Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Back to School Special: 1994 Fat Tapes

Probably the best year for Fat Tapes (IMO).

(Note – There were 10 fat tapes in 1994)

1994 Fat Tapes part 1

1994 Fat Tapes part 2

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Back to School Special: 1993 Fat Tapes

1993 Fat Tapes (Note – There were 10 fat tapes in 1993)

Back to School Special: 1992 Fat Tapes

To commemorate my son’s upcoming first day of school (kindergarten) and my little cousin’s first week at college, I figured I’d post some Fat Tapes for those of you who are also going back to school or starting that new job and need to get your mind right. You know by now that music soothes the savage beast and calms the nerves and I have to tell you that I was nervous as hell when I started my first job right out of college. If I remember correctly, I played my dubbed tapes of Boogiemonsters Riders of the Storm, Nas’ Illmatic, Jeru’s The Sun Rises in the East, and Gangstarr’s Hard to Earn over and over and over to hype myself up each day that August and September of 1994. By the time my new favorite, O.C.’s Word…Life, came out in October, I was a seasoned veteran and calm as could be. My car’s tape deck was slowly dying from the constant tape play but what could I do? Anyway, today I’m posting all of the 1992 Fat Tapes. I’ll post the 1993 and 1994 Fat Tapes next week when I get a chance. Let me give you a brief history of The Source Fat Tape. Contrary to popular belief, the first ‘Fat Tape’ didn’t show up until July 1992. Before that, it was called ‘Singles’ or ‘Singles File’ and was predominantly a list of, you guessed it, singles or alternate versions of singles. Someone in their office (intern?) came up with the bright idea to showcase the other songs rarely heard on these albums along with a few singles and the ‘Fat Tape’ was born. It took them quite a while to perfect this however since they would sometimes list incorrect song titles, incorrect artist names, and repeat a song for 2 or 3 Fat Tapes straight. The quality control was seriously lacking in those days. Anyway, enjoy these for now and let me know if I made any mistakes with the tape track lists (wrong version of songs, etc.).

1992 Fat Tapes

Monday, August 03, 2009

Ego Trip Magazine: Issue #7 featuring Q-Tip, Large Pro and Posdnuos (1995)

I've only included the cover story here for now. Pretty good article and it was interesting to read Pos' comments. You can still feel his anger in this article. This interview was done around the same time De La was recording Stakes is High and he had run out of patience with the fake hip-hop gangster posturing of '95/'96. Q-Tip and Large Pro were a little more laid back and I guess it showed in their respective album recordings (Beats, Rhymes & Life and The LP). Let me know what you think.

Ego Trip #7

Saturday, August 01, 2009

The Source January 1997 FAT TAPE

No magazine just the fat tape. Upset? Get over it.
January 1997 fat tape