New York, NY – April 2008 – After landing an original track in TV spots for Universal Pictures’ American Gangster last year, J.Period has once again broken new ground, becoming the first mixtape DJ to ever make the jump directly from mixtape to major film release with a remix.
The track, a collaboration with Game Rebellion titled “Break Down,” hits theaters this month in International Trailers for Fox Searchlight’s Street Kings, starring Keanu Reeves, Forest Whitaker, Common, and The Game. The original version of the track was featured on J.Period & Game Rebellion’s Searching for Rick Rubin – a hip hop-rock hybrid hailed as one of the top mixtapes of 2007 (Okayplayer.com). J.Period’s Remix adds new musical elements and arrangement, plus new original lyrics by Game Rebellion front man Netic the Rebel.
“I redid the drums and added some musical elements,” says J. Period of the remix. “The Trailer house really liked it and added it to the international trailer and now domestic T.V. spots. This is the first time to my knowledge that a mixtape DJ has a track go from a mixtape to a movie trailer.”
J.Period’s foray into the movies began with a remix of a Terrence Blanchard classical piece that he did on spec (You can hear it on his homepage.) for American Gangster. “Then the word got out that I could do this.”
Street Kings, an adrenaline-charged tale of crooked cops and the criminal underworld, is also featuring Lupe Fiasco’s “Little Weapon” in current domestic trailers.
With two film placements secured and more in the works, J.Period continues to carve out a unique new niche for himself as DJ/Producer in both the hip hop and film worlds, treading further into uncharted territory for a traditional mixtape DJ. Working directly with major labels to help transform the mixtape genre into a legitimate enterprise.
“Since The Laurny Hill mixtape I’ve been hired by the labels to work with the artists. I’ve always been on the right side of things, but there are technicalities they can throw at you now. I created a J.Period flash drive that can store my mixtapes and I started selling the storage device and the music is a bonus. I’ve been very successful with that. I don’t think anyone’s done that either.”
Up next J. Period is working on a Talib Kweli mixtape with Don Cannon of the Aphilliates, and others with Skillz, Mary J. Blige and Alicia Keys.
Street Kings hits theaters April 11th.