HIP HOP SLAM
SCRATCH ATTACK NEWS
• Hip Hop Slam News inc.
Scratch Attack Broadcasts this month
• DJ Battle News by DJ Pone
• "Superstar" DJ T-Rock Reports from his pop mega-tour
• Bay Area DJ profile 3, Dan "the Automator" Nakamura
• DJ T-Rock's Hip Hop Sundae added to SHOP
• San Jose Guitar Center Spinoff '03 by Joefu
• Crate Digging with DJ Platurn for 45's
HIP HOP SLAM NEWS #014, JULY 2003
by Billy Jam
The '89 Skratch Gangstaz (feat Pone and Snayk
Eyez) have a brand new Hip Hop Slam Production remix
of the Transplants' song "DJ DJ" on Hellcat
Records that just got released by Epitaph Europe in
both CD single and 45rpm/7inch colored vinyl formats. This remix
will also be released in Japan on an import version of Epitaph's
Punkorama 8 compilation.
There will be two Scratch Attack radio shows broadcast
this month on July 20th and August 1st. DJs featured on these
shows, which were culled from the DJ session recorded at the Hip
Hop Slam BBQ on Memorial Day, include DJ Pone, DJ Platurn,
CutSo, Minus-1, DJ Spair, Impereal, Teeko, T-Rock, DnZ, Finger
Bangerz, Billy Jam, DnZ, Munifunk, and DJ Stoic.
The Turntable Radio show, hosted by Mister Trick,
will broadcast on Sunday, July 20th on Resonance FM, 104.4FM
in London, England. Broadcast time is from 10 p.m. until 11.30
p.m. GWT (Greenwich Mean Time). It can also be heard via the icecast
and realaudio streams at www.resonancefm.com
or to the archive on www.turntableradio.com.
Meanwhile, the August 1st Scratch Attack, will
be broadcst on WFMU 91.1FM Jersey City as part of the respected
New Jersey/New York area independent radio station's Re:Mixology
summer series. Broadcast time is 5PM - 6PM, EST (Eastern Standard
Time). It can also be heard on the web at www.wfmu.org/ssaudionet.shtml
Recent reviews of Hip Hop Slam CD/record releases include
one of Scratch Attack: the LP by Brolin Winning
in the East Bay Express, Scratch Attack Vols. 2 & Vol.
3 CDs by DJ Yoda in the British magazine Hip Hop
Connection, and one of Amoeba Music Compilation Vol. IV
in XLR8R by Rachel Swan who gave particularly positive
mention to Tim'm, Balanceman, and DJ Pone's
remix of Mr. Lif's Earthcrusher.
Damion Silver, the artist responsible for the Amoeba
III and IV compilations' cover art, recently was part of a
cool art exhibit at San Francisco's Punch Gallery. See
pics from gallery party.
Hip Hop Slam welcomes new member Joefu (see
bio) who is interning for the summer. The next HipHopSlam.com
NEWS update (#15) will include a French DJ Report by
Bachir, a cool review of the Glastonbury Festival
by DJ Trinity, Bay Area DJ Profile #4 on DJ Shortkut,
preview news on Return of the DJ VOL. 5 by Dave Paul,
and Random Record Reviews by DnZ. And coming in
the NEWS #16 will be an indepth interview with Tony Silver
& Henry Chalfant about their legendary hip hop/graf
flick Style Wars.
