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DJ Walter Rocktight
Mix No. 8 (Herniated Disc's)

By: Wes Eckmayer

The street mixtape, when executed correctly is everything you love about Hip Hop; raw underground skills keeping the lifeline of Hip Hop afloat. Mixtape djs use different techniques to make a new creation. Recently though most mixtapes have become nothing more the someone's hustle. A bootlegger that conned people into believing they were djs. I have become very hesitant to buy mixtapes of late. I do buy one every now and then either from a review or a hunch. Looking at the coner of Walter Rocktight's tape I knew I was in for a treat. Hired Hep ASF/BSA from Columbus,Ohio to paint his logo and song titles directly on the wall.

An example of Hip Hop's essence brought into existence. Mos Def..DITC...EPMD...Diamond..Rakim...Mobb Deep....Liks. The best part is that he isn't some chump trying to get over on his records. His scratches, mixes, relays make this tape its own entity. For example, He took advantage of the hypeness of Common's "1,2 Niggas". He brings the song in, and turns the beginning into a scratch fury. Right when you are forgetting what song he started with, he brings it in and lets his energy propel an already dope track. Its sounds kinda like a turnablist who was equipped with Tony Touch's records. He also has three or four breakbeats mixes is which your kneck is forced to nod. He brings out old beats and layers them with others that you had forgotten. This tape is really energetic. Let me put it this way. He made a Wu-mega mix that gave me the feeling I got when I first heard "Protect Your Kneck". That's hard to do in the post-Wu World Order;the Wu Tang is bigger than Van Halen world. Yo, between songs he creates his own breaks of other records so its a non-stop flow of music. Its just nice. The tapes says the number is 614-637-5411.

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