AUDIO: “SOUNDCHECK” (3/13/13) w/ AGALLAH THE DON & M.E.D. – BEAT JUNKIE RADIO

The Beat Junkies presents “SOUNDCHECK”
(3/14/18) with AGALLAH THE DON & M.E.D.
Broadcasting Live from Los Angeles
 7-10PM PST
Every 2nd & 4th Tuesdays Of The Month
On The Beat Junkie Radio channel
Exclusively on Dash Radio.
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AUDIO: “INSPIRATION” (CIRCA 2004) – A Mix by TOMMY GUNN (OG BEAT JUNKIE)

“If you know the history of The Beat Junkies, you would know that the crew is orginally 13 deep! Some of the members are a little bit well known than others, but everyone in the crew is NICE on the decks! Tommy Gunn is an OG Beat Junkie & was managing the crew in the early years while he was working for Loud & Rawkus Records during the 90’s. Tommy was pretty nice on the mix but he was so lowkey & preferred to be in the background. He made this particular mix in 2004 but he never released it officially. I always thought this mix was so dope & always bugged him over the years to just drop it! After 14 years, he finally decides to release it. This mix is definitely an “inspiration” & I hope you will enjoy the vibes & soul that he put into it. Tommy’s a humble brother & I hope he gets his props for this mix. Enjoy!” – Rhettmatic (Beat Junkies)

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Inspiration (2004)

Billy Cobham – Heather
Souls of Mischief – 93 til Infinity
Faze-O – Ridin High
DJ Zegon – Bonus Beat
M.E.D – Special
Foreign Exchange – All That You Are
J Boogie’s Dubtronic Science feat. Goapele – Try Me
Diverse feat. Prefuse 73 – Jus Biz
Al Green – Love Ritual remix
Pete Rock & CL Smooth – Appreciate
Jackson 5 – 2-4-6-8
DITC – Time to Get This Money (Remix)
MF DOOM – Dead Bent
Isaac Hayes – Walk on By
DJ Maseo – Do the Damn Thang
The Beatnuts – Confused Rappers
De La Soul feat. Ghostface Killah – He Comes
Eugene Record – Here Comes the Sun

AUDIO: “A STABLE SOUND” w/ CUT CHEMIST – EPISODE 23: 1 YR ANNIVERSARY/BDAY & DJ LIVE FROM BJIOS!

The one & only Cut Chemist has his own radio show called “A Stable Sound” on Dublab Radio. On this particular episode is a special one:

“My Bday and one year anniversary show recorded live from the Beat Junkie Institute Of Sound featuring a round robbin scratch session with some of the students and teachers. Also celebrating some of our favorite rap songs about DJs including the late great Jam Master Jay of Run DMC!”Cut Chemist

BJIOS Premium Pack: Enroll Now!

If you are an intermediate to advance DJ and would like to sharpen up your skills, this is the course for you.

Upon enrollment, you will have access to five weekly classes which include; Intermediate + Advance Scratch Training, Beat Juggling, Creative Mixing and Serato.

Assessment Required Prior to Enrollment. The Premium Pack also includes a BJIOS Membership.

Sign Up: www.beatjunkiesound.com/signup

Registration Closes: Monday 9/4

“SCRATCH PACK” PACKAGE LESSONS AT THE BEAT JUNKIE INSTITUTE OF SOUND!

The Beat Junkie Institute Of Sound is offering a special “Scratch Pack” for all you Scratch DJs!  We’re offering classes for Intermediate Scratch Training & Advanced Scratch Training. These classes are for those that want to focus on maintaining & improving your scratching skills.  Our rotating instructors are D-Styles, Babu, & Melo-D, 3 of the best Scratchers in the world!

If you’re interested in getting your skills up in Scratching, you can sign up/ask for information at info@beatjunkiesound.com.

ASSESSMENT IS REQUIRED FOR INTERMEDIATE!

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

AUDIO: DJ BELLA FIASCO – “THE MESSAGE: A BEATJUNKIES.COM SOUNDTRACK”

One of our Beat Junkies Record Pool Ambassadors, the lovely & talented Dj Bella Fiasco put together a special mix called “The Message: A Beatjunkies.com Soundtrack”.

A soundtrack of songs to inspire and elevate love, peace, and the healing of music.” – Dj Bella Fiasco

Enjoy the mix & follow her on Twitter/Instagram: @djbellafiasco

For Djs that need these songs, make sure to go sign up for our Beat Junkies Digital Record Pool at www.beatjunkies.com

 

Tracklist:
Be Alright (Keep Ya Head Up) – Zapp
Keep Ya Head Up – 2Pac
Everybody Loves The Sunshine (Starting From Scratch Remix) – Roy Ayers
Peace and Love feat. Masego & Rommel Donald – Tall Black Guy
The World Is Yours vs Ukey vs Nas – Kon vs Ukey vs Nas
Kingdom feat. Vince Staples (Babu Edit) – Common
We The People – A Tribe Called Quest
Come Together (Daniel Crawford Remix) – The Beatles
Lean On Me – Club Noveau 
Love Is All We Need – Mary J Blige
Spread Love (45 King Remix) – Take 6
If You Got Love – Non Phixion
Me Against The World – 2Pac feat. Dramacydal
Change – J Cole
Soul Rebel – Bob Marley
Dis Generation – A Tribe Called Quest
I Can – Nas
People Make The World Go Round – O’Donel Levy
Music (Unwrapped Remix) – Erick Sermon feat. Marvin Gaye & Jeff Bradhshaw
Golden – Jill Scott
You Can Make The Change – Madcliff
I – Kendrick Lamar 

VIDEO SERIES: “WATCH THE SOUND” featuring IQ

What’s Good family, “Watch The Sound” is back! In this episode we feature the 4 X IDA World Champion, DJ IQ of the Handroids & Scratch Function LA. Check him out @djiqhandroidz.

Filmed & edited 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

AUDIO: DJ NU-MARK ZODIAC TRACKS | AQUARIUS

Dj Nu-Mark is back with his dope Zodiac Tracks Mix, and for this star sign he drops an extra lengthy one for all the amazing artist that are Aquarius!

In the words of Dj Nu-Mark “They put 100% feel into their work and you can hear it in their music.”

Download and listen to the Aquarius mix below on Dj Nu-Mark’s Soundcloud.

Watch as Dj Nu-Mark live needle drop technique on this mix as well! To view the video of this mix on Dj Nu-Mark’s site follow this link!

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

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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

Indelible Red: The Geto Boy’s DJ Ready Red Can’t Be Stopped

 

RC: Ok Ladies and gents, this is DJ rchecka, and on behalf of the Beat Junkies and myself, I’m honored to be talking with the Musical Enforcer, the legendary DJ Ready Red of the Geto Boys.  What’s up Ready Red!

RR: What’s going on DJ rchecka?  What’s happening my long time brother and Friend?!

RC: Sall good man, I’m very happy to be speaking with you.  I’ve been doing my homework, going through the archives and I dug up some good questions to drop on you!  So I hope you’re ready to go back to that time.

RR: Hey, Ready Red, comin at ya!

 

 

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RC: Haha, alright so we gotta start right at the beginning of course…  You were with the Geto Boys from I believe 87 to 1991, does that sound about right?

RR: About 1992 some say 93, I got released in 93 so let’s go with that.

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Old School Trenton Flyer Featuring Divine Sounds and “GW” Grand Wizard Ready Red

 

RC: Ok, so the story goes that back in 87, you were in Jersey and got a call from your sister to come down to Texas and help her out with some boyfriend problems, and that’s the phone call that basically got the ball rolling for you with the Geto Boys, can you elaborate on that?

RR: Yes, this would have been December 1986, she says “Hey, I need you to come somewhere with me.”  I said “What’s going on?”  “I need you to grab your stuff and come down here.”  So I said OK.

I planned on being gone at least a month.  So I got to Houston, and meet this guy she was still with.  We was cool for the first couple months then he started tripping out so I had to put some things on.  I had to whoop his ass.  And I just met James Smith the owner of Rap-A-Lot Records that same night.  Later on I asked him to loan me a couple of dollars to help me out, and that’s how I got down.  I got a thousand dollars to get down with the Geto Boys since he helped me get my sister out of a bad situation.

RC: So then after that did you have a DJ Battle in Houston that really got things rolling for you?

RR: I had a DJ battle down at the world famous Rhinestone Wrangler on Murworth, right up the street from the Astrodome off of Main.  So I went up there and I did my East Coast, Trenton, New Jersey style of DJing, which is pretty much our style of DJing, with a Philly Twist, and New Jersey Twist, being that I’m from Trenton, and there’s a world wind of culture there in Trenton between Philly and New York, so this was a whirlwind of techniques and ways that you can attack the art of turntablism.

 

 

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Grand Wizard Ready Red

 

RR: …So yes, I rocked them, and that’s when I met Jukebox and the late NC Trahan,  and that’s how I got down.

 

RC: So that’s how it started.  Just like that you were a part of the Beat Junkies, Err, whoops!  That will be edited… I mean a part of the Geto Boys.

RR: (Laughs) I wouldn’t mind being a part of the Beat Junkies, the Beat Junkies are pretty cool!  But yeah, that’s right when I came a part of the Geto Boys.

 

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DJ Ready Red, the Geto Junkie

 

 

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RC: Ok.  Now you mentioned briefly NC Trahan, and like I said I did my homework and dug way back thru the archives, and back in the day, on oldschoolhiphop.com’s message board, you mentioned something that stuck with me.

“NC Trahan was big part of the GB early days before I came down to Houston he let us practice at his crib all day and nite never said a thing. In 1988 while shooting Raheem’s video for A&M Records, NC was killed at a gas station by a Punk Asss Bytch Mutha Fucker from what I hear it had been a knuckle up at the club and like a 1 hr later he was dead by a shotgun blast to the face!

RR: Yeah that was True.

RC: (Continues)  “I was back home in NJ around the holidays I got a call that he been killed!. Vicious Lee of the Def 4 got arrested that night for trying to get to NC.”

Then you mentioned… “Somebody always got killed during the making of a GB album! RIP Big C.”

That last line is pretty stunning if you think about it.  Can you build off that part?

RR: Well first person that I knew that was good people was Kenny Ray and he got shot and killed on the Making Trouble album, so we always used to wonder, if during the making of a Geto Boy’s album, “Who’s Next?”  I knew him very briefly but for the year to 6 months I knew him, I knew he was folks man.

RC: I see.  Well I’m looking at that “Grip It From That Other Level” cassette tape right now, and I see that Rest In Peace note you put on the cover of that.   So that album must have been dropped right after that happened.

RR: Yeah.  He was killed right before that.


 

RC: Yeah, ok.  Well let’s change gears a little bit.  You also briefly mentioned something about your early sampling of the movie Scarface, Were you the first person to sample that movie for a rap song?

RR: It’s been duly noted that I am the first person to touch that movie, Scarface, Al Pacino’s voice.  So yeah, I am.

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RC: You are?  Ok, well that’s pretty damn cool.  Well I was just listening to that tape and I notice how you peppered his voice in that album a few times.

RR: It filled in the gaps.  When I started working with the Geto Boys they were already wrote half of “Making Trouble” and I was trying to come up with something that woke it up.  When Johnny C came along, I came up with “Assassins” with Johnny, and “You Ain’t Nothing.”

Then I was playing around, and Bushwick Bill came over, and I was watching Scarface, and I just made a bass beat on a TR-808.  And the part where Sosa is talking to Tony and he throws my man Omar my man out of the helicopter window…  Right around that part, that’s when Bill comes along and sat on my start and stop pedal, which basically recorded “All I have in this world is my balls and my word” and I heard something.

