THROWBACK THURSDAYS (VIDEO): XMEN (THE XECUTIONERS) vs. ISP (INVISIBL SKRATCH PIKLZ) – 1996

What’s up folks….it’s another installment of Throwback Thursdays.  In honor of the official Invisibl Skratch Piklz reunion 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!

Rhettmatic

WE MISS YOU RAIDA! RIP GRANDMASTER ROC RAIDA (MAY 17, 1972 – SEPT. 19, 2009)

Today, Friday September 19, 2014 is the 5 year anniversary of the passing of our brother, The Xecutioners‘ 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!!!

The Beat Junkies