A little background for you.
On May 27th, 2004, I uploaded a one track 128kbps MP3 called Akira The Don The Mixtape Volume 1.
It was a different word, 2004. No Youtube. No Myspace even. You got mixtapes from barber shops and through the mail back then. There were no free mixtapes online. There were no rappers with blogs posting free mixtapes on them. There was just me, and my complete lack of technical ability, not one clue what I was doing other than it was what I had always wanted to do, and it made me happy to do it.
It took over an hour to render, and about three hours to force its way up the pipes.
The internets went nuts. To my utter joy and amazement it was a huge success. Over 100,000 downloads in under a month! But like I said, providing an hour of musicfor people to listen to, at no charge, was a novelty in 2004. I had the market cornered. I was the market.
Now look! A billion blogs, all churning out hours of free music every second of the day. A mixtape every minute. Some days it seems the inerenet is wholly comprised of free mixtapes.
But none of them are like mine.
See, I work hard at this. And I have been getting better and better, over the years, pushing myself further and harder with each release, making sure that every time I put together a block of music, I learn something new, and do something I haven’t done before.
And now, with nearly seven years of hard lessons learned, I am proud to present to you my most accomplished home grown project yet:
ATD25 For The Ultimate Victory!
This great landmark, my quarter century, silver anniversary mixtape was recorded between November 2010 and April 2011 with my excellent friends and the skills I’ve assessed in the past decade, and it was mixed by myself and DJ Jack Nimble right here in Don Studios, LAST NIGHT, with the aid of NO WEED and a small bottle of Jack Daniels.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who contributed to this, and all the ATD mixtapes, past, present and future.
OK. Click the individual track titles below to read additional information, click the links below to download, and most importantly, ENJOY IT. It is my gift to you.
Oh, and look out for the very exciting announcement at the end.
DOWNLOAD: Akira The Don – ATD25 (320 kbps MP3 bundle)
DOWNLOAD: Akira The Don – ATD25 (one-track 320 kbps MP3)
BUY: Akira The Don – ATD25 (320 kbps MP3 bundle) if you don’t wanna have to mess with Hulkshare/you wanna help pay for the mastering!
BUY: Akira The Don – ATD25 (FLAC bundle) if you want that gorilla sized superior quality audio!