can you let the Heads know how you got started DJ'ing? I did college radio from 1996 til 2000 and then moved over to commercial
radio. I was doing the clubs the whole time as well. Around 2002, I just finally
decided to jump into the mixtape game as well. It seemed like the right move.
What was your first mixtape? Numero
Uno was my first real mixtape.
you start taking the mixtape game seriously? Mid
2003, after I fired my former manager. Lol.
a lot of noise with the "Roc the Mic" mixtape, what did that mixtape
do for you? It
definitely got the name out there. Sometimes, mixtapes, the idea and the marketing
plan behind a cd are much more important than the cd itself. And it the cd is
good also, then you know you have a winner. That's what I learned from that
"Fade to Black" was real hot, how did you go about making that tape? I'm
a big Hova fan, so I wanted to do a cool tribute tape, because most of the ones
that were out were really really wack. So I picked the songs I felt were classic
enough or rare enough, and tried to tell the Hova story thru his music. To add
to it, I had various Rocafella people do drops for it, telling funny or interesting
stories about Jay. It was cool...I was very happy with how it turned out.
been in XXL, what did that do for you?
Great exposure. I can't thank them enough. Now people can put a face with the
Cleveland isn't known for it's Hip Hop, how is the scene out there? It's getting there. There's a big underground scene, and a few other
scenes as well. People are finally unifying, but you never know how long that
is gonna last. We got a few artists out here about to pop though. Saj Supreme,
Epik, 216 (who signed to Universal) and my peoples KingDom and Copyrite are
about to blow, too.
on the radio too, is that necessary for a mixtape DJ?
No, but it
really helps. You get access to artists you would never normally get access
to, living in Cleveland. The radio connects help my mixtapes, and my mixtapes
help me expand my radio audience. It works both ways.
What do you think of the mixtape game now? For
the most part, it sucks. But there are a few people out there who I really enjoy
listening to. Shout out to my League crew: Joey Fingaz and DJ Jon.
at a point where a lot of people know your name and you're moving units...are
you satisfied? Not
at all. I don't want to stop until I have maxed this out and left a positive
mark on the mixtape game.
you want people to think when they hear a Mick Boogie mixtape? Not
only is this a hot cd, but that they can still listen to it in 6 months and
enjoy it. I try not to make disposable cds.
projects do you have?
about it right now...but it's gonna be a mixtape that changes the game...I hope.