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I listen to one of my old mixtapes from 1996

Posted in music, rap with tags , , , on August 16, 2012 by Paxton

LEB

The assignment for the League this week wants us to talk about mixtapes.  Specifically our own mixtapes.

What songs were forever being looped on your car’s stereo [tape deck] back in high school?

I loved mixtapes.  I made dozens of them over the years.  Mostly for myself, but some for friends and some for “the ladies”.  I would make the mixtape and listen to it on my portable headphones whenever I would go somewhere.  I could be seen bobbing my head while walking along listening, most likely, to my current crop of hardcore rap songs.

My mixtapes usually weren’t random. I tended to theme them by genre. I had rap/hip-hop tapes, Disney soundtrack tapes, oldies/Motown tapes and novelty song tapes (ie Weird Al and Dr Demento). However, most of my tapes back in the day were hardcore rap because that’s what I listened to. And when I labeled the tape, I usually used a lyric from one of the songs on the tape.

Well, as for today’s assignment, I don’t need to recreate a mixtape because I still have a box of my old mixtapes in my basement. So, I just pulled out one of those mixtapes, popped it in my tape player and gave it a listen.

Below is Side 1 of today’s mixtape. I labeled it “I Think You Better Recognize”, but that’s hard to see because the ink has faded over time. That is actually the title of a song by Sam Sneed, but that song for some reason doesn’t appear on this mixtape.  You may be wondering how I know this is from 1996, which the easy answer is that the newest song on the tape is from 1996.  Which may not be entirely correct.  But that was around my last year in college, so that sounds about right for these songs.

So let’s take a look at the song list for Side 1.

Mixtape Side A
1. N-Trance – Stayin’ Alive
2. Run DMC – Rock Box
3. Quad City DJs – C’mon ‘N Ride It (The Train)
4. MC Lyte (feat Xscape) – (Keep On) Keepin’ On
5. DJ Quik (feat AMG, 2nd II None, Hi-C) – Skanless
6. Ice Cube – When Will They Shoot?
7. 2Pac (feat Stretch) – Pain
8. MC Ren – Bitch Made N***a Killa
9. D-Nice – Time to Flow
10. Eazy-E (feat Knocc Out and Dresta) – Real Muthaf’n G’s
11. Coolio (feat WC) – U Know Hoo?
12. Too $hort – Hoes

This first side had a bunch of good songs. I had a lot of fun listening to them again. Surprisingly, I remember nothing about that Coolio song, U Know Hoo? I don’t remember it and I don’t know why it’s on the tape. That’s just odd.  You’ll notice lots of NWA/Ruthless Records influence with Eazy-E, MC Ren, DJ Quik and 2nd II None.  I also always enjoy Bee-Gees influenced rap songs like the #1 track in this list as well as Wyclef Jean’s We Tryin’ to Stay Alive (which I know was on other mixtapes I’ve done).

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