everyday is a gunshot…

Like everyone else, I remember 9/11 all too well. I had just flown from New York to Los Angeles the night before — getting home at about 3am — only to be awoken a few hours later to see the towers fall. As you all know, it was terrifying and unbelievable. I sat fixated on the news for as long as I could stand it, which must have been three or four hours if not more.

At some point there was only so much I could watch, but what else could we do? Nothing felt right. We couldn’t go out. Without an appetite, we couldn’t eat. We couldn’t even drink a bottle of whisky to round the edges a bit because it seemed decadent and inappropriate.

So instead, I dug into my still unpacked bags, pulled out the pile of records I’d purchased in New York the previous week, and sat down to make a mix. Anthony Johnson’s Gunshot seemed a particularly fitting start on a day when even the most peaceful of friends were calling for blood and revenge.

Everyday is a gun shot, and another one get dropped
Everyday is a gun shot, and another one get shot
And we don’t want no more of that, love your brother and sister
And things will be better, And things will be better
Live by the sword, die by the sword
Live by the sword, die by the sword

I know, it’s a bit delusional-hippie, but whatever. I was desperate for a good feeling. For the next week, I sent out copies of the mix to friends who might enjoy it. It wasn’t much, but at the time it was the only proactive thing I could come up with to make whatever everyone else was going through a little easier. A time so difficult that even a bit of delusional-hippie was welcomed with open arms.

Gunshot Mix by King Shade on Mixcloud

Or click to download Gunshot zip…

Anthony Johnson – Gunshot
Anthony Johnson She Have Me Come A Me
King Rolex – Nuh Man Nuh Better Than You
Wayne Smith – Sleng Teng
Tenor Saw – Pumpkin’ Belly
Tenor Saw – Wake The Town
Tenor Saw – Lots O’ Sign
Conroy Smith – Dangerous
Sista V – V’s Version
Dr. Alimantado – I Killed The Barber
Dr. Alimantado – Poison Flower
Dr. Alimantado -Gimmi Mi Gun
Eek-A-Mouse – Wa Do Dem
Scotty – Skank In Bed
Scotty – Rosemerie

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