VIDEO POST: A TRIBUTE TO DJ AM BY DJ MELO-D!

On this day, August 28th 2009, we lost the incredible DJ AM. In rememberance of our brother and all of his contributions to the art form and the DJ community, here is a tribute from our very own DJ Melo-D in honor of one of the greatest to ever do it on the 2 turntables. Rest In Peace Adam Michael Goldstein aka DJ AM.

Recorded at the Beat Junkie Institute of Sound in Glendale, Ca. #DJAM #Turntablism #BeatJunkies #BJIOS #DJ #Serato #PioneerDJ #Mixars #QSCAudio #FluidAudio #Shure

NEW VIDEO: INSIDE RHETTMATIC’S STUDIO! “RHETT GOT BEATS”

Dj Rhettmatic of the World Famous Beat Junkies has been DJing for well over 20 years. A Dj champion, member of The Visionaries, Crown Royale, the Cypress Junkies and the Dirty Disco Squares, Rhett has been producing for just about the same period of time, creating backdrops for artists from Aloe Blacc to Ras Kass on well over 50 releases.

And now it comes time for the OG staple of the West Coast to step out with his own full-length instrumental project. May 19th, 2017 you will find out, if you didn’t already know, that Rhett Got Beats. At 18 tracks beatin’ down the block, with a bonus feature from Hieroglyphics’ Opio and Pep Love, this will fit nicely in your Street Corner Music collection.

In this video footage, Rhettmatic is in his home studio, which he calls it the “Sound-O-Matic Lab”, playing beats (old & new) from all the various machines that he uses to produce with: the classic E-MU SP1200 & the Akai MPC2000 Drum Machine Samplers as well as his current production tool, Propellerhead’s Reason Software. You can actually hear the progression of his production throughout the years with each music equipment, even with some beats that he forgot that he made.

Video shot/edited by Dj Underkut of Open Format LA
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“Rhett Got Beats” presented by Houseshoes on Street Corner Music available NOW!
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Bandcamp:
https://rhettmatic.bandcamp.com/album/rhett-got-beats

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VIDEO: NBC LA’S “LIFE CONNECTED” w/ DJ BABU & NIKOBEATS

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!

VIDEO SERIES: “WATCH THE SOUND” featuring DJ DOPEZ!

“Watch The Sound” is back! This time, straight outta Texas we have the one & only DJ Dopez!¬†¬†Make sure to check him out @dopez1200

Filmed & edited by @swiftstyle

Co-produced by @underkut www.openformat.la

Peep our digital record pool and all things Beat Junkies at www.beatjunkies.com

Beat Junkie Institute of Sound coming in Spring 2017 for more info go to www.beatjunkiesound.com

NEW VIDEO: “WATCH THE SOUND” Video Series feat. DJ DAY!

Once again we are back with another installment of “Watch The Sound”. This time we are blessed with some FUNKY cuts by DJ, producer & Musician, the homie, DJ Day. Make sure to check him out at www.djday.net | Filmed by @underkut | www.openformat.la

Peep our digital record pool and all things Beat Junkies at www.beatjunkies.com

Beat Junkie Institute of Sound coming in Spring 2017 for more info go to www.beatjunkiesound.com

VIDEO: “A MOMENT W/ D-STYLES” – AN INTERVIEW BY ‘DJS ARE NOT JUKEBOXES’

For the next installment of “A Moment With” we spoke with D-Styles. His involvement with the seminal music collectives Invisibl Skratch Piklz + The Beat Junkies progressed DJ culture in the 90s + 00s, and he continues to pave the way for Turntablist / Beat heads as a resident of the long-running “Low End Theory” event based in Los Angeles.

VIDEO: “BEAT DISCOVERY” – WATCH RUCKAZOID & TEEKO FLIP 15 BEATS IN 20 MINUTES!

We the Beat Junkies are always looking for new ways to make music as well appreciating new techniques and this is something we think you should check out if you want expand on your repetoire. ¬†Ladies & Gentleman…..Beat Discovery!

“If you make beats, then you‚Äôve probably sifted through hundreds¬†of sounds, loading them individually, only to program the same pattern you‚Äôve made a thousand times. ¬†It‚Äôs extremely tedious, and can take the fun out of making a beat. ¬†Beat Discovery is the first drum sequencer of it‚Äôs kind, and was designed to solve this problem. It makes programming sounds fun, creative, and super easy. It‚Äôs¬†easy for beginners & made for and by¬†professionals.

Beat Discovery was conceived and designed by RUCKAZOID and programmed with love by Leo Olivers of Mucoder.

The idea was to merge the ease of analog drum machines together with the digital world of unlimited sounds. After the initial user interface was designed, they both partnered up to bring something new to the world of electronic music.”

Check out Ruckazoid & Teeko make 15 beats in 20 minutes!

