Hip Hop Slam News by Billy Jam
Bay Area DJ Profile #010: Mixmaster Mike
DJs Shortkut & J-Rocc in Eire by Tall Paul Lowe
Korean DJ Report by DJ Wreckx
SHOP — New items: What About Us/Shortkut & Cut
Chemist @ FPSS CD
HIP HOP SLAM NEWS
On a recent October Sunday Hip Hop Slam threw one of its
infamous BBQ/DJ sessions: the last one of 2003 when a ton of folks
came thru to partake in the drank, dank, franks, and music. Many
of the partyers at the Oakland party, but not all, also got busy
behind the ones and twos. Attendees included DJ Vadim, DJ Pone,
Shing02, A-1, Davey D, DnZ, DJ Anna, DJ Quest, Albert Mathias
(Live Human), DJ Marz, Teeko, Ales One, BCause, Fresh Joyce, Spair,
Golden Chyld, DJ Deus, Platurn, Timi D..., Munkifunk, DJ Blackstone,
Dawgisht, Neon Leon, Dave Paul, Joefu, Rani, and many others
including wannabe DJ Emcee Dubya (look for him in accompanying
collage behind the decks battling DJ Spair who incidentally
beat his presidential ass... coz not only is he a wack prez but
he is also a sucka DJ). The indoor DJ session was being recorded
as a radio show for the Mr Trick and Turntable Radio
on London's Resonance FM which will broadcast highlights
of the turntable session. Simultaneouly the five-man film crew
from Motivate Movement were shooting the session plus interviewing
various individuals for their hip hop DVD Magazine, MVMNT,
which will premiere in 2004. There were also two art displays:
one of the art of Mars-One (who was also in the
house giving out signed copies of his art). The other exhibit
featured album art from a myriad of bay area DJs from labels including
Dirt Style, Stones Throw, BOMB
Hip Hop, and Hip Hop Slam.
In case you missed it in last week's news update, be sure to read the special report
on Bomb Hip Hop owner Dave
Paul being interrogated by the Secret Service.
If you are lucky enough to be in San Francisco area on November
20th then do yourself a favor and go to this sure-to-be-amazing
show that features the draw-dropping Gunkhole - the turntablist-percussion
masters D-Styles, Mike Boogie, Nicks, and Ace. And
if that ain;t enuf also in the lineup is Native Guns feat.
Kiwi and Bambu, Lunar Heights [Khai Love,
Jern Eye, Sizwe], plus DJs Derrick D, Amerriica, Celskiii,
Deeandroid, and Winstoner wrecking havoc on tha decks.
Thursday, 11/20 at Rasselas, 1534 Fillmore St. @ Geary
St. in tha Fill-Moe area of tha Sco'
New mix CDs we've received include the so-so DJ Styles'
So Many Styles Vol. III (www.somanystyles.com)
and the recommended Paul Nice's ol skool Soul On on
the Grill mix CD which includes Ramsey Lewis' "Sun
Goddess" and Esther Philips' Home is where the
heart is and 27 other dope tracks..... DJ Frane's Electric
Garden of Delights (or beats to blaze to vol. 2) is a deep,
lushy layered, down-tempo, dank-inspired 13 track CD that DnZ
compared to DJ Krush's sound..... Shing02's
Limited Express Mix, released on Virgin Japan, is
a wonderful CD collection of some of the best of Japanese artist's
many releases mixed by DJ Icewater..... DJ Me DJ You's
latest, Can You See The Music (eenie meanie records), although
at times a little too pop leaning and over-produced, is nonetheless
a damn good album that gets better with each listen.... Omid's
own album Monolith (Mushi) is nice balance of beats and
emcee tracks that include such gems as Double Header featuring
Buck 65.... Another great CD is from Paris, France artist
RA whose home-burnt CD-R, RA's Demo 2003 - is a
hypnotic collection of smoldering, tripped out and dirty (to the
point of over-modulating) beats that makes you go: Damn! What
the fuck is that?
Peanut Butter Wolf and his old- old school DJ potna Sweet
Steve had a unique 20 year reunion show in San Jose (their
hometown) at Stank and in San Francisco at MILK.
"We wanted to have a twenty year anniversary DJ party to
celebrate our roots and what better way than by DJ'ing,"
said the Stones Throw CEO/DJ Wolf. "By paying homage
to the year that we started out DJing together, 1983, and playing
music from that year only." This included hip hop, electro,
new wave, soul, funk, and punk records. They also decided to use
the mixer they both started with a janky-ass Realistic.
