J-Love is quicly
becoming a mixtape legend by breaking new artists and putting
out original projects. We caught up with see whats up in the
world of j-love
What made you want to be a DJ?
Just my taste in music. I always had mad love for music. It kept
awayfrom getting too caught up in the streets. I was obsessed
Type of cat the always had to have the new music first so when I
high school I knew I wanted 2 be in the music industry somehow
someway so I waswriting rhymes and learning how to make beatz so
that was the completion 2 the triangle was the djing aspect
What was the first song that grabbed you?
la di da di - slick rick and dougie fresh that nigga slick rick
killing it on the mic
What artists did you grow up on?
Rakim , slick rick , public enemy , nwa , just ice ,lord finesse
krs-1,kool g rap , biz markie everyybody from that 85 86 era and
When did you make
your first mixtape?
Like 94 it was in
high school I had my man selling them shits but even
then I knew I had the crazy ear for music... i was killing it in
everyone always checked me to hear the new shit so when the tape
started it was crazy
How have your
mixtapes grown from when you started?
One a lot more people cop them..... Nah but I always had a good
base!! I mean formula wise its still the same I think just
quality wise its a
lot better. I have more top of the line equipment plus I m a lot
selective with what gets rocked on the cds if I don't like a
don't play it. I m not like one of these other djs who will play
anything just because they are a well known artist. i mean i
deal with alot of exclusives and
rare jumpoffs so i let them rock so people could enjoy them
How do you know when
you've made a good mixtape?
When 5 years later everyone still playing it or they talking
when more or less the cd itself is timeless.... I mean a lot of
my cds last
for years and years. check your local bootlegger they have
j-love cds from
98...some djs have a cd for like week and they think they
have accomplished something just because they had an exclusives
days in the streets before the next 20 djs do the same thing
What's your favorite mixtape that you've done?
Hard 2 say I m pretty much fan of majority of my own shit but
rakim cd or big pun its hard though to single one down i like
the new ol
dirty cds i did too You do a lot of "Best Of's," what made you
want to do those? Its like paying homage 2 artist I really
respect and also keeping there
names mad hot in the streets I won't just put one out for the
putting it I have 2 really feel there music and respect there
work as an
How difficult are those?
For me I don't thinks its too hard but I put in a lot of time
research try to find a lot of rare and unreleased demos and the
songs I like from them plus i deffinitly try and involve the
possible. I mean some cats are hard to get up with sometimes due
schudules and stuff but i try and and make a classic jumpoff so
my cd you like "damn son know his shit and do his thing" and his
cd is the only one i ever wanna hear !
What have you been up to as far as producing lately?
I been doing crazy remixs and stuff like that if I have an
my cd I have him rock over one of my beatz too.... I mean a lot
people don't know but I had an album deal like in 97 98 it was
just on a bum
ass label ( old freeze records) but I recorded a whole
over there with numerous artists on there like cormega , large
, brandnubian , kool g rap , inspectah deck , guru , smif &wessun
, tragedy ,
o.c. , just off the top real quick but the label just kept
on the backburner so I got fed up andwas like fuck all this shit
and broke out took all the music andcontracts and the even the
2inch reels never looked back
The beat you did for Cormega was dope, how was it working with
his first album?
I did a few tracks for cormega like 5 so far that hit the
dramatic entrance , fallen soilders, love in love out,
and sugar ray and hearns .... the fallen soldiers jumpoff was
for my completion lp but when then didnt happen i told him use
his album. Cormega is my nigga I always had mad
love for him even before i knew him personally. i always felt
and I felt like he didn t get his due .I was one cat who always
in him talent wise... I mean I basically i brought him 2
landspeed when they didn'twanna put his lp out they was straight
fronting like he cant sell i m
not feeling his demos... I basically talked cormega into doing
sohis music could reach the public when the whole industry was
him and even when they (landspeed) was fronting and offering him
very little money but I was telling him let his music speak for
and everything else will fall into place in the time to come and
what has happened he is in a very good position for an
artist or any artist in general. i know he stay with money where
see alot of other artist fronting like they have mad money but
Who are you working with now?
