All of this 20 year, 25 year anniversary talk got me to dig in my garage. Well, what do I find in that hall of my shame (time to clean it out basically)? A box of cassettes that I just couldn’t part with. Yeah, the original Illmatic tape is there. Mecca and The Soul Brother. Enta Da Stage… and Low End Theory. This isn’t even a picture of all of the tapes.
Classics! Nostalgia! Where the hell am I going to find a tape player? I remember the story behind every single one too; where I bought them and why. I’m a music fan…and more importantly…a huge hip-hop fan! Some say this was the greatest era in hip-hop history. Complex did a article recently on the top 90 albums of the 1990s. I found damn near all of them in my collection. Crazy!
I remember I bought Dr. Dre’s The Chronic because I was a fan of N.W.A. The cover looked so bootleg, I didn’t think this album was real. Plus, I hadn’t heard Nuthin’ But A G-Thang yet. Well, you know what happened once I popped the tape in…BRAINZ BLEW!
I remember picking up Common’s One Day It Will All Make Sense at the Port Authority in Manhattan. Traveling back to school at Morgan State University always gave me the opportunity to discover new music. I wasn’t even a Common fan at this point in time. Popped it in the “Walkman”…the rest is history.
So many memories. Shout out to Beat Street which used to be the hub for hip-hop in Downtown Brooklyn New York. I bought a lot of these albums from there. Oh yeah…there is a tape deck in the car. Lol! I’m going in!