The Beat Junkies video series “Watch The Sound” returns, spotlighting on Djs/Turntablists that we like and letting them get busy. This episode, we feature Redbull 3x LA Thre3style Champion, Dj Dynamix of the IF2 crew. Watch him get down as he chops up the Rasco classic song “The Unassited”. You can follow Dynamix on Twitter and IG: @dynamixif2
Unsung is a dope music documentary series that features well respected R&B & Hip Hop artists that never really get their just due & focus on their history….kinda like another “Behind The Music” steeze. This particular feature is focused on the legendary West Coast producer Dj Quik. Watch the whole episode. Bigups to TV One & Ego Trip.
The Detroit spitter Frank Nitt drops another song from his new album “Frankie Rothstein” which has an official video. The joint is called “Classic”, produced by our very own Rhettmatic. Video shot & directed by Asato Iida. Frankie Roshstein on Fat Beats is out now!
UK’s own, the legendary Tim Westwood releases an audio excerpt from his radio show that features a dope freestyle between Nas & De La Soul, as all 3 MCs are going off the top of the dome while Maseo is providing the zigga zigga. It’s totally dope to hear these legends going bar for bar, trading verses, & having fun at the same time. Bigups to Egotrip for this ditty!
Our good friends Opio of the mighty Souls Of Mischief & producer extraordinare Free The Robots drop an official video for the cut “Blow Some Smoke” from their collaborative EP “The Subconscious Mind” which came out earlier this year. Be on the lookout for their official debut album coming soon….
The Watch The Sound video series is back again….the last one we did, we featured DMC World Supremacy Champion, Dj IFTW. This time, we are now featuring the recently crowned DMC 2015 LA Champion, Dj Manwell. For more info on Manwell, follow him on IG and Twitter at @djmanwell. For all things Beat Junkies, be sure and visit us at www.beatjunkies.com. Also, tune into our #BeatJunkieRadio station on the new Dash Radio app (free download for iphone and Android)
Our good friends Dj Truly Odd (Fantastik 4our, Friday Night Flavas) & Mike XXL have their own online show called “Heavyweights Radio” every Wednesday Nights on BRealTV. Just recently, they had Miami rapper Bizzy Crook as their featured guest. In this video clip, he does a freestyle.
Check out Heavyweights Radio every Wednesday Night 6-9pm PST, live on BRealTV. Shoutouts to the Buddha Master B-Real, Kinji, & Enas!
We are back with another installment of our “Watch The Sound” video series. This time, we decided to do a little something different & spotlight some talented individuals outside of The Beat Junkies. This particular episode features the DMC World Supremacy Champion IFTW (Image From The Wood) For more info on IFTW, follow him on IG and Twitter at @djiftw. For all things Beat Junkies, visit us at www.beatjunkies.com
The good peoples at Red Bull Music Academy just released this special documentary on the Golden Era of NY Radio from 1980-1988 called “Revolutions On Air”. With interviews with Marley Marl, Dj Red Alert, The Latin Rascals, Shep Pettibone, Stretch Armstrong, & many more. This a must see for Hip Hop heads & music documentary fans alike.
The legendary Diamond D drops another visual for one of his songs from his “Diam Piece” album called “We Are The People Of The World” featuring West Coast Finests….Kurupt & Tha Alkaholiks. Diam Piece out now!
A new episode of Dj Jazzy Jeff‘s “Vinyl Destination” has dropped. This time, the Vinyl Destination crew travels to San Jose, Ca. as well as Colorado for a Burton Snowboarding Event. Starring your favorite DJ and the same cast: Skillz, Dj Ferno, Stevee Blast, & Dayne Jordan. Watch the video and enjoy the antics!
The duo of Mayer Hawthorne & Jake One got interviewed by Radio France inside their their record library, picking records & talking about their history of music. Peep the cool interview below! Tuxedo album out right now!
The vernable Yassin Bey fka Mos Def covers a couple MF Doom songs for a video project titled “BeyondDoom”. The song he covers: Rainbows, Beef Rap, Strange Ways, Accordion, Curls, All Caps, Mayo Clinic (over J Dilla’s beat for Oh No’s “Move Pt. 2”). Filmed last May at Fort d’Aubervilliers by Samuel Thiebaut, edited by Antoine Kerninon, produced by Culturebox.
