I Bootlegged Your Mum’s Mastertape 2008

Take away women, take away London mayoral elections, take away being high in a humungous 24 hour Tesco with rabid munchies trying to decide which sustenance to purchase; the hardest decision of the year was this right here. What are the most essential tracks of the year? These are mine.

Many honourable mentions I couldn’t include, but then I intended this to be 18 tracks, then that spilled into 30, which morphed into 45, until finally I knew I had to stop the buck at 58 for ’08. But it’s taken me the last 16 turbulent days to compile this meticulously crafted playlist (see if you can catch the sonic flow, I really need to get disc jockeying already) of the songs that define a time, place and generation in 2008 from my own aural favourites. I can’t speak for absolutely everyone, but I tried my best.

As for genres? Scan the set list. Call it a spectrum. We bump without barriers.

My ethos throughout: to marry exceptional Pop and mainstream with the most revivifying  Neo-Alternative and underground in the world today, and I refuse to be forced into segregating these two presumed opposing allocations. Snobs can suck a rubber johnny dummy, but then again so can ignorant commersh mugs who stay sleeping soullessly.

Regardless, Your (compassionate) Mum takes both to her bosom in mentoring. As for those with Open Mind, I facking love you (no gushing), because your love’s been as much motivation as mine to keep posting mixtapes on the low when the cyber-right-wingers rendered us near dormant back in September.

DJs, A&Rs, and individuals who work in the music industry yet remain a little wet behind the ears- particularly in Britain- get on your job before I hijack your offices & show you how to serve your vocation properly. Your self-puppetry make me very angry sometimes (no super-emo intended).

Respect to those DJs and A&Rs who have been in contact with me this year and taken note/passed on to others the more unknown or upcoming sounds + artists I’ve offered up, I see there’s still some decent cogs trying to spin influence inside the system. Lord knows, the Black Music industry especially needs assistance because there’s no major label in this country that understands how to market it intelligently. Same goes for the States, feeding us formulas. Yet with this selection I hope to prove there’s still a great deal of revival & progression in the air if not always on the airwaves.

Radio 1 or 1Xtra or Choice or one of you’s, holla at me yo (ibootleggedyourmum@gmail.com). I’ll school ’em like a John Peel for the ASBO generation!

Anyway, enough mission statements out of me.

My Favourite 5 Records of 2008 are:
1. Yaw – Where Would You Be
2. Gnarls Barkley – Who’s Gonna Save My Soul
3. Illa J – All Good
5. Erykah Badu – The Healer
5. Kanye West – Love Lockdown


Please take a quick moment to share your own favourite tracks of the year with us in the comments section of this post.

So, without further ado, light up a head & headphones on, ‘Now That’s What I Call Music Two-Thousand-&-Eight’…


—> Click Here To Receive PART 1 of Your Xmas Gift from Your Mum<—

Part I:
1. Martina Topley-Bird – Baby Blue (Prod. by Danger Mouse)
2. Raphael Saadiq – Big Easy
(Prod. by Raphael Saadiq)
3. Kardinal Offishall feat. J*Davey –
Digital Motown (Prod. by Jake One)
4.  Kenna feat. Lupe Fiasco –
Say Goodbye To Love (Prod. by Chad Hugo)
5. N*E*R*D* – You Know What (Prod. by The Neptunes)
6. Sy Smith – Spies
(Prod. by Sy Smith)
7. Miguel –
Strawberry Amazing (Prod. by Miguel)
8. S1 feat. Phonte – Callin’ Me
(Prod. by S1)
9. Olivier Day Soul – Spaceship (Prod. by Hudson Mohawke???)
10. Usher  feat. Ludacris – That Girl Right There
(Prod. by Rich Harrison)
11. Common feat. Pharrell – Universal Mind Control (Prod. by The Neptunes)
12. Proton – Laptop (Prod. by Kamikazbi)
13. Kid Cudi – Day N’ Nite
(Prod. by Dot Da Genius)
14. Hollyweerd – Have You Ever Made Love To A Weirdo?
(Prod. by ???)
15. Q-Tip – Gettin’ Up (Prod. by J-Dilla)
16. Black Milk – Give The Drummer Sum (Prod. by Black Milk)
17. Mr. Scruff feat. Andreya Triana – Hold On
(Prod. by Mr. Scruff)
18. Ryan Leslie feat. Cassie – Addicted
(Prod. by Ryan Leslie)
19. Roots Manuva – Let The Spirit
(Prod. by Roots Manuva)
20. The Cock N Bull Kid – On My Own (Prod. by ???)
21. Hayzee – Mario vs. Megaman/Fanfare  
(Prod. by Hayzee)
22. Lil’ Wayne – A Milli (Prod. by Bangladesh)
23. Dabrye feat. Jay Dee & Phat Kat – Game Over (Flying Lotus Remix) (Prod. by Flying Lotus)
24. The Roots feat. Mos Def & Styles P – Rising Down (Prod. by ?uestlove)
25. Madlib The Beat Konducta feat. Frank & Dank – Drink Up
(Prod. by Madlib)
26. Erykah Badu – The Healer (Prod. by Madlib)
27. Daru & Reggie B – Gone Away (Prod. by Daru) 

