He says about the compilation:
One of the earliest and fondest memories that i have of hip hop is going on a school trip in junior high 145. We went to the Hayden planetarium as most schools did to enlighten the urban youth. Along with a roast beef hero that i had for lunch. I had a fresh pair of AA eveready batteries in my Sony Walkman; and a new cassette tape with Slick Rick and Dougie Fresh and the Get Fresh Crew Live in Linden Projects. They were doing this rap routine that turned into their classic songs “The Show” and ” La Di Da Di”. This tape was special to me; Because it was one of the few tapes circulating that included the explicit version of the Vanessa Williams verse by Slick Rick. This was after she had nude photos of her posted in hustler after winning Miss America. As a young pubescent noob anything porn related was golden; i couldn’t get my hands on the mag to see the pictures, i had to settle on hearing Slick talk about Vanessa using her “smarts” him had me captivated. This version never made it too commercial radio neddless to say. and as that which happens to all treasured cassette tapes at that time my shit got stolen. I have tried to be aware of when I had a classic piece of music or freestyle that needed to be dead stocked and i have been “Desperately seeking Vanessa” ever since i lost that tape.
The term “Lunchroom Battles” refers to the time we spent at lunch either banging on the table and saying rhymes or arguing at lunch who was the best rapper (Grand Master Caz Vs Kool Moe Dee), group (Cold Crush vs Furious Five) , breaker (Crazy Legs VS Frost Freeze (RIP)) , grapher (Phase 2 vs Dondi) , or DJ (Bambatta vs Kool Herc)
I wanted this mix to be reminiscent of the old school pause tapes, that I use to make from listening to 98.7Kiss or 105.9 Supreme Team show, or Mr. Magic and Marly Marl on 107.5fm. I wanted that feeling I use to feel seeing artist like Big Daddy Kane or Stetsasonic live on stage. I wanted to capture the creative and story telling aspect of hip hop that has been diminished in today’s material centric HipHop world.
Read more about the inspiration behind the tape here.