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Audio: DJ Juls' The Very Best of M.anifest Mixtape


DJ Juls — the hands behind Jungle Book Beat Tape, Da Burst of FOKN Bois, and the best “Brkn Lngwjz” remix — delves into the back catalog of Accra's jewel MC M.anifest for his latest mixtape. Selections include Immigrant Chronicles: Coming To America joints, Juls and M3nsa's "Suffer" remixes, and M.anifest's recent collaboration with Damon Albarn-Tony Allen-Flea conglomerate Rocket Juice & The Moon. Listen and grab The Very Best of M.anifest below!

TRACKLIST

1. M.anifest-More Vim

2. A.R.M- Medicine Man

3. M.anifest-Sankofa

4. M.anifest-How I Used to Be

5. M.anifest-Motherland

6. M.anifest-My Lady Oh

7. M.anifest-Babylon Breakdown

8. M.anifest-Golly Gosh

9. M.anifest-Coming to America

10. M.anifest-Blues

11. M.anifest-She Lives

12. M.anifest, Kwabena Jones and Wanlov-Life Dey Jom

13. M.anifest-Suffer (Original)

14. M.anifest-Suffer (DJ Juls Remix)

15. M.anifest-Suffer (M3nsa Remix)

16. Rocket Juice and the Moon ft M.anifest and M3nsa-Chop Up

17. M.anifest ft Wanlov-Gentleman

18. M.anifest-Sunsum Praye

19. A.R.M.-Slow Your Roll

20. M.anifest-Love Thang

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