SATURDAY (10/7/17): BOOMBOX LA w/ RHETTMATIC & MR. SONNY JAMES at THE GRAND STAR JAZZ CLUB

Saturday (October 7th), our very own Rhettmatic & one of Philly’s best DJs, Mr. Sonny James will be rocking the dance floor at Boombox, along with residents Inka One, Ben Diggin, & Dj Analog. All happening at the Grand Star Jazz Club in Chinatown (Downtown LA). Fellas $5 before 11pm, ladies FREE before 11pm. For DISCOUNT TIX – RSVP at http://bmbx134.eventbrite.com

Los Angeles, this is something you don’t want to miss out!

MONDAY (9/4/17): MOM LA’S “CALIFORNIA SOL” w/ RHETTMATIC, MUSIC MAN MILES, SEANO, DJ EXPO & MORE!

Join LA’s favorite Monday night weekly dance party, MOM LA (Motown On Mondays), to celebrate your Labor Day in style, ‘Upstairs’ on the rooftop of Ace DTLA! Soak in the sunshine & lovely view of the Downtown Los Angeles skyline with the MOM LA Players, plus special guests, serving up feel good music to feed your soul and keep you movin’ and groovin all day long.

For the thirsty & hungry party goers, the rooftop bar will have a fine selection of craft cocktails, draft beers, and gourmet bites for offer. All sun worshipers & water lovers are invited to enjoy the rooftop pool area. Grab your dancing shoes, tell a friend, and get ready for a funky good time!

featuring special guests
DJ RHETTMATIC (Beat Junkies / Cypress Junkies)
MUSIC MAN MILES (Funky Sole / Breakestra / The Root Down)
SEANO (Nu-Tropic / Church)
CASERTA

all vinyl poolside vibes w/ special guests
DJ DEBO (Funk Freaks)
SOUL MARCOSA (The Wyldewood Green)
DJ MAGNETO
ERVIN ARANA (The Root Down / Soul Simple)

along with The MOM LA Players
EXPO
SLOEPOKE
C-MINUS

Spinning Motown, Soul, Funk, Disco, House, & World sounds. Originals, remixes, re-edits, and more!

location:
“Upstairs” at Ace Hotel
933 S. Broadway St.
Downtown LA, CA 90015

2PM – 10PM
All Ages until 8pm / 21+ after 8pm
Free all day and night

Valet Parking: $7 for the first 3 hours (with validation)

SEE THIS EVENT ON FACEBOOK AT:
https://www.facebook.com/events/529515884059490/

SUNDAY (9/3/17): RHETTMATIC AT THE GOODNESS – DENVER, CO!

This Sunday (September 3rd) during Labor Day Weekend, Rhettmatic will be spinning at The Goodness, all happening the Meadowlark’s Patio in Denver, CO.  It’s a daytime event from 3-9pm with resident Dj Lowkey + special guests Dj Morsecode, Dj Equal, & Dj Mikey Fresh. It’s the last Goodness party of the Summer.  If you are in the Denver area, this is the spot to be!

FRIDAY (9/1/17): RHETTMATIC at “DILLA’S DONUTS” POP UP/DELICIOUS PIZZA LA!

(Los Angeles, CA): September 1st & 2nd,Delicious Vinyl presents Dilla’s Donuts L.A. Pop Up Shop. Join us at Delicious Pizza Cafe (6601 Sunset Blvd.) for donuts, music and more.

Dilla’s Delights, the Detroit based doughnut shop launched by Herman Hayes, uncle of the late, great legendary hip-hop producer J Dilla, will be providing an assortment of organic and aptly named donuts for the first time in Los Angeles for your snacking pleasure; McNasty Macaroon, Blackboottom Beatstreet Blueberry, D-Lime Glaze, Rasul Wasi aka the Titus Conant Garden Glaze, Fantastic Fritters, Cakeboy Chocolate & more!

Along with the donuts, exclusive J Dilla merchandise and vinyl releases will be on sale. Delicious Vinyl recording artist Frank Nitt (Frank-N-Dank, Yancey Boys) will be hosting live DJs and MCs all weekend, including DJ Rhettmatic on Sept. 1 at 8pm. Soul Circle Radio will be webcasting live on Sept. 2 from12pm-2pm.

AUDIO: SOULECTION RADIO EP. 312 feat. THE BEAT JUNKIES!


Soulection ~ The Sound of Tomorrow
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➜ Show #312 Track List: bit.ly/Show312TrackList
~ Watch The Story of Soulection Radio: youtu.be/UjTbCD3coBk
▶ Discover: @world-famous-beat-junkies @rhettmatic @mrchoc @joekay

J.Rocc, Mr. Choc, & Rhettmatic of the Beat Junkies visit Soulection Radio & catch up with Joe Kay as they discuss the opening of the Beat Junkie Institute Of Sound as well as getting down on the decks. >>> www.beatjunkiesound.com

** Soulection Radio Shows on Beats 1 are archived here 6 days after they air live on Saturday from 7pm-9pm Pacific**

AUDIO: RHETTMATIC’S 45 PRACTICE MIX FOR SOUL SUMMIT (11/18/16)

Our very own Rhettmatic did a special 45 set at the Soul Summit Dance Party in Chicago this past weekend. Before his gig, he recorded a couple of practice sets to help him prep up for the gig:

“This past Sat. (11/19/16), I had the pleasure of spinning a special 45 set at the Soul Summit Dance Party – the Double Door in Chicago. To tell you the truth, I was kinda nervous because of the high caliber of talent that spun at this event that I had to live up to: my Beat Junkie brother J.Rocc, Breakbeat Lou, Peanut Butter Wolf, Prince Paul, Ali Shaheed Muhaamad (ATCQ), Dj Maseo (De La Soul), Adrian Younge, Rich Medina, Dj Spinna; you get the picture. So the whole week before my gig, I literally went thru all my 45 vinyl records to prepare for my set, & I tell ya, I was kinda overwhelmed….hahah!
Anyways, after changing my set a couple of times & get some practice in, I recorded a couple of practice runs with all the skips, spinbacks, & record burns included. This is the best recorded take out of all of them. I ended up not playing exactly what I did at Soul Summit but this mix is gives you an idea what I tried to do. Thank you to Dave Mata, Scott Williams, & the rest of the crew. Hope you like it!”