I was like “Oh Shit!” so I rewound my VCR, I got ready, punched it, and got “All I have in this world…”

I said, “Bill, did you hear that?” “He goes.  “No man, what are you talking about I didn’t hear anything.”

So I immediately went to work, sampled on the Studio 440 “All I have in this world, is my balls and my word” “and then I just started playing around with “All I have… All I have… All I have… in this world this world this world.” And that’s how I made Tony Montana, AKA Al Pacino start singing in rhythm to the 800 drum machine.

 

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– Tony “Scarface” Montoya

 

RC: Nice!  So on that same album you got the song “Gangster Love”.  Anyways there are 2 versions of that song, one sampling Steve Miller Band’s the Joker…

RR: Yeah one would be Johnny C and my version’s using Steve Miller, and when Rick Rubin wanted to do the song and remix it later, he chose Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama,” so Rubin’s version came later.

RC: Ok, I see.  So was it just sample clearance issues with Steve Miller Band or artistic differences or what was it that made you guys remix it like that?

RR: Well some bullshit I heard, that Steve Miller was trying to make a comeback, that he enjoyed the song but he didn’t want to be attached to the shit, so we had to give him some 250,000 dollars, I don’t know, it was some bullshit that he got all our money, I never saw any of that money.

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RC: Alright, let’s talk a little bit later on.  Eventually you guys hooked up with Rick Rubin.  Is it true that Rick Rubin respelled your name GETO?

RR: Yes, it was Ghetto, which is the common spelling, which is an old Jewish term, and he changed it more ghetto to the G-E-T-O.  So you know, being Rick Rubin, a man down with Def Jam, and Russel Simmons, and all the hip hop royalty, so what you gonna do?  I ain’t gonna argue with Rick.

Cuz after that, damn we hit it big, you know?

 

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Geto Boys Touring with Public Enemy

 

RC: Yeah, no kidding, that was a smart move.  I think some of the younger cats I talk to sometimes don’t realize there was a different spelling of the Geto Boys at one point.

RR: Yeah, so you got the old rare first press of that tape with that spelling.  That’s Ready Red with the sun shades on!    That right there is the first press, and if you notice, that’s Jazzy Jay rolling dice in the background!

 

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Grip It! On That Other Level OG Tape

 

 

RC: Hey, I was happy to land that tape for sure.  That one I have been looking that for a while!  I guess that album never got dropped on vinyl did it?

RR: No.  I only had about 4-5 special Rap-A-Lot party wax pieces of that.  There’s a few radio versions and a some dirty versions that I could spin for the shows.  So, if you see that Rap-A-Lot wax, with that on there, that’s Ready Red’s!

RC: Oh, ok so those are show vinyl versions?

RR: Yeah, just for my shows.

RC: Cool, I never even knew those existed.

 


 

RC: So let’s fast forward a bit, and talk about closer to the end of your years as one of the Geto Boys.  You became more aware of the greedy nature of your label Rap-A-Lot, and their lack of fair pay.

RR: For that I have to start at the album “Making Trouble” which was good enough to get us on the Fat Boys “Wipe Out” Tour.  We went out for days with Fat Boys, Salt N Pepa, Ice T,and we went thru about four or 5 cities, and we blew up.  Eventually I found out that we sold 100,000 copies, but I was told we only sold 20,000, and that was the start, being an upstart label from the South.

So I was able to get an apartment, and an SP1200 that’s when I started making “Grip It”.  Then the personnel change came right after we had a 12” out called “Be Down”.

Believe it or not, the owner and his helper went to LA for a meeting with some people and came back and said “Hey man, we’re gonna scrap this album that you’re working on, and we’re gonna become “Gangster Rappers” and we are gonna talk about some stuff, blow, this and that, blah blah blah, whoop, whoop, whoop…

And Johnny C says “Yo man, I’m not with this.”

So Box writes the first rhyme to “Mind of a Lunatic” “Paranoid, sitting in a deep sweat.  Thinking…”

That joint right there, but then in the middle of us recording it with Willie D and then finally Scarface, and Bill, Jukebox says to me “Yo man, this shit is crazy!  Man, I ain’t with this!” So he quit.

Then we became the Geto Boys with Willie D Scarface and Bushwick Bill and myself.

 

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Willie D, DJ Ready Red, Scarface, and Bushwick Bill

 

RR: So go down to Jay’s ranch in Praireview, and we put together the historic album called “Grip It On That Other Level” and that’s how we started touring, Detroit, Chicago, Down South, Memphis, we was going everywhere man.   This album really put some light to what was going on in Houston, so I’m proud, of everything before that and after that.

But, then I was like, “Yo man, where’s the money at.” Cuz we was getting peanuts and crumbs but where’s the money?  Cuz every time royalties come around we get nothing, so I started looking at the business end of this stuff, cuz I was like “You know what?  I been here for many years.  I’ve given this man everything he could ask for.  I’ve given him some of my best work and yet I’m not being compensated.

So I went to them with this, and challenged them, and they wanted to pay me in installments, but I needed all my money which was owed, and that was 29,000 dollars.

 

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RR: So anyways, Little Jay got mad, got pissed.

I hear, “Oh man, Little Jay is pissed” I say “well shit, I’m pissed too!”

And right around the time I just met my wife, future wife.  Well yeah, I was getting disillusioned anyway when we started working on the “We Can’t Be Stopped” album.

So Scarface come over and we was digging thru my crates, and I been trying to work with a song from the Tough Guys soundtrack, and I only bought it cuz it was Tony Williams on the cover and it was Isaac Hayes.

So I was like, Ok, so we played around, we found the joint called the jam.  So we started putting it together and during the time of that, and I was telling Face, “Yo, if you hear something, I can put it together.” So on that song we we did it.  During the time of that I became very disillusioned, I thought ,  “Yo I won’t be getting anything out of this”

So I called all the Geto Boys up and told em what was going on, and later on that night, Jermain comes in there with the Get Down Boys, which is his thugs and shit, and shit got kinda crazy, and I left that night, and I haven’t looked back ever since.

And I seen 20-30 years later, that nobody got nothing out of that.  They got famous, but this man got all the money.

So I’m glad I left.  I went through some changes, after I did leave, I didn’t get no credit on that album.

 

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RR: And on that album, my friend got shot in his eye, and they put that shit on the cover!

I’m not gonna be on the album cover with my friend’s eye hanging out.  No matter what!  I just ain’t that fucked up.

And if I done sat down with you rchecka, I done met your mother and your family, and this and that, how I hell am I gonna explain “Oh yeah, Bill got shot in his eye, but yeah we needed an album picture.” You know?

And that shit was crazy to me, and it’s crazy now.

People come up to me and say “Don’t you be regretting not being on the album cover?” and I go “No, not at all!” and I’m gonna stick with that man.

RC: Of course, man.  Of course!  I can’t imagine that kind of anguish that night that you were feeling and for this guy to be like “Yeah just get in the picture” it’s basically just greed.

RR: Yeah.  I was freaking.  I been in between 2 guns pulled on me.  That night I’m like Yo this ain’t what I’m signed up for”

Fuck this.  Shit I don’t need it.  I’m from the real Hip Hop shit.  Grandmaster Flash and the Furious 5, Afrika Bambaataa, Cold Crush Brothers, I’m from the Old School.  We don’t get down like this man.

RC: Right, but they never even put your credit anywhere on that album at all.  It was kind of a white wash.

RR: Cuz they knew doing that right there would lead to some better things for me.  But I took a downward spiral cuz every 5 minutes that record was being played.

And the way they spun it was like I left and all of the sudden they got a hit and I had nothing to do with it.

So everyone was thinking, “Hey, Ready Red leaves and the Geto Boys blew up!” “Man he ain’t do shit!”

 

 

RC: That wasn’t the worst of it either.  Let’s talk about Scarface’s album…  This was just after you left Rap-A-Lot Records, and they blacked out your face from that album cover.

Ready Red on Scarface Album

 

RC: I gotta know… What was it like the day you picked up that album and looked at it?

What were you thinking when you saw they just kind of old school Photoshop erased you from the cover photo?

RR: I started laughing and I said “Look at this shit right here!”

RC: (Laughs)

RR: Yeah, they tried to erase me out of their whole history.  But, I’m glad that the fans know the truth, and I’m glad the truth is finally out there.  All that because my man was mad cuz I said “Fuck him.”  Know what I’m saying?

RC: Yeah, that was just one more thing they tried to do to erase your history of everything you’ve given to the label.

RR: Yeah.

RC: Well they aren’t doing so hot right now.   I’ve read that recent article about Rap-A-Lot’s CEO James Prince.  That kind of business reputation he had didn’t fade.  Like you said, people still talk about that to this day.  They were just a corrupt business.

 

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RR: Right.  Well you know there’s a verse in the bible that says “What’s done in the dark will come to light.”  It might not be the next day or the next year, but eventually what you do will come to light.

So anyways, back then I started to believe that, that I was nothing, you know what I’m saying?  So I got into the darkness one night.  I ain’t never started to get another job, I was 26 years old, man.

I had to get myself together, R.  Now, I’m 15 years clean and sober.  And everything I lost has come back; my respect, my technique, and I look back and I owe it all to the Lord Jesus Christ.  You know, for helping me clean myself up.

Then I met you at the oldschoolhiphop.com me and you known each other before any of this business came back.  I think I went in there right around 2003, right after I lost my older sister to a car accident.   She was killed in a car.  Me and you have been friends ever since then.

RC: Yeah, that sounds about right.

RR: And you are definitely in my crates man!

RC: Aw thanks man!

RR: Dumpster Funk is definitely in my crates man!

RC: Hey man coming from you, that means a lot man, I appreciate that!

RR: Yeah, you good folks.  You’ve known me before any of this ever came back, since 2009 was when I really started my comeback.

 

 


 

 

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RC: So do you remember when you became an official member of the Zulu Nation?

RR: Right after 2006, I joined the Gateway Chapter, then I hooked up with the Zulu Brothers and sisters.  And there’s all tribes in San Francisco.  Back then I was blessed to meet Afrika Bambaataa and have my time with a one on one.  So that was like a dream come true I was in service.

RC: No kidding!  Hell yeah!

 

 


 

RC: Ok so let’s fast forward a little bit.  Right around March 8, 2008, apparently you got into a terrible car accident with your truck.  From what I remember you were driving up in the mountains and spotted some wolves? (Laughs) I can’t even make this shit up man!

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The Aftermath of dodging coyotes

 

RR: Here’s what happened.  I hooked up with my childhood sweetheart and I was on my way back home.  And at the 249 Highway marker in Nevada some Coyotes jumped in front of me I was able to avoid that pack, but at the 252 mile marker a bunch of them came out and I swerved and caught the soft shoulder, on the left hand side, and I went down the embankment and I flipped over 3 times.

Man, I broke 2 ribs, 2 fingers, collapsed lung, and contusions on my hip some other various parts that were hurting, and I remember bending down to pick up my phone but it was cracked.  I remember picking It up and passing out.

I woke up on my side, and I heard some people talking, and red and blue lights flashing.  I saw the flashlight go past me, and I heard one of the officers say “You think he’s dead?” “The other said, “the way his car looks he might be.”

But I put my hand  up to let them know I wasn’t dead.  And they agreed to come get my ass.

RC: (Laughing)

RR: (Laughing) Yeah, it’s funny now.  You know they wrote me a ticket for failure to stay on the highway??

