'MIXTAPE' Documentary Starring Grandmaster Caz, KRS-One, DJ Drama and More Gets Release Date

'MIXTAPE' Documentary Starring Grandmaster Caz, KRS-One, DJ Drama and More Gets Release Date

Published Fri, July 14, 2023 at 5:50 PM EDT

In celebration of Hip-Hop's 50th Anniversary, Paramount+ has announced Mixtape, a documentary chronicling the history, impact and influence of the mixtape on Hip-Hop.

The documentary features Lil Wayne, Big Boi, Fabolous, KRS-ONE, Grandmaster Caz, Funkmaster Flex, DJ Drama and more.

"Mixtapes were a form of currency and a signifier that someone was ‘in the know’ and had their ear to the streets. The culture was too strong to be stopped, and the artists were too talented to be ignored – so they turned the sub-culture into the mainstream, and made hip hop what it is today,” said a press release.

MIXTAPE is produced by MTV Entertainment Studios, Mercury Studios and Saboteur Media in association with Def Jam Recordings, who will release the official soundtrack, MIXTAPE, The Def Tape in August.

It’s an honor to be involved in this film and to help tell the real story of the mixtape, its origins, its impact, and its ongoing relevance for the culture.

- DJ Tony Touch

Omar Acosta, the director of the documentary, spoke of the importance of the DJ to Hip-Hop.

"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," he said. "Every voice in this film played a critical role, especially the DJs who, as KRS-ONE says beautifully in the film, risked everything to ‘bring us the music."

Check out the official trailer above.

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