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

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.

SAT (6/18/16) – R&R FESTIVAL at THE BELASCO THEATER w/ EARL SWEATSHIRT, Z-TRIP, BROTHER ALI, & MORE!

Saturday (June 18th) is a double duty for the Junkies….the first event that’s going down is the Rhythm & Rhyme Fest at the Belasco Theater in Downtown LA. Our very own Rhettmatic will be joining Earl Sweatshirt, Z-Trip, Brother Ali, Gaslamp Killer, & many more.  It’s an 18 & over event, doors open at 9pm. For more info & tickets, go to www.thebelasco.com

TODAY (6/11/16): STONES THROW BY THE POOL AT THE LINE HOTEL!

Stones Throw is starting a weekly pool party at The Line Hotel in Los Angeles, Saturdays, 1-6 PM through summer 2016. There’s different DJ’s every week. Come by and find out who (a Beat Junkie is scheduled to be at one of these).

June 4, 11, 25 / July 2, 9, 23, 30 / August 6, 20

This event is free for hotel guests no RSVP necessary. RSVP is required for non-hotel guests. Guests with “Attending” RSVP are guaranteed entry until 2pm. At 2pm guests with “Wait Listed” RSVP are allowed entry that is subject to capacity.
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The Line Hotel, 3515 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90010

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

FRIDAY (4/29/16): THE BEAT JUNKIES PRESENTS “LIVE AND DIRECT” AT THE WELL IN DWNTWN LA

Friday, April 29th….The Beat Junkies are doing a special one off party in Downtown LA called “Live & Direct”. Babu, D-Styles, J.Rocc, Melo-D, & Rhettmatic will be throwin down on the decks plus some special guests might come thru.  All happening at The Well. Doors from 10pm-2am. Donations $10. Los Angeles, come thru & get down with the Beat Junkie Sound!

FRIDAY, MARCH 18TH: THE WEDDING MIXER 3 w/ RHETTMATIC & MAD SKILLZ AT THE ECHO

This Friday (March 18th), DJ Rhettmatic & Mad Skillz return with another epic edition of The Wedding Mixer, brought to you by Footlong Development!

What initially began as a request to DJ a wedding, then became a mixtape affectionately called the Wedding Mixer, has now become a party. Please join Rhett as lays down all the classic 70’s, 80’s & 90’s party joints on some “grown folk” steeze.. He’s intent on challenging himself to spin a set in the same vein as his Wedding Mixer mixtapes.  All happening at The Echo in Los Angeles.

Purchase presale tickets either at Amoeba Hollywood or www.footlongdevelopment.com

TONIGHT (3.3.16): HODGE PODGE w/ ETHIO CALI, RHETTMATIC, MARK DE CLIVE LOWE, & MORE

Tonight (March 3rd) is a special event called “Hodge Podge” in honor of celebrating one of LA’s respected musician’s birthday, trumpeter Todd Simon.  LA’s talented DJs & Musicians such as Mark De Clive Lowe, Jeremy Sole, members of Buyepongo, our very own Rhettmatic, & many others will be joining Todd & his band Ethio Cali on a musical jam session.  All happening at The General Lee in Chinatown (DTLA) and it’s FREE ALL NIGHT. Come thru & enjoy a night with Los Angeles’ talented music community!

AUDIO: “GET LIVE WITH IT” (J-DILLA 2×4 TRIBUTE MIX) – mixed by J.ROCC & RHETTMATIC (originally 2/10/15)

Today is February 10, 2016….the 10th Anniversary of Dilla’s passing. In honor of their good friend J-Dilla, J.Rocc & Rhettmatic joined forces to do a impromptu 2×4 tribute mix (which was done originally on Feb. 10, 2015).  All done in one night. Put on your headphones, turn the speakers up, listen to it  & turn it up! “Get Live With It!”

TONIGHT (2/6/16): J DILLA TRIBUTES IN SF & LA w/ J.ROCC, SHORTKUT, & RHETTMATIC

Tonight (February 6th), during the Superbowl Weekend, it’s Dilla Weekend in both San Francisco & Los Angeles to celebrate 10 years of life & music of our fallen brother, J Dilla.

First one, the Funky President J.Rocc & Shortkut will be throwing down at Mighty in San Francisco in honor of Dilla, along with Mr. E, Dj Haylow, & hosted by Fran Boogie. Bay Area, you don’t want to miss this.

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Also tonight in Los Angeles, Rhettmatic will be doing a special set at the 9th Annual “Doin It For Dilla” at Boombox with residents Inka One, Ben Diggin, & Dj Analog. All happening at The Grand Star Jazz Club.

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Wherever you are in the world, put one up for the one James Yancey aka J Dilla….one of the greatest music producer of our time!

 

TONIGHT (1.23.16): “DOWNTOWN SOUL” w/ TIFFANY GOUCHE’, LAKIM, RHETTMATIC, COLEMAN, JOYCE WRICE, ORIJANUS, & ANDRES

Tonight (January 23rd), a special one time event called “Downtown Soul” is happening at The Regent in Downtown Los Angeles. With an All-Star Line Up of talented Djs/Producers/Singers gracing the stage playing all types of good music: Tiffany Gouche, Lakim, Rhettmatic, Joyce Wrice, Coleman, Orijanus, & Andres. This is an event that you do not want to miss. For tickets & more info, go to www.soulection.com.

SATURDAY (1.2.16): “SUPER HANDSOME” w/ DJ DELVE, DJ SSSOLUTION, & DJ JON C + special guest: RHETTMATIC at MANIFEST HONOLULU

Saturday (January 2nd), Rhettmatic will be kicking off his 2016 as a special guest at “Super Handsome” with residents Dj Delve, Dj Sssolution, & Jon C.  All hapening at the Manifest Honolulu in Chinatown, Hawaii. Come thru for a night good music, good vibes, some get down, & some drinks.  What a way to kick off the new year…Aloha!

