Knowing full well that a few of you clowns don't have enough room on your plate for hip hop, I gotta say, I don't give a shit. Even if you don't care for hip hop in its present state, you should, at the very least, have a mild anthropological interest in it. Particularly the early years, the music formerly known as rap. Let's, for now, skim past the rappers and DJs, break dancing, and all of that. Just as integral were mix tapes. It wasn't just you bros in dorm rooms utilizing the medium between bong hits. Mix tapes were, and continue to be, part capital and part chain letter.
I ran into a blog called Old School Hip Hop Mix Tapes, and I guess that pretty much sums it up. A lot of them. Here's a link to the post of early Dr. Dre mixes, from KDAY, the Southern California radio station, big back in the day. A lot of interesting pieces, period samples and snippets abound. Yo.
I also ran into another site that has more mixes, and these you can stream. They're at Dat Piff, a rabbit hole if there ever was one. Holy shit. If, after hearing the Dre stuff, you're digging this stuff, you'll click yourself silly over there.
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Dr Dre - KDAY 1580 AM Traffic Jam (streaming) at YouTube
Dr Dre Tapes Download Mania at Old School Hip Hop Mix Tapes Multiple mixes in a folder. Enter the captcha with the phrase show below it to open the folder for individual zips. You'll get it.
KDAY Traffic Jams at Dat Piff Mixes, streaming, all you can eat.