"The BOMBING of SHIT FUCK
CITY" by Munkifunk
• DJ Platurn's Top Ten Best Things about being the World's
Second Tallest DJ
The Bastard Language Tour by Fuse-One
Bay Area DJ Profile #005: Toph-One
Hip Hop Slam NEWS by Billy Jam
ITF Ireland by Tall Paul Lowe
Style Wars Interview with Tony Silver & Henry Chalfant
SHOP Fan writes us / new to SHOP
HIP HOP SLAM NEWS
by Billy Jam
The Thud Rumble Main Event Postponed til late March 2004:
Originally scheduled for November 8th, 2003 in San Francisco the
big Thud Rumble event has been postponed until Spring 2004.
"We wanted to delay the event because we wanted to ensure
that all the new creations were up and ready by then, especially
the new QFO turntable," said YogaFrog who is overseeing
this much anticipated follow up to SkratchCon from a few
years ago. "There is going to be a lot of new things to be
coordinated with this event like the the new cables, the new needle,
the new mixer, and the QFO turntable, not to mention
the QBert Documentary and the QBert Book." Note that
the Q book is by yours truly, Billy Jam, along
with my trust-worthy editor Munkifunk. Also note
that Vestax will be manufacturing both the QFO
turntable and the new mixer. And as previously announced both
DJ Flare and DJ A-trak will each still be performing.
For more info: www.thudrumble.com
AAARNOLD MANIA: Outlets that carry the DJ
Prank's Greatest Celebrity Phone Calls CD, including
the HipHopSlam.com shop,
that features the voice of Arnold Schwarzenegger
in numerous hilarious prank phone calls ("I'm a cop you idiot!",
"Who is your daddy and what does he do?", "Stop
Whining!", etc.etc.) have reported a noticable jump in sales
since our favorite action hero recently announced his run for
governor of Cali. Also sampling Aaarnold, along with Van
Damme, is the dope new '89 Skratch Gangstaz
(DJ Pone and Snayk Eyez) track
titled "Coming Attractions" and featured on the forthcoming
Return of the DJ Vol. 5 (BOMB
Hip Hop) compilation that will (coincidentally) drop
on election day.
Cat Five, whose cool new T-shirts are based on classic
Iron Maiden rock T's, did a performance at the Black
Box in Oakland recently wearing the T's and donning heavy
metal wigs (see pics) and although they were late in
getting onstage when a lot of folks had already split they did
an amazing show (albeit sans a turntable) with lots of cool visuals
especially the ones that accompanied their new 7" single
Operations which will also appear in a remix on the next
Hip Hop Slam release: All That Dubya Is Makin
Me Bitch. Also look for members of Cat Five at Burning
Man this year (last week of August) or you can simply
visit their website: www.katfive.com
FREE PEACE CONCERT IN GOLDEN GATE PARK: Michael
Franti and friends have lined up the fifth annual 911
Power to the Peaceful Festival Free Concert and Social Justice
Rally that will feature Spearhead, Saul Williams,
Lyrics Born and many many more performers and speakers.
The free concert will take place on Saturday, September 6th at
Speedway Meadows in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. More details
in next NEWS report.
DJ Marz and G-Spot (KPFA) were among those
at the big East Bay Funk Fest last weekend
which featured Con Funk Shun, Gap Band, The Time, Midnight
Starr, and Cameo. And goddamn but Cameo still
look and sound the exact same as twenty years ago...And they're
still playing the same songs too! AOOOWW: She's strange and
I like it! And note: big booty womens sure like the funk!
Proof of this abounded at the 2/3 full, hot-as-hell Sunday afternoon,
Concord Pavilion whose largely Black and Mexican (and ten white
people) fans of the funk, aged late twenties to forties, were
there to hear the funk hits they grew up on or danced to in da
clubs two decades ago: songs like The Time's "Cool".
DJ scratching continually gets more and more exposure on mainstream
TV and radio. TV commercials that have featured DJs or turntables
include Twix, Huggies, GAP, and Dr. Pepper.
Starting this week will be a national radio spot by DJ Melo-D
(Beat Junkies) for the youth-oriented Scion
car in the auto company's ongoing aggressive marketing campaign.
Meanwhile on a recent Simpsons episode Homer
got on the wicky wicky in his totally tricked out car interior
with every possible accessory, including a cell phone, DVD, fax,
a microwave, and a turntable/mixer on which he scratched Chaka
Khan, Chaka Khan.
Munkifunk and his brother, Gamin have a new mixtape
adventure titled The Super Terr!fic Happy Hour which super-tough
Hip Hop Slam critic DnZ rated with a "six out of ten."
For more info on this mix tape hit up Munkifunk @ email@example.com
Japan's infamous multi-skilled Shing02 came to the most
recent Hip Hop Slam BBQ and demonstrated the very very
latest on his Faderboard creation (the cool DJ accessory
he designed for Vestax and is now on the market). "It's
the shit.....it's fuckin amazing...especially when he recreates
the songs and then starts to beat-juggle!" - commented
DnZ after witnessing one of Shing02's one-on-one performances.
