TONY TOUCH PRESENTS THE DEF TAPE – OFFICIAL SOUNDTRACK TO NEW PARAMOUNT+ DOCUMENTARY MIXTAPE – OUT NOW VIA DEF JAM RECORDINGS
INCLUDES NEW MUSIC FROM JEEZY, JADAKISS, TEYANA TAYLOR, CONWAY THE MACHINE, BENNY THE BUTCHER, FREDDIE GIBBS, DAVE EAST, MAXO, FREDO BANG, & MORE
NEW DOCUMENTARY MIXTAPE STREAMING AUGUST 1 ON PARAMOUNT+
WATCH THE TRAILER HERE
July 28, 2023 – Today, Def Jam Recordings releases Tony Touch Presents The Def Tape, the Official Soundtrack to MIXTAPE, the new Paramount+ documentary celebrating the story, lineage and influence of hip-hop in its purest form. Listen HERE. In honor of the 50th anniversary of hip-hop, The Def Tape arrives on limited-edition vinyl, CD, and cassette on August 11, 2023.
The Def Tape serves as the companion album to MIXTAPE, the new documentary film from Paramount+ in association with MTV Entertainment Studios, Mercury Studios and Def Jam Recordings. The film – which explores how the creation of mixtapes launched hip-hop into mainstream culture – debuts exclusively on Paramount+ on Tuesday, August 1 in the U.S. and Canada and Wednesday, August 2 in the U.K., Australia, Latin America and Brazil, with further international markets to follow later in the year.
The album itself consists of 13 new original tracks recorded for the MIXTAPE and mixed by legendary DJ and producer Tony Touch. Among many highlights, GRAMMY® Award-nominated gold-selling Harlem hip-hop heavyweight Dave East links up with superstar Teyana for the heartfelt and hypnotic “All I Need.” Meanwhile, the late Trouble has delivered the powerful “Slippin” as his final recording, paying homage to another fallen Def Jam legend DMX and soundtracking a key moment in the film. Among the other on-screen anthems, Griselda marauders and elite MCs Conway The Machine and Benny The Butcher go bar-for-bar on the explosive “We Shot Ya,” and Jeezy and Rick Ross show up for the South on “Pablo’s Revere.” Taking it way back, AZ, Doo Wop, and Lil Fame unapologetically lean into the old school energy on “Rampage 2.0.” The Def Tape captures the spirit of hip-hop’s past, present, and future on one of its most important mediums—the MIXTAPE.
Check out the full tracklisting below.
MIXTAPE is the story of hip hop refusing to take no for an answer. Before radio play, the internet, and social media, there were mixtapes. DJs were tastemakers, trendsetters and creators of the sound that became the biggest musical genre on the planet. The importance of mixtapes goes well beyond the tapes themselves. Mixtapes were a form of currency and a signifier that someone was “in the know” and had their ear to the streets. The culture was too strong to be stopped, and the artists were too talented to be ignored – so they turned the sub-culture into the mainstream, and made hip hop what it is today.
The documentary features 2 Chainz, A$AP Rocky, Dante Ross, DJ Bobbito, DJ Clue, DJ Drama, DJ Enuff, DJ Green Lantern, DJ Jazzy Joyce, DJ Kay Slay, DJ Khaled, DJ S&S, DJ Scratch, DJ Stretch Armstrong, DJ Whoo Kid, Doo Wop, Fabolous, Fat Joe, Funkmaster Flex, The Game, Grandmaster Caz, Jadakiss, James Cruz, Jeezy, Kid Capri, Kool DJ Red Alert, KRS-One, Lil Wayne, Mark Ronson, Mike Tyson, N.O.R.E., Ron G, Shaq, Tommy Hilfiger, Tony Touch, Trouble, Tuma Basa and more.
MIXTAPE is produced by MTV Entertainment Studios, Mercury Studios and Saboteur Media in association with Def Jam Recordings. David Kennedy, Tony Touch, Nick Quested and Daniel Seliger serve as producers with executive producers Paul Rosenberg and Barak Moffitt. The film is directed and produced by Omar Acosta (Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives).
Rampage 2.0 – Tony Touch, Doo Wop, Lil Fame, AZ, DJ Scratch
Real Ni**a Time – Tony Touch, Redman
Pablo’s Revere – Tony Touch, Jeezy, Rick Ross
Tonight – Tony Touch, Jadakiss, Freddie Gibbs, Maxo
Knowledge Me – Tony Touch, Slick Rick
All I Need – Tony Touch, Dave East, Teyana Taylor
Flames – Tony Touch, Saint Bodhi, Steven Moses
Stop Being Greedy – Tony Touch, NORE
Move Bitch – Tony Touch, Fredo Bang
We Shot Ya – Tony Touch, Conway The Machine, Benny The Butcher
Slipping – Tony Touch, Trouble
Black Stolen – Tony Touch, Chuck D, Bobby Sessions
Love Your Girl – Tony Touch, DaniLeigh
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About Paramount Media Networks & MTV Entertainment Studios
Paramount Media Networks & MTV Entertainment Studios is one of the preeminent media entities in the world that connects with global audiences through its nine iconic brands – MTV, Comedy Central, VH1, CMT, Pop, Logo, The Smithsonian Channel, Paramount Network and TV Land – and its Studios arm which produces acclaimed series and movies as well as award-winning documentaries through MTV Documentary Films.
About Mercury Studios
Mercury Studios is a full-service production studio originating, producing, selling, distributing, and investing in scripted, unscripted, and live content. Editorially independent, Mercury Studios is powered by Universal Music Group and represents the world’s leading catalogue of music-related content. Current and recent projects include If These Walls Could Sing, the untold story of the world-famous Abbey Road Studios, directed by celebrated British photographer and filmmaker Mary McCartney for Disney+, “My Life as a Rolling Stone,” a four-part docuseries of intimate portraits of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts for the BBC and Epix, Shania Twain: Not Just a Girl, a career documentary about the superstar that is available on Netflix; and “Mars,” a short film based on an original universe and characters created by Yungblud, starring Yasmin Finney, that premiered at the London Film Festival and screens later this summer at the Tribeca Film Festival.
About Def Jam Recordings
For 40 years and counting, Def Jam Recordings has been synonymous with hip-hop music, and has been home to the boundary-breaking artists who define the sound, style and impact of hip- hop culture worldwide. Today, Def Jam is a global multimedia brand, built on daring creativity, authenticity, and an unwavering commitment to quality which extends from marquee artists to new signings to its global expansion into the UK, Africa, India, Southeast Asia, and beyond. Worldwide, Def Jam is the most recognizable brand in hip-hop. Def Jam Recordings is a division of Universal Music Group, the world leader in music-based entertainment.
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