Here’s a #ThrowbackThursday tape for your listening pleasure, courtesy of the one and only DJ Clue. It’s jam-packed with classics circa ’96 by Jay Z, Nas, Biggie, Wu-Tang Clan and more that many hip-hop heads still have in rotation today. Thanks to the homie DJ E-Feezy for the upload. Listen above and peep the original mixtape artwork with tracklist below.
Twenty years ago, I hopped in my Honda Civic on a beautiful spring Saturday morning in New York and took a dolo drive from White Plains down to Southern Boulevard in the Bronx to see if any new mixtapes were out. As I arrived at Uptown Flava, they had just gotten the new Clue tape, Springtyme Stickup 1996. Shit didn’t even have a cover yet, but they blessed me with a copy.
I still remember the excitement I felt when I heard that Mobb Deep “Motherless Child” freestyle drop as I pulled out of my parking spot on Southern Boulevard to head back to the 914. And I can literally picture the exact spot where I was driving on Westchester Avenue when Jay Z’s “Can I Live” came on for the first time. Every time I hear it, I’m transported back to that BX block.
This is one of my favorite mixtapes ever. I can’t believe it’s 20 years old! So many classics on here it’s not even funny. Enjoy, and shout to my man Step One for the upload!
My dog DJ Step One from the UK recently scored a stash of old mixtapes, and slowly but surely, he’s been posting them to his site. His most recent gems include two Clue tapes from 1996, both of which I remember extremely well. Man, these bring me right back to senior year at WPHS. Click the covers to listen.