Back in 1999, I created the first version of my Incognitos mixtape (back when mixtapes were actually on cassette). As with the newer digital version, the idea here was to focus on “gems that slipped through the cracks” – songs that, for whatever reason (poor airplay, limited distribution, sample clearance, etc., never really saw much light.
I had sent a box of tapes to a national distributor, based in the Bay Area, and years later, they sent me back all the unsold stock, which was around 150+ copies. They languished in my basement after that and it was only until my most recent move that I finally found the box again.
I’ve considered creating a “donate and support” button for Soul Sides for a while but I felt weird about asking for donations without offering something tangible in return. Obviously, people get something out of the site (otherwise, no one would ever visit) but again, I want to make sure that if you’re getting something back for your expense and support.
So here’s a chance: please consider buying one of these…think of them as the “thank you” gift for your one-time pledge. Obviously, a cassette tape – in 2011 – feels anachronistic to the point of being pseudo-hip. Heck, I don’t know how many of you even own working cassette decks anymore but for those who still have a walkman buried next to your NES gaming consoles and Trapper Keepers (or have a car with a deck), consider this a time travel moment back to another generation (don’t let that stop you from tweeting about the tape though!)
For anyone in the U.S., it’s $10 (postage included).
For anywhere else in the world, it’s $15 (postage included).
Here’s the tracklisting:1
- Side A: â€¨solemanne intro â€¨De La Soul: Baby Huey Skit â€¨Cypress Hill: How I Could Just Kill a Man (Blunted remix) â€¨Aceyalone: Mic Check (Labrats remix) â€¨triple-header interlude â€¨Pete Rock and CL Smooth: We Specialize â€¨Saukrates: Still Caught Up (remix) â€¨Grand Puba: Mind Your Business â€¨Too Short: In the Trunk (DJ Premier Glove Compartment remix) â€¨A Tribe Called Quest: Mr. Incognito â€¨out the front door interlude â€¨KMD: Black Bastards
Show and AG: Under Pressure â€¨Masta Ace Inc.: Top Ten List â€¨tsunami interlude â€¨Souls of Mischief: Cabfare â€¨ill germs outro
Side B: â€¨monk with the fonk intro â€¨Biggie, Pudgee, Lord Tariq: Think Big â€¨Red Hot Lover Tone: DIYM â€¨The Roots: Distortion to Static (Freestyle Mix) â€¨easter sunrise interlude â€¨Common Sense w/ Y Not: Can-I-Bust? â€¨Motion Man: ’93 Swing (remix) â€¨Positive K: Nightshift (remix) â€¨toffee bar interlude â€¨KRS One: Ah Yeah (Diamond D remix) â€¨Jemini: Story of My Life â€¨soopaman interlude â€¨Redman: Tonite’s the Night (remix) â€¨Erule: Listen Up â€¨DJ Shadow feat. Blackalicious: Count and Estimate â€¨it’s a hit outro
90 Minutes of music, all mixed, no drops.
By all means, no one should feel obliged to donate. I didn’t create Soul Sides to get paid. But your support is welcome (especially in allowing me to buy new records to write about!) and as I have been, all these years, I’m deeply grateful for all the support (non-monetary and otherwise) the site’s fans have shown me.
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- Important! The tracklisting is different from Incognito Redux, which switched up about 30-40% of the songs. ↩