'Til My Tape Pop #3: DJ Geo Roc- Queens Get the Money (Interview)
Another excellent interview by DJ Sorce-1 of legendary mixtape deejay, DJ Geo Roc. 3,000 tapes sold in one record store in just one month!!! My god, how the world has changed. There are big name deejays who can't even get 3,000 downloads of a free mix, let alone sell 3,000 in a month (in a single store no less). The interview has Geo Roc discussing topics ranging from the process of recording a mix onto a 4-track, why he stopped pursuing a career as a deejay, his current day job, and how family life has made mixtape making very difficult. Read interview HERE.
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Dissapointing reading that lead up to the actual interview and realizing this guy didn't even discover Geo-Roc until sometime in the late 2000's. That's wild......unless you were living under a rock during that time there's no way you wouldn't have become even remotely aware of his tapes. I don't know how old this kid is, but I'm 32 & I remember copping his tapes in HS.....I'm from the East but not even NY.
What were cats listening to then?
I don't think anyone west of the Mississippi had heard of most of the NYC mixtape legends other than Kid Capri until the net. You have to remember how the world was before the internet and the mass proliferation of information. Information simply didn't travel like it does now. Nowhere close. One of my best friends is a hardcore NYC hip hop head and to this day isn't really familiar with NWA's entire catalog, let alone west coast legends like King T, MC Eight, Compton's Most Wanted, Too Short, etc.. It doesn't mean he wasn't/isn't a hip hop head, it just means he grew up in NYC. I doubt most NYC heads have heard mixtapes from Dr. Dre, Aladdin, Julio G and all the other KDAY mix masters before the internet thing. If not for having a classmate from Houston I doubt I would have known about DJ Screw in the mid 90's like I did.
To respond to your comment, I am 29 and turning 30 in August. I listened to a lot of mix tapes then, but they were mostly Tony Touch, Ron G, and Mister Cee. I liked G Bo the Pro and Doulbe R, but sadly I was only able to track down one of their tapes. I also picked up some turntablist tapes by people like Mixmaster Mike and Rob Swift during my high school years.
I lived in a college town in Western Mass with a population of around 40,000 and mix tapes were not easy to come by. NYC was over 3 hours away by car. We did have a place that sold them briefly, but they ended up focusing more on records and eventually went out of business. Tape Kingz was my best bet for mix tapes and I ordered a lot of stuff from them over the years.
Anyhow, whether you liked the piece or not, I appreciate you checking out my writing and sharing your thoughts. Thank you.
Any chance you could upload this mix, or any other 90s mixtapes you have? I'm a big fan of them, and so are many others, and is this such a tease!
The download links are at the bottom of the page. Thanks for supporting Geo Roc.
thank you very much!
Any links to Geo Roc tapes? Interviews are great and all but... ;-)
Scroll to the bottom of the interview. The download links are posted there. Thanks for supporting.
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