However after the Stank show they realized that it sucked
with too much feedback/static so for the super-fun SF show they
brought their new mixers but old 1983 records. They even dug up
a great picture from 1983 of the two fresh faced young DJs and
spun it into a fun and most unique show flyer.
FOUR NEW RELEASES ADDED TO THE HIPHOPSLAM.COM
There are four new additions to the SHOP
this week: each priced at the anti-music-industry/
respect-for-the-music-fan price of $8.98 per CD. Included are
the first and second in the Inivisbl Skratch Piklz
live at Hip Hop Slam/Pirate Fuckin' Radio
Shiggar Fraggar Show! Vols. 1 &
at the FuturePrimitiveSoundsession Cut
Chemist meets Shortkut (Version 1.1),
and the provocative Bay Area compilation What
About Us? on Hard Knock Records.
Seventy minutes long the 1997 FuturePrimitive session
captures two of the best DJs in the West: LA's Cut Chemist and
San Francisco's Shortkut who ably display their equally talented
yet distinctively different turntable skills. Both of these DJ
albums are familiar with most of the visitors to this site but
most likely What About Us? is not. This is the type of
thought-provoking hip hop release that we used to take for granted
back in ye olde daze of hip hop, back in a time when being conscious
or speaking out on the bullshit in AmeriKKKa was the norm rather
than a risky career move. As such it is a breath of fresh air
in a smog of complacent hip hop mediocrity. There is not one bad
track on this 18-track, uplifting hip hop collection but definite
standouts include Spearhead's "Bomb The
World", "We Can" by Raashan Ahmad,
"Hey Bobby" by the Non Prophets featuring
Sage Francis, "US History" by Oakland's
The Piper, "Yo Naci" by Rico
Pabon and DJ Riddm, "Lickshot!"
by Lunar Heights, and "Work Itself Out"
by Bukue One. Read the much longer review of
this album and also more on the other three additions to the SHOP.
BAY AREA DJ PROFILE #010: Mixmaster Mike
DJ name: Mixmaster Mike
Hometown: San Francisco
Do you still talk to aliens through your music?
Right now I'm trying to talk to the people on this earth,
the lost people here. The humanoids here need to study the lessons
DJ Crews: Sounds In Effect, Sound In Motion, Tsunami Sound,
Invisibl Skratch Piklz
How would describe the music you spin? It's a strand of
hiphop, psychedelic scratch music is what it is... there's no
title to it.
DJ battle history: won 1992 West Coast
DMC and 1993 NMS/Superman Battle.
What was the first record you bought? That's a crazy question.
It was a Led Zeppelin record, and Rappers Delight.
What was the first record you heard that made you want to
scratch or DJ? It was "Crazy Cuts" by DST, Herbie
Hancock's "Rockit", Hendrix "Are You Experienced"
and Miles Davis.
What's your favorite new record? The White Stripes...
its some good shit.
When did you first DJ? 1985 in my bedroom.
What made you want to be a DJ? I grew up listening to
a lot of Coltrane and Hendrix. I had a fascination of copying
them with turntables. And then a cat came by the name of GrandMixer
DST and that was the whole shit. That's what happened.
Most memorable performance of your career?
There's memorable experiences every year for some reason. This
last year I opened up for Guns N Roses, and being able to
play in Madison Square Garden alone for an hour to a capacity
crowd was probably one of the highs. Then it was me being with
my crew the Invisibl Skratch Piklz battling the X-Men...
How do you transport your records to gigs? By car.
Do you play CDs ever at gigs? No, I don't play them when
In your opinion who is the best DJ of all time? Wolfman
Jack, baby! Wolfman had skills... he was an entertainer. He didn't
play records...he made people listen to records! He was also a
movie star, too.
Can you give us the details on your radio show? It's in
KROQ in LA and it's called Friday Night Spin Psycle, from 10pm-11pm.
I have 87%-88% freedom. If it was up to me, I would play all explicit
Best way for folks to find out more about you including your
discograpahy: Google. There will be a Mixmaster Mike website.
Right now I'm trying to keep myself out of touch because I'm on
a hibernation period. I'm doing shows, but I'm in the lab creating
something right now... it's fourth dimensional scratch moon beats
from Zektar... crazy shit.
This rest of this interview, conducted by Billy Jam,
will appear in the forthcoming QBert book. Also be sure
to check for the next Beastie Boys album and the next Mixmaster
Mike solo joint, both expected to drop next summer.
