Hip Hop Slam News
Bay Area DJ Profile #007: DJ Shadow
• Letters From My "Stalker" by DJ T-Rock
Tim'm: Poem and Update
How to DJ Right Book Overview
• Hip Hop Slam Bay Area Archive Pic of the Week: The Coup,
• DJ Platurn's Top Ten Reasons Why Scratching is Greatest
Thing in the World
• Random Record (and DVD) Reviews by DnZ
Hip Hop Slam Dot Com Shop
HIP HOP SLAM NEWS
Official release date:
November 5, 2003
On September 11th, 2003 the Hip Hop Slam produced DJs of Mass
Destruction joined a politically charged concert lineup including
Zion I, DJ Zeph, Azeem, and Soul at the Great
American Music Hall in San Francisco. The ever-evolving
DJs of Mass Destruction lineup included Cat Five, DJ Pone,
DJ Quest, Shing02, DJ Icewater, DJ A-1, and MC Dubya
all of whom will be featured on the anticipated forthcoming (Nov.
5) compilation WAR (If It Feels Good, Do It!)
along with many other artists. (Look for pictures from show
on next NEWS update)
A week earlier, Sept. 4 at Studio Z, Timi D...
reports that there was another good show when: "DJ Disk
opened with his new progressive quartet, lay'n down deep dub saturated
scratches ...inna phonopsychographdisk style....Also onstage was
Live Human...with DJ Quest cuttin up his new break
record.....Two drum beat driven jams (feat. master percussionist
Albert Mathias) were reminiscent of the artist's
recent solo releases.....Highlights of the nite included a dope
interpretation of Eric B & Rakim's "Don't
Sweat the Technique" which was plucked and bowed out by bassist
Andrew Kushin......Also onstage on mic for a couple of songs was
Space Traveler Eddie K" (email@example.com)
RAP O' THA WEEK: "IT'S HARDCORE LUST!"
by Pam R***ds (DJ T-Rock's "Stalker")
On the road making da phat money/He's my one and only DJ T-Rock
Gonna come and see him in the sunny state/Soon too he will realize
I am his soulmate
One of a kind, a hotty on the stage/A super fly soul well beyond
Gotta see him soon or I think that I will bust/It's not just infatuation,
it's hardcore lust!
Read the full T-Rock/Stalker story by scrolling down a bit.
DJs Craze + Klever's Scratch Nerds is a new scratch
practice CD of the two DJs cutting shit up over their own productions.
Meawhile on the new Allies Beatdown 2 DVD, competitors
include Perseus, J-Tec, Precision, Abstru, Boogie Blind, Imperial,
Solution, Enferno, Golden Chyld, M-Rok, Jr. Flow and Spryte
- reports Joefu.
Jamie Kennedy's Mailibu's Most Wanted (just released
on VHS/DVD) is well worth renting for a funny yet intelligently
presented teen comedy; one that rises above the expected 'rap
movie' stereotypes and cheap laughs. Especially well done is the
movie's tracing the rap influences of young B. Rad (aka Bradley
the rap lovin' overprivelaged son of Cali Governor to be).
College Radio Catch-phrases of the week: "Shared
seven inch" or "Shared CD" NEW DJ CULTURE WORD
OF THE WEEK; Journaltablist: A journalist who
reports primarily on turntablists: from party rockin hip hop DJs
to skratch and battle Djs to cut'n'paste Dj/producers. Examples
include folks at Tablist magazine and UK journaltablist
How To DJ Right (the art and science of playing
by Frank Broughton and Bill Brewster
Grove Press — www.groveatlantic.com
overview by DnZ
"This is a dope ass book...and I can't even read!!!....
Just kiddin. But this book covers damn-near everything from setting
up your DJ decks and mixer (inc. CD as well as vinyl players)
to how to run FX to your set's. It's a clear, accessible, and
entertaining well-written and presented book put together by the
same 2 mo' fo's that wrote "Last Night A DJ Saved My Life"-
Frank Broughton and Bill Brewster. It includes such helpful DJ
guidelines as diagrams to help your brain process a different
song coming in each ear and how to understand beat timing without
even understanding music theory. With an invaluable list of good
web-sites to go to (but where's tha link to www.hiphopslam.com
beyoooooch? huh!) from good MP3 sources towhere to buy stuff and
lots more shizit. Recently published in paperbackat a reasonable
retail price of $15.00 it is a must-have for any DJ: just starting
or an OG in tha turntable game.....We will be doing an indepth
interview with the authors of this book in the coming weeks so
stay tuned to a future website NEWS for lots more on this invaluable
book. OnE !!!" DnZ
HIP HOP SLAM BAY AREA ARCHIVE PICTURE
This picture of DJ Pam the Funkstress, Boots Riley, and E-Roc
was taken exactly ten years ago in September 1993 outside Hip
Hop Slam's weekly live TV show (on Soulbeat in East Oakland) where
Pam was one of the Hip Hop Slam house DJs and Boots and E-Roc
were regular visitors to the Saturday afternoon (2PM-6PM) hip
hop TV show.