RC: That doesn’t really surprise me.  So this is just one of the many times where you’ve seen some crazy shit and lived through to tell about it.  And now we can laugh about it.  But that was crazy, how long were you laid up in the hospital?

RR: About 2 weeks or so.

RC: Yeah, and you lost all your stuff in that truck rollover too, right?  All your records and your turntables and stuff?

RR: So the turntables made it.  My SP1200 got damaged, I was mad about that.

But you know what?  In all honesty, I was just glad to be living.

On March 21st I was on my way back home, I took the same route, and I set my foot back home march 25, 2002 I stepped foot in California.  Six years later, I’m back in Trenton New Jersey.  Six years later, I’m a lot better, I have a whole new life now.  March 25 is how I mark my sobriety time.  So on March 25 2016, I’m clean and sober 15 years sober now.

 

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RR: And as I look back on all that time, I lost my Grandfather, my sister, I lost my mother, my grandmother, and just recently my brother last year, my only brother.   I’m not looking back, I’m just looking forward, and I have good memories, cuz I tried to do more every year than I did the last year.

So if you are going thru some things, and you think you can’t do it, just gimmie a call, look at me, I used to think there was no hope too, you know, but I’m glad that God had a plan for me.   I been sticking with that plan and it’s been worth it.

RC: Yeah I hear you, I totally hear you.

 


 

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RC: So let’s back up just a hair…  Were you still injured from the wreck when you met DJ Q-Bert?  Or am I wrong about when you met him?

RR: Q-Bert gave me my first 1200 in the Bay Area.  He actually threw a party for me.   This is 2002, my first year out there.  Jasper Bradley told Q that I was in town, so Q called his DJ Friends, DJ Flare and Magic Mike, and a lot of other cats who have scratches named after them, and I went to the Octagon, and me and Q-Bert bonded instantly.

We became friends, we started talking and Q says “So what you up to?” “Well you know I’m out here for a fresh start, and my Grandfather just passed…” and before I left Q-Bert said, “I got something for you.”  So he put an SL-1200 in my hand and he told me to “Get busy again”.  Even though I never left them, I just didn’t have a pair, but I had 35 years of being a DJ at the time, but that really hit me.  On the way home I just held it in my lap and started playing with it, getting back into it, feeling it like it was a beautiful woman.

 

 


DJ Ready Red Official Stanton DJ
DJ Ready Red Official Stanton DJ

 

RR: But, I’m now a Stanton DJ, so I don’t really use 1200s, I use the Stanton STR8-150 since I been a Stanton DJ for 5 years.  So now when you see me, I play on the stuff that has my name attached to it now.

RC: Yeah, so how’d you hook up with Stanton then?  That’s interesting too.  Tell me how you got approached by Stanton.

RR: No, I approached Stanton.  My 1200s died on me, so I needed a new pair, so I ordered a pair of Stanton’s online.  And when I got them I was so impressed by them, I was like “Oh shit!” so I went to Stanton to tell them how much I enjoyed them, I saw a contact number, so I called them and left a voice mail.  About a week later, I get a call from a guy who says “Hi, my name is Dan I am the president of Stanton, and would you like to endorser our Stanton products.”

So I said, “You know what? Before you even approached me, I approached you and told you how I enjoyed the product, so, yes I would love to become a Stanton DJ.”

See, I bought them blindly before any of that ever happened.  That’s how much I believed in them.

RC: Hey, I feel you on that.  Cuz I’ve had my STR8-100s for about 20 years now, and I use them all the time, and they are still just tanks!

RR: Damn right!  I never thought that I would say in my lifetime that I could say that I found something better than the 1200s.  1200s are still good, they will always gonna be good, but once you get on the STR-150s and go back to the 1200, you’ll see how good things are with Stanton.  I’m sorry, but I like power now.

You can take a record and put it on a Stanton joint, and it will start and stop right on the beat, super fast.  I can backspin now on a Stanton and it spins right back up to speed right away so I’m straight now from now on.

RC: Yeah, it’s a totally different feel between the two brands.  I think people get accustomed to “that feel”.  It’s kind of like relearning how to spin if you switch back and forth between the brands, cuz  then you have to compensate one way or the other for the different torques.

RR: I had to relearn how to DJ when I first tried to got my first Technics 1200s, cuz I was on Technic SLB 101s.  They were belt drives, so you had to push them up while you was back spinning, to catch them up on time so they wouldn’t slow down.  That was a bad habit that I brought over from my belt drive, to a direct drive.  But with a 1200, you didn’t have to struggle like that.  That struggle was gone, when I got the 1200s.

 

 

 

 


 

RC: Right on, let’s talk about a couple of your heroes right now.  You look up to 2 very different people as your heroes, Bruce Lee and Grand Master Flash.  Why do you look up to these two guys?

RR: Well, being a red headed freckle face black kid of the 70s, really light skinned, I was chubby, I picked on a lot rchecka.  I was just meeting my father at 8 years old for the first time I remember, and he took me to go see the Chinese Connection in downtown Trenton.  And I was just like “Wow!”

 

Quote7

 

RR: See Bruce Lee is kind of quiet.  If you check out his roles in his films. Bruce Lee was kind of quiet, but he whooped your ass.

So shortly thereafter, my father left again, so my Grandfather took me to Karate School, cuz I was showing some interest in that.  I started studying Shotokan Karate, so soon, all the punishment that was inflected on me, I could stop that, cuz I learned how to defend myself, and only defend myself and others who I saw injustices being done to.

So it was Bruce Lee that gave me my confidence by not being afraid to fight.  I don’t care who you are, if you come my way and you disrespect me, put your hands on me and try to hurt me, I will get with you, but other than that, I tried to use the art of fighting without fighting.   So Bruce Lee has been an impact on me since I was 8 years old.  I’ll be 50 this year.

 

Bruce Lee and Ready Red

 

 

RR: I actually used some of his teachings to get my life together.  See if we go back, Lee himself had some issues.  He wasn’t a totally put together human being like most people think.   But if you really research him you’ll see that he was a proud individual like all of us.  He was just a hell of a fighter, but behind the arena he had weaknesses.

See like my arena was music behind the turntables, oh I’m super bad, but you take me out of that arena I may not be the most put together person, Know what I mean?  Cuz I’m out of my element.  So I had to learn how to be secure in front of the wheels and off the set.  See Bruce Lee taught me about that.

 

 


 

DJ Ready Red: Fan First
DJ Ready Red: Fan First

 

RR: Now Grandmaster Flash, is the Pinnacle of DJs.  See back in my day he was the litmus test of being a DJ.  And I share a special bond with my Grandfather who… my Grandmother reported that my Grandfather, whose name is George, “he stays in his room all day and all night making strange noises and I don’t know what he’s doing up there.”

So my grandfather comes upstairs and says “What’s going on up in here?”  So I show him, and he has a story from Jersey, and he tells me to come up, and he presents me a ticket for him and a ticket for me to go see Shannon, singer of “Let the Music Play” and Grand Master Flash and the Furious 5.

 

Quote8

 

So we sit there in the audience, we get thru Shannon, and out comes Grand Master Flash and he starts cutting up Good Times.

So my Grandfather sees that and says “Oh, is that what you are trying to do?” I said “Yeah!”  So I explained to him Kid Creole, Scorpio, Melle Mel, Rahim, the Late Great Cowboy, and I said “Yeah, those are great MCs, but Grand Master Flash, the guy standing behind, he just DJs!”

He said “Really?”  And he started to get really fascinated by it.  “And for all that he was just spinning records?” I said “Yeah!”

So after the show, we’re driving home, he started asking more questions.  When he started asking questions, it started getting interesting.  He said “What would you need to uh, you know, start doing that type of stuff?”   “Cuz the offer is this…  If you graduate from High School, I’ll get you a car.”  But I was soon to graduate High School but I didn’t want a car, I wanted some useful equipment, rchecka.

So I got a pair of 101 Technics belt drive turntables, a Gemini mixer, some records, tape decks, and some other stuff.  He says “You know what?  You’re the first guy I ever met who didn’t want a car!”  But it would soon pay off.   So that’s what I did man.

 

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RR:  In New Jersey and some greater cities they had what they called junk days where people throw out their junk, so I got pretty good at tinkering and putting stuff together, so I had some changers, you know changers is one of the best DJ turntable ever, you just gotta cut off the long spindle but once they get going, they get going.  They may scratch up your records on the other side, but those things was tough!

So I had 2 of them, I was good at cutting with knobs and stuff.

So um, the adventures of Grand Master Flash, I would play follow the leader.  It goes on “You say!  You say!” and before Flash would let the last “You Say!” go I would try to play like him.  “You Say one for the treble, 2 for the time, come on yall let’s rock that —-“  I would grab the record and try to get the timing that he had.  Cuz that record is like a teacher.

RC: “Yeah!  You’re right!”

RR: And I became fascinated with GMF, Joseph Sadler, he’s always been one of my heroes and always will be!   Just like Grandwizard Theodore, DJ Red Alert, there’s so many…like DJ Tony Tone, Charlie Chase… I hate to start naming all my heroes, cuz I’ll forget their names.  I love anybody from the true school foundation, know what I’m saying?  I love them because I am them, in a lot of ways man.

RC: Yeah, you are man, and I watched you recreate Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel, I mean you did it.  I saw it on YouTube.  That was kind of like a rite of passage for you to complete that wasn’t it.

 

 

 

 

RR: Well you know what, I did it on Serato on that Youtube vid.  I wish they would have shown me when I was young and I would do it on the wheels.   I used to have a cat who was passing off the records to me.  My cousin, B, My cousin Brian Lovett.  Passed off the records.  Anyways, I did it on Serato cuz you always hear “oh that was a studio produced joint.”   No it was not studio produced that was nothing but turntables man.

When they recorded it, to make the levels using limiters all go level across the boards you really had to know what you was doing back in the day.  But Flash was with that man.  Flash was the king.

As he says “I don’t care who’s better, Flash is forever.” “I’m the first one to do that”

RC:  Yeah I hear that!

 

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RR: See back then, Hip Hop was the up lifter.  It was invented by folks who saw a positivity for what Hip hop would come to.  Cuz you know, it was rough, and it comes from the gangs.

Bronx groups like Savage Skulls, Black Spades..They know we gonna get down on the streets with our Ghetto brothers.  And it had this rough status, but it became peace, unity, love and having fun.

That’s how the Zulu nation was born.  Along with the Godfather Kool Herc, who had a birthday party by the request of his sister Shelby.

So DJ Kool Herc came to play his block party and that started it all.  So that’s what I wanna focus on, that’s the only reason I got into this in the first place.

I’m glad I had these heroes that I could bring to my mother and grandparents and say this is what I wanna do.  But she wouldn’t hear that.

So I’d sit and listen to Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five album with her or Kurtis Blow or the Fat Boys.

Cuz back then you could listen to it with your family.  But man, now?  Now, I’ll be like “DAMN!  What the hell are they saying?  I find it kind of shocking.

I don’t believe in censorship for the artist, but I believe the artist should be responsible for what comes out of he or she’s mouth because you have the gift of life or death in your speech.

One thing that I remember when Al Sharpton when he was doing James Brown’s Eulogy, he said “James Brown told me on his death bed to tell Michael Jackson and Prince to raise the music back up.”

Raise the music back up meaning that your parents, your grandparents, your kids, can all hear the positivity in the message man.  So that’s my mission, is to raise it up.  And I’m gonna raise it up man because we need it.

 

RC:  Yeah, we do!  We need to hear that.  Actually, yeah, that’s really what I want to talk about…  We wanna hear about that project you got going on with Johnny C and Jukebox!