Another new episode of Dj Jazzy Jeff‘s “Vinyl Destination” Video Series. This time, Jeff takes you to the Guitar Center “Rock Of Fame” in Los Angeles where they induct the first Hip Hop DJs; 3 legendary DJs: Grandmaster Flash, Grandwizard Theodore, & Grandmixer DXT. With cameos by Biz Markie, Dj Qbert, Z-Trip, Dj Shortee, Dj Numark, & our very own Mr. Choc & D-Styles. Enjoy the footage!
The Magnificent Jazzy Jeff does his classic “Peter Piper” dj routine for the good peoples at Serato. Peep the video where Jeff gets busy on the decks. Filmed entirely in New Zealand. Also peep the short video interview as well.
Dj Premier returns with his “Bars In The Booth” video series from the now defunct “HeadQCourterz” studio. This time, he features the West Coast Wordsmith, Ras Kass. Peep the video were the Golden Chyld rocks a dope 16 bar verse over a customized Preemo boom bap track. Check it out!
The legendary Diamond D drops another video single from his new album “Diam Piece”…this time he gives a video treatment for “Ace Of Diamonds” featuring another legend, Masta Ace. With cameos by Kid Capri, Dante Ross, & Diamond’s new signee Big Rec. The scratch hooks were done by our very own Rhettmatic. “Diam Piece” is out right now!
It’s the premiere of Dj Jazzy Jeff‘s video documentary of “Vinyl Destination” Season 3. In Episode 1, follow the Magnificent One as he performs with Run-DMC, Naughty By Nature, De La Soul, Busta Rhymes, & more at The Roots‘ Tribute to New York City Hip Hop, then go out to LA to spin on DJCity‘s Video Show. With the familiar cast of Skillz, Dj Ferno, Stevee Blast, & Dayne Jordan joining Jeff throughout his travels, Vinyl Destination always brings a smile to those that watch the video series. Filmed by Cristopher Schafer.
Vlad TV interviews one of the greatest lyrcists of all time, the legendary Big Daddy Kane. Kane breaks down why he thinks that “KRS-One, Rakim, & himself” are the only Emcess that changed the landscape. He also names Nas, Kool G Rap, Jay-Z, Eminem, & many others that he thinks that should be in the discussion. After the video, we included a couple of videos of Rakim, KRS-One freestyling:
The New Orleans-based band The Soul Rebels did a takeover a few weeks ago at The Brooklyn Bowl rocking a dope live set. They had some special guests to rock with them: Pharoahe Monch, Black Thought, Roy Haregrove just to name a few.
In this particular video clip, The Soul Rebels linked up with the original GOD MC, Rakim Allah, which they do a live version of the classic “Don’t Sweat The Technique”. Enjoy!
These boys are doing it right now…..fresh from their LA/SF/NY shows, Tuxedo drops another video gem from their #1 R&B ITunes self-titled album. The song is called “Number One”. The Tuxedo album is OUT RIGHT NOW!!
It’s been a while since we did a “Watch The Sound” video but we’re back with another episode. This new video features our very own Dj Shortkut, as he reflips a classic Mantronix record. This is a beat juggling/scratch routine that Short rarely does…..if you’re able to catch him on some of his live shows doing this, you’re lucky. Now we’re able to bring it to you. Enjoy!
This interview came out about a week ago but it’s such a dope interview. The well respected media outlet Boiler Room presented a series called “Collection” where they spotlight on well known/respected individuals and their record collection. Here they asked the talented sound selector and vinyl connoisseur Rich Medina to interview the legendary Breakbeat Lou, the co-founder of The Ultimate Breaks & Beats series. This in-depth interview breaks down the history of the holy grail of the break beat compilation & more. Salute to Breakbeat Lou & Rich Medina! Peep it out!
Our good friend from Detroit, Frank N Dank/Yancey Boy member Frank Nitt drops a new song/video from his upcoming solo project “Frankie Rothstein” called “Money On My Mind” featuring T3 of Slum Village on the hook & Illa J on the guest verse, along with Young RJ on the beat.
