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

What’s up peoples….It’s been hard to keep with things when the holidays hit. I’ve been playing catch up as of late.

Anyways, here’s another installment of Throwback Thursdays. Today, I’m featuring my Beat Junkie brother, the one & only Dj Melo-D. Melo is definitely one of the bests to do it and sometimes very underrated compared to all our contempories out there. He’s always flawless with the cuts, scratches, beat juggles, & mixes….very precise yet funky. ¬†Maybe I’m just biased cause he’s in my crew….LOL!

Peep his solo scratch performance off the Turntable Wizardry 2 video (it was on VHS) that came out in 97. Crazy!

Enjoy!

Rhettmatic 

THROWBACK THURSDAYS (AUDIO): DILATED PEOPLES – “DILATED CLASSICS” Mixed by DJ BABU (2002) (

Peace Everyone….

It’s another installment of Throwback Thursdays. In honor of tonight’s Dilated Peoples show at The Observatory in Orange County, I thought it would be proper to post this rare Dilated promo mixtape that Babs (Dj Babu) mixed to promote for their 2nd album “Expansion Team” back in 2002. All classic Dilated cuts that we all have grown to love such as 3rd Degree with Defari, Global Dynamics, Annihilate, The Platform, & many more.

Make sure you join Dilated, Alchemist, Madchild, Fashawn, Exile, Mr. Choc, & myself at the Observation tonight (11/20/14) in Santa Ana, Ca.

Enjoy the Dilated Classics…..see y’all tonight!

Rhettmatic

http://grooveshark.com/#!/album/Dilated+Classics+Promo+Mixed+By+DJ+Babu/6705946

 

THROWBACK THURSDAYS (VIDEO): J.ROCC & MELO-D at SKRATCHCON 2000

What’s up folks…..got another flashback video for Throwback Thursdays.

These particular videos were from the Skratchcon 2000 Convention in the Summer of 2000. We (The Beat Junkies) were asked to participate in the first & only conference that was dedicated to the Art & Education of “Skratch Music”. Of course we were honored to be a part of it, but we didn’t know what capacity what we were going to be involved. To tell you the truth, we were really surprised that we didn’t get asked to be part of the “Team/Group Presentation”, but to be part of the “Trick Mixing” section (Babu went on to be part of the ‘Beat Juggle’ section along with Shortkut. D-Styles was part of the Q&A scratch section with Q-Bert,¬†I ended up being a speaker during the Trick Mixing section).

So when it was time for us to present the “Trick Mixing” aspect of the conference, we decided to actually make a statement by doing our own type of branding, since at that time, there were alot of techinques & styles that were coming out & was presented to the public in a formal fashion for the first time. This is when we introduced the “Beat Junkie Style” of mixing to the public (this style of Djing was developed & mastered by J.Rocc). Both J & Melo-D displayed techinques to the crowd of how we would combine battle dj techniques with style & finesse while able to keep the groove going on in a crowd rocking aspect. At that time, I think people looked at us crazy because we would Dj at clubs to rock dance floors while we still participated in the Turntablism scene. Most people were just straight into Battling or just do Skratch Music. For us, this is part of the culture growing up and learning from our predecesors that came before us. On the real peoples, the Beat Junkie Style, or Trick Mixing in general……it’s really, simply, just “Djing” (well, at least to us….lol).

Anyways, enjoy another Throwback Thursdays……enjoy!

Rhettmatic

THROWBACK THURSDAYS (VIDEO): ROC RAIDA vs. NINJA B (1991-92)

Welcome back to another installment of “Throwback Thursdays”……

Whenever¬†scoping the web just looking for some classic vintage Dj Battles to post up for the Throwback segment, alot of the footage would bring back alot of memories for me coming up. Back in the days, there was no Youtube to watch old footage of Dj Battles……most of the time, it was either word of mouth, or a copy of a the recent DMC (Disco Mix Club) Dj Championship VHS Video Tapes (those were expensive; you would be considered to be lucky to obtain the “Holy Grail” tapes). You were also very fortunate if you were able to cop a¬†bootleg VHS Video Tapes of New Music Seminar/Supermen“Battle For World Supremecy” Dj Battles that you would borrow from a friend that he was lucky to get.