Download BeatDiscovery Presents: The Findings Vol 1:  http://bit.ly/thefindingsvol1

For more info on BeatDiscovery & download the progrom, go to https://www.beatdiscovery.com/

 

RECOMMENDED VIDEO: DJ NU-MARK – “ZODIAC TRACKS”: SCORPIO

Our good friend Dj Nu-Mark does a monthly video showcase in honor of the characters of Horoscope.

This episode of Zodiac tracks pays homage to: Pharoahe Monch, Scarface, Lou Donaldson, Diddy, Prodigy, Mobb Deep, Alchemist, Buckshot, Madlib, Oh No, EVE, Warren G, Monica, JRocc of The Beat Junkies, Bootie Brown of The Pharcyde, Phife Dawg and Minnie Riperton. The FB video will be up for a limited time so please share with the ones that count!

Click on the link to watch video: https://www.facebook.com/djnumark/videos/10154770967534390/

 

VIDEO: DJ TREXX INTERVIEWS DJ BABU, RHETTMATIC, & MR. CHOC

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

VIDEO: “WATCH THE SOUND” SERIES feat. KODACVISUALZ

We continue with another special edition of our Turntablist DJ series “Watch The Sound”, featuring Bay Area’s KODACVISUALZ representing Born Cinnaz & AsthmaFunk. For more info on KODAC VISUALZ, follow him on IG and Twitter at @kodacvisualz. For all things Beat Junkies, visit us at www.beatjunkies.com

MUSIC VIDEO: “TBH” – COOKBOOK & EVIDENCE feat. DJ BABU

“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.

VIDEO: MOS DEF & TALIB KWELI AT FAT BEATS LA 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY (1997)

Our¬†good friend Dj Eclipse of Non-Phixion/Rap Is Outta Control¬†just released this vintage footage of Mos Def¬†& Talib Kweli¬†from the Fat Beats¬†LA 1 Year Anniversary party at the old Crush Bar in Hollywood. Eclipse worked at the flash ship in New York, while Babu, J.Rocc¬†& Rhettmatic¬†worked at the LA store. This footage shows the 1st time that Mos & Kweli performed in LA. This is an early manifestation of Black Star. You can see J.Rocc spinning for Mos & Kweli…this is also how J became ‚Ä™Black Star‘s official DJ. If you look closely, you can see a young Mr. Choc,¬†Melo-D,¬†Dj Nu-Mark, J.Rocc, Babu, & Rhettmatic…lol. The Beat Junkies &¬†Invisibl Skratch Piklz also performed that night. We can’t wait when Eclipse drops that footage. Until then, enjoy this piece of Hip Hop history! Shoutouts to Dj Jab, the owner of Fat Beats!

VIDEO: “WATCH THE SOUND” featuring DJ TEEKO

The Beat Junkie Sound is back with another Special guest edition of our Turntablist DJ series “Watch The Sound”.
This episode we feature the SF Bay Area’s own TEEKO.
performing an original production- ACT UP (Unreleased) 1 x (available on BLAST THAT EP) For more info on Teeko follow him on IG @teekomusic and Twitter at @teekomusic.
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Catch Teeko on tour with Mr. Carmack
1/14- Milwaukee WI – Miramar Theater
1/15- Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall
1/16- Detroit, MI- Populux
1/17- Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
1/19- Syracuse, NY -Wescott Theater
1/20- Boston, MA- The Sinclair
1/21- Philadelphia,PA- TLA
1/22- Brooklyn,NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg

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)

* Filmed and Edited by @RomeDigs at KutUpMusic Studios

VIDEO: DJ JAZZY JEFF’S “VINYL DESTINATION” w/ Z-TRIP, RHETTMATIC, & MELO-D

Bigups to our big brother Dj Jazzy Jeff for having our very own Rhettmatic & Melo-D featured in his new episode of “Vinyl Destination”:

“Shenanigans at Roscoe‚Äôs Chicken and Waffles leads DJ Jazzy Jeff to the Beyond Wonderland Music Festival in San Bernardino. Along with Z-Trip and the Beat Junkies the collective shut down the festival at the end of the night. This sentimental performance marks the end of an era for DJ Jazzy Jeff as he embarks on a new vision for the future.

