So Many Shrimp Radio Ep. 3 — Saba


An acclaimed rapper and producer, Saba comes from Chicago’s West Side—“the part of the city that they don’t be talking about.” His 2013 project ComfortZone and its follow-up, 2016’s Bucket List, were highly respected projects, and they capture West Side Chicago in the specific, putting his world on the map with quotidian detail and warm musical ear. His song “World In My Hands” with Smino was one of last year’s best singles.His work as a producer extended to Noname’s celebrated album Telefone, though his most high profile collaboration has been guesting as a rapper on Chance’s Acid Rap and Coloring Book projects.

Though he’s not a DJ, Saba was game to come through to David’s living room last Sunday hip us to what he’s been listening to with an adventurous DJ set, and give us an idea of where he draws his own musical inspiration. We also got to hear his response to a question thrown around on Twitter about the comparisons between his “World In My Hands” and Drake’s similar “Fake Love.”

Thanks again to Nick the Roommate for recording & engineering this project, and Tamika from Swim Team for co-producing.

Follow us on Instagram (@somanyshrimpradio), SoundCloud (@somanyshrimp), and Twitter: @somanyshrimp, @88nae88, and @SabaPIVOT.

Tracklists will be up right here on Wednesday.

Intro music for Part 2 is “Teena” produced by iLLeet.

Part 1 (David & Charne’s Mix)
Part 2 (Saba’s Mix)


Part 1 (David & Charne’s Mix):
1. Chief Keef “Check”
2. Kay P “Blood Flow Down My Wrist”
3. IDontKnowJeffery “Don’t Trust Jeffery”
4. SD “Kick A Door”
5. Daddy Dinero “Out That Jam”
6. G-Herbo “Don’t Forget It”
7. THEY. “Deep End”
8. Khelani feat. Lil Simz “Table”
9. NuWorld Kayo “Like That”
10. Bo Deal feat. Mello and G Blanca “Safe Sex”
11. Young Dru “Ganja Stick”
12. Velous “Flipmode”
13. Lady Donli “Fly On the Wall”
14. Bruno Mali “Ha!”
15. J. Addison “Buckin the Law”
16. ThiDaniel “Purple”
17. Young T and Bugsey “Mickey Mouse Ting”
18. Blade Icewood “Walk Like Me”
19. Chief Keef “Falling On the Floor”
20. Lil Billy “She Like It”
21. PJ “I’m Good”

Part 2 (Saba’s Mix):
1. SBTRKT “Pharoahs”
2. Rittz feat. Twista “Bounce”
3. Rick Ross feat. 2 Chainz and Gucci Mane “Buy Back the Block”
4. Allan Kingdom “I Feel Ya”
5. Day Wave “Drag”
6. Sade “Love is Stronger Than Pride”
7. Duke Da Beast “Never Thought”
8. The Drums “Money”
9. Kid Cudi “Balmain Jeans”
10. Young Thug “The Blanguage”
11. Ibeyi “Stranger/Lover”
12. Jay Rock “Money Trees Deuce”
13. Common “A Bigger Picture Called Free”
14. Sylvan LaCue “Best Me”
15. Benjamin Earl Turner “Humble Pi”
16. Noname “Diddy Bop”

Listen to our earlier episodes here:
Episode 1 — DJ Nehpets
Episode 2 —Mano

So Many Shrimp Radio Ep. 2 — Mano / Best of 2016


Mano: Treated Crew don, tastemaker, outspoken Twitter presence, DJ, multi-platinum producer, Grammy Award winner. With 2016 coming to a close, we needed someone to guide us through the year’s best records, and who better than our main man Mano?

One week after our debut, yet another snowstorm hit Chicago. Consider it a metaphor for 2016—the year sucked, goes the cliche, unless you were only in it for the music. Likewise we had a gang of folks brave the storm to kick it in the living room, eat chicken wings and some sort of cognac, and check out some of the year’s best music for an epic episode. Since we won’t be back til mid-January, a solid 3 hours of content felt just about right.

