Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Goings-On... Of Mixes and Clouds

I got an email from Mixcloud the other day. I opened and read it, it said they were...
announcing upcoming changes to Mixcloud: From December 1st we’re introducing a maximum allowance of 10 published shows for creators on the basic tier.
I was annoyed at first, even angry, but I understand Mixcloud's fiscal reasons for needing to re-strategize. That's not my business (nor would I want it to be; I prefer to remain immune to the money side of music, sports, entertainment, etc.). I take no pleasure in disparaging Mixcloud in any way. Since my first upload a decade ago, the streaming platform has been good to Hip Hop Is Read. But this is a letdown, for sure. For starters, this means over a hundred posts' embedded players won't work anymore. But I'm used to that. This blog is still littered with (dead) links pointing to Rapidshare, Filesonic, zShare, MegaUpload, Hotfile, PutLocker, Billionuploads, and so on and so on. (Mega and Mediafire are still doing okay, it seems...) There was a time when Audiomack seemed like it'd be the greatest thing ever... until they shuttered my account with no warning. (I know I've still got hundreds of (dead) Audiomack embeds throughout the site that I still need to remove...)

Mixcloud has always been convenient and reliable. So long as I followed their fair upload rules - no more than 4 tracks by an artist, no more than 3 tracks from an album - I knew I wouldn't be surprised with a DMCA takedown notice. (I do not miss the times when those were a weekly occurrence...) But it does appear that it is now time to move on from Mixcloudposting being the primary function of Hip Hop Is Read and get on with a new program. My biggest issue with Mixcloud's new model is its planned tiered system. I oppose tiered systems on the internet as much as possible. It's why I don't have a Patreon. It's also why I was (and still am) opposed to net neutrality and all its modern, money-driven manifestations.

Since '07, Hip Hop Is Read has always been about, simply, sharing music with people throughout the world. I've prided myself on providing a resource for DJs, producers, and music lovers in general. This year, HHIR celebrated its 15-year anniversary. Do any of you remember when this used to be a dotblogspotdotcom site? How about this: Do any of you remember the cBox? Throwback! I've re-added the cBox to the top right side of the website in hopes that people who actually DO still check out the site will get active again, maybe offer up any suggestions for a post-Mixcloud HHIR. How do you CONSUME music in the 2020s? I've been a Spotify Premium subscriber for over half as long as HHIR's existence, but DSP playlists, while fun and useful - don't look, I have so many and they're all so disorganized - are flawed for the fact that so much of the music I want to share just... isn't there! (Anywhere between 10-25% of music for a particular HHIR/BBB project not being available is commonplace.) Or, this'll happen: a track gets removed from the service AFTER being added to a playlist, ruining the sequencing. Relying on the cloud has its pros and cons. A 🏴‍☠️irate's life for we...?

Now for some good news... #SOTY2022 is shaping up to be the biggest Samples of the Year compilation EVER. I had planned to split up the project and drop all this great music as a series of tapes over on Mixcloud from November through 'til late December, but that plan effectively got nixed by the new Mixcloud policy. Of course, I'll still be dropping the complete project here on MƎGⱯ in late December. But I HAD been working on this project throughout the year and wanted to do something special...

Back in 2020, I had a little test run of sorts. From digital to analog, I shipped out mixtapes to HHIReaders all across the globe. (Thank you to all!) For #SOTY2022, I'm taking it to the Tape Deck once again. So if you're interested in mixes that live on tapes, not clouds, and wanna support the site, get @ me via e-mail @ hiphopisread@🇬mail•com (est. shipping January 2023)...

...and this is just Pts. 1-5 🤫

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Sunday, September 4, 2022

Boldy James x Rome Streetz x Stove God Cooks 🔥🔥🔥 The Tape Deck #499

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The Tape Deck #499
The Pfeiffer Tape

Boldy James, Rome Streetz, Stove God Cooks

Yet another WHAT IF? compilation… Three of the fiercest rhyme-slingers in rap right now. And in the case of this round of The Tape Deck… I printed a j-card and transmitted it direct to the deck because it just had to be done. Production by: Real Bad Man, The Alchemist, DJ Muggs, Madlib, Buckwild, Statik Selektah, Evidence, Nicholas Craven, Daringer, Beat Butcha, V Don, Royalz, Superior, Camouflage Monk, Hobgoblin. Featuring: Roc Marciano, Westside Gunn, Benny The Butcher, Conway The Machine, Step Brothers, ANKHLEJOHN, ElCamino, Rigz, Eto, Rick Hyde, Soll Badd.

Available at Mixcloud (subscribe, support, comment, like, favorite, etc., thank you) and Spotify (missing some tracks from the mix, but I’ve added some of the trio’s (Spotify-available) best of their best). And yes, on cassette. Turn it up!!


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Sunday, August 28, 2022

The Tape Deck #498 >>> Queens to Buffalo and Back

Back in July, the great James Caan passed away. Over the following couple of weeks, I paid tribute by going on a little film marathon, focusing on movies of his that I hadn’t seen. I started with Hide in Plain Sight, filmed in Buffalo, New York, which stood out to me because it was the Queens-bred Caan’s first and only directorial effort.

“Queens to Buffalo and back.” – Meyhem Lauren

About a week later, Meyhem Lauren came out with a track featuring Conway the Machine titled “Red Pesto." The moment I heard that single, off Meyhem Lauren & Daringer’s new album, I knew I wanted to merge the two territories in the form of the return of The Tape Deck. Time for another HHIR supergroup. Laurenovich. La Maquina. Who else? For Queens: we’ve got Action Bronson and the pioneer Kool G Rap. And for Buffalo: the rest of the Griselda trio, Westside Gunn and Benny the Butcher. All 2022 tracks. ML, AB, WSG, CTM, and BTB have all dropped projects in 2022. I’m hearing KGR’s got something on the way as well…

Should The Tape Deck continue getting IG trailers like this? Lmk...

DL link coming soon… maybe…

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Monday, August 1, 2022