Five years ago today, I posted this sonic clusterfuck and never looked back. Listening to it now, it's just like everything else I put up here: good beat, badly mixed, full of samples which are funny, bizarre, political and disconcerting. And, it's totally different from anything anyone else does.
But mostly it's badly mixed and slapped together. I've gotten a lot better over the past nickel, but every time I get one skill down I'm trying out three other new things not very well. So bear with, my neighbours. Even the worst assembled mixes on here have great joints on them. I stand by my tracklists g, they're all official.
A couple of cats said I should run down the site's greatest hits. The top three are all cuts I made, popular I guess 'cause they're short:
- Brooklyn Zoo (4% Technique Mix) :: this made it into those weird Russian mp3 sites, so that's why it's got...7,500 hits? Dayumn.
- My Pet Goat :: this was a fuck of a lot of work, so 5,000 hits makes it worth it.
- The Expiration Date :: like My Pet Goat, this gets downloaded a lot in China, because THEY FUCKING HATE AMERICA.
Thing is though, these mixes accrete hits over time like a motherfucker, so I gotta run down the most popular by year:
- 2007 - Go Tell It On The Mainframe aka James Woods is Bugging.
- 2008 - A Rhythm Runs Through It is an all-round good one, funky instrumental shit, even your moms might like it.
- 2009 - Super Chicken: A Dub-Hop Mix / Revenge of Super Chicken [tie] started a series of 7 mixes and made me realize what I do is collect, curate & collage.
- 2010 - DOOM: Live From Latveria?! was cool because PSY/OPSogist did two remixes just for this. Also, that's Bill Murray doing Johnny Storm's voice on the samples.
- 2011 - Autolect: Autology Volume One I'm glad this got love, because it was a blessing for Hasan to let me put it together. I kinda like the second one better though.
- 2012 - The Spraycan Diaries was hanging around my hard drive for a couple years before Hevehitta drove me into action, and I'm glad he did.
If I had to choose my own personal best--the ones I listen to a lot--they'd be:
- Cities of the Red Night
- City on the Edge of Never
- The Illamentations
- They Live, We Sleep
- The Falling, which I only listen to on 9/11, but it's the best piece I ever did.
2007, I'd laid off for a few years, thought about doing my 50th tape. But I had these MP3s to get on there, needed to go digital. Started fucking around with software. Figured it'd be easier to put 'em on the internet than send CDs to those that I usually gave my mixes to--especially as those cats are worldwide.
The Roman numeral for 50 is L. Therefore, plus other blazay-blah, Elmattic was gonna be the name of the tape.
The thing that fucks with me though, is that when I made that first tape--hunched over the boombox, waiting for Red Alert to play that new, hand on the REC--that was around the time I got my first serious girlfriend. On this 5&25 anniversary, I'm divorced. So hip-hop, mixing, has been with me longer than any relationship. It's my greatest Mrs.
This site is where I figure out things about hip-hop. What it means. What it does. What makes the perfect beat? What is the perfect beat? The perfect beat might be on some 12" b-side in a dusty crate. It might get made tomorrow, next year, or in 2022. Or 3012, because rap goes on to the year 3000.
For now, though? I'd have to go with "Shook Ones" (part one or two, I can't choose), Roc Marciano's "Snow," and the cut below--Public Enemy's "Son of Public Enemy (Flavor Whop Version)." Play this one at my funeral fam.