New heat from J-Live, available as a free download.

From the press release

This is the latest installment of the mixtape series “First Things First”. Like the previous two, Volume 3 is a mix of quality hip hop, both old and new. All of the songs are the first real song on their respective albums. As always, “skits and interludes not included”. First Things First Vol 3 is both mixed and hosted by DJ J-Live, with assistance and guest drops from super producer J-Live, and emcee extraordinaire J-live. While they were busy plugging their new 6 song EP “Undivided Attention” (on vinyl and digital November 2nd) they also took time out to correct a mistake made on Volume 2. All three mixes are available for free download at

01 Home Or Away Intro
02 Allah U Akbar ~ Brand Nubian ~ In God We Trust
03 Best of Times ~ Strong Am Steady f/ Phonte ~ In Search Of Stoney Jackson
04 Always Will Be ~ J-Live ~ Always Will Be
05 On Our Way ~ Tanya Morgan ~ Brooklynati
06 Maniac Psycho ~ Chi Ali ~ The Fabulous Chi Ali
07 First Things First Vol 2 Correction
08 Krystal Karrington ~ Camp Lo ~ Uptown Saturday Night
09 Bare Witness ~ Slum Village ~ Village Manifesto
10 MidWestKids ~ Araphat & Illastrate ~ Black Noise
11 Hands High ~ Edo G & Masta Ace ~ Arts & Entertainment
12 Masterplan ~ Boog Brown & Apollo Brown ~ Brown Study
13 Bionix ~ De La Soul ~ AOI Bionix
14 Slang Editorial ~ Cappadona ~ The Pillage
15 Pigs ~ Cypress Hill ~ Cypress Hill
16 My Name Is ~ Eminem ~ Slim Shady LP
17 City Playground ~ Talib Kweli Hi Tek ~ Reflection Eternal: Revolutions Per Minute
18 Angels With Dirty Faces ~ Homeboy Sandman ~ The Good Sun
19 Throw Your Hands Up ~ Freeway & Jake One ~ The Stimulus Package
20 Bad Character ~ Quasimoto ~ The Unseen
21 Blackman In Effect ~ BDP ~ Edutainment
22 The DFlo Shuttle ~ Digital Underground ~ Son Of The P
23 King ~ Slick Rick ~ The Ruler’s Back
24 Funkin Lesson ~ X~ Clan ~ To The East Blackwards
25 Case OF The PTA ~ Leaders Of The New School ~ A Future Without A Past
26 Get Focused ~ Chali 2na ~ Fish Outa Water
27 Sound Off ~ Slaughterhouse ~ Slaughterhouse
28 I’m A Brownsvillan ~ M.O.P. ~ Foundation
29 Long Story Short ~ Black Milk ~ Tronic
30 The Stick Up ~ All Natural ~ Second Nature
31 Streets Won’t Let Me Chill ~ Diamond District ~ In The Ruff

Ivan Orr is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, performer, and writer. A native of Charlottesville, Virginia Ivan was involved with the forming and nascent days of The Music Resource Center as its first Program Director. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Music, Ivan currently resides in Richmond, VA where he maintains an active performance and production schedule while serving as the Music Editor for Grown Folks Music, a position he has held since 2010.