1) Billy Jam, QBert, and
2) Snayk Eyes at Octagon
3) Flair and Realm
Big up to Frisco's 4OneFunk crew who proved that they
definitely run this 415 shit when members Mr. B took the
regional Kool Mixx DJ battle title and DJ Teeko
won the West Coast DMC Regionals (see full DJ battles
report by DJ Pone below). "We're gonna bring it back
to the Bay," Teeko promised Hip Hop Slam. Note that Teeko
and fellow 4OneFunk DJ Ales One will have a track on the
forthcoming Return of the DJ Vol. 5 on BOMB Hip
YogaFrog tells us that SkratchCon/The Main Event
will take place on November 8th, 2003 in San Francisco at an as
yet to be confirmed location. YogaFrog was at QBert's fun
Turntable TV session at the world reknowned Octagon
in Daly City recently. Others in the house included Automator,
DJ Flare, Relm, El Dawg, UB, DnZ, Snayk Eyez, Pone, Spair, Deeandroid
& Cellskiiii, and many more. (see rotating pics)
Joefu reports that the Brainfreeze DVD is pretty
damn good. Clocking in at roughly ninety minutes it has lots to
hear/see including bonus footage not on the album such as 45rpm
sets by Z-trip, Numark, Dante plus such special
guests as Lateef and Irie Science
Tall Paul Lowe reports that the ITF, Irish Chapter
will be on July 25th, 7:30PM at The Village, in Dublin. Judges
will include DJ Hype (Germany), Richie Ruftone (Scotland),
and DJ Krime (Poland). Winners will go onto the European
BRITNEY SPEARS IS HOT! DJ SKRIBBLE IS A DICK!
THE REALITY OF BEING A HIP HOP DJ ON THE TOP 40 POP TOUR CIRCUIT
by DJ T-Rock
Wattup Party People....just checkin in with Hip Hop Slam
to let you know the Business of me and my latest adventures. If
you haven't heard, I am currently on tour with Virgin Records
artist Amanda Perez who has the single Angel on
the pop airwaves at the moment. It has been a very surreal experience,
I have performed in venues that seat anywhere from 2,000 to 100,000
people, and have performed on the same bill as Britney Spears,
Michelle Branch, Jewel, TLC, Ja Rule
and Ashanti, Third Eye Blind, Simple Plan,
and even Jennifer Love Hewitt. And Yes! I had sex with
all them hoes while all the dudes watched. Ja rule was like, "Word,
now flip her over" and the guys from Simple Plan were like,
"Damn, look at him go!" and Third Eye Blind just sat
in a corner and played with themselves. It was Fresh...Jewel is
a freak, Brittney just kept sayin' "Oooooh, Justin did it
just like that!" How annoying, and Michelle Branch kept asking,
"Are you sure you're only 22 years old?" Na' for real
though, I have had quite a good time. Although I'll admit...it
hasn't been that good! Truth is, It's a whole different world
out there in pop radio land. Back stage is mad hectic, You are
ushered around from place to place with absolutely NO time to
really hang and meet and talk with people. Britney Spears has
about thirty people around her at all times so there was absolutely
no hope at all for me to give her my phone number..I know she
wanted it. Sometimes there is absolutely NO soundcheck which is
a nightmare for a DJ who controls all the music. Plus, It's an
even bigger nightmare when the people at the venue don't know
how to work with TURNTABLES. I know when I'm in trouble when I
show up with a bag of records and the soundman says "Man,
They still make those?" Holy Shit!!!! It's been that kind
of tour. It is actually really sad to see how the turntable is
NOT as big a part of the hip hop world as it used to be. But Yo!
I am on a mission to change that shit...bring it back where it
needs to be! But another thing I have noticed is that "Damn
Man!" These groups that DO have DJ's..."Are they for
Real?" most of the DJ's are Not Real, not true to the art,
just a soundman who knows how to push play and also knows how
to dress well. The pop world is just one big machine...even I
have been approached by the "Machine" to start dressing
"More Hip-Hop", wear some bling and one color jump suit.
Don't get me wrong, I ain't complaining...I'm DJing for a living
and that's what I want to do! I love it. All I'm saying is that
it is a different world than what I was used to. But yo, more
later. Right now I am chillin at home until the 19th of July .
I just finished a song for Bomb Hip Hop's , Return of
the DJ Vol. 5 and have a new mix CD out entitled Hip Hop
Sundae Check it out Y'all. Peace to everyone doing their thing.
