Most are familiar with the humble beginnings of the mixtape, especially its origins within the hungry underground in an era in which tapes created by deejays were sold on the streets, jam-packed with creative freestyles, beat blends and a mix of Hip Hop and R&B. Many of the times deejays would record their own club or house party sets and bring it to the streets for anywhere from $10 to $130. Hip Hop fans ran home to play their favorite deejay's tape in as the house speakers equally blasted the latest compilation, attracting both the kids next door and the cops down the block. The origins of the mixtape are creative, innovative and overall, groundbreaking. The tape emerged as a way to allow the artist to not only recite to the streets, but also share his/her craft with anyone willing to listen. The tape unified people through a common thread
Disposable Arts: The Evolution Of The Mixtape
Kid Capri, Doo Wop, Smif N Wessun and Ali Vegas help HipHopDX tell the tale of the tape from classic material to disposable art.