TONIGHT (12/16/15): RHETTMATIC & MR. CHOC AT THE GETO BABY/CALI KINGS 20 YR ANNIVERSARY

Tonight (December 16th), our very own Rhettmatic & Mr. Choc will be spinning a set at the Geto Baby Record Pool/Cali Kings 20 Year Anniversary Party at The Study in Hollywood. Other prominent DJs will be The Baka Boyz, C-Minus, Dj Ralph M (Funkdoobiest/KDAY Mixmasters), Monalisa, Dj Phyz-Ed, & many more.

Congratulations to Frank Vidal & the Baka Boyz for 20 Years in the music industry.

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

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

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

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

TONIGHT (11/17/15): LEGIONS OF BOOM LA PANEL w/ DJ ICY ICE, RHETTMATIC, & SYMPHONY. MODERATED BY OLIVER WANG

Tonight (Tuesday November 17), Rhettmatic, Dj Icy Ice & a rare appearance by Dj Symphony will be at the “Legions Of Boom” LA panel with College Professor & Author, Oliver Wang. All happening at Cal State Long Beach from 6:30-8:30pm at the Anatol Center. It’s FREE to the public. They will be talking about the history of Filipino American Mobile DJs in Southern California. For more info: www.legionsofboom.com.

TONIGHT (11/13/15): YOUNG GURU, RHETTMATIC, ORIJANUS, ANDRES AT ESCALA K-TOWN

Tonight (November 13th) is a special night at Escala in Koreatown.  Young Guru (Grammy Award Engineer/DJ), Orijanus & Andres of Soulection, & our very own Rhettmatic are the All-Star line up providing the sounds for this one night only.  Come thru for some delicious Colombian Food, drinks, & good tunes to vibe/dance the night away. FREE ALL NIGHT!

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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SAT. OCT. 24TH: MED & BLU – “BAD NEIGHBOR” ALBUM RELEASE PARTY AT GRANDSTAR JAZZ CLUB

This Saturday (October 24th) is the Album Release Party of MED & Blu‘s album “Bad Neighbor” on Bang Ya Head Entertainment. This event packs an All-Star line up: Dudley Perkins & Georgia Anne Muldrow, Dj Babu, Dj Rhettmatic, Diba$e, 14KT, & many more. All happening at The Grandstar Jazz Club in Chinatown; Downtown LA. For more info: www.bangyahead.com

THURSDAY (9.24.15): SHIFT OC (FINALE) w/ RHETTMATIC, FREE THE ROBOTS, & PLANN B

This Thursday (September 24th) is Shift All-City Tour Finale at The Constallation Room inside the Observatory in Santa Ana, CA (Orange County). Come join residents Rhettmatic, Free The Robots, & Plann B as they wrap up the tour in the city where the Shift party was born in honor of The Crosby. It’s $5 All Night! Come join & celebrate with Dem Shift Boyz as they will be spinning all kinds of music genres to keep you dancing all night. OC Massive come & represent!

AUDIO: SHIFT ALL-CITY MIX by RHETTMATIC, FREE THE ROBOTS, & PLANN B + SHIFT SAN FRANCISCO

Our very own Rhettmatic as well as his comrades Free The Robots & Plann B have released a special mix in honor of their Shift parties that they have been doing for the past 6 years in both  at The Crosby (OC) & Escala (LA). In the last month, they took their Shift parties on the road to Palm Springs, Las Vegas, & now San Francisco (this Friday, Sept. 4th).

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The good people at Okayplayer World Premiered the mix this morning!

“We tried to put together a mix that would sound exactly like a typical night inside Shift…basically an hour of heavy musical ADD. I think we nailed it.” That’s how Plann.B describes the new hour-long, three-part SHIFT All City mixtape, a joint venture that has him welding his talents to those of Free The Robots and DJ Rhettmatic. In 2009, the three DJs conspired to create a new enterprise that doled out hip-hop, soul, futuristic funk and electro in a format that pulled no punches and honored no idols; a beat music free for all lead only by their brainiac techniques. 6 years on, Shift is as vital as it’s ever been and has filled massive rooms alongside the likes of Dam Funk, J. Rocc, House Shoes, Soulection and more.

Summer 2015 has Rhettmatic, Plann.B and FTR taking their show up and down the West Coast, with shows booked in Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco and more. Below, Okayplayer very proudly presents a free new mix designed to be a “thank you” for all the support Shift has gotten from the scene. “This is exactly what a night at Shift might sound like,” Plann told us. “Enjoy this wild mishmash of boogie, disco, glitchy, experimental beats, breaks, future bass and hip hop.”

PART 1: DJ RHETTMATIC

01. Kano – Can’t Hold Back (Your Loving)
02. George Benson – Give Me The Night
03. Positive Force – We Got The Funk
04. DJ A1 – Baby
05. Zikomo – Fly Love
06. Sy Smith – Gettin Down (Remix)
07. Black Ivory – Mainline (Flaunt Edwards Edit)
08. Esta – Only One
09. J. Rocc – Star (Remix)
10. Church Boy Lou – Show Me
11. Ant Acid vs. B.T.W. – Party Time (Re-Edit)

PART 2: FREE THE ROBOTS

01. Cohen Beats (ft. Shafiq Husayn) – Rimona
02. Free the Robots – Take Flight
03. Danny Scrilla (ft. Om Unit) – Hunch
04. Co.fee – Mango Pickle Edit
05. Betty Ford Boys – Two
06. Chief & Dehab – It’s All About Love (Flipped)
07. Cazal Organizm – Ask My N***a Cazal
08. Zackey Force Funk – Out of my Mind
09. Danny Drive Thru – VirtuaRap
10. Sapan Chakraborty / R.D. Burman – Baby Let’s Dance Together
11. Dimlite – Fridge Note
12. Free the Robots – Unreleased Flip (Sorry)
13. Pigmeat Arkham – Here Comes the Judge
14. Roy Ayers – Searching
15. Keren Dun & Cohen – What’s on Your Mind
16. Golden Hands – Country Scenes
17. William Onyeabor – Body & Soul

PART 3: PLANN.B

01. DJ Rashad & DJ Spinn – Luchini VIP
02. MNDSGN – Maintenance
03. Mikos da Gawd (ft. Mr. Carmack) – Get Lo
04. Penthouse Penthouse – Going Out
05. Wantigga – Like That
06. Kaytranada – Killa Cats
07. Jon Wayne – The Come Up (Part 2)
08. Astronote – Liquid I
09. The Clipse (ft. Camron & Pharrell) – Popular Demand
10. Thugli – What Happened?
11. Jailo – Smoke (‘Til I’m Gone)
12. Milo Mills – Sweeter Than Rice Cake
13. Nikes x Lefty x Moondoctor – $mokin Ha$h
14. Patrick Brian – Gold Card
15. Missy Elliot – Work It (R4 Edit)
16. The Freshest – Buggin’ (Kutcorners & Marvel Canadian Club Edit)
17. Jay-Z – N*gga What, N*gga Who
18. Raven – Is It Real?
19. Kendrick Lamar – 2U (C. Justice Bootleg)

 

AUDIO: THE BEAT SOCIETY LA SHOWCASE (2014) w/ JAKE ONE, MARCO POLO, KEV BROWN, & RHETTMATIC

Peace Everyone….

