Fresh off the back of ‘CHROME II’ Coventry-born, Birmingham-based artist nineteen97 selects a UK classic for his favourite mixtape…

What’s your favourite mixtape ever?

Skepta, ‘Community Payback’. Impeccable work – like 10/10 stuff; I can’t stress it enough.

Why is it so significant to you?

Maybe it was just timing? I’m not sure, but it just felt 10/10. Each song just stands out. DJ Whoo Kid hosted as well? Nah they took the piss with that one.

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

Nah not really, just confirmed that Skepta is really him.

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

I was sitting in front of my Acer computer. For some reason I had no chair. I was sitting on the floor; what a time.

Did it come into your life at a significant time?

Yeah man, I was falling out of love with UK music – it let me know that we’re actually goated. Showed me the US was rating us for real too.

How did the mixtape cover make you feel?

It made me feel like Community Service isn’t that bad lol. Like if it helped Skeppy make this shit, then yo, fair play genna!

Describe the mixtape in three words?

Fucking goated tape.

What song is your personal favourite?

‘Expensive Talk’ (or ‘Mike Lowery [Miami Remix]’), damn it’s tough. Can’t ask me that one still.

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

€250 or a pair of neon 95’s.

Did you have a physical copy?

Nah unfortunately not.

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

Kano – ‘Beats & Bars’


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