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Legendary Turntablist/Producer & US DMC DJ Battle Champ DJ Rectangle Currently In Battle Against Cancer

Posted by Billyjam, November 9, 2017 02:07pm | Post a Comment

Legendary turntablist, producer, and US DJ battle champion DJ Rectangle is currently in a battle for his life against cancer. Unfortunately the prolific producer (creator of a long list of widely used DJ battle/break records as well as numerous megamixes) does not have any savings and his medical insurance is minimal, and consequently does not nearly cover the costs he faces for cancer treatment. Born Scott Kluesner the Nevada based turntable artist is currently in intensive care in a Las Vegas hospital with collapsed lungs. Close friends of Kluesner's, including Rosalie Zito and Lupe Figuera Hernandez, have set up a GoFundMe page to help offset the mounting medical costs and to ultimately save his life. Set up a four weeks ago the GoFundMe campaign at first got a strong response. But that initial generous reaction by many seems to have faltered with the money raised stagnating at about $3500, leaving it with a long way to go in reaching its goal of $250,000.
 
DJ Rectangle’s illustrious career (that included a Grammy nomination) kicked into full gear upon winning the prestigious 1993 US DMC Championship DJ battle (see video below of his spellbinding winning performance). That led to his prolific recording career (namely the aforementioned DJ battle record tools and his mixes) as well as his performance career both solo and more notably with such high profile artists as Warren G (he was the official tour DJ for the Def Jam artist) and R. Kelly and Jermaine Dupri. Additionally he worked on remixes and production for a string of artists including Xzibit and50 Cent.

DJ Rectangle’s impressive output of battle records over the past two-plus decades have included such vinyl as 1993’s The Ultimate Battle Weapon (a staple by many DJs) on Twist-N-Tangle and reissued a few years later by Ground Control as part one of an ongoing series that included Ultimate Ultimate Battle Weapon Vol. 7.0   (hear side A of Vol 2  below). Then there were such other battle/break records as Gorilla Beats N' ScratchesThe Vinyl Avengers Volume One,  and The Scratch Masters Revenge Vol. 1 to name but a handful.

DJ Rectangle's 1993 DMC US Finals winning routine


Meanwhile DJ Rectangle's megamix artist remix releases include 2000’s Vinyl Combat, the 47 track 2CD set Deadly Needles / The Tables Have Turned, and last year’s intense quick mix 67 track CD megamix  DJ Rectangle ‎– A Blazing Ape. More recently released and with more tracks was his 89 track CD Deadly Needles Volume 3
that alternated tracks of him doing sick ass turntablism routines (“Unstoppable Flare Cuts,” “Cybotron Orbit Scratch,”  “Cut Creator Scratch” etc.) with popular contemporary hip-hop artists such as 
2 Chainz, A$AP Rocky, Maino, and Rich Homie Quan.  That most recent release from DJ Rectangle is from just earlier this year when everything seemed to going okay and before the reality of his lung cancer became apparent. If you can afford it, please support DJ Rectangle’s fight against cancer GoFundMe page.   


DJ Rectangle "Ultimate Battle Weapon Vol. 2 (Side A, 3 Tracks) "

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