It’s been a hot minute since I posted up on the Beat Junkies Blog….

just recently found this live recording audio of when I participated in the Beat Society LA Showcase in 2004…listening to this recording had me buggin out and brought back memories. This featured beats by Jake One, Marco Polo, Kev Brown, & yours truly.

Let me backtrack a little…..Some of you might be familar with the Beat Society Producer Showcase, some of you might not. For me personally, this is the one that started it all with the producer showcase genre, in terms of having established & upcoming producers at that time. This showcase was the brainchild from Philly producer extraordinaire Hezekiah along with the help from the indy label Soulspazm. Beat Fanatic head honcho Slopfunkdust was also instrumental in connecting the dots. The event was always hosted by Stef Tataz & Sao. And almost every producer that had a name or just getting a buzz has graced the stage: Kanye West, Nottz, Illmind, Exile, 9th Wonder, B!nk, Oddisee, & many more.

The showcase event would always feature 4 producers playing their beats live off their respected machines, as well as having well known MCs rock over their production, plus a sample challenge round where each producer would have to flip a sample that the committee from the Beat Society has chosen…The event was mostly based in the East Coast, primarily Philidelphia.

In 2003, it was the first time that the Beat Society Showcase ventures out West, specificially Los Angeles at the Knitting Factory. There, they had Dj Khalil, Illmind, Hezekiah, & the Dilated Junkie himself, Dj Babu. I had the honor of spinning music in between. What was also monumental, Dilla & Madlib were in the house chillin in the background peepin out the event.

In 2004, they had another Beat Society LA showcase (again at the Knitting factory), but this time, they asked me to participate as a producer. I was very honored, and to tell you the truth, I was hella nervous. “Why?” you ask? Well, I had to share the stage with some of my favorite producers who happen to be also my friends: Jake One, Marco Polo, & Kev Brown. To be on the same stage as these heavyweights had me shook….haha! I had alot of pressure, (1) because I was repping the hometown and didn’t want to let Los Angeles down and (2) the general public didn’t really know me as a producer; I was known more for being a DJ/Turntablist and I wanted to showcase my production to the public.

When you listen to the audio, you can hear each producer’s individual style and what equipment they were using: Jake had the ASR-10, Marco Polo & Kev Brown had the MPC 2000XL, & me…I had the MPC2000 & the Technics 1200 (yeah, I brought my set up at that time…lol). You can tell I was really nervous…haha. Also, when you listen to the audio, you might be familiar with some of the production that we played that night, especially Jake’s production of De La Soul‘s “Rock KoKane Flow” & WWE’s John Cena‘s wrestling intro song “The Time Is Now”. I played beats that would eventually make onto the Visionaries‘ 4th album “We Are The Ones”.

All in all, I had a great time sharing the stages with these guys, bonding & cracking jokes, & showcasing my beats. And it was a great feeling when my peers who I am a fan of their work gave me my props as a producer that night….that meant alot to me. I am honored to be featured & be part of this historic moment of the Beat Society history.

Bigups to Hezekiah, Jim at Soulspazm, Slopfunkdust, Sao, Stef, Jake, Marco, Kev, Casual, Akrobatik, Mr. Lif, Thearapy aka Paten Locke, Prince Po (Organized Konfusion), Black Silver, OhNo, Dj Romes, Dj Khalil, Chace Infinite, SA-RA, & to the listeners…..enjoy this time capsule moment.

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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

NEW MIX: DEVIL’S PIE SOUL PRESENTS PHARRELL TRIBUTE MIX – Mixed by RHETTMATIC

It’s been a minute since I posted up on our blog….I figured it’s a special reason to…lol.

In keeping up the tradition of giving the gift of music in honor of my birthday today (May 10), I’m releasing a mix that was originally intended for my friends Dj Sean O & Dj Phatrick, who throw a monthly event in Los Angeles called “Devil’s Pie Soul”, which is held currently at Lock N Key in Koreatown. The basis of their parties are usually built around the theme of paying tributes to musical artists.

Last month, the guys asked me to DJ their event and it was my first time spinning at Devil’s Pie. They asked me if I wanted to do a set that’s dedicated to Pharrell & the Neptunes and I said I was with it. We tried to record the mix live that night but for whatever reason, we technical difficulties in the first 15 minutes into my set. I actually like what I put together that night, so I decided to take the same songs I played that night and kinda re-created my set…..so here’s the mix that was inspired from that night. Pharrell & the Neptunes have such an extensive catalogue, that it was impossible to fit everything on my mix…but I am hyped that I included the Clipse‘s first actual single “The Funeral” in the mix….that’s my sh*t!

Anyways, I hope you enjoy the mix….and this is my thank you to everyone that have supported me, my music career, & my crews & affiliations. Thank you as always….Salute.

