called Quest.

The new drop joins a line up of annual festive releases from Cookin’ Soul – last year he released WU XMAS (in honour of Wu-Tang Clan), in 2020 came Notorious BIG – READY FOR XMAS, and DOOM XMAS in 2018 which, you guessed it, was a tribute to MF DOOM.

The mixtape was uploaded to YouTube on 20 December, where Cookin Soul wrote in the description, “Tribute to one of my fav[e] groups of all time! RIP Phife Dawg”, and stated that all tracks have been produced, remixed and mastered by himself.

The full tracklist is as follows:

  1. Xmas (We​’​ve Got)
  2. Butter Cookies
  3. Merry Abstract Xmas
  4. Snow skit
  5. 5 Foot Reindeer
  6. Kamaal Xmas Time
  7. Holiday Booty
  8. Nut Job skit
  9. Funky Xmas for Two
  10. Soul Holidays
  11. Sleigh Dawg

You can listen to the full tape below:

We spoke to Cookin Soul last year about his Christmas tradition, where he explained the process of bringing the tapes to life (which is all fairly simple for the esteemed beatmaker): “I knock out mixtapes in four or five days,” he told us. “I’ve been making music for a long time so I know what I want. I have my studio set up in the fastest way for me. When I’m looking for sounds, I’m thinking, ‘Okay, I can use this drum or this drum pattern’, or, ‘This acapella is going to fit.’ When I did DOOM XMAS, I knew that I was going to use something from The Grinch. I just had to find the right part.”

You can shop Cookin Soul’s previous festive releases on vinyl and cassette, and download the new mixtape from cookingsoulrecords.com.

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