The Mint Collective

The Mint Collective increases visibility for creative endeavors through music, the arts, live events and conversation.

Our mission is to foster a learning environment through creative expression and exploration.

We ♥ We ♥ music, the arts, creating, traveling, technology, food and drink, laughing and lots more. Its fun, really, sometimes even splendid.

Minty Fam
j. marie
lady j
yawn snoozicka
minty [at] themintcollective [dot] com

access hip hop
ampsoul movements
angela "spinorita" blanca
apple juice break
bagpak music
bama love soul
bastard jazz
beats n crates
blind I brownswood recordings
dhundee music
dj deben
dj seano
dojo soundz
fresh selects
friends we love
giant step
grown kids radio
hip hop is cool again
illfonix show
k 15
nujazz spirit
nu-soul magazine
om records
potholes in my blog
project ahimsa
put me on it
record breakin
reva devito
sef diggy
shelltoes music
soul bounce
soundwaves radio
suite 903
tam sam
the bloom effect
the lust killers
trees for breakfast
turntables on the hudson
vitamin dee

Boogie Brown | Legends of Soul

Thank you GetLiveRo for putting us on to this proper mixtape installation from the bay area’s own, Dj Boogie Brown.  “The new LEGENDS series pays homage to the numerous musical talents who have passed, as well as the artists and music with whom they’ve continued to influence.

Expect to hear soul connecting and expanding on to R&B, hip hop, funk and then some.

If you actually listen to the snippet, you will hear that is indeed fresh and you will want to support (we hope).  Purchase the full mixtape from one Access Music.

Legends of Soul mix sampler by getlivero

The Street Lamp Sessions Vol. 1

Our friends over at BamaLoveSoul have just released their first remix compilation, The Street Lamp Sessions Vol.1: The Remixes!   Peep some classic tunes remixed by carefully selected producers transforming tracks by Amel Larrieux, Jill Scott, Mos Def, Jaafar and then some.  “Slowly Surely”, J. Scott’s jam is probably the favorite on this comp!  Splendid!  Nice work fam :)

Get the whole thang for free here

Dj Spiñorita | Casual Play

LA-native DJ Spiñorita A.K.A Angela Blanca has a new podcast you must peep!  The long time record collector, music, event and homie connector drops her first fly podcast mixture of casual jams.  Some joints on here we hadn’t heard yet so we are giving infinite thanks to Angela B + all of the other music supporters putting mixes together giving visibility to artists worldwide.

(1) Kaidi Tatham - ‘I’m High’
(2) Miguel Atwood-Ferguson feat. Dwele - ‘Angel’ (Mochilla)
(3) Ski Beats feat. Mos Def & Whosane - ‘Taxi
(4) Dom Kennedy - ‘Long Way Home’
(5) The Nonce - ‘Bus Stops’ (Token And A Transfer Remix)
(6) Julia Spada w/ 35bag - ‘Do You Ever (Think About Me)?’
(7) L.A.U.S.D. feat. Jack Davey & Blu - ‘iFEEL’
(8) Erykah Badu - ‘Umm Hmm'
(9) Silhouette Brown - ‘Hear Them Often Say’
(10) Polyester The Saint - ‘Means The World’
(11) Big K.R.I.T. feat Smoke Dza & Curren$y - ‘No Wheaties’
(12) Broki vs 4Hero feat. Hector Calderon - ‘Y Do Re Mi’

CASUAL PLAY Podcast Ep. 01 by AngelaBlanca

Meet Mara Hruby DeCoudreaux

Good gawd.  This is an amazing cover.  Listen to Mara’s rendition of Mos Def’s “The Panties” below as you read. 

Oakland-based Mara Hruby just came out of the cuts early this year and is on fire!  Her voice is smooth like honey and her style is super fresh.  Download her first EP ever over here.