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VIDEO: RHETTMATIC INTERVIEWED FOR NBC LA’S “LIFE CONNECTED: ASIAN PACIFIC HERITAGE MONTH”

The month of May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. This past Saturday (5.2.15), our very own Rhettmatic was interviewed for NBC LA‘s “Life Connected” TV Special in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. NBC reporter Hetty Chang interviews Rhettmatic about how their Asian American heritage influence his music career & how he connected with other cultures. You can watch the interview here: http://www.nbclosangeles.com/video/#!/on-air/as-seen-on/LIFE-CONNECTED-AP-HERITAGE-SPECIAL—HIP-HOP-HISTORY/302214051

VIDEO RECAP: RHETTMATIC’S “THE WEDDING MIXER 2” DANCE PARTY w/ MAD SKILLZ

If you didn’t go to The Wedding Mixer 2 Dance Party with our very own Rhettmatic & the one & only Mad Skillz this past Friday (2.20.15), this is what you missed. Lots of good music, dancing, & singing. For the next Wedding Mixer party, Rhettmatic should wear a tux with ruffles. Shoutout to Asad & Ryan of Footlong Development for helping putting another successful event together. As D-Styles suggested “You guys need to take this on the road already….”. See y’all next year!

Video shot & edited by Brandon Ferlin.

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

February is what we like to call “Dilla Month” in honor of the birthday & death anniversary of the one of the greatest (if not THEE greatest) music producer of all time….the one & only James Dewitt Yancey, better known to the world as the legendary J-Dilla. He was born in Detroit on February 7th, 1973 and passed away in Los Angeles on February 10th, 2006 due to complications to Lupus, a few days after his 33rd birthday & the release of his final opus, “Donuts”.

J.Rocc & Rhettmatic both have a special bond with Dilla. J was part of the circle of close friends when Dilla moved to Los Angeles, that included Madlib, Peanut Butter Wolf, & Egon. J.Rocc is also the 3rd member of Jaylib, the collabo group of J-Dilla & Madlib. Rhettmatic eventually also became a part of Dilla’s LA’s circle of friends. Dilla personally asked Rhett to be his tour DJ for his European Tour (which actually turned out to be Dilla’s last tour ever) when J wasn’t available.

Both J & Rhett have done personal tribute mixes to their fallen friend over the years, but haven’t recently done one in a while….till now. This time, they decided to make another Dilla Tribute Mix….together. They basically planned to record an impromptu, inprovised 2×4 (2 person/4 turntables) mix…nothing pre-planned, video archive the live session, see what happens, pick the best part of the mix, & release it to the world to share.

This particular video footage was all recorded in one night with 2 separate GoPro cameras just to document the impromptu recording session between J & Rhett, as they improvise on the spot, weaving in & out of songs with blends & cuts. This is a visual preview of the free mix “Get Live With It”, that will be sharing with the world on February 10th, 2015.

This Audio/Visual Recording is dedicated to the loving memory of James Dewitt Yancey aka Jay Dee aka J-Dilla….We miss you.

Listen to the “Get Live With It‘ mix at:
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Mixed by The Dynamic Duo aka J.Rocc & Rhettmatic
Video shot by J.Rocc & Rhettmatic
Edited by Brand-O

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MERRY CHRISTMAS & RIP JAMES BROWN! MIXES BY J.ROCC & RHETTMATIC

It’s Christmas Eve (12/24/14) & tomorrow is Christmas Day…..December 25th also marks the passing of the Godfather Of Soul, Mr. James Brown. To celebrate the Holidays & to pay tribute to our favorite Funky Man, we decided to post up (2) James Brown mixes that were done in the past, one by the Funky President himself, J.Rocc, & his Dynamic Duo partner, Rhettmatic. The first one is J’s “James Brown & Friends” Pt. 2 Mix & the second one is a live James Brown Tribute mix by Rhettmatic when he was on KPFK‘s “Soundwaves Radio”.  Enjoy the funky tunes….Merry Christmas from The Beat Junkies.

VIDEO RECAP: THE DILATED PEOPLES FAMILY TREE SHOW AT THE OBSERVATORY (11/20.14)

Here’s a video recap of Dilated PeoplesFamily Tree show at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA this past November. With special guests The Alchemist, Defari, Fashawn, Exile, Madchild, & our very own Rhettmatic & Mr. Choc. The show was an sold out event as the video shows bits & pieces from the show. The video is shot by Brand-O. “Directors Of Photography” is available now on Rhymesayers Ent.

TAPEDECK TUESDAYS (AUDIO): M.E.D. – “BANG YA HEAD II” – Mixed by RHETTMATIC

Peace Everyone,

I apologized for missing Mixtape Mondays yesterday, so I’m making it up today for Tapedeck Tuesdays (11/18/14).

In honor of my brothers J.Rocc’s & MED’s (Axel F) new album “Theme Music” that’s coming out this next Tuesday (11/25/14), I figured I post up a special mix that I did for MED & Stones Throw back in 2009. The mix is called “Bang Ya Head” part 2 (I don’t know who did part 1, you gotta ask MED that…lol). The mix at that time featured some unreleased gems along with some production from Just Blaze, Dj Khalil, Dj Babu, Madlib, & myself. Enjoy this semi-flashbacl mix & make sure you go cop the J.Rocc & MED aka Axel F album “Theme Music” on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 on Bang Ya Head Entertainment.

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1. Intro
2. The Futuristic (RMX) – Guilty Simpson feat. MED. Produced by OhNo
3. Break It On Down – MED. Produced by Just Blaze
4. Dogg – MED feat. Polk Dogg. Produced by Madlib*
5. Not A Warning – MED feat. Polk Dogg. Produced by Madlib*
6. Shotgun RMX – PPP feat. J Dilla & MED. Produced by Waajeed
7. West Iz Back (Demo) – MED. Produced by Dj Khalil*
8. It’s A New Day – DJ Babu feat MED. Produced by Dj Babu
9. Zoom – MGD (MED + Georgia Anne + Declaime). Produced by Georgia Anne Muldrow*
10. Do It – Rhettmatic feat. MED. Produced by DJ Rhettmatic*
11. Get Money – MED. Produced by Madlib*
12. Endure – MED feat. Rapper Big Pooh. Produced by Georgia Anne Muldrow*
13. Anytime – Dert feat. MED. Produced by Dert
14. Classic – MED feat. Talib Kweli. Produced by Madlib Karriem Riggins*
15. The Ride (RMX) – Oh No feat. MED. Produced by Dj Rhettmatic*
16. $100 Bill – MED. Produced by Madlib*
17. Outro

*MED Exclusives

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!

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

What’s up folks…..yes, another installment of “Throwback Thursdays”.

