DJ JS-1's Guest-Packed Album "It Is What It Isn't" Proves That Hip-Hop Is Alive and Well

Posted by Billyjam, October 19, 2014 05:46pm | Post a Comment

If you prefer your hip-hop rooted in the traditional golden era style and with a respect for the four elements of the culture including the DJ as turntablist - then DJ JS-1's recommended new album It Is What It Isn’t is the hip-hop album for you. This latest release from the longtime New York City boom bap producer / scratch DJ - that arrived in Amoeba this past week care of his Ground Original imprint with distribution from Fat Beats - is back-to-back quality hip-hop that's more like a rich hip-hop compilation due to the long list of talented emcees that join the instrumentalist throughout its 21 tracks.

JS-1's impressive list of emcee collaborators is a balance of emcees that have been consistently putting it down since the golden era to an array of new school innovators. That long list numbers a few dozen hip-hop artists and includes KRS-One, O.C, Ras Kass,  Buckshot, Erick Sermon, Homeboy Sandman, Sadat X, Murs, Fashawn, Wordsworth, Torae, Kyle Rapps, Blacastan, Professor X, A.G., C-Rayz Walz, and the Artifacts' El Da Sensei and Tame One to name but some. 

A full-time b-boy and lifelong dedicated hip-hopper the Queens, NY DJ JS-1 began his career two decades ago. He was a member of the Rocksteady Crew. As well as been a hip-hop DJ with a talent for scratching he was also a graffiti artist who went by the name JERMS.

He's been the tour deejay for Rahzel, and has worked with the likes of Common, Big Daddy Kane, KRS-One, Masta Ace, and Kool G Rap. It Is What It Isn't, which is DJ JS-1's sixth full-length album, is his most ambitious to date. With it he sets out to present in a cohesive presentation the best of hip-hop from the past few decades up to the present. The album's lead single - released as a 7" three weeks ago -  "Turn the Tables" features legendary DITC member O.C. and sets the tone for the album - one punctuated by DJ JS-1's swift turntablist techniques - that shows respect for where hip-hop came from. Video with the track below. Buy the album It Is What It Isn’t.

DJ JS-1 "Turn the Tables (feat O.C.)" (2014)

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