 

old-youngnz

 

RR:  I got back with Johnny C and Jukebox of the Original Ghetto Boys and we are now the Old Young’nZ and we’re working on an album now.  We’ve just been putting together stuff and ideas, we are working on getting the sound that is ours.

That’s Johnny C and my sound, we had that sound in Trenton Jersey way back in the late 70s early 80s.  And we just coming up with good grooves and stuff.

We’re both 50 years old now, so we’re coming with Old Young’nZ a point of view, we’re not trying to compete with these youngsters.  We have to come up with some solutions to some of these problems.

We’re working on what they call peace, unity, love, and having fun which was an element of the DJ and MC that I don’t hear on records any more.

With some of the new stuff, and I still spin current stuff, cuz I get booked for a lot of parties, but I don’t hear party records any more.  I hear dreary, death and destruction that doesn’t really give you a lot to live for nowadays.

We’re putting this together out of love, and we won’t give it away, but we’ll put it out there.

So it might be a minute, we was trying for the Spring, but you know, things happen, so you know were’ working and trying to get at least 2 singles dropped, just to let the people know, hey, we’re doing our thing.

I’m also being constantly booked to do DJ joints or shows, so my time is you know, spread thin.

 

RC:  Well, you want it to be right, and you want it to be good…  So you are taking your time getting it right.  You got kind of a timeline on this?   Are you a perfectionist?

 

Quote12

 

RR: I would say yes, I am.  But back to the point of when it’ll get released.  it’s to the point where as a DJ, I could have put that away, or I could put this away.  Sometimes you gotta know when to stop and be like, take away, you know what I’m saying.  You got to know when to stop.

Sometimes you think, I could have used a better kick, or a I could have used a better snare.  When I listen to music I hear the high hat, I hear the kicks, and snare.  And I know when that kick and snare is gold.  There’s only a handful of artists that I can listen to and be like, “Ok, yeah, they jamming!”  But I never followed what a lot of other folks did, I always just did what I felt.

When I started making records, A guy named Steve Founier who was a radio DJ, said to me, “You know what you need Red?  When you start doing the process of recording, go get the hottest 2 records, and mix yours to the levels that these hot records are.”  Cuz at first when come to the club, and put our wax on, the levels would be so low, and this was one of the rookie mistakes that a lot of artists make.  Their levels are nowhere near the levels of the artists who were making it were.   You gotta get your kicks up and snares up to the level of these hot records.  You know, I’m giving you game now producers!  Go get the hottest 2 joints and listen to where everything is on there.  And set your mix accordingly so that way when you get to the club and you want the DJ to play it, he ain’t got to boost it all up.  See it’s already there.

I’m sure you know as a DJ know how some records are really low and some records are really high where they sound good, and you don’t need to do anything to the high joint.

RC: Absolutely.  Mixing highs and lows can be a pain.

 

 


 

 

RC: And speaking of DJs, let’s talk about the Hip Hop DJ in 2016…  In the past you talked about the changes of the DJ from year to year.  Nowadays we got controllers instead of decks, we got very advanced CD-Js that have been around forever…  What do you think is the cut-off point where someone is no longer a DJ based upon what they use or how they use it?

 

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RR: Man, you know what?   DJ Red Alert said it best….  rchecka, do you still have a rotary phone?

RC: No, like a lot of people I don’t even have a land line.

RR: There you go.  I stick with the times too..  My boy DJ Wiz told me when I was living in San Jose back in 2006-07 told me “Red, man, I’m using this Serato” and I asked him “What’s that man?” he said this device is just like spinning wax.  So I plugged it in, and I stayed on that damn thing for 10 hours, trying to get my heat on.  I was like “wow this is fascinating man!  You can leave the records on!”  See cuz as a Hip Hop DJ you always taking the records off.  Sometimes you’d catch me taking the control record off trying to put on the next record.  But yeah, you gotta stick with the times man.  So I stick with the times, and I try to employ the technology to how I wanna attack.

 

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See Grandmaster Flash said “If you was wack in the analog era, you gonna be wack in the digital era.”

Then again now there are these things on some of these controllers called sync, which is a sin!  To me, that’s like biting a rap.

Now, do I have virtual DJ?  You know what?  Yeah, I played with it when I was sitting here in my bedroom, cuz I think it’s kind of cool just to play around with it.  But I was just playing around cuz I’m always gonna be a wheels of steel guy.  Cuz that’s just me.

I remember a friend of mine named Swell, say “Yo Red.  I’m gonna get to the park in like an hour man.  And I already packed up my 12”s, so I hooked up with his stuff, and I kept reaching for the tone arm on his CD-Js.

That whole repetition over the years of grabbing that tone arm made that a reflex.  I’m not knocking people who use CD-Js or controllers, but to me turntables are a lot easier, you don’t have to worry about anything as long as the record is spinning in the groove.  It keeps me on my toes, it makes me aware of the music, cuz otherwise I get bored quick, and I’ll go to sleep.

 

 

Roland MV-8000
Roland MV-8000

 

RC:  So when you are working on your newer productions, are you using any newer tools or are you sticking to the classic gear?

RR: Well I use my MV-8000, which is a beast.  A lot of people sleep on it, cuz it’s not the instant gratification they are used to.  I tell people, you gotta get into your manual for this man.  But I been using this for about the past 6 years I use Logic, I use Fruity Loops, I use anything that will work for me.  I use modules that I sample into the machine or I’ll play.  I do whatever it takes man.  I use both worlds, analog and digital man.  I really like using analog over digital cuz it amps it up and it really has that dirty sound.  But for the basis of my work, I like to beat physically on the drum machine.  I don’t like beating on the keyboard.  Cuz it’s like (singing) “Flash is on the Beat Box!” it ain’t “Flash is on the Keyboard!”  See the beatbox is FOR Hip Hop man.

RC: No doubt, and it’s like riding a bike, you know how to get around once you do it, and you know how everything’s gonna turn out.

RR: Yeah.

 


 

RC: Alright, well let’s wrap things up, cuz I have one more question for you and it’s about your future.  Let’s assume you get this project out and you are happy with the results.  What’s next?  What do you have plans for further down the road?

RR: Keep on doing it.  Find some younger blood out here, just expand it, and it keep it going, cuz it’s not gonna stop.  If I was to get back to where I was, that’s a beautiful thing.  I have gotten to the point now where I could do it for a living again, or I could do it for a hobby.  You know I have to have a balance.

I’ll be 50 years old.  So I love it, and I’m always gonna do it, I don’t know on what platform, professional or being a veteran DJ again, but you know what?

At the end of the day Collins Adam Leysath is happy that DJ Ready Red can try every now and then and do something I love, you know what I’m saying?

I’ll be happy in my life as long as I stay true to that.

 

DJ Ready Red keeping it real in 1986
DJ Ready Red keeping it real since back in the day

 

 

-written by rchecka
Fb: @rchecka

 

 

AUDIO – SOUNDCHECK EP. 36 (8/23/16) w/ special guest: 9TH WONDER on BEAT JUNKIE RADIO

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 7-10PM PST
Every 2nd & 4th Tuesdays Of The Month
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Soundcheck Ep. 36 (8/23/16) with special guest: 9th Wonder

AUDIO: J.ROCC’S “ADVENTURES IN STEREO” (7/10/16) w/ special guest: RHETTMATIC – “SOUNDTRACK FOR THE STREETS)

This last night’s episode (July 10th) of “Adventures In Stereo” radio show.  The Funky President J.Rocc along with his “Dynamic Duo” partner Rhettmatic did a special episode in honor of what’s going on this past week…we’re living in crazy times right now. Soundtrack For The Streets! Rest In Peace: Alton Steerling, Anthony Nunez, Dylan Noble, Pedro Villanueve, Philando Castile, & the officers in Dallas, TX.  J.Rocc’s radio show is every Sunday from 10p-12a on 90.7FM KPFK in Los Angeles or listen on the internet: www.kpfk.org.

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

FREE ALBUM DOWNLOAD: ALOE BLACC & RHETTMATIC – “CIRCA 2004: BLACCMATIC”

Peace Everyone….
For the last couple of years, in honor of my birthday (May 10), I’ve been releasing some music (whether mixes or unreleased projects) to the public as a thank you to everyone who’ve been supporting my musical endeavors throughout the years, & just being grateful for able to live another day/week/month/year. Today is no exception.

Everyone by now should be familiar with the talented soul singer, the man called Aloe Blacc. Unless you are not into Underground Independent Hip Hop or didn’t grow up in the Southern California Music Scene during the 90’s, you might not know that Aloe Blacc is also an incredible Emcee and is part of a group called “Emanon” with producer extraordinaire, Exile.

What a lot of people may not also know that Aloe & myself recorded a whole album together back in 2004. “2004?!”….yup, 13 years ago….can you believe that?? This is around the time when Aloe was attending USC & I was living in Long Beach and was still working at Fat Beats LA. You’re probably also asking the question “Why is there an image of a Quarter on the front cover?”. I’m glad you asked that….Aloe suggested we do something like this: “Maybe an image that depicts something about 2004, like a pair of shoes that came out that year or a big news item. In 2004, I turned 25, maybe an image of a 1979 quarter”….hence, the reason why we have a Quarter on the album cover.

How this project came about is basically, both Aloe & myself were at some type of crossroad in terms of what we wanted to do as artists, individually. Aloe was taking a break from Emanon in terms of exploring, recording solo projects & working with different artists….Exile was in the process of becoming the producer he is known today by working on his own solo projects as well as crafting an album with a young, talented MC by the name of “Blu”. As for me, I was also trying to expand my horizons as a producer. Everyone knows me mostly for being a DJ/Turntablist from the Beat Junkies & the only production work that I did that people are aware of is with the Visionaries. I wanted to branch out & work with different artists as well to see what else I can do that I can’t normally do with my own group. I was luckily enough to have Aloe open to the idea in working with me. Around this time period, I was solely using the Akai MPC2000 for my main production equipment, & made a few beats on EMU SP1200 Drum Machine Sampler (Listen to the album & guess which machine I used). We recorded 14 songs but had really 11 strong songs. I just remember listening to our project & saying “Wow…Aloe is incredible!”. The plan was to shop the project but it never got a chance to materialized because we both went on to other things: Aloe got signed as solo artist on Stones Throw & I went to work on the 4th Visionaries’ album “We Are The Ones”.

On a side note, the song “Find A Way” was made originally for this project, that later became the B-Side single to Aloe’s “I’m Beautiful” off his Stones Throw solo debut album “Shine Through”. I had no idea that Aloe can sing and was really good. When I heard this song, I knew Aloe was destined to do bigger things. And this song also led to Aloe working with my good friend, the incredible DJ Khalil of Self Scientific and future Grammy Award Winning Producer. I played “Find A Way” for Khalil and the first thing he said to me was “Who is this person, I got to work with him”. When he found out who it was, & he was shocked. Many years later, they crafted together the successful hit song “I’m The Man”, which were backdrops for a series of Beats By Dre commercials as well for the 2014 NFL Draft & 2014 MLB All Star Game ads.

Fast forward to 2016….I had a chance to revisit the album and I totally forgot that Aloe & myself recorded a whole project that was made 13 years ago. I reached out to Aloe to remind him about our project. Even as busy as Aloe is now, he took the time to listen back to the album & said it would be dope if people could here our progression. He suggested that we release this album as a FREE project & gave me the idea concept of the album title & cover artwork. I am very lucky that Aloe gave me his blessing to release this project that you are about to listen now. We hope you enjoy this time capsule & this little nostalgia from our musical past. And the saying goes…the rest is history.