For those that do not know, Shortkut & myself call ourselves “The Godfathers”, not because we’re like ‘Godfathers’ in the DJ/Turntablist scene, but because we are actual Godfathers (or as the Filipinos would traditionally say, “Ninongs”) to Babu‘s oldest son, Niko….and we were also roommates at one time….LOL!!

Back in the early 2000’s, Short & myself came up with some 2 man tag-team routines while we were roommates.  We eventually took our little set on the road while on tour with The Visionaries in Europe.  Fast forward to 2013, our sponsors Rane asked the Junkies to perform at their booth for the NAMM Show.  Short & myself took the opportunity to try to come up with some stuff that’s similar to what we did back in the 2000’s.  A couple of things tho that was standing in our way.  (1) We forgot some of our old routines, (2) Short lives in the Bay Area, I live in the LA County, & (3) because of our busy schedules, we only had 1 day, yes…ONE DAY, to come up with something.  So Short flew down to LA the day before we were schedule to play at the NAMM booth, so we can practice and try to come up with something.  We rented out a rehearsal studio, came up with something, & practice for 6 hours.  We were able to remember & incorporate some of our old 2 man routine, and with Short’s suggestion, we reflip a classic routine of The Adventures Of Grandmaster Flash On The Wheels Of Steel.  After brainstorming & stressing, this is what we came up with.

Short & myself have always talked about doing a Godfather show, hopefully we can still do one in the near future.  Hope you like this little ditty from 2 years ago….oh yeah, peep the other footage below of our original 2 man tag-team routine, back in the early 2000’s when we were using vinyl, 2 Vestax mixers, & 3 Vestax turntables….ah yes, memories….LOL!

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

TONIGHT 10/15: HEAVYWEIGHTS RADIO w/ the CYPRESS JUNKIES ON BREAL-TV

Tonight, October 15th, the Cypress Junkies aka Bobo Meets Rhettmatic will be doing a live performance on Heavyweights Radio on B-Real TV. The show’s hosts are Dj Truly Odd & Mike XXL and airs 6-8pm PST, Wednesday Nights.  To watch the show, go to http://www.breal.tv

FREE MIX: EXCLUSIVE RHETTMATIC MIX FOR BONAFIDE MAGAZINE UK – “FLAVORS FROM BEATJUNKIES.COM VOL. 3”

Our very own Rhettmatic was featured today on Bonafide Magazine, a trendsetting music/culture magazine website from the UK.  He did an exclusive mix for the website called “Rhettmatic x Bonafide Beats” aka “Flavors From Beatjunkies.com” Vol. 3.

“22 years on and the group shows no sign of resting their hands. Having celebrated their 20th anniversary in 2012, they’ve opened up their Record Pool which allows people to buy their own exclusive Beat Junkie approved edits. And of course there’s this DJ Rhettmatic mixtape, exclusive to Bonafide, – Flavours from BeatJunkies.com Volume 3, is, as you’d expect, the dopeness.”

Enjoy!

1. 5. Fingers Of Death 1 – Dj Paul Nice (Rhettmatic Scratch Intro)
2. Leflaur Leflah Eshkoshka (Beat Junkie Sound Edit) – Heltah Skeltah feat. O.G.C.
3. Resurrection 95 (Extra P Remix) (D-Styles Edit) – Common
4. Black On The Block (Melo-D Edit) – Pete Rock & CL Smooth
5. Funky Drummer (Dj Day ‘Cut Out The Lights’ Mix) – James Brown
6. Give It Up (J.Rocc Edit) – Kool & The Gang
7. Alright (P-Luv Intro Edit) – Janet Jackson feat. Heavy D
8. Body Heat (Flaunt Edwards Edit Long Version) – James Brown
9. I Hear Music (P-Luv Intro Edit) – Ultimate Touch
10. Awake O’ Zion (J.Rocc & Flaunt Edwards Edit) – Twinkile Clarke
11. Good Life (Melo-D Edit) – Inner City
12. Got A Love For You (P-Luv Edit) – Jomada
13. Gurubeats 2 (Who You Stealin From) (Rhettmatic Edit) – Guru (Arthur Baker & John Robie)
14. Numbers (Live Version) (Melo-D Edit) – Kraftwork
15. Mirror Vibe (Kendrick Lamar vs Cashmere Cat) – The Hood Internet
16. Batteria Break – Gamblin Pete
17. Are You That Somebody? (P-Luv Edit) – Aaliyah
18. Veneno (Phoreyz Edit) – Beauty Brain
19. Braces Tower Dub (Melo-D Edit) – King Tubby

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

What’s up folks…..

Wanted to post something up in honor of the term “Throwback Thursdays”. These particular video footages are from D-Styles“Phantazmagoria” Album Release Party at the Knitting Factory in Hollywood on November 1, 2002.

A couple of things that made this night special: It was the first time that ALL 6 of us (D, Short, J, Babu, Melo, & myself) had performed together as a band, it was the release of D’s first solo album as well as making history as one of the first Scratch Instrumental album (all the music was made by scratches via multi-tracks) of it’s kind, & this event took place 2 days after the death of the legendary Jam Master Jay. As Babs said in the video “We’re performing songs written, produced, & composed by D, from his album ‘Phantazmagoria’…..it’s a real special night for us…it’s a groundbreaking album that D’s putting out….we’re just members of his band.”

Walk down memory lane with us & enjoy the footage……

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A Night At The Knitting Factory

D-Styles Sextet Rehearsal #1

D-Styles Sextet Rehearsal #2

IN HONOR OF 9/11 – VISIONARIES “NINE-ELEVEN”

It’s been 13 years since the 9/11 attack……a lot of lives have been lost & affected since that faithful day.

In honor of 9/11, I thought I post up this particular song from my group, The Visionaries, which the title of the song is aptly called “Nine Eleven”.  The backstory of this song is that it was actually made on that faithful date: 9/11/01.  After the fall of the New York Twin Towers, the fellas (2Mex, LMNO, Dannu, Key-Kool, Lord Zen) felt inspired to go straight to the studio & to record a song, to get all their emotions out after watching too much media coverage.  I added scratches the day after.  The outro vocal on the end of the song belong to my man D-Smooth, who was a producer, the A&R for Up Above Records, & a New York native.  We thought it was appropriate for him to get on the song and say a little something since he was there when it happened.  This song is featured on the album, “Pangaea”.