February is what we like to call “Dilla Month” in honor of the birthday & death anniversary of the one of the greatest (if not THEE greatest) music producer of all time….the one & only James Dewitt Yancey, better known to the world as the legendary J-Dilla. He was born in Detroit on February 7th, 1973 and passed away in Los Angeles on February 10th, 2006 due to complications to Lupus, a few days after his 33rd birthday & the release of his final opus, “Donuts”.
J.Rocc & Rhettmatic both have a special bond with Dilla. J was part of the circle of close friends when Dilla moved to Los Angeles, that included Madlib, Peanut Butter Wolf, & Egon. J.Rocc is also the 3rd member of Jaylib, the collabo group of J-Dilla & Madlib. Rhettmatic eventually also became a part of Dilla’s LA’s circle of friends. Dilla personally asked Rhett to be his tour DJ for his European Tour (which actually turned out to be Dilla’s last tour ever) when J wasn’t available.
Both J & Rhett have done personal tribute mixes to their fallen friend over the years, but haven’t recently done one in a while….till now. This time, they decided to make another Dilla Tribute Mix….together. They basically planned to record an impromptu, inprovised 2×4 (2 person/4 turntables) mix…nothing pre-planned, video archive the live session, see what happens, pick the best part of the mix, & release it to the world to share.
This particular video footage was all recorded in one night with 2 separate GoPro cameras just to document the impromptu recording session between J & Rhett, as they improvise on the spot, weaving in & out of songs with blends & cuts. This is a visual preview of the free mix “Get Live With It”, that will be sharing with the world on February 10th, 2015.
This Audio/Visual Recording is dedicated to the loving memory of James Dewitt Yancey aka Jay Dee aka J-Dilla….We miss you.
The official movie trailer of one of the most anticipated movie of 2015 has been released during the Grammy’s, the NWA biopic movie “Straight Outta Compton”. You can go to the movie website for more info: www.straightouttacompton.com. Drops August 14, 2015.
Our very own Dj Curse does a DJ Internet Video show called “Crib De La Curse” straight from his garage. This video is his 2015 Season Premiere. Providing sights & sounds for his viewers, he also has guests to show up & get down on the ones & twos: Dj Omargod, Dj Ronix, Dj Fatburger, Dave Rukus, & inDJnous. Check out the video show below & enjoy!
Our very own Dj BabutheDilated Junkie did a special mix in a video format for legendary cratedigger/producer Julian from Recordkingz.com. Watch/Hear this dope mix!
“This video is a result of what happens when Juliano fromRECORDKINGZ.COM gives 100s of rare sample, break, reggae, library, Bollywood, should and funk tunes to DJ BABU from THE BEAT JUNKIES and DILATED PEOPLES to select some crazy music for a special mix and mash up exclusive from Record Kingz.”
This just popped up on the net…..this is a video recording of the legendary Dj Premier in the studio, rehearsing with his newly formed band for a show in Japan (which has already passed). Here’s a sneak peak….btw, Preemo is trying to find a new name for the band, if you have any suggestions, hit him up on twitter @REALDJPREMIER, suggest a name, & add #NamePreemosNewBand.
This past weekend, the one & only D’Angelo peforms for the first time on Saturday Night Live in front of a live audience. Along with The Vanguard (Pino, Sharkey, Kendra Foster, John Blackwell, & Jesse Johnson), they performed “Really Love” & “Charade”. Watch the incredible performance!
Speaking of Jurassic 5, the “verbal Herman Munster”Chali 2na drops a new video off his upcoming “Manphibian Music” album called “Stand Up”. What’s cool with this video is 2na shot all of the footage himself while on tour all over the world, and of course he’s spitting & styln on this track. Make sure to check out his website: www.chali2na.com.
Jurassic 5‘s own Dj Numark & The Pharcyde‘s own Slimkid3 drops another joint via video form called “King” featuring the legendary Diamond D & K-Natural. It’s off their joint self-titled album on Delicious Vinyl. Make sure to catch Slimkid3 & Dj Numark on tour in Europe right now!