DJ's I have met and never met, Guy's who are doing this shit for
the Love of it! And DJ Skribble is WACK!! I met that dude
and he was a Dick! You can print that!
DJ T-Rock was voted "the
world's greatest goddam DJ for 2003" by Hip Hop Slam Dot
Com because he is the fuckin man! He can scratch and do tricks
equally as well as he can rock the party or stadium and if he
lived in the Bay Area he'd probably be invited to join the
Triple Threat DJs.....His latest limited-edition mix-CD Hip
Hop Sundae (Replicant), advance excerpts of which appeared on
Scratch Attack Vol. 3, is the fuckin shit and is available at
the hiphopslam.com SHOP.
BAY AREA DJ PROFILE #003: Dan "the Automator"
Name: Dan "the Automator" Nakamura
Trademark saying or philosphy: I guess my philosophy
is not summed up that easily but, in general it's enjoy what you
do and do the best you can do at the time because A.) you'll probably
be better tomorrow, but you can't keep pushing off till tomorrow
and B.) It's like you know most mistakes or decisions you make
in music and probably in life to a degree..If you follow what
your feeling it was the right decision at the time even if maybe
you'll go out later and go done that now, we all grow up and look
at decisions through life and go i wouldn't have done that...but
if you were never able to trust umm your instincts and do it...you
would never get anywhere...you'd still be in the beginning.
Hometown: San Francisco
The first record you ever bought/owned? The
first record I ever owned my parents bought me and it was Saturday
Night Fever album, there was a couple 45's I had bought maybe
before that but I dont know what they were or I know what they
were but I know they were like top 40 hit's from the top 10 at
that time, but the first album was Saturday Night Fever.
Most influential records(s) in your life? Well
there are alot or records that have altered the way I about music
but one I want to talk about is Do You Like Scratching
by the Worlds Famous Supreme Team, it was kinda intresting cuz
the skill level was moderate which was what made it intresting
I can hear t and go these guys are rubbing records and I want
to do this, I mean it came out fairly early about 82-83 not quiet
sure it was rite when uh people were thinking about hip-hop and
rap music and the rhyming, I'm from the west coast so like that
was the first exposure as far as I ever knew, but that record
Do You Like Scratching had alot of movement and stuff that
was a little ahead of it's time for what was going on I mean there
was scratching in other elements in stuff but that was really
the first time I could really pin it down and know what was going
When did you first DJ? I dont know exactly but
I guess it was about 1983...84 sometime around there. I was just
starting to DJ, but in 84 I was DJ'ing at various party's, high
schools and stuff.
What is most memorable performance of your DJ career?
Well, I mean over the years...one of the great shows i ever did
as far as i'm concerned wasn't nececarily a great show, in the
realm of shows, but i did a house of blues show with Prince
Paul one year it was a purely dj'd thing, uh it was the night
before the Tibetan Freedom concert in Chicago, Wisconsin..Chicago
so it was umm it was pretty packed, and we went out there to play...we
had just...I think Handsome Boy Modeling School wasn't
out yet but we were about to debut it and umm we brought it out
there and we were playing records and talking to the crowd kinda
in general and we brought out Del with us...Del tha Funkee
Homosapien...and he had just done this song for us called
"magnetizing" and "magnetizing has this incredibly
long verse...it's like 26-28 bars..it's weird and um Del comes
out there and starts rhyming...by the 8th bar he's totally lost
place of where he is and all the words are wrong....but he keeps
rhyming cause Del can freestyle and that's cool, cause Hiero's?
freestyle...haha hiero's! But he keeps going and going and going
and then all of a sudden he just stops when the hook ends...and
to the life of me to this day..I can't figure out how he did that.
In your opinion who is best DJ of all time?
