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2017 DMC Bay Area Regional DJ Battle: Illustrated Report by Photojournalist James Mak @ Joysco Photos

Posted by Billyjam, April 25, 2017 01:08pm | Post a Comment

Frequent Amoeblog contributor, photojournalist James Mak of Joysco Photos provides all of the images  for this illustrated report on the 2017 DMC Bay Area DJ Battle that took place over this past weekend at
The Uptown in Oakland. The annual regional battle, for which the winner goes on to represent the Bay Area against DJ from all over the US in the national DMC US Finals during the summer, was won by Ichy The Killer. The hard working, talented turntablist is pictured above during his winning set and also in winners pic left after the battle results were announced in which he is pictured center with second place contestant DJ LazyBoy (left) and runner up/third place battle DJ Mike Cee (right).  The many photos below, for which you can scroll over for additional text data, include various Bay Area battle DJ contestants, guest performer DJ Traps, battle host  BAS-One, US DMC boss Christie Zee who flew out from NYC for the battle, judges including DJ Cue, Quest, Pos Red, Shortkut, Vin Roc, Snayk Eyez, Mista B, and Teeko, and event attendees including DJ Marz, Davey D, and DJ Daryl of 415 and No Limit and producer of 2Pac's "Keep Your Head Up" fame. These wonderful photos by James Mak capture a night that was more than simply a 2017 DJ battle, but also an historic gathering of different generations of Bay Area hip-hop DJs, tracing this rich regional cultural movement all the way back to the early 1980's. Thanks to photojournalist James Mak of Joysco Photos for sharing his work with the Amoeblog.  For more on the upcoming 2017 DMC battles watch this space and visit the official  DMC DJ Champs website.

DJ Traps & Bas-One Suggest How Tonight's 2017 DMC Bay Area DJ Regional Battle @ The Uptown Could Be Even Better

Posted by Billyjam, April 21, 2017 11:42am | Post a Comment


This weekend the 2017 DMC Regional Battles move west to California to the Bay and LA. In LA on Sunday afternoon, April 23rd, the Southern California 2017 DMC Los Angeles and the DMC US Scratch Finals will take place at Club Bleu Meanwhile the 2017 DMC Bay Area DJ Regional Battle is happening tonight, Friday April 21st, in Oakland at the Uptown at 9pm. There hip-hop turntable competitors from all over the Bay will converge to go into DJ battle against one another showcasing skills they've tirelessly practices for months on end. Then their performances will be studied and graded by a panel of judges that will include such respected figures of the vibrant longtime Bay Area DJ scene as DJ Cue, Pos Red, Vin Roc, Snayk Eyez, Mista B, and Teeko. Whoever impresses the judges the most to become the winner of the Regional, will in turn go on to rep the Bay Area in the 2017 DMC Nationals later this summer.   Last year DJ Traps won the Bay Regional title and consequently went on to the US Finals which he also won. Traps will be at tonight's battle, but as a performer doing both a showcase set (similar to a battle routine) and an extended partyrocking set. Meantime the host of tonight's event will be hip-hop scholar, emcee, and longtime Bboy BAS-One who will be sure keep the crowd both entertained and educated. Today the Amoeblog talked to both DJ Traps and BAS-One

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Tonight's 2017 DMC NYC Regional DJ Battle @ The Highline Ballroom Is A Reminder That The Annual DJ Battle Season is Well Underway

