Jadakiss and Tony Touch on 'CBS Mornings'

Jadakiss and Tony Touch Discuss The History of The Mixtape on 'CBS Mornings'

Jadakiss and Tony Touch Discuss The History of The Mixtape on 'CBS Mornings'

Published Sat, August 5, 2023 at 7:20 AM EDT

Paramount's documentary MIXTAPE which features KRS-ONE, Lil Wayne, DJ Khaled, and Jadakiss was released earlier this week (8/1) in celebration of Hip-Hop's 50th anniversary.

Jadakiss and DJ Tony Touch who appear in the documentary recently sat down with CBS Mornings to discuss the mixtape and its impact on Hip-Hop and their careers.

"I wouldn't have a career if it wasn't for the mixtape," Jadakiss explains. "it was hard to be heard on our journey [as independent artists], and when we got signed to Bad Boy Puff had so much going on and so many hits with the label that we were waiting our turn in the incubator. Instead of having so much time on our hands to do nothing, we wanted to be heard and get some music out there so we did mixtapes. That catapulted us up while we waited."

There were so many mom and pop stores all over the city, it was easy to just get it out there.

- DJ Tony Touch

DJ Tony Touch, who is a producer on MIXTAPE, spoke of the original intent of the project.

"As Crazy Legs told me we just wanted ghetto celebrity status and to be popular in the hood." Tony also spoke of the void that mixtapes filled. "There was no internet back then and there were minimal radio stations playing this music on a global level," he explains. "These tapes were able to get this music out there all over the world."

Jadakiss spoke of the distribution of the tapes. "It was old school, hand to hand," he remembers.

Watch a clip from their interview above and stream MIXTAPE on Paramount +.

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