The Tape That Tape Made

The Tape That Tape Made #4: Tribe From the Northside

I’m keeping it Trenton this week, with a tape I picked up online a few years ago. I already knew what I was buying, but even if I hadn’t I’d be lured in by the cover, the group’s name, and tracks with names like ‘Knowledge is Power’ and ‘Asalamalakum’.

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The Tape That Tape Made #3: Double Dip – Marchitect & 2 of a Kind

Let’s nerd out on some uncheap stuff here. Marchitect’s ‘Dead in Your Tracks’ is a dope 1994 indie staple, beloved of the people who think the mid 90’s rap records that sold 11 copies are the golden age. Regardless, this is still a nice, rarely seen killer. Even rarerererer is the cassingle, which has a hitherto unshared, unposted tape-only track called ‘Corners of the mind’. I mean, it’s only okay, isn’t it? But someone out there will love this, and perhaps also the unflattering picture of Marchitect on the tape cover. Continue reading →

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The Tape That Tape Made #2: Money Boss Players part 1

Money Boss Players sticker

As promised, The Tape That Tape Made will be a pretty regular thing, made somewhat easier by today’s post. The very latest in cassette technology from the Tiswas era has arrived, shunting my old deck into a retirement home.

I’m going to eke a couple of posts out of this particular tape, as it’s one of my better finds. Money Boss Players’ Ghetto Chronicle Daily is pretty much established as a minor classic EP/LP. Great Minnesota beats, a bunch of MC’s including the standout Lord Tariq, and a claustrophobic New York feel. Originals go for around £150 still, down from a peak of £300 or more. I managed to get my mitts on three sealed copies at one point, but they’ve long since found better homes. Continue reading →

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The Tape That Tape Made #1: KRS-One & Kid Capri: Stomp

A few years back, I was collaborating with my homies at Southern Hospitality – Superix and Rob Pursey – on a mixtape called Rappers Have Feelings Too (by the way, it’s great and you can check it out here). Leaving Superix’s spot, I found that their neighbour had left an unwanted tape deck outside his door in the communal hallway. It has a note on saying ‘free to a good home’. I scooped it up and took it for a ride on the tube home.

I hadn’t had a tape deck in 20 years. Not since I left behind the dark days of the teenage bedroom midi system. All of the separates systems I put together during my life in London never included one. It was a format I’d pretty much given up on, despite me carrying, from flat to flat and house to house, a box of vintage radio tapes and demos from my crew. I know for many people it had always been a favourite format. Cheaper than vinyl and CDs in the 80’s and 90’s, portable, compact, it was cherished by many loyalists. But I was a vinyl hoarder, and sometimes you have to draw a line. Continue reading →

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