KOREAN DJ REPORT
by DJ Wreckx
Our mainman in Korea, DJ Wreckx, (who cameo-ed on the
Hip Hop Slam compilaiton Global Turntables) writes
to let us know that he is currently working on his new album which
will come out late 2004. Wreckx also reports that, just like the
Japanese and the US economies, that the Korean economy is also
in a downward spiral. Consequently the number of parties for him
and others DJs are all "going down, parties or events are
all held back for now. I tell you, it is shrinking," - he
said. "As for me, I'm opening an Internet site called LADYBUG
RECORDZ and through this site I'll be doing a radio show. For
your reference, I'm thinkin' to make a record company called LADYBUG
RECORDZ which will be selling any DJ related or B-BOY records.
As far as the Korean DJ scene there is not much of DJs in Korea,
but here is my report anyway" ---
Korean DJ Scene by DJ Wreckx
YO YO YO~ this is SEOUL, capital city of Korea~ and this is
DJ Wreckx from Seoul sendin' the hottest Korean news.....well
let's just cut to the chase.,.,,,First the history: It was early
90's when Korea first discoverd HipHop and its culture and its
muzik. However, it was 0% reaction from people about DJing because
it occured just a bit during club music. Personally It was 1992
when I became SKRATCH DJ and I surely tell you that it was no
easy finding mixer for skratchin'. For the information, at that
time, Technics mark2 was $1200 per one, and the mixer that I used
for skratchin' which was in studio was long~ 12 channel mixer.
Under these kind of condition, it was hard for us to appeal easily
in public. But now Now Korea is changed 100% Properly all kinds
of DJin' eqipments were imported and users are increasin constanly.
Many people are very interested in DJin'. 'Til now Jay Smoke,
Qbert, Shorkut, Shadow, Honda, and A-trak are the
hiphop related DJs came to Korea and performed. Well it's not
so many people, but I strongly believe that Korean DJ Scene HAS
grown much for these excellent DJs came in and showed their play.
In Korea, through DJ Wreckx, first DJ performance appeared
in '96. There were small number of people (around 100-150), and
first TRACK for SKRATCH was shown to public in 2000 year by myself
DJ Wreckx. Through this track many people got interested in DJin'
field. (it is very awkward for me to talk about myself^^) There
are almost ten DJz including myself related to SKRATCH, and we
constantly show our play thru' clubs. (though not regularly).
Because our DJ scene is so small, more DJs can not be discovered
in this environment.
I believe I wrote bit gloomy didn' I ?? However, for the DJs
currently in active WILL develope others little by little. (I
humbly ask for opinion or advice from readers) well I thank you
for all you who read my long report, and by the time you have
read this we Korea DJs are reachin' up bit more than before.
Muzik iz my Life DJ WRECKX (firstname.lastname@example.org)
SHORTKUT & J-ROCC IN EIRE
by Tall Paul Lowe
Well it all went down in Dublin Oct 3rd at Ri-Ra when two of
the greatest DJ's to grace this earth and from my favourite DJ
crew the Beat Junkies: J.Rocc and Shortkut with
support hometown from DJ Tuk-Ki. First up our current
DMC and ITF champ DJ Tuk-Ki who was spinning some lovely
tunes and demonstrating skills that got him both these titles.
After Tuk's set J.Rocc was first up on the decks dropping some
lovely funk and classic soul and jazz breaks for everyone in the
This was a great start to the set. The tunes were just amazing
and the mixing was just seamless and the scratching was excellent
as well. I now understand how J. Rocc has the title of best Club
DJ in Hip Hop. And when Shortkut appeared on the scene everything
was complete. The two guys just got down to business ripping shit
up demonstrating to everyone how mixing and scratching should
be done. The two guys were really enjoying themselves and they
were really enjoying the reaction from the crowd also.
They took it in turns to impress the crowd with their solo routines
and their own individual sets while one was going through the
crates choosing the next couple of records or taking a drink.
The music they dropped was everything from soul, funk, Hip Hop
Old Skool to Reggae. And when they started to drop the Reggae
set I thought that roof was going to blow up everyone started
to get their groove on. As reggae, Dancehall and Ragga are very
big in Ireland. The guys ended the night by giving a demo of their
skills on the turntables it was pure poetry as one would say.
Everyone that was there went up to see the guys and thank them
for a wonderful set.