DJ Quik Was One Of The First Rappers To Get Signed Off A Mixtape

Mixtapes have garnered record deals for everyone from 50 Cent to Drake. Artists like Lil Wayne and Fabolous have used them to feed the streets between albums. Hell, Clipse lived off of them for years while they were in record label limbo. But DJ Quik’s The Red Tape will go down in history as one of the first self-produced mixtapes to ever get a rapper signed. He dropped the tape around 1989-90 and after it spread throughout Southern California, Profile Records came knocking with a contract and a bag of money. The tape also featured a track called “Real Doe” that is said to have started the years long beef between him and his rival MC Eiht.

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