In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr‘s Birthday today, Elmo “Magic” Christian produces this video tribute to MLK a few years ago by using his famous “I Have A Dream” speech over Mr Fingers’ classic House joint “Can You Feel It”. Thank you for everything Mr. King. (Bigups Egotrip)
New visuals from the Axel F crew (J.Rocc & M.E.D.)…..This was shot in Japan last year while MED was on tour with Blu. “Theme Music” is out right now; you can pick it up on ITunes or get the CD/Vinyl at www.bangyahead.com or www.stonesthrow.com
Dilla Month is about 2 weeks away, but someone sometime a week ago made this incredible video that was a homage to the late great J-Dilla‘s last opus, “Donuts”. Whoever made this, put in some real work and took all the original footage from the songs that Dilla sampled & chopped, & practically made a visual to the whole album. It’s crazy….now you can visualize Donuts come to life while listening to it. If you look closely, you can peep the Funky President, J.Rocc in the video, which was taken from the Skratchcon 2000 convention. Whoever made this…..great job! Dilla would be smiling.
The legendary Dj Premier drops another episode of “Bars In The Booth”….on this particular episode, he gets the Barrell Brothers aka Torae & Skyzoo to rock over one of his instrumentals. This is probably the last “Bars In The Booth” video that was shot at Headcquarterz aka D&D Studios before it got shut down on January 7th. For more Preemo stuff, go to www.premierwuzhere.com
After winning the San Francisco RedBull Thre3style Championship in 2014, the Triple Threat DJs (the legendary Dj Apollo, the talented Dj Vinroc, & our very own Shortkut) took a trip out to NY a few months back to visit Scratch Dj Academy in Manhattan.
“In addition to demonstrating their epic skills, the guys discussed how they got their start. These guys truly have done it all. From beginning with family weddings, birthday parties, and school dances to the epic presence they have today.”
Over the Fall of 2014, Chairman Mao was asked to interview the legendary Dj Marley Marl for the Redbull Music Academy in Tokyo, Japan. If you are a true Hip Hop fan or a music conneseiuer, this is a must to watch!
Bootie Brown of The Pharcyde has a new website called Lablife Pros (www.lablifepro.com) where they interview different music producers in the game. Their featured artist/producer spotlight is none other than our very own Dj Rhettmatic. Learn more about Rhett’s history as a producer, what products he uses, working with The Beat Junkies and much more….peep the interview.
If you know about the Junkies, we’re pretty much are lowkey Foodies and we love food. It doesn’t hurt that we are good friends with the one & only Chef Roy Choi of Kogi Food Trucks & The Pot Restaurant.
If you are a Foodie yourself, you would want to check out this video where Roy & his fellow chef partner Daniel Patterson are planning to open their own version of a Fast Food Chain called “Locol”. Peep out the video & be prepared to be excited!
In the latest “Rhythm Roulette” video series brought to you by Mass Appeal Magazine, they have our good friend, the incomprable Uncle Nu aka Dj Nu-Mark of Jurassic 5. Here, Uncle Nu does the same thing like everyone did and pick 3 random records blindfolded & tries to make a beat out of them. See what magic he comes up with in this video series.
Mass Appeal Magazine returns with another episode of Rhythm Roulette. Their video spotlight this time is on The Disrupter, 1/2 of Gangrene, & the Beat Konducta‘s younger brother, Oh No aka Dr. No!
“In celebration of Oh No and Alchemist producing the score for Rockstar Video Game‘s GTAV, we present to you a flip on Rhythm Roulette. GTAV soundtrack in stores now on CD and vinyl.
While each producer has a unique spin on how they sample, Oh No’s Rhythm Roulette is truly one of a kind, as he took to a video game store and selected three Nintendo 64 games to sample from. Using sounds from NWO/WCW Revenge, Karate Champ, and Nascar ’99, Oh No had his work cut out for him. However, he didn’t stress one bit, and proceeded to play all the games, then make a beat out of the sounds he recorded during gameplay.”
What’s up peoples….It’s been hard to keep with things when the holidays hit. I’ve been playing catch up as of late.
Anyways, here’s another installment of Throwback Thursdays. Today, I’m featuring my Beat Junkie brother, the one & only Dj Melo-D. Melo is definitely one of the bests to do it and sometimes very underrated compared to all our contempories out there. He’s always flawless with the cuts, scratches, beat juggles, & mixes….very precise yet funky. Maybe I’m just biased cause he’s in my crew….LOL!
