Our very own Dj Babu & his son Nikobeats were featured on the NBC LA Channel 4‘s “Life Connected” series in honor of Asian Pacific Heritage Month. They were interviewed during the official Grand Opening of the Beat Junkie Institute Of Sound in Glendale this past April. Thank you to Hetty Chang for the interview!
Members from the legendary Beat Junkie Crew (DJ Babu, DJ Rhetmattic and Mr. Choc.) talk with DJ Trexxx aka Yung Dean about the future of turntablism and how the internet generation has affected DJ’s. Dash Radio Exclusive. You can listen to the Beat Junkies’ station, “Beat Junkie Radio” on the Dash Radio app. www.dashradio.com
Friday (June 17th), our very own Dj Babu will be spinning a set at the Walt Disney Concert Hall special event called “Sleepless”. He will be joining Dj Expo, Exile, Monalisa, Dj Jedi, Inka 1 & many more. It’s happening from 11pm to 3am. Presale tickets are available on the day off starting at 10pm. Don’t miss this nocturnal dance party event!
“TBH” is the third single off the collaborative project “A Whole New Cook” by CookBook of L.A. Symphony & Evidence of Dilated Peoples. With Cook is on the vocals and Ev on the production, the project features DJ Babu of Dilated Peoples/Beat Junkies. Watch this dope video directed by Original Knockoff.
“A Whole New Cook” dropped on March 4 and has been on the CMJ Hip Hop chart for 10 weeks, 4 of which it spent at #1. It also went to #1 on Canada’s earshot chart.
This is CookBook’s 3rd release in his CBEP series, where he teams up with 1 producer for each project. 1st one produced by DJ Rhettmatic (Beat Junkies) the 2nd by Blu (Blu & Exile) & of course this 3rd one produced by Evidence.
Friday & Saturday (April 22nd & 23rd), Dilated Peoples will be performing at The Observatory both in Orange County & San Diego, CA this past November. Make sure to check out Rakaa, Evidence, & Dj Babu at these shows! All Ages, Tix: $10. Don’t miss this dope Hip Hop show…one of the best groups to do it!
Friday (December 18th), Dilated Peoples will be performing at The House Of Blues in Anahiem, CA this past November. With special guests The Step Brothers (w/ Alchemist),Fashawn, & opening DJ set by our very own Mr. Choc. Doors open at 8pm, All Ages, Tix: $25. Don’t miss this dope Hip Hop show, possibly the last one for 2015.
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This Friday (November 6th), Guitar Center joins forces with Serato for an intimate LA Workshop at the Guitar Center Hollywood. Their special guest is our very own Dj Babu.
At the workshop, they will be covering everything Serato DJ. Including the latest features and hardware: Key Mixing, Club Kit, and the Pioneer DJM-S9 mixer.
The workshop is from 6-9pm. To RSVP, go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/903414889714101/
Tonight (October 23rd) in Downtown Los Angeles, Seoul Sausage presents Duckfat Fridays with our very own Dj Babu. Food curated by Chef Chris Oh. All happening at Seoul Sausage Downtown LA from 9p-2a. Enjoy some good music, good food, & good vibes!
This Saturday (October 24th) is the Album Release Party of MED & Blu‘s album “Bad Neighbor” on Bang Ya Head Entertainment. This event packs an All-Star line up: Dudley Perkins & Georgia Anne Muldrow, Dj Babu, Dj Rhettmatic, Diba$e, 14KT, & many more. All happening at The Grandstar Jazz Club in Chinatown; Downtown LA. For more info: www.bangyahead.com
Friday (October 9th), Boiler Room TV will present a live segment called “Mystery Crates” hosted by Dj Sean-O with their special guests: Dj Babu (Beat Junkies/Dilated Peoples) & Dj Numark (Jurassic 5/Dj Numark x Slimkid3). These two legendary Djs/Producers will be exchanging each others record crates & play them without knowing what they put together. You don’t want to miss this…..It will be shooting live from 8-10pm and shown on www.boilerroom.tv
This Friday (October 9th) is another weekly installment of Do-It at The Shortstop in Los Angeles with residents Dj Expo and Dj Sean-O. Their special guest this week is our very own Dj Babu, the Dilated Junkie. Start off you weekend at Do-It & get your groove on! To RSVP: http://doitLA.eventbrite.com
TONIGHT (October 3rd) is the another installment of one of LA’s longest running Hip Hop dance party “The Boombox” with residents Dj Inka One, Dj Ben Diggin, & Dj Analog. Their special guests this month is our very own Dj Babu (Beat Junkies/Dilated Peoples) & Dj Manwell (3x DMC LA Champ/Battlestar). All happening at The Grand Star Jazz Club in Chinatown (Downtown Los Angeles). Definitely don’t sleep on this!
Saturday (September 26th), our very own Dj Babu will be in Boston to play at the Fresh Produce event, all happening at the Good Life (No folks, this is not related to the LA Good Life). The Bladerunners will be also joining the Dilated Junkie as well. It’s a 21 and over event….all for this for $10. All Boston Representitives come represent!