To everyone that’s taking the time to listen to this piece of history, as well as those who’ve been supporting me & musical endeavors from the get go, thank you very much. To my man wiz1der for helping me with the mixdowns. To my man FWMJ of RappersIKnow for the artwork. And to my brother Aloe….thank you for always being a friend & a musical comrade. Everything you’ve worked hard for, you deserved!

Rhettmatic
Beat Junkies

Rest In Peace: Nestor Nirza, Jordan Cofinco, J Dilla, Roc Raida, James Brown, Dj Dusk, Rob One, Sean Price, Pumpkinhead, Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Maurice White, Phife Dawg, Billy Paul, Prince, & Afeni Shakur.

A big special shout out to my fellow Visionaries brother 2Mex! Speedy recovery Alex…you got this! #GetWellSoon2Mex

Aloe Blacc & Rhettmatic

 Aloe Blacc & Rhettmatic
Circa 2004: Blaccmatic
1. Introducing….
2. AKA Aloe Blacc
3. Situations feat. CashUs King fka Co$$
4. Make It Happen
5. Find Your Way
6. Where I’m From
7. California 
8. The Window
9. The Plight
10. We Shine feat. Blu 
11. My Time To Shine*
Produced by DJ Rhettmatic for Beat Junkie Sound
Lyrics/Raps/Vocals by Aloe Blacc
Additional Lyrics/Raps by Co$$ & Blu
Beats & Scratches by Dj Rhettmatic
*Trumpet by Aloe Blacc
Recorded in Los Angeles & Long Beach, Ca in 2004.
Mixed by wiz1der at The Panic Room
Artwork by FWMJ for RappersIKnow

AUDIO: SOUNDCHECK EP. 25 (2.23.16) w/ TUAMIE & NICK SPEED

The Beat Junkies present:
 Soundcheck
Broadcasting Live from Los Angeles
 7-10PM PST
Every 2nd & 4th Tuesdays Of The Month
On The Beat Junkie Radio channel
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Special Guests (2.23.16) is Tuamie & Nick Speed. Special appearance by Houseshoes, Eric Bobo (Cypress Hill), Planet Asia, Phil Da Agony, & Knxwledge

Dj Babu set

Action Bronson x Westside Gunn- Dudley Boyz
Guilty Simpson – The D
Mr. Lif – Whizdom
Black Milk -For 4ever
Nikobeats – Can U Stand The Rain
Your Old Droog – Listen
Anderson.Paak – The Season/Carry Me
D.I.T.C – Get With The Program
Jay Electronica – #TBE The Curse of Mayweather
Nikobeats – Come Around
O.G.ology – I Wanna Tell You Something
Curren$y x alchemist – Cartridge
J-dilla – The Introduction
Busta Rhymes – We Home ft L.O.N.S
Anderson.Paak – Come Down
NxWorries – Link Up

Special Guest – Tuamie

Dj Rhettmatic set

Cookbook x Evidence  – Phillip Drummond
Asher Roth × Nottz – Goin Down
Nikobeats  – Maybe So Maybe No
D.R.U.G.S – Untitled
Rim (of Da Villains) – Llamas
Fisher aka G Fisher – Mercenaries ft Chris Rivers
Mick Jenkins – Ps & Qs
TallBlackGuy – Ojaymoneystack
D.R.U.G.S – Wiggy Wiggy
Hezekiah – I Love Kanye
Lyric Jones – Fly Aura ft Sean Rosati
Willie Evans Jr – Creepers Anthem
The Black Ppera – Somethin Outta Nuthin
Bishop Lamont ft. Xzibit – Back Up Off Me
Mentplus – DillaCation
Lex (nyre) – Time Is Now
Nikobeats – Anniversary
Johaz – Anything ft Blu
D.R.U.G.S – I Can Make You Dance (thank you)
Villain Park – Brain Cells
Dertbeats – Days Go By

Special Guest – Nick Speed

J.Rocc set

Blackstar – You’re  Welcome
Dilla – What (a capella)
Dilla – Things You Do
Dilla – Roots 93
Dilla  – World Full of Sadness
Pete rock – Niggaz
X-Clan – Heed The Word Of The Brother
The Black Voices – I’ll Stop Calling You Niggas
Kareem Riggins – 30 Hours beat
The Black Voices – Funny How Things Can Change
Tall Black Guy – The Big Payback

TONIGHT (2.25.16): LAST THURSDAYS WITH THE BEAT JUNKIES AT POT LOBBY BAR (KOREATOWN)

Tonight (February 25th) is Last Thursdays With The Beat Junkies at The Pot Lobby Bar in Koreatown (Los Angeles).   It’s FREE from 9pm to 1am and it’s every last Thursday of each month….Come vibe with the Junkies  as they will dropping some dope tunes for you to enjoy! Shoutouts to our boy Chef Roy Choi!

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 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 JunkiesInvisibl 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!

We In This: Dilated Peoples at Rhymesayers 20th Homecoming

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It only took 20 years for this Hip Hop homecoming marathon to come together, and on December 4th 2015, I am pleased to say we were there with bells on.  My friend Judy Blum and I were geared up for 7 hours of non-stop Hip Hop.  To clarify, the Rhymesayers 20th tour included 29 acts crammed into 7 hours of play-time, all whilst surrounded by where ya from Hip Hop fans packed into the Target Center Arena in downtown Minneapolis.

 

The Players: (Alphabetically listed)

Abstract Rude, Aesop Rock, Atmosphere, Battlecats, BK One, Blueprint, Boom Bap Project, Brother Ali, deM atlaS, Dilated Peoples, DJ Abilities, Evidence, Felt, Freeway, Grayskul, Grieves, Hail Mary Mallon, I Self Devine, Jake One, K-Salaam, Los Nativos, Micranots, Mr. Dibbs, Musab, P.O.S, Prof, Soul Position, The Uncluded, and Toki Wright

 

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Unlike the last time we met to hit this town, the stars were somehow aligned perfectly. The aura was right, spirits were high, there was no curve balls, no drama, nothing but a diverse selection of Hip Hop acts and 8 dollar beers, and other than that insane expense denting the wallet, nothing could go wrong in this situation.

This time we were there to work, and having fun would only be the unavoidable byproduct of our “job” of documenting and recording this once in a lifetime event.

So that’s what we did; we worked. Photo after photo, with beer breaks only when we got thirsty.  We took it all in, soaked it up like a sponge and now it’s time to wring it out.

A picture is worth a thousand words, and we somehow got a thousand pictures, so it’s apparent this post is better without a thousand words.  For the universal love of eye candy and in the interest of keeping it short and sweet, this topic will be limited to the money shots (no porno) and verbiage will be nothing more than the essential need-to-know captions.

 

Highlights:

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The surprising and invigorating entrance of Los Nativos

 

 

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The crowd hushing poetic acapella opening of deM atlaS prior to his first beat drop.

 

 

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Grieves owning the crowd.

 

 

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I Self Devine’s shine time…

 

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Prof blowing up the spot rockin his ugly Rudolf the Red-nosed Reindeer socks.

 

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A calm yet commanding Aesop Rock as 1/2 of the Uncluded

 

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After a brief Rock\Hip Hop hybrid set, Mr. Dibbs reaches out to connect with his people.

 

 

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DJ Abilities blistering fast cuts and his touching tribute to the legendary spitter Eyedea.

 

 

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Blueprint’s short solo before being joined by RJD2…

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when Soul Position formed like Voltron…

 

 

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Finally, Dilated Peoples rears up, announcing that they “are back!”  What could this mean?  New album coming?

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DJ Babu tearing up the ones and twos through the haze…

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…in perfect form, seemingly undaunted by the lack of any kind of cable management system.

 

 

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Murs and Ant for Felt…  Like all of the good acts it seemed way too short.

 

 

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Towering master of ceremonies Brother Ali blew away the audience with a little help from his B-Boys and B-Girls.

 

^Here’s a short gif of that in action.

 

 

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Judy Blum was as giddy as a schoolgirl to see Slug of Atmosphere

 

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Apparently the feeling was mutual.   Slug was thrilled to see Judy in the press pit.

 

 

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“I own the Camaro and the mobile home, so where the fuck you gonna go?”

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At midnight, Slug was still at the top of his game, rousing the once fatigued crowd into a second-wind frenzy.

 

 

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End of the night: rchecka (L) and Judy Blum (R) in the press pit.

7 hours in, still professional as ever, still working hard to get the shots, but admittedly we were hammering the beers at this point.  I maintain that since we worked so hard we deserved it.  And hey, when it’s hammer time, it’s selfie time…

 

On a personal tip, I gotta say this is the hard part of the story…  Picking out pics for this was difficult, and a lot of deserving artists never got photographed or mentioned, but it’s hardest of all to sum up a night with this many unforgettable highlights.  Needless to say I am truly honored to have the opportunity to do so.

My only complaint about the entire homecoming is some well deserving incredible sets were cut short due to justifiable but regrettable time constraints.  Well, there’s that complaint and the fact that a epic event like this will never happen again in my lifetime.  Which brings me to my obligatory recommendation; if you get the opportunity to catch any of the artists that graced this tour, you need to find a way to make it happen.

…As luck has it, TONIGHT is your chance to do just that…  The Dilated Peoples along with other special guests are playing tonight at The House Of Blues in Anahiem, CA.  For more information check out our recent blog post.

 

-written by rchecka

photos: rchecka & Judy Blum

Fb: @rchecka

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TONIGHT (11/10/15): SOUNDCHECK EP. 18 w/ BIG TWINS (INFAMOUS MOBB) ON BEAT JUNKIE RADIO

Speaking of radio shows…..TONIGHT!

The Beat Junkies present:
 Soundcheck
Broadcasting Live from Los Angeles
 7-10PM PST
Every 2nd & 4th Tuesdays Of The Month
On The Beat Junkie Radio channel
Exclusively on Dash Radio.
Download the Dash Radio App for free or listen to us on the web: www.dashradio.com.

Tonight’s guests (11.10.15) is Big Twins (Infamous Mobb)

AUDIO: BAD LUCC x RHETTMATIC – “INHALE/EXHALE” MIXTAPE

The Watts Riot MC & Diamond Lane representative Bad Lucc connects with our very own Rhettmatic to whip up a new mixtape, Beat Junkie Style, called “Inhale/Exhale” to promote Bad Lucc’s upcoming project “Breathe” with producer AMP On The Beats of 9th Wonder’s Soul Council crew.  It’s 40 minutes of straight West Coast G-Sh*t, Raw Raps, & Boombastic Beats. Features appearances/production by Talib Kweli, Crooked I, Jay Rock, Frank Nitt, Problem, AMP, Khrysis, Eric G, & of course Rhettmatic.  “Breathe” EP drops next Tuesday, November 10th on Diamond Lane/Jamla. Pre-order on ITunes.

