DJ Woody's Excellent New Video Mix Shows His Love of '90's Hip-Hop & Pop Culture

Posted by Billyjam, September 4, 2012 10:03am | Post a Comment

           Big Phat 90's Mixtape from DJ Woody on Vimeo.

DJ Woody  is an amazingly gifted DJ who works in both audio and  video formats - and expertly in each. The UK DJ, who came to fame as an accomplished battle DJ (ITF, DMC, Vestax), not only impressively utilizes the the video scratch/mix format in the hip-hop DJ turntable tradition but this this gifted guy manages to take it  to a whole other next level. This skill he instantly demonstrates in his latest mind-blowing audio/video production above, Big Phat 90's Mixtape which is a pleasing flashback to the highlights (hip-hop and pop culture) of that bygone decade's years with many featured tracks from the first part of the decade - aka the latter half of hip-hop's much heralded Golden Era.

The instantly engaging, brand new, intricately assembled 45-minute, audio visual production is made in "video mixtape" format and, as such, is equally enjoyable to just listen to or watch and listen. Big Phat 90's Mixtape is also the 35 year DJ's salute to his favorite decade: the 1990's - hip-hop and beyond.  Fresh back in the UK from some doing some gigs in Russia over the weekend I caught up with the British talent born Lee Woodbine to ask him a few questions on hip-hop in the 90's,  and also what went into making this impressive video music mix.

Amoeblog: How long did this video mix take you to produce?

DJ Woody: I'm a strong believer in DIY. I used to work as a graphic designer so I do all the graphic design, logo's, animations, video edits etc. myself. It takes a while but this mix definitely took a lot less time than my first AV project Turntables In Technicolor which was nearly all original animation. I'd say this one was a hardcore four weeks with bit of tweaking afterwards.

Amoeblog:  What is the main reason you love the 90's?

DJ Woody: As a kid growing up in the 80's hip hop made the biggest impact on me but i was too young then to go to clubs and a little too young to really get involved in the culture with the older kids. The 90's were my teens, I hit 13 in 1990, got turntables in '92 and started going to clubs in 93, i paid my dues and by '99 I was competing on the battle scene. 90's hip hop is the soundtrack to so many great memories and formative experiences for me.

Amoeblog: If you could only pick three what would your top three 90's hip-hop singles be?

DJ Woody:
Damn that is literally impossible to give you a definitive three but I'll just give you three that still make me go nuts if I hear them in a club…

"Passin Me By"  The Pharcyde
"Chief Rocka"  Lords Of The Underground
"Scenario"  A Tribe Called Quest & LONS

Amoeblog: And what would your all time favorite Top 3 1990's hip-hop albums be?

DJ Woody:
Two of these are pretty obvious choices but they are classic for a reason. I would have serious issues if i were told i could never listened to any of these three albums again. Hijack were an amazing UK group, their LP was released on Ice T's Rhyme Syndicate in 91. Technically speaking much of this LP was recorded in the late 80's which is evident stylistically, but it's one of the dopest hip hop LP's of all time so it goes in there.

Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde - The Pharcyde
Illmatic - Nas
Horns Of Jericho - Hijack

Amoeblog: Like you and so many others I too love 90's hip-hop but is our love of the 90's perhaps mired in nostalgia - IE In twenty years from now will hip-hop fans coming up today look back lovingly at hip-hop made in this decade - or is there something special about the 90's hip-hop that transcends age/generation?

DJ Woody: It's hard not to be biased as the nostalgia element does no doubt bare some significance but for me this period was golden because hip hop was still young enough to be developed yet developed enough to be mastered, if you know what i mean. Each year presented new ideas and so we had lots of originality and diversity in hip hop. That wasn't limited to the music but also culturally, just look at the development and creativity of the DJ/turntablist scene throughout the 90's!

Amoeblog: Last question - Of all the artists in your mix what "90's hip-hop" artist is still relevant today in terms of must- hear hip-hop?

DJ Woody: For most this will be Dr. Dre but for me personally that's gotta be De La Soul, undoubtedly the most consistent hip-hop group throughout raps history. I still get really excited about any of their output.

Amoeblog: Do you have a playlist for Big Phat 90's Mixtape?

DJ Woody:  Sure, here you go:

Showbiz & AG "Party Groove (Edit)"

Blu Rum 13
  "90's Special"

Gang Starr  "DWYCK (Instrumental)"

LL Cool J
"Momma Said Knock You Out"

A Tribe Called Quest
"I Left My Wallet In El Segundo
(Norman Cook remix)"

A Tribe Called Quest
"Can I Kick It?"

Gang Starr
"Just To Get A Rep (Instrumental)"

De La Soul
"Ring Ring Ring"

Black Sheep
"The Choice Is Yours (Revisited)"

Naughty By Nature

Nice & Smooth
"Hip Hop Junkies (Acappella)"

Del Tha Funky Homosapien

Cypress Hill
"How I Could Just Kill A Man (Instrumental)"

Eric B & Rakim
"Don't Sweat The Technique (Instrumental)"

Kris Kross
  "Jump Jump"

House Of Pain
"Jump Around (Instrumental)"

The Pharcyde
  "Oh Shit"

  "Uh Oh (Loop)"

  "Return Of The Boom Bap (Loop)"

Souls Of Mischief
  "93 Til Infinity"

Wu Tang Clan "C.R.E.A.M (Acappella)"

KRS-One   "Sound Of The Police"

Cypress Hill "Insane In The Brain"

Dr. Dre "Nuthin' But A G Thang (feat. Snoop Doggy Dogg)"

Portishead "Sour Times (Loop)"

Beastie Boys "Sure Shot (Acappella)"

Jeru The Damaja "Static (Loop)"

Gang Starr "Code Of The Streets"

Notorious B.I.G. "Unbelievable (Instrumental)"

Notorious B.I.G.  "Juicy (Acappella)"

The Pharcyde

Skee-Lo  "I Wish (Acappella)"

Ol' Dirty Bastard "Shimmy Shimmy Ya (Acappella)"

Mobb Deep "Shook Ones Pt. II (Loop)"

Dr Dre & 2Pac "Cafifornia Love"

Fugees "Ready Or Not (Acappella)"

DJ Shadow "Bear Witness (Loop)"

The Luniz  "I Got 5 On It"

Blackstreet  "No Diggedy"

Busta Rhymes "Woo-Hah! (Acappella)"

Reprazent & Roni Size "Brown Paper Bag"

The Aspects
"Yes Please (Woodypella)"

Beastie Boys "Body Movin' (Acappella)"

Jurassic 5  "Jayou (Instrumental)"

Mr Scruff "Spandex Man"

Dr Dre  "Next Episode (Acappella Woody rerub)"

Blackalicious "Alphabetic Aerobics (Instrumental)"

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