Pal 58, en route back to NYC, was at Hip Hop
Slam and caught Shing02 on video to broadcast on SUBA
TV which he produces back in Manhattan. For his
latest Faderboard performances Shing02 hooks his creation up with
an MPC - Midi controller - which transforms it into a live beat
machine and fully functional programming tool. At the BBQ Shing02
kept everyone spellbound as he ably ripped thru cool-as-fuck impromptu
covers of Jeru's Playin Ya Self, Gang Starr's
You Know My Steez, and other classics. For all the latest
on the Faderboard and also on his Peace Crane
visit Shing02's website: www.e22.com
"Oh and...," stressed DnZ, "Another thing
that is very important about Shing02.....He's a fuckin'
DJ Stoic has a new website which includes an interview
with DJ Shortkut plus the classic "Death Of The Mixtape"
piece by Munkifunk that also appears on this site. For
these and a slew of other interesting stories/pieces about hip
hop music and life in general go to: www.line-in.org
Big shout-out to reigning Irish DJ champ DJ Tu-Ki (see
Irish ITF report below by Paul Lowe) who is our
favorite Irish DJ. Tu-Ki visited the Yay Area two summers
ago when he bought nearly all the records, drank nearly all the
beer, and broke nearly all the girls' hearts in San Francisco.
Unagi, who was one of the featured artists on the Amoeba
Compilation Vol. IV, has a remix CD floating aorund
featuring his remixes of tracks by Masters of Illusion, Camp-Lo,
Black Moon, Mobb Deep, and Big L. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
BAY AREA DJ PROFILE #005: TOPH-ONE
DJ Name: TophOne
Hometown: San FranDisco
Trademark saying or philosophy: "The road of excess
leads to the palace of wisdom"- William Blake
Past DJ Crews and/or Graffiti crews: founder- Red Wine
DJ/Wino collective... founder- AS graffiti crew (Oakland/SF/Berkeley/LA/NY,
etc)... also THK (The Honkey Krew/ They Hate Kops),
GO (Ghetto Overdose), STP (Stompin' Toy Ploys), EMB
(Embarcadero), TBC, Sukebe, Lords...
What music do you spin: hip-slop, junk rock, electro trash,
jellyfish jazz & lazy beats...
Discography: Executive Producer for DJ Buck (as
Spins Inc.) "The New Frontier" on TCX in 1992... vocals
on DJ EFX "Sha-Boo-Tay!" on Underground
Construction in 1993... vocals on Stellar Trax SoundSystem
"Whatever's Clever" from the Urban Revolutions compilation
on Future Primitive Sound in 2000...
DJ battle history if any: I couldn't battle my way out
of a paper bag, no wait- Red Wine battled Red Five
and me, Charlotte the Baroness & Doc Fu
slaughtered VinRoc, J-Boogie and Dr. Naughty
in 2 rooms at 111 Minna Gallery! But anyway, I invented a drink
called the Roy (named after Roy Ayers) and I routinely
outdrink the likes of Apollo, DJ Anna, and Mr.
E... now DJ Wisdom- that kid can hold his own, but
don't tell him I said that.
The first record you ever bought: "Centerfold"
7" by J. Giles and... first hip-hop record was "Roxanne
Roxanne" 7" traded for "Tainted Love" 7"
in 7th grade.
Most influential record(s) in your life: "A Love
Supreme" lp by John Coltrane, "Appalachian Spring"
by Aaron Copeland, "Nation of Millions" lp by
Public Enemy, "Radio Clash" 12" by the
Clash and "Damaged" lp by Black Flag
When did you first DJ: around '92, but really got into
it around '95 or so.
What made you want to be a DJ: I got tired of throwing
parties and watching kooks like DJ Pause and Buck
talk to all the hot chicks and drink for free! For real! That,
and I really wanted to hear certain songs played with other certain
songs that just weren't getting played, so I decided to do it
What is your most memorable performance of your DJ career:
Doing an all Too $hort set at the first Big Booty Bass
Bowling night w/ DJ Shadow was pretty fun... The
first time I played w/ DJ Krush at the King Street Garage-
WOW!... the Rubber Curtain nights with Tommy Guerrero,
Gadget and Steady-Psome of those were epic...
How do you transport your records and/or gear to gigs:
a bag from True and a handmade flightcase by Ray Stevens at Cal
Cases on the motherfuckin MUNI, baby!
Do you play CDs ever at gigs: hells nah!
In your opinion who is the best DJ of all time: Damn.
My favorites are folks like Premier, Revolution,
Krush, Spooky... but all time? It's gotta be Afrika
Bambaataa. None of us would be doing anything like this if
it weren't for the work that man has done over the last 30 yearsin
all facets of the culture. Bam is the Father...
Best website or way for folks to find out more about you:
Go sit on a rooftop. Drink a lot of wine. Hear those weird voices
telling you all kinds of crazy ideas? I'm the guy right there
next to you..Otherwise, call 415.332-5800ext.211 or hit up email@example.com
for upcoming parties and Wino nonsense...
Gracias & mad love & respect to Billy Jam &
Hip-Hop Slam and all the true Bay Area crews and familia!
(Mr. 5's, West Coast Rock Steady/Skratch Piklz, Pirate DJs,
Groove Merchant, Beatsauce, Future Primitive, DJ Pause, Mike B.,
TMF, TWS, AS Crew, CBS, Zebra Records, 48th&O, Dank Mob, Broun
Fellinis, Last2Serve, Heiro, Hoboes, Mr. Brown, True Skool,
etc, etc, etc)
Photo by: firstname.lastname@example.org
GETTING UP with SHAM: The Bombing of Shit Fuck
"The Greatest Graffiti is NO Graffiti"
- SFPD Motto
"It's so easy to do. Anybody can make a mess. Some people
just don't get it. Fucking shit up is just so much fun."
— Sham, KUK
"We got seven minutes to buy more beer, and all night to
kill toys!" That's how our evening began. The liquor stores
were closing and renegade graff writer Sham needed more
alcohol to get his perv on. The agenda for the night was a simple
bombing run: "What I'm going to do tonight is walk through
this tunnel and pick something that I don't like. I'm going to
go over it nice and good and thick. I'm going over everything...mad
killing fool right now...I'm drunk...I'm high on speedballs...I've
weed...I've been shooting dope...I've been shooting speed...I've
been shooting crack...you know how to do that? You take a little
bit of lemon juice and drop it on your crack...stir it up...you
don't even put a flame to it... you only cook dope...and then
you fucking put it right in your vein and call it a 'ringer.'