Peep his solo scratch performance off the Turntable Wizardry 2 video (it was on VHS) that came out in 97. Crazy!
Yoooo! This video here got us crackin up. The title says “Premier’s Game Changing Beats”, but it’s not what you think. Comedian Jerrod Carmichael is assiting Preemo on his new style of beats, with appearances by Royce Da 5’9, The Lady Of Rage, & Miguel….the look on Royce’s face is priceless. PRhyme album is out now!
The legendary Dj Premier has been putting out a video series called “Bars In The Booth” where he personally selects a MC to freestyle over a customized Preemo beat. In this 6th installment, he enlisted the one & only Bumpy Knuckles aka Freddie Foxxx.
The legendary Dj Jazzy Jeff returns with another episode of video series “Vinyl Destination”. as he and VD crew head to the ‘Land Of The Down Under’ aka Australia.
“DJ Jazzy Jeff gives some insight to being a world traveling performer. With non-stop shows, constant travel and the desire to sleep in, DJ Ferno leaves the crew to rest and finds some time to explore the streets of Sydney.”
Complex Magazine debuted the Dj Premier & Royce Da 5’9 new mini-documentary called “PRhyme’s Raiders Of The Lost Art”. The mini-docu is narrated by the legendary Bun-B of the UGK’z as the documentary shows the day in a life of both Premo & Royce. The album drops December 9th
The Supergroup Slaughterhouse released another joint to the masses. This time the song is produced by the legendary Dj Premier called “Y’all Ready Know”, which will appear on Eminem‘s Shady Records‘ compilation “Shady XV”, due out on November 24th.
What’s up folks….I’m back with another installment of “Throwback Thursdays”.
Today’s installment is the official video of J.Rocc‘s single “Stay Fresh”, off his solo debut album “Some Cold Rock Stuf” on Stones Throw Records. This video was shot by Mayer Hawthorne while him, J, & Peanut Butter Wolf were touring Japan (a few months after the 2011 Japan Earthquake & Tsunami). Special cameo by the King Of Diggin, Dj Muro.
The Funky President has been busy in the lab cooking up some goodies. Stay tuned for the Axel F album with M.E.D. in November as well as a special Beat Tape coming out on Stones Throw at the end of the year…..
But for the meantime, enjoy the throwback video (from a few years ago….)
The hermano, 5x World Champion legend, Dj Craze put up a Youtube video yesterday of his latest Dj routine using Kanye West‘s “New Slaves”. In this footage, Craze shows a perfect balance of using both traditional Dj skills & embracing new technology at the same time….this video shows that Craze still has the skills to pay the bills while able to be “current” in today’s Dj climate.
And from his own words: “This culture means the world to me and has blessed me with so much. I’m a b-boy at heart and this is my form of expression. I hope y’all paid attention to the message instead of the shots I fired! This is an artform that I feel doesn’t get the respect it deserves but as long as I’m breathing, I will do my best to bring you that heat!!! #realdjing”
Salute to our good friend Craze for always coming with it!
What’s up folks…..yes, another installment of “Throwback Thursdays”.
For those that do not know, Shortkut & myself call ourselves “The Godfathers”, not because we’re like ‘Godfathers’ in the DJ/Turntablist scene, but because we are actual Godfathers (or as the Filipinos would traditionally say, “Ninongs”) to Babu‘s oldest son, Niko….and we were also roommates at one time….LOL!!
Back in the early 2000’s, Short & myself came up with some 2 man tag-team routines while we were roommates. We eventually took our little set on the road while on tour with The Visionaries in Europe. Fast forward to 2013, our sponsors Rane asked the Junkies to perform at their booth for the NAMM Show. Short & myself took the opportunity to try to come up with some stuff that’s similar to what we did back in the 2000’s. A couple of things tho that was standing in our way. (1) We forgot some of our old routines, (2) Short lives in the Bay Area, I live in the LA County, & (3) because of our busy schedules, we only had 1 day, yes…ONE DAY, to come up with something. So Short flew down to LA the day before we were schedule to play at the NAMM booth, so we can practice and try to come up with something. We rented out a rehearsal studio, came up with something, & practice for 6 hours. We were able to remember & incorporate some of our old 2 man routine, and with Short’s suggestion, we reflip a classic routine of The Adventures Of Grandmaster Flash On The Wheels Of Steel. After brainstorming & stressing, this is what we came up with.
