First off, can you let the Heads know how you got started DJ'ing? I
was already an emcee, a writer and had other duties in hip-hop for a whiiile.
Mike Franco from New Realm is the one who told me I should get into making mixtapes
in 2001. It let me put my promo and A&R skills to work too, so that was
good for me.
What was your first mixtape? My
first official mix cd was “Bang This!!,” dropped it in November
2001. I’ve dropped about 20 or so since then.
When did you start taking the mixtape game seriously? After
I was in it for about a year, so many positive things kept happening that it
kinda seemed like it was the right thing to keep pushin with.
You made a lot of noise with your R&B mixtapes, what did that mixtape do
for you? The
2 “fore tha ladies” cds I dropped helped expand my fan base and
reach more people, especially the females. I never had planned on doing an R&B
type cd, but I get so much music from the labels I figured I might as well put
it use and make it pop off.
You're holding it down in Philly now, what's the scene like? Thanks,
there are a bunch of cats putting in work and doin their thing in this area.
I think together we’re all holdin down this part of the map very nicely.
Different styles, mind states and work ethics all give people a variety of talent
to choose from.
What's new with the Forever Fam camp? We’re
all staying busy. Kani’s been rocking parties. Shannon Swain is getting
great feedback on the joints she’s recorded and some nice overseas airplay
as well. She’s going to be recording more solo joints and collaborations
in the near future. Elite’s working on more production for cats, heads
everywhere have been lovin the crazy “Shootouts” track he did for
Jadakiss & Styles P. Reflect & Prajna are playing out more than ever
and have established solid reps for themselves, and they’re cooking up
hot tracks as well. C.O.A. has been producing tracks as well. Splitt’s
been in the studio and he’s about to rock on a bunch of the dates for
the Code of the Cutz/Warped Tour, with Krush Unit.
How's Splitt's projects coming? They’re
going real well, he’s about to release a project on Krush Unit. He signed
to Milk Entertainment and he’s been up in NYC, working on joints with
What do you think of the mixtape game now? I
think there are so many different kinds of djs and mix tape styles out, that
there is something for everyone. I think the term “exclusive” is
played out and falsely over used. I think there’s too much shit talking
and pettiness between djs and I wish some people had more originality, but to
each his own. They’ll learn.
You're at a point where a lot of people know your name and you're moving
units...are you satisfied? There’s
always room for improvement. I just plan on doing bigger and better things and
to keep expanding in a positive direction.
What do you want people to think when they hear a Meddafore mixtape? I
want people to hear some artists they might have been sleeping on or some cats
they’ve never heard before and turn them into fans of those artists. I
want people to expect good music, because that’s what everyone should
be entitled to.
What upcoming projects do you have? I’m
about put out another mix cd. I’m also working on some bigger projects
and working with some artists and labels, but I don’t wanna jinx too much
– so I’ll just keep it at that for now until it’s all done.
But trust me, if everything comes together like it’s looking it’s
goin to, you can expect me to makin even much more noise than I have so far.
How can heads cop your mixtapes? If
you’re in my part of the map, there’s a great chance you’ll
see me or someone from my crew out and about – so just get at us. You
can also hit up my website, http://www.meddafore.com
I wanna shout out my family and friends for always being behind me. Gotta show
love to Forever Fam, Rat Pack, Tech.Nitions, Rico & Mgmt Inc, 717hiphop.com
& MMG, RapAttackLives, Grind-Mode, FoS, Metaphoric Clothing, Phillyhiphop.com
and everyone else that I’m down with and shows support. Too many names
to mention, but I sincerely appreciate it all. Much respect to you and hiphopgame.com
for holding down quality hip-hop.