Sway & King Tech On Keeping It Real For Mix CD

In another sign of the mainstreaming of hip-hop, mix tapes have broken out of the underground and into commercial viability with rap's biggest names lending their sounds to the compilations.

Radio personalities Sway & King Tech knew that mix tapes have become a hot property, but the duo says it was more interested in the skills than the profits when putting together "This or That."

"When we made this, we got heavy-hitters on it but not for the reason (that most people do)," Sway recently told the MTV Radio Network. "We got Eminem on it, but Eminem did an exclusive track called 'Get You Mad.' He did that a year ago. We didn't get him and say, 'make me a My Name Is.' Naw, we said, 'If you come on this album, we want you to wreck it like you never wrecked it before'... And that's what this album is symbolic of... the basic fundamentals and principles that started hip-hop." [RealAudio]

To that end, the duo combined the mixing skills of DJ Revolution with some hip-hop classics, freestyles, and new tracks from the cream of the hip-hop crop, new and old, big and small. The album's first single, "The Anthem," features Rza, Tech N9NE, Eminem, Xzibit, Pharoahe Monch, Kool G Rap, KRS-One, Chino XL, and Jayo Felony.

"This or That" is in stores now, while "The Anthem" is currently popping up on radio.