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Being the child of a famous parent can be a blessing or a curse. Some take the easy route by riding the wave of their parent’s legacy while others work hard to earn respect through their own achievements.
Jam Master Jay‘s son, TJ Mizell, is an example of the latter. The Queens native paid his dues as both a student and employee at Scratch DJ Academy and currently serves as A$AP Ferg‘s official tour DJ.
During a recent interview on The Breakfast Club radio show, TJ discussed what it was like growing up as the son of a hip-hop legend, being a DJ in his own right, and the current state of the scene.
“The DJ is [becoming] the rock star now, but at the same time because of that you do have the saturation,” TJ said. “As real DJs, we gotta set that game up and keep that bar high and make sure people can see the difference and know the difference.”
Watch the full convo below.
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