Because It’s Friday: Max Payne - The Mixtape by DJ Whoo Kid (2002)

Posted on June 15 2012, 1:30pm | Author: R* G | Filed Under: Music, Rockstar, Games

With the original Max Payne now available on both iOS and Android devices, here's a nostalgic look and listen at a direct by-product of that first game's release from over a decade ago.

In 2002, the trend of the hip-hop street mixtape was in full swing - inexpensively mass produced and released on CDs (no longer commonly available on cassettes and not yet made obselete by the Internet). DJs like Clue (heard on the radio in Liberty City Stories), Kay Slay, and Queens-based DJ Whoo Kid ruled the scene with releases chock full of rap exclusives and original freestyles. To up the showmanship and excitement around each of these CDs, DJs would often enlist high-profile hosts and theme up the mixtape with a homage or parody of popular sporting events or hit movies of the time like Final Destination, Unbreakable and more.

Owing to his own videogame obsessions and to his friendship with Grand Theft Auto III's DJ Stretch Armstrong, Whoo Kid was the first DJ to theme up popular rap mixtapes around our games - starting with Grand Theft Auto: The Mixtape (hosted by Capone of CNN) in early 2002 - and followed up shortly thereafter with this blockbuster Max Payne mixtape hosted by both N.O.R.E. and Baby aka Birdman of Cash Money and filled with then-heavily-anticipated remixes, freestyles and dis records.

Today, you can hear a crisp digital rip of this decade-old gunshots, Max Payne samples, and BulletTime sfx-laden mix at mixtape site - a nice, nostalgic treat for both hardcore Max fans and fans of early aughts street rap.

A few highlights to check out in there: 

  • Tracks 2, 18, 26 - Original samples from Max Payne 1 ripped by Whoo Kid from his PS2 copy of the game.
  • Track 7 - Lil Wayne's "Max Payne" - made custom for Whoo Kid specifically for this mixtape, a pre-YMCMB Wayne freestyles over Nas' "Ether" instrumental with lines like "They call me Bad Wayne / And I'm like Max Payne / The sickest shit to hit since anthrax came ... I come through and do my Grand Theft thing / my cran-ap, tan cap, slant back thing...".
  • Tracks 8, 15 - Some seminal G-Unit street cuts, hitting as part of 50 Cent's mixtape world domination before he would explode later that year as the hottest new rapper out (50 would host Whoo Kid's Max Payne 2 mixtape later that year, pre-dating the game's sequel itself).
  • Tracks 9, 16, 29 - The Lox aka D-Block have been mixtape staples since the heyday, and Whoo Kid made sure this mixtape had them present in full force. Keen GTA soundtrack fans may remember some vintage late 90s Lox mixtape freestyles licensed for an appearance on DJ Clue's Liberty City Stories radio station mix. Some of the most serious gamers and down to earth guys in the rap biz, we're still good friends with The Lox to this day and they've made cameos and soundtrack appearances in many of our games from The Warriors to GTAIV.
  • Track 27 - Big Noyd's "Maximum Payne" - the Mobb Deep affiliate rapper is responsible for a few street classics himself, and here blessed Whoo Kid with a little custom freestyle all about gunplay and bullet-time.

  • gman33on June 25 2012, 6:15pmReplyFlag
    THis soundtrack is the s**t and rockstar hope you guys blast some more sweet stuff on gta 5 thanks peace
    • Siberiano2010on June 22 2012, 6:49pmReplyFlag
      Hello rockstar´s workers, i have a question about GTA V
      In which part of the year we will know something about the second trailer or the launch date, beacause, there is no information, and let´s be honest, a game like Max Payne 3 is not a game that would occupy all the year, like Red Dead, this game has a limit of fun, but we need a new game, because i think, that the DLC of max payne 3 is just maps, and the future DLC of GTA V, would be like lost and damned, ballad of gay tony or undead nightmare, and this would occupy a whole year, or less, and this watch dogs game is a weapon to you, and games that would appear like a new DOOM, or assasins creed or a fourth saints row, and GTA V, needs to appear soon to put his territory and wait for the future DLCs and a forthcoming pack like Episodes From Los Santos.
      • Fast_Eddy_Poeon June 20 2012, 4:52pmReplyFlag
        R*, do you plan on releasing the Max Payne 3 soundtrack as an audio cd in the future or simply leaving it as a digital download?
        • R* Yon June 20 2012, 7:26pmReplyFlag
          @Fast_Eddy_Poe We haven't made any announcements about a CD, but will let you know if that changes in the future
      • mattiejson June 20 2012, 4:22pmReplyFlag
        I never got to comment on this post cuz I was suspended. R*, THIS IS THE REASON THAT I LOVE YOU. No other gaming companies go to the roots of hip-hop, dig up some of the most legendary artists and original flows, and incorporate it into their games. I f**king love you, R*. Lil Wayne's verse was sick. Good looking out for highlighting it. Props all over. The last six games Ive ever bought were strictly R*, and I don't think I'm ever going back. Got me interested in the soundtrack for GTA V.
        • ChengizVlad09on June 18 2012, 9:52amReplyFlag
          I'm out of rap, but the picture is terrific :-)
          • MitcHendrickSon June 18 2012, 9:05amReplyFlag
            How bout making the original score from MAX PAYNE 1&2 available for purchase instead of promoting this garbage.
            • BorisBlackon June 17 2012, 12:53pmReplyFlag
              Great stuff! Thanks R*
            • UnCool_Headon June 17 2012, 4:42amReplyFlag
              Whaaaaaaat!? Are you telling us that The Lox had their faces on The Warriors? You mean Sheek Louch, Jada and P? I'll be damned if I didn't noticed that. Where (in the game)?
              • R* Aon June 19 2012, 3:07pmReplyFlag
                @UnCool_Head Not their faces, just their voices. They voiced weapons dealers that you encounter in the game.
              • UnCool_Headon June 20 2012, 8:42pmReplyFlag
                @ Goddamn, the fact that I didn't recognize their voices is even worse.

