Old School Mondays:: Who’s This? Edition

I had nada for this week’s OSM, and in my search for something to post up, I found some more mixtapes I made back in the day, so that was the move. I’ve already done a couple OSM’s on the back of this idea, and since those were so immensely popular (with the Ack and myself at least), I figured it was a solid plan.

 

So today’s OSM is based on a mixtape I made called Who’s This?, and like last time, I’ll be posting the first five songs on side A. I vaguely remember making this mix, and it’s comprised of songs from some of the more obscure tapes I had, ostensibly so that I could play the tape for people and get some kind of rap-merdly satisfaction from people saying “who’s this?” when they had no idea who any of the song’s were by. I know, I know, it’s impressive stuff really. I just like to think of it as though I was an underground rap enthusiast before underground rap even existed - I was ahead of the curve.

 

As it happens, I posted the opening song from this mix a couple weeks ago. I told you that I was a big fan of Funkytown Pros’ Genius, and its placement as leadoff hitter for this mix backs that up. I posted the second song on the mix, Vicious Beat Posse’s Party Trooper a couple years ago in an even-weirder-than-normal OSM that paired it with Nas for some reason. I still love Party Trooper though, it’s a solid jam. The third song is perhaps from the most “known” artist: Juice Crew legend Craig G. I suppose it’s an appropriate song, because one of the things Craig has been known for in the last little while is ghostwriting to battle raps for 8 Mile, so featuring Ripped To Streads, which is Craig just murdering MC Shan in a verbal fashion, make sense. It’s an a pretty amazing diss song too, I should add.

 

The Coup brings some political west coast funk to the Who’s This? mixtape, and although pretty much any rap nerd worth his salt would be able to ID this song in the internet age, back in the day this was still pretty obscure. We finish with a duo that I think remains fairly obscure today: NY duo Da King & I, comprised of MC Izzy Ice and DJ Majesty. I put Let’s Take A Trip on the mix, but I remember this being a pretty great tape so I might have to re-visit it for a future OSM dedicated solely to it. Enjoy!

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MP3:: Funkytown Pros - Genius

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MP3:: Vicious Beat Posse - Party Trooper

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MP3:: Craig G. - Ripped to Streads

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MP3:: The Coup - Dig It

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MP3:: Da King & I - Let’s Take A Trip

VIDEO:: The Coup - Dig It

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