Mr. Lif's Tape Battles

Welcome to MR. LIF'S TAPE BATTLES...

In the immortal words of my boy Paten Locke, "I grew up on tapes"!!!!

Lately, I've enjoyed a renaissance in which I've been listening to music exclusively on cassettes. This has reconnected me to those special moments that occured when I first was falling in love with hip hop. 

As long as I've been a fan of the genre, people have always battled: debating about which MC is the best in the game, which album is better than the other, etc. In continuing that tradition, I've created a tournament in which classic albums are pitted against each other, and YOU - the lovers of this music and culture - decide which will proceed to the next round. 

Join this quest to crown hip hop's best! Cast your votes below...

- Mr. Lif

Season 2 | Recap

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Photo by megalomandee

Without a doubt, Nas Illmatic is your Tape Battles Season 2 Champion! Next up, Illmatic will be facing Liquid Swords in the Seasons 1 + 2 title defense round!

Check out the Season 2 recap below:


Public Enemy's Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back vs. Eric B. & Rakim's Paid in Full, vs. Boogie Down ProductionsCriminal Minded

WINNER - Eric B. & Rakim's Paid in Full


EPMD Strictly Business vs. Big Daddy Kane Long Live the Kane vs. Slick Rick The Great Adventures of Slick Rick.

WINNER - EPMD's Strictly Business


The Notorious B.I.G. Ready to Die vs. NAS Illmatic.

WINNER - NAS Illmatic


Eric B. & Rakim Paid In Full vs. EPMD Strictly Business vs. NAS Illmatic.