We got to hear from Mano about his earliest memories of Chicago’s legendary DJ Timbuck2, who passed away in 2015; his experience working with The Weeknd on Starboy; and which artists he’s excited about going into 2017.

Thanks again to Nick the Roommate for recording & engineering this project, and Tamika from Swim Team for co-producing.

We’ll be back after the holidays. Til then, check out our first episode and follow our Instagram, where we’ll announce the next week’s guests first.

For more information on DJ Timbuck2, check the foundation website in his name. (The URL is misstated in the podcast.)

And find us across social media: @somanyshrimp, @88nae88, and @CallMeMano.

Part 1 (Mano)
Part 2 (David & Charne)

Note: SoundCloud pulled Mano’s mix after a complaint from Universal about a brief clip from “Sneakin'” being in the mix. Obviously, if someone can hear one minute & thirty seconds of “Sneakin'” in a 2 hour mix, they’ll cancel their Spotify subs tomorrow. Mano’s mix can still be downloaded at the above link, for the time being.

Mano’s Tracklist
1. Travis Scott “Uber Everywhere (Remix)”
2. Mano feat. Spenzo “Uber Black (Uber Everywhere Mano Remix)”
3. G Herbo “Run It Up”
4. Jon James “White World”
5. D.R.A.M. feat. Lil Yachty “Broccoli”
6. Rae Sremmurd feat. Gucci Mane “Black Beatles”
7. 21 Savage feat. Future “X”
8. Divine Council feat. Andre 3000 “Decemba (Remix)”
9. S.A.S. X B.S.B.D. feat. Roc Marciano and N.O.R.E. “Valley of Kings”
10. Lil Bibby “You Ain’t Gang”
11. The Weeknd feat. Kendrick Lamar “Sidewalks”
12. Yo Gotti “Down in the DM”
13. Dreezy feat. Gucci Mane “We Gon’ Ride”
14. Queen Key “Hit a Lic”
15. The Weeknd “Reminder”
16. Big Sean “Bounce Back”
17. Lil Uzi Vert “You Was Right”
18. Ramriddlz “Badmon”
19. Drake feat. 21 Savage “Sneakin'”
20. Roc Marciano and Alchemist “All For It”
21. Bryson Tiller “Rambo (The Weeknd Remix)”
22. A$AP Mob feat. A$AP Rocky, Tyler, the Creator, and Playboi Carti “Telephone Calls”
23. Migos “Bad & Boujee”
24. HXLT “Live to Death”
25. O.T. Genasis “Push It”
26. Drake “Fake Love”
27. Saint Millie feat. Mano and Sir Michael Rocks “No Heauxs”
28. Valee “Shell”
29. Lucki “Options”
30. 21 Savage “No Heart”
31. Travis Scott feat. Young Thug and Quavo “Pick Up the Phone”
32. Mayhem Lauren and Action Bronson “Garlic and Oil”
33. White Gzus feat. Mano “All That”
34. Payroll Giovanni “Sell Something”
35. Young MA “Ooouuu”
36. French Montana feat. Drake “No Shopping”
37. Lud Foe “My Ambitions as a Rider”
38. YG feat. Drake and Kamaiyah “Why You Always Hatin?”
39. The Cool Kids “Connect Four”
40. Calez feat. Alex Wiley, Mick Jenkins, and Donnie Trumpet “Still Good”
41. Action Bronson “Descendants of the Stars”
42. ScHoolboy Q feat. Kanye West “THat Part”
43. Desiigner “Overnight”
44. Saint Millie “Freak”
45. HXLT “Guitar”
46. Playboi Carti and Uno the Activist “What”
47. MadeinTYO feat. 2 Chainz “I Want”
48. RetcH “Bout to Fall Out”
49. The Weeknd “Party Monster”

