Welcome to #TBT Mixtape, Billboard‘s series that showcases artists’ very own throwback-themed playlists exclusive to Billboard’s Spotify account. The curated set features the artists’ favorite tracks from their youth and childhood.
This week’s spin comes from Citizen Cope. The earthy soul-rocker (born Clarence Greenwood) is set to release his sixth studio LP Heroin & Helicopters on March 1 via Rainwater Recordings/Thirty Tigers — his first new set in over seven years. The rich set finds the troubadour confronting many a societal institution, from religion and politics to the “hollowness” of the entertainment industry.
The album’s title, he shared with Billboard earlier this year, comes from a conversation he had with Carlos Santana, after the legendary guitarist came to his gig at the Fillmore in San Francisco. “He said, ‘Whatever you do, watch out for the two H’s — heroin and helicopters. They don’t go well with musicians,'” he offered.
To help shepherd his latest album run, the singer-songwriter curated this week’s #TBT Mixtape as a deep dive into his soulful musical education growing up. “This is kind of a funny list comprised of what I liked and what I listened to from my families record collection,” he shares of the diverse set, which includes cuts from Prince, Jimmy Cliff, Squeeze, The Doobie Brothers and more.
Give the playlist a spin and also check out a throwback portrait of the dapper artist as a young man below.