Rollin’ 25 Deep
The importance of mixtapes and mixshow dj’s in hip hop is heavily understated.
Rollin’ 25 Deep was a mixtape record by Dj Kayslay which featured 25 of the hottest “underground” rappers, mainly on the East.
I think the idea was genius because:
- no record had as many features at the time (until those dreaded allstar remixes started)
- you get an idea of what each rapper is about, sort of like 8 Iz Enuff or Protect Ya Neck
- it was the fairest way of deciding who was the best out of the unsigned rappers on the East
- the rappers wern’t allowed to hear the other verses until it was played on The Drama Hour
- it helped a lot of dudes get noticed
Some of these artists now have record deals, featured in blockbuster movies and even had gold & platinum records.