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Def Jam Gears Up For ‘Mixtape’ Documentary Celebrating 50th Anniversary of Hip-Hop, Features A$ap Rocky, Lil Wayne, DJ Drama And More

Historic record label Def Jam Recordings is gearing up for an exclusive documentary on the “Mixtape culture” which celebrates 50 years of Hip-Hop across the globe and throws light on the crucial history of mixtapes and their relevance in rap music.

Titled “Mixtape: The Movie”, the documentary is produced by MTV Entertainment Studios, Mercury Studios and Saboteur Media in association with Def Jam Recordings and will first premiere on August 1st 2023 across the U.S. and Canada via Paramount+.

“Mixtape” will premiere on 2nd August 2023 in the UK, Australia, Latin America and Brazil – with further international markets to follow later in the year. 

Reportedly, the documentary, directed and filmed by influential rap filmmaker Omar Acosta, will examine how mixtapes pushed Hip-Hop culture and rap music across the world and launched the affecting genre into mainstream pop culture alongside massive genres including pop, reggae, jazz and rock music.

Def Jam Recordings’ “Mixtape” documentary features rap’s numerous cult figures including Lil Wayne, DJ Khaled, Fat Joe, 2 Chainz, Big Boi, DJ Drama, Kid Capri, KRS-One, and more. 

As per Vibe magazine, additional appearances in the documentary include A$AP Rocky, Jeezy, Funkmaster Flex, Mister Cee, DJ Kay Slay, Bun B, Tony Touch, DJ Whoo Kid and Angie Martinez.

The “Mixtape” documentary is one of the various ways through which record labels pay homage to 50 years of Hip-Hop.

In June, Jay-Z‘s towering rap record label Roc Nation linked up with PUMA for an exclusive Hip-Hop 50 mixtape too. Titled “Humble Soles”, the mixtape series will bring together Hip-Hop and streetwear through the record label’s hard-hitting new signees and rap record producers.

Ahead of the “Humble Soles” mixtape, Roc Nation and PUMA debuted a mixtape roundtable with former Roc-A-Fella Records A&R, Wayne “Wayno” Clark with platinum recording artist and producer DJ Clue, leading media personality Nyla Symone, Harlem rapper Jim Jones, southern hip hop pioneer DJ OG Ron C, mixtape mogul DJ Holiday, and creative visionary serving as Roc Nation’s Senior Vice President Lenny “Lenny S.” Santiago.

Watch the ‘Roc Nation mixtape roundtable’ below.

Besides Def Jam Recordings and Roc Nation, Mass Appeal has linked up with Live Nation for a massive Hip-Hop 50 concert line-up.

Slated to go down at New York’s Yankee Stadium on August 11 this year, the concert will feature live sets by some of the biggest Hip-Hop artists of our times including Run DMC’s “Bottom of the Ninth…The Walk-Off” performance, Lil WayneSnoop Dogg, A$AP Ferg, EPMD, Ghostface Killah, Lupe Fiasco, Slick Rick and more.

Look out for the 50th Anniversary of Hip-Hop on August 11, 2023.

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