We, the Beat Junkies, would like to salute to all the men & women, all the families, all the firefighters that were affected on 9/11.  God Bless You All……

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SOURCE MAGAZINE PREMIERES D-STYLES’ “FLAVORS FROM BEATJUNKIES.COM” + RHETTMATIC INTERVIEW

The Source Magazine did a spotlight on the Beat Junkies’ Digital Record Pool. To help celebrate this service that they’ve set up, D-Styles created a 25 minute mix Jazz, Hip-Hop, Funk, and Dance music. They also interviewed Rhettmatic about the Record Pool.

Peep the article here:
http://thesource.com/2014/09/10/premiere-d-styles-creates-all-kinds-of-audio-dope-with-flavors-from-beatjunkies-com-vol-2-interview-with-dj-rhettmatic/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

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

Here’s footage from the Soulection x Beat Junkies collabo at Soulection’s “The Sounds Of Tomorrow” event that a month ago.  This particular footage shows legendary percusionist Eric Bobo of Cypress Hill & our own Rhettmatic aka The Cypress Junkies, going back & forth on the percussion/dj tip.

Bigups to Joe Kay, Andres, SoSuperSam, Kronika, Esta, & the whole Soulection crew for hosting D-Styles, Mr. Choc, Rhettmatic & Bobo at their event.

“Here are highlights from our recent TSOT monthly (L.A.) at The Echoplex w/ special guests Beat Junkies. Legends Eric Bobo and Rhettmatic really brought the energy with the combination of live percussion over Soulection material and forgotten classics.”

Shot by Erik Hurtado / Edited by Eric Coleman & Whest Cornell

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

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

CHECK OUT SOME OF OUR MIXES AT MIXCRATE.COM

Bigups to our good friends at Mixcrate for always showing us love.  You can check out some of our mixes as well as individual Beat Junkie members here:

http://www.mixcrate.com/thebeatjunkies
http://www.mixcrate.com/djmelod
http://www.mixcrate.com/djshortkut
http://www.mixcrate.com/rhettmatic
http://www.mixcrate.com/mrchoc
http://www.mixcrate.com/dstyles
http://www.mixcrate.com/jrocc

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

What’s up peoples……my first official blog post on the Beat Junkies’ website.  I’m planning to do more blog posts that’s either Beat Junkie related, my own projects, or stuff that I’m into…..thank you for everyone that’s been supporting the whole Beat Junkie crew from day one!

So for my first post, HipHopDX world premiere a new music video for a song that I did with the homies from the Brown Bag Allstars, so you know I had to post this up here.  It’s called “Louis Vuitton Wallets” and features J57 & Koncept.  I sampled “Enemies” from my good friend Adrian Younge.  The guys shot the video while they were on tour thru California and spitting vicious rhymes over my production.

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

Hope you like the song & video……

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

Video shot by John Coyne

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DJ PREMIER x BEAT JUNKIES EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

No introduction needed for one of the best to do it, DJ Premier !  His signature sound has helped define Hip-Hop and inspired the DJ Community World Wide. Rhettmatic recently had the chance to get caught up with our good friend DJ Premier/ Preemo after his show at the Yost Theater in Santa Ana.  Shout out to Keebler, Jeff, and the whole team at Headquarters.  Special big up to the Man himself Preemo, for giving us a ton of exclusive music for the Record Pool.  Make sure you go to our Record Pool section for the latest releases from DJ Premier’s own record label “Year Round”, and that Classic Premier Sound.

 

When did you know you wanted to be a producer?

DJ Premier: I knew I wanted to be a producer actually when I started reading the James Brown produced music. It always had a James Brown production. I did not know what a producer was, but it seemed like it fit what I thought it was once I became one. They must be the ones who are setting the whole tone how it is suppose to go down. He may not be playing everything; he may not even be playing any instrument; but he is going to be like “do it like this, or no no no, do it like that.” That is how I am, “put that there, and no that is in the wrong spot,” and it does not always have to be Hook/Rhyme, Hook/Rhyme or Verse/Hook, Verse Hook. Sometimes it can be unorthodox. You can do it any way, if you just feel it a certain way. That is why I like how James Brown says, “If it feels good, then it is good.” You do not want to follow a certain pattern; how does it feel when you do it? And that is how I do it! I do all my stuff organically and on the spot. I never knew about making beat tapes and stuff like that, and that just wasn’t me. Him (James Brown), Quincy Jones, Marley Marl is my all time Idol. I feel like he is the James Brown of Hip Hop production. It was just so funky with the records he made. It was just like, Yo there is so many great records, but he just had a style like so unexplainable. That is what made me say, “I got to do it!” Where somebody like him would say “I’m doing it right without being a biter!” No biting! We’re from the era where biting (pauses).. MAN!!! We saw many fights where people were going, “you bit my shit!” We witnessed beat downs over biting. Now you can sound the same and everybody will be like “yah, yah, just turn it up” and it’s like nah, nah, sound like your own self, so I can like your shit or otherwise your like a loaf of bread that doesn’t have a brand, you know what I am saying and I already got Wonder Bread.

Out of all the songs that you produced for Biggie, Jay-Z and Nas, which one is your favorite?

DJ Premier: (Exhales) Man! I like them all the same in different ways. I mean there were certain scenarios that gave birth to certain records. Certain Nas records were amazing, when we did New York State of Mind. Showbiz was there when I was cutting it.   Showbiz was the one who put me into D&D. He was doing a session with Lord Finesse remixing “Return of the Funky Man Remix” and wanted me to scratch. So I went there to lay my scratches and they had to leave. So he was like “Yo when they finish the mix, make me a CASSETTE” and I made me one.   So I hopped in my Mazda MPV and popped it in and it was just thumping. So I said “this is where I am going to make the next Gang Starr album “Daily Operation” at D&D, which is now Headquarters Studios.

How did you connect with Biggie for “Unbelievable?” 

