Just Blaze on Ghost Producing, the Rise of DJs, and More

Just Blaze a.k.a. Justin Smith has produced some of hip-hop’s biggest anthems in his decade-plus career. From JAY Z’s “Girls, Girls, Girls” and Cam’ron’s “Oh Boy,” to Fabolous’ “Breathe” and JAY Z’s epic “Public Service Announcement,” his production credits go deep and have earned him a reputation as one of the greats.
The New Jersey native has always had a love for all types of music, regardless of the genre. Last year, Just Blaze teamed up with trap superstar Baauer for a massive collaboration titled, “Higher.” The track quickly became a hit and couldn’t have been titled better — as it not only helped merge the worlds of hip-hop and EDM but also introduce Just Blaze to an entirely new generation.
While best known as a hip-hop producer, Just Blaze started out as a DJ and currently co-hosts a weekly event at New York’s Webster Hall called, “House Party.” He’s also performed at influential EDM festivals such as Ultra and HARD. DJcityTV recently caught up with the legend to pick his brain about the rise of DJs, the practice of ghost producing, what it takes to be an amazing DJ, and more. Watch the full interview above.
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