BAY AREA DJ PROFILE #007: DJ Shadow
Trademark saying or philosophy? "The catchphrase
that seems to stick is from the Biggie/Method Man song..."Fuck
the world, don't ask me for shit" ...and to a lesser degree,
"Everything you get you got to work hard for it."
When you DJ out what music do you spin? "Throughout
my whole career, whenever I spin, what I'm trying to articulate
is the vastness of hiphop. If I think I'm going to be encountering
people that think I'm going to be playing nothing but classic
hiphop then I'll throw in some... Lil Jon and stuff like that....."
How do you transport your records to gigs? "I drive."
The first record you ever bought? "Street Beats Vol.
2 which was a Sugar Hill Records double album compiling all the
12 inches that had come out on the label recently in '83. That
was the first time I went to the store and put down my saved up
allowance money and actually went halves with a buddy of mine.
The reason we got it was because it was such a good value. It
was $7.99 for 2 records as opposed to $6.99 for 1 record. Devo
was the first time I ever chose music on my own."
Most influential record(s) in your life? "I would
have to say "The Message" by Grandmaster Flash and the
Furious 5 because that was the first hip hop song I heard. And
then also in the top 10 would be (BAM's) "Planet Rock"
because that's the second hip hop song I ever heard. Both were
What exactly made you want to be a DJ? "I don't know
if I could ever say it was one thing in particular. It would be
a combination of seeing the World Famous Supreme Team video for
"Hey DJ" and seeing little snatches of them scratching
When was the very first time you scratched? "The
first time I started scratching was really at the end of '84.
In the early eighties, the big rage was to get these component
systems. It was a turntable/dual cassette deck/radio all in one
for $99.00. So I got one of those and that's when I started scratching.
I remember trying to scratch like Dr. Dre on "Surgery"
and it was impossible!"
When did you first DJ for others? "The first time
I played in public was in '87. It was Black Family Day on the
campus at UC Davis.
And when did you start as a DJ on KDVS FM, the UC Davis station?
"Probably in '87. I used to make little pause tapes at home.
I could scratch over the top. If I held the little selector knob
on the unit in between phono and tape, I could record from a tape
onto another tape and do overdubs at the same time. So that's
how I was able to do these mixes and then in '89 I got a 4-track.
But by then I was doing stuff for KMEL."
You are a reknowed crate-digger. But do you have time to listen
to all those records? "Right now I've got this one storage
unit that's dedicated to stuff I haven't gone through yet. I kind
of got that from the store...where I shot the album cover for
How important is it to crate-dig? "For me it's become
a cultural thing. Some of my best memories that I have of my lifetime
are on roadtrips looking for records. I've been doing it now really
since '87 as far as looking for old stuff..... A lot of times
people are like well you don't need to do this anymore. You can
download samples online, but...... it's a cultural part of being
a DJ.....It's ingrained in me. If I were to stop making music,
I'd still dig. The people that you meet and the places that it
takes you and the adventures that you have along the way......."
In your opinion who is the best DJ or best two DJs of all
time? "I would say (Grandmaster) Flash and QBert.....I
think Flash for all the reasons you could think of and QBert for
all the reasons you could think of."
What is the best thing about success? "Some sort
of validity that what you're doing means something to somebody.
Just the feeling that no matter what anybody can do, no matter
what these fucked up labels try and do. No matter what these different
snakes in the industry try and do to fuck you up. Nobody can take
away what I've done. I've never gone gold. I've never done this.
I've never done that. There's so many things I still want to do.
But if it were all to end today, nobody could take away whatever
contribution I did make. That's a great feeling! At the end of
the day I was able to get through to some people.
And what's your main goal for the future? "To continue
to try hader and harder to streamline the avenue between what
I hear in my mind and what I'm able to actually release to the
For more information on DJ Shadow, including his vast discogrpahy,
visit his official website: www.djshadow.com
NOTE: This Q&A with DJ Shadow
is an excerpt from a much, much longer interview conducted by
Billy Jam as part of the research for the forthcoming DJ
QBert biography book/DVD.
Letters From My "Stalker"
by DJ T-Rock
Okay party people...I didn't make this shit up.....These are
actual letters to me via my website from my "stalker"
Pam R****ds who came into my life recently and over a period
of about seven or eight weeks sent me the following Emails (which
were not responded to)....