These particular footages brought back alot of memories for me. I remember watching the Dj Clark Kent‘s Supermen “Battle For World Supremcy” Dj Battles for the first on VHS at my man Dj G-Wiz‘s (Project Ill Brothers/Rock Steady Crew LA). The New Music Seminar threw the original battles & I remember watching those beforehand with Curse because he had a copy of a copy of a copy of the footage on tape, especially the Joe Cooley vs Dj Cash Money battle. Now this era was definitiely the ‘changing of the guards’. 1990 was the year that really started to usher the beginning of the “turntablist” movement, with Dj Steve Dee leading the way. 1991 is when the X-Men aka the X-Ecutioners were making their presence known. Q-Bert just got back from the 1991 DMC World Championships winning 2nd place but made his mark in the world. At the 1991 Battle For World Supremecy, it was these two individuals that I would remember watching that made me realize that it’s ‘time to step sh*t up!’. ¬†It was the battle between the legendary Grandmaster Roc Raida (RIP) versus Boston’s own Dj Ninja B. This style of Dj Battles were way different than the DMC’s….it was a head to head competition, where you only get 60 seconds to get your sh*t off & impress the judges & crowd….and it was more intense! And the stuff that these guys were doing, they were introducing new styles into the Dj world.

What alot of people didn’t know that Ninja B was the inventor or the blueprint of the “Echo Scratch” or in his case, the “Echo Fade”, which is now been used alot in today’s techniques, and was mastered by Q-Bert & Mixmaster Mike, but Ninja B never got the recognition that he deserved. ¬†I remember meeting him at the 1993 Superman Battle For World Supremecy in New York and telling him personally I was in awe of his skills. ¬†It was the only time I’ve ever met him……I don’t think he would remember this if I met him again.

Anyways, watch the footage below and witness this classic battle, in which in my opinion, was one of the best head to head battle rounds that is ranked up there with the Joe Cooley/Cash Money, Aladdin/Miz, Francisco Zapatta/Steve Dee, Mixmaster Mike/Honda, Shortkut/Noise battles.

And to know more about Dj Ninja B, check out this great interview conducted by our homie, the one & only Rob Swift of the X-Ecutioners: http://www.djrobswift.com/2013/06/04/table-talk-with-ninja-b/

Enjoy the videos & history lessons people….

Rhettmatic

Ninja B vs. Roc Raida – 1991 Superman Battle For World Supremecy

Roc Raida vs. Ninja B – 1992 Superman Battle For World Supremcy

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

What’s up folks….I’m back with another installment of “Throwback Thursdays”.

Today’s installment is the official video of J.Rocc‘s single “Stay Fresh”, off his solo debut album “Some Cold Rock Stuf” on Stones Throw Records. ¬†This video was shot by Mayer Hawthorne while him, J, & Peanut Butter Wolf were touring Japan (a few months after the 2011 Japan Earthquake & Tsunami). Special cameo by the King Of Diggin, Dj Muro.

The Funky President has been busy in the lab cooking up some goodies. Stay tuned for the Axel F album with M.E.D. in November as well as a special Beat Tape coming out on Stones Throw at the end of the year…..

But for the meantime, enjoy the throwback video (from a few years ago….)

Rhettmatic

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

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

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

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

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

Rhettmatic

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

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

What’s up folks…..yup, you guessed it, I got another video for Throwback Thursdays. ¬†This particular video is a little different from the previous vintage Dj Battle footages.

This is from the 2007 Redbull Big Tune Producers Battle – LA Finals taken place at the old Knitting Factory in Hollywood (If you know the history, this is the spot where we used to throw our classic “Nightlife” events at). For the most part, everyone knows that the Junkies are known for our Dj skills & our Battle Dj background, but not everyone knows that we are also producers and have been making beats & doing productions for quite a few Hip Hop artists. ¬†This particular footage combines the best of both worlds…..battles & beats!¬†The concept of the Big Tune Battle is to pit Producers against each other in a head to head elimination competition showcasing their beats/production and the winner of each round to be determined by crowd response & participation. ¬†The competition was developed by producers Jake One, Vitamin D, & Music Industry vet Jonathan Moore.

