Cornerstone Mixtape #202 – DJ Alizay “LAX to DCA”

Welcome back world to another month of great music served up by the best DJs from all over the country. With a season of being thankful upon us, no better way to celebrate the season than with some hot tunes. All over the country people are preparing to make their trek to be with loved ones, enjoy some good football, and of course delicious food. Here in the 1200squad offices, we’re preparing for strong finish to the year, but before we take a seat at the table we’re proud to push out the latest edition of the Cornerstone Mixtape. With it being edition #202, it made sense to take the mix to The Nation’s Capital and put it in the hands of one of the city’s most influential DJs. This is DJ Alizay’s Cornerstone Mixtape #202 – LAX to DCA.

Regarded as one of Washington DC’s best disc jockeys, DJ Alizay’s life story is propelled by his love for the two turntables. Inspired by his family, he began to fully own his craft at the tender age of 12. Growing up in Hyattsville, MD, he differed from his peers who preferred go-go to hip-hop. While his peers were listening to the funky sounds of Backyard Band, Rare Essence, and Northeast Groovers, Alizay was fascinated by A Tribe Called Quest, Nas, and Outkast. Despite his apprehension, Alizay continued to perfect his skills.

After graduating from high school in 1998, his popularity gained from DJing local parties earned him spots on Howard University’s campus radio show and the University of Maryland’s 88.1 radio station. The following year, DJ Alizay secured a position with Radio One’s 93.9 WKYS in Washington, D.C. At 19 years old, he became the youngest DJ on the radio and broadcasted live from reputable establishments D.C. like Dream (before it became Love Nightclub) and DC Live. In addition to breaking records on the radio, in the clubs, and becoming recognized as D.C.’s most notable DJ, he began to dabble in the music industry by linking up with and later managing local rapper Wale. In April 2012 he spun at President Obama’s first fundraiser for his second term in office.

From playing music for the President to teaching LivingSocial classes with Biz Markie, DJ Alizay remains one of the most respected DJs in hip-hop history and has no intention of relenting. DJ Alizay’s love for music is something he believes should be shared with everyone, and he remains driven by his passion for hip-hop culture and the community. His love of music is present throughout this month’s mix with such artist like Ari Lennox, PartyNextDoor, Badbadnotgood, and Bootsy Collins. Be sure to enjoy this month’s mix with your side of dressing and mac & cheese, and in the meantime, remember The DJ Is The Cornerstone Of Hip-Hop. ®

Cornerstone Mixtape #202 – LAX to DCA

01. A Tribe Called Quest – Whatever Will Be (Epic)
02. Solange – Cranes In The Sky (Saint Records/Columbia)
03. The Weeknd – Starboy (OB Remix) (Exclusive)
04. Childish Gambino – Redbone (Glassnote)
05. Bootsy Collins- Rather Be With You (Global Television)
06. Majid Jordan – Warm (Warner Bros. Records)
07. Partynextdoor – Come See Me (OVO Sound/Warner Bros.) 08. Partynextdoor – Only U (OVO Sound/Warner Bros.)
09. Rayana Jay – Nothing To Talk About (All Angles)
10. Snoh Aalegra – Charleville 9200 (Artium Recordings)
11. Mura Masa ft A$ap Rocky – Love$ick (Anchor Point Records) 12. Thundercat – Them Changes (Brainfeeder)
13. Weensey – I Still Love You (Alizay Exclusive) (Exclusive)
14. Ari Lennox – Backseat (Dreamville Records)
15. Sampha – Timmy’s Prayer (Young Turks Recordings)
16. Nebu Kiniza – Gassed Up (Exclusive)
17. Rich The Kid – Plug (300 Entertainment)
18. Migos – Bad and Bougie (300 Entertainment)
19. MadeinTYO – Skateboard P (Private Club Records)
20. 21 Savage – No Heart (Slaughter Gang)
21. Kid Cudi – Surfin (Republic Records)
22. Jay IDK ft. Fat Trel – Boys Innocence (HXLY)
23. Badbadnotgood ft. Kaytranada – Lavender (Innovative Leisure)
24. 6lack – Problems (Universal)
25. Anderson Paak ft. T.I – Come Down (Steel Wool Records)
26. Kamaiyah- I’m On (Interscope)
27. Big Sean – Bounce Back (Def Jam)
28. Drake ft. 21 Savage – Sneakin (OVO Sound)
29. Young Jeezy – Let Em Know (Def Jam)
30. A Tribe Called Quest – We The People (Epic)