|Yoda's stash - pic from @DJYodaUK|
The ones I know I haven't got from this time are Yoda's Turntable Schmurntable, Seven Year Scratch and Funk Monkey - all of which are listed as being available on the inside cover of Jewbonics - and Fatlace Mixtape#1 and The Underground Classics (1979-1999) (which could possible never have been released) by Greenpeace. But whilst I still only aspire to own the TDK output from the king of cut'n'paste and his Fatlace co-founder, I do have a five-some of lovely little cassettes from this special time in history before DJs started putting their mixes out on CD.
|Kanye ain't got shit on Yoda|
|The Shoddy Hand-Made Cover to the Piano Breaks Mixtape|
Jiggy Free is a 90-minute cassette-only mix of late 90s shiny-suit-free hip hop of the variety he used to review in his "Independents Day" page in HHC. R&B choruses are nowhere to be heard and in their place freestyles, shout-outs and proper Indie rap music are the order of the day. Roots Manuva, The Nextmen, Mark B and DJ Vadim are amongst the UK heads holding down a spot in the mix alongside lesser known tracks from the likes of Black Star, Common, Dilated Peoples, PUTS, Quasimoto, Dilated Peoples and the incredible Scaramanga. Overall it is an awesome testament to that romantic time in rap history when "Keeping it Real" was more important than the "Dollar Dollar Bill"!
|Jiggy Free full cover artwork - Fatlace Mixtape Volume#2|
|Jewbonics full cover Artwork - Fatlace Mixtape Volume #3|
The B-side by Yoda - named "Side Dues" - is on the other hand - remarkable. Whereas Greenpeace's track list reads as a standard list of names and song titles, Yoda's track list reads a little differently... "A moronic mix of childishness, irrelevance, general imbecility and foolishness. Featuring an Arsonist, a Hieroglyphic and He-Man." And when 5 minutes into the mix you hear Inspector Gadget perfectly blended over the top of "The Show" - you know that the description just needs one small tweak to be entirely accurate... that is the insertion of "Brilliant" between "A" and "moronic". This has been recently re-released on CD by the fellas over at Fat Lace so go pick yourself a remastered CD version with much better sound quality than the one I have taken ripped off tape and posted here!
|Jews Paid - "Moronic" Yoda at his best|
After Jews Paid, Yoda and Greenpeace didn't waste any time dropping the follow up with the release of Jews Paid Too. This time, instead of taking a side of the cassette each they combine throughout and create the perfect combination of Yoda's nutty cut-n-paste comedy routine and Greenpeace's fine taste in Late 90s Indie Rap - a decision that makes the tape a much better all round listen than it's predecessor. One again it comes with professionally printed cover and tape so don't go parting with your cash for any dodgy looking TDKs with photocopied covers!
|Jews Paid Too - Another side each|