|Funk Master Flex - The Mix Tape Vol. 2|
|Music Disc Reviews Audio CD|
|Written by Jason Karsh|
|Tuesday, 24 August 1999|
| Performance 8 | Sound 8 |
Why do mix tapes have such a short life span? You get them, pop them in the deck, or the walkman, or whatever, and in what seems like less than a week it's tired. But why? Well, probably because if you are like most people, you don't like every artist on the mix. How could you when there are so many? Thankfully, most DJ's seem to know our listening plight and continually put out new mix tapes--Tony Touch for example putting out over fifty different tapes by himself. With all this said however, why do so many still have Funkmaster Flex's first disc still on their shelves?
The answer is because it's not just a tape, it's a CD. That gives it not only improved sound quality, but a flexibility (no pun intended) you can't get with a tape. Want to hear the Nas freestyle, or the Jay-Z freestyle, or the Biggie Smalls freestyle, or whatever? No problem. No more sifting through and listening to what you don't like, just hit your favorite track and it's on. That, combined with Flex's ability to pull rap's biggest names to his tables makes this mix work. With less scratching than the last, and seemingly more freestyle rhymes, this album keeps Flex's batting average at .1000. It's a release that shouldn't be missed if you're looking for a little peppering of today's leading rap figures on top of well orchestrated grooves.