—> Click Here To Receive PART 2 of Your Xmas Gift from Your Mum<—

Part II:
28. Rustie – Zig Zag (Prod. by Rustie)
29. Flying Lotus feat. Ahu (Dolly) – Roberta Flack
(Prod. by Flying Lotus)
30. 14KT – The Violet Hour (Prod. by 14KT)
31. Brittany Bosco – City Of Nowhere (Prod. ???)
32. Stacy Epps – Floatin’ (Prod. by Apex)
33. Leon King – The Digital Church (Prod. by ???)
34. Illa J – All Good (Prod. by Jay Dee a.k.a. J-Dilla)
35. Foreign Exchange feat. Muhsinah – Daykeeper (Prod. by Nicolay)
36. Kissey Asplund – Silverlake (Prod. by Dorian Concept)
37. Theophilus London feat. Jesse Boykins III – Cold Pillow (Prod . by Ricci Rucker)
38. Kanye West – Love Lockdown (Prod. by Kanye West)
39. Jazmine Sullivan – Lions, Tigers & Bears (Prod. by Salaam Remi)
40. Murs feat. Tyler Woods – Love & Appreciate II (Prod. by 9th Wonder)
41. Jean Grae – Love Thirst (Prod. by 9th Wonder)
42. Pacific Division – Women Problems (Prod. by ???)
43. U-N-I –
Beautiful Day (Prod. by Diabase)
44. Termanology  feat. Bun B – How We Rock (Prod. by DJ Premier)
45. Statik Selektah feat. Little Brother, Joe Scudda & Chaundon – On The Marquee (Prod. by Statik Selektah)
46. Gnarls Barkley – Who’s Gonna Save My Soul (Prod. by Danger Mouse)
47.  Chester French – She Loves Everybody (Prod. by ???)
48. Radiohead – Reckoner (Prod. by Nigel Godrich & Radiohead)
49. The Last Shadow Puppet – My Mistakes Were Made For You
(Prod. by James Ford)
50. Late Of The Pier – Focker (Prod. by Errol Alkin)
51. Benga – 26 Basslines (Prod. by Benga)
52. Wiley – Local Lad (Prod. by Wiley)
53. Unitz – The Drop (Prod. by Unitz)
54. DJ Mujava – Township Funk (Prod. by DJ Mujava)
55. Jesse Boykins III – Pantyhose (Prod. by Jesse Boykins III)
56. J*Davey – No More (Prod. by Brooke D’Leau)
57. Musiq Soulchild – So Beautiful (Prod. by J.R. Hutson)
58. Yaw – Where Would You Be (Prod. by ???)

Your Mum’s Anthem:

Video: Illa J – All Good (Prod. by Jay Dee a.k.a. J-Dilla)

“Set your mind free, let your mind free,
That’s the past, don’t remind me,
This the present, and that’s the future,
No (negative energy) I will mute ya,
Only positive energies surround me,
Only, open minds around me,
Only, free spirits around me,
I let my vision guide me,
And, I let the rhythm find me,
I don’t panic I just work it out,
Plan A, let’s do it,
We got shit to do, let’s get to it,
It’s all good, that’s what Dilla said,
Get your shine on, get that bread…                   

…By the way, this is for those with a purpose,
And souls that make music with a purpose,
I’m tryna’ bring the underground to the surface.”