Speedballs and crack are one of the best things I've ever found
in my life. Drinking that Tenderloin ninja juice really gets me
fired up!" Indeed.
That was a couple years ago. Since then, our renegade graff writer
has been evicted from his home and fired from his job, while his
crew, KUK (Kill Until Killed), have earned
the distinction of being the first graff crew in SF to be raided
by the police and subsequently indicted by a grand jury on 24
felony charges of graffiti and conspiracy to commit graffiti as
a gang. Law enforcement officials have adopted a zero-tolerance
stance against the graffiti writers and the District Attorney's
office is reportedly opting for full prosecution, which could
lead to time in state prison. "In March, a San Francisco
grand jury indicted 8 people on 24 counts, including conspiracy
(182); gang participation (186.22); graffiti (594); and there
were gang enhancements. On a legal point, defendants are charged
with participating in a gang, as well as crimes committed for
a gang purpose. All are felony counts. A conviction could mean
state prison. Of the 8 indicted, 5 are allegedly members of KUK,
which stands for Kill Until Killed (or according
to one member, Kiss Until Kissed). One alleged gang member
is a woman. All are in their 20s and come from middle or upper
middle class backgrounds. All are Caucasian. Some have multiple
prior convictions for related crimes. The crimes that lead to
the indictment occurred in 2002 and included the gang tag, KUK,
as well as the tags of individuals. Those included: deth;
abhor; sleaze; vic20; and a graphic of a
large dead cat, with Xs for eyes. That was allegedly the product
of the female member. KUK Graffiti has appeared in San
Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley; on cars, trucks, road signs,
light boxes, overpasses, and public and private buildings. One
tag stretched, and maybe still stretches, over 200 feet. On Potrero
Hill, on a housing project called Turner Terrace, and which is
visible from hwy 280, I'm told there is a tag 6 feet tall and
perhaps 100 feet long. "Practical considerations," says
Harry Dorfman, "made it so that we only presented
a portion of the available evidence to the grand jury."
Mr. Dorfman says there were more than 100 separate tags that
might have been used as evidence. Seven of the eight indicted
were arrested. I don't have a date yet. One has a warrant. Sept
6 is the trial date." -Press Notes from the Office of
the District Attorney website
But that's all beside the point. What we need to focus on right
now is not the overwhelming need for the DA's office to successfully
prosecute someone, anyone, even if it is just a ragtag bunch of
delinquents obsessed with writing their names on the sides of
buildings. When compared to 3 off-duty cops who went on a drunken
rampage over fajitas and the alleged cover up by top brass officials,
terms like "property damage" and graffiti-abatement"
start to sound like a poor substitute for "police scandal."
Let us instead return to that innocent night when we bombed the
West Portal Muni tunnel in San Francisco. It was dark and stormy.
I had a 6-pack. Sham had the Krylon. He turned to me and
said: "When God created Earth he said, Sham I created
everything. Now I want you to go out there and spread the word.
I said, Sure God, I will."
This is what he told me...In the beginning "It kind of started
like this: I like fucking shit up. I'm a fucking vandal. I'm scandalous.
I'm a scandalous vandal. I take what I can get and I give even
more. Any fools get in my way, best to them. I don't consider
myself an artist at all. I consider myself a vandal. I just fuck
shit up. I think I was just born that way. I was born with this
ingenious plan to destroy the earth. Maybe it was my good friend
and dark lord Satan. Somewhere along the line it was that guy
sticking his big dick up in my mother's fucking twat, coming all
up in there, and [making] this little beast of a boy that turned
out to be Sham. I don't know exactly all that bestiality
bullshit, but here I am, and you're all sorry for it. I've hopped
trains across the US I've hit everything. When I was writing,
I never thought about no hiphop thing, or punk rock thing, or
styles and shit. It just all started as fucking shit up. I just
had to fuck it up. I just couldn't stop it once it began. Now
here I am with a name and it's up everywhere. Motherfuckers hate
me because I did it on purpose. I did it intentionally. I see
all these fucking fools calling themselves artists throwing shit
up all over the city. Fuck that dude. That ain't art. That's fucking
vandalism. That's what I'm here for. Fuck that art bullshit. I'm
here for real just fucking it up." And you shall know his
"Sham wasn't my first word, but it's the best one
yet. The reason I picked Sham [was] because that's what
it all is...this whole masquerade...everything that we live around...this
government...this whole fucking world...it's all a sham. You think
writing graffiti makes you cool? No, that's a fucking sham, too!
Fuck that. Everything is a fucking sham. That's why I'm here.
That's why I write Sham. KUK, that stands for Kill
Until Killed. That's just the way it is. One day me and Sect
were sitting around and we decided let's see who can be the most
hated writer in this city. We ain't going to write unless we're
going to write over somebody, and that's how KUK became.
We just said we're going to kill until killed, but no one's been
able to step up to kill us so I guess we just keep killing. We've
had some good battles. We've battled quite a bit. It's all been
fun. I like every minute of it. Me and Sect fucking made
this shit. Motherfuckers, they don't know what to think. Here
we are, punk as fuck, hitting KUK everywhere. They get
scared when they see it 'cause they know we don't give a fuck.
We are the fucking masters. I just want to set the fucking record
straight: Any graffiti artist that ain't in KUK should
get really fucking pissed because we know you suck."
