If you were born in the 90's or after you might have missed out on a cultural phenominon in music: the mixtape. A good mixtape could be a lot of things, from creating roadtrip memories to professing your love to your highschool sweetheart. The existence of the mixtape really started with the cassette tape.
I spent my childhood
waiting by the stereo waiting for my faviorite song to come on the
radio. When the right song started, you had to be on your A game to make sure you hit record fast enough to get the intro. If you were lucky enough to not have a DJ drop or talking at the end of song, you had a decent copy of a song. Then you wait for the next song....and the next.....and the next. As you can see, mixtapes were very time consuming, but rewarding.
Life got a lot easier when MP3s and CDs came along. CDs allowed you to rip songs off of other CDs or download MP3s to make the perfect mix. One of the more fun things I did in highschool was being apart of the mixtape club.We have about 12 people that would exchange names each week and would have the duty of making a mixtape for that person. Sometimes the theme would be favorite songs, sometimes rock ballads, sometimes worst boyband. All in all, it was always fun to get home and hear what your friend felt you needed to listen to that week.