Mixtape Monday: Winter Flava ’96

15 years ago around this time, the winter blizzard of ’96 was whoopin’ our ass out here in B-More. Meanwhile, somewhere in Queens, NY there was a DJ on the rise named Clue, who was starting to take the throne as the top mixtape cat in the game. Today, DLT90s gives you another from his ’90s catalog, Winter Flava ’96– also known as Somethin’ 4 The Radio.

While this tape here isn’t what’s commonly considered the classic “Clue tape” with super-exclusive tracks and freestyles, this comes from the time period when he was still doing R&B/hip-hop blends and attempting to do some semblance of mixing. He would mostly transition out of that by the end of ’96, but this was one of the last where he went in with that style. Of course, Clue was never the greatest from a technical standpoint, but his blend tapes always made for a good listen- this being no exception. I’ve already documented my fanship of Clue during that era, and so here’s yet another one, in Side 1/Side 2 mode… freakin’ click ’em:


1- Intro– Funny How Time Flies b/w Junior MAFIA– Get Money 2- Yvette Michelle– Everynight, Everyday b/w Biz Markie– Make The Music 3- Total– No One Else b/w Make The Music 4- Gap Band– We Can Make It Alright b/w Raekwon– Incarcerated Scarfaces 5- R. Kelly feat. Notorious B.I.G.– Be Happy 6- Faith Evans– Ain’t Nobody b/w LL Cool J– Hey Lover 7- GZA & Method Man– Shadowboxin’ 8- LL Cool J– Make It Hot 9- Pure Soul– I Want You Back b/w A Tribe Called Quest– Check The Rhime 10- AZ– Gimme Yours (Remix)


1- Mary J. Blige– Everyday It Rains b/w Kool G Rap– Fast Life 2- Monica– Like This & Like That b/w Mobb Deep– Give Up The Goods 3- Stephanie Mills– Something In The Way You Make Me Feel b/w Group Home– Livin’ Proof 4- Cypress Hill feat. Erick Sermon, Redman, & MC Eiht– Throw Your Hands In The Air 5- Faith Evans– You Used To Love Me b/w Smif-n-Wessun– Sound Bwoy Bureill RMX 6- Blahzay Blahzay– Danger (DJ Premier Remix) 7- Busta Rhymes– Everything Remains Raw 8- XScape– Who Can I Run To b/w KRS-One– Ah Yeah 9- Groove Theory– Keep Tryin’ b/w Goodie MOB– Cell Therapy 10- Das EFX & Mobb Deep– Microphone Master (Remix) 11- GZA w/ RZA, Ghostface, & Killah Priest– 4th Chamber


One Response to Mixtape Monday: Winter Flava ’96

  1. Newark88 says:

    Props. Cats don’t do blends like these anymore. DJ’s need to bring that element back again.

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