PROFESSION – DJ / Producer / Musical Band Co-founder
BIO – Born in Haiti, raised in Montreal, Canada, and New Jersey, DJ Hard Hittin Harry is a 30+ year veteran making it happen all over the clubs, mixtapes, internet, and television.
Currently residing in Brooklyn, DJ Hard Hittin Harry entertains his audience blending unique styles of the latest and classic Hiphop, R&B, Soul, Funk, Reggae, Pop, Rock, Soca Calypso, Afrobeat, Haitian Kompas, Zouk, Kwaito, House, Techno, and much more.
The co-founder of the Afrobeat/Tribal House music band, THE EARTHMAN EXPERIENCE.
BIO – Sabin Blaizin is a New York based DJ, promoter, community activist, who some on NYC’s house music scene may know from her brand Oyasound, which gives homage to the ancestors and promotes warrior women in music with a host of great events and excellent Afro Deep House mixes.
Dj Sabine spins Global Soul: House, Afrotech, Afrobeat, Haitian Roots and other Diasporic tunes. In June 2014, Sabine produced her 1st installment of her project Lakay Se Lakay: Home Is Home a Haitian electronic artists conversation series & No Passport (NYC Edition) party in conjunction with Haiti Cultural Exchange’s 1st NYC Haitian Arts & Culture festival Selebrayson!
New York City’s best DJs came from behind the turntables this past Saturday to show off their skills on the Dyckman blacktop. In front of packed bleachers filled with fans neighborhood fans and the music industry’s elite, Team Hard 2 Guard, with a score of 82 over 78, defeated Team AKOO in the 1st Annual AKOO Summer Classic“Battle of the DJs” basketball game at Dyckman Park. Game highlights include Rapper Jim Jones surprising fans when he took to the court to play for Team Hard 2 Guard and Queen’s own DJ Superstar Jay winning game MVP.
Tek’s 1200 shopstarted as a hobby, Soon after with some social media networking the business helped expand to Dj’s like Eddie B Swift,Ted Smooth,MellStarr,Break Beat Lou,Kevy Kev(107.5fm).
Powder coating refinishes and restores any aluminum, metal or steel product to showroom condition. It’s a smarter and more economical alternative to traditional wet spray painting far better than car paint. Powder coating provides an extremely tough, durable, scratch-resistant finish that lasts much longer than traditional paint.
Since all work is custom, prices varies on the customers needs. Customer pick the color scheme, led’s Lights, Logo’s etc.
The time to complete a custom set (two turntables) is approximately 3 weeks or more.
For the first part of a two-part series on how Latinos have influenced hip-hop Latino USA producers Daisy Rosario and Marlon Bishop learn about the early years by talking to legends like Devastating Tito, Lee Quiñones, and Charlie Chase. They break down the four elements of hip-hop: MCing, DJing, graffiti, and break dancing and explore how New York City made it all possible.
Much is inferred when we say the word “Hip-Hop” and it isn’t always positive but besides that, it usually is tagged as a “Black” thing. Totally unfair and un-true! Ensconced in the global roots of the genre, are Latino giants who after all these years, continue to be overlooked or overshadowed due to the “Black and White” mindset as my interview subject Daisy Rosario so aptly put it.
Rosario and her cohort Marlon Bishop, decided enough was enough, and pulled together an audio documentary which celebrates Hip-Hop from the Latino perspective. A much needed conversation, the series brings us the stories, insights and perspectives of Latinos who have on both coasts, set the stage and laid the foundation for much of what we call “Real Hip-Hop,” outside of any racial lines. They helped create and elevate the craft as well as define the “pillars” accepted as basic tenets of Hip-Hop as a whole.
“A Latino History of Hip-Hop” Part II Episode, a continuation of “A Latino History of Hip-Hop, Part I,” air[s] [today] on Friday, June 5. While Part I, which aired on March 20, examined the origins of Hip-Hop in New York City, Part II will explore the profound contributions of Latinos to Hip-Hop culture from the late 80’s to present day, focusing primarily on the music in major U.S. cities, such as New York, Los Angeles and Miami. Latino influence on hip-hop culture is so widely overlooked.
The segment examines the legacy of the late Big Pun (Christipher Lee Rios), the first Latin rapper to go ever platinum and emerge from the underground Hip-Hop scene in The Bronx. Additionally, the show features special guest Mellow Man Ace, who’s Spanglish hit “Mentirosa” put Latinos on the West Coast hip-hop map. Other guests include rising Puerto Rican star Bodega Bamz and Miami’s DJ Laz. (LatinoUSA.org)
Latino USA (latinousa.org) is a radio program distributed by National Public Radio (NPR). Check out our exclusive interview with series co-creator Daisy Rosario below!
A Latino History of Hip-Hop, Part I: NOW on LatinoUSA.org
A Latino History of Hip-Hop, Part 2: NOW on LatinoUSA.org
For the second part of a two-part series on how Latinos have influenced hip-hop, Latino USA producers Daisy Rosario and Marlon Bishop explore what happens when rap music becomes big business. We hear from Spanglish rap pioneer Mellow Man Ace, chat with radio personalities Bobbito Garcia and Cipha Sounds, find out about how DJ Laz put his spin on Miami bass, and we pay tribute to the legendary Big Pun.
