Mixtape Monday: PF Cuttin, Big Kap x Max Glazer, Doo Wop, Roc Raida + More
This Mixtape Monday is a treat for fans of Golden Era hip-hop. We go heavy on the nostalgia with mixtapes and live sets from PF Cuttin, Big Kap x Max Glazer, Doo Wop, Roc Raida and more.
PF Cuttin’s double-sided 1999 tape 45 Underground Lockdown kicks things off. DJ Clue follows with the 1995 Bad Boy Mixtape Vol. 1. Big Kap and Max Glazer’s tag-team set recorded live at NYC nightclub Speeed is next up. Funkmaster Flex follows with Big Truck Series Pt. 1 and 2, and Marley Marl is joined by Pete Rock and K-Def on a 1994 episode of Pirate Radio.
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Foundational episodes of The Fat Tape from The Source Magazine also make the cut. PF Cuttin, Mister Cee, Tony Touch, DJ Premier and Evil Dee up the ante with the 5 Deadly Venoms of Brooklyn tape. Doo Wop gets Live for 95, DJ Premier digs deep across four chapters of Crooklyn Cuts Vol. III, DJ Evil Dee rocks the Nasdee Bushwick Joint, and Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito Garcia close things out at WKCR.
PF Cuttin - 45 Underground Lockdown Pt. 1 & 2
DJ, producer, mixtape legend, and Blahzay Blahzay’s own PF Cuttin drops the coldest freestyles and cuts from a host of underground and chart-topping rap acts on the 45 Underground Lockdown mixtape.
DJ Clue - Bad Boy Mixtape Vol. 1 (Sides A & B)
DJ Clue captures Bad Boy Entertainment at the height of excellence in 1995 on Sides A and B of the Bad Boy Mixtape Vol. 1.
DJ Big Kap x Max Glazer - Live At Speeed NYC 05.27.99
Two of the many celebrated club and mixtape DJ’s, Big Kap and Max Glazer teamed to rock New York City’s Club Speeed in the spring of 1999 with a nearly four-hour set full of hip-hop, r&b, dancehall and more.
Funkmaster Flex - Big Truck Series Pt. 1 & 2
NYC radio institution Funkmaster Flex was true to form in 2001, dropping bombs and “big shit” on the two-part Big Truck Series mixtape.
Marley Marl x K-Def & Pete Rock - WNWK Pirate Radio 01.22.94
Marley Marl is joined in January 1994 at New York’s WNWK by K-Def and Pete Rock for an episode of Pirate Radio.
The Source Magazine - Fat Tape 05.91 & 01.93
Taking it back to the Fat Tape series from The Source Magazine, the 1991 tape and the 1993 tape offer a window into the sound of the culture just ahead of rap’s banner year in 1994.
PF Cuttin x Mister Cee x Evil Dee x Premier x Tony Touch - 5 Deadly Venoms of Brooklyn
PF Cuttin, Mister Cee, Evil Dee, DJ Premier and Tony Touch channel classic Kung-Fu films as they slice and dice across the 5 Deadly Venoms of Brooklyn tape.
Roc Raida- The X-Men 1996 Mixtape
Turntable god and X-ecutioners alum Grandmaster Roc Raida spins plenty of breaks and early hip-hop gems on The X-Men 1996 mixtape.
Doo Wop - Doo Wop 95 Live Pt. 1 & 2
DJ Doo Wop covers the sound of the five boroughs with a classic collection of tracks on Part 1 and 2 of the Live 95 Mixtape.
DJ Premier - Crooklyn Cuts Vol III Mixtape (Tapes A - D)
DJ Premier gives up two years worth of gems on the Crooklyn Cuts Vol. III Mixtape, which spans 1996 and 1997 with a bevy of gritty New York City cuts.
DJ Evil Dee - Nasdee Bushwick Joint Tape (Side A & B)
Evil Dee is on the mix for Sides A & B of the Nasdee Bushwick Joint tape, originally released in 1995 by the legendary Tape Kingz.
DJ Stretch Armstrong x Bobbito Garcia - WKCR 89tec9 Pt. 1 & 2 (01.05.95)
No trip back to 90s New York City is complete without a nod to Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Garcia. Broadcasting live from WKCR "89tec9" radio, Pt. 1 and 2 of their January 5th, 1995 show is a window into the magic of the era.
Karas Lamb writes and digs for tunes you haven’t heard yet. She actually wants to listen to your mixtape. Follow her on Twitter @karaslamb or Instagram @blamblamkaraslamb.