Thursday, December 31, 2009
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Thursday, November 26, 2009
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Thursday, November 5, 2009
Dj Scratch: 1976
Dj Handspin: How did you become a dj?
Dj Scratch: From my older brothers. Me being the youngest. My brothers used to dj and practice in the house but would never let me get on the tables. There were times when my brothers would leave and that’s when I would sneak on the wheels and practice. Alotta times my brothers would catch me and scold me but me being the lil’ brother I would never listen. There was one time my brother did somethin’ to the turntables to prevent me from using it.
Dj Handspin: What was it?
Dj Scratch: He removed the rubberband, well at least at that age of 8 that’s what I thought it was. So when I went to go play a record, it wouldn’t spin.
Dj Handspin: So, what did you do because you seemed very determined at that age?
Dj Scratch: I steered at the tables and tried to figure out the problem and once I did. I asked my mom if I could go to the store and once she said, yes. I went down to the fruit and vegetable stands and stole a few rubberbands. You know the ones they wrap the bananas & things in the plastics. Anyway, once I got back to the crib, I took those rubberbands and I used them as the replacement for the one my brother had taken off.
Dj Handspin: Word, that was very innovating of you.
Dj Scratch: Once I got ‘em on I began practicing and practicing. Time was amongst me I didn’t even know. It turns out I was on the set for “GOD KNOW, HOW MANY HOURS?” See my brothers went somewhere special and they weren’t coming home anytime soon. So, I just kept on all day. Until my brothers eventually came home.
Dj Handspin: Well, obviously your brothers didn’t kill you because your alive and one of the most successful turntablist, today?
Dj Scratch: Nah, they stood behind me and watched me they were surprised by my talent. So, pretty much after all that my brothers left me alone and stop disconnecting their equipment everytime they went out.
Dj Handspin: Wow, that’s whats up? So, that’s how Dj Scratch was born?
Dj Scratch: Pretty much
Dj Handspin: What was the first turntable you ever dj’d on?
Dj Scratch: My brothers had this turntable called, “SLB-101” it was belt driven.
Dj Handspin: I know about those kind of turntables. My first turntable was also belt driven. What tricks did you learn on it?
Dj Scratch: When I was young, I did learn this trick called, “THE MOTORCYCLE”. It was one of the first tricks I ever learned in fact at the end of tonight. I’m involved with the Dj Battle, I was planning on breaking it out tonight.
Dj Handspin: Definitely, I would love to see it and I know the crowd would definitely enjoy it too. In fact there about to start the battle soon, is there anything you would like to say before we end this interview?
Dj Scratch: I just wanna say, REST IN PEACE to my POPS. My father recently passed away but in the spirit of Hip Hop I came out here to represent.
Dj Handspin: Wow, that’s messed up, sorry to hear about your maker passing away.
This will conclude, Rusty Jabbz Newz. All my readers give it up to Kool Herc and Dj Scratch and all the other djs that were in attendance tonight at the grand opening of
That was a lost interview I had from Oct. 15th the night The Brooklyn Guitar Center opened, I wanna apologize to Dj Scratch and his team for the delay. October been a hektik month in terms of events I know thats not an excuse but I appreciate you taking time out to do this brief interview for me and my newsletter and blog. Any other artists, djs and entertainers looking for spotlight by Rusty Jabbz Ent feel free to call my my office# 3477894543 or my cell# 6463394981.
Monday, November 2, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Cormega’s “Born and Raised” album release party at SOBs
I left the plantation at 6 o’clock with Cormega bangin’ in my eardrums. Just before I left the office I gave my last tweet to plug tonights event. Cormega’s album release party at SOBs. The sounds of Cormega music pounded in my ears as I sat on the V. train from
The crowd started packing in by the bundles. I didn’t know ‘Mega had a “HUGE GER-MAN” following. Alotta ‘Ricans in da building for ‘Mega.
Its been an hour now and I wanna see some “CORMEGA!!” I’m in hur’ fienin like a junkie that need that fix. The only thing that helped maintain my anticipation, I ran into a ol’ homie of mine,
It is now, 10:13pm the moment have arrived, Cormega takes the stage to announce who is in the house and who is on their way. This cat that Cormega introduced to the stage caught me off guard cause I forgot all about him, its been a New York minute since I heard him. Since anyone heard him. Cormega introduced coming to the stage, SHYHEIM THE RUGGED CHILD. Y’all remember, Shyheim….the hit single, “On and On”, Shaolin, Wu Tang Clan, the movie, Original Gangstas. Shyheim took the stage to perform. He set it off with four exclusive songs. Out of the four songs they were 3, I was feelin’ “The Fast Life” produced by DR Period, “Evil Bitches” and anutha song called, “Pain” I liked the hook on that one. After, Shyheim’s performance anutha 15 minute gap the dj went back to the music. In the meantime and between time, I notice Cormega’s team hard at work slangin’ his “Legal Hustle T-shirts” and “Born and Raised” cds. (I heard by the end of the night, ‘Mega had only 20 cds left.) I wanted to cop one but right now I’m really low on endz but I will copp it soon as my pockets get fat.