Posted by Billyjam, March 19, 2017 11:49am | Post a Comment


As the new year is less new and the weeks/months have quickly slipped by leaving us in the second half of March 2017, we are back into the annual DJ battle season. And tonight in New York City one of themost important turntable showdowns (and typically first of the Regional DMCs) takes place with the 2017
DMC NYC Regional DJ Battle. The battle winner tonight will in turn face off against the winners from all
the upcoming Regional USA DMC battle winners in the summer 2017 USA battle. That winner (last year it was DJ Traps - left) will go on to rep the US in the 2017 DMC World Championships held in London in approx six months from now. This year taking place at the new location of the Highline Ballroom in the Chelsea district of Manhattan the NYC DMC Regional will feature an impressive list of registered battle DJs: some of whom could be future stars.. This evening's 6pm to 11pm event features a nice balance of new and seasoned turntablists battling it out on the ones and twos (full list below) plus impressive showcase and party rockin' sets from DJ Shiftee and DJ Nelson. And who knows, maybe the event's always entertaining and multi-talented host Lord Finesse might do an impromptu DJ performance as the veteran hip-hopper has in the past.
At this evening's big event the list of registered battle DJs includes longtime competitor/two time
US DMC champ DJ Esquire out of  Brooklyn (see video below of him battling DJ Cleancut in 2012 US Finals), the 2009 DMC US Supremacy Champ DJ Supreme the Global Reset, the 2014 NYC DMC champ (see video below) and 2014 US runner up DJ Dwells,  the 2012 Roc Raida Gong DJ Battle Champ repping Maryland DJ As-One, and tireless regular competitor who's never afraid to push the envelope: John Swan out of Brooklyn NY. The other registered competitors for tonight include The Don Santos: (Brighton MA), Icecold Chet (Knockemstiff OH), Bobby Bangers (Boston MA), D Spliff (NY, NY),  DJ AJ (New Britain CT), Dj Xcalibur aka Mad Max (Harlem, NY), Ned Nice  (Brooklyn NY),  DJ Polarity (Bronx NY), DJ Hear No Evil (Mount Vernon NY), DJ Gremlinz (Shirley MA), DJ Flav (Springfield Gardens NY),  DJ Nick Diablo (Hillsdale NJ), DJ Stay High (Elmhurst, NY),  DJ C2 (Brooklyn NY), DJ Mika (Brooklyn NY),    Robbie Wilde (Union NJ), DJ Runrie (Brooklyn NY),  Finger Smith (Brooklyn NY), and New Jersey's Infa-J.

USA DMC Champ DJ Traps @ DMC World DJ Championship Finals 2016 In London with Bay Area DJ Primed To Take New World Title

Posted by Billyjam, September 23, 2016 03:13pm | Post a Comment

Skilled Bay Area competitive turntable artist DJ Traps, who won last month's 2016 USA DMC Finals at the New Parish in Oakland (scroll down for full review), is now consequently over in London, England for tomorrow's big 2016 DMC World DJ Championship Finals. There he will represent the USA in the prestigious global DJ competition against the national champions from seventeen different countries including Japan, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, China, Brazil, Canada, and the hosting UK. Despite some stiff competition, Traps is considered a favorite. He possesses all the necessary qualities for winning the new DMC World title.

Another California DJ representing the USA, will be LA's Etronik who won the 2016 DMC US Supremacy Champion title. Also in from Cali will be the Invisibl Skratch Piklz' D-Styles, Shortkut, and Qbert. The Bay Area DJ trio will be doing a headlining performance of their new LP The 13th Floor,  like they did at Amoeba Berkeley recently. The Sept 24th day long (2pm - 11pm) event takes place at The Forum on Highgate Road in  Kentish Town where it will be hosted by Inja and Billy Biznizz. Among the day's many performers will be Killa Kela & The Spitkingdom Soundsystem, and ever creative UK DJ Woody who'll be previewing tracks off his upcoming album The Point Of Contact. Woody will also join DJ Fong Fong in teaching a DJ Workshop. Other hip-hop workshops will include a PopMaster Fabel curated one on popping and locking by the visiting Rocksteady Crew legend. More DMC World DJ Championship Finals info here and / or see flyers below.

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Historic Event For A City That Once Banned Rap, Oakland's Hiero Day 2016 Elevated It To Best Damn Hip-Hop Festival Ever

Posted by Billyjam, September 7, 2016 07:07am | Post a Comment

Oakland's annual all day hip-hop festival, Hiero Day 2016 that took place two days ago, was both amazing and historic. Only in its fifth year, the Hieroglyphics collective curated event has not only already established itself as the best annual music and cultural festival in The Town (Oakland). But this annual Labor Day's sold-out, talent-packed, festival comprised of three different concert stages, each offering top notch and totally diverse hip-hop acts, elevated Hiero Day into the best damn hip-hop festival anywhere! Attended by respectful hip-hop fans of all generations and races, but each sharing an appreciation for all styles of hip-hop, Hiero Day 2016 exuded the most positive, peaceful, uplifting vibe of any hip-hop event of its scale that I have ever witnessed anywhere. And that prevailing positive vibe that permeated the air on Monday all seemed to fuel  the energy of the acts on stage and their tight sets. Monday's diverse list of over 50 performers included Too $hort, Paris, the Invisibl Skratch Piklz, Dilated Peoples, Murs, Mr. Lif, Just Blaze, Young L, and the Hieros themselves.. 

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