I’ve wanted to do this for a while but haven’t gone through with it. I wanted to go back and revisit old mixtapes, specifically the epic G-Unit Radio series, and listen and reminisce over it and give some commentary on it.
The mixtape was one of my first loves, along with wrestling and other shit. Back when I was younger—I want to say my freshman year of high school, around 2003—I feel in love with mixtapes. I don’t remember what the first mixtape I ever heard/downloaded was, it could be this one, but I’m not sure.
Back then I would do two things: go to school and be online on a hip-hop message board. The latter one was beneficial as it introduced me to different rappers that I wasn’t familiar with. This platform allowed me to see what I liked and didn’t like.
One thing that was a big thing back then was a new mixtape’s anticipation. Someone would start a thread about a new mixtape and the rest of the members to chime in. Usually, this included the mixtape cover and the track list, and from there speculation would ensue. Speculation would start over unbelievable collaborations, what songs would be dope, which were renamed aka were already released, etc. I feel in love with this.
I feel in love with how the mixtape was constructed. I loved that original music was combined with freestyles. I loved the titles these DJs would use. I feel in love with the DJ’s trademarks e.g. Whoo Kid’s gun shots, Drama’s “dramatic,” Clue’s “clue-minati,” Kay Slay’s screaming, I loved it.
I remember I would visit websites like Mix Unit and Mixtape Kings and see the upcoming mixtapes. Sometimes you would see new gems on there but most of the time, it was a wack DJ scrambling together songs that were floating around the Internet, put them together and release it as a mixtape.
I would spend my time downloading and listening to mixtapes from DJ Whoo Kid and DJ Clue and I would sprinkle in some mixtapes from DJ Drama and DJ Kay Slay. My music library had so many mixtapes at one time. I wished I would’ve kept them but I deleted a bunch of stuff a couple years ago because I didn’t listen to them. I wish I hadn’t. I would’ve loved to listen to them today, especially after the inspiration behind this post and future ones. I can still get them but the ones I had were better, they were group rips. And if you know what that is; you know what’s up.