Look Back at the first (VHS) And1 Mixtape w/ Rafer Alston

Published on October 8th, 2011 by David Astramskas | 751 views

I still remember going to Footlocker and having to put on some crappy And1 shorts or try on some shoes just so I could get one of the And1 Mixtapes on VHS.  Before it became huge on ESPN & died & multiplied into a bunch of other variations, And1 was coming out with the sickest basketball footage in the world.  Ballislife may be the best at putting out basketball mixtapes now but nothing was touching a teenage Rafer Alston on center stage at Rucker Park mixed with Common’s 1999 – who cares if it was in synch or the video quality was worse than the worse mobile phone on the market now.

Hitting play on this video doesn’t have the same feeling as popping in a large tape into a $200 4 head Hi-Fi VCR but it will do for now.

Volume 2 not only suffered from the sophomore slump but it suffered from the trying to hard lets stage and fake it slump.


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Astramskiss aka VincentDa aka Expiredpineapples is a digital-marketing guy living in Houston. He’s worked with the NBA, Sprite, ESPN, NBA2K, cool people like LeBron, DWade, Adrian Peterson and Robert Horry, a long list of not-so-cool people and 1 or 2 real s****ty people. Won awards & been featured in mags like Sports Illustrated as a video editor & web developer. Releasing a book in 2014. Studied film & women at FSU during the golden age of hip-hop. .

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