Some of you reading this maybe never owned a Walkman or anything with a tape deck. For others a cassette tape stirs up fond memories of when hip-hop seemed to be a bit more pure (with respect to artistry).
Almost 20 million cassette players sold in one single year as recently as 1994. In 2007 a paltry 48,000 sold. When was the last time you bought an album on cassette tape? Who was it? Drop a comment.
I managed to pick up the last few dozen copies of what were likely the last albums in our scene to be issued on tape. Uprok Records released their first 4 releases on the tape format:
- Sup the Chemist “Dust”
- MG! the Visionary “Transparemcee”
- Ill harmonics “An Octave Above the Original”
- Sinner’s Prayer “Hip-Hop Praise”
Just the other day I stumbled across them when cleaning out the Sphere of Hip-Hop “wherehouse”. I love the newer technology of CDs and digital (MP3 etc) but nothing takes me back like a cassette tape or even a vinyl record.
On the way home today I’m listening to my second copy (wore out the first) of Solseekers’ debut.
I’d love to read your comments.
R.I.P. cassette tapes.