Fantasticunt mixtape rating:

2008 mums out of 10

[This is a free promotional release- appreciate free shit.] 


19 Responses to “I Bootlegged Your Mum’s Mastertape 2008”

  1. smokeYYY Says:

    Legendary. Epic. Bawwwwwwliiinnnnn’! Pawp champagne.

  2. Fantasticunt Says:

    safe Smokes, and safe for holding’ a brother down via e-mails. let Your Mum know what your favourite tracks of the year are mate… let’s get this ball rolling.

  3. Joseph junior Says:


    thanks for pulling me thru the last few months with the regular soundtracks. big respects. look forward to catching you on radio one day eh?!?

    good to see dolly (she’s sick live) and yaw up there, as well as stacy epic epps.


  4. El B. Sure Says:

    i gotta say that my favorite tracks this year would be:
    1. the show – the roots
    2. move – q-tip
    3. royal flush – outkast
    4. day keeper- foreign exchange
    5. paranoid – kanye (don’t hate)
    6. my people – erykah badu
    7. fried chicken – nas
    8. do you – danny!
    9. punch drunk love – common
    10. sexual eruption – snoop
    and about 20 more lol.

  5. Fantasticunt Says:

    respect Joseph Junior, i appreciate you indulging in this good shit over the last few.

    and El B, faithful sir, you know it hurt me that i couldn’t put Royal Flush by Outkast & Rae onto the tape. mad dilemma i had. excellent choices though, kudos.

  6. smokeYYY Says:

    Sir. Cunt, get at me via email, chop it up & shit. Bless.

    The above message was approved by my Mum.

  7. smokeYYY Says:

    Oh yeah, the best sawng of ’08.

  8. Speeakz Says:

    Fantasticunt – Homie, fellow blogger and down and out music bredrin, this mixtape is the one. I stand and applaud you fuckin’ goon! Congrats. Believe me, I understand how hard this task is. Congrats. You have indeed captivated a year in music (with a few exceptions, I have some major issues with some tracks you bumped, but will discuss that with in person of course). Continue my man. Continue your work and believe me when I say: it is not going unnoticed.

    Safe. Merry Christmas. Fuck – 2009 is gonna be big.

  9. Best of 2008… « PinBoard Says:

    […] Oh. One more thing. My man Fantasticunt (who has delivered some dope ass interviews for PinBoard over the past few months) has just dropped his “Your Mum’s Mastertape 2008″ mixtape. If you’ve been following his work, you know he don’t fu*k about, if you haven’t – you’re dumb. But don’t worry you now got a chance to catch up. Either way, go download that NOW.  […]

  10. JM Says:

    “Don’t Lock My Drummer Up” by J. Rawls and Middle Child is an addictive track. Also, “ABCs” by Prodigy isn’t bad. “Bacative” by Tricky, “Creepin on You” by Dilla and “75 Bars” by The Roots deserve props.

  11. El B. Sure Says:

    you definitely need a podcast or a radio show or variety show or something. i hope you keep blessing us with the goods for years to come. happy holidays good sir.

  12. smokeYYY Says:

    My Mum izduhbezevar.

  13. paperdollz Says:

    Spies – Sy Smith was produced by Sy Smith. Also written and arranged by Sy Smith, and… she is actually playing some keys on the track too!

  14. Brother Man, Brother Man Says:

    Fantasticunt is my dad.

  15. smokeYYY Says:

    No I am.

  16. Ivan Says:

    Yo man the tapes soundin real nice! Where’s your Facebook gone? went to reply and there was just a questionable figure in your place???

    Anyways, keep up the good work… good things will definitely come your way!


  17. RxYLAB Says:

    The first link is down : [

  18. phetogo Says:

    Fantasti, happy new year bro. can’t wait for some new ethos. educated my ass bro. new shit, new kids, new tip.

    Just shoot me an email when you have an idea of breaking into a j*davey session to steal tracks bro. we all can’t wait for that shit. Early Flying flying lotus was dope, i dont quite dig his new shit. i’ll let it swirl around my brain.

    Shit, Cunt, we need an email system bro. hook that up. a mail list or something.

    for me Kissey Asplund was 2008, no one else. later cunt.

  19. phetogo Says:

    oh shit, dude, disregard that Flying Lotus rant. Los Angeles is a tight album.

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