February 2009 Murder of the Month: The Death of the Hip Hop Compilation Mixtape

Here rests the Hip Hop Compilation Mixtape. He was a good mixtape.

Pioneered and produced in a classic manner by the likes of DJ Clue, Doo Wop, S&S, Tony Touch, Kay Slay, Big Mike, Green Lantern and DJ Drama. They took you to new heights. You were the voice of the streets, you helped sell albums, you built anticipation and you’ve launched the career of many DJs. You were woven with blends, new shit, freestyles and unknown MCs. But mostly new shit.

You were the blueprint to success for years. You had/have many imitators yet still manage to persevere to this very day…until the almighty blog weakened your fan base.

Your fans today are of the non-internet having variety. Yes you still sell mixtapes, especially on the street where your non-internet fans thrive. Your sister, RnB Compilation Mixtape, is thriving tho. Don’t hate her, she knows good music while you Hip Hop Compilation mixtape haven’t known good music for a while now.

It was not your fault Hip Hop Compilation Mixtape. You were abused and will continue to be abused as is the hip hop way these days. Alas, you are not truly dead. We will see you as free downloads by people on the internet looking for “promotion”. We will still see you on the street until everyone in the world is connected and online. We will see you with many pauses and many not so exclusives.

You’ve been replaced by the variable artist “best of” mixtape. Consisting of 3 or 4 new tracks by an artist followed by some of their “best of” music and a pretty cover.

We will still see you Hip Hop Compilation Mixtape…but with out your true soul you are just a shell of your former self. You are truly dead. RIP


DJ G-Spot | March 1, 2009 6:50 PM | Reply

damn, so true. at least in the internet world.

djcc | March 1, 2009 10:29 PM | Reply


i never knew ya


Klock | March 2, 2009 4:07 AM | Reply


*sheds tear*

dj 1mic | March 2, 2009 9:33 AM | Reply

i guess its a blessing im stuck movin cds in the streets lol…

itll be a minute till i got the pretty covers needed to be successful on the net, haha… its true tho, i might be selling cds with folded over pieces of paper… but i still move more units than say i dunno lol biggy jiggy mixtapes hahahaha

great read chew, your dead on man…

DJ J-Ronin | March 2, 2009 2:19 PM | Reply

Its harder but it aint dead. People on the internet buy my shit even if they do download it. I always get sales

If you make a quality product people are gonna want to collect it and have it in their hand.

If you make some bullshit however its a whole lot harder lol

Right Way | March 3, 2009 12:14 AM | Reply

yea it’s true. not like it used to be. this is on point.