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the notorious xx

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clayton broyles Over a decade on, and still one of the best mixtapes in existence.

Hope all is well, Charlie K. We didn't know each other very well at CU but knew a lot of the same people. Vik, Pippen, Pogue etc. Favorite track: basic hypnosis [the notorious b.i.g. vs. the xx].
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Tajzilla. Great album. Hearing Big Poppa spit on these mellow tracks is something else. All that trouble was worth it Charlie! Favorite track: it's all about the crystalizabeths [the notorious b.i.g. vs. the xx].
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69iscariot Been listening to this on youtube for years, thought i owed it to them to buy the album. Amazing has my favourite mash ups Favorite track: one more chance for a heart to skip a beat [the notorious b.i.g. vs. the xx].
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I’m assuming since you’re reading the liner notes, you must be looking for something more. maybe this is artistic context.

this project started in my sister’s apartment in williamstown, ma. It was completed over three weeks, following me wherever I went – boston, williamstown, albany, chicago, aspen, denver, and san francisco – and then was mastered over a week in zurich, zermatt, london, san francisco, dallas, baton rouge and new orleans. it was a pretty absurd way to live – coming home every week to work, leaving the next weekend to go somewhere new, and the time I’d typically be waiting around, watching tv, or sleeping I instead spent making mixes in apartments, hotels, airports, buses, and planes.

I had the great fortune of traveling with and being hosted by some awesome people: Chelsea, Alex, Ramsay, Sarah, Lauren, Bri, J-Ray, DJ, Jack, Wen-Ai, Alice, Rosen, David, Justine, Emily, and Danielle – enormous thanks to all of you.

over the time period, I traveled 26,542 miles, worked 116 hours at my day job, tweeted 41 times, made 26 new facebook friends, danced for 17 hours, snowboarded five mountains, celebrated four birthdays, took two trips to the hospital, learned that my favorite author passed away, and ended up with 11 tracks.

this is all to say: there’s context here that is probably impossible to ascertain from listening to the combination of 90s hip-hop from brooklyn and songs written in wandsworth, uk in 2009, but it is here if you’re interested in it. the notion of artistic context – the story behind the piece – has always intrigued me, so perhaps you’ll like knowing what was going on as I made these tracks.

I hope you like listening to it – I had a lot of fun making it.

-charlie (wait what), 4.21.10


released March 25, 2010




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Debut album the notorious xx garnered 1M+ plays in 10 days and critical acclaim from New York Magazine, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, and The Guardian UK, who dubbed it “the best mashup album of the year.”

10s of millions of plays since, topped Hype Machine several times, & shared stages with Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa and Capital Cities. Played stadiums & clubs in NYC, Vegas, Toronto, and Bangkok.
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