Wednesday, May 23, 2007


*man, i always wanted one of these.*

for lots of reasons, really (like dj spinna, like wex wednesdays at angels & kings, like the movie juice, like the wonderful shine of technics 1200s, etc)... today wex wednesdays is going to talk about my favorite deejays of all-time.

i could talk about deejay's forever. on and on. to me, they're the one of the most important pieces of modern music history. when done right, a great live deejay can bring a crowds collective emotions full circle. and that's what it's really about anyway. music. it's about making you feel something.

i'll stop my trip there. just to save everybody from a conversation they'll probably have with me in person anyway.

even though they are numbered, these are in no particular order, i love all these guys. and if you ever see their name on a flyer, go pay the fifteen bucks or whatever to see them. you won't regret it.

1. MixMasterMike - he's the total package. scratchin, mixing, party rockin, show deejay, etc.
2. Afrika Bambaataa - i've heard crazy things about his crates.
3. Jazzy Jeff - amazing personality.
4. Biz Markie - yup, amazing collection of records. knows what's dope.
5. Peanut Butter Wolf - trades 45's with the above.
6. Babu - probably the best "show" deejay working today.
7. Cash Money - one of the founding fathers.
8. Grand Master Flash - pioneer.
9. Grand Wizard Theodore - brought the idea of scratching records to the mainstream.
10. Z-Trip - just plain fun to see live. he popularized the now bastardized art of the mash-up.

have a good day.

dj wex.


Blogger Russ the Bus said...

DJ Dummy (Common's DJ) is NASTY on the cuts. very very nasty.

Primo gets it jumpin live. he opened for ghostface and slick rick last year, and he Moved the Crowd better than any MC i've ever seen beside KRS. the way he got the room involved on Come Clean was beautiful.

3:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At Coachella, Dummy showed his prowess by breaking out such hip-hop obscurities as "It Takes Two."

4:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yea, dummy is good. but he def does the "dj obvious" type of spinnin sometimes. not to say i've never spun 'it takes two'... but yeah, this aint about me.

i was at that nokia show, russ. and i thought primos set was pretty EH. why? well, he fuckin yells too much. stop yelling over the records. please. and he only played his own shit. granted, his beats are legendary, but that's a little weird. also, his moment with jeru was not on-par with ours. why? he put on the version WITH the vocals first, realized his mistake, and made jeru come out again, ruining all momentum. also, primo suffers from the "dj a.d.d." syndrome too. let the record play man. this applies to mr cee too.

he used to make great beats. but to me, dj premier is not a good live dj.

4:11 PM  
Blogger Russ the Bus said...

yeah, i guess its prety easy to get a crowd worked up when you only play primo beats. its kinda shootin ducks in a barrel-ish. whatever, i had a great time. plus, i'm a big crowd watcher at shows, and its rare to see people get so involved in a dj set.
and that jeru appearance was extremely disappointing. i absolutely HATE when the recorded vocals are playing behind an emcee. after they got it right, nokia cut the mic off and the lights on in the middle of jeru's freestyle. that was awful.

i stand by Dummy though. i really liked what he did with "it takes two." the kid's got skills

4:43 PM  
Blogger Charlie said...

i second biz. he did a few eves down at UVA when i was a studious fellow, and the shit was off the captain hook. ya heard.

9:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't listen to Wex. Primo's the most unintentionally entertaining DJ ever. It's like watching Sam Kinison spin. You get the feeling he has the same angry, militant tone doing anything in life and that's funny.

9:51 PM  
Blogger Kev frum BROOKLYN! said...

I've seen GWT spin live...intense and insane.

I saw BIZ spin like 14 years ago down in Orlando and I remember thinking how seemless he was, well that and oh shit, that's Biz Markie!!!

Wyclef did a set after his concert years back when The Carnival had just dropped and he had amazing song selection.

On the local level, DJ Snatch 1 is one of the best party/club djs I've heard. Every party he's spun, I've had an amazing night.

10:05 PM  
Blogger Charlie said...

word, kev. i saw wyclef spin for a few hours after he did a concert with tribe at cornell (when i was a studious fellow on another go around) - he was nice.

10:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I can't wait until Josh returns so we can verbally defenestrate you. We were at that Tribe/Wyclef show and Wyclef's "set" was easily the SINGLE WORST DJ set I have ever seen.

For the folks who weren't there, I shall give my abridged version of the set.

Clef: "Anyone here like Wu-Tang?"
Crowd Cheers.
Clef drops Wu-Tang and just stands there doing nothing.
Clef: "Anyone here like Pun?"
Crowd Cheers.
Clef drops Pun and just stands there doing nothing.

Repeat for 30-60 minutes.

And that he did that at a hip-hop mecca like Cornell, the "Mobb Deep" of the Ivy League is a double crime.

11:09 PM  
Blogger Russ the Bus said...

its fish in a barrel, butthead

11:20 PM  
Blogger Charlie said...

j-old. that didn't happen at the show i saw. stop hatin.

7:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Josh will back me up when he returns.

10:48 AM  
Blogger Charlie said...

i wouldn't doubt that you saw what you think you saw. what i doubt is that we were at the same show. the show you went to - what year, what time of year roughly (season)?

10:38 PM  

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