Finally, the moment I been waiting for. The moment everyone up in hur’ been waiting for. Cormega finally takes the stage. It is now 10:47pm, I’m tired and hungry but its all worth it to see, “The Crowned Prince of Underground Shit”. Cormega on stage performing a bevy of hits from past albums until him and the dj, Dj J-Supreme (the event dj) decided to run it down the line and compare notes between the 2 albums, meaning his last album “The Realness” and this current album “Born and Raised”. Some of the crowd declaring, “The Realness” to be Cormega’s best album, sleeping on “Born and Raised”. The crowd was hype and going along with that whole compare notes theme. ‘Mega performed some joints like “Therapy”, “Look at my Life”, “Affirmative Action w/ A. Z.” (dats right A. Z. wuz live on stage), “What did I do”, “American Beauty” and he performed my personal favorite Cormega record of all time, “Dirty Game” produced by Dj Premier. “Dirty Game”, that’s my str8 up grindin’ record, you know dat da record dat make you wanna git up & hit the streets and the clubs looking for work. That’s my record right there, “Dirty Game”. He performed some other bangaz I just can’t remember the names to um all. It was a great event. I wanna say, thank you and send my love out to Jackie-O for once again puttin’ me down on the list for a “CORMEGA AFFAIR!” I wanna give a phat shout out to A. Z., Easy Mo Bee, Buckwild & Ayatollah. ( I finally got a chance to meet and see Ayotollah. Ayatollah, my 2nd favorite producer next to Premo.) Anutha phat shout out to Shyheim The Rugged Child who wuz in da house. Glad 2 c u back in da game. It was an all great evening for me, definitely. Imma definitely go out there and copp this new album and y’ all be sure to go out thur’ and copp that “CORMEGA ALBUM, BORN AND RAISED” as well. Its in stores and online right now. And also still available, ask your neighborhood music retailer about past Cormega projects, “THE TRUE MEANING”, “THE REALNESS”, “LEGAL HUSTLE” & “MY BROTHER’S KEEPER F/ LAKE”
Before, I close this review. I got this message for Cormega that I want him to read and hear:
“I DON’T KNOW ABOUT CRACKHEADZ ONLY BUYING FROM CORY BUT WHAT I DO KNOW, AFTER LAST NIGHT’S SHOW THIS HIP HOP HEAD WILL ONLY BUY FROM CORY!!!” and I’m out. One, Dj Handspin Dinero
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
RUSTY JABBZ NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 2009 ENTRY# 08
Thursday, October 22, 2009
RUSTY JABBZ NEWSLETTER ENTRY#07
Dj Handspin: I just want to say it is an honor 2 b sittin’ here in front of da Legendary Dj Kool Herc. We all
Dj Kool Herc: 1 story cumz 2 mind. I wuz always known 4 playin’ at The Webster Ave P. A. L., if u have any readers dat are over 50 & from The Bronx dey wud kno about da Webster Ave P. A. L. We had a dj named, Dj Smokie & da Smoke A Trons (BIG UPS 2 DJ SMOKIE!) Dj Smokie wuz also known 4 playin’ at The Webster Ave P. A. L. & it just so happen 2 alwayz b on da same night I wud spin there. Da thing w/ Dj Smokie, he had a crappy dj system & a poor music taste. Everytime, Smokie wud play da crowd neva showed any type of luv. U got 2 keep in mind these days other djs had a right 2 shut down anutha dj who wuzn’t playin’ right. So, Dj Clark
Dj Handspin: Word, where wuz Dj Smokie?
Dj Kool Herc: DJ Smokie wuz still on his set playin’ in the gymnasium no1 can hear his system over mine. He eventually packed up & went home but b4 he did. He made an announcement dat he’s goin’ 2 b throwin’ a party later on 2night, on
Dj Handspin: Whut wuz da big deal about u playin’ da record? Whut wuz da record dat u played dat caused Dj Smokie 2 go home?
Dj Kool Herc: The name of the record is called, “HUSTLER’S CONVENTION” by Eric Gale.
Dj Handspin: I’m not familiar with dat record nor the artist. What kinda record is it?
Dj Kool Herc: U wud have 2 hear da record 2 understand but the point wuzn’t about da record. Back in da dayz, in the
Dj Handspin: Whut wuz da reason for da drowning out of djs?