David & Charne’s Tracklist
1. Frank Sinatra “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!”
2. Terrific 3 “It’s Snowing”
3. Lil Haiti “Good Vibe”
4. Dougie F feat. Dice Soho and Love Mansuy “Mixing”
5. Plug “Body Bounce”
6. Saba feat. Smino and LEGIT “World In My Hands”
7. Moneybagg Yo “Narley”
8. Nipsey Hussle feat. Kent Jamz of Overdoz “Picture Me Rollin'”
9. G Herbo “Havin Shit”
10. Rayana Jay “Too Good”
11. Chance the Rapper feat. Mick Jenkins and Alex Wiley “Grown Ass Kid”
12. Smoody “Big Fella”
13. Korede Bello “Do Like That”
14. Maleek Berry “Kontrol”
15. Young Devi D “Fallin'”
16. TiurakhSushii “South Front Street”
17. Divine Council “Council Shit”
18. BJ the Chicago Kid “Turnin Me Up”
19. Jimmy Wopo “Elm Street”
20. Koran Streets feat. KI “Struggle”
21. Roy Woods “Gwan Big Up Urself”
22. Chris Crack “Love Is Still Awesome”
23. Famous Dex “Never Saw”
24. Lulu Be. “Rude Tings”
25. Burna Boy “We On”

So Many Shrimp Radio Ep. 1 – DJ Nehpets


So Many Shrimp Radio is hosted by myself (David Drake) & Charne Graham. It’s recorded live from my living room in Logan Square/Chicago by my roommate Nick. We’re recording episodes the first two Sundays of every month, and episodes will drop shortly after.

It’s less a podcast, although we’ll do brief interviews with the guests, and more a showcase for DJs, producers, and anyone else with a cultural presence and interesting taste to put folks on to music new and old. To me, it’s a tribute to DJing as an art of selection, because more than “classic albums” or MTV (I never had cable growing up), it was DJs who introduced me to music. And though everyone is not a good DJ, anyone can be.

Our first episode we were lucky enough to get my favorite mix show DJ in Chicago on air: Dj Nehpets of Power 92. If you grew up in Chicago listening to Power 92, you’ve heard him spin, because he mixes for hours per day, six days per week—seven if you count his work with DJ Pharris after midnight Sunday mornings. He is one of the most thorough tastemakers and party DJs in the city.

He’s also been very supportive of local artists, and has put lots of new and aspiring stars in rotation; he was the person to break Dreezy, playing her on Power after hearing “Break a Band” a few years back, before she’d signed to Interscope. (Check out Tiffany Walden‘s great piece on Nehpets in the Reader from earlier this year for more on that story.) He’s a superstar in both the juke and hip-hop worlds, and also just a genuinely good guy.

Part 1 (DJ Nehpets)
Part 2 (Charne & David)

Sunday was the first snow of the season, but we had a full house for the first episode. The first segment is our interview with Nehpets and his roughly 60 minute mix; the second segment is a mix I did live with contributions from Charne. Hope you guys dig it.

Also special thanks to Tamika from the Swim Team for their help.

12/11/16 edit: David & Charne’s tracklist:

1. Guordan Banks “Keep You In Mind”
2. Shawty Fresh feat. Gucci Mane, Bankroll Fresh, and Boochie “Dopeman”
3. Jim Jones & Max B “We Be On Our Shit”
4. Whodini “I’m A Ho”
5. French Montana “2 Times”
6. Lenny Kravitz “I Belong to You”
7. Johnny P (RIP) feat. Low Ride “The Next”
8. Yuna “Best Love”
9. Davido “All Of You”
10. Sisters Love “Give Me Your Love”
11. Yung Fresh (Bankroll Fresh) (RIP) “Funky”
12. Yung Humma feat. Flynt Flossy “Lemme Smang It”
13. Famous Dex “Chill Mode”
14. Tobi Lou “Hopefully”
15. Young Thug “Pull Up On a Kid”
16. Michael Christmas “Get Up”
17. Father “Heartthrob”
18. Speaker Knockerz “Money”
19. Honcho Da Savage “All I Know”
20. Yvng Swag “Fall In Luv”
21. Chief Keef “Check it Out”
22. Tink “Wet Aquafina”
23. Dora & Dolly “Party With my Woes”