Certified Hitz Music Group along with DJ Bad Tha Problem announce the release of his latest mixtape ‘Turn Up Music [EDM Edition] Vol.13’ out now on streaming platforms. The seasoned DJ/producer/CEO/A&R delivers an epic dose of invigorating EDM and Hip Hop, sure to have listeners pressing repeat with the volume all the way up. Stream the mixtape and check out the full interview below with DJ Bad Tha Problem.
MJ: DJ BAD THA Problem…for those who might not be familiar, tell the world who you are, who/what you represent, and the story behind your name.
DJ Bad Tha Problem: What’s going on world! I go by the name of DJ Bad Tha Problem, King of the Certified Hitz, Producer, and A&R. I am the Founder and CEO of Certified Hitz Music Group. I represent Team Titan DJ’s, a big shout out to the big homie DJ Kelo (Former Celebrity Tour DJ for Sean Kingston and other celebrities) for not just allowing me to be a part of the team, but also being one of my mentors. I am forever grateful for what he has taught me, the opportunities he has given me, and all the things he has helped me with over the years. I also represent 24k Mixtape DJs founded by DJ Pop Dukez. He has been very helpful with my DJ career.
I have worked in radio before but mainly drop mixtapes. I have released mixtapes with a lot of indie artists and a few major artists including Short Dawg, Bricksquad Ent, and Rich The Kid (formerly known as Black Boy The Kid) just to name a few. This past year I’ve had the opportunity to produce the 2020-2021 awards ceremony for the “National Black Radio Hall Of Fame”. Big thanks to Mrs. Marsha Washington George aka “The Radio Lady” for allowing me to help put together the award show, Sharon Seay for her guidance, and my artist Poka Jones for presenting me with the opportunity.
The story behind my DJ name comes from when I was a freshman in High School. I had a close friend who would always call me Bad, it was a nickname she had given me. I was an artist at the time and went by a different name. She heard that I was making music and told me I should change my name to Bad because she wasn’t really feeling the name I was going by at the time. I told her I would think about it. In 2008 I decided that I was going to be a DJ instead of an artist, so I took the nickname she had given me and ran with it. However, while building my name DJ name making mixtapes, blends, doing radio, etc., people kept confusing me with other DJs since we had the same name. So, I decided to extend my DJ name to stop the confusion. Now instead of going by DJ Bad, I am the official DJ Bad Tha Problem.
MJ: Your resume as a DJ is both extensive and impressive. Talk a little bit about your involvement with Team Titans, 24K Mixtapes, as well as when you founded Certified Hitz Music Group. What is your mission behind that?
DJ Bad Tha Problem: As I mentioned before, Team Titan DJs will forever be family to me. I have been with them for I’d say a little over a decade now. I have learned a lot from DJ Kelo and he has helped me a lot with my DJ career. We are a team of DJs but always have looked out for each other. 24k Mixtape DJ’s is pretty much the same. DJ Pop Dukez has helped me with my DJ career and has always looked out for me too.
Certified Hitz Music Group is my brand/record label. I founded Certified Hitz Music Group back in 2013. I always wanted to run my own record label but also have another brand to build up while I was building my DJ name. I am currently still building Certified Hitz Music Group and have not signed any artists yet. There are artists associated with Certified Hitz Music Group that I work closely with and DJ for, which are City The Great and Poka Jones. Within the next 5 years or so I will have a team of people in addition to artists to help push the brand further and break down music industry doors.
MJ: Before we jump into your new mixtape “Turn Up Music [EDM Edition] Vol. 13”, tell us what it’s like being a DJ in one of the hottest cities in the country? I know there’s nothing like home base, but do you have other favorite hot spots you DJ at?
DJ Bad Tha Problem: Being a DJ in Florida is a lot of fun compared to being a DJ in my home state NJ. I have had offers to DJ at a few clubs around my city but turned those down to focus on making mixtapes, working with my two artists, building brands and networking, etc.
MJ: “Turn Up Music [EDM Edition] Vol. 13”, what can listeners and fans expect from this mixtape? This is volume 13, shed some light on how you keep fans coming back for more.
DJ Bad Tha Problem: Fans and listeners can expect a lot of certified hitz from “Turn Up Music [EDM Edition] Vol. 13”. It is not just your typical EDM tape. If you’re a fan of EDM and Hip Hop, you’ll be getting the best of both worlds, not just on this volume but in the whole “Turn Up Music [EDM Edition]” mixtape series. This mixtape series has by far been the most successful series I’ve ever put together. I have been overwhelmed by the numbers and the support behind this mixtape series. Shout out to all the people who have listened and downloaded any of the previous volumes and shout out to the bootleggers too. I am currently working on the next volume which I should be releasing sometime in 2022 probably in late January or early February.
MJ: Your next show is on January 8th at Karma Sutra Lounge in NYC, please share all that 411!
DJ Bad Tha Problem: January 8th is going to be a spectacular certified event. Me and my artist City The Great will be holding a mixtape/album release party not just for our project “Respectfully Yours”, but for my artist debut album “The Wordsmith” under the legendary Special Ed’s label SEMedia. The event will be held at the Karma Sutra Lounge in NYC, from 7 pm to 2 am. Expect live performances from City The Great and the artists under Certified Nation Ent, great food and drinks, and nothing but good music. DJ Buena Vida and I will be on the 1’s and 2’s. We will be having some surprise celebrity guests at the event. I cannot disclose who will be in attendance, however, If you want to find out you will have to be there for yourself…free entry! I mean who doesn’t like free stuff, am I right? Plus, we will be celebrating my artist’s birthday.
MJ: You don’t only wear the hat as DJ and CEO, but you’re also a producer and A&R. It’s not uncommon for us to play various roles in the music industry, do you favor one role more than the other? Does one present more challenges than the others?
DJ Bad Tha Problem: I personally don’t favor one role over the other. I enjoy all the roles I play equally. The only role that presents more of a challenge for me is being a producer. The challenge that I have is sitting down and taking time to make my own music from scratch. I have dabbled with making beats for a while now, even gotten my first placement with an indie artist I was working with at the time but haven’t really taken it seriously. I plan on changing that next year. I’ve helped produce other artist’s projects in the past even helped produce some of the tracks on City The Great’s upcoming mixtape “Respectfully Yours”. And no, I’m not talking about strictly just making beats. There is a big difference between being a beatmaker and a producer. However, I am not just a DJ, CEO, Producer, and A&R. I do pretty much everything by myself and have been for a very long time. From videos, audio engineering, promoting, building websites, etc., I used to do graphics too but not anymore. I have a main graphic designer now. Shout out to MefDesigns. Doing everything by myself can be challenging, tiring, and sometimes stressful but I love music. I don’t have the time to wait on anyone.
MJ: Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
DJ Bad Tha Problem: Expect a lot more mixtape projects from me next year and be on the lookout for City The Great’s mixtape titled “Respectfully Yours” hosted by yours truly, dropping January 8th on all streaming platforms…Turn Up Music [EDM Edition] Vol. 14 is coming real soon as well as Love & R&B Vol. 27. I have a new mixtape series in the works, I am still working out all the details, and I will be bringing back the mixtape series “Definition Of A Hustler” featuring a lot of dope independent artists, so stay tuned and be on the lookout for that!
Connect with DJ Bad Tha Problem
Official Website: https://www.officialdjbadthaproblem.com/