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Bay Area DJ News: Piklz in San Mateo, Deco All-Star Reunion, DJ Quest @ Carnival, DJ ALF in SF, Skratchpad, Mista B, True Justice

Posted by Billyjam, May 22, 2016 10:05am | Post a Comment

This is a good week for Bay Area fans of hip-hop DJs with lots of must attend turntablist events in the week ahead in the San Francisco Bay Area. These include the return of legendary SF 90s DJ club Deco, DJ Quest (pictured left @ Amoeba) curating a stage at next weekend's Carnival on day two May 29th, and Maryland DJ ALF flying out to SF for various events including the monthly Skratchpad and teaming up with Mista B and others including the aforementioned Quest and Six Kutter and DJ Zobe at DJ 2Fresh's new spot Gallery 1317 for session and screening of Positive Omen (see flyer below for info). Additionally in Bay DJ news long time Bay Area True Justice releasing an album on Paris' label, and the return of the mighty ISP.

The much heralded recent return of the Invisibl Skratch Piklz (ISP) has been taking full effect this weekend with the pioneering Bay Area turntablist crew's reunited members representing at the the Maker Faire in San Mateo. The official reunited ISP lineup, who recorded the new 2016 ISP album The 13th Floor, is the trio of DJ Qbert, Shortkut, and D-Styles who are pictured above this afternoon along with former ISP member Yogafrog who handles more of the business and management areas these days. In fact it is Yogafrog who, along with Qbert and others at their  Thud Rumble company, that masterminded the turntablism meets high-tech collaboration with Intel that landed them a spot at the Maker Faire a year ago exactly.

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Hip-Hop Rap-Up 10:09:15: Top 5 Albums, African Identity Memorial, Skratchpad, Lyrics Born, Dregs-One, Richie Cunning + more

Posted by Billyjam, October 9, 2015 09:41pm | Post a Comment
Amoeba Berkeley Hip-Hop Top Five Albums


1. Blackalicious Imani Vol. 1 (Black Mines)


2. Apollo Brown 
Grandeur (Mello Music Group)

3. Chief Keef Bang 3
(RBC Records)

4. The Underachievers Evermore: The Art of Duality (RPM) LP


5. Bleubird Lauderdale (Fake Four Inc.)

Skratchpad Celebrates Ten Year Anniversary With Big Skratch DJ Concert & Battle Tonight In San Francisco

Posted by Billyjam, August 8, 2013 02:04pm | Post a Comment
Tonight, Thursday August 8th, Skratchpad celebrates its ten year anniversary with a big scratch DJ party at Neck of The Woods at 408 Clement in San Francisco. Yes a full whole decade has passed since that unassuming foggy San Francisco night back in 2003 at Sublounge (20th Street off Third St in the Dogpatch district) when DJs Deeandroid and Celskiii and a group of fellow turntablist enthusiast DJ friends initiated  what would go on to become the leading (and only) regular  monthly DJ scratch session party in the entire San Francisco Bay Area. Been that the Bay Area, long considered the epicenter of the scratch DJ movement, was without any other regular club destination for those who love turntablism to go to perform at and/or enjoy others perform at soon solidified Skratchpad's reputation as being a very special place. Over the decade Skratchpad has relocated a few times around San Francisco venues - from  long gone Sublounge to Azul to The Cellar to its current location on Clement Street, Rockit Room, now known as Neck Of The Woods - all the while providing (and always no cover charge) an appreciated oasis for fans and participants of the scratch arts to gather and share in their somewhat marginalized hip-hop musical art form. Skratchpad is all done out of a shared love of the art form of skratch DJ as proven by the always free club's mission statement mantra of "No Cover, Just Culture"  plus a commitment to providing each month "Q & A Skratch Sessions// Party Rockin// Monthly Guest Showcases// Beats // with Prize Raffles & Giveaways."

