26/01/2018

1st Klass - Phat Trax pt. #1

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In the spirit of all things mixtape related I dug deep and pulled out one of my favourite mixtapes that I own. The DJ is 1st Klass, and it's a must download. Sadly I can only share an old rip I made from 2014, as the original tape has started to break down. They aren't forever - no media is. They are slowly rotting away. 

Now...

There has been lots of talk recently about online sellers of mixtapes.

I'll state firstly that if there is a "truth" out there as to who is who, and the ethics of what they are doing, I don't know what it is. I'd also like to say that to date I've never sold a tape on ebay, nor do I plan to in the future - to date I've "made" under $40.00 through donations (an amount that wouldn't usually cover buying two mixtapes from ebay, let alone adding in shipping and so on, but an amount I am still very humbled to receive, despite whining about it in what is already a long sentence)

I'll try and keep it brief m8s -

Always be cautious when buying tapes online.

Accept that most of the mixtapes you can buy on ebay will have a questionable provenance (are you buying a copy of a download of a tape that was a copy of a copy of a copy of the master tape? lol)

Learn to look out for what a "legitimate" mixtape looks like. Sometimes shops will have made different covers for a mixtape. Maybe you are buying a tape kingz release of a tape that was also sold with a Harlem Music Hut cover. Whatever. Have a look at examples of covers posted on here, and the tapes themselves too. Does the tape you just bought look amazingly fresh, despite it being a Kool Out tape from 1993? Did you buy a Jazzy Joyce tape from from 1992 but on the cover she is clearly in her 40s?

Question everything about an auction. Realise that when you send someone a tape, and they promise not to post it online, that they might then trade it with someone else, and so on and so on.

Hip hop music isn't my culture. Mixtapes aren't my culture either. I was born in 1986 in London, and I've never set foot in America. I know next to nothing about mixtapes - I just started this website as I wanted to contribute for all the mixtapes I listened to that others had shared on the internet, that educated me on a music I found I had a real love for (people like tape masta, S.O.U.L, Chris French, illzdatapecollecta, Dj Step 1 from O.B.4.ZS.L, tape diggers, Dj Marioka, Brandan from Recognise the real and countless others I am doing a disservice to by not remembering off the top of my head.)

Hip-hop mixtapes as they were known are dead. The community of people who enjoy mixtapes like these is shrinking everyday. It relies almost entirely on content - we need to hear these mixtapes. We want to download them and keep them. If things are bad behind the scenes, then people will end up alienated and jaded. And that will prove counter productive to all of us who like mixtapes.

It is our right to scrutinise ebay sellers, but that only goes so far. It doesn't stop people selling things online. Speak out when you feel things are wrong, but think before you buy that item on ebay. Tell a friend to tell a friend about this website. Or just give them the link to http://www.f-yourmixtape.com/ (has everything beautifully organised and covers multiple sites)

Clark Kent - Operating Room #8 3-4-92

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And we have a date! This one is of course from the man known as CEO Suge White, alias Brett. This one goes out to a contributor of tapes like this, who is enduring some shit times. Hope things pick up m8 and thanks for all the tapes. I'll try and get that thing sorted ASAP!

Dj Capone - Heir to the Throne pt. #1

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Dj R.C. - Flavor Shit #4

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Lots of blends on this mid 90s tape from a favourite DJ of mine

Dj Smitty - #104

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Got in contact with Dj Smitty but couldn't get much info out of him unfortunately, aside from him starting out in 1985 by handing out free mixtapes to get his name out there. He wanted me to plug a new venture of his - http://www.leveloneradio.com/.We like to support DJs on this website, so go and check em out! (And download the tape too, it's a good un!)

Dexterity - Hip Hop Reggae pt. #4

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Tracklist is beyond faded, sorry!

Bigg Premiere - WSIU (Slow jams)

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90 minutes of slow jams. Yes

W.F Supreme - Strictly Beats (Jeep Beats)

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No cover (someone copied this out of their collection and sold it to me). Sounds like early/mid 90s, Supreme mixes and cuts up various instrumentals. As you hear at least once every 5 minutes, this tape apparently was a Harlem Music Hut exclusive

19/01/2018

Clark Kent - Operating Room #7

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60 minutes of Clark Kent on WBLS... Thanks to Brett for recording these!

13/01/2018

Dj Capone - Niggaz Aint Shit

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** EDIT : SIDE B FIXED 19/2/18 (password is : grimeandlime)

Cutmaster C - R&B Getaway

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Nick Bondz - Uplifting Selection pt. #5

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If you like reggae, try this new reggae hip hop mix (blends) from Dj Filthy Rich

Dj Arson - Cruise Control pt. #8

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06/01/2018

Dj Capone - Homicide Harlem

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I think this tape is out on the internet somewhere (From Illz Da Tape Collecta's site??) but I have it too, so here's my rip of it. The cover is torn because whoever originally owned this decided it was a good idea to glue the tracklisting over the cover (???)

Kool Mike Ski - Kool out pt. #4.5

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It has a cover too, but I'm not sure where I put it. Sorry about that. Kool Mike Ski, The Brooklyn Bomber

Dj Rampage - Game Over pt. #3

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Bigg Premiere - Real Live Shit pt. #3

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Dj Kool Kid & Fat Man Scoop - The Untouchables

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Big thank you to Violent Gent in the chatbox, donating to the site. Much appreciated! I missed posting a bunch of tapes towards the end of 2017, so here's some. I've had this tape for a while but for whatever reason never posted it.