Last Night a DJ Saved My Life

 

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Many years ago, I saw the X-ecutioners perform live and it forever shifted my perspective of DJs. Gone were the thoughts of just some cat at a party digging through someone’s mom’s record collection, replaced by the DJ as the artists. The mix master and musical therapist. Whether coming through your speakers, or live in the flesh at a club, party or concert, the DJ connects all the pieces of the puzzle and sets the tone and keeps it moving.

I’m talking about the DJs who learned by getting their hands dirty digging through crates and selecting that perfect piece of vinyl. Those who lug crates of music and equipment back and forth, who fight with every fiber of their being the impending transition to digital. The one who knows that a slight shift in rhythm can take you from Cuba to Haiti to Jamiaca to Puerto Rico and back. One whose musical repertoire and library is so diverse, the United Nations is jealous

When you hit that night spot, be it club, lounge or house party, the DJ is the one that will lift your mood. Not the hot piece of ass across the room, not the bottle of liquid therapy calling your name from the bar, but the DJ. With a carefully calculated spin, they’ll set the mood, change your mind- and if their really good, play the right song to get you laid. (I’m just saying…. if you got rhythm on the dance floor…)

The DJ is the true griot of this digital era. MCs and singers many have the mic, but the DJ is the one weaving all the stores together, creating the tapestry that tells this generation’s tale. Be it a crime story, a party tune, a dutty wine, the nimble fingers of the DJ can caress, finesse and tease out all the intricate nuances a casual listen wouldn’t ever capture.

So this one goes out to the DJs: the party starters, the soundscape artists, the musical therapists who always hold it down. Shout out Evil Tracy, Mr. Cisum, DJ Lo Kash, DJ Kid Fresh, Benhameen and the Ruling Class Crew and of course, the classiest one of them all, DJ Snowhite.

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23 Responses to “Last Night a DJ Saved My Life”

  1. Phuque Says:

    First.

  2. Phuque Says:

    Excellent post greenie…the many DJ friends I have feel as though they go unnoticed, not realizing that they are the most important part of this Hip-hop music ish…if they go, it’s a wrap….

  3. green eyes Says:

    thank you phuque.

  4. L.P.CROOKS Says:

    Wow…I actually forgot that there was a time when Djs did more than play the latest hits
    Damn Greenie, I aint know you were ol’skool

  5. Big Homie Says:

    Guess the wait paid off with another great post. Dj’s play a maaaajor role in Hip Hop.

    Its like when someone skips a cd or messes with your car radio and someone says “Oh you playin Dj?” Djing is more then just playing hits. Skills are required, taste of music, getting your hands on some rare vinyl..etc. Its an art. Props to all Djs worldwide.

  6. green eyes Says:

    im full of surprises. but seriously, this almost started as “i hate wack djs” but i thought id celebrate the positive instead. give shine to those holding it down, maybe educate some young folks

  7. Big Homie Says:

    BTW: Benhameen be tearing them turntables up at Love Nightclub. Should see the crowds reaction on the floor. But that is when I am sober. When I am drunk I tend to be in my own lil world and do not remember shit. This past Friday around 11ish he had the ol school playing on the 1st floor and the entire people were bugging to the great oldies. New Edition, Prince,…etc

  8. Furiou$tylez Says:

    DJ Whoooooooooooooooooooooo Kidddddddddddddd

    is the greatest deejay ever….

  9. candyraindrops Says:

    good post greeniie……. remembers *DJ Kiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiid Caaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaapri* ..lol

  10. Fidel Cashflow Says:

    When you hit that night spot, be it club, lounge or house party, the DJ is the one that will lift your mood. Not the hot piece of ass across the room
    ^^^^
    blasphemy

    my only reason for going to clubs is slutty women

  11. Fidel Cashflow Says:

    GANGSTA GRIZZZIIILLLLS

    CAAAANNNNNNOOONNNN

  12. the audience Says:

    Great post Ms. Green

    DJ’s are the foundation, cornerstone, backbone and any other cliche-ic term you want to use to decribe this thing we call hip-hop….

  13. G7 Says:

    I seen DJ Premier do a set for two hours just spinning all the work he produced and other classics, mostly from the 90’s. It was incredible!! And I got a pic of me and him shaking hands on stage after the show. I won.

  14. green eyes Says:

    ^^ nice

  15. O.G. Says:

    the nimble fingers of the DJ can caress, finesse and tease

    ^yo, u a freak yo. lemme hit it i dj

  16. G7 Says:

    *Drama King crickets*

  17. Big Homie Says:

    G7 Says:

    August 8th, 2007 at 12:07 pm
    I seen DJ Premier do a set for two hours just spinning all the work he produced and other classics, mostly from the 90’s. It was incredible!! And I got a pic of me and him shaking hands on stage after the show. I won.

    ^^ I didnt take a pic with him, but I saw the same show. He was in D.C. and was on the tables for like a few hours spinning everythign he created. It was bananas. Everybody was just standing their watching him and rocking to whatever he played. He brought back alot of memories with those classic. Premo is truely the illest producer and Dj in the game. Hands down.

  18. The-XFacta Says:

    I remember as a kid I would listen to dj’s cutting and scratching more than listening to the lyrics… If you really know you hip hop history then you’d know the dj was the shit back in the days.. The MC was just a hanger-on aka Ty Ty

  19. Jamz Says:

    It’s tuff for DJs these days, but all is not lost just yet! I remember when I Jazzy Jeff live on the turntables for the first time back in the day, and he did things that I still haven’t seen done by anyone else with those records.

  20. lo k Says:

    big shout to miss greena comfort!

    it really is hard not to deal with the digital these days… it’s so sad how hard it is to find a lot of things on vinyl these days…

  21. lo k Says:

    I still go out and get my hands dirty diggin thru some dusty records… it’s relaxing.. and nothing is better than finding that track for a dollar that you know you’re gonna be able to turn out the next party with…

    I don’t think I’m an ugly guy, but I’ve never gotten the attention from the ladies that people always think the stereotypical dj gets… I do have nimble fingers tho…

  22. The-XFacta Says:

    When LL came out he had BobCat and Cutcreator scrath for like 30 minutes on Video Music Box…. That was the highlight of 1986 to me… lol

  23. lo k Says:

    yeah… as cliche as it is to say, I’ll still never forget the first time I heard Rockit by Herbie Hancock with Grandmixer DXT on it… I just remember thinking that the sound was insane…

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