While we’re in the middle of another 10 years of hip-hop history, it’s as good a time as any to give a shout out to a group of like-minded DJs over in Europe. Rap History is a party series, helmed by a collective of DJs who make yearly mixes, make posters and zines to go with them, then box them up and give them away at the parties. I played in Warsaw in the spring and DJ Steez gave me a bunch of boxes to bring back to the US. They even included DJ Eleven’s 1982 mix, with our permission. The whole enterprise is super thorough, with chapters in Berlin, Warsaw, Munich and Zurich.
Here is 1984, mixed by DJ DeJoe from Berlin:
Rap History 1984 (right click “save target as”)