What was cool about this particular competition, it featured new upcoming producers as well as the veteran producers to come with their “A” game, because it shows no matter what have you done before or who’ve you worked with, the bottom line is that you better come with that HEAT! ¬†In this footage, in the finals, it came down to 2 talented individuals……the young gunner (at that time) that was starting to make his name around the industry circles, producer extraordinaire Swiff D (Pac Div, Jadakiss, Talib Kweli) & of course, the Dilated Junkie himself, our very own Dj Babu. ¬†2 rounds each for the producers to come with the slaps & to be judged by the crowd. ¬†Swiff D came with that fire, but Babs was in Battle Mode & also brought the heat! ¬†I won’t say who won the LA Finals, but both of them went to USA Finals to represent Los Angeles. ¬†I’ll let you guys be the judge.

Btw, if you look closely, you’ll see Dj Revolution, OhNo, Evidence, J.Rocc, Dj Romes, & a somewhat intoxicated Rhettmatic (haaa!). ¬†Anyways, watch the video and enjoy the sounds!

Rhettmatic

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

What’s up folks….it’s another installment of Throwback Thursdays. ¬†In honor of the official Invisibl Skratch Piklz reunion at A-Trak’s Fool’s Good “Day Off” Party at the Shrine Auditorium¬†in LA this Sunday, October 12th, I thought I post up one of the best Dj battles in the history of mankind…..The Xmen vs ISP.

This happened at the first ITF World Championships during the 1996 Rock Steady Crew Anniversary. Babu & myself competed in this battle, but THIS was the hightlight of the event….this was litterarlly the “Clash Of The Titans”. ¬†They broke up it into 2 parts, solos & teams. ¬†Both catagories were incredible and both crews were going all out with new techinques & routines. ¬†I remember watching this battle in person and the energy in the place was crazy!!!

On the Xmen side: Roc Raida (RIP), Rob Swift, Mr. Sinista, Total Eclipse, & Diamond J.  For ISP: Q-Bert, Mixmaster Mike, & Shortkut.

This is the team battle…..remember folks, this is 1996……these skills are still relevent in today’s times…..always timeless, always classic! ¬†Enjoy!

Rhettmatic

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

It’s another installment of Throwback Thursdays Videos. ¬†This particular video shows the Funky President himself, J.Rocc¬†is throwin down on 4 Turntables…..yes, I said “4” Turntables! ¬†He did this on the Rane TTM68 4 Channel Mixer when Rane Inc debut the mixer at the NAMM Show in 2011. ¬†Here, J is paying homage to the old school classic mix records that came out in the 80’s like “Scratch Party”, “Scratch Dance”, “The New York Scratchmasters”, “Mix Trix”, & so forth. ¬†Usually those mixes were done “4-track style”, mixing using mulit-tracks. ¬†Here, J is demonstrating the mix live with 4 Turntables. ¬†The last time someone did something like this was Cut Chemist with his homage to “The Adventures Of Grandmaster Flash On The Wheels Of Steel” using 3 Turntables in the 90’s. ¬†And before that, Grandmaster Flash himself using 3 Turntables in the 80’s. ¬†Shout out to Mike May at Rane Inc.

Peep the technique below and peep the original mixes that J based his homage to:

Scratch Dance – “Pyramid Mix”

New York Scratchmasters – “Jam #2”

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

For another installment of Throwback Thursdays, I wanted to post a video of mi hermano, the one & only Dj Craze. ¬†Straight up, Craze is hands down the best Dj in the World in the history of Battle Dj’s. ¬†He’s one of my favorites and is always exciting to watch. ¬†Even after his retirement from the Battling scene, he was able to transition into being one of the best Party Rockers out right now and running his own label, Slow Roast. ¬†When we Dj’ed together at The Do-Over Portland a few months ago with the other homie Fourcolor Zack, he was joking he should call himself the “Floyd Mayweather Of Djing”….we were all laughing, but deep down I think he was serious…haha! ¬†Craze is an excellent Dj as well as an excellent human being…..that’s my hermano right there!

This video footage is from the DMC 1998 World Championships, where he was defending his title the 2nd time. ¬†Peep out this footage & this will show you why he was the 5x DMC World Champion…enjoy!

Rhettmatic

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

What’s up folks…..

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

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

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

Rhettmatic

A Night At The Knitting Factory

D-Styles Sextet Rehearsal #1

D-Styles Sextet Rehearsal #2