Art vs. Graff
"I'm an artist, too. I'm a good artist, but that's not what
I see graffiti for. Graffiti is a fucking game. It's all about
getting your name up. It ain't about who can draw the prettiest
picture. It's about who can fuck shit up the most.I ain't got
no fancy caps. I don't care. Some people think, 'Oh you've got
to have this pen, you've got to have this kind of paint, you got
to have all that shit...' Nah, fuck it, what you've got to have
is just shit to fucking mark on things and say, 'Hey, I fucked
your shit up!' Some people think graffiti should be legalized...like
an art form...it's like the art of the man on the street...fuck
that. Just like skateboarding, keep it illegal so it makes it
fun. If graffiti was legal, I wouldn't fucking write that shit.
Hell no.You want to know why it's fun? I'm fucking famous, but
nobody knows myface. Some fools do, but that's just because I
catch them slipping and Irun up on them. I'm not afraid to hide
who I am. The wrong motherfuckerswho cross my path, they know
who I am. For the most part, graffiti is done strictly for the
people who write graffiti. I don't do this for the fucking normal
Joe. I actually do it for other writers because that's the only
people that care. They fucking see that shit. They know what's
up. They fucking see me. I'm fucking famous. Hell, it's not what
I went out to do intentionally. I fucked shit up so bad that people
just took notice. Now here they are, all my fucking fans, and
they hate my guts. I'm kind of like the GG Allin of graff."
"I have a hard time writing if I ain't beefing with someone.
I need some incentive there. It's like a game. Who can be up the
most? Who can be the best? I battle people for various reasons.
If I see something I don't like, I'll cross it out. Fuck it, whatever...you
want to beef me? C'mon let's get it on! It's more fun to write
over other people than it is to write on something blank.When
I first started writing there was no fucking unity. It was battle,battle,
battle! People don't battle anymore. They're all a bunch of fucking
sissies. They're all a big 'Get A Long Gang.' Fuck that. That's
not what graffiti is about at all. It's just getting up and stomping
anybody in your way. It's about fame. Most fools who write, they
get hella mad when they get crossed out. I fucking love getting
crossed out! That means they love me. But the funnything is that
nobody ever signs their name. If you're going to beef somebody,
if you're going to hack somebody, if you're going to go over somebody,
you better sign your name or that's fucking pussy shit. What the
fuck? Let them know. Don't be a sissy. Put your fucking name on
it. Graffiti writers, they write for other graffiti writers. But
in my case, I don't do it to make friends. That's just not what
it's about. Not in my eyes. I don't know who these 'Get A Long
Gang' fuckers think they are...trying to say peace, love and all
that shit. When has peace and love really ever existed in this
Hiphop vs. Punk rock
"I give props to hiphop. I like hiphop. I like what they're
doing. It's a lot like punk rock. But I just can't groove with
it. I like to be angry. I like to be mad all the fucking time.
It's the only thing that makes me happy. It's fucking energy.
It's what keeps you going. You can see it in my graff, too. That's
what KUK is all about. Abhor, Sleaze, Sect,
all these kids...we used to squat and shit...live in abandoned
buildings...selling fake crack to buy our beers. Some people think
you're miserable if you hate all the time. I don't understand
how these people can love all the time. Who's really got love
anymore? Hate is an energy, too. I got plenty of love. I give
all my friends love, but if you ain't one of my friends you get
my hate.Look at this world. You can look at it with jaded eyes
and think it's all pretty. Hell, there's a lot of beautiful shit
in this world. I'm not going to say the whole world is a fucking
dump but for the most part it is.
People are more into fashion than anything else. Most of these
fools change their shoes 10 times before they leave the house.
Fuck all that shit. Just put your fucking shit on, get out there,
and get up. I dig hiphop. I like it, but that's not my roots.
I'm punk as fuck. I like hardcore and shit. All these hiphop kids...I
fucking run up on 'em when I'm writing and shit...they can't fucking
believe it, but here I am. Writing ain't all just about hiphop.
It's about a lot of things. To me, it's like this: Life is a sport,
and the sport is war. Slaughter is the intention. And the only
winner is the one who is left alive."
The Rules of Graffiti according to SHAM
"For anybody out there who doesn't know the rules about graffiti,
let me tell you: There are none. Some people will say, 'Well you
can't go over this and that...'
Listen, if it's there, go over it. The more people I take out,
the happier I am.
* * * * * * * * *
So there you have it. Straight from the orifice, a violent regurgitation
of bullshit so twisted and laced with lies that no normal decent
person could ever hope to understand it. But prosecute it the
District Attorney will, and to the fullest. In fact, they'll probably
even convict the little bastards because let's face it, everyone
loves sticking it to kids. Especially 30-year old defendants acting
like kids. The DA will force them to act their age by sending
them to state prison. There they will live with murderers and
rapists. They will be made to grow up and learn about adult things
such as respect, relationships and sodomy. Perhaps then the DA
office will begin to feel better about itself. Maybe they'll "get
up" again and "tag" something bigger and more meaningful
than graff writers. Hopefully they'll prosecute some corrupt cops.
