April 18, 2015

Chris Read "Classic Material: 1998" (Mix, 2011)

This mix in Chris Read's 2011 Classic Material series pays tribute to the hip hop of 1998, a year often celebrated as the pinnacle of the late 90s ‘Indie’ era. Revered independent labels including Rawkus, ABB, Fondle Em and countless other less well known imprints released some of their strongest material during the year. Major labels were quick to get in on the act with Tommy Boy launching its ‘Black Label’ imprint as an outlet for less commercial sounding output from the likes of Defari and DV Alias Khrist. Notable albums include Black Star’s seminal debut, Tribe Called Quest’s Ummah produced ‘The Love Movement’ and Pete Rock’s star studded solo debut ‘Soul Survivor’.