DJ QBert. While obviously there's all different kinds of DJ's,
but Q's probably the best DJ there ever was...he's brought so
many different things out there and so many different levels of
skill. He can do things with records that no one thought was possible.
Partial AUTOMATOR Discography: Automator, Music
to be murdered By (1988), Automator, King of the beats
(radioactive records 1990), Dr. Octagon, Dr. Octagon
(Bulk, 1996/(Dreamworks, 1997), The Automator, A Better Tomorrow
(Ubiquity, 1996), Dr. Octagon, Dr. Octagonecologyst,
Dr. Octagon, Insrumentalsyst (Dreamworks, 1997), The
Automator, Bombay the Hard Way (Motel 1998) Part II,
Handsome Boy Modeling School, So
Hows your girl?
(Tommy Boy, 1999), The Automator, A Much Better Tomorrow (75
Ark, 2000), Deltron 3030, Deltron 3030 (75 Ark, 2000),
Gorillaz, Gorillaz (Parlophone/EMI, 2001), Wanna
Buy a Mokney, mixtape session (2003), 12" "Bear
Witness Part 3" (2003), Dan the Automator, Music to Make
Love to Your Old Lady, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (Dan
the Automator with Prince Paul & Mike Simpson), Sammys
Romanians (Dan the automator & El-P).... and many more that
he contributed to such as Cornershop and track on a BOMB Hip Hop
flexidisk that came free with the zine.
Best website or way for folks to find out more about
you? You know I really don't know I mean there is a www.DantheAutomator.net
that's coming up soon...
BAY AREA DJ BATTLE REPORTS (DMC & KOOL DJ)
by DJ Pone
DMC San Francisco Regional Heat, Cafe Cocomo, July 6,
2003 16 DJs from around the Bay Area entered the DMC San Francisco
Regional heat, and 10 of DJs made it past the eliminations to
the final round: Illogic, Teeko, Mikey Bear, Ales One, Mr.
B, Illtraxx, C Plus, Virus, Ejay, and Rezz. Each DJ
had six minutes in the final round to showcase their skills. San
Francisco, being a center for world-class turntablists, traditionally
has had some of the fiercest DMC competitions, and this one was
no different - all 10 DJs came through with impressive skills.
Mr. B, representing the 4OneFunk crew, took third place.
He came through with a variety of old school 80s tunes and beatjuggled
them in ways which have never been seen before - watch out for
Mr. B, who will be competing in the Allies All-Star Beatdown
in LA on July 26 (www.the-allies.com).
Illtraxx, from the Evolution DJs, took second place. He
showcased his amazing technical skills in a six-minute flurry
of high-speed scratching and juggling - he will definitely be
someone to watch in upcoming DMC regionals. Teeko, also representing
Four One Funk, took first place with his awe-inspiring set which
brought the house down - it was a well-planned and well-mixed
set which used a variety of old originals from Jimi Hendrix
to the Mission Impossible theme and at the same time featured
Teeko's awesome scratching skills. Teeko will be representing
San Francisco in the DMC US Finals in Washington DC on August
16 (www.dmcworld.com), competing
against 9 other regional champions and Perseus, the defending
US champion. Kool Mixx DJ Competion, San Francisco Regional
Final, Roccapulco, July 7, 2003: The Kool Mixx DJ Competition,
sponsored by the makers of Kool cigarettes, is probably the premier
turntablist competition in terms of budget - besides the thousands
of dollars in prize money offered to all the competitors. The
San Francsico regional finals featured a free-admission hip hop
show hosted by Doug E. Fresh, and featured performances
from DJ Honda and PMD, and headliners Gang Starr.