EMail 1: T-Rock- I am interested in hiring you for
a gig...my parents are bugging me about starting a family and
I would very much like you to impregnate me by Christmas. I would
like to start trying right away so let me know if you could give
up some swimmers?
EMail 2: You are so adorable! I'm going to try and
see you anywhere I can afford to travel to! Instead of being a
"Dead Head" I'm going to start my own group called "Rock
Head!" But I'm going to come by myself so I don't have to
share you with any other fans!
EMail 3: Hey T-Rock, I've been avoiding this, but will
you PLEASE call me? I was hesitant to ask you after all this time,
but I don't care anymore. My number is @#1-&*@!. I look forward
to hearing from you! I'll be waiting. Thank You!!!
EMail 4: CALL ME!
EMail 5: Hey T-Rock, I was wondering why you haven't
mailed me back yet? I was wondering if you want to hook up next
month? My friend found out you are in California and I was thinking
about going back to San Diego to stay with my dad's friend and
want to know if you live anywhere close to there? I can rent a
car and come see you...I will take you anywhere you want to go-Please
let me know so I can book a flight-Big Hugs, Pam. P.S. Here's
a song I wrote for you...
On the road making da phat money
He's my one and only DJ T-Rock Honey
Gonna come and see him in the sunny state
Soon too he will realize I am his soulmate
One of a kind, a hotty on the stage
A super fly soul well beyond his age
Gotta see him soon or I think that I will bust
It's not just infatuation, it's hardcore lust!
EMail 6: HELLO!!!! What the F? Are you ever going to
get back to me? If you want me to come see you I need to book
the flight this month. Please mail me back this week, I'm feeling
really bummedout and I really want to talk to you-P.
EMail 7: Listen dude!!! What is the deal? You are acting
like a spoiled child! This treatment of your number one fan is
not so classy! All I wanted was to come and see you and take you
anywhere you wanted to go and treat you like a king....How can
you be ignoring me? Everyday I check my mail for your response
and quite frankly I'm never ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever,
ever, ever, giving up on you. My feelings for you run deeper than
the bottomist of the largest ocean! I know I can make you happy
and you should atleast give me a chance to try! Please don't be
such a butt head and let a really special girl get upset.
EMail 8: P.S. I am really falling hard for you, don't
let me down. Pam DJ T-ROCK R***ds.
T-ROCK: OH MY GOD!! "Pam DJ T-ROCK R***ds"...This
is some scary shit but I hope to God that it is just a fake, just
someone playing a trick on me! But yo, I did some investigating...and
called the number she gave me and sure enough it was a residence
in her family's name. Thank God I only got the answering machine.
Then, I called information and the number was a South Carolina
number....I don't know NOBODY in South Carolina. Plus this chick
had written to me before saying her dad was a pilot and she could
fly anywhere to see me play! I should write her ass and tell her
I'm playing in the South Pole!! I'm out but look for more psycho
stalker Email here...that is.....if I'm still around....Peace
out, T-Rock (firstname.lastname@example.org)
DJ Platurn's Top Ten Reasons Why Skratching Is
The Greatest Thing On Earth
1. Because that record Cut Chemist sampled says so.
2. It relieves the itch.
3. It relieves DA BIOTCH!!!
4. You can make any piece of shit record (its contents, its condition
or both) that no one could give two shits about sound good if
you're funky fresh enough. One man's trash is another deejay's
5. You can talk to aliens n' shit.
6. 50 million bedroom lurking skratch nerds all across the planet
can't be wrong.
7. Cuz mixing is for suckers.
8. DJ Aladdin, Joe Quixx, Jam Master Jay, DJ Teeko, DJ Skratch,
DJ Pone, Jazzy Jeff, E Da Boss, Cash Money, Devro, Q-Bert, DJ
Weej, Babu, DJ Spair, etc., etc., etc., etc., etc..................to
many to mention...
9. Super Duck, Toasted Marshmallow, The Lump Lump, Impeach
the President, Awww & Fresh, Sex Ed records, saucy basslines,
James Brown, World Famous Supreme Team, break it down like
this, so why is it gotta be so damn TOUGH!, Awww Yeah!, Ohhh yeeeah!,
Woo hah!, etc., etc., etc., etc., etc....................
10. It just feels right.
Catch DJ Platurn every Sunday night at the Oasis in
Oakland, CA (135 12th Street) with the Smarbeat Sound System
playing all the b-boy shit you can stuff in your pants - AIGHT!