Bay Area Hip Hop Archives Top 30 Chart —
KALX 90.7FM, Cultural Affairs Sunday Morning Show
compiled by BillyJam
01) Too $hort "Mack Attack" "You Know What
I Mean" (JIVE) Oakland 1988
02) Paris "Bush Killa" (Scarface Records) San
03) Del Tha Funkee Homosapien "Made In America"
(Elektra) Oakland 1993
04) Mac Dre "California Livin'" (Strictly Business
Records) Vallejo 1992
05) E-40 "I practice Lookin' Hard" (Sick Wid
It Records) Vallejo
06) Capital Tax "I Can't Believe It" (MCA Records)
07) What The Hell "Young Girls" (Tandem Records)
08) E-40 "Get Em Up" (Siick Wid It Records) Vallejo1992
09) M.C. Pooh "Life Of A Criminal" (In-A-Minute
Records) Oakland 1990
10) Andre Nickatina "3 A.M." (Dog Day Records)
San Francisco 1997
11) Strong Soul "Ya Feel Me" (Strongsoul) Oakland
12) R.B.L. Posse "Sorta Likea Psycho" (In-A-Minute
Records) San Francisco 1993
13) C-Funk "What You Sayin' (Raggamuffunkin)"
(Tandem) E. Palo Alto 1992
14) Motion Man "'93 Swing" (Stepsun) Hayward
15) A.P.G. Crew "Action Packed Gangstas" (Metro
Records) Oakland 1989
16) Charizma/Peanut Butter Wolf "That's Word"
(S. Throw/S. Paw) Milpitas 1996
17) Delinquents "Smooth Getaway" (Priority Records)
18) Casual "That's How It Is" (Jive) Oakland
19) 10 Bass T "10 Bass Hit" (San Jose Sound Recording
Co.) San Jose 1996
20) A.T.C. "This Beat Is Def" (Scarface Records)
San Francisco 1987
21) Rappin Ron & Ant Diddley Dog "All Rapped UP"
(Cell Block) Oakland 1994
22) Askari X "Ward Of The State" (Righteous Records)
23) Chunk "Dying Black Race" (Tandem Records)
East Palo Alto 1992
24) C-Bo "Groovin' On A Sunday" (AWOL Records)
25) B.L.A.C.K. "It comes with The Color" (J.Crow)
26) The B.U.M.S "6 Figures And Up" (Priority
Records) Oakland 1994
27) Conscious Daughters "Something To Ride To"
(Scarface) Oakland 1993
28) N2Deep "Back To The Hotel" (Profile) Vallejo
29) Dangerous Dame "I Call Your Name" (T Cap
Records) Oakland 1989
30) Bigg Ocean Mobb IV 1 5 "Ghetto Radio" (King
J Records) Vallejo 1990
THE BASTARD LANGUAGE TOUR
by DJ Fuse One
Octopus Lounge, Pacifica, CA "Bastard Language Tour"
April 26th, 2003 Pacifica is like a coastal timewarp. A town where
about 60% of it's inhabitants are over the age of 30. It's largest
employers in the town are it's local school districts, The City
of Pacifica itself, and....Safeway Food Stores. Occasionally you'll
see a couple of old men drive by in a pick-up truck with their
fishing poles, ready to stare off into the abyss of the ocean,
in the hopes of bringing back the next evenings grub. Yet, Pacifica
lay only about 15 minutes away from the heart of San Francisco.
I don't know if anybody has actually been to the Octopus Lounge
before. A cramped hole-in-the-wall place next to a tiny asian
restaurant, it looked more accustomed for your local punk bands,
and cult fetish acts. It was the first time I've ever been there.
In fact, it's the first time I've even been to Pacifica since
the mid '90s, when the local DJ equipment store Manor Music
used to have it's infamous DJ battles there. Basically, there's
absolutely no reason for anyone to ever go to Pacifica. Unless
you live there, want to fish, or get away from the city for a
long stroll along the gutter stenched beaches. Yet, as surreal
as the setting was, it was almost as appropriate as can be. As
much as "Turntablism" has been exploited by the commerically
minded in recent years, the night was almost symbolic of the true
vangaurds of the artform snatching it back as their own, and returning
it to the underground. With a five turntable, five mixer line-up
consisting of: D-Styles, Ricci Rucker, Mike
Boogie, Excess, and Toadstyle...and opening
sets by Fat Jack and Daddy Kev...this was indeed,
appropriate. If you didn't have an inkling of an idea of what
you were coming to see this night, or if the only scratching you've
ever heard was from Linkin Park, Limp Bizkit,
the vaginal yeast commerical, or whatever...then you did not belong
here. You weren't going to see your 5 minute DMC highlight
reel, or your "everybody scratch over a beat for an hour"
set. You weren't going
to see Djs doing body tricks with their nutsacks, or crowd pleasing
antics to mask the fact that there's no substance. What you did
see, hear, and feel...was pure MUSIC...created from turntables.
With 5 DJs simulateously performing as instruments in a band,
you would think that one might dominate over another. This did
not happen, instead, they seemlessly blended atmospheric acoustics
with bump laden drums and polyrhythmic scratches. Sonically, it
was one of the most pleasant sensations to ever reach my ear,
yet headnotic to the point of neck snapage. It was almost mindnumbing
to follow, not because of intricate flurries
within the precise arrangements, but the minimalistic usage of
sporadic technicality. As abruptly as a sample intervened between
another layer, and your mind absorbed what had just taken place,
they were already somewhere else. Yet, the subtlety of the executions,
may have left the average listener unaware of the perplexity that
was taking place amidst the synchronous madness developed from
those 5 spinning little platters.
Yeah, everybody that was in attendance heard exactly what I heard,
and the majority were likewise equally as astonished. Yet, I still
ask myself if those same people complied to what was tantamount
of a plea emanating from Mike Boogie's instrument. LISTEN...LISten...listen.
Were you all listening, or just merely hearing it? French Dramatist
Jean Cocteau once said, "The worst tragedy for a poet
is to be admired through being misunderstood". Ambiant does
not equal Boring, and Minimalism does not equal Simple. Understand?
