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One of my best memories of a mixtape was in 1987. I had a tape that was filled with hip hop from 85 and 86, several tracks from LL Cool J’s “My Radio” album were on there, but I was struck by a wall of noise that I had never heard before; the iconic sounds of Public Enemy, tracks from “Yo Bum Rush the Show.” This sound was ground breaking, “Public Enemy Number One” was something I’d never heard before, the sound of not just one sample or track but 10 or more fused with lyrics that did more than speak to me.

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