Growing up on the west coast, DJ Clue and Funkmaster Flex’s respective album series were my first introduction to the mixtape format. When I went to DC for college, I began actually collecting the more consistent street tapes by Clue, Kay Slay, Flex, and others. Dj Clue’s The Professional remains an album I hold dear for several performances on it. On “Brown Paper Bag Thoughts”, Raekwon floats over a sinister track while DJ Clue somehow improves the record by screaming incessantly in the background.
If you remember this record from Biggie’s posthumous Born Again album, you’ll remember the DJ Clark Kent-produced version of it being a high point on the overall lukewarm album. Big’s abnormally animated delivery and Sadat X’s unique flow just seemed to make a perfect pairing.