VIPER caught up with buzzing Filipino-American rapper MBNel to talk about his favourite mixtape ever…

What’s your favourite mixtape ever?

Probably ‘The Carter 3’, around that time period was a different time for me.

Why is it so significant to you?

At the time Lil Wayne was my favourite rapper, it just came out at the perfect time.

Were there any artists or producers that you discovered through this tape?

I really just payed attention to the main act. I already been knew of Jay Z and shit like that. Producers, I don’t really know.

Where exactly were you when you heard the mixtape for the first time?

I was coolin’ with the homies in the garage just on some chillin’ shit. I didn’t have no social media at that time.

Did it come into your life at a significant time?

Yeah, I was really getting into music at that time, I was at the age where I kinda understood the whole mixtape thing. Other than that, it was just whatever was on TV or something

How did the mixtape cover make you feel?

It was hard, [it] influenced damn near every rapper today. Any rapper who’s got a baby photo, or even a baby photo with tats – it was cause of that in my opinion.

Did you have a physical copy?

Nah I don’t.

No? Which is your favourite that you have a physical copy of?

I don’t have any physical copies of any, to keep it honest

Describe the mixtape in three words?

Legendary, influential, hard.

What song is your personal favourite?

‘Mr. Carter’

If you could put a price on this mixtape, how much would you pay?

Shit, I honestly came up during the Livewire era of downloading shit but I’d pay full price again; legendary project.


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