Four finalists from the two Kool Mixx elimination competitions
held earlier faced off in head-to-head competition at the Kool
Mixx DJ Competition finals at Roccapulco on July 7. The finalists
were AM37 and three members of the 4OneFunk crew,
Ales One, Mr. B, and Teeko (the previous night's
DMC winner). The other finalist, Impereal, was on tour
in Europe. The first round featured Ales One paired up against
AM37. Ales One reworked E-40's "Gasoline" in
a funky beatjuggle while AM37 retorted with a juggle of Triple
Threat's "Set It Off". The crowd made it clear that
they prefered AM37's set, and he advanced to the next round. The
other first round matchup was Teeko versus Mr. B. Teeko came out
first with a furious scratch set featuring Lord Finesse samples.
Mr. B prevailed, answering with an amazing and unconventional
juggle set. In the final round, it was AM37 versus Mr. B, and
Mr. B continued to amaze with a showcase of old 80's tunes - Art
of Noise, INXS, and Kraftwerk, among others - beatjuggled
with Mr. B's many unusual juggle techniques. Mr. B was chosen
the winner over AM37, taking home Stanton's Final Scratch innovative
computer mixing interface, a $2500 check which Mr. B humbly accepted
and announced he would use to help his family, and a $500 donation
in Mr. B's name to the Jam Master Jay Foundation. Mr. B
managed to impress everyone that night: the judges (DJ Honda,
Alex Aquino of the I.T.F., and DJ Qbert),
the crowd, the host Doug E. Fresh, and even Gangstarr, who summoned
Mr. B to the stage during their performance to give Mr. B props
for keeping it real. Mr. B will have the chance to impress the
country next week in the Kool Mixx national finals in Chicago,
featuring champions of other regions throughout the country. Mr.
B will also be competing in the Allies All-Star Beatdown invitational,
in Los Angeles on July 26 (www.the-allies.com).
DJ Format in Dublin, Ireland
by Tall Paul Lowe
The Venue: Temple Bar Music Centre
Support Bar Area: Cool C
Main Floor: DJ Mek and DJ Splyce 4 deck madness
I arrived at the gig late, so I missed Mek and Splyce
which was a shame as I believe that they were pretty damn good.
Also MC Abdominal, who was on the bill, did not make the show.
The place was only a third full which was a bit of a disappointment.
The beats were lovely some real nice funk breaks and a lot of
rare stuff being spun as well. DJ Format does not seem
to scratch too much but can mix no problem.
So for the most of the time I was there I hung out in the bar
with Cool C as he gave a demonstration of his skills mixing
some unusual stuff. We are talking Michael Jackson with
the Outkast acapella of The Whole World and wonderful mixes
like this. He was mixing stuff that you would not consider that
could not mix with. To celebrate DJ Supreme coming here
he playing a track from Hijack as well.
Towards the end of the night in the main hall, DJ Mek
came back on stage to play with Format and this what I was looking
for some four deck madness. Mek got straight in the groove and
showed why he was made a five time DMC champion. Mek and
Format were a very good team as well.
CRATE DIGGING FOR 45rpm FINDS AT AN UNDISCLOSED
BAY AREA LOCATION
by vinyl addict DJ PLATURN
Top ten 45 rpm finds at an undisclosed Bay Area, CA location
on Sunday, June 29, 2003
1. Latimore - Sweet Vibrations (Glades) - Pimp shit.
2. Johnnie Taylor - Ain't That Lovin' You (For More Reasons Than
One) [Stax] - The big kids don't play!
3. Jean Knight - What One Man Won't Do Another Man Will (Open)
- Obscure label. Dude had a whole box (I think he said a 100?),
all in mint condition. Not the best Jean Knight track ("Here
Come The Girls" is my favorite) but real funky and smooth
4. Sly and the Family Stone - I Ain't Got Nobody (Loadstone)
- Another obscure Bay Area label. Early Sly before his zajor label
era and a real uptempo banger for the kiddies.
5. Willie Mitchell - Mercy, Mercy, Mercy (Hi) - Gotta read
the labels. Nuff ' said.
6. Buddy Lamp - Where Have You Been (Duke) - The drummer kills
on this one. I love the love funk.