Of course not, because the most animated acceptance in the form
of cheers came when one of the performers executed a solo, enabling
the audience to consume the dosages in smaller portions. What
do you think is easier, drawing a straight line, or drawing five
straight lines all at once? NOOoow LISSSTENNN!!!Well, despite
my obvious disapproval in the ineptness of the commonplace fan
that is surely to scuttle off to his/her little dwelling they
call a lab to, no doubt, light up the message boards to contrive
an impression of legitamacy among their peers in the world we
call Scratch...I do have to say that it was pleasant to see those
that were present giving them a welcome reception. I also do have
to admit, about half way through
the performance I spaced out into no man's land for a good 20
minutes...weather it was the over indulgence in the rotgut, or
homie dude lighting a spliff next to me, remains to be seen....but
know this: There were only two times I ever spaced out at a show,
not knowing what happened in that given amount of time. One, was
when DJ Shadow played at the Fillmore. Two, when
DJ Krush was at the Justice League. You do the math. You
make the comparisons. Lovely How I Let My Mind Float. Some of
us may never understand them. Many of us will never achieve their
level of superiority. Jimi. Bruce. Pele.
D-Styles. Ned Hoddings.
It's more than just technic that sets them apart. It's insight.
It's knowledge. It's the perceptivity of one's craft down to the
most bare essence of it...the intricacies that the mere mortal
eye is blind to. Pure is to be free from discordant qualities.
Untainted from impurities introduced by trend. Free from simplification
for the purpose of decipherment. Pure is, in short, what the Bastard
Language Tour was all about. Whether you're a DJ, a jazz aficionado,
an uptight avant-garde wanker, or just a regular music enthusiast....the
next time D-Styles and Company plays at a small city near
yours....grab a map....make the trek....and most important of
DJ Fuse One
((:plug: Look out for the new CD by DJ
Fuse One entitled "irREGULAR i" featuring D-Styles,
RicciRucker, and Mike Boogie due for release in
the Fall of 2003!!!))
Bay Area Hip Hop Archive Flyers
These three Bay Area Archive Flyers are from the mid-nineties,
two are from Hip Hop Slam and one is from BOMB Hip Hop.
One of the Hip Hop Slam flyers advertised the free
to the community BAY AREA RAPLINE that ran for several
years in the latter 1990s. Meanwhile the BOMB Party #5 flyer was
for the the cool lineup at the DNA Lounge in
San Francisco in September 1995. It was a benefit fot the BOMB
magazine. This was before BOMB became known as a label and still
recognized more for its respected magazine. This show was just
two months after the release of the (later legendary) "Return
of the DJ" volume one compilation. At the same
venue six months later, in March 1996, was the Hip Hop Slam show
that also featured DJs QBert and Shortkut - along
with Disk as the West Coast Rock Steady DJs. Also
onstage was DJ Shadow with Lateef, The Coup,
Concious Daughters, BLACK, and Askari X.
STYLE WARS INTERVIEW: TONY SILVER & HENRY
Style Wars producers Henry Chalfant and
Tony Silver were interviewed by Billy Jam for this
long but really interesting interview which can be found in full
in the Articles
section. Here is an excerpt from the interview, which originally
broadcast on KALX Berkeley, in which Tony Silver talks
about the legendary 1983 graffiti/hip hop documentary being re-released
as a double DVD set. "Well the beginning of the (DVD) project
was a two prong effort. One was we were at the rock and roll hall
of fame in the year 2000 and we've been thinking how to do a DVD
and was talking to distributors who didn't quite get it and we
had them bring out Skeme and his mother, who you must remember
from the film, to do a Q & A with us at the screening at the
Rock and Roll Museum and we were able
to hang with him for a couple of days and just shoot some footage
and it was extraordinary to see how much alike they were in both
their affection for one another in regard for one another and
in Barbara Andalcio (Skeme's mother) absolutely
unreconstructed condemnation of what he was doing. It was remarkable,
they were exactly the same except more and more matured. They
were wonderful and so we shot this footage and didn't do anything
with it and then I went to New York........
THE FULL INTERVIEW HERE!
DJ Platurn's Top 10 Reasons why it's great
to be "The World's SECOND Tallest DJ"
1. The pressure is finally off...thanks DNZ!
2. Digging in places other deejays deem impossible...no, not in
my ass...like taller shelves and shit like that.
3. No matter how much I fall off all you short muhpluckies (pretty
much the rest of the DJ scene in the world) are always gonna look
up to me: HA!!
4. Exclusive membership to T.H.A.T. crew and all of it's wonderful
benefits-peace to DJ Hues, founder of the Tall Honkies
And Turntables bay area deejay coalition.
5. Bustin' body tricks without raising my legs.
6. I can kick your ass if you try and take my shit (unless you've
got a piece but that's a whole other story).
7. Reaching around to the other side of the mixer to fix the grounds
attachment without having to go all the way around the tables.
8. Stealing refills at the bar without the bartender noticing.
9. Girls the girls they love me...cuz i'm the second tallest clown
gettin' down (and boy do they believe those rumors)...hahaha,
just kidding world...oh, and I love you mucho Megan!
10. The taller the baller the flyer the stylee - believe that!!!
Check out the new weekly every monday at
Butterfly (Mission and Duboce in S.F.) - fly place with
a posh atmosphere, good food and slammin' drinks. Come and eat
dinner (7-9:59) - the party starts at 10 - be there or be DJ
Rectangle (get it?) - DJ Platurn
HIP HOP SLAM SHOP
lately has been getting a lot of hits for the Ultimate
Scratch CD, DJ Quest's Mutation
Mann, DJ Prank's Greatest
Celebrity Phone Calls (feat. Aaaarnold) as well as the
of the DJ" series and also the "Scratch
For example "hobby DJ" Al in Detroit just ordered the
"Scratch Attack" Volumes 1, 2, and 3 CD
series. He also Emailed us his DJ history: "I bought my first
set of turntables when I was 13 in 1983 and used to have a blast
trying to be Mix Master Ice and JMJ. Also, being
from Detroit we had the Electrifying Mojo and The Wizard
(Jeff MIlls) cuttin' it up every night (on the radio).
