As debatable is it may be, the playlist of our lives belongs to us only. Beyond the naive discovery phases of our youth and those in which we simply followed trends for the sake of it, a few albums and songs are still linger with us. Like echoes of our memories, these soundtracks of our lives have partially defined who we are. We should never feel ashamed of them. Whatever the taste, look or hair-do we once had, it was us at one point, and will always be a part of us.

His playlists are both personal and educative as they take us from 1988 to 2000.

To have some musical knowledge is one thing, emotions are something entirely different. You can have both and be really curious about old and new movements; understanding their origins and developments allows for a better appreciation and knowledge. Although our routine sometimes feels super rigid, music—whether it be old or new—is a great way to escape and profit from new experiences. To outgrow who we once were.

MCAforPresident works at 8tracks.com and made it his mission to make this compilation of the best hip hop songs ever made. His playlists are both personal and educative as they take us from 1988 to 2000. Although it may take a moment to digest the whole body of work featuring underground and chart songs from the US, the trip is definitely worth your time. This will either offer you a feel nostalgia, or you’ll thank us for showing you some awesome retro beats for the first time. Enjoy the mixtape above.