The trailer for the next documentary, Mixtape: the movie, which covers the mixtape’s history and impact on hip-hop culture, was released. Directed by Omar Acosta and produced by Mercury Studios and Saboteur in partnership with Def Jam, Mixtape: the movie will feature appearances and commentary from some of the most influential personalities in the mixtape world, from trailblazers like Kid Capri, DJ Clue and DJ Drama to mixtape greats like Lil Wayne.
“The mixtape was everything,” Lil Wayne, who dominated the medium for the second half of the years, said in the trailer. Bronx native and mixtape enthusiast Fat Joe also chimed in during a clip, adding, “However relevant social media was, that’s what a mixtape was.”
Additional appearances include A$AP Rocky, 2 Chainz, DJ Khaled, KRS-One, Jeezy, Funkmaster Flex, Mister Cee, DJ Kay Slay, Bun B, Tony Touch, DJ Whoo Kid, Angie Martinez and Jadakiss, the latest of which will feature a live performance at the film’s premiere at the United Palace in New York on April 7.
Originally announced in 2019, former Def Jam Records executive Paul Rosenberg spoke about the inspiration behind the doc and the need to unpack the story of the mixtape. “[Mixtapes are] a vital part of the history of the culture and the genre that we don’t think has really been thoroughly and adequately examined or outlived,” Rosenberg said. Variety with reference to the doc. An accompanying mixtape is expected to be released by Def Jam in conjunction with the film, but further details regarding the project have yet to be announced.
Watch the trailer for Mixtape: the movie below.