In 2011 I decided to act on a goal that had been growing in my brain for the five years preceeding. The idea I began with, a collection of seven-inch instrumental records, transformed over the course of two years into a custom box set of three seven-inch records and a ‘zine, all original everything. During that time I called on homies I’d gathered through my traverses in the raps and the internet and ended with a collection of new art I felt very proud to present. Eight songs of new music from ten artists I love, six pieces of writing from writers I respect, two interviews conducted by myself and eight photographs from photographs I look up to. The bandcamp page has more details.
I named it Classic Drug References because I wanted the production process to give me a parallel experience to when I had a blog of the same name in 2006-2008ish. That blog was where I dove headfirst into the rap internet, met more friends than I can count and opened the door to experiences that have shaped me as an individual. I also wanted to be able to create an experience for other people that would mirror the kinds of reactions I would at times get to material on the blog.
The process was frustrating, scary, expensive, isolating and awesome. I’m glad I can start sharing it with other people. The first “leak” from the project is a song that Danny Brown cut over a Mndsgn beat in the weeks before XXX dropped in 2011. I dig it, hope you do too.