Have you seen this Quadron video by About Her Films? Mara is the featured pretty lady :)

Revivalist Exclusive: Lupe Fiasco, Mos Def & Kanye West Join Robert Glaper Experiment @ Blue Note

Last Saturday night (2/26/11) The Robert Glasper Experiment (Chris “Daddy” Dave- Drums, Derrick Hodge-Bass, Casey Benjamin – Alto Sax/Vocoder, Robert Glasper - Keys) took to the stage at famed jazz club Blue Note with guest Lupe Fiasco in a monumental collaboration that joined the current legends of jazz and hip-hop on one very small stage. Unlike the other nights of Glasper’s Blue Note residency though, this show was joined by the ringleaders of hip-hop, Kanye West and Mos Def, to make a rap supergroup backed by jazz wunderkinds. This is the stuff of legend.

The Revivalist, the new jazz inspired channel on Okayplayer, was there to capture the highlights of the night including Kanye, Lupe & Mos collaborating on “Umi Says,” a classic ranting Kanye freestyle, a silly conversation with Robert Glasper and Lupe on their collabs and the dynamic musicianship of the Robert Glasper Experiment backing up the whole event.

Seriously amazing sounds!!  Peep the whole series here with several more videos

Vinia Mojica Tribute

Artwork: Darrell Alonzi

Have you heard of Vinia Mojica?  If you think not, it might be true that you don’t know her name - but I bet you know her voice.  This Bronx native has been on the hip hop scene since 1989 first working the Jungle Brothers and since then has collaborated with Common, Mos Def, Native Tongues, Mary J, Ge-ology, Hi-Tek, Jneiro Jarel and many more.  To pay homage to this amazing vocalist who until this day doesn’t have a full body of work released we put a mixtape together.  We’ve compiled some of Vinia’s stand-out tracks and enlisted the help of our Los Angeles minty fam, DJ Seano for the blending and mixdown skills.  We are proud to present a tribute to the lovely and talented Ms. Vinia Mojica.  Download the full mix here, stream below and please feel free to share with anyone you think might enjoy.

Vinia Mojica Tribute | Blended By Dj Seano by Mintcollective on Mixcloud

Mara Hruby | The Panties (Mos Def Cover) Live @ Yoshi’s 5.4.11 

Lovely live footage of Mara Hruby  alongside Nate Mercereau & Steve Wyreman at Yoshi’s. 

If you missed Mara’s free EP From Her Eyes download it here.

Mint Collective’s Most Epic of 2011

We’ve been sifting through 2012’s stand-out music, events, mixes and much more and wanted to call out some amazing contributions we’ve seen both on and offline.

It’s been an epic year of infinite blessings shared worldwide and it’s most definitely our pleasure [and mission] to share with you some of the things we find. We appreciate the support from all of you wholeheartedly and wish you health, happiness and creative energy in 2012.

Much Love, Minty Fam


Daisuke Tanabe  | DFR Series

Def Sound | Again 

DJ Ele | Heartbeat 

Goapele  | Play 

Hindi Zahra

Mike Baker | Mike Plays It Cool


Pablo Ygá

Submotion Orchestra | All Yours

Taylor McFerrin Feat/ Ryat | Place in My Heart

Tenka | Summer Nights 


Collective Perspective | Los Angeles

Homebase | New York

J Dilla Tribute | San Diego

Revivalist: Lupe Fiasco, Mos Def & Kanye West + Robert Glasper Experiment | New York 

Roy Ayers | Los Angeles

UCLA Jazz Reggae Fest | Los Angeles











Tokyo Dawn Records

Tru Thoughts


Artists Remembered

Amy Jade Winehouse 

Gil Scott Heron 

Heavy D (Dwight Arrington Myers))

J 1 (Javon Coleman)

Nate Dogg (Nathaniel D. Hale)


Ana Tijoux | Elefante | Mixed By Dj Dacel

Best of Quantic | Mixed By J Rocc 

Eavesdrop Radio | Brokenbeat Special 

Label Love III | Compiled By Jasmine De La Paz

Lichiban | Love Takes You Higher | Mixed by Melo-X 

Mark De Clive Lowe Presents | Church Vol 3 

Soulection | Compiled by Joe Kay & Andre Power!

The Stuyvesants | The Finer Things 

Tropicalismo | Live | Mixed By Quantic, Coleman, Sabo, B+

Vinia Mojica Tribute By Mint Collective | Mixed By DJ Seano 

Wonway | Makossa Classics V 2 


Dego (4Hero)

Jose James 

Mo Kolours | Honesty In Music & Influence & Instrumentation

Mux Mool