Playlist by Andrew Shurtz  

I'm submitting my playlist in the form of a mix I made recently for a few friends. My idea of "working" in New York often involves lots of walking (productive or not) and of course lots of quality headphone time. For the past few months, my preferred soundtrack has been a slapped-together mix of golden-age NYC hip-hop arranged in roughly chronological order. I like to think that listening to this music in this way tells some sort of story about the development of a genre, or of a specific time and place, or even of the use and abuse of technology in art (the developing role of sampling technology &c). Ultimately, however, that kind of thinking just bums me out. It's a beautiful day right now, and I can almost smell the first hints of summer. "I don't think we're really interested in the validity of compositions any more. We're interested in the experiences of things." -- J.C.


Seven Years In New York City


Erik B. & Rakim- I Know You Got Soul
Big Daddy Kane- Ain't No Half- Steppin'
Biz Markie- Biz Is Goin' Off
Boogie Down Productions- Illegal Business
EPMD- You're A Customer
Erik B. & Rakim- Microphone Fiend
Stetsasonic- Sally
Ultramagnetic MC's- Ease Back
EPMD- The Big Payback
Gang Starr- Check The Technique
Brand Nubian- Drop The Bomb
Public Enemy- Fight The Power
A Tribe Called Quest- Can I Kick It?
De La Soul- Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)
Main Source- Peace Is Not The Word To Play (12" Mix)
Genius/GZA- Words From A Genius
A Tribe Called Quest- Buggin' Out
Gang Starr- Much Too Much (Mack A Mill)
Eric B. & Rakim- Don't Sweat The Technique
Pete Rock & CL Smooth- They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y)
De La Soul- Breakadawn
A Tribe Called Quest- Electric Relaxation
Digable Planets- Graffiti
Nas- Memory Lane (Sittin' In Da Park)




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