Mixtapes are bigger than they’ve ever been — they’ve helped launch the careers of newcomers on a regular basis. However, the days when artists relyed on DJs to drop their mixtapes aren’t as prevalent as it used to be. More and more, you’re seeing mixtapes released by artists themselves, directly to the Internet. Only a few DJs still make a difference when it comes to the release of mixtapes, DJ Drama being one of them.
Argubly the most influential mixtape DJ of the past decade, DJ Drama recently sat down with Las Vegas’ radio personality Bootleg Kev, and discusses his take on projects being currently labeled as “mixtapes.” Mr. Thanksgiving still believes that DJs should be involved.
“I’m still a believer that when it comes to mixtapes, there’s supposed to be a DJ involved. Truth be told, I’m not a fan of the no-DJ tapes after you’ve done the tape with the DJ,” Drama commented. “So, for myself to still be wavin’ a flag, it’s important.
“I’m totally for whoever, if you wanna put a project out without a deejay — and I get it, if you call it a mixtape — but I even heard Kay Slay on the radio the other day: ‘Don’t be scared, that’s your album.’ If you’re not using a DJ, that’s your album.”