Mays started The Source in 1988 as a single sheet newsletter while a Harvard undergraduate. It soon became a national magazine.
Mays built a stable of media companies around the Source brand, including a record label, mobile content downloads and a clothing line. They produced a talk show, a talent showcase and several seasons of The Source Hip-Hop Music Awards, some of the highest rated TV specials for a hip-hop audience ever.
Details named Mays one of the 50 most influential men under 37 in its October 2002 issue.
In January 2007, Mays and Raymond Scott founded Hip Hop Weekly.
- Golianopoulos, Thomas "How Dave Mays and Benzino Got Back in the Game with Hip Hop Weekly", The New York Observer, September 20, 2011
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