Fresh and fiery UK Rapper Yxng Dave stops by to tell VIPER about his favourite mixtape of all time..
What’s your favourite mixtape ever?
As of now, it’s Eladio Carrión’s mixtape ‘SEN2 KBRN VOL. 1’.
Why is it so significant to you?
Being from Colombia & Spain, growing up I listened to a lot of latino music, especially reggaeton & trap. I discovered Eladio’s music in 2018 when he dropped ‘Mula’ and from there I’ve been a big fan. Hearing the mixtape in 2021 inspired me to start putting more Spanish in my music.
Were there any artists or producers that you discovered through this tape?
Nah, the mixtape is a solo project.
Where exactly were you when you heard the mixtape for the first time?
I was in my university flat with my boy Oscar and he put me onto the mixtape. I remember feeling so gassed listening to it.
Did it come into your life at a significant time?
I definitely feel like it came at a crucial point, when I wasn’t sure what path I wanted to take with my music. It’s also one of the reasons I got into spanish trap more.
How did the mixtape cover make you feel?
I didn’t really look into it. It’s a cool mixtape cover, for me the music is what hooked me.
Describe the mixtape in three words?
Fuego, Trap, Melodic.
What song is your personal favourite?
It’s between ‘Midas’ & ‘Paz Mental’ meaning Peace of Mind. I think Midas has a gold hook that caught me, so for that it has to be Midas.
If you could put a price on this mixtape, how much would you pay?
This mixtape is definitely worth millions, the numbers don’t lie!
Did you have a physical copy?
No, I just have it on my Spotify playlist [laughs].
No? Which is your favourite that you have a physical copy of?
The only CD I own is a Dappy album ‘Bad Intentions’. Big up Dappy – he brought me out for my first show on his tour last year at O2 Birmingham Institute.