I’ve had to clean up and clean out the piles of cassette tapes that were at my parents’ house, the shoe boxes that were in my closet and stashed on shelves. Most of the tapes were recordings of records I bought so I could listen to them in car and on a Walkman in the pre-MP3 era. I got ride of most of them but kept nearly all of the mixtapes that people made for me. This one is a pause tape that my brother made for me back in 2006. The tape reflects his ecletic world of hip-hop taste. Think Stones Throw meets back of the crate gems.
And the best part is that it is a pause tape. As much as I love a well done live analogue mix, there is a special place for a pause tape. As much effort, time, and care the a mixtape takes, the pause tape is that extra step of planning and effort that reach a sublime when it is executed well. This one is well done. Pause tapes have a long history in Hip Hop. I’d argue that the pause tape is a physical representation of Hip Hop. But that is a longer take on history and theory…let’s just get to the jams.