Dj Kool Herc: Djs got drowned out for various reasons it wuzn’t just about dj skillz. A dj can git drowned out 4 playin’ a wack music selection, 4 having a poor dj system. Things like dat. It wuz from dat 1 night at Webster Ave P. A. L. where I drowned out, Dj Smokie people declared me the inventor of, “THE PACK UP & GO HOME THEORY”. In fact, later on dat night on Weekes & 1-7-6 , Smokie got drowned out again but this time by sum1 we all know as, The Godfather Of Hip Hop Afrika Bambaataa….. I’m not goin’ 2 say no more.
Dj Handspin: LMAO!!!, WOW!!!, Dj Smokie must of really sucked to get drowned out by 2 djs in 1 day in 1973 at The Birth of Hip Hop. 2 djs who happen 2 b iconic & legendary. At least, the 2nd time when he got drowned out he didn’t have far to walk home. Imagine that, gettin’ drowned out on
Friday, October 16, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Track# 1 The Intro (The 3rd Coming)
Track# 2 “Girl” a hard hittin’ thunderous bassline of a beat excellently composed by LES. The song revolves around the concept of crack-cocaine but rhyming as if one is referring to a lady. Produced by: LES
Track# 3 “Love Your Family” f/ Havoc Produced by Havoc: A smooth mellow type track made for those summer days and nights when your loungin’ with your family and friends. This song makes a good barbeque record. Or, even betta the song gives you that 64 tippin’ candy paint drippin’ cruising da down street kinda feel. The song is a positive song coming str8 from the mind’s Mega & Havoc. You definitely gonna wanna relax to this.
Track# 4 “Get It In” f/ Lil’ Fame Produced by Easy Mo Bee, this is a str8 up record for the streets aint no real pizzazz. Just that record to wild out too. The hook is tellin’ you to, “Get it in so Get it in” NIGGGAAA!!!
Track#5 “The Other Side” Produced by Lil’ Fame featuring live saxophone instrumentation. This is a different change for Cormega, it shows expansion in his artistic talent. According to Cormega he had gotten someone from the
Track#6 “Live and Learn” Produced by Pete Rock. This record started off kinda iffy at the beginning I wasn’t feelin’ the beginning of the track but once dat bass dropped I was like WHOA!!! This that real Pete Rock artifact dat we all love. This might be my favorite joint off the album and I’m not saying that cause its produced by Pete Rock. I’m saying it because IT’S HOT!
Track#7 “Make It Clear” Produced by Dj Premier According to Cormega he said he recorded this live here in D&D Studios so we got a FRESH record with a D&D STAMP OF APPROVAL! As we sit here in D&D Studios and view the record.
Track#8 “Journey” Produced by Large Professor Mega just hittin’ us headz with pure cut COKE-COCAINE RAP! This is a smooth track showing Cormega going back in time to his yester-years. Reminiscing of his days on the streets of
Track# 9 “Define Yourself” f/ Tragedy Khadafi & Havoc Produced by (Cormega neva announced the producer of the track) This song may not be the best song on the album but this song means sumthin’ to Cormega and every emcee cummin’ outta Queensbridge. According to Cormega, there will be a remix to this song featuring Nature.
Track# 10 “What Did I Do” Produced by Nottz I like the piano rub or piano keys swipe at the very beginning of the record then followed by a cymbal and a drum riff. That was a cool way to set off the track. This song is dedicated to all the haters. I might love this song not only for the production but for the concept as well. This song is REAL TALK cuz we all go thru hate everyday, allday. We experience hate from people we know and people we don’t know. We experience hate from people for no reason. So to all the haters out there this song is DEFINITELY FOR YOU! And to all my peeps that experience hate from other people next time someone is mad at you or hate you. You just simply ask, “WHAT DID I DO!!”
Track# 11 “Dirty Game” Produced by Dj Premier, this is a classic I love this track. This was previously released on the
Track# 12 “One Purpose” This is just a str8 freestyle no music strictly acapella as Cormega spits a str8 16.
Track# 13 “Rapture” Produced by Ayatollah. That freestyle led us to this song produced by Ayatollah this song and maybe the only song on the album. I don’t really care what Cormega is spitting. I just wanna hear Ayatollah’s production, his tracks give you that I wanna git high or I just wanna git layed whip appeal to it. I would of prefer if Mega just left this track a str8 instrumental. (No Disrespect ‘Mega)
Track# 14 “Mega Fresh X” Produced by Buckwild Introduced by Red Alert Featuring PMD, Grand Puba, KRS 1 and Big Daddy Kane This is sum Cormega paying homage to the old school and thanking them for paving the way cuz without the old school none of us would be here. This sounds like a str8 up Buckwild track. This track was saved last for a reason. You always save the best for last and close the show out with a GRAND FINALE! THIS IS THAT NEW MILLENIUM SYMPHONY!!!!