Around '91 I got out of it (mistake) and just a month ago bought
a whole new set and mixer. It's a hobby, but man it's fun. I stumbled
across your site a while ago and finally got around to purchasing
some stuff and plan on purchasing a lot more. It's hard to find
skratch albums in the mainstream. Keep up the great work......Gracias,
Al (no dj name, but friends joke and say I should be DJ Jalapeño
or some other mexican name) :)" — AL19Peace@aol.com
The Shiggar Fraggar
Show! Vol. 3 CD, which is in limited supply, is now
available at the HIPHOPSLAM.COM SHOP.
Featuring DJs Qbert, Disk, 8-Ball, UB, the Toadman, Billy Jam,
and Shiggar Fraggar this remastered limited edition CD release
captures all the zany highlights from that infamous orchestrated
turntablist session recorded live in Oakland, CA @ Hip Hop Slam
back on August 17th, 1995 as part of the Pirate Fuckin' Radio
Top 100 series and the Invisibl Skratch Piklz' mixtape (cassette
Irish ITF 2003
by Tall Paul Lowe
This DJ battle on July 25th, 2003 was the first ever ITF
in Ireland so history was created that memorable night at the
Village on Wexford Street in Dublin. The Judges for the night
were: DJ Krime from Poland, DJ Hype from Germany,
and DJ Richie Ruftone from Scotland.
The Quarterfinals from the earlier heats were as follows:
DJ Mayhem Vs DJ Deviant
DJ Tu-Ki Vs DJ Gem
DJ Savage Vs Calvin James
DJ Mos Chops Vs DJ Flip
So it was number 1 Mayhem Vs DJ Deviant
The layout of the competition is totally different to that of
the DMC's. The fact that the two DJ's are facing one another
in a face off makes a huge difference. There are 5 categories
on which the DJ's get marked on and these are: 1) Musicality 2)
Originality 3) Skills 4) Patterns & 5) Accuracy
This competition is also divided into two sets. Each set is
90 seconds long. So the competition kicks off with Mayhem and
DJ Deviant. Mayhem gets busy on the turntables and
demonstrates as to why he is one of Ireland's finest at the end
of his first set. He sticks up his middle finger in defiance at
Deviant. So Deviant takes off playing some nice
tunes Deviant is one of the DJ's that was at the DMC's
last year and he appears to have become more confident in his
ability. Deviant also uses a drum bass loop and at the
end of his set replies to Mayhem with "Guess who the
faggot DJ is?"
Mayhem replies in his second set by using a nice execution
of "never gonna get it" by En Vogue and ends
his set with What you standing there for, looking so stupid. The
MC for the night is Wuzo, Wuzo is usually associated
with Drum n Bass and House. But this guy can free style and is
a match for any of our MC's out there. As they face to watch amongst
Tu-Ki Vs Gem
Now this was an interesting one. It was the student meets the
Master. Background on DJ Gem he is a 14 year old so A-Trak
watch out we could have our own champ on the way. And if he continues
to practice the way he is at the moment he will be unstoppable
in the next year or two. The crowd really appreciated his skills
and gave him great encouragement to get down. Gem also
used a track and you could see some of the guys starting to pop
in the crowd, as the track that he was playing was Hashim Al-Naayfish.
(Oh I remember this tune from the Streetsounds label Electro 7).
He demonstrated his skills and won the crowd. What more can be
said for the current DMC champ except for that he was using
this set as a warm up. In his set he was demonstrating breaks
with fresh and wack and displaying some of his skills not them
all. As I said he was only warming up. He ended his set with I
am sorry but your burned.
Gem did reply in his next set askin the crowd Scratchin
what is it? The World Famous Supreme Team. He then
demonstrated to the crowd as to why he advanced to the Quarterfinals
by giving a demo of his skills as they are at the moment.
Tu-Ki second warm up set was pretty outstanding as well,
with samples such "No One Can Stop Me", "You Don't
Stop" and "Dumb Motherfu*ckers". I thought this
last part was a bit harsh to play against the kid. But hey this
is the art of battling.
At the end of his sets Tu-Ki applauded DJ Gem and
so did the crowd.
DJ Savage Vs Calvin James (Body Tonic DJ's)
These two guys I have to admit I am not familiar with. Calvin
James started off I think that he was very nervous, as he
appeared to be very stiff and a bit robotic. As a result I don't
he quite his first set the way he wanted it to go even though
his crew was in the house as they were encouraging him and Savage.
Calvin James also had no dis records I think this is something
that you need for this type of competition, as everyone is out
to prove who is the best. His second set he was a lot more relaxed
and this was evident by the way he was scratching and mixing this
set suited him better as it was more skill related.
DJ Savage lived up to his name. This kid is quite good
and I think has been around for a while it was my first time to
see him. And he did impress. Savage started of his set
"Ready for More" break and "Do you Wanna Battle".
His skills are really quite impressive as was his display. This
guy plays to the crowd as well and is a real showman in his second
set he was sampling Eddie Murphy "Hey Faggot"
and he mixed this in with Big Fun. He then cut these two up and
just went crazy on the decks. At times he would stop the records
and look into the crowd pull some faces and start up again. On
the "Hey Faggot" sample he actually had the record singing.
The scratchin was that good.
Final round of the Quarter Finals.
