I grew up during the mixtape era, when DJs used to release exclusive songs on cassettes that were only available at places like Uptown Flava on Grand Concourse and Harlem Music Hut on 125th Street. My friends and I used to make missions from White Plains into the depths of NYC to discover new music. Back in the early ’90s, there was no Internet to surf—you had to get in the whip and go find the new shit yourself. It was a glorious and exciting time to be a hip-hop fan in New York. We lived in the mixtape spots and record stores—and stayed up late listening to and taping WNYU and WKCR rap radio shows—because they were our only means of music discovery.

But now, with music streaming sites like Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal and Soundcloud, there are so many ways and opportunities to discover new and classic music from the comfort of your couch, and at any time of the day. Playlists are the new mixtape, and you don’t need DJ equipment to create one.

But with so much music now at our fingertips, the music discovery process can be overwhelming sometimes. That’s where we come in. Playlist Bodega is your neighborhood one-stop shop where you can find the newest and finest hip-hop-related playlists out there, created in the PB lab and by the culture’s most influential artists, producers, writers and personalities. We have a passion for playlists, and we want to share it with you directly.

So stay tuned as we celebrate hip-hop music, culture and history through playlists, and help provide expertly-curated soundtracks for your daily shuffle. Just pop in anytime, we got what all the new fire playlists, plus plenty of classics and exclusives. And you already know, we’re open 24 hours a day at the Playlist Bodega. Let’s gooooo.

– Daniel Isenberg aka Stan Ipcus aka Daddy Long Legs aka Daaaaaaamn Daniel