I have a mixtape to share with you that is extremely personal and dear to my heart. The above is a picture of the actual cassette tape on which this mix resides and the paper below is the handwritten tracklist given to me for my 14th birthday by one of my best friends at the time, Pete. I can just imagine it now; Pete recording this mix in his room hitting pause-record on his boombox transferring each song individually from CD to blank cassette tape. This was around the last time cassette's were used for making mixtapes.
Pete was WAYYY ahead of the curve with his taste in hip hop at the age of 14. He was listening to the classics and yet, back then, many weren't even considered classics yet. You can thank Pete for being my musical mentor over a decade ago, shaping me to be the obsessed hip hop junkie that I am today. His influence drips through every track that I post on HeadPhoneHome and his two Technics 1200 turntables now reside in my basement and serve as a reminder that hip hop lives through those that keep it alive. The phenomenal mixtape below has not been taken off the cassette, but rather I have compiled all the digital versions for your enhanced listening pleasure.
Tracklist01 De La Soul - D.A.I.S.Y. Age
02 Eric B. & Rakim - Move The Crowd
03 De La Soul - Oodles Of O's
04 Gang Starr - Above The Clouds Ft. Inspectah Deck
05 Notorious B.I.G. - Unbelievable
06 Common - I Used To Love H.E.R.
07 The Pharcyde - Return Of The B-Boy
08 Eric B. & Rakim - Let The Rhythm Hit 'em
09 High & Mighty - BBoy Document '99 Ft. Skillz & Mos Def
10 Dr. Octagon - Earth People
11 Company Flow - Bad Touch Example
12 Public Enemy - Bring The Noise
13 Organized Konfusion - Sin
14 Nas - N.Y. State Of Mind
15 Dr. Dooom - I Run Rap
16 Thirstin Howl III - Brooklyn Hard Rock Ft. Unique London
17 Dr. Octagon - Dr. Octagon
18 Company Flow - Info Kill II
19 Eric B. & Rakim - Lyrics Of Fury
20 Company Flow - Tragedy Of War
Share it. Don't be selfish.
-Filet Of Sole