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Mike the Ruler charts his top American tracks

With Mike the Ruler taking over Dazed for the day, we asked him and his New York gang to send in their favourite tracks epitomising the spirit of American youth

Luka, Asspizza, Rahel, Amy and Mike, Dazed takeover
Luka, Asspizza, Rahel, and Amy wear all clothing and accessories as below, Mike wears bomber jacket by Siki Im, long sleeve T-shirt is stylist own, trousers by Siki Im, and shoes by Siki Im Photography Brianna Capozzi, Styling Victor Cordero, Styling direction Mike the Ruler

As part of our new summer US project States of Independence, we've invited our favourite 30 American curators, magazines, creatives and institutions to take over Dazed for a day. Today, as part of our State of Fashion week, New York's new muse, brand lover, and fashion obsessive Mike the Ruler is curating our content. We hang out with his gang and find out Mike's ones to watch of America's best designers.

From actress and Columbia student Hari Nef to Luka Sabbat (who VFiles named an It-Boy in their dA-Zed guide) and Rookie editor Amy Rose Spiegel, it's safe to say that Mike the Ruler's friends are the embodiment of young US creativity. After interviewing the gang, we hit them up for their favourite American tracks – check out their playlists below.

Read their feature piece in our Autumn 2014 issue.

Mike the Ruler Dazed, Mike the Ruler Brianna Capozzi
Mike wears silk shirt by Helmut Lang courtesy of David Casavant Archive; bondage jeans by Hood By Air; underwear by Calvin Klein; cowboy boots and glasses Mike's own Photography Brianna Capozzi, Styling Victor Cordero, Styling direction Mike the Ruler

A playlist from New York's most clued-in fashion kid. Mixing punk with old school R&B, the 14-year-old muse picks tracks from 2pac to Nas and legendary NYC rock band Sonic Youth.

Asspizza, Dazed, Mike the Ruler takeover Brianna Capozzi
Asspizza wears printed t-shirt by Highland; denim shorts and baseball hat Asspizza’s own Photography Brianna Capozzi, Styling Victor Cordero, Styling direction Mike the Ruler

When he's not stealing from Toys R Us, 16-year-old Asspizza spends his time (sort of) featuring in hilarious YouTube videos. Creating a playlist that jumps from rap to punk rock, crank this up when you're strolling through the streets of New York.

Amy Rose Spiegel, Dazed, Mike the Ruler Brianna Capozzi
Amy wears denim jacket and jeans by Calvin Klein Jeans courtesy of David Casavant Archive; t-shirt stylist’s own Photography Brianna Capozzi, Styling Victor Cordero, Styling direction Mike the Ruler

The sounds of teenage rebellion kick off Amy Rose's playlist, which opens with The Runaways before moving into the classic 80s beats of L'Trimm. A playlist wouldn't be complete without a slow jam – Prince punches in at the end with a wind down.

Lil Government Dazed, Mike the Ruler  Brianna Capozzi
Lil Government wears leather jacket by Polo Ralph Lauren; striped t-shirt by Tommy Hilfiger; sport shorts by Highland; underwear, boots and necklace Lil Government’s own; socks by Falke Photography Brianna Capozzi, Styling Victor Cordero, Styling direction Mike the Ruler

Lil Government knows a thing or two about music and this playlist is definitely for the R&B lover, featuring Azealia Banks, Bukkweat Bill and J $tash. 

Rahel, Dazed, Mike the Ruler takeover Brianna Capozzi
Rahel wears printed top by Highland; underwear, shoes, ring Rahel’s own Photography Brianna Capozzi, Styling Victor Cordero, Styling direction Mike the Ruler

With her EP due to be released by rapper Le1f this summer, the 26-year-old Rahel delves into her music collection for this playlist which features Chicago rapper Chief Keef, New York's answer to Chicago Drill music Bobby Shmurda and YouTube sensations Rae Sremmurd.

Hari Nef, Dazed, Mike the Ruler takeover Brianna Capozzi
Hari wears panelled shearling coat by 3.1 Phillip Lim; underwear by Eckhaus Latta; ring and shoes Hari’s own Photography Brianna Capozzi, Styling Victor Cordero, Styling direction Mike the Ruler

Safe to say, we've never seen Kendrick Lamar and Marilyn Manson sitting quite so snug in the same playlist before. The party starts in this varied mix with the 'Queen of Rockabilly' Wanda Jackson, Sky Ferreira brings her signature attitude before The Beach Boys make an appearence with "I Get Around". Check it out:

Luka Sabbat, Dazed, Mike the Ruler  Brianna Capozzi
Luka wears suede top by Hood By Air; cut out trousers by Gypsy Sport; boots by Alexander Wang Photography Brianna Capozzi, Styling Victor Cordero, Styling direction Mike the Ruler

Break out your best Shmoney Dance for Bobby Shmurda again in this playlist, which gets things going with Young Thug before moving on to Houston rapper Maxo Kream and ending with "Nuthin" by J $tash.

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