THE DJ IS THE CORNERSTONE OF HIP-HOP
Welcome to Da Spiritual Minded Radio Show – Episode 118
Hey DJ (A TRIBUTE TO THE DJ) With AJ ROK da professional hip-hop junkie
This is a special edition of SMR to spotlight, highlight the DJ, the importance of the DJ, pay tribute to some of the pioneers.
From the very beginning of hip-hop the DJ has been a staple and very important part of hip-hop. It was the DJs that owned all the equipment including the microphones, tapped into electricity for the light-posts. The DJ had a few emcees grab a mic and let the crowd know who he or she was. The the emcee was like by the way my name is emcee so and so. Then the next rapper got up and said a few words about themselves. Sometime afterwards record companies started snatching up a few of the rappers and giving them record deals. With the exception of the groups that had the DJ’s name in the group (ie; Grandmaster Flash & The Furious 5, DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince, Kool G Rap & Polo to name a few) the DJs weren’t on the contracts just the rappers. I was part of one of the few groups, JVC FORCE where our DJ was actually a member of the group and on the contract.
But the artists couldn’t perform without a DJ, some rappers would grab whatever DJ they could, till the industry found a way to for artists to perform without the expense of a DJ. The DAT tape was one of the many moves that pushed the DJ to the side. Record labels making albums and singles available, cassette and CD format but started pressing less and less vinyl. Now artists just send mp3s via email and send download codes and press even less vinyl.
Some DJs like Kid Capri, who would get hired to perform at various venues and events started to demand as much money as the rap artists, since he was one of the many responsible for the artists have hits thru his appearances and many mixtapes (oh yeah personal vent, a mixtape isnt a mixtape if it doesn’t have a DJ mixing the tracks, its just a free promotional CD, somewhere the true meaning of mixtapes have also gotten lost, many put out what they call mixtapes without the presence of a DJ on it, ok but I digress, just had to get that off my chest.)
The purpose of this episode is to try and document and put out something to show the importance of The DJ. Hip-Hop as we know it wouldn’t and couldn’t exist without the DJ. Artists and labels now try to make a radio or mixtape DJ pay for the music, when its the DJ that helps promote your music and introduces it to people so you can sell more record.
And by the way for the record, as I started in this game as a DJ what I do right now makes me a radio personality not a DJ, many don’t know the difference I happen to be a DJ, but I have to much respect to call what I do on the radio as DJing! I pray you check out the show, learn something, are entertained and leave having more respect for the DJ than you did before the show! As always comments are not only encouraged but are welcomed, let me know what you think! My name is AJ ROK and I’m a professional hip-hop junkie, holla at ya boy!!!
EPISODE 118 PLAYLIST
Get Started – The X-Ecutioners
DJ Cue & DJ Radikal rocking at T-Reps Bday Party
A Throwback DJ Premier Interview (Street Vibes Video Show)
Hey Mr. DJ – Zhane
DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince Live In London 1988 (Capitol Radio)
The History Of The DJ – AJ ROK
Hey DJ – The World Famous Supreme Team
Quote from Quote Christ Radio talks about The DJ
DJ Sean Blue Mix
GrandMaster Flash & Jam Master Jay
Get Started – The X-Ecutioners