This little number poped up somewhere, probably Discogs or ebay for a quid or two, I can't really recall exactly where. It was released in February 1997 as a freebie available with Echoes / Code of the Streets Magazine and contains some of the choicest UK Cuts that came out in 1996 and 1997. Yes, there is the odd bit of american accent on a few of the tracks by some of the lesser know cats but the overall tracklist is top notch. The lack of mixing means that this is not really a mixtape as such but I guess that these days the literal definition of mixtape has been stretched a bit further than that anyway!
...and a lovely little tracklist to match
Upon listening you will here a few cuts by a pre-19 Long-Time Blak Twang and pre-Brand New Second Hand and Countryman Roots Manuva and Skitz. There are also appearences from TY back in his Shortee Blitz collabo days and Lewis Parker with the majestic "Rise" from the Rise/Visions of Splendour 12" on Bite It. Braintax even makes an apearence with a track taken off his highly sort-after Future Years EP, "Taxation". All of these tracks also came out on 12"s and on albums or EPs at some point so they will be covered in detail at another time. However, for now consider this a little Xmas present to warm the eardrums while I take a little time out over the holiday period. Enjoy and I will be back in the New Year. Peace Postie
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This blog has been set up to serve as a reference point for collectors of UK Hip Hop history. It's aim is to focus on the Vinyl, Tapes, CDs, Magazines and Flyers that were produced by UK Hip Hop artists active in the community between 1990 and the mid 00s.
In order for a genuine hip hop scene to flourish within the UK people need to part with their cash and support the physical product put out by its artists and record labels. If artists start having to give away their music for free they will not press it on to vinyl, tape or CD and Hip Hop will become a disposable artform.
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