Wiz Khalifa, Kush & Orange Juice (2010)
DJ Drama: “That’s another tape from the new era where there was no DJ on it, but you can’t deny the importance it had on his career and what it meant for music. Wiz dropped the tape on his Twitter and it became a trending topic. That shit really sounds like an album from beginning to end.
“He probably goes all around the world performing all of those songs on that project. It was really his coming-out party. His fan base had been strong. I predicted it early that he would be Rookie of The Year the year after that tape came out. Kush & OJis definitely a new classic.
Some people argue that it’s not a mixtape because there’s no DJ on it, but you can’t tell me that Drake or Wiz Khalifa weren’t pushing it and saying, ‘Yo, you need to check out my mixtape.’
“I just look at it like this: If they call it a mixtape it’s a mixtape. Some people argue that it’s not a mixtape because there’s no DJ on it, but you can’t tell me that Drake or Wiz Khalifa weren’t pushing it and saying, ‘Yo, you need to check out my mixtape.’ That was their mixtape. That wasn’t their album. Wiz’s Atlantic debut is his album. Kush & OJ was his mixtape.”
“When you put those out, you’re not looking at your first week. You’re not thinking about SoundScan or Billboard. You’re thinking about getting your music to the people. It’s a mixtape mentality. It’s the 50 Cent mentality like, ‘Fuck y’all. Y’all not paying attention to me. Y’all don’t think I’m gonna sell no records? This is my mixtape. Watch what it does to the streets. They fuck with me. They love me. You don’t see it? Watch this.’ It’s that whole mentality.”