This is the first week in a series entitled, "The Mix Machine". In the future weeks to come (every Thursday) I'll be sharing classic mix tapes, limited edition 12" megamix singles/albums + current mashups and massive mix meltdowns.
DR. DRE - '85 LIVE!
Rodium Swap Meet Mix Tape
From 1985-1988, while living in San Diego, I used to hit the Kobey's Swap Meet at the Sports Arena downtown. This is one of many mix tapes I'll be sharing that I used to pick up for $5 a pop. They are known as Rodium Swap Meet Mix Tapes. I can recall hundreds of tapes to wade through, and it's no fishing story - it was an avalanche of cassettes to satisfy my boombox. Mixes by Dr. Dre, Tony A., Battery Brain, DJ Jam, Unknown DJ... and the list goes on. I never did make it to the Rodium swap meet in L.A. - but there were more then enough in San Diego to dig through and I'm guessing that the tapes after being dubbed (whereever the DJ's origin was) were sent out to a number of flea markets on the west coast where they would sell like mad.
MP3s encoded at 320k from cassette with no processing.
If 1980s electro/old school hip hop, freestyle and miami bass sounds make you duck for cover, jump past these posts - cause we'll be featuring a ton of the material weekly!
If you have an old mix tape to share, drop me a line, and we'll see about getting it up to share with others.
And to sing along with The Bar-Kays... Let's Have Some Fun!