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Town Biz Mixtape

Released 2010

No list of essential Seattle hip-hop compilations would be complete without the inclusion of Jake One‘s 27-track opus, the Town Biz Mixtape. Here, he dug deep into the crates, surfacing the finest local hip-hop spanning the past 20 years. (At least from 1989 to 2010, when this CD was released.) Here’s an essential playlist that surfaces lost gems, greatest hits and unexpected bangers. My favorite track here is Vitamin D‘s “Who That??” feat. The Note, but there are so, so many solid tracks. Everyone’s on this, from Blind Council to Narcotik, The Physics, Tay Sean, J. Pinder, and Shabazz Palaces. Listening to Town Biz will leave you realizing how blessed we are to have so much musical talent in our own backyard. But we knew that already, didn’t we? Thanks to Jake One for compiling this so we can spin it on a sunny summer afternoon and feel hella proud.