Short & myself have always talked about doing a Godfather show, hopefully we can still do one in the near future. Hope you like this little ditty from 2 years ago….oh yeah, peep the other footage below of our original 2 man tag-team routine, back in the early 2000’s when we were using vinyl, 2 Vestax mixers, & 3 Vestax turntables….ah yes, memories….LOL!
From The Visionaries European Tour (2004) in Hamburg, Germany
If you’ve been following the internet media blitz of Run The Jewels aka Killer Mike & El-P for their new album, you would know about the joke turned to fully conceptualized Kickstarter-funded album“Meow The Jewels”,where they will remix their new album “RTJ2” (which is out October 27th on Mass Appeal Records) using all cat sounds….yes, you read that right….CAT SOUNDS! It’s started off as a joke but yes people, it’s really REAL! If you know the Junkies personally, you would know that we like dry, stupid & silly humor. Watching this video warms our hearts. Enjoy the foolishness…..
What’s up folks…..yup, you guessed it, I got another video for Throwback Thursdays. This particular video is a little different from the previous vintage Dj Battle footages.
This is from the 2007 Redbull Big Tune Producers Battle – LA Finals taken place at the old Knitting Factory in Hollywood (If you know the history, this is the spot where we used to throw our classic “Nightlife”events at). For the most part, everyone knows that the Junkies are known for our Dj skills & our Battle Dj background, but not everyone knows that we are also producers and have been making beats & doing productions for quite a few Hip Hop artists. This particular footage combines the best of both worlds…..battles & beats! The concept of the Big Tune Battle is to pit Producers against each other in a head to head elimination competition showcasing their beats/production and the winner of each round to be determined by crowd response & participation. The competition was developed by producers Jake One, Vitamin D, & Music Industry vet Jonathan Moore.
What was cool about this particular competition, it featured new upcoming producers as well as the veteran producers to come with their “A” game, because it shows no matter what have you done before or who’ve you worked with, the bottom line is that you better come with that HEAT! In this footage, in the finals, it came down to 2 talented individuals……the young gunner (at that time) that was starting to make his name around the industry circles, producer extraordinaire Swiff D (Pac Div, Jadakiss, Talib Kweli) & of course, the Dilated Junkie himself, our very own Dj Babu. 2 rounds each for the producers to come with the slaps & to be judged by the crowd. Swiff D came with that fire, but Babs was in Battle Mode & also brought the heat! I won’t say who won the LA Finals, but both of them went to USA Finals to represent Los Angeles. I’ll let you guys be the judge.
Btw, if you look closely, you’ll see Dj Revolution, OhNo, Evidence, J.Rocc, Dj Romes, & a somewhat intoxicated Rhettmatic (haaa!). Anyways, watch the video and enjoy the sounds!
Our good homie, producer extraordinaire, Jake One (De La Soul, Drake, Rick Ross, etc) has a video series called “Behind The Beat” where he shows you behind the scenes of his productions and the hits he made. This particular episode, he shows you the making of 50 Cent‘s “Hustler”, using his trusty ASR-10. Jake makes producing Slappers look easy…..make sure you check out his other episodes.
The 2014 DMC World Dj Championships was held this past weekend (Oct. 5) in the UK and we have a new champion: Mr. Switch from The UK. Congratulations to him as well as to the United States’ very own Dj I-Dee, who is the Vice World Champion AND the 2014 DMC Online World Champion, Dj Image aka Dj IFTW from the United States who won the 2014 DMC Battle For World Supremecy, & the defending Team World Champions, France’s own the 9 O’Clock crew who won the 2014 DMC Team World Championships again.
Congratulations to all the new champions & the competitors!
What’s up folks….it’s another installment of Throwback Thursdays. In honor of the official Invisibl Skratch Piklzreunion at A-Trak’s Fool’s Good“Day Off” Party at the Shrine Auditorium in LA this Sunday, October 12th, I thought I post up one of the best Dj battles in the history of mankind…..The Xmen vs ISP.