1. Intro
2. B.O.M.B. (Produced by AMPontheBeat of the Soul Council)
3. Watch Your Mouth (Produced by E.Jones of the Soul Council)
4. Legends Of The Awesome feat. Kxng Crooked aka Crooked I (Produced by League Of Starz)
5. So Cool feat. Ab Liva (Produced by Chase N. Cashe)
6. War Ready feat. Problem (Khrysis of the Soul Council)
7. Give It To Ya (Remix – Circa 2008) – Frank Nitt x Rhettmatic feat. Serious & Bad Lucc (Produced by Dj Rhettmatic)
8. Hollywood In 73 (Produced by Macado)
9. Humiliate (Produced by AMPontheBeat of the Soul Council)
10. Pay Ya Dues feat. Talib Kweli & Problem (Produced by Eric G of the Soul Council)
11. Hands Down (Produced by Macado)
12. Where U From (From Dj Crazy Toones’ mixtape “It’s A CT Experience”) (Produced by THX)
13. The Best feat. Mykestro (Produced by THX)
14. Western Union – Dubb Union (Bad Lucc, Damani, & Soopafly) (Produced by Soopafly)
15. Get Em feat. Jay Rock (Produced by Macado)
16. Breathe (Exclusive) (Produced by Dj Rhettmatic)
17. Ski Mask Way feat. Rapsody (Produced by AMPontheBeat of the Soul Council)

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THURS. OCT. 29: NIGHTLINE w/ DJ MELO-D & D-STYLES + opening set by DJ BELLA FIASCO at THE POT LOBBY BAR

This Thursday (October 29th) is Nightline at The Pot Lobby Bar inside The Line Hotel in Koreatown (Los Angeles). This month’s residents Dj Melo-D & D-Styles  along with their special guest,  Dj Bella Fiasco doing an opening set.  It’s FREE from 9pm to 1am….Come vibe with the Junkies  as they will dropping some dope tunes for you to enjoy! Shoutouts to our boy Chef Roy Choi!

VISUALS: SOUNDCHECK EP. 16 BTS PICS by DJ BABU & MARICEL SISON

Peep out the Behind The Scenes pics of our Beat Junkie Radio show, Soundcheck by our very own Dj Babu & photographer Maricel Sison. This particular photo gallery is from our Episode 16 last Tuesday (9.13.15) with the crew only: Babu, J.Rocc, Melo-D, Mr. Choc, & Rhettmatichttp://djbabuforeal.vsco.co/journal/soundcheck-ep-16

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(AUDIO): SOUNDCHECK EP. 15 (9.22.15) w/ DJ KHALIL, BREAKBEAT LOU, & JAMALL BUFFORD

The Beat Junkies present:
 Soundcheck
Broadcasting Live from Los Angeles 
7-10PM
Every 2nd & 4th Tuesdays Of The Month
On The Beat Junkie Radio channel
Exclusively on Dash Radio.
Download the Dash Radio App for free or listen to us on the web: www.dashradio.com.

SOUNDCHECK EP. 15 (9.22.15) w/ DJ KHALIL, BREAKBEAT LOU, & JAMALL BUFFORD by Thebeatjunkies on Mixcloud

Soundcheck Ep. 13 (9.22.15)

Special Guests: Dj Khalil (Self Scientific), Breakbeat Lou, & Jamall Bufford

Dj Rhettmatic Set 1:
Maticulous – Black Hoodie Rap ft Lil Fame
Mac Miller – Pet Sounds ft Sean price
Dj Soko  – Land Mine ft Rasheed Chappell
Guilty Simpson – Detroit’s Son
Talib  Kweli – Pay Ya Dues ft Problem & Bad Lucc
White Boiz – Learn Tho
Dave East – Forbes List ft Nas
Guilty Simpson – Power Outage ft Spacek
Killa Kali x Dirtydiggs – Kal Hancock
Magnif – The Last prod. by j-dilla
MED/Blu/Madlib – The Stroll ft AMG
Nikobeats – The Picture
Lyric Jones –

Special  Guest – Jamall Bufford

Authentic Mic League – Got Em Sayin ft Invincible
Buff1 – House Of Horrors
Jamall Bufford – Living Room Flo
The Black Opera – Sleep Tight
Buff1- Classic Rap
Crown Royale – Get It Up
Buff1 – Beat The Speakers Up
Buff1- Real Appeal
Buff1 x Kensaye – Memories
Crown Royale – Stratasphere (Exclusive)

Dj Rhettmatic Set 2:
Black Milk – Budds
Mentplus  – DillaCation
Pete Rock – My my Baby
Gangrene – Hot Pillow
White Boiz – Suffering Suckatashe
QNC – Demo
Pete Rock – Make Me Feel Like
Dj Soko – Kyle Reese ft Guilty Simpson
Pete Rock – You Know Dat

Special guest – Dj Khalil

Self Scientific – Good Evening LA
Self Scientific – State Of A Man
Aloe Blacc  – The Man
Nas – What It Is (Esco let’s go)
Evidence – All Said & Done
Jay-Z – I Made It
50 Cent – I’ll Still Kill ft Akon
Self Scientific – Car Culture feat Mitchy Slick
Eminem – Talkin’ 2 Myself ft Kobe

Special Guest: Breakbeat Lou with a special appearance by Peanut Butter Wolf

Dj Babu Set

Sean Price – Soul Perfect
Big Boi & Phantogram – Fell In The Sun
Your Old Droog  – Listen
DOOMSTARKS – Lively Hood
Capone-n-Norega – Pizza
Jay Electronica – Holiday

Breakbeat Lou Set

AUDIO: SOUNDCHECK EP. 13 (8.25.15) w/ FOCUS…, SEMPERVIRENS, & MADCHILD

The Beat Junkies present:
 Soundcheck
Broadcasting Live from Los Angeles 
7-10PM
Every 2nd & 4th Tuesdays Of The Month
On The Beat Junkie Radio channel
Exclusively on Dash Radio.
Download the Dash Radio App for free or listen to us on the web: www.dashradio.com.

SOUNDCHECK EP. 13 (8.25.15) w/ FOCUS…, OPIO + FREE THE ROBOTS = SEMPERVIRENS, & MADCHILD by Thebeatjunkies on Mixcloud

Soundcheck Ep. 13 (8.24.15)

Special Guests: Focus…, Sempervirens (Opio x Free The Robots), Madchild

Dj Rhettmatic set
Guilty Simpson – Beautiful Death
Hus Kingpin & SmooVth – Playoffs
Apollo Brown – Detonate feat. M.O.P
PRhyme – Courtesy (Marco Polo remix)
Sean Price – Planet Apes
Gangrene – Sheet Music ft. Sean P x Havoc
Black Milk – Lows
Maticulous – Black Hoodie Rap ft. M.O.P
Pete Rock – Gonna Love You
Black Milk – Mary Jane Candy Beat
Guilty Simpson – Power Outrage ft Spacek
Pac Div – Roll The Dice
Skyzoo – Suicide Doors
Illa J – Never Left
Black Milk – Over

Special Guest – Focus…

Focus…Medley Mix by Rhettmatic
Focus… – A/dw (analog/digital world)
Marsha Ambrosius -Tears
Terrance Martin feat. Focus – Watch U sleep
50 Cent – My Crown
Busta Rhymes – If You Don’t Know Know You Know
SchoolBoyQ – Light Years Ahead ft Kendrick Lamar
Dr. DRE feat. Cold 187 & Xzibit – Loose Cannons
Focus… – sPACEtIME
Dr. DRE – One Shot One Kill ft Snoop Dogg & Jon Connor
Chino XL – Watch Closer
The Game – Where I’m From
Dr. DRE –  Issues ft Ice Cube & Anderson.Paak
Slaughterhouse – Lyrical Murderers
Kam – I Don’t Think So
Dr. DRE – Deep Water ft Kendrick Lamar & Anderson.Paak

Rhettmatic Mix #2
Nameless – Don’t Hurt
Ghostface Killah & Adrian Younge – Resurrection Morning
Guilty Simpson – Blunts In The Air
Gangrene – Gluttony ft Your Old Droog & Fashawn
Pete Rock – BBjones
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First Division – This Iz The Time
Pete Rock – On & On

Special Guest:  Opio x Free The Robots

Opio x Free The Robots Medley Mix by Rhettmatic

Dj Babu set
Badbadnotgood x Ghostface killah- six degrees ft Danny Brown
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Gangrene – noon chuckas
Statik Selectah – Now ft Capone n Noreaga
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Special Guest: Madchild
Madchild – Devils & Angels
Madchild – Triple Threat ft Slaine
Madchild – Painful Skies

AUDIO: SOUNDCHECK EP. 11 (7.22.15) w/ GANGRENE, KOREATOWN ODDITY, DJ JAYCEEOH, & WARREN G

The Beat Junkies present:
 Soundcheck
Broadcasting Live from Los Angeles 
7-10PM
Every 2nd & 4th Tuesdays Of The Month
On The Beat Junkie Radio channel
Exclusively on Dash Radio.
Download the Dash Radio App for free or listen to us on the web: www.dashradio.com.

Soundcheck Ep. 11 (7.22.15) w/ Gangrene, Koreatown Oddity, Dj Jayceeoh, & Warren G

Dj Rhettmatic set:
Black Milk – Mary Jane
Pete Rock – Gonna Love You
Skyzoo – See A Key
Statik Selectah – Another Level feat Rapsody
R.A.W – (Right Amount of Wrong) Yes You Can
Pac Div – Roll The Dice
Donmonique feat. Danny Brown – The Low
Finale – Just Due
Ghostface Killah x Adrian Younge – Resurrection Morning feat Raekwon
Black Milk – Over instr
Nikobeats – Wednesday feat Fly Anakin & Henny Lo

Special Guest Koreatown Oddity

Koreatown Oddity MPC set

Ras G x Koreatown Oddity – Ice Fetish
Koreatown Oddity – Film Roll Splices & The Deleted Scenes
Koreatown Oddity – Invisible Force
Ras G x Koreatown Oddity- Cold Titty Mama 3
Koreatown Oddity – Live and Direct

Dj Babu set:
Meek Mill – Classic feat Swizz Beats
Madchild – Devils and Angels
Cormega – No Filter feat Roc Marciano

Special Guest: Dj Jayceeoh

Dj Jayceeoh set:
Jayceeoh feat Redman – Turn Me Up Some
Redman – Time 4 Sum Aktion
LL Cool J feat. Method Man & Redman – 4,3,2,1
Redman – Gilla House
Busta Rhymes – What Up
Dj Jayceeoh & Redman – Y’all Already Know (Exclusive)

Rhettmatic set 2:
Khrysis – King Kong
Pete Rock – BBjones
Blu – Thriller
Large Professor – Industry remix 2 feat Inspectah Deck

Special Guest: Warren G with Mike Slice (Freestyle)

213 (Warren G & Snoop Dogg) – 213 Demo
Bad Lucc – Hands Down
Mentplus – All My Friends
Hus Kingpin – Shooting Gods feat Killer Ben
Pete Rock – On & On
Slum village – Expressive
Black Milk – ???
Ghostface Killah – Get The Money feat Vince Staples

Special Guest: Gangrene + Dj Romes

Gangrene Medley Mix:
Gangrene – Not High Enough
Gangrene – Drink Up feat Roc Marciano
Gangrene – Chain Swinging
Gangrene – All Bad
Gangrene – Dump Truck feat Prodigy
Gangrene – Vodka & Ayahuasca
Gangrene – Play It Cool
Gangrene – Driving Gloves feat Action Bronson
Gangrene – Away Too Long (prod.by Madlib) (Exclusive)

NEW SHOW: TEXAS SCRATCH LEAGUE’S “VIBEROOM” ON BEAT JUNKIE RADIO STARTING SAT. JULY 18TH & EVERY 3RD SATURDAYS

The Beat Junkies would like to welcome the Texas Scratch League to the Beat Junkie Radio family. This Saturday (July 18th) & every 3rd Saturdays from 5-7pm PST/7-9pm CST, the Texas Scratch League will air their own show called “Viberoom”. Listen to some of the best Djs/Turntablist get down coming from the Lone Star State. Make sure to download the Dash Radio FREE app on ITunes or Google Play to listen to the show or go to www.dashradio.com and click on the “Beat Junkie Radio” channel to tune in!

