A lot of dudes who rock break mixtapes… well, not necessarily break mixes, let’s say old record mixtapes… they rock ’em like they would rock a party. Meaning that they’re trying to keep the people dancing… each record blends pretty nicely into the next, everything stays pretty funky and energetic throughout, ectera ectera. I respect that type of mix when it’s done well, but for me that’s just never been my style. When it’s your job to keep the fools dancin’ I think you’re handcuffed to some degree- certain schitt you just can’t play (unless you are a truly great deejay OR a great personality like a Biz Markie… Biz could probably get away with playing anything!). That’s one of the reasons why I have never really played out, I don’t want to have to cater to what the crowd wants to hear. I want to be free to play ANY ol’ schitt I want to play. I like the hard, funky schitt but I also like the smooth mellow schitt and the cool schitt that you really can’t dance to but you can nod the hell out of your head to. Man, if I can’t play that kinda stuff then I don’t want to play records at ALL. I gotta have variety, that’s all there is to it.
Which takes me to another thing that dudes like to do- mixes based on a particular genre. I’ve done this too, particularly with my Best Of Archaeologists Classics series (stuff like From The Rock Section, The Highest Pleasure (Jazz Joints), Funky 45 Joints, etc.). But again, I prefer not to be restrained. If I’m playing records, I want to go from funky rock to jazz funk to sweet soul to breakbeats to easy listening, from uptempo to slow drag… pretty much anything goes. You can see a little bit of what I’m talking about on this clip taken from my Soulman – World Of Beats Vol. 2 DIG IT! mixtape that I did back in… damn, when did I do that? 1997 maybe? I’m not sure, and I don’t think I even have any of the OG tapes or even the full artwork anymore, so I can’t check up on it. Anyway, check out a taste of how I was puttin’ it down in the late 90’s….