This happened at the first ITF World Championships during the 1996 Rock Steady Crew Anniversary. Babu & myself competed in this battle, but THIS was the hightlight of the event….this was litterarlly the “Clash Of The Titans”. They broke up it into 2 parts, solos & teams. Both catagories were incredible and both crews were going all out with new techinques & routines. I remember watching this battle in person and the energy in the place was crazy!!!
On the Xmen side: Roc Raida (RIP), Rob Swift, Mr. Sinista, Total Eclipse, & Diamond J. For ISP: Q-Bert, Mixmaster Mike, & Shortkut.
This is the team battle…..remember folks, this is 1996……these skills are still relevent in today’s times…..always timeless, always classic! Enjoy!
It’s another installment of Throwback Thursdays Videos. This particular video shows the Funky President himself, J.Rocc is throwin down on 4 Turntables…..yes, I said “4” Turntables! He did this on the Rane TTM68 4 Channel Mixer when Rane Inc debut the mixer at the NAMM Show in 2011. Here, J is paying homage to the old school classic mix records that came out in the 80’s like “Scratch Party”, “Scratch Dance”, “The New York Scratchmasters”, “Mix Trix”, & so forth. Usually those mixes were done “4-track style”, mixing using mulit-tracks. Here, J is demonstrating the mix live with 4 Turntables. The last time someone did something like this was Cut Chemist with his homage to “The Adventures Of Grandmaster Flash On The Wheels Of Steel” using 3 Turntables in the 90’s. And before that, Grandmaster Flash himself using 3 Turntables in the 80’s. Shout out to Mike May at Rane Inc.
Peep the technique below and peep the original mixes that J based his homage to:
Our big brother, the legendary Dj Jazzy Jeff brings to you his video recap to the Redbull Thre3style World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijian a few weeks ago.
“What started as an underground experiment back in 2007 has quickly grown into the world’s largest DJ competition and, for the first time, the Red Bull Thre3Style World Finals hit Baku, Azerbaijan September 2014. Inbound from the four corners of the globe, from Albania to Argentina, from Germany to Japan. The top DJs on earth took over the city of Baku competing for the title of Red Bull Thre3Style World Champion. Filmed by Cristopher Schafer of Visually Inklined, DJ Jazzy Jeff gives you a comprehensive look at the 2014 Red Bull Thre3style championship.”
Today, Friday September 19, 2014 is the 5 year anniversary of the passing of our brother, TheXecutioners‘ very own, the late great Grandmaster Roc Raida. The Xecutioners, The Invisibl Skratch Piklz, & The Beat Junkies……we all have history together. Even though we are all from different regions across the United States, our 3 crews & a few others were the only ones that were pushing the Dj culture forward while everyone thought that Djing was “played out” during the early 90’s…..
For the Junkies, outside of battling & the competitions, Raida has a special place in our heart because we really bonded with him & the Xmen when we would do shows & tours togethers. Hanging out, cracking jokes, smoking funny cigerettes…..real brotherhood. He was our brother……Shout outs to Tye & the kids. Everyone here misses you Raida…we love you. Grandmaster Roc Raida Forever!!!
Check out Complex Magazine‘s video series “Magnum Opus”, in which they go behind the scenes of a classic Hip Hop song. This month’s is Common‘s “The Light”, produced by our brother, the late great J Dilla. The video goes behind the scenes into the making of “The Light” with special interviews by Frank Nitt, James Poysner, Bob Powers, Erykah Badu, & Common himself. This is something you should really watch if you are a true Common/Dilla/Hip Hop fan.
For another installment of Throwback Thursdays, I wanted to post a video of mi hermano, the one & only Dj Craze. Straight up, Craze is hands down the best Dj in the World in the history of Battle Dj’s. He’s one of my favorites and is always exciting to watch. Even after his retirement from the Battling scene, he was able to transition into being one of the best Party Rockers out right now and running his own label, Slow Roast. When we Dj’ed together at The Do-Over Portland a few months ago with the other homie Fourcolor Zack, he was joking he should call himself the “Floyd Mayweather Of Djing”….we were all laughing, but deep down I think he was serious…haha! Craze is an excellent Dj as well as an excellent human being…..that’s my hermano right there!
