The Iron Age

Music, My Dudes, The Good Old Days

Back in August, I sent my man Ev Boogie of UpNorthTrips this crazy Hot 97 Tapes: Summer of ’96 Mix that these dudes Its Overture linked me on Twitter. Like me, he was instantly bugging off not only the rare selections but the quality of the mix, and asked me to connect him with the creators.

Now, two months later, UpNorthTrips and ItsOverture have tag-teamed on a brand new mix titled The Iron Age, celebrating the 20th anniversary of Ghostface Killah’s debut album Ironman. And it does not disappoint, especially if you’re a true Wu head like me. My favorite moment is definitely how they blended RZA’s “Assassination Day” verse with the “Verbal Intercourse” instrumental—crazy.

Check it out above, and while you’re at it, go pre-order Ev Boogie and Stretch Armstrong’s new book of classic NYC hip-hop/nightlife flyers.

Bonus Mix: DJ Rhude – You Can’t Stream This On Spotify Vol. 2 (R&B Remix Edition)

Hot 97 Tapes: Summer of ’96 Mix


Take a trip back 20 summers to NYC as ItsOverture mixes up classic hip-hop songs from 1996, complete with vintage Hot 97 drops and clips. Very nicely done—that Jeru ad in the beginning just blew my mind! Listen above.

*Bonus Mixes*

Mad Science: The Large Professor Story (Mixed by Its Overture)

Main Source “Breaking Atoms 25 Mix” (Mixed by Hellee Hooper)

Cypress Hill ‘Cypress Hill’ 25th Anniversary Mixtape (Mixed by DJ Matman)

Live From The Boogie Blind Residence (Mixed by Lord Finesse)

Madlib and Samples (Mixed by Jackhicham)