DJ Premier: Unbelievable came about by, I don’t want to say luck. Ummmm it was by him (Biggie) catching me at the right time. I was really busy at that time. You know Pete Rock, Large Professor, Showbiz, and me. We were all so heavily busy. We would all see each other and be in the same circles of music. Diamond D you know. The whole D.I.T.C crew, all that stuff. We were around all that, Tribe and De La (Soul) you know even Mr. Cee and (Big Daddy) Kane. We were all in the same circle of parties and events of things going on. So we all talked to each other about what we were doing next.

So it was like a fraternity?

DJ Premier: Yeah, yeah! Like all the time. So BIG and them were younger dudes. Even Jay-Z was a younger dude to us, not a lot younger, but young enough where we were glad to see them be next chapter of them bringing it in right. And then they did it, and I’m so happy for their careers. All that stuff there was a time when you had to do it right to be given a thumbs up everywhere you go and a salute. Street music man! It could go as mainstream as you want it to, but it had an origin. And I like the origin of the purest form, which is dope beats, dope rhymes, and scratching.

You’re pretty much the innovator of the Hook Scratch?

DJ Premier: That is just from watching people. When Terminator X did stuff, when Jam Master Jay and Cut Creator and Bobcat and Joe Cooley and you know what I’m saying. Even (Dr.) Dre was cutting shit up back in the N.W.A, ahh the Arabian Prince, and World Class Wreckin Cru days.

Are there any young producers right now catching your ear?

DJ Premier:   On the young producer side, not really. Even though I study every one of them to see what they’re doing. I like the effort they put into staying in the game like the way we do it. The sound just does not grab me like the sound I was influenced by. I’m not being selfish or anything like that. It is just that I like what I like. So the newer stuff just doesn’t grab me.   I like some of the artists, I like J.Cole, I like Drake, I like….ah some of Big Sean’s stuff.   I’m not always into the production, but they got lyrics. So if we ever click, let’s get it in and I will give you a dirty one, but you know I just like raw lyrics. I’m from a certain funk! I’m a descendent of the funk! Like George Clinton and James Brown.

What is one song you wished you produced?

DJ Premier: I always say I wish I produced “The Bridge”  by MC Shan. That record with just the drum roll, the echoes, just everything about that record as simple as it was. I remember hearing it at a RUN-D.M.C concert at my college Prairie View. Dana Dane and Clark Kent opened up and RUN-D.M.C was at the ‘apex of apex’ and they came to my school during the “Raising Hell” time.   Like that was one of the most amazing things to witness, especially down there. It was one of the illest things; and when they were switching turntables to set it up and make sure the sound was right they were playing a 98.7Kiss mix from Red Alert, and I just started hearing, “Ladies and Gentlemen (beat boxing), we got MC Shan and Marley Marl in the house tonight (tonight) (echoes). They just came from off tour and they want to tell you a story about where they come from.” I was like, “what the hell is that?” I thought they were saying, “the breaks, the breaks, the breaks, the breaks,” and Kurtis Blow was already popular with “The Breaks” six years prior.   And I was like, “what is like ‘the breaks, the breaks, the breaks?’” I went to New York for the summer and went to a record store and I was like, “what is that record ‘the breaks, the breaks?’ and the guy was like, “nah it is ‘the bridge, the bridge’ and it was on Bridge Records.” It looked like a ghetto, gutter, hard record, the green label and Bridge Records. And then I already knew Marley Marl from Dimples D and Roxanne Shante‘s early music. So to see that I was like, “he got another one, but it don’t sound like a drum machine programmed record.” It sounded like the record (Impeach the President, by Honey Drippers), but how is he making the record loop like that? I did not understand that and I was like, “I got to learn that science. Whatever that science is I got to learn that because that is dope!” And that is what made me start doing it.

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CYPRESS JUNKIES – LIVE AT SOULECTION’S “THE SOUNDS OF TOMORROW” EVENT – 8/14/14

From the Soulection‘s Soundcloud page:

“Last Thursday at The Echoplex was very historical for the L.A. music culture. We brought two worlds together (Pioneers & next generation) audiences/vibes in one room. The Beat Junkies are a legendary DJ crew that have inspired Soulection. The Cypress Junkies (consisting of Rhettmatic & Eric Bobo [member of Cypress Hill]) really threw down one of the best performances in our TSOT history. To hear them play percussion, scratch over beats by Sango, Tek. Lun, Araabmuzik, and more was truly inspiring. The audio can only give you an idea but you had to be there to really soak it all in. Enjoy this one.”

Shoutouts to Joe Kay, Andres, SoSuperSam, Esta, & the whole Soulection crew for a historic event.  Also in the house: D-Styles, Mr. Choc, Melo-D, Tommy Gun, OG KDAY Mixmaster Julio G, Sick Jacken of Psycho Realm, & Ras Kass.

For all our digital record pool subscribers, stay tuned for some Soulection joints to be added to the pool!

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

In honor of The Word Of Mouth 2014 Reunion Tour, we had to post this video up of Dilated Peoples & Chali 2na of Jurassic 5, courtesy of our good friend Dj Eclipse of Halftime Radio Show/La Coka Nostra fame.  This was shot at Fat Beats NYC during the 1st Word Of Mouth tour in 1999.

This is what Dj Eclipse had to say about the clip:
“Since Dilated & Jurassic are back on tour together and hitting NYC this weekend I figured I would post this clip from the last time they were on tour together back in 1999. This footage is from a Dilated Peoples in-store at Fat Beats NYC on the day that they were doing their New York stop on the “Word Of Mouth” tour. August 11, 1999. The bill was Dilated Peoples, Jurassic 5, Beat Junkies and me, DJ Eclipse. The venue was Tramps, home to some of the illest shows NYC had seen in the 90s. The interesting thing about this show was that it was the last show Tramps had before it closed down. Some footage from that night to come.”

Tonight (August 3rd, 2014) is the last show of The Word Of Mouth 2014 Tour at the House Of Blues Boston.  Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 8pm sharp!  Don’t miss this show….it might be a long time that you’ll get to see this whole line-up perform & tour together….don’t sleep!

INTRODUCING THE BEAT JUNKIES DIGITAL RECORD POOL (VIDEO)

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

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

Video by: Brand-O

WELCOME TO THE NEW BEATJUNKIES.COM!

Peace Everyone,

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

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

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

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

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

Welcome to the new www.beatjunkies.com