Tonight (September 2nd) is LA’s longest music cutting edge weekly club, Low End Theory at The Airliner. This week’s guest is our very own Dj Babu, the Dilated Junkie, making his debut at the Low End Theory, along with the homie Frank Nitt, Sahtyre, & Ill Camille. Plus Low End Theory’s residents: Daddy Kev, Dj Nobody, & our very own D-Styles….hosted by Nocando. Shoutout to the Gaslamp Killer who’s on tour right now! You want hear some 808’s & Slaps, this is the place to be! 18 +
Our resident photographer, Dj Babu along with Maricel Sison have release some Behind The Scenes pics from our Soundcheck radio show episode 11 on Beat Junkie Radio. With pics of Gangrene, Koreatown Oddity, Dj Jayceeoh, & surprise guest Warren G. To see the rest of the pics, click on the link: http://djbabuforeal.vsco.co/journal/soundcheck-ep-11
If you didn’t know, our very own Dj Babu the Dilated Junkie is a professional amateur photographer. If you follow his IG profile, you know what to expect. The man behind “Instababs” also has a tumblr page. Check out some of his Behind The Scene pictures from our Soundcheck radio show this past Tuesday (7.7.15) with additional pictures from Maricel Sison
Our very own Dj Babu the Dilated 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.”
What’s up folks, it’s another installment of Tapedeck Tuesdays!
For this particular installment, I wanted to highlight the Dilated Junkie himself, Dj Babu. He rarely puts mixtapes out, but when he does, he always comes with the niceness. This mix is called “Konichiwa Bitches” which he did for our good friends at Mochilla a few years ago:
“Several months ago my friends B+ and EC (Eric Coleman) hit me up about doing a mixtape consisting of Japanese records. B, E and myself had all been on ridiculous digging missions together before and they had known that I had lost my mind in japan a couple times copping Japanese joints…so this idea made perfect sense. For me as a digger, I have always tried to take advantage of being able to travel and discover new music and japan was definetly a digger’s paradise in the late ninties…Japanese collectors had scoured the world for illies and brought them all back to shibuya…so the first couple times in japan I actually was buying anything but Japanese records…but as time moved on and diggers continued to rape and pillage shibuya I realized I had been sleeping on japans native music, so the last few times I went to japan I made it a point to look for Japanese music only…and what I found was some incredible shit…this mix contains a lot of tv and movie soundtracks and scores, studio background music, amine soundtracks, funk, pop, rock & soul with the common thread being dope funky music! I hope u enjoy listening as much as I enjoyed putting this together!”
— Peace, BABU/DILATED/JUNKY
Enjoy the mix peoples……..
It’s another installment of Throwback Thursdays. In honor of tonight’s Dilated Peoples show at The Observatory in Orange County, I thought it would be proper to post this rare Dilated promo mixtape that Babs (Dj Babu) mixed to promote for their 2nd album “Expansion Team” back in 2002. All classic Dilated cuts that we all have grown to love such as 3rd Degree with Defari, Global Dynamics, Annihilate, The Platform, & many more.
Make sure you join Dilated, Alchemist, Madchild, Fashawn, Exile, Mr. Choc, & myself at the Observation tonight (11/20/14) in Santa Ana, Ca.
Enjoy the Dilated Classics…..see y’all tonight!
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!
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 ITF champion 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.”
We have a new video posted up following our very own Dj Babu during the day of the official release of Dilated Peoples‘ new album “Directors Of Photography”.
Follow Babu as he, Evidence, & Rakaa Iriscience do an instore performance at Amoeba Records in Hollywood, signing autographs and shaking hands with their fans. Then after their instore, the guys head to the legendary Hollywood club, Whiskey A Go-Go for their own album release party. Special appearances by Rhettmatic, MC Supernatural, Madchild of Swollen Members, Sick Jacken of Psycho Realm, Fashawn, & The Alchemist.
We also have special Dilated Peoples edits done by Dj Babu himself available at our digital record pool for our subscribers. If you’re a DJ and would like exclusives stuff like this, come join our record pool now! http://www.beatjunkies.com
Video by Brand-O
This video is courtesy of 247HH:
Our very own DJ Babu sits with @247HH to remember a wild story while on the tour with Gang Starr and Rage Against The Machine. Find out why you don’t mess with DJ Premier. Dilated Peoples‘ “Directors Of Photography” on Rhymesayers Entertainment is out now!!! S/O to Jellow of 247HH
In honor of The Word Of Mouth 2014 Reunion Tour, we had to post this video up of Dilated Peoples & Chali 2na of Jurassic 5, courtesy of our good friend Dj Eclipse of Halftime Radio Show/La Coka Nostra fame. This was shot at Fat Beats NYC during the 1st Word Of Mouth tour in 1999.
This is what Dj Eclipse had to say about the clip:
“Since Dilated & Jurassic are back on tour together and hitting NYC this weekend I figured I would post this clip from the last time they were on tour together back in 1999. This footage is from a Dilated Peoples in-store at Fat Beats NYC on the day that they were doing their New York stop on the “Word Of Mouth” tour. August 11, 1999. The bill was Dilated Peoples, Jurassic 5, Beat Junkies and me, DJ Eclipse. The venue was Tramps, home to some of the illest shows NYC had seen in the 90s. The interesting thing about this show was that it was the last show Tramps had before it closed down. Some footage from that night to come.”
Tonight (August 3rd, 2014) is the last show of The Word Of Mouth 2014 Tour at the House Of Blues Boston. Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 8pm sharp! Don’t miss this show….it might be a long time that you’ll get to see this whole line-up perform & tour together….don’t sleep!