In honor of Fat Beats' passing, some classic DJ Premier mixtapes: a "Crooklyn Cuts" mixtape from 1996, featuring a rousing opening shot of M.O.P., the Money Boss Players' classic "Walk With a Limp" and the much beloved and unfortunately named Hillfiguz, and the era-defining (and staunchly "East Coast") "New York Reality Check 101". (stream)
"What I never really hired...was business people...I would hope people would do the right thing..." An engrossing, interview-heavy, Fat Beats-themed episode of DJ Eclipse's legendary "Halftime" show. (stream)
Chairman Mao with two new, radically different sets: "Get Yourself Together," a splendid soul mix, and a special interview/guest session with Dave Tompkins of "How To Wreck a Nice Beach" fame.
The versatile yet humble DJ Anonymous has relaunched his site, and it's an embarrassment of riches. 100 Limousines—who hosted the Finn's class "False Alarm" mix—recommends the "Disco #5 Mix" and I can't disagree. (stream)
For fans of Moodymann or Italians Do It Better: "Openness," a terrific slow-ish, vocal house mix by Leech. (DL)