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

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Spinnerty ♥ Japan

O, hai there!  Here is a nice mix for your listening pleasure of Minty fam’s own Spinnerty LIVE in Japan!


Rise - Message to the Architects

Robert Glasper - Dillalud (Simon S edit)

DJ Spinna - Dillagence (f. Phonte)

Dwele - Dance With Me

Jay Dee - That Shit (f. ATCQ)

John Robinson - Jazz Unconditional (prod. Chief)

Devonwho - Plasticmarbles

Mophono - Groovin (skip on beat mix)

Phenominal Handclap Band - Baby

Foster Sylvers - Misdemeanor

Roddy Rod - Take N Stride

Zirafa - Guitsling

Arthur Hamidi - Chippy

Lootpack - The Anthem

Busta Rhymes - Gimme Some More (inst)

Dorian Concept - Trilingual Dance Sexperience

B.Bravo - Computa Love

Dam Funk - Hood Pass Intact

Wendy Rene - After Laughter Comes Tears

Mophono - Tighten Up remix

The Bamboos - Tighten Up

Lefties Soul Connection - Organ Donor

Onra - The Anthem

Lorett Fleur - Piece of Art

Yarbrough & Peoples - Dont Stop The Music

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

José James Interview


José James has masterfully combined jazz, hip hop, soul and freestyle elements into his music, has propelled some of the most epic musical projects of the past few years and is poised to elevate genre-blending consciousness for many years to come. From covering Coltrane’s “Equinox” - which got the attention of worldwide musical tastemaker Gilles Peterson who later put out his first album, to re-inventing Freestyle Fellowship’s “Park Bench People” José James has carved a very special and much needed niche into musical culture worldwide.

Prior to José’s recent Los Angeles show, we had the distinct pleasure of speaking with him to touch base and get a more in-depth look at how he’s gotten to where he is, what this next steps will be and who he’s collaborating with musically, spiritually and wholeheartedly to get there. We rapped about his Panamanian percussive influence from his father, tried to pinpoint why experimental music is more abundant overseas as well as where he’s had some of his most memorable shows.

Watch out for José James + Taylor McFerrin in Jan 2012 with a Japan tour slated and then up next, José’s new album - set to drop in early 2012.

It was a pleasure and honor to chat with José and we are deeply grateful for his music and many infinite blessings he’s shared with us.

Preview Minty posts on José here, here, here and here. Yeah, we  him.


KCRW: Aaron Byrd, Anthony Valadez, Jeremy Sole @ Zanzibar


José gettin’ it in!


José and his epic trumpet player, Takuya Kuroda


José’s amazing bassist, Solomon Dorsey


José & Takuya going off!


Peaceful melodies


Fan club shot!

-J Marie for The Mint Collective

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 



Robert Glasper | Black Radio Preview

Musical genius Robert Glasper curates some of the most influencial artists in their genre to create new jazz-based project, Black Radio to be released February 28, 2012 on legendary imprint Blue Note Records. Black Radio will include Erykah Badu, yasiin bey (Mos Def), Lupe Fiasco, Ledisi, KING, Chrisette Michele, Lalah Hathaway, Mshell N’Degeocello, Stokley, Shafiq Husayn, Musiq Soulchild, Bilal and then some. 

Pre order Black Radio here.

Have a peek at a lovely feature from King off the Black Radio album below + download from Robert Glasper’s site directly here.

Robert Glasper - “Move Love” feat KING by The Mint Collective