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08.13.13 David Turner

Rap mixtapes have roots in 1990s DJ mixes, but took shape in their modern form the early 2000s, with The Diplomats and G-Unit remixing popular songs of the day and putting out tapes for self-promotion. The increased popularity of the format through the decade raised the expectations of these free promotional projects, putting them in […]

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05.23.13 ANIMAL

Here’s that “Good Ol’ Rudeboys” mixtape we were talking about. As you’ll hear, ANIMAL took a rock-n-roll mix and gave it a dancehall-reggae treatment. (Shout out to Love & Logic who helped make the mix.) To celebrate this auditory achievement, we’re throwing a listening party along with hosts KNIFEHEAD and CASCOS at Ore Bar in […]

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07.31.12 Andy Cush

Perhaps you’re old enough to remember making mixtapes. Sitting by the radio, waiting for “Truly, Madly, Deeply” or some other awful, awful song to come on, and scrambling to press record on your tape deck before the intro ended. Then, oblivious to the fact that maybe Cypress Hill’s “Rock Superstar” didn’t exactly make the best […]

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03.12.10 Marina Galperina

Mixtape packaging origins are humble: in the early-mid ’90s, colored construction paper xeroxes of tiny tiny song titles would wrap up that tape sweated over diligently in the basement of, say, DJ Doo-Wop or Tony Touch, etc., and that was that. But with the proliferation of easy access to Photoshop, there’s a massive, tacky, ridiculous […]

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