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 While the "real" music business is crumbling, the mixtape industry is thriving ...



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 P. Diddy says labels don't have the heart to put out new artists anymore ...



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 50 Cent's mixtape success leads to record-breaking chart debut ...



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 "Distributing mixtapes is illegal, man!" ...



Mixtape History


 Grandmaster Flash and Afrika Bambaataa get the party started.



Classic Mixtapes


 Five mixtapes that changed the game.



Before We Had A Clue


 DJ Clue tells how he first became cool with some of hip-hop's most acclaimed line rippers.


 DJ Clue's Photo Album



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DJ Clue is no snob, but he's made his career out of being exclusive. The Question Mark Man from Queens helped change the mid-'90s mixtape scene forever by flooding the streets with jams from your favorite hip-hop artists — long before they were officially released.

  DJ Clue's Photo Album
"Back then people didn't know how to react to something like that, " Clue said about saturating his mixtapes with songs so new, some of them weren't even mixed yet. "It was like having a disease break out. Like you have smallpox and no vaccine. It's all over the place — you ain't got it in the stores, you ain't got no vinyl, you ain't got no CDs ready to be made, it ain't mixed or nothing."

If you don't have a clue how the Roc-A-Fella-signed DJ who hosts MTV's "Direct Effect" was able to get records and freestyles from then up-and-coming artists like the Notorious B.I.G. and Jay-Z before anybody else, his secret to success was simple — friends in high places. He had pals like Bad Boy CEO Puff Daddy and Jay-Z's longtime chum Irv Gotti act as middlemen.

Here, Clue tells the stories of how he first became cool with some of hip-hop's most acclaimed line rippers.

Click to see DJ Clue's photo album and read his stories.


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