DJ MENSA & DJ ROYALE Present: STEPPIN’ OUT Vol. 1 – The Definitive Warm-Up R’n’B Mix


Some background info:

This is an idea that’s been in the works between myself and Royale for a long time.

We’ve been DJ’s for many years. We’ve seen many a party go down from beginning to end, and like to think we’ve built up a good understanding as to what songs to play and when to play them. A lot of DJ’s nowadays do not. And quite frankly, they could be missing out on the best part of the night.

Early hours of a jam usually means anything goes for the selector, but within reason. You still can’t wild out with playing tunes that are bona fide hits and better suited for a packed house.

The warm-up set is really the time when you can break new records (when they were new), play more laid back joints, and test yourself as to how you were going to get the vibe hot for the next person on the decks.

A lot of these tunes were only on 12″ promo vinyl certain DJ’s got, played between 10:30 – 11:30 on a Friday night, or heard on some mixtape you had to dub from a friend of a friend in order to even hear the tune.

At this point, we have to salute all 90′s mixtape DJ’s, most notably: Ron G, Soundquest, Clue, Craig G, Kid Capri, S&S, Mastermind, and of course, the almighty Baby Blue Soundcrew (circa ’95-’97). Y’all raised us, for real.

This may be a 90′s R’n’B mix, but do not get it twisted: this isn’t your run of the mill Return of the Mack or Candy Rain type ish. This is a collection of tunes we knew brought the vibe along when we partied back in the day. Anthems, album cuts, remixes, and obscure record pool stuff. Stuff that became holy grails for us as we caught up with our teenage years.





Juan Epstein Intro
Donell Jones – You Should Know
Tony Thompson – I Want A Love Like That
Total – Kissing You (Remix)
Mona Lisa – You Said
R. Kelly ft. Notorious B.I.G. – You To Be (Be Happy)
The Braxtons – So Many Ways
Taral – Distant Lover
Faith Evans – Fallin’ In Love
Junior M.A.F.I.A. ft. Aaliyah – I Need You Tonight
Shai ft. Jay-Z – I Don’t Want To Be Alone (Remix)
Jagged Edge – The Way That You Talk (DJ Mensa Blend)
Skin Deep ft. Keith Murray – No More Games (Remix)
Somethin’ For The People – My Love Is The Shhh… (Remix)
702 – Steelo (Remix)
Mary J. Blige – Changes I’ve Been Goin’ Through
Mona Lisa – Just Wanna Please You
Brownstone – If You Love Me


Mariah Carey ft. Mobb Deep – The Roof
Robyn – You’ve Got That Something (Remix)
Donell Jones – The Only One You Need
Donell Jones – Waiting On You
J-Quest – Anything
Shades – Love Means More (Royale Blend)
Kenny Lattimore – Never Too Busy (SFS Remix)
Monica – Get Down
Mista – Blackberry Molasses (Royale Blend)
Silk – Hooked On You
Billy Lawrence ft. MC Lyte – Come On
SWV – On & On
Zhane – Saturday Night
Aaliyah – Are You Ready
Kut Klose – Lovely Thang (Royale Blend)
Jason Weaver – I Don’t Know Why
Monifah – Nobody’s Body
Miss Jones – Where I Wanna Be Boy
Lalah Hathaway – Let Me Love You

4 Responses to “DJ MENSA & DJ ROYALE Present: STEPPIN’ OUT Vol. 1 – The Definitive Warm-Up R’n’B Mix”

  1. Mendez Says:

    I agree, many mixes have the selection but don’t put it together well. I don’t even have to listen to this one to know that the both of you put out pure quality. Looking forward to it.

  2. n_oh Says:

    I think there’s a track name missing between Jason Weaver – I Don’t Know Why and Monifah – Nobody’s Body. I really used to dig that track but I forgot the name of it and the artist.

  3. grandgroovedjs Says:

    @ n_oh : the track you speak of is Veronica – No One But You. Apologies for the missing track, slacking. lol

  4. joy Says:

    looking forward to the series.

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