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DJ Traps Wins 2013 SF Regional DMC Battle

Posted by Billyjam, April 29, 2013 12:00pm | Post a Comment

DJ Traps working his winning routine @ last night's 2013 San Franciso Regional DMC DJ Battle

Proving that you really can make lemonade out of lemons DJ Traps - last night's winner of the  2013 San Francisco Regional DMC DJ Battle - shared during his acceptance speech that his personal life had not been going so good lately but that, via his craft, he had managed to turn all that negativity into something positive. "I been through a lot of shit recently," admitted the winner of the prestigious DJ battle without going into detail. "But I took it all out here," he said gesturing towards the two turntable and mixer set up on which he had just done his stunning six minute winning routine of the heated, high caliber DJ battle.

The competition - the second annual Bay Area DMC Regional in a row after a noticeable six year gap of any DMC battles in the Bay - was a fun and talent-packed turntable competition that was as much a DJ battle as it was a reunion and gathering of Bay Area hip-hop DJs of the past few decades. In addition to young DJ cats like Santa Rosa competitor DJ Lazy Boy (aka Gregory The Great) there were OG Bay Area DJs like DJ Apollo, Pos Red, DJ Quest, and QBert who all started out in the 80's as well as next generation DJs like Teeko, Snayk Eyez, and Golden Chyld who arrived on the scene in the 90's. The whole event, that ran from mid afternoon into the evening at Neck of The Woods on Clement St. in San Francisco, exuded good vibes and a shared love by all in the house for hip-hop DJ'ing and scratch music. DJ Lazy Boy, who placed third in the competition, said during his acceptance speech onstage with DJ Apollo - the MC of the night - that he had grown up listening to the Triple Threat DJ crew (the Bay Area supergroup featuring Apollo along with Shortkut and Vin Roc - another one of the night's judges) and that he used to practice his DJing to, using routines done by Apollo as his template, noting that "it was an honor" to now be onstage alongside his turntable hero.
 
Following a great warm up set by Mista B, who dug deep in his crates to spin lots of old school and golden era classics (Grandmaster Flash + Furious Five featuring Melle Mel, Run DMC, Audio Two, etc.) plus a bunch of throwbacks from the Bay Area including IMP/Cougnut and Rated X/C-Funk, the SF DMC battle started with the first round of each of eight DJs doing two minute routines.

The State of Turntablism/Skratch Music in 2011: Part 2 with Christie Z Pabon, DJ Slyce, DJ Quest, Snayk Eyez, DJ ALF, DJ Needlz, ThatKidNamedCee, & Jimmy The Hideous Penguin

Posted by Billyjam, October 7, 2011 12:26pm | Post a Comment
Coinciding with the ongoing 2011 DMC World DJ Championships happening currently in London, England at the 02 Arena's Indig02 this is the second in a two-part Amoeblog series on the current state of turntablism/skratch music (here's yesterday's Amoeblog). Note that the results for the DMC World DJ Championship battles (which end by midnight Friday, Oct 7th, UK time = 4pm West Coast time) will be published tomorrow in the Hip-Hop Weekly Rap Up Amoeblog. As you know turntablism is a musical form born out of hip-hop by the DJ but not given an actual name until  the mid nineties when DJ Babu coined the term turntablism to describe the DJ as a turntable manipulation artist - one as worthy of respect as any other musical instrumentalist. By that stage I personally had already been a convert for a good decade and a half to this infectious component of hip-hop music. In fact when I first heard hip-hop in its formative days I was drawn more to the DJ than the MC. And ever since I've been hooked on the sound of scratching and spellbound by beat juggling and all the other skilled moves that the DJ as mixer & turntable master so effortlessly throws down. To me this musical style, unique to hip-hop and whose pioneers included Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash, and Grand Wizzard Theodore (creator of the scratch), has always been deserving of its own genre or at least sub-genre.  And as a diehard fan and supporter of DJ scratching from hip-hop's earliest days when I first heard in the late 70's through all the years later up to and beyond including that point when QBert altered the spelling of the word from scratch to skratch, I have thoroughly enjoyed closely following its evolvement; warmly witnessing turntablim/skratch music's creative growth as it blossomed with a seemingly never ending array of new sounds generated by an ever-progressing arsenal of new styles and techniques been added to this vibrant art form. 

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