A lot of different people but I m focusing on doing me right now
tired of being around artist who have 1000 dick riders around
day but I have this cd I put together with all production by
myself.... With a
bunch of songs cats did for me and also a handful of rmxs I did.
of which I have few on there rhyming too about shock a lot of
What would you
rather be known for, your mixtapes or beats?
Maybe the beatz
there 2 many people doing mixtapes these dayz its
disgusting.... Its the wave of the internet dj... Lil herbs get
song or 2 and all of a sudden there mixtape djs its pathetic.
know i been doing it since 96 97 in the streets but i cant knock
everyone i seen alot of cats do there thing but then again i
cats who are straight trash
You use the N-word on your mixtapes, why?
i never even thought of it truthfully. it just how i speak how
peoples speak how i speak. i mean its funny to me cause i mainly
asked this question by white people only.... but when i say it i
mean it in some derogratory way... that shit anit in my heart
that... i grew up color blind with black people white people
people hindus chinese i m muliticultral myself being pueto rican
white so i never got caught up in all that racial shit... i feel
a person has a problem with me saying the word it because in
thats how they look at you.... i chill with mad black people
them are my closet friends... and check this too so we dont get
confused or no shit like that.... i m not some country redneck
motherfucker i grew up in the heart of new york city where i m
of my environment so it anit no fake shit either .... i mean it
is either accept or reject
Should you be allowed to get away with that and have you ever
confrontations with that?
i mean get away with what ???speaking how i speak.... no one
me how i can and cannot speak.. i m a grow ass man if you dont
something you could speak to me maybe i ll hear you out but no
control over what i do... as far as getting away with it like i
all depends whats in your heart. if you some white wanna bee cat
hates black people on the low and knows you ll get your ass
you say it then i see where someone would have a problem with it
said. but no one has ever told me nothing.. actually the only
hear this is in a few different interviews i been asked this a
times.. but like i said i say it on some love tip or some fuck u
however i say either way its not in no demeaning way or some kkk
u way or some shit whatever i am who i am fuck it can please
What artists do you look at as being a "must" for your mixtapes?
M.o.p , rakim , nas , mobb deep , wu tang , cormega I'm feeling
a lot these dayz just cats who come with that raw hiphop not
this bullshit a
lot of people putting out. thats why its hard for me alot of
have all the same exclusives some of these so called top mixtape
have but if the song is weak its weak. i like 50 cent but he
do hot shit same with nas jayz any artist so if i feel the song
banging i m rock it cause the song is banging not just because
name or you was trying to make a hit record holla at your
What young artists have you broken?
A lot...... cormega deffinitly one , big pun when he first came
scene i was playing pun shit first niggas at loud used to hit me
beatnuts , noreaga or cnn as whole , tragdey khadafi, ghostface
as a solo artist. I deffinitly contributed 2 the 50 cent rise 2
stardom i was one of the few
playing his songs in the beginning way b4 the g unit takeover ,
a lot of the wu
tang niggaz and they off spring groups i mean like i said you
dont have to be
a star to make it on my cd just do some hot shit..
How do you showcase unsigned heat and show love to those without
If they shit is banging ( 2 my taste that is ) its not problem I
show love but some cats 4get they have to pay they dues just
say some slick shit don't mean they could make a hot song or
that they made
one hot song i m run an play everything they do now its like u
play in the minors b4 u make it to the majors leagues
Should DJ's charge money to play artists?
Nah that shit is weak but then again niggaz have 2 make money
but I don't really do that shit cause if your shit is hot I
gonna wanna play it
What DJ's do you respect in the game?
What artists are next to blow?
Game is doing his thing j hood got some heat I like my nigga
killa sha ,
la the darkman is crazy underrated meyhem , raze , sky gray ,
, even j-love
What's coming up for you?
Like I said putting this cd out to really showcase my production
the heat I have 2 offer the game as well as letting the game
hearing me on
the mic a little something and just keeping the street music on
streets not just the commercial artist rocking. Building up
artist I'm working with and just everything I have 2 offer 2 the
How should artists go about submitting material to you?
Any last words?
get ready for that j-love better your life cd coming real soon
bangerz strictly produced by j-love with tons of your favorite
there. keep check the website j-loveonline.com a redesign is in
works..an keep checking for j-love the last man standing doing
official shit kiko Keep an eye for me this year I have big plans
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