Brooklyn-based DJ and producer J. Period has gained quite the reputation over the years for his “Best Of” mixtapes. The series of mixtapes started in 2003 with Big Daddy Kane and have since featured the likes of Lauryn Hill, The Roots, Q-Tip, and Nas.
Following the 2011 Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival, BrooklynBodega.com caught up with J. Period to get his take on the “Best Of” mixtapes.
“Honestly, the whole idea is to pay homage to the people that inspire me and going deeper than your average mixtape,” J. Period explained. “For most people, a mixtape is just a bunch of songs put together. For me, it was always something that allowed me to take bits and pieces from everywhere. Sampling issues don’t allow you to do that on records. But a mixtape is open season. You can do whatever. Really, I do it all from a fans perspective because I’m a fan of Hip-Hop first.”
Even though Q-Tip and J. Period’s “Best Of” project The [Abstract] Best Vol. 1 was released in 2009 J. Period has revealed that another mixtape with the A Tribe Called Quest front man may be in the works.
“Man, I think the seeds have been planted now for the Q-Tip Volume 2. I think that’s going to happen,” J. Period revealed.
On top of Q-Tip Volume 2, J. Period has numerous other projects planned one of which includes a possible Busta Rhymes mixtape.
“The seeds are also planted for the J. Period album. That’s the next evolution. It’s about that and getting a catalog company to really let me go into their catalog and create this legally and legit. There’s also some things in the works,” the producer explained. “I’m a big fan of Shad from Toronto. I’m talking to Blu. I have a mixtape with Kweli that’s been in the works for four or five years. Eventually that will happen. Tonight actually, I got Busta’s contact because he was like, ‘Yo, you still doing those mixtapes?’ And I was like, ‘Yes! When are we doing one?’ He was like, ‘Yo, that’s what I’m saying.’ So there might be a Busta Rhymes mixtape in the future. We’ll see.”