"Nowadays cuz rap pays you got a million rappers and a thousand DJ's..." so said Tha Baby Face K-OS on We Run Things(It's Like Dat). He's right. From your Whoo-Kid's to your Clue's to your Mick Boogies. There are a lot of turntablists and they've all carved their niche from the old school on. Quite a few have put out old school comps but I'm gonna speak on my favorite.
I've heard alot of mixtapes with old jams but I happened upon this gem about 2 and a half years ago and I still bump it today. DJ Audio 1's High Skool Classiks 2.0 is an awesome collection of hip-hop that interestingly enough is actually from about the time I was there (High School, that is.). Why is it my favorite? One big reason: HE SHUTS THE FUCK UP! The man doesn't utter a word on this mix. Sometimes I just want beats and rhymes. I don't care about your crew, your block or the label that's sponsoring you. Shut up and mix.
Mix is something the Bay Area product also does well. Each song blends almost seamlessly into the other. Even when the track is cut in, it doesn't miss a beat. He also brought up some less popular jams that you may not hear on the average "Old School" mixtape. Songs like Stezo's It's My Turn, Eazy E's Gimme That Nutt and Kwest's 101 Things...are rarely thrown into compilations so it's a treat to hear them.
While there is a hiccup in the beginning mix and there is a bit of clashing somewhere towards the end. As a DJ myself, I can appreciate the work and time he put into getting his set together and coming up with his blends. Y'all take a listen and judge for yourselves.
High Skool Classiks 2.0-DJ Audio 1
Wake Up Intro/Nas - It Aint Hard To Tell (Danger Mouse Remix)
Run DMC - Ooh Watcha Gonna Do
Masta Ace - Music Man
Mobb Deep - Hit It From The Back
Del - Mistadabolina (Remix)
Jamalski - Jump Spread Out
Das EFX - Jussusmen (Pete Rock Remix)
Cypress Hill - Hand On The Glock
KRS-One - I Cant Wake Up
Black Moon - Who Got The Props
Special Ed - The Mission
Jamalski - Put It On (EPMD Remix)
Ice Cube - Givin Up The Nappy Dug Out
House Of Pain - Jump Around (Pete Rock Remix)
Stezo - It's My Turn
Eazy E - Gimmie That Nutt
KRS-One - HipHop Vs. Rap (Spinbad Remix)
Beastie Boys - Finger Lickin Good
Kwest Tha Madd Ladd - 101 Things To Do While Im With Your Girl
Stetsasonic - Talkin All That Jazz
Ice Cube - Wicked
Ice Cube - No Vaseline
Nice and Smooth - Sometimes I Rhyme Slow
UMC's - Blue Cheese
Tim Dog and KRS-One - I Get Wrecked
Ice-T - New Jack Hustler
Cypress Hill - Lick A Shot
Ultramagnetic MC's - Poppa Large
UMC's - One To Grow On
The New Style (Naughty By Nature) - Scuffin Those Knees
X-Clan - Funkin' Lesson
KMD - Peachfuzz
RBL Posse - Dont Give Me No Bammer Weed
Eric B and Rakim - No Omega
Organized Konfusion - Releasing Hypnotical Gases
He also has a great website with lots of info on dates and other music mixes to share. Enjoy this mix and let me know what you think in the comments section. Clocking in at just over an hour, it's perfect for that long ass bus ride or drive. One.