7. Kwick - Cant Help Myself (EMI) - Gotta throw my 80's
gangster funk in the mix. This one is something to ride to.
8. Whodini - Funky Beat (Jive) - On the turntables he's quick
9. Mr. Hyde - Hyde's Beat (Profile) - The Witch is on the
flip. These guys are the O.G. horrorcore emcees but in the Disneyland/Haunted
House not really that scary kind of way. Aleem productions getting'
10. Mixmasters - Tony G's So Good (MCA) - Picture cover nonetheless
with Tony G getting down and the fog machine going off in the
background. Super fast and the cuts are on fire!
I mentioned the choice cuts and not the flip to save space. No
more than a buck was spent on each of these-most were 50 cent
like the rapper. The new GangStarr is the shiite and Billy Jam
is a neato kind of person.
peace and fresh beats: DJ Platurn
DJ T-Rocks' Hip-Hop Sundae mix cd will
appeal to those who loved Brainfreeze, Product Placement
and Uneasy Listening. T-Rock serves up a healthy serving
of hip-hop, soul and rock with some turntablism sprinkled on top.
Alkaholics and Gang Starr to Joan Jett and Jimi Hendrix to Otis
Redding and James Brown get mixed, blended, cut and scratched
into this funky recipe. Hip-Hop Sundae is the must have cd to
stay cool this summer. Total Running Time - 61 minutes and 58
seconds. Available at the Shop.
SAN JOSE GUITAR CENTER SPINOFFS '03
May 13 Week 1: After peeping out the DJ BATTLE at the Universoul
event held @ SJSU on Mother's Day (San Jose State University)
I got to see a couple of new dj's - Mastermind and Gtek
from a crew called Tabletubbies and knowing that DJ
Mastermind took 1st place, i knew this kid was gonna have some
heat! Although my boy, Idea didn't place he should have been tied
with Gtek. 5 DJs competing : Gyro, Idea, Paul, Mastermind
and Gtek. 1st was DJ Mastermind and 2nd DJ Gtek.
May 20 Week 2: This battle was easily predictable...as soon
as I saw E-Jay (Evolution) at this battle, i knew it was
over "THAT IS WHY THEY CAN'T COMPETE!" 7 DJs competing
: Gilbert, Cplus, Randy, Ryan, Phuney, E-jay and Marvelous.
1st was E-jay & 2nd Marvelous
May 27 Week 3: This battle had the most dj's competing overall.
After having seen As-Is enter a few years ago alongside my homie
Sektor-J, at the Guitar Center SPINOFF'S in San Jose, I
was expecting some heat! Unfortunately he had problems with the
setup and his performance wasn't as he expected. This battle was
crazy! Raven had problems with his set-up as well(the levels
were all jacked up!)Jeff-1 broke his needle because he's too gangsta!
Fonzo amazed the crowd with some body tricks(two 360's)
and the Roc Raida (mouth on the fader juggle)!!! Rezz
and Dstukt earned their spots, accordingly. 8 DJs
competing : As-is, Raven, Jeff-1,Tigerstylez, Fonzo, Heist,
Rezz and Dstrukt. 1st was Rezz and 2nd Dstrukt
June 3rd Week 4 San Jose Guitar Center SPINOFFS 03 Store
The Dj's who placed 1st and 2nd of the first 3 weeks advanced
to move on to the store finals. 6 DJs competing: Mastermind,
Gtek, E-jay, Marvelous, Rezz and Dstrukt. Rezz came out with
the same set he did in week 3 (so there was nothing new to see.).
The competitors all came out hard (Gtek dissing Dstrukt). The
results of this battle was so close it was by a point. 1st E-Jay
and 2nd Mastermind.
June 27th San Jose Guitar Center DJ SPINOFFS 03 Regional
Finals @ The Spy:
Not sure how many DJs were competing but they included
E-jay, Mastermind, Illtraxx, and Snayk Eyez. And the winner