Words for PHLIP
Shared by Tony Grands
Words by PHLIP
I am a black man in a gentrified city, areas where certain nationalities live in clusters are still very clearly drawn, in an otherwise pretty progressive city in a state that normally don’t play that shit.
With that said, I am DEFINITELY approached several times a week with an aspiring rapper looking to sell me his “mixtape.” (quotation marks for effect, not emphasis)
Let us first DEFINE what a mixtape is…
As a child of the 80s, a mixtape was LITERALLY that; an assemblage of songs from varying artists recorded to a cassette tape. Commercially, this led to DJs getting exclusive songs from rappers who wouldn’t (or sometimes couldn’t) clear the songs for their own albums or dropping by the studio to freestyle over an industry beat. The common bond is that the ONLY name consistent from beginning to end was that of the DJ, not of…
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