& Henry Chalfant
Grand Wizard Theodore
DJ Cue and DJ Marz
Sacramento Rap History
Lesson by X-Raided
He's The King
of The Smut... On Two Turntables: The Porn / Turntablism Connection
Part 3 DJ Relm and DJ Streak Interview
Just Whatever Rocks:
The World Famous Beat Junkies
Wax: The Porn / Turntablism Connection Part 2 D-Styles
Thriftin' For a Scratch:
The Hella Broke-Ass
Style of DJ'ing
DJ Pone Reports
from the 2002 Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas
DJ Apollo Receives
"Hip Hop Slam Hall of Fame Award"
A Scratch Odyssey:
Year in Review
QBert Receives "Hip
Hop Slam Hall of Fame Award"
How to Manufacture
Your Own CD, Record, or Tape
Oakland's New Underground'
BEATS TO GO:
Filipino American DJs of the Bay Area
at the DMC American Battleground
2001 will be remembered as the year turntablism broke into
popular culture. From SNL to Time Magazine, scratching
has made its way up into the public consciousness. Already co-opted
by advertising moguls and cigarette companies, we can only guess
where our culture will end up, but as long as dedicated hip-hop
heads continue to get busy in their bedrooms, we should have no
shortage of good music
Besides laughing at all the vapor chasers trying to figure
out whats really going on, we were also able to experience
some classic moments over the last year:
Tableturns celebrated its 4-year anniversary in NYC at
the legendary Limelight with "A Great Day In Turntablism,"
a superstar jam session featuring D-Styles, Relm,
Presyce, Babu, Qbert, Melo-D,
Mike Boogie, Radar, Roli Rho,
Total Eclipse, Roc Raida, P-trix,
Klever, Infamous, Tony Vegas, Prime
Cuts, Dopey, Spictacular, Supa Dave
and Pump. Grouped into four different categories, 20 of
the worlds greatest deejays showcased various styles of
funky slow, technical power, beat juggling, crazy style, and next
Wave Twisters the Movie made its NYC premiere
that same weekend at FUN underneath the Manhattan Bridge. In the
house were: Qbert, Yogafrog, Crazy Legs,
and J-Rocc. The psychedelic scratch movie based upon the
cuts of DJ Qbert, the art of Dug-1,
and the animation Syd Garon & Eric Henry
created a big buzz at various film festivals including Sundance.
Wave Twisters the Movie also became available on VHS and DVD with
the digital version including several bonus features.
Also featured at Sundance as well as headlining the RESFEST was
Scratch the Movie directed by Doug Pray. The first documentary
of its kind, the Scratch takes an in-depth look at turntable culture
tracing the beginning of scratching from Grand Wizard
Theodore to GrandMixer DXT, to the millions
of turntablists/scratch DJs that exist today including: Afrika
Bambbatta, Jazzy Jay, Steinski, Mixmaster
Mike, DJ Shadow, Rob Swift,
Babu, Faust, Shortee, Craze, Steve
Dee, Cut Chemist, Numark, Premiere,
Z-Trip, Relm, Streak, Krush, Swamp,
Cue, Eddie Def, Quest, Marz,
David Paul and Billy Jam. Scratch
the Movie is soon to be released in movie theaters by Palm Pictures
along with a tour and a soundtrack featuring an new version of
Herbie Hancocks "Rockit."
Speaking of Herbie Hancock, the funky headhunter that
introduced the world to GrandMixer DST, took it to another
level and recruited DJ Disk to go on a tour.
Also making the rounds in Europe was Live Human, the jazzy
hip-hop trio consisting of Albert Mathias on drums,
Andrew Kushin on bass, and DJ Quest
on the ones and twos. But despite their immense popularity, they
were dropped from Matador records after releasing only one album
on the NY label.
On a happier note, everyones favorite deejay couple tied
the knot when Faust and Shortee got married in Atlanta
with Z-trip as the best man behind the decks rocking the
wedding party till the break of dawn. DJ Shadow also got
hitched though it is not known if his new wife has any kind of
fetish for fondling wax.
