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Hop Slam Releases Final Scratch Attack Compilation
The Death of the Mixtape:
What the fuck happened to my Walkman?
by DJ Munkifunk
50 Cent: Biggest Hype or
Biggest Talent of 2003? by DnZ
Triple Threat DJs new album
by Billy Jam
DJs from Greece, Russia,
Northern Ireland share thoughts
Peace Crane by Shing02
Refa-1s tribute to
DVD REVIEW: DJs
Complete Guide: All you Need To Know About The
World Of DJing
Hip Hop Slam Releases Final Scratch Attack
The third and final volume in the critically acclaimed Scratch
Attack compilation series is now available at a few select
here). (It's official in-store release date is April 28)
Scratch Attack Vol. 3 is a quality-packed (nearly
74 minutes) collection of some of todays most exciting DJs
including the fuckin amazing (albeit underrated) DJ T-Rock
who delivers five killer tracks (including some of the routines
he is currently doing on the BOMB European Tour). The Atlanta
born T-Rock recently moved to LA where he has been busy performing
(both solo and with his new group LA Graffiti Death Threat)
and recording several projects including a new full-length album
plus a DVD. His discography includes the albums Whos
Your Daddy and Sikinthehead and numerous compilation
contributions (including Scratch Attack Vol. 1) plus a
collaboration with Mr. Dibbs. Visit his website (www.djtrock.com)
or email him (firstname.lastname@example.org).
DJ Pone, who instigated the DJ Prank/Arnold
showdown, pops up throughout this compilation which he co-produced
with DJ Dank. For Danks track (#20) which is taken
off DJ Danks Biggest Bong Hits he utilizes a track
by Alien Army. The ever-talented Italian crew Alien Army
contribute Jazzanother tease from their highly
anticipated 2003 Hip Hop Slam album The End. The Live
Human track Elephant Remix Remix was recorded
live in San Francisco and is taken from their limited edition
Live Human Live CD on COD Records (available at their shows
and here). Meanwhile Live Humans
DJ Quest is one of the DJs (along with Z-Trip and
DJ Zeph) to call in (#27) and offer his thoughts on the
tragic loss of Jam Master Jay during the Scratch Attack
pirate radio special KJMJ. Cory Robbins call in is
also from that Scratch Attack special (he signed Run DMC
to Profile). Also from that show is DJ Platurns KJMJ
Skratch. Platurn, who organized the KJMJ special, delivers
two other tracks to this collection: the studio recording A
list b-boy which will be a 7 B-side on Slept On Records
and Ducks n Geese (Barnyard Scratch) which was recorded
live (with extra cuts by DJ Pone) during the UK Turntable
Radio/Scratch Attack special. Platurn interviewed Shing02
(#26) about his Faderboard invention which will be
manufactured by Vestax later this year. The Shing02 & Freelancers
United track Organ Transplant was recorded live
at Hip Hop Slam during the December 10th, 2002 Scratch Attack
special. Later remixed/rerecorded it features Shing02 (faderboard),
and DJs Cosiner (bass), DJ A-1 (drums), and Icewater
(sample). Shing02 is also responsible for the production of Heiankyos
Hmk Rmxa track dedicated to Jam Master Jay by
the six emcee Japanese crew. It is remixed by Vector Omega
with cuts by DJ Top Bill. It uses a rock break and
stereo pan to emulate a DJ juggling the beats, said Shing02.
The hook & title comes from Himikoa
Cleopatra like figure from ancient Japan. (for more info.
on Shing02 and his Faderboard: vestax.com
and e22.com). Another Japanese
artist featured is the late great DJ Sushi (#9) from his
Hip Hop Slam release The Lost Dub Plates EP (hiphopslam.com).
dawgisht (#17) is longtime Hip Hop Slammer and beatmaker/artist
Geoff Rantala who used to be in H$O. He is joined by fellow
Hip Hop Slam member DJ Stoic on the drunken scratch track
which is also available to download for free (www.dawgeatdawg.com/dawgisht/music/).
DJ Stoic is also featured on #15 (taken from the Turntable
Radio special) along with DJs Cutso (Finger Bangerz)
and Spair (Oakland Faders). But note Stoic is not on the
turntables but playing a $16.99 Kawasaki keyboard
was drunk! The talented Kid Ginseng (KG) continues to push
the skratch envelope with The Haunting of Andy Warhol.
KG, who was also featured on Scratch Attack Vol. 1, is
heavy into electroclash these days and is in the band Mad Happy.
He has also performed with the Tom Tom Club and Deep
Banana Blackout. Reach him at KidGinseng@aol.com.
