New Documentary Dives into the History of Hip-Hop Mixtape Culture

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New Documentary Dives into the History of Hip-Hop Mixtape Culture

A captivating new documentary is set to delve into the rich history of hip-hop mixtape culture. Titled “MIXTAPE,” the film is a collaborative effort between MTV Entertainment Studios, Mercury Studios, Saboteur Media, and Def Jam Recordings. Audiences in the US and Canada can catch the premiere exclusively on Paramount+ on August 1, 2023.

The documentary will subsequently debut on August 2, 2023, in the UK, Australia, Latin America, and Brazil, with additional international markets to follow later in the year. “MIXTAPE” celebrates 50 years of hip-hop and explores the influential role of mixtapes in propelling the genre into the mainstream. The film features interviews and insights from notable artists such as Lil Wayne, DJ Khaled, Fat Joe, 2 Chainz, Big Boi, DJ Drama, Kid Capri, KRS-One, and more.

Accompanying the documentary is “The Def Tape,” an official soundtrack set for release in August via Def Jam Recordings. Directed and produced by Omar Acosta, known for his work on the 2015 documentary “Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives,” the film offers an engaging exploration of the mixtape’s impact on hip-hop’s evolution.

Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives (2015) - IMDb

Omar Acosta, discussing the documentary, expressed his excitement, stating, “Hip-Hop is 50 years old, and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate its journey and contextualize its evolution than through the story of the mixtape.” Acosta also highlighted the critical contributions of DJs, as KRS-One beautifully articulates in the film, noting their willingness to “risk everything to bring us the music.”

Tony Touch, producer of “MIXTAPE,” shared his honor in participating in the project, emphasizing the documentary’s commitment to telling the authentic story of mixtapes and their enduring significance for hip-hop culture.

In related news commemorating hip-hop’s 50th anniversary, DJ Premier, the legendary producer, released the EP “Hip Hop 50: Vol 1” last summer, tracing the origins of rap music to the Bronx in 1973. Be sure to check out DJ Mag’s interview with DJ Premier from last year, where he discusses his ongoing inspiration.

As the genre’s milestone anniversary is celebrated, various projects are emerging to honor its legacy. Sony Music has curated a double LP compilation exploring the genre’s evolution, a photozine delves into the early ’80s hip-hop culture, and a book showcases illustrations of iconic hip-hop artists. Additionally, The Criterion Channel is launching a new film series next month dedicated to celebrating the genre.

Earlier this year, DJ Kool Herc, Missy Elliott, and A Tribe Called Quest, among other influential figures, were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, further solidifying hip-hop’s enduring impact and cultural significance.


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