#MixtapeMemory: “I’ve always collected vinyl but started crate digging harder because of mixtapes. I would get mixtapes from friends who went to NYC, so I had the copies, or sometimes copies of copies. My first tape was a Ron G, live on WBLS. After beginning to collect tapes, especially blend tapes, I started looking for the vinyl of the songs that DJs used to blend, from there my vinyl collection grew!”
Epée Hervé Dingong is an international freelance writer from Paris, France. After earning his BA in journalism from CFPJ he went on to become Editor of French Hip Hop publication Radikal Magazine from 1998-2005. As a staff and freelance writer he’s interviewed artists from all over the world. His work has been published in-print and online, in both US and European publications such as Juice Magazine, Radikal Magazine, Tracklist, The Source Magazine, The Source France, Musique Info Hebdo, Lady Caprice Magazine, The Ave Magazine, Mugshot Magazine, www.daveyd.com, www.euromight.com and www.thestarklife.com.
Currently Epee sits on the Advisory Committee for The Mixtape Museum, has a role in upcoming film Migration by Nelson George’s and is putting the finishing touches on a book about the history, business, and evolution of the Hip Hop mixtape. The forthcoming book is a culmination of 1o years of intense research and interviews with DJs, artists, managers, publicists, and others that contributed to the mixtape industry.