This video footage is from the DMC 1998 World Championships, where he was defending his title the 2nd time. Peep out this footage & this will show you why he was the 5x DMC World Champion…enjoy!
A new collabo project by the dynamic duo of Dj Premier & Royce Da 5’9 is about to come into fruition. The project is called “PRhyme” and all the music Preemo samples from is none other than our good friend Adrian Younge. This is going to be something that all Hip Hop Music Fans will go bonkers for….stay tuned!
Peep the video teaser, which was shot at Adrian’s “Artform Studio” Record Store/Hair Saloon in Los Angeles:
The Dilated Junkie himself, Dj Babu, is featured on new episode of Mass Appeal‘s “Rhythm Roulette” video series.
“On this episode of Rhythm Roulette, we’re joined by 1/3 of Dilated Peoples and member of the World Famous Beat Junkies, DJ Babu. Many don’t know that along with being a highly skilled battle DJ (known for his legendary “Blind Alley” beat juggle), the ITFchampion also gets it in on the production tip. From Super Duck Breaks to The Beat Tapeseries, Babu crafts hip hop shit that knocks, while managing to be progressive at the same time.
We took the Beat Junkie to the Record Jungle outside of Los Angeles to play a game of Rhythm Roulette. After that, we headed back to his studio to put your boy to the test. After listening through all three records, Babu took a joint from The Association’s Stop Your Motor album, threw it on his AKAI MPK49 and got to work.”
Wanted to post something up in honor of the term “Throwback Thursdays”. These particular video footages are from D-Styles‘ “Phantazmagoria”Album Release Party at the Knitting Factory in Hollywood on November 1, 2002.
A couple of things that made this night special: It was the first time that ALL 6 of us (D, Short, J, Babu, Melo, & myself) had performed together as a band, it was the release of D’s first solo album as well as making history as one of the first Scratch Instrumental album (all the music was made by scratches via multi-tracks) of it’s kind, & this event took place 2 days after the death of the legendary Jam Master Jay. As Babs said in the video “We’re performing songs written, produced, & composed by D, from his album ‘Phantazmagoria’…..it’s a real special night for us…it’s a groundbreaking album that D’s putting out….we’re just members of his band.”
Walk down memory lane with us & enjoy the footage……
Congratulations to Germany’s Dj Eskei83 for winning the 2014 Redbull Thre3style World Championship this past weekend in Azerbaijan. With the esteemed judging panel of Dj Jazzy Jeff, Z-Trip, Skratch Bastid, Krafty Kuts, & our very own Dj Shortkut watching on, Eskei83 was able to convinces the judges & secure the win from the other competitors.
Here’s footage from the Soulection x Beat Junkies collabo at Soulection’s “The Sounds Of Tomorrow” event that a month ago. This particular footage shows legendary percusionist Eric Bobo of Cypress Hill & our own Rhettmatic aka The Cypress Junkies, going back & forth on the percussion/dj tip.
Bigups to Joe Kay, Andres, SoSuperSam, Kronika, Esta, & the whole Soulection crew for hosting D-Styles, Mr. Choc, Rhettmatic & Bobo at their event.
“Here are highlights from our recent TSOT monthly (L.A.) at The Echoplex w/ special guests Beat Junkies. Legends Eric Bobo and Rhettmatic really brought the energy with the combination of live percussion over Soulection material and forgotten classics.”
Shot by Erik Hurtado / Edited by Eric Coleman & Whest Cornell
What’s up peoples……my first official blog post on the Beat Junkies’ website. I’m planning to do more blog posts that’s either Beat Junkie related, my own projects, or stuff that I’m into…..thank you for everyone that’s been supporting the whole Beat Junkie crew from day one!
So for my first post, HipHopDX world premiere a new music video for a song that I did with the homies from the Brown Bag Allstars, so you know I had to post this up here. It’s called “Louis Vuitton Wallets” and features J57 & Koncept. I sampled “Enemies” from my good friend Adrian Younge. The guys shot the video while they were on tour thru California and spitting vicious rhymes over my production.