20 Feb '17, 4am

DJ Neil Armstrong on why mixtapes are still important to hip-hop

DJ Neil Armstrong on why mixtapes are still important to hip-hop

The legendary MC and Public Enemy honcho Chuck D once hailed hip-hop as “CNN of the ghetto”, underlining in dark red it’s place in popular culture as more than just an artform. Born in the Bronx in the ’70s, it has since evolved and spread immensely in creation and in consumption – but before the Insta-drop mode afforded by the Internet and services like SoundCloud, mixtapes were hip-hop’s primary delivery system. In this arena, DJ Neil Armstrong , has earned a rep as one of its foremost ambassadors. Born and bred in New York City, he’s toured with Jay Z and performed at former POTUS Barack Obama’s inauguration, amidst many other highlights in a storied career. Recently bringing his multisensory ‘Dinner & A Mixtape’ concept to our shores, we caught up with Armstrong to discuss how mixtapes fit into the modern artistic, social and political landscape, and how hip-hop has si...

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