AUDIO: THE BEAT JUNKIES – “SOUNDCHECK” EP. 10 w/ IMMORTAL TECHNIQUE, ANDERSON .PAAK, & BUDGIE (7.7.15)

Speaking of Soundcheck…..here’s the official audio from our show this past Tuesday.

The Beat Junkies present:
 Soundcheck
Broadcasting Live from Los Angeles
 7-10PM
Every 2nd & 4th Tuesdays Of The Month
On The Beat Junkie Radio channel
Exclusively on Dash Radio.
Download the Dash Radio App for free or listen to us on the web: www.dashradio.com.

Soundcheck ep. 10 (7.7.15) w/ Immortal Technique, Anderson .Paak, & Budgie

Dj Rhettmatic set

Moss – Boombastic feat Slum Village
Prhyme – Courtesy (Marco Polo remix)
Bishop Lamont – Mutiny feat. Rich Kidd
Papoose – The Plug
The Black Opera – Sacred Cow
Pete Rock – 90s Class Act
Your Old Droog – Senseless Killin II
Skyzoo – See A Key feat Jadakiss
Heresy – Da Call Out
Pete Rock – Gonna Love You

Special Guest Immortal Technique

Immortal Technique – Industrial Revolution
Chino XL – Arm Yourself feat Immortal Technique & Sick Jacken
Immortal Technique – Positive Balance feat Big Zoo
Immortal Technique -The 3rd World
Immortal Technique – Rebel Armz
Pharoahe Monch – W.A.R feat Immortal Technique
Immortal Technique – Point Of No Return
Immortal Technique – Parole (Evil Genius Remix)
Immortal Technique – Dance With The Devil
Immortal Technique – Lick Shots feat Crooked I & Chino XL
Immortal Technique – Top Of The Food Chain

Dj Babu set

Ghostface Killah – Get The Money
Bilal – Love Over Money feat. Kendrick Lamar
Slum Village – Love Is feat Bilal & Illa J
Czarface – Kaboom feat MF DOOM
Bishop Neru – Somebody Waits

Special Guest Anderson .Paak

Jon Wayne – Green light ft Anderson .Paak
Anderson .Paak – Milk n Honey
Anderson .Paak – Piece On The Glovebox
Anderson .Paak – King Dave

Anderson .Paak – P.Y.P (play your part)
Anderson .Paak – Boom Bap
Anderson .Paak – Celibate
Dj Premier x BMB Spacekid- til its done ft Anderson .Paak
Anderson .Paak – Maps
Anderson .Paak – Get Em Up
Knx x Anderson .Paak – Suede

Dj Babu set 2

Statik Selecta – Top Tier feat Sean P
Pac Div – Roll The Dice
Cormega – No Filter feat Roc Marci
Ghostface Killah – Return Of The Savage feat Raekwon

Special Guest: Budgie
Budgie set

IMAGES: DJ BABU’S & M.SISION BTS PHOTOS OF “SOUNDCHECK” EP. 10 (7.7.15)

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

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See the rest of the pics here: http://djbabu.tumblr.com/post/123616196491/soundcheck-episode-10-w-immortal-technique?utm_campaign=SharedPost&utm_medium=Email&utm_source=TumblriOS

AUDIO: THE BEAT JUNKIES PRESENTS SOUNDCHECK EP. 6 (5.12.15) w/ RAS G

The newest episode of Soundcheck is now up!

The Beat Junkies present:
Soundcheck
Broadcasting Live from Los Angeles
7-10PM Every 2nd & 4th Tuesdays Of The Month
 On The Beat Junkie Radio channel
Exclusively on Dash Radio.
Download the Dash Radio App for free or listen to us on the web: www.dashradio.com.

Soundcheck Ep. 6 (5.12.15) with Ras G

Dj Rhettmatic set
Agallah – Rolling Ttoned feat Ras Kass
Planet Asia x Dirtydiggs –  Loogies feat. Godfather Pt. 3
Sean Price –  S.E.A.N
Bad Lucc – Buck Buck Buck feat. Problem
Marvelous Mag – I’m from Brooklyn feat Skyzoo & Brenton
Magestik Legend – Just Enough For The City (prod by 14KT)
Theory Hazit – Honorable Mention
Clear Soul Forces- Gamma Ray
Jonwayne – Minerals & Gems
Nikobeats – I Can’t do That To Me
Nikobeats – Wednesday feat Fly Anakin & Henny Lo
Hus Kingpin & SmooVth feat. Killer Ben – Shooting Gods
Bad Lucc – Hands Down
Miliano – Cocaina
Planet Asia x Dirtydiggs – Love, Hell or Right
Frank Nitt – Classic
Blame One – Disturbed remix feat Sean P & Fashawn
Oddisee – Belong To The World

Guest: Ras G
(Ras G Medley)
Ras G –  “Sun Behind The Clouds
Ras G – G Iz Us
Ras G – Hear U
Ras G – Fly Away
Ras G and The Afrikan Space Program – Jackie
Ras G – Polo Jackets & Dashiki
Ras G – Come Down (2 Earth)
Ras G and The Afrikan Space Program – Breakfast Blunts
Ras G and The Afrikan Space Program- Ourtrilliantend
Ras G – Alkebulan
Ras G – Bruce Leroy Glow feat Koreatown Oddity
Ras G Live SP-404 set

D-Styles set
D-Styles – Felonious Funk Remix
Vince Staples – Blue Suede
Dexter – Gimme No More
Jay Electronica – Exhibit A
Flako – Rehuscope
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ay Electronica – Dear Moleskin
Omid – Electric City (remix)
Snka – No Groove No Shoes
Stagga – Buff Gyal Riddim
Tall Black Guy – I Wanna Play Sumthing For You
Johnny Moog – Crack Pu$$aay
Kutmah & Tehbis – Griots
Mophono – The Edge Slip On Beat remix
Dexter- The Simpson Flip
Co.Fee – Bourgeois
Mos Def – Auditorium feat Slick Rick
Eric B & Rakim – Microphone Fiend
Nas- Get Down
Scratch 22 – Medicine Man
22 – KenLo Craqnuques (orange)
Alter – Calle Primera
BIGFOOT – ???
Frank-n-Dank – Where’s The Party At
Notorious Big – Juicy instr

Mr.Choc set:
Masta Killa – The Return Of The Masta Kill
Action Bronson – Terry
J-Live – I Am A Man
Pete Rock- One, Two A Few More
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Scarface
Pharoahe Monch – Rapid Eye Movement feat Black Thought
Large Pro – Opulence
Sean Price – Kurt Rambis
Axel F – All Day instr
Raekwon – 1-2 1-2 feat Snoop Dogg
Madvillain- America’s Most Blunted
Styles P – True & Living
Greg Nice – DWYCK (Beat Junkies Dubplate)
Lord Finesse – Fat For The 90s (demo)
De La Soul – God It feat Nas
Boca 45 – Dig Eat Beats Repeat
Pete Rock – Clean Getaway feat Uncle Murda
Gangrene – Play It Cool feat Earl Sweatshirt
Jonwayne – Green Light feat Anderson Paak
Ka – Iron Age feat Roc Marciano
Dilated Peoples – Directors
Statik Selektah – Thrill Is Gone feat Styles P & Talib Kweli
Black Milk – Cold Day
Action Bronson – Falconry feat Mayhem Lauren & Big Body Bes 
Action Bronson – Warlord Leather feat Earl Sweatshirt
Outro

AUDIO: J.ROCC’S “ADVENTURES IN STEREO” (5.10.15) ON KPFK 90.7FM w/ special guest: RHETTMATIC

The Funky President just posted up the new episode of his radio show “Adventures In Stereo”, every Sunday nights from 10pm-12am PST on KPFK 90.7FM. This past Sunday (5.10.15), J.Rocc brought in his fellow Beat Junkie & Dynamic Duo partner Rhettmatic to do a special set, being it was his birthday that night. Peep the goodness as they play everything that they think is dope….As J.Rocc would say, “We are not here to play classics, we’re here to make them….”

Adventures In Stereo (5-10-2015) MUSIC FROM THUNDERCAT, SEVEN DAVIS JR, DAM FUNK + SET BY RHETTMATIC by Jrocc on Mixcloud

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

AUDIO: THE BEAT JUNKIES PRESENTS SOUNDCHECK EP. 5 w/ ALI SHAHEED MUHAMMAD, ADRIAN YOUNGE, DENAUN PORTER, & MARVWON

The newest episode of Soundcheck is now up!

The Beat Junkies present:
Soundcheck
Broadcasting Live from Los Angeles
7-10PM Every 2nd & 4th Tuesdays Of The Month
On The Beat Junkie Radio channel
Exclusively on Dash Radio.

Download the Dash Radio App for free or listen to us on the web: www.dashradio.com.

Soundcheck Ep. 5 w/ Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Adrian Younge, Denaun Porter, & Marvwon (4.28.15)

Mr.Choc Set
Alchemist – Warlord feat Action Bronson & Earl Sweatshirt
Mobb Deep – Taking You Off Here
Freddie Gibbs – Harold’s (inst)
Blu- Cobb
Ghostface Killah – Love Don’t Live Here No More
Axel F – Searchin (inst)
Jon Wayne – Minerals & Gems
J Dilla – Beat 12
Planet Asia – Love Hell or Night
Pusha T – Lunch Money
Brand Nubian – Punk Step Up To Get Beatdown (Beat Junkie Dubplate)
De La Soul – God It feat Nas
Styles P – True & Living
Supa Dave West – 14 instr
Jay Dee – Beat 12
Nikobeats – U Can’t Do That To Me
Tall Black Guy -The Big Payback

Guests: Denaun aka Mr. Porter + Marvwon

50 Cent – P.I.M.P.
Pharoahe Monch – When The Gun Draws feat Mr. Porter
Denaun Porter – Gods laugh
Guilty Simpson – Get Bitches
50 Cent – Stunt 101

Denaun Porter & Marvwon Live Set

Onyx – Last Days (insert)
Action Bronson – Baby Blue feat Chance The Rapper
D.R.U.G.S – Nintendo pt.1

Dj Rhettmatic Set (Ali Shaheed/Adrian Younge Medley Mix)
Ghostface killah – Revenge Is Sweet
PRhyme – PRhyme
Adrian Younge presents The Delfonics – Stand Up
Bambu – Galvanter ft Rhettmatic
Adrian Younge presents The Delfonics  –
Enemies
 (needs dubplate) Dj Rhettmatic – Louie Vutton Wallets feat. J57 & Koncept
PRhyme – Courtesy 
Adrian Younge – Sirens 
Jay Z – Picasso Baby
D’angelo – Brown sugar
Ali Shaheed – Panic 
Scritti Politti – Tinseltown To The The Boogiedown feat Mos Def (Ali Shaheed Muhammad remix)
ATCQ – Jazz (We’ve Got It)
Ali Shaheed – Lord Can I Have This Mercy feat. Chip Fu
ATCQ – Scenario demo
Ali Shaheed Muhammad & Adrian Young Interview
D’angelo – Lady (Live on The Chris Rock Show)
Michael Jackson – History (The Ummah Radio Mix)
KRS-One – We In There (Ali Shaheed Muhammad remix)
Adrian Younge presents Souls Of Mischief – Meeting Of The Minds (inst)
Prhyme feat. Dwele – You Should Know
Adrian Younge presents The Delfonics – Love’s Melody

Adrian Younge Vinyl Set
Outro

AUDIO: THE BEAT JUNKIES PRESENT SOUNDCHECK EP. 3 w/ KNXLEDGE & DAM-FUNK

The Soundcheck episode with special guests Knxledge & Dam-Funk is now up on our Soundcloud page. Peep the audio below…

The Beat Junkies present:
Soundcheck
Broadcasting Live from Los Angeles
7-10PM Every 2nd & 4th Tuesdays Of The Month
On The Beat Junkie Radio channel
Exclusively on Dash Radio.

