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 3 | Round 1

Photo by megalomandee

De La Soul gave me one of my first views of the black, eccentric rap artist. In the late 80's, I had already been exposed to the Ultramagnetic MC's from hearing their single "Watch Me Now" on Harvard University radio. But when I saw the "Potholes in My Lawn" video, it confirmed and solidified a beautiful new color in rap.

Oddity, weirdness, and having the courage to be brazenly and beautifully "you" are factors I regularly celebrate in art, largely because I was taught by these artists. Watching De La Soul's evolution over the span of their first three albums remains a landmark that I continue to return to and learn from time and time again.

So here's the hard part... One amazing group, three albums that are absolutely legendary in their own right.

Which gets your vote for best album? 3 Feet High & Rising, De La Soul is Dead, or Buhloone Mindstate?

Winner: De La Soul is Dead