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Final Round in 2019 DMC US Regional Battle Series, Exemplified High Level DJ Skills & Evolvement of Regionals in DMC History

Posted by Billyjam, June 19, 2019 08:13pm | Post a Comment

The final US 2019 DMC Regional DJ Battle in advance of the upcoming 2019 DMC US Finals, that was held recently in the Bay Area, exemplified two major points. First it demonstrated just how much the level of turntablism skills has steadily risen over the decades in the prestigious long running DJ battle organization that formed way back in the (pre-digital era) 1980's. Secondly the 2019 DMC Bay Area Regional, held at the Uptown in Oakland on May 26th (where the 2019 DMC US Scratch Finals were also held), spotlighted the progressive changes to the meaning of “Regional” DMC DJ battles; in an age when air travel has become relatively cheap and competitors are hungrier than ever for a chance to qualify for a coveted slot in the DMC US Finals; happening September 8th 2019 in Denver CO.

Traditionally limited to competitors from corresponding geographic regions, the modern era US DMC Regionals have a distinctly more national flavor as they routinely feature out of state competitors alongside local turntable talent.

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2019 DMC US Scratch Finals & Bay Area DJ Battle, Oakland May 26 w sets by DJs Shortkut, Quest, Traps, Teeko + MC Bas-One

Posted by Billyjam, May 24, 2019 01:05pm | Post a Comment


Dual DMC DJ battles will take place this Memorial Day weekend at the Uptown club in downtown Oakland where, on Sunday, May 26th from 6pm to midnight, both the 2019 DMC Bay Area Regional DJ battle and the national 2019 DMC US Scratch Finals are scheduled to take place. In addition to these two anticipated turntable showdowns, to be hosted by MC of the night BAS One, there;ll also be showcase sets by DJ Quest, DJ Teeko and DJ Shortkut.

Speaking of Shortkut note that the widely revered Beat Junkies and Inviisibl Skratch Piklz member, who is pictured left at Amoeba Berkeley during his Record  Store Day in-store performance last month with his daughter in tow, boasts a back catalog that includes the recommended battle break/DJ tool Mini Wheels 7" single.

In addition to Short, Quest and Teeko's short but intense six minute turntable sets, another celebrated Bay Area turntablist DJ Traps (pictured above left in flyer) will do a much longer, extended party-rocking set for the Memorial Day holiday weekend crowd Sunday who don't have worry about work the next day.
For Sunday's 2019 US Scratch Finals the contestants will include DJ E Money (Boise, ID), Platinum Floyd (Wheat Ridge, CO), DJ Xcaliba (Stockton, CA), The Beat Molester (Seattle, WA), and (previous US DMC Scratch Champion) DJ PROLIFIX from Los Angeles.

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Hip-Hop Report Oct 22 2018: DJ Skillz @ DMC World, B+ Bay Exhibit, New Vinyl: KYLE, Illingsworth, Hobo Johnson, deM atlaS + more

Posted by Billyjam, October 22, 2018 07:13pm | Post a Comment



Freaks of The Industry: Bay Area Hip Hop Shot by B+ is the descriptively titled new photo exhibit by photographer Brian Cross (aka B+) at San Francisco’s Family Affair in the Lower Haight. The Bay-centric visual display includes photos of such NorCal hip-hoppers as The Coup and members of the Hieroglyphics and Solesides (later Quannum) crews including DJ Shadow (whose Entroducing...album cover art he's credited for) who was among those at the opening party a few night ago. Billed as “a visual mixtape of various artists repping the Bay outside the mainstream,”  the large scale image display will run through November 17th when B+ will be back in the house.

The Irish born, LA based photographer was also there on opening night last Thursday. Among those in attendance was veteran Bay Area hip-hop photographer Timi D… who praised the exhibit calling it, “a very tight but bold presentation of images that gives a very personable feel to the viewer.” Timi, who took the accompanying photos above and left for the Amoeblog,  added that the exhibit’s, “big prints from film scans offer a classic look and feel.” B+ exhibit at Family Affair at 683 Haight Street thru Nov 17th. More info.

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US DJ Throdown Set To Take World Title in London: 2018 DMC World DJ Championship Preview + 2018 DMC US Finals Review

Posted by Billyjam, October 7, 2018 01:35am | Post a Comment


Today, Sunday October 7th, reigning US champion DJ Throdown is on the other side of the Atlantic in England where he will represent the USA in the anticipated annual 2018 DMC World DJ Championships at London’s Islington Assembly Hall. There the Washington DC DJ, who in early August won the 2018 DMC US Finals DJ Battle in Denver, will face off against such other national champion DMC battle DJs as Skillz who recently won the 2018 DMC France Championship, El Statiko who took the title at the Sept 18th  2018 DMC UK Championship Finals, and DJ Chell who won the 2018 DMC Russia Championship Finals on September 12th (Mixmaster Mike and Shortkut were special guests at that DJ battle in Moscow).

Despite how highly talented these and such other international competitors as Italy's DJ Color or Australia's Midsole might be, US DJ Throdown stands a very good chance of winning based on his winning performance in Denver two months ago. If the super-skilled and super-confident American DJ can duplicate both the high level of performance plus the aura/attitude he exuded in Denver at the US Finals he stands a real good chance to win the 2018 DMC World DJ Championship title for the USA.  

Hip-Hop News 12:17:17: Rolling Loud SoCal Day 2, Skratchpad Youth Skratch DJ Battle, Art Basel Miami, Black Thought's "Freestyle" +

Posted by Billyjam, December 17, 2017 01:46pm | Post a Comment

Yesterday (12/16) the long running Bay Area DJ skratch club Skratchpad presented their 3rd Annual Youth Skratch Battle. Held in the afternoon at the Last Stop Bar in Daly City, between the young competing DJs' turntable routines, entertainment included a showcase set by the talented longtime Bay Area battle DJ Ichythekiller who is the current Bay Area DMC regional champion. As such he traveled to NYC back in August to rep the Bay in the 2017 DMC US Finals national turntablist battle that was won by NY’s DJ Perly. Meantime back in the Bay Area yesterday at the Skratchpad battle, the 2016 2nd Annual Youth Scratch Battle champion DJ Don Don, who is still under 22 (pictured right yesterday) once again took the title for a second consecutive year at the PeaveyDJ sponsored event.

Ever since Black Thought of The Roots fame delivered his jaw-dropping extended "freestyle" this past Wednesday (12/13) on Hot 97 radio in NYC, that quickly trended as it became a widely praised viral video (scroll down to see the clip),  the positive tone of social media posts soonafter switched from complimentary to doubtful. Many began to question its validity, maintaining that it was not an actual "freestyle" (IE: off the dome & 100% made up on the spot). These doubters insisted that it was not spontaneous but rather a pre-written and prepared rap. Unhappy with this reaction to his art, the Philly rapper born Tarik Trotter  publicly voiced his case  on national TV Friday night when he sat down with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show (home of The Roots) to swear that it was indeed a genuine real-time "freestyle" in the traditional hip-hop meaning (a spontaneous creation).

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