Since MdM is the only full time playlist blog, a history of mixtapes, a predecessor of mp3 blog playlist would be interesting to have.
"In the 1970s, such DJs as Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Afrika Bambaataa and the Soulsonic Force, Kool Herc and the Herculoids, DJ Breakout, the Funky Four, and DJ Hollywood would often distribute recordings of their club performances via audio cassette, as well as customized recordings (often prepared at exorbitant prices) for individual tape purchasers. One 12 October 1974 article in Billboard Magazine reported, "Tapes were originally dubbed by jockeys to serve as standbys for times when they did not have disco turntables to hand. The tapes represent each jockey's concept of programming, placing, and sequencing of record sides. The music is heard without interruption. One- to three-hour programs bring anywhere from $30 to $75 per tape, mostly reel-to-reel, but increasingly on cartridge and cassette." Club proprietors, as well as DJs, would often prepare such tapes for sale."- wikipedia
"Some of these mixtapes are an unofficial album release; some of the tracks make it to the commercial release; others are only for the streets. Some artists use mixtapes to gauge how well their track might do if they were to push it on the radio. Sometimes the DJs create albums of special mixes or different lyrics over a mix. Exclusive live shows are always hot as hell. Some mixtapes feature exclusive interviews with the rappers and DJs discussing current issues affecting their camps and labels, including any current beef. "
, History of Mixtapes
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