After a week of the new change, DJ Jazzy Jeff and the crew hit the road to Portland. In route to the show they run into an issue with transportation. After some negotiating, they are on the their way to test out DJ Jazzy Jeff‚Äôs new DJ super hero super powers, along with comedian JB”

VIDEO: “WATCH THE SOUND” feat. KURTEEK

The Beat Junkie Sound is back with another Special guest edition of our Turntablist DJ series “Watch The Sound”. This episode we feature The SF Bay Area’s own Kurteek. For more info on Kurteek, follow him on IG @_KURTEEK_ and Twitter at @kurteek. 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)

* Filmed and Edited by @RomeDigs at KutUpMusic Studios

VIDEO: THE RETURN OF THE INVISIBL SKRATCH PIKLZ – PRESENTED BY REDBULL

Yes….the stars have been aligned!!! It’s the return of the Invisibl Skratch Piklz! The Grandmixer himself, Dj Q-Bert, along with our very own D-Styles & Shortkut are part of legendary DJ dynasty who’s roster that also includes the incredible Mixmaster Mike, the talented Dj Apollo, Dj A-Trak, just to name a few. ¬†Peep out the video below and the rest of the documentary here:¬†http://www.redbullthre3style.com/article/return-invisibl-skratch-piklz

“DJ LEGENDS! The Invisibl Skratch Pikilz have reformed after a twenty year hiatus to record a new album and perform at the Red Bull Thre3style world finals in Tokyo, Japan.

 
Regarded as music’s most influential turntablist crews, the trio behind ISP – QBert, Shortkut and D-Styles – are respected members of the extended Thre3style family, having performed and judged at events across the world.
 To create the new record, the group set up shop at Red Bull Studios in Tokyo in spring this year, where they crafted the LP over the course of a week.
¬†Fans will get to see the ISPs perform the album (and probably some old favourites) when they perform at the Thre3style grand final on September at Tokyo’s Sound and Vision museum.
 
For the first time ever, the event will be live streamed via redbullthre3style.com bringing the energy of the competition in to people’s homes.¬†
 
Shortkut, D-Styles and Q-Bert also star in an awesome web series the Japanese team have worked on which shows them hard at work on their first LP in two decades.”

VIDEO: WATCH THE SOUND feat. DJ DYNAMIX (EXCLUSIVE)

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

VIDEO: “WATCH THE SOUND” VIDEO SERIES feat. DJ MANWELL

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)

VIDEO: “WATCH THE SOUND” SERIES feat. DMC WORLD SUPREMACY CHAMP – DJ IFTW

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

VIDEO: “WATCH THE SOUND” – THE SHORTKUT EPISODE

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!

VIDEO PREVIEW: “GET LIVE WITH IT” (BTS VIDEO) J-DILLA x J.ROCC x RHETTMATIC

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.

Listen to the “Get Live With It‘ mix at:
http://www.soundcloud.com/world-famou…
Mixed by The Dynamic Duo aka J.Rocc & Rhettmatic
Video shot by J.Rocc & Rhettmatic
Edited by Brand-O

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VIDEO MIX: “RECORDKINGZ.COM BREAK & SAMPLE MIX” VOL. 1 – MIXED BY DJ BABU

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.”

VIDEO: TRIPLE THREAT DJS VISIT SCRATCH DJ ACADEMY IN NEW YORK

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.” ¬†

VIDEO: LAB LIFE PRO INTERVIEWS DJ RHETTMATIC ON PRODUCTION & MORE!

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.

DJ Rhettmatic for LabLifePro from LabLifePro on Vimeo.

THROWBACK THURSDAYS (VIDEO): DJ MELO-D ON TURNTABLE WIZARDRY 2 (1997)

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!

Enjoy!

Rhettmatic 

THROWBACK THURSDAYS (VIDEO): J.ROCC – “STAY FRESH”

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….)

Rhettmatic

VIDEO: DJ CRAZE – “NEW SLAVES” DJ ROUTINE

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!

THROWBACK THURSDAYS (VIDEO): THE GODFATHERS aka RHETTMATIC & SHORTKUT – NAMM SHOW 2013

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!

Rhettmatic

From The Visionaries European Tour (2004) in Hamburg, Germany

THROWBACK THURSDAYS: (2007) REDBULL BIG TUNE LA FINALS – SWIFF D vs DJ BABU

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!

Rhettmatic

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

(VIDEO + AUDIO) – J.ROCC FEATURED ON RBMA’S DIGGIN IN THE CRATES EP. 4 + MIX

The Funky President J.Rocc is featured on the Red Bull Music Academy‘s Video Series “Diggin In The Carts”, a documentary series about Japanese Video Game Music.

Peep out J on Episode 4 below as well as his “8bit Mix” at http://www.redbullmusicacademy.com/magazine/diggin-in-the-carts:

THROWBACK THURSDAYS (VIDEO): J.ROCC ON 4 TURNTABLES USING THE RANE TTM68 MIXER

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:

Scratch Dance – “Pyramid Mix”

New York Scratchmasters – “Jam #2”

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!!!

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THROWBACK THURSDAYS (VIDEO): DJ CRAZE (USA) – 1998 DMC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

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!

