Kid Capri‘s 10/09/89 is regarded as one of the best hip-hop mixtapes ever made, up there with Doo Wop‘s ’95 Live, Mister Cee‘s Best of Biggie and Tony Touch‘s 50 MC’s. The intro killed it with the Stephanie Mills acapella blended with “Impeach The President”, which I’m assuming inspired Ron G to take it to the next stage and make whole tapes of singing mixed with hard beats. The start of the b-side features a song which never made it past test-pressing status, according to a Biz Markie interview in Big Daddy Magazine:
Biz: You gotta get “Cool V Scratch The Piece”. That’s a rare one. You remember back in ’88, when we was playin’ Cool V, a Cool V record, it’s a DJ record, with all Michael Jackson’s.
BD: Oh yeah, Westwood used to play it!
Biz: I got wax. Two different ones.
BD: How many of those were pressed?
Biz: Ahhhhh, we got like six. Funky record. There’s one with all Marvin Gaye records off of “Long Red”, Dum, ahh, dum-duh-dum ahh, that never came out.
As you might imagine, this record is incredible.
Other highlights include Capri “regulating”(adding his own lyrics at the end of each bar) Big Daddy Kane‘s “Smooth Operator”, a Queen Latifah blend with the “You’re A Customer” remix and the inclusion of the goofy “Monster Rap”. The Kid is also one of the only DJ’s who doesn’t make you want to smash his tape on the concrete when he yells over the tracks, since he doesn’t overdo it and actually does a good job of hyping shit up.
Kid Capri – Intro (10/09/89 mixtape)
Cool V – Cool V Scratch The Piece (10/09/89 mixtape)
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