DJ Haste (of the UK duo The Wristerons), who was
featured on Scratch Attack Vol. 2, returns with another
Since Scratch Attack is 100% commercial-free we include two commercials
(#22, 25) for their artistic merits only. Thanks to DJ QBert
for the Twix commercial (with voice-over by DJ Flare).
And of course Scratch Attacks always most-vocal host Bas-One
can be heard throughout the CD including his call to the loud
drunk unruly people which was culled from the August 2002
Mexican Wrestler DJ Battle/Scratch Attack Special in East Oakland.
The Death of the Mixtape:
What the fuck happened to my Walkman?
by DJ Munkifunk
So I bought my daughter a boombox last Christmas. Actually its
more ergonomic than booming with its rounded edges and alien pod
design, but what the hell. It has a radio tuner, compact disc
player and cassette recorder. In addition, I also got her the
prerequisite Nellyville and Justified
both on CD format. Shes 11 years old and just starting to
really get into music, and damn if the beats on Justified
just ask DJ Pone! To balance it
out, I also made her a mixtape of songs from all different kinds
of music that she wouldnt necessarily see or hear on MTV,
MTV2, or Clear Channel radio. Merry Christmas. A few weeks later,
I got a call from her asking how to operate the cassette player:
What do you mean? I answered irritably. You
pop in a tape and press the goddamn play button.
But how do you know where the beginning of the song you
want to listen to is?
You just have to fast forward and rewind the tape to where
you think the song is on the tape.
Well, thats stupid!
And remember that a tape has two sides.
Welcome to the 21stCentury. Analog is out. Digital is in. Technology
crept up on your ass and caught you slipping. Now your Walkman
has turned into a goddamn Discman, and youre plugged like
a USB port. You fucking yuppie. No wonder people hate on you when
your ride the bus
Or maybe not
this is supposed to be an obituary for mixtapes,
but like Samuel Clemens said, The reports of my death have
been greatly exaggerated. Mixtapes still exist, albeit barely.
Megamixes are now being put out on CD-Rs as opposed to the old-school
TDKs. I guess thats just the way of the digital revolution.
High profile DJs like Dan the Automator, and Mixmaster
Mike have already put out their official [read: licensed
and sanctioned] studio mix CDs. Even some underground classics
such as DJ Spinbads Rock the Casbah and QBerts
Demolition Pumpkin Squeeze Music have made it out on digital
format. What does this all mean? Nothing really
Consider this another lament waxing over old-school nostalgia.
Almost gone are the days of dirty 4-track recordings dubbed to
imperfection on home stereos. Back then, if you had a 4-second
sampler, you were ill on the production tip. And it didnt
matter if you made a mistake, as long as it was funky. Nowadays,
kids are getting sick with computers and hard disk recorders,
making slick recordings right out the box. Tape edits? Nah man
& click, cut & paste, burn & duplicate! The future
Ive been doing mix CDs out of my mixtapes
for over a year, revealed mixtape veteran DJ Quest.
Its easier to deal with than making tapes. Making
tapes is almost risky. When youre recording, sometimes one
of the tapes may not record one side. Most people that listen
to a mix on a tape are going to listen to it on a Walkman. And
a Walkman is always going to sound a certain way. Its never
going to sound like a studio. Although a CD doesnt sound
exactly like it did in the studio, the levels are more consistent
than any tape. Right now I think its the thing to do because
you gotta evolve with the times. Its just technology,
adds Eddie Def, creator of the widely popular Hemp Lords
mixtape series. I dont really care anymore.
Apparently neither do retail stores. Quest explains, I would
say that 100% of the stores now would prefer to buy CDs, even
if they are CD-Rs, [as] opposed to buying mixtapes.
In fact, opposition to the whole analog/digital conversion comes
from one of the most unlikely and unexpected places: Surprisingly,
in Japan most cats dont fuck with CDs, said Quest.
They buy tapes. Theyre big on tapes. Theyre
probably the biggest market for cassette mixtapes. I guess theyre
just being more traditional. But no matter where the sounds
come from, its all good. Whether it be in your headphones,
a passing car, or even your computer monitors
sings, Let the music play. If its a banger,
then it will bump, and you will feel the beat.
Be on the lookout for DJ Quests new mix CD
entitled Mutationmann dropping soon!
DJs from Greece, Russia, Northern Ireland write
>From Greece, Skeptic
writes: Well, Ill probably disappoint you
is a dead-shit situation here: Too many MCs and groups, in too
many mainstream bullshit! You know, radio-friendly songs and all
these shit! We have some talented turntablists though, but not
many things cause the record companies are not interested in turntablism
collaborations, scratch albums and of course battle-records!