Download the Dash Radio App for free or listen to us on the web: www.dashradio.com.

Episode 3 w/ Knxledge & Dam-Funk
March 24, 2015.

1st Mix – Dj Babu:
Earl Sweatshirt – Huey
Ludacris – Charge It To The Rap Game
Fashawn – Higher
Action Bronson – Falconry
Jay Electronica – Road To Perdition
Rapper Big Pooh – How I Move
ALC x Prodigy – Curb Ya Dog
Slum village – Push It Along feat Phife Dawg
Joey Bada$$ – Paper Trail$

Guest Knxwledge
Kendrick Lamar – Momma (prod. by Knxwledge)
Mix by Knxwledge

2nd Mix – Rhettmatic
Knx x Anderson Paak – Suede
Nikobeats – So Fine
14KT – Adrenaline
Jake One – John Cena Theme
Dert – Derty
Dilated Peoples – Opinions May Vary feat Gangrene
Action Bronson – Terry
Supa Dave West – Dave Beats (inst)
MC Eiht – Shut Em Down feat The Outlawz
Killer Ben x Killa Kali – Thug Kings
Prodigy x Big Twins – Champions (remix)
Consequences – Tuck Your Release
Nottz – Everybody Knows Your Name
Brown Bag Allstars – Rhett Committed Murder
De La Soul – Get Away
Supa Dave West – Dave Beats 14

Dam Funk Interview & Live In Studio Funk Set

Rhettmatic 2nd Mix
Dam Funk & Steve Arrington – Tap That
Bohannon – The Beat (part 2)
Melissa Morgan – Fools Paradise
Charme – George Porgy
D-Train – Trying To Get Over
First Touch – All Because Of You

3rd Mix by J Rocc
Bernard Wright – Just Chillin Out
Yancey Boys – Slippin
Yasiin Bey – Yasiin x Dilla Sunshine
Oh No – Pure Imagination
Axel F – Omega feat Blu
Dirtydiggs – Henchmen feat Killa Kali
Run The Jewels – Job Well Done
Nas – The World Is Yours (Bukas Rollbrett remix)
Quakers – RIP feat. Guilty Simpson
Lootpack – Frenz vs Endz
Chanes – INF
Kan Zulu – Sixteen (BDP – Stop The Violence)
Knx – Let It Shine
Prhyme – U Looz
Jay Electronica – We Made It feat Jay Z

 

AUDIO: THE BEAT JUNKIES PRESENT: SOUNDCHECK – EP. 2 w/ ELZHI & TUXEDO (3.10.15)

If you have been following what we’ve been doing, you know that we started our very own Radio Station channel at Dash Radio….Beat Junkie Radio! We also have our very own show called Soundcheck, that we do live every 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of each month from 7-10PM. We launched our first show on February 10th with special guests Dilated Peoples, MED, & LMNO.

This past Tuesday, March 10th, we did our 2nd show with special guests Elzhi & Tuxedo aka Mayer Hawthorne & Jake One. We posted up this week’s show on our soundcloud page. Now you’re wondering “What about the 1st episode?”. We’ll post that up soon but we wanted to flip it & post up the 2nd episode first. Enjoy the show & make sure you tune in to Beat Junkie Radio, exclusively on Dash.

Episode 2 w/ Elzhi & Tuxedo (Mayer Hawthorne & Jake One)
March 10, 2015.

First Hour
Mix: Dj D-Styles
1. Grand Master Flash & The Furious 5 – The Message (Tall Black Guy remix)
2. Love Again Instrumental – Run The Jewels
3. Danny Brown- blunt after blunt
4. Eprom – Empires
5. Love Again inst. – unknown artist
6. E-40 – Art Of Storytellin
7. Captain Murphy feat Viktor Vaughn (DOOM) x Earl Sweatshirts x ThunderCat – Between villains
8. Royal Flush feat Sean Price – Beasting
9. Dizz1 – Frazzled
10. Jon Wayne – Mean Muggin
11. Stagga – The Motoskillz
12. Stagga – Stagga Sound Killer
13. Gas Lamp Killer – Flange Face
14. Adrian Younge – Turn Down The Sound
15. Rapsody – Godzilla

Guest Interview: Elzhi
16. Elzhi – February (prod by 14KT)
17. Jake One ft. Elzhi & Royce da 5’9 – Glow
18. Elzhi – Boomerang Slang
 (prod by Houseshoes)

19. Dabrye – Game Over feat Jay Dee
 (Instr)
20. Step Brothers – Step Masters
21. Freestyle Fellowship – This Write Here
22. Jay Dee – Hoard Inst.

Second Hour:
Mix: J.Rocc – Notorious B.I.G. Tribute Mix
1. Notorious B.I.G. – Queen Bitch
2. Notorious B.I.G. – Players Anthem demo
3. Biggie Freestyle 2 (Bucktown beat)
4. Notorious B.I.G. feat Sadat X – Come On
5. Red Hot Lover Tone – 4 my peeps feat Notorious B.I.G. & Organized Konfusion
6. Pudge The Fat Bastard feat Notorious B.I.G. – Think Big
7. Notorious B.I.G. – Who Shot Ya
8. Heavy D & The Boys feat Notorious B.I.G. – A Buncha Niggas
9. Eddie F & The Untouchables – Let’s Get It on feat Heavy D, 2pac x Notorious B.I.G. x Grand Puba
10. Notorious B.I.G. – The Ugliest
11. Notorious B.I.G. – Real Niggaz Do Real Things
12. Notorious B.I.G. – Freestyle (Black Superman)

13. De La Soul – Rock Ko.Kane inst.

Guest Interview: Tuxedo (Mayer Hawthorne & Jake One)
14. Tuxedo – Do It
15. Tuxedo – Number One
16. Tuxedo – Watch The Dance
17. Tuxedo – R U Ready
18. Tuxedo – So Good Inst

19. Slum Village – slum village
20. PRHYME – U Looz

3rd Hour
Mix: Dj Rhettmatic
1. Slum village – Scheming feat Jay dee x Posdnuos x Phife Dawg
2. Oddisee x Phonte – Requiem
3. eMC – Triple Threat
4. Frank Nitt – Slipping
 (prod. by J.Rocc)
5. Jay Electronica – Road To Perdition
6. yU & nottz – Homicide
7. Ab Soul – 47 Bars
8. Ras Kass x Apollo Brown – PNT
9. D.R.U.G.S – Dark jr
 (Inst)
10. Your Old Droog – Sonic Youth
 (prod. by Marco Polo)
11. Oddisee – Word To Wise
12. Kissing The Curb
 – Jake One ft. Busta Rhymes x Bishop Lamont
13. Now On – Catapults
14. 14KT – W.C.E.F feat MED x Kokane
15. 14KT – RockABye Baby
16. eMC – Charly Murphie
17. Joey Bada$$ – Paper Trail$
 (prod. by Dj Premier)
18. Saga – City Streets feat Roc Marciano
19. Your Old Droog – Homicide
20. Gangrene feat. Earl Sweatshirts – Play it cool
21. Red Bills – The Black Opera
22. Snoop Dogg – Cadillacs
 (prod. by Madlib)
23. The Joint Chiefs (Frank Nitt & Rhettmatic) – The Nitty Show
24. Fashawn feat. Busta Rhymes – Out The Trunk
25. Crown Royale (Buff1 x Rhettmatic) – The Chosen Few ft. MED, Fashawn, & Tres Styles
26. Axel F – Superman
27. Talib Kweli x Madlib ft. Strong Arm Steady
 – The Function
28. The Visionaries feat. Rakaa & Brother J – Need To Learn
28. Gangrene – All Bad
29. Gangrene – Take Drugs
30. Gangrene – Vodka & Ayahuasca

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!

AUDIO: CYPRESS JUNKIES LIVE AT THE LOW END THEORY FESTIVAL (6/15/14)

Our very own Rhettmatic & the mighty Cypress Hill‘s own Eric Bobo, make up the group, The Cypress Junkies. Sometime last year, they were asked to perform a set at the 1st ever Low End Theory Festival at The Echo/Echoplex, along with Invisibl Skratch Piklz, Nosaj Thing, Jon Wayne, Ras G, & many more, along with the LET crew (Daddy Kev, Gaslamp Killer, Nocando, Nobody, & our own D-Styles).

The Cypress Junkies just recently released the live audio of their performance set from the Low End Theory Festival for you to listen to. Shoutouts to the whole LET crew…..

MIXTAPE MONDAYS: BEAT JUNKIE RADIO w/ J.ROCC & RHETTMATIC – EPISODE #9 (PTS 1&2) (2009)

What’s up folks….hope y’all had a good Halloween weekend.

I’m back with another installment of Mixtape Mondays…..we did a press release that we’re going to have our own channel on Dj Skee’s new Dash Radio app that has been already in effect the last 2 months (go to www.dashradio.com to hear what’s going on or you can download the DashRadio app for your IPhone & Android) in November.  We won’t announce the official launch of the Beat Junkie Radio Channel unti we are truly ready to launch it….be on the look out.

For the meantime, in honor of our upcoming relaunching of Beat Junkie Radio, here is an old episode from our Ustream show that we used to broadcast from J.Rocc’s crib and sometimes our old Beat Junkies recording studio, back in 2009….this is different from our 1993/94 96.7FM KWIZ show.  This particular mix is the audio portion of episode 9.  If you want to watch the old episodes, you can go to www.ustream.tv/channel/beat-junkie-radio

It’s a 2 hour mix broken up into 2 parts, with J & myself playing anything we want at that time on some “don’t give a f*ck” steeze.  The vibe might remind you on some Friday Night Flavas/Wake Up Show/Stretch & Bobbito Show steelo……enjoy!

Rhettmatic

HAPPY BIRTHDAY J.ROCC!!!

We like to wish a big Happy Birthday to the guy who practically started the Beat Junkies.  Yes, today is J.Rocc‘s birthday! If it wasn’t for J’s dream to always wanting his own crew & giving us a bunch of “Green Lantern” rings from his old Comic Book job for us to rep, who knows what we would be doing right now, and you wouldn’t be reading this from our website….LOL!!

If you see the Funky President, make sure you wish him a Happy Birthday….and maybe get him some Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups & an Arizona Green Tea.  Happy Birthday J!

REDBULL THRE3STYLE WORLD FINALS DAY 1 RECAP: PHILIPPINES & THE INVISIBL SKRATCH PIKLZ

Our very own D-Styles & Shortkut along with the legendary Q-Bert performed as the Invisibl Skratch Piklz at Day 1 of the Redbull Thre3style World Finals in Azerbaijan.  Congratulations to the 1st heat winner, Carlos Atendido of the Phillippines, who now advances to the final round this week.

From the Redbull site:

The first night of competition heats kicked off Tuesday at the historic Baku Jazz Centre, with performances by the week’s host DJ Flipout, 2010 Thre3style champ, DJ Karve of Paris, and a rare set by the world famous Invisible Skratch Piklz from California.”

Listen to the audio sets here: 
http://www.redbullthre3style.com/article/night-1-philippines-and-invisible-skratch-piklz

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’t mess with DJ Premier.  Dilated Peoples“Directors Of Photography” on Rhymesayers Entertainment is out now!!!  S/O to Jellow of 247HH