The 1999 Mixtape

“Well, it’s definitely finished. I can’t lie to the people. It’s finished now. We’re going to put it out very soon. I want to put it out properly. I wanna drop another video, have a listening party, you know, shit that I always wanted. I pray that my fans will be patient. Like, let me enjoy this the way that I hoped to do so.

 

People refer to the '90s as the Golden Age of hip-hop. '99 being the last year is like a ‘last hope’ type of thing. And it also intervenes with the whole Y2K thing. So it’s not only the ‘last hope’ in hip-hop, it’s the ‘last hope’ in the world.

 

“There is a lot of confusion about [me titling the mixtape 1999]. People refer to the '90s as the Golden Age of hip-hop. ‘99 being the last year is like a ‘last hope’ type of thing. And it also intervenes with the whole Y2K thing. So it’s not only the ‘last hope’ in hip-hop, it’s the ‘last hope’ in the world. You know, with the whole Y2K theory, people were thinking ‘99 was the last year of earth. It’s funny because now it’s 2012 and people are thinking the same shit. It’s some subconscious shit.

“There’s original production on 1999, but there’s also gems that I just found. But people aren’t going to be mad at that, because they’re like, gems. Like, secret shit that only probably a select few people have heard of. When I was making 1999, I was going through a time that I didn’t have producers that were making the same sound as what I had in my head. So I had to explore, or make it myself, which I’m still learning how to do now.

“I browse for days and days, checking the history, related artists. I used to never listen to songs. If it didn’t say instrumental, I wouldn’t click it, because me listening to the song would fuck up my idea [of how I wanted to flow and rap on it].”