Skeptic, recommends checking out the site: www.marwax.com
>From Russia, Basil
about what he does in Russia: I just play at hip hop
parties, and organize hip hop parties. Also i have a few friends
who I teach to scratch. I just propagandize a scratch (Ill
copy all skratch-video that have to my friends and to all hip
hop dj whom i know). On Russian net i explain to beginner hip
hop djs about turntablism, skratch-technics (chirps-flares-crabs
and stuff) and give them links to US and European skratch websites
i work with rap personages, u know scratch in songs, on the concerts
April we going to organize the DJ battle (just a scratch-juggle
show seminar for press and for skratchers) We name it SPb (Saint-Petersburg)
Spring Skratch Games. I want just call all hip hop DJs from
SPb and pay attention to tha turntablism-aspect of DJing (lot
of them are just mixing :). I enlighten people bout turntablism-culture.
I am not alone but there are only a few of us, and we havent
money which we can put into developing Russian turntablism.
>From Derry, Northern
Ireland writes Little Dunky:
Not many people know this, but there is a storm brewing
Stereo Types are Fitzy, Plan-B and Munrizie.
They live here in the city but you dont see them around much.
Reason being, theyre steady at Da Lab knee deep
in tracks and routines or rippin shit up at their residency spots
(Hustlers Convention Portrush, Breakdown Derry). Although Ireland
isnt big on real hip-hop, Stereo Types are fast becoming
Irelands finest export (besides Guinness). Having done the
usual (entering DMC etc. etc. blah blah), they quickly got tired
of the battle scene and found more fulfillment in skratch music.
50 Cent: Biggest Hype or Biggest MC?
The wait was over on Tuesday Feb. 11th which was, for many, probably
one of the biggest albums to come out this year, 50 Cents
Get Rich or Die Tryin debut, which sold 874,000 in the
first four days. Record stores were having trouble keeping the
album in stock. Is it the hype that helped him sell so many? Maybe.
Hes signed to Shady and Aftermath Records which is run by
Eminem and Dr. Dre. This could also have a lot with
how come hes the hottest rapper out. Or could it be cuz
he does have some skillz and that it had nothing to do with Em
and Dres help? He does have some flows but I think its
shit weve heard before in the usual hip-hop commercial scene,
from selling drugs, money, cars, and shit like that but he does
add another element to it and that element is trouble. 50 Cent
is a rapper with scars to back up his tough reputation. As you
already know he got shot nine times, something that plays a role
in the lyrics on several of the albums tracks. He also gets
on Ja-Rule (as if you didnt know) who he accused
of masterminding his infamous March 2000 assault, that required
stitches to close lacerations on 50 Cents back and head.
50 Cent also goes after Jay-Z, DMX, and Nas.
So back to the big question: is it hype or genuine skillz? In
a way I think its a little of both. Em and Dre have created
a beat that will be in clubs and on the air waves for a while,
Wanksta & In Da Club. Im not
hating or anything, I aint gonna lie, Ive been juggling
his beat for the last two weeks and there is not one party or
club I go to where someone will go up to me and say can
you play In Da Club one time and the place will go wild
when it goes on. So to end this piece will 50 Cent be still a
big name or will he fall off like Ems D12, Time will
only tell and well just have to watch and wait to see if
50 cent is truly just hype or house hold name.
Those of you who read this who also have an opinion on this matter
can e-mail me at: email@example.com
and you might see your thoughts on our next update.
NEW PIECE BY REFA-1: An ode to Oaklands
infamous graf spot: 23rd Yard (19851995)
by Legendary Oakland graf artist Refa-1
This was 1 of 2 pieces I did as an ode to the Oakland Hall
of Fame bka the 23rd Yard!
I grew up with this Yard just as many other writers, especially
those from the 80s era (golden age). During the months of
October - December me and other Bay Area alumni returned (some
after nearly 13 years) to pay our respect to the place that gave
us so much inspiration as well as artistic freedom. This was a
reunion and a giant jam session. The Yard ended up being completed
end to end and top to bottom for the first time in history. Given
the size of the wall, this was a feat! I will post the mural in
its entirety when I get a chance. In the meantime
Heres a sample of what I consider to be Style Supremacy.