From Dirt Road to Oakland: Tim'm T. West
Tim'm, who along with his group Deep Dickollective performed
recently at The Third Annual World HomoHop Festival
in Oakland, CA, spent the better part of the summer on a fifteen-plus
US city book tour....one that took him to such spots as his native
Little Rock, and also Memphis, Jackson (MS), Raleigh/Durham, Dallas.
He's made quite an impression in NYC doing Hip Hop and Spoken
Word shows at a range of venues from Halcyon in
Brooklyn to Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
Hoping to balance the hype produced by the book ( "Red Dirt
Revival (a poetic memoir in 6 breaths)" (A Poz' Trophy Book)
with simultaneous Hip Hop production, he is working with his comrades
in Deep Dickollective to finish D/DC's follow up
to their BourgieBohoPostPomoAfroHomo debut, entitled The
Famous Outlaw League of Proto Negroes. He also hopes to release
his solo album, Songs from Red Dirt, which includes a range
of works spanning the Hip Hop/House/Soul influences on his work
over the years. Tim'm is also launching his own publishing company,
Poz'Trophy Publishing, and is working with an array of
national talent on various projects. Tim'm, however, is a very
committed teacher at Oakland School for the Arts, where
he continues to steer English and Literary Studies departments.
More of his work can be found at: www.reddirt.biz
Other links for Tim'm or his group or related topics
"OAKLAND" (from the book Red Dirt Revival)
I need my blackness close to me.
Snug tight like grandma's quilt on a chilly mid-morning.
Black like the sediment when you smell it.
Black like the safety of quiet under eyelids
during some beautiful daydream.
Or like the graying blacklady dreadlock goddess
glance at you on BART
cuz whitefolk's kids are acting "typical"
and you are both grinding your teeth
underneath a polite smile, like;
"they so cute!"
when you know they bad asses
and kicking the back of your seat
and you tryin to sleep!
Real black like you or her gonna get if they don't quit.
Like the lack of it you sense
across the bridge in that city
with the black mayor
but fewer and fewer
Black like our mayor here ain't.
I need my blackness close to me.
Smug like the sunny smile I get from some
headwrapped sistah stridin' round the lake.
Black like the undercurl of my napps.
Like the rhythmic way we speak and gesture and laugh.
I need my blackness close to me.
Like mirrors reflecting my black back to me
or the depth of my baritone poem.
Like history ain't in public schools.
Black like the infinite universe
or like black art that has that scent and shine.
And like the ghetto girlz on the corner
That make your eyes roll back and tummy tight
cuz they look a mess and they babies
but they your peoples anyway
and this is Oakland
and the way you like it:
Smug . . . . . . Tight . . . . . .Black.
Random Record (and DVD) Reviews
by DnZ (email@example.com)
This week I have two records and one DVD to tell you about:
Atmosphere on the Rhymesayers label
has a dope new 12" single out called Cats Van Bags off
of his album Seven's Travels, but that not the song I want
to talk about. The only good song I liked was the bonus track
of a unreleased track called Self Hate, Bad Dub.
Now this is some funky-ass shit with da dopest rhymes i've heard
in a while. Now if you like the real shit and not that damn bling
bling type shit then go cop this record and you will be pleased.
I give Atmosphere a 8 outta 10.
Next is what I think is going to be the funkyest record of the
year. DJ Zeph's Floor Wax brings me
back to the 80's when I was out in the school yard pop'n and lock'n
and bust'n caps and what not. It's full of funky-ass energy with
rhymes by Raashan Ahmad. On the B-side is the track
Underscore with DJ Ill Media and that track
is like a funky orcastra playing in your ear. I'll give Zeph a
9 outta 10 so I better see a free copy in the mail for me!!!
DVD: iLLRePuTePRoDuCTioNS' Control The Air Space (A
Surf Film for Skaters) by Casey Kindred which we watched
and enjoyed. Note we are not skate or surf experts but we know
a good slap in the face when we see one as this DVD film features
many of....... it's pretty good if you are into surfing or skating....It
is mostly downhill skating, not X-Game type urban acrobatic skate-trickstaz.
Meanwhile the surfing, which is accompanied by a diverse soundtrack
that includes NoFx and Ozomatli, rates a 5 out of
10" For more info: www.illrepute.com
!!!OnE!!! you can reach DnZ if your'e 9 feet tall, or at firstname.lastname@example.org
HIP HOP SHOP
Over the next month look for world premieres in the HipHopSlam.Com
Shop of new such new albums
as BOMB Hip Hop's Return of the DJ Vol. 5, Alien
Army's The End (a BOMB Hip Hop Slam co-release)
and the antiBU$H hip hop compilation WAR (If It Feels Good,
Do It!) — all of which will be sold via this website
a month or so before they are available in stores..... hell jeyeah!