Rhettmatic

VIDEO: MASS APPEAL’S “RHYTHM ROULETTE” w/ DJ BABU

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‚Äôre joined by 1/3 of Dilated Peoples and member of the World Famous Beat Junkies,¬†DJ Babu. Many don‚Äôt know that along with being a highly skilled battle DJ (known for his legendary ‚ÄúBlind Alley‚ÄĚ 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‚Äôs¬†Stop Your Motor¬†album, threw it on his AKAI MPK49 and got to work.”

THROWBACK THURSDAYS (VIDEO): THE D-STYLES SEXTET – A NIGHT AT THE KNITTING FACTORY (11/1/02)

What’s up folks…..

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……

Rhettmatic

A Night At The Knitting Factory

D-Styles Sextet Rehearsal #1

D-Styles Sextet Rehearsal #2

VIDEO RECAP: CYPRESS JUNKIES at SOULECTION’S “THE SOUNDS OF TOMORROW”

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

Come out to a Soulection show if you get a chance: http://soulection.com/events
More on the Cypress Junkies: http://www.cypressjunkies.com

Listen to their full set here:¬†https://soundcloud.com/soulection/cyp…

VIDEO – WORLD PREMIERE: DJ RHETTMATIC feat. J57 & KONCEPT “LOUIS VUITTON WALLETS”

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.

You can download the song free here: https://soundcloud.com/iamkoncept/louis-vuitton-wallets-prod-by-dj-rhettmatic

Hope you like the song & video……

Dj Rhettmatic feat. J57 & Koncept of The Brown Bag Allstars
“Louis Vuitton Wallets”
Produced by Dj Rhettmatic for Beat Junkie Sound

Video shot by John Coyne

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VIDEO: DILATED PEOPLES RELEASE PARTY RECAP + DJ BABU’S SPECIAL DILATED EDITS!

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

Dilated Peoples’ “Directors Of Photography” out right now!
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Video by Brand-O

 

VIDEO: DJ BABU TALKS ABOUT THE TIME A WILD FAN PUNCH DJ PREMIER (247HH)

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‚Äôt mess with DJ Premier. ¬†Dilated Peoples“Directors Of Photography” on Rhymesayers Entertainment is out now!!! ¬†S/O to Jellow of 247HH

 

Beat Junkies x Power 106

Power 106 Video Recap Right Here:

Thank you to Power 106 for letting us drop by to announce the launch of our new site and cut it up with the Power Mixers. Word up to all the DJS at Power for their support. Ever, E-Man, Nick Ferrer, Eric Dlux, Big Syphe, Justin Incredible, Cokee, P-Jay, Inferno, Carisma, Reflex, Fuze, Vick One, Epic Twelve, Sourmilk, Felli Fel and Ingwell.

THROWBACK: DILATED PEOPLES & CHALI 2NA AT FAT BEATS 1999 (VIDEO)

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!

INTRODUCING THE BEAT JUNKIES DIGITAL RECORD POOL (VIDEO)

With an extensive catalogue of custom edits, remixes, & rare acapellas, our record pool at www.beatjunkies.com provides a wide array of selections to accommodate any DJ.

Our music library transcends all of our favorite music genres and provides a healthy range of selections for professional and aspiring DJs alike. With new content uploaded weekly, we strive to keep your crates fresh….Stop by and visit us at http://www.beatjunkies.com for subscription details!

Video by: Brand-O

WELCOME TO THE NEW BEATJUNKIES.COM!

Peace Everyone,

You may have noticed in recent months that we’ve been very active on social media with our videos and merchandise. We’ve been working hard behind the scenes for quite some time….we know that you’re curious to see what the Beat Junkies have been up to. Well folks, here it is……..

We’d like to welcome you to our newly designed, revamped website. It took us awhile to restructure, as we’ve been working very diligently for well over year to get everything ready. As you can see, we are back with a sleek new design along with several new additions to the site….but for the most part it’s business as usual, Beat Junkie Style!

One of the new features here at beatjunkies.com that we are proud to share is the Beat Junkies Digital Record Pool. Yes. The Beat Junkies started an mp3 record pool, personally curated by us for the DJ community and music enthusiasts alike. Collectively, we decided to combine our experience as DJs and tastemakers to provide a quality music service for DJs apart from existing record pools in the industry. As avid record collectors, we are definitely looking to fill in the gaps and share some of our most prized vinyl records with the public – custom edited in a DJ friendly format exclusively for you! Our digital record pool is a monthly subscription service, and was carefully designed for Professional DJ’s looking to expand their collection and deliver quality multi-genre DJ sets.

For official Beat Junkies product and apparel, be sure and check out our merchandise store!

We’d like to extend our thanks to our contributors, web design, and our web development teams for their creative effort and dedication to producing a quality website on behalf of the Beat Junkies. And of course, a very extra special thanks to you, our loyal friends and followers for your continued love and support. We encourage you to browse through our site at your discretion, and as always, your feedback is appreciated!

Welcome to the new www.beatjunkies.com