Posts Tagged ‘Turntablism’

DJs get your cuts sharp for upcoming Re:Sessions videos. Lookout for invites from me and @BTYMixshow coming early January. Meanwhile, heres some rusty cuts to @Common ‘s Sweet by yours truly

December 28, 2011

ILL Session

July 14, 2011

One of my favorite stores/blogs, Turntable Lab’s Finest get down on an in store scratch session with some champs like Shiftee and Rafik.  Been a while since I’ve heard any double time cuts this dope since D-Styles and Toadstyle.  Soo good to see people that still care about cuttin’.  And if you’re just getting into DubStep and like it, it’s pretty much super beefed up and exaggerated scratch beats.  So if you like DubStep, I think you’d be able to tolerate scratch sessions like this.

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November 30, 2010

DJ Bee and the Skratch Makaniks keepin HipHop and the Tech-1200s alive!

Listen out for the drop by homie DEAO5 of SpoiledorRotten reppin C’MONwealth!

Tribute to the Grand Master

September 23, 2010

This past Sunday 9.19.10 marked the 1 year anniversary of Grand Master Roc Raida’s passing due to complications resulting from a tragic MMA accident.  A month later after the Roc Raida died, I found out that there was a Roc Raida Tribute show happening at BB Kings in NY.  As soon as I found out, I thought that I just had to go, and was accompanied by my homie Gerrell (Vanz).  We took a quick less than 24 hour day-trip to NY to re-live Roc Raida’s essence on the turntables through the creme-de-la-creme of Turntablists.  The stage was packed with reunions of Roc Raida’s crew the X-Ecutioners, the Allies, Beat Junkies, as well as many more legendary DJs such as Kool Herc.  His DMC battle routines were recreated and performed by various DJs, and new sets were also put together tributed to him.  The venue had the illest vibe ever, being surrounded by people that really recognize and appreciate the true artform of DJing.   I even came across some familiar people in the crowd.  I bumped into one of my old time DJ battle competitors, DJ Marcus, and Busta Rhymes, who really looked down and out of it that night due to the loss of  his personal DJ.  Although we had to go back to work sleepless that same morning just hours upon arriving home, the tiring trip was well worth it.  However, although I loved and appreciated the tribute they put together,  starstruck and all seeing some of the best of the best in HipHop, I just wish shows like that would happen more often without being generated by tragedy.  At tonight’s gig, I’ll be rocking the shirt that I got from the show that everyone was rocking that same night and play some tracks to honor the late Great Grand Master Roc Raida.  RIP

Grand Master Roc Raida DMC 1996: DMC

DJ Craze Roc Raida Tribute 2009: 13th Witness

Tablism 2.0

April 27, 2010

JohnBeez does it again with his genius innovation. A modded 06-Pro with a sliding fader that creates different chords for the samples he cuts to create melodies over a beat. His creation, along with the Vestax Controller 1 turntable, brings scratching and tablism to the next level. I couldn’t believe it the first time I saw it last year, now I’m hyped to see an update and it just keeps getting better. I wanna go home and cut now.

Tablist Altar

March 28, 2010

I remember the days when I was couch crashing at my homie DJ Chris Style and DJ Jedi’s place which saved me from the 2 hour commute from home and or sleeping in my car as I completed my last semester in VCU, all in exchange for a pack of Siopao which I brought back from the weekend trips home, and the occasional 6-pack of something.  The couch that I comfortably crashed in was in front of a large gloss black coffee table with stacks of Stuff and Maxim magazines and was sprinkled with blue IKEA eyeball coasters.  Behind that was a white brick wall.  That wall was where four turntables, four mixers, and crates of vinyl, were all setup on wire shelving, speakers and cabinets, and computer desks.  Many nights we all faced that white wall during late night Q&A scratch sessions that made the neighbors downstairs add their own twist to the music by banging on Chris and Jed’s front door while yelling out “Assholes!” over the floor-shaking bass and head-snapping snares from the break beats we were cutting to.  We’d stop the music once the knocking started, but as soon as we hear their footsteps make their way back down the stairwell, the session continued right after we just quietly laughed our asses off.  To this day, I thank them for their hospitality to a fellow DJ and for giving me the opportunity to complete college comfortably.  Half a decade later, I’m glad to know that we’re all still keeping ourselves busy with the turntables.  Additionally, Chris has shown that he refined his set with a console he had built which cleanly frames his almighty 1200’s that were recently accompanied with a 57 mixer. One of the many DJs I know that has full respect and knowledge behind being a good DJ.  Good job homes!