DJ Mos Chops Vs DJ Flip
I was surprised to see DJ Flip in this. And when I seen
his set even though it was a little bit experimental it appeared
to be a little bit mixed up. From listening to it I didn't think
that things were working out for him. And he also appeared not
to be very relaxed and also a bit robotic. His skill level is
really impressive, DJ Laz-E was not joking when he said
give Flip a set of turntables and watch him get busy on
the 1s and 2s. His scratching is really good and his use of the
mixer is also very impressive. His second set was by far the better
of the two and I think this is what won it for him. As he is not
afraid to take risks. In his second set one of the samples that
he dropped was "Terrible isn't it" and "Breathe
in, Breathe Out". The mixes were coming quick and fast the
speed was slowed down and then sped up. He ended his set with
a bit of Drum n Bass.
I first seen Mos Chops last year at DMC's he also goes
by the name of DJ Harry in the Drum n Bass scene. In his
first set he dropped the sample "Don't fu*k with me, I kill
anyone who goes against me". His skills have greatly improved
on last year and he appears to be a lot more relaxed. Although
his set was really good he played it very safe, as he didn't appear
to be experimental as Flip. In his second set some of the
samples that he dropped were "Battle me Aint workin",
"Its likes this n that". He did stop the record and
then start again. For the end of his set he also dropped Drum
1) DJ Mayhem Vs DJ Flip
2) DJ Tu-Ki Vs DJ Savage & DJ Mayhem
Vs DJ Flip
Now in all honesty as I was writing this report I really thought
that Flip had no chance against Mayhem oh boy was
I proven wrong and I was glad is well. This was a battle that
I thoroughly enjoyed and I was glad that I was an observer and
not a judge.
DJ Flip came out firing on all cylinders starting of his
set with "Bitches They Come n Go" also dropping "Just
Dont Stop" and "Guess Who the Fag is?" and
pointed to Mayhem. This set was a lot tighter and Flip
was really enjoying himself as he gave a demo of his skills.
In his second set he dropped some Scratch Perverts Drum
n Bass. During the set it was like if he was tapping the top of
the needle arm with a coin as he got some strange sound from it.
He ended his set with "Thank You n Fuck You " pointing
to Mayhem. Mayhem when he is challenged he responds
and he responds well. He gave a demo as to why he is one of the
best. He dropped some funky scratchin and cut and cut out real
quick his beat juggling was really good.
In his second set Mayhem dropped some Biggie and
the crowd really loved this. He then started to rip and cut it.
He gave a more in-depth knowledge of his skills on the turntables.
He slowed the record down and then sped it back and finished of
his by bringing it back to normal speed. Apologies for not naming
all the tunes that he was spinning as I was watching the crowd
reaction and Mayhem on the decks.
DJ Tu-Ki Vs DJ Savage
This was also another battle that I was glad that I was an observer
rather than a judge. DJ Savage started of the proceedings
with one hand scratchin on two turntables and also giving the
Tu-Ki the middle finger. Savage played to the crowd and
was also very calm and relaxed. In his second set Savage
starts of with a dis to Tu-Ki by donning the cap that Tu-Ki
wore last year at DMCs. After scratching for a few
minutes he then throws the hat across to Tu-Ki. He then
got busy on the ones and twos.
When Tu-Ki started of his second set he was starting to
move up a gear and this was very evident by the way that he was
scratching and the way he made the records sing. His scratching
cuttin had moved up a level. His beat juggling had also moved
up a level. As Tu-Ki was challenged he answered really
well. He ended his set with a blazing rendition of Mantronix
"Who Is It?"
In his second set Tu-ki had a straw hat as a prop and put
this on. He then took it to another level. The tunes that he was
playing were experimental and I had never heard like them before.
It was like Tu-Ki decided what set he was going to play
and how he was going to do this. The skills that Tu-Ki
demonstrated as he slowed the scratch down to a fade out and brought
the tempo back up again.
Battle for 3rd
DJ Flip Vs DJ Savage was a real battle of sorts.
I think the guys realizing that they were not in the final were
not too interested.
Well that is what Cool C said anyway. To me it didnt
come across like this. The guys from where I was standing were
giving it their all. DJ Flip was definitely on form and
definitely going for it. He started of his set with L.L. Cool
J.'s "Mama Said Knock You Out". And just ripped
and tore up the set from there. I was bouncing around that much
that I was not paying that much to the tunes that were been played
but just enjoying the mixing and scratching. When DJ Savage
stepped to the plate he did something that I was not expecting.
It took a lot of balls to do what he done and play. He gave us
a scratch rendition of Justin Timberlake. I was amazed
and really impressed with this. As I cant stand Justin
Timberlake and anytime he comes on I switch him off. But this
was truly amazing Justin has never sounded so good.
Before we got to the final
DJ Krime and DJ Hype played for the crowd and gave
us a demonstration of their skills. And boy is this impressive.
They showed the crowd why they are the champions of their respected
Watching was like they were at home just warming up and playing
with the decks. They didnt really use a backing track just
let the record sing.
The Final was the final that everyone wanted and everyone got
DJ Tu-Ki Vs. DJ Mayhem
This was a battle. And Tu-Ki was the first to start of
as he came second in the eliminations. Out of the whole night
Tu-Ki came with the most original set. Anything that Mayhem
came up with Tu-Ki was there to take it from him. I
dont know where Tu-Ki got the beats from but they
were amazing and his skills were taken to another level yet again.
The final was fairly balanced but I think for originality, music
ability, pure skill. They gave it to the right person. So on the
night the final went to Tu-Ki he has now created DJ History
in this country, as he has become the first person to wear both
belts so to speak. He is now the current ITF and current
DMC champ. And he well deserves the title. It will be interesting
to see if he defends his title at the DMCs in August
on the 29th at the Red box.
Contact Tall Paul Lowe in Dulbin @ email@example.com