Adorned and sent to Glory December 2002
HipHop Culcha and Spirit
Triple Threatss Diverse Debut Album
Many Styles (Fat Beats) - the debut album from the Triple
Threat Djs (Vin Roc, Shortkut, and Apollo),
which was appropriately released on 3-3-03 (March 3, 2003), is
as the title suggests; many styles of music. It ranges from straight
up skratch tracks to emcee based hip hop, neo soul, reggae-dancehall,
plus lots of comedy/skits. Its many cameos include Talib Kweli,
Mystic, Rob Swift & Roc Raida of the
X-ecutioners, Souls of Mischief, Main Flow,
Goapele, Nimm and Zion I. At the album record
release party (March 1) at Milk (Friscos newest & coolest
club on Haight - opposite Amoeba) the joint was packed as the
Triple Threat DJs spun all nite, doing their trademark unbiased
mixture of both mixing popular songs (from hip hop and soul to
reggae) and scratching up battle records. They reconstructed live
the album tracks Were Triple Threat, 2
Minute Warning, and Bring The Ruckus (*which
also appeared on last years X-ecutioners album). Triple
Threat are unique in that they are all legendary veteran battle/scratch
DJs who havent given up on their love of scratching but
believe in bringing the hip hop DJ back to when his/her job was
to keep the party going, and not just scratch all nite long. We
have always believed in being all around DJs: not just all scratching
because we come to rock the party. But we love scratching,
said Shortkut, no doubt in reference to the flak that some diehard
scratch fans give them for not doing nonstop scratch routines.
On one of Many Styles many very funny skits they address
this issue in a humorous way. In the skit Butter B acts
like a diehard scratch/battle DJ who loves the DJs from their
collective skratch histories (Invisible Skratch Piklz, Beat Junkies,
5th Platoon) and who is upset when he goes to a club to see his
heroes including Shortkut, who designed the 05 mixer. This fan
just happened to have brought his mixer along in his backpack
to have it signed by his idol. That and all the skits on
the album are just fun, stressed Shortkut, not to alienate
anyone. But apparently some DJs dont have a thick
enough skin to laugh at themselves and are upset at this particular
skit. Which is too bad, because the equal opportunity skits (which
make fun of all types of club goers who interrupt the DJ, from
the West Coast gangsta fan who doesnt like the hip
hop the DJ is spinning and has a suggestion for playing
the new Pac
it will mix great with this one
- to the insistent dancehall reggae fan) are all absolutely hilarious
and any party or club DJ who has had to deal with drunken in-your-face
pundits should laugh hard at them.
For more info on this album or the DJs: www.triplethreatdj.com
SHING02s Peace Crane
Normally, origami cranes are folded using colorful origami paper,
and traditional patterns. We hereby propose a new movement by
spreading the crane with camouflage patterns of military around
the world. Using the camouflage on the cranes represents the irony
of war and peace that are inherent in our society, as if one cannot
exist without the other. Today, we must confront the stark reality
that the military complex is a worldwide industry, sponsored by
the government (not to mention tax payers), which in turn supports
the lifestyles of the unassuming public. We must not forget that
we share equal responsibility in the proliferation of arms in
the world today. We also understand that the mere presence of
military force overseas alarm the foreign citizens and governments,
instead of stabilizing politically volatile areas. Upon further
introspection into the history of camouflage, its evolution and
adaptation of design to the ever-changing political balance is
parallel to the way humans have adjusted to the economical needs
of the world, only to stray away from values of nature, ironically.
It must also be noted that the camouflage patterns used herein
do not represent any political messages, except for those calling
for immediate and everlasting peace.
Reality is not immutable like a rock, rather it is dynamic like
water. Although it may be a strong force, we can shape the future
by taking part in it, no matter how small the drop. We sincerely
hope that this project, done literally by the hands of the people,
would reach the hearts of those who desperately seek peace, as
we speak. Lastly, the only way to reach true peace will not come
from agitated fear, but from true knowledge and inner peace.
DJs Complete Guide:
All you Need To Know About The World Of DJing
Running Time: 90 minutes approx.
Crome Dreams (www.chromedreams.co.uk)
Review by DnZ (firstname.lastname@example.org)
DJs Complete Guide: All You Need To Know About The World
Of DJing is a UK produced DVD that will get you spinning
dance music like a pro. Delivered in an English accent it might
throw you off a bit, at least in the beginning. But the DVD is
good if your a beginner because it covers stuff like everything
on the turntable, mixers, needle set up, how to read beats
or bars, BPM info, and the different ways to mix as in the classic
cut mix. And who can forget the Blend, Cross mixing, and Break
mixing, but aside from the basics they also show you more of the
advance techniques. There is one tiny section on scratching but
its not a really good explanation of scratching since they
just run through scratching as a whole rather than break down
the different types of scratch techniques such as say crabbing
and other basics that should have been in there. They said nothing
about it really than its a creative thing to add to your
mixes. The DVD does give you an insider look of the DJ world from
top UK club DJs and DJ producers. Some of these DJs give
you secrets on how to self promote and increase your chances of
getting a gig. If you like dance music and want to learn how to
be able to spin and DJ at clubs or raves then this DVD is for
you. But if you are trying to be a hip-hop DJ I would have to
say pass this one up. All though it had some pretty good info
on it. And as I noted earlier at some points of the DVD I was
lost due to the thick English accents, but hey that was just me.
I think it should be titled DJs Complete Guide For Spinning
Rated: 5 out of 10