Love This Track will now be Featuring DJs on Fridays! Our first DJ to be featured is South Carolina’s DJ Campaign!
DJ Campaign is South Carolina’s newest mixtape mastermind, but his goal is to keep speakers knocking throughout the entire nation with his Nation Wide Knock mixtape series. Today LOVETHISTRACK.COM had a chance to speak with the man that talks with his hands about his inspirations, humble beginnings, and most importantly his BLACK LIVES MATTERS MIXTAPE.
IN TODAY’S HIP-HOP CLIMATE ARTISTS ARE RELEASING LESS DJ HOSTED MIXTAPES, WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO KEEP MAKING YOUR PROJECTS?
I grew up in an era when the Internet was less accessible so the only way I found new music was through mixtapes. DJ Clue was the king, and Kay Slay was coming for his throne. Eventually they went on to release major label albums, so I saw how big a DJ could be. The stories and legacies of the ones that came before me inspires me to carry on tradition for this new generation of fans. I’m also from the South and we’re home to legendary names like DJ Screw and The Southern Style DJ’s, those brothers stood out because of how they manipulated and mixed tracks live while recording. My goal is to combine those styles by remixing and blending exclusive tracks from today’s top artists.
SEEMS LIKE YOU KNOW YOUR HISTORY. SO HOW’D YOU FALL IN LOVE WITH MUSIC? WHAT WERE SOME OF YOUR FIRST MEMORIES OF HIP-HOP?
Well Snoop Doggy Dogg was my first memory of the culture; I was 6 years old when Doggystyle dropped. I can remember my older brother and sister, taking turns rapping while watching the It’s A Doggy Dogg World video. I was always Daz, and my cue was “The dogg pound rocks the party all night long!!!!” My brother actually wore a t-shirt to school in the 4th grade with Snoop holding a pistol and was sent home. My mom was spazzing out, but my pops was cool with it. That’s when I knew Rap music was real.
I’ve always collected music, but I fell in love with it when my pops passed away in’99 from a heart attack. His passing shook up my world, and I just zoned out with my headphones when I got the news. I was 12 at the time, and since that moment I’ve always found solace in music. I learned a lot about spirituality from Reggae, and a lot about authenticity and reality from Hip-Hop. I understand the alchemy of it all, turning nothing into something is the ultimate challenge for anyone.
OK, LET’S FAST FORWARD TO 2015. WHAT TYPE OF FEEDBACK HAVE YOU GOTTEN FOR YOU “BLACK LIVES MATTER MIXTAPE”, AND HOW DO YOU PLAN TO CAPITALIZE OFF THE MOMENTUM OF THE PROJECT?
Honestly I hate that I even felt the need to make a mixtape with that theme! I was not trying to capitalize from America’s social injustices against Black people. The main purpose of the mixtape was to answer critics that say Hip-Hop didn’t have a voice in 2015. Mos Def said that “Hip-hop is going wherever we go as a people”, and as a BlackMan I just wanted to make a meaningful contribution. They say that the powers that be use our music as a way to destroy us, so I wanted to fight back with that same weapon. I carefully selected each track to give every type of person a revolutionary theme song. I placed tracks about America’s social climate, tracks for the conscious community, songs that address anger, and music to rebuild yourself and our communities. I’ve received great feedback for my work, especially from the “conscious” community because “smart rap” gets pushed to the back burner. I know that’s the message that the people needed, so I had no problem providing the soundtrack to our struggle in 2015. So as the great Clifford Harris said on his Trap Muzik classic “DON’T BE MAD AT ME, I’M JUST DOING MY JOB!!!!”;
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