D-Styles dropped a teaser 12" for his much anticipated
solo album "Phantazmagorea," and then abruptly left
Thudrumble leaving a legion of scratch fans wondering when
the full-length album will ever come out.
Hip Hop Slam awarded DJ Qbert with a "Hip
Hop Slam Hall Of Fame Award" for being "The Most Innovative
Skratch DJ of All Time."
Shortkut got his records stolen; Derrick D got
his turns taken, and all of a sudden a bunch of toys figured out
why deejay crews formed in the first place.
Heineken made a commercial spoofing the birth of scratching and
totally screws it up since GrandWizard Theodore created
the scratch in 1975 not 1982!
Bomb HipHop, the SF label credited for reviving the DJ
track with its groundbreaking "Return of the DJ" compilations,
celebrated its 10 year anniversary with three days of hip-hop
culture featuring Dan the Automator (from Gorillaz/Deltron
fame), T-Rock from Atlanta, DJ Shortfuse (Vancouver,
Canada), SF's own DJ Design (Foreign Legion), Apollo
(Triple Threat DJ's) master mixer Joe Quixx, Peanut
Butter Wolf, Masters of Illusion (direct from LA with
Kutmasta Kurt), Azeem, Foreign Legion (back
from their European tour), Bas-1, Bored Stiff, Various
Blends, The Wristerons (all the way from England),
The Finger Bangerz, Snayk Eyez & DJ Pone,
DJ Quest & Eddie K , Medea Sirkas (aka
Demons of the Mind), T-Rock, DJ Pause, Toph One,
Jeff Harris and Bomb's CEO David Paul.
On Sept. 11th, the United States of America suffered the
most devastating attack in its history when two hijacked passenger
planes slammed into the Twin Towers in NYC. In the aftermath,
George W. was able to declare a state of war without a clear cut
enemy and pass legislation threatening everyones civil liberties
as flag waving bandwagon jumpers cheered him on. Mixmaster
Mike decided to drop the "Terrorwrist" moniker.
A whole new batch of DJ gear was dropped for deejays to drool
over including the PVC fader, the Focus fader, and
the VRX 2000 Vinyl Cutter that deejays couldnt afford
anyway. Pioneer unleashed its CDJ1000 Table Top CD Player
for digital deejays. Compact disc jockeys were now able to utilize
vinyl emulation, pitch blend, master tempo control, 16 second
shock proof memory, anti-vibration construction, wave display,
and a ton of other crap that DJ Swamp smashed all
to hell during the 2001 DMC US Finals which was held at
the Gestapo styled Club Townsend and hosted by Ice-T
who dissed DJ Pone of the 89 Skratch Gangstas.
Plus One of the Scratch Perverts took 1st Place
at the 2001 DMC World Finals while the rest of his crew
teamed up with the Allies to form the Perverted
Allies and win the team battle. DJ Netik from France
won the 2001 Battle for World Supremacy.
Pasha retired from his duties as vice-president of ITF
and the organization moved its operations to the east coast. Results
of the 2001 ITF World Finals were as follows:
1st Place Juggling: Jr.-Flo, 1st Place Scratching: Spryte,
1st Place Teams: Nokturnal Sound Crew, and
1st Place Advancements: Woody.
The Allies Allstar Invitational Beatdown made its debut
at the Roxy in NYC with DJ Dopey of the Turntable
Monkz from Toronto, Canada winning first place. The Allies
also awarded DJ Swamp (1996 Technics / DMC US Champion)
with the Allies Lifetime Achievement Award.
And finally, Scratch Attack: I Want My Battle Record Back
You Bastard! managed to finish out the year without getting
kicked off the air. On behalf of the whole crewBilly
Jam, Bas-1, Yve-1, DJ Pone, DJ Syntax,
DJ Gamin, and DJ Munkifunkwe thank everyone
and their moms for coming down to the studio, listening, and supporting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!