                Thanks for the response.
            • DeafAtheiston June 16 2012, 11:45pmReplyFlag
              I got to play a few matches with MaxPayneDev2 who killed me relentlessly in Deathmatch, but was on my team for Gang Wars. I played a little better in Gang Wars than I did in Death Match. I think I suffer from performance anxiety or something when reps from RockStar are in the game. Also my Deathmatch Loadout was set with weapons that are stronger at shorter range for the Office map which I tend to play on the most when I play Deathmatch and is therefore not very effective in the Favela map which is what we played that match on.

              I have to say my least favorite map in this game in Hoboken... it's a camper's paradise. If you're down on the ground level you're not gonna live very long. It takes too long to climb up to the rooftops to take out snipers that precious time is wasted doing that that could be better spent focusing on objectives and the frustrating thing is that as soon as you kill them they respawn right back up there again. It really sucks when a turf you have to seize is right outside the bar. Even with Spray Paint equipped in your loadout you die before you can take over the spot. Your only hope is to get back to it before it depletes or hope that one of your teammates can finish it before they die. RPGs and similar explosive weapons are WAY overused. It also seems unrealistic that someone can fire an RPG in a small enclosed room inside of the Hoboken map for example and not manage to kill themselves in the explosion. An RPG is NOT a short range weapon and when used as such the player firing one at short range should be killed in the blast as well but they aren't. I think fixing that issue would make it less likely that people would fire them at short range or if they do they go out as martyrs for their team or something.
              • DeafAtheiston June 16 2012, 11:47pmReplyFlag
                @DeafAtheist Whoops! Meant to post this in different thread. Oh well it's still somewhat on topic being about Max Payne 3 lol
            • Dino_jaramon June 16 2012, 4:07pmReplyFlag
              juliette lewis is a dj on radio broker,just find out,thats cool
            • Dino_jaramon June 16 2012, 2:24pmReplyFlag
              whats called the tune thats playing on openning scene (something rotten in the air)?
              It so relaxing.
              • NYPDMAXPAYNEon June 16 2012, 11:54amReplyFlag
                Going to be listening to this all weekend now that you guys reminded me about it! Thank you Rockstar!
                • French-Cardeshon June 16 2012, 11:37amReplyFlag
                  The clipse is exelent rapper i recomend this one feat pharell!
                  • VBProjecton June 15 2012, 11:17pmReplyFlag
                    GTA mixtape was hosted on Megaupload. LOL. Pls reupload.
                    • Genesicityon June 15 2012, 9:23pmReplyFlag
                      This is some of DJ Whoo Kid's best stuff...LEGEND!!!!
                      • R* Kon June 16 2012, 8:36amReplyFlag
                        @Genesicity Nice, good to hear you approve - it's the weekend so turn it up
                    • Anticitizen011on June 15 2012, 8:59pmReplyFlag
                      Hey Rockstar what is it with Pachter saying Max Payne 3 sold barely the half than what L.A Noire did? What's wrong with this guy? I thought Max Payne 3 had sold around 3 million units? Sorry for being off-topic, but I'm just kinda worried knowing the game might have suffered commercially when it is a fantastic offering from you guys.

                      I mean, I can't believe L.A Noire sold 6 million on its initial launch. That's according to Pachter
                      • ItalGTAon June 15 2012, 9:38pmReplyFlag
                        Well, I think Max Payne 3 is the worst title released by Rockstar this generation (which it doesn't mean it is a bad game, actually is better than any other shooter out there). But that genre has a huge target - That's why I'm confused - I think there should be profits for everyone. But that amount is enough to settle development costs.
                      • Ishikawa903on June 15 2012, 9:58pmReplyFlag
                        @Anticitizen011 That 3 million number is retail sell-in. It is units shipped to retailers, not actual units sold to consumers. I believe the actual number sold in May was 440,000.
                      • Anticitizen011on June 16 2012, 12:00amReplyFlag
                        @Ishikawa903 Really? Cause this says otherwise. Approx. 3 million sold-in on its initial launch, and that's already commercial success. Yet, Pachter says otherwise stating it sold half of L.A Noire's initial sales last year which were like a little more than a million.

                        So I don't know who to trust and I really wanted Rockstar to respond. But oh well.

                        Here's the link
                    • EduOnline94on June 15 2012, 8:05pmReplyFlag
                      Nice R*!

                      I love NYC hip hop, and this'll be pleasure to my ears!! Thanks for bringing on the Newswire =D
                    • djmickle666on June 15 2012, 7:12pmReplyFlag
                      Yeah! Nice tracks! I find Red Cafe in the list - cool band!
                    • hell0artyon June 15 2012, 6:53pmReplyFlag
                      R*, could you make a mirror link pls? This site requires registration and doesnt send confirmation code.
                      • R* Aon June 15 2012, 7:59pmReplyFlag
                        @hell0arty Sorry mate - we don't own the rights to this music so the only place to get it is through the Dat Piff website who are hosting the music. You shouldn't need to register in order to listen to it or download it though, unless perhaps it is a territory restriction.
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