Daisy Rosario is a comedian, writer and producer of things from radio stories to live events. Recently graduated from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, she also works with The Moth and the Upright CitizensBrigade Theatre. Daisy has interned at Radiolab, taken a play she directed to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and is an obsessive baseball fan. Her story “Child of Trouble,” was featured on the Peabody award-winning Moth Radio Hour. She holds a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Marlon Bishop is a radio producer and journalist with a focus on Latin America, New York City, music and the arts. He got his start in radio producing long-form documentaries on Latin music history for the public radio program Afropop Worldwide. After a stint reporting for the culture desk at New York Public Radio (WNYC), Marlon spent several years writing for MTV Iggy, MTV”s portal for global music and pop culture. Marlon has also lived and traveled all over Latin America, reporting stories as a freelancer for NPR, Studio 360, The World, the Village Voice, Billboard and Fusion, among other outlets. He is currently a staff Producer for Latino USA.
Sat. May 23rd, 2015 Rane presents The 2015 DMC NEW YORK CITY Regional DJ Battle feat. 2x DMC World Champion: DJ SHIFTEE!
6-10pm @ Webster Hall 125 E. 11th St. (betw. 3rd & 4th) NYC. Ages 16+. *No Filming! Trains: N, Q, R, W, L, 4, 5, 6 to Union Sq/14th St. OR L to 3rd Ave OR R, W to 8th St./ NYU OR 6 to Astor Pl OR Buses: 101, 102, 103
Host: Lord Finesse (DITC)
DJ: Kool DJ Red Alert!
Judges: J-Smoke, Boogie Blind, DJ Shiftee & more tba!
This is DMC’s classic solo showcase style DJ battle: DJs will each perform a 2 min. routine for the elimination round. Judges will select the top 6 to advance to the final round. The top 6 will each perform a 6 min. routine. The champion of this battle will advance to the 2015 DMC US Finals (date and location tba)
For the 2015 DMC Regionals, we will use Rane Sixty Two mixers – but a Rane Sixty One mixer or Rane TTM 57 may be available upon request. Rane mixers will be supplied by DMC. DJs must bring their own headphones, slipmats, needles, records, laptops, cords, control vinyl and/or laptop stands etc. Promoter/sound will supply Technics turntables.
DJS MUST REGISTER TO BATTLE by answering EACH of the following questions and send them to DMC USA’s Christie Z-Pabon at firstname.lastname@example.org – no later than May 22, 2015.
First Name & Last Name
Complete Address, Apt or House
Which city/battle you are entering?
Website, facebook, twitter, etc.
Please answer honestly Yes or No to this question: Are you a US Citizen or have you lived in the US for at least 6 yrs and can prove it? DJs from Puerto Rico can enter US regionals.
1st Choice of Mixer: 62 or 57
2nd Choice of Mixer: 62 or 57
PRIZES for 2015 DMC Regional Battles
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CHOICE of a Rane 62 mixer dj.rane.com/products/sixty-two OR Rane TTM57 MKII: dj.rane.com/products/ttm57mkii DJs who chose the new 57 will receive it the mail directly from Official Rane DJ by early May.
Custom Prize Package from 12inchSkinz + $50 gift certificate
Prize from Shure: SHR550 Headphones
Ortofon CC Twin Set Cartridges, slipmats and more
One month membership to the Beat Junkies Record Pool
Prize package from Thud Rumble
T-Shirt from Unusual Suspects
Prize from DJCity.com to be announced
Round trip flight and one night hotel to the 2015 DMC US Finals from your promoter – date and city to be announced!
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12inchSkinz $50 gift certificate
Shure Record Bag
New Ortofon DJ Bag, slipmats & more!
Prize package from Thud Rumble
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12inchSkinz $50 gift certificate
Prize from Shure
Ortofon OM Premounted Set of Cartridges, slipmats +
Prize package from Thud Rumble
The year 2014 could prove a very nostalgic one for Pete Rock and his fans.
The Mount Vernon, New York native will see the Pete Rock & CL Smooth album, The Main Ingredient, celebrate its 20-year anniversary. Additionally, Nas’ debut album, Illmatic—which boasts the Pete Rock-produced “The World Is Yours”—will also see a twentieth anniversary.
During an recent interview with HipHopDX, Pete Rock explains why he thinks Illmatic has maintained its appeal after almost 20 years.
“At that time and that point in your career, your adrenaline is flowing so much that everything you do comes out great,” Pete Rock says. “You don’t realize it until you come back to the whole thing. When I listened to the whole album, I said, ‘Wow. This kid is definitely the future, and he’s gonna be a force.’”
These days, Pete Rock is keeping busy with a handful of projects. He’s working on an upcoming De La Soul EP and announced new installments of a pair of his earlier solo projects.
“I’m working on my new album, Soul Survivor 3,” Pete Rock said. “I’ve got my new website, PeteRock.com, out there, and I’m pushing merchandise on there. You can buy T-shirts, download free music and so forth. Soul Brother University is coming soon, as well as PeteStrumentals 2. I’m working with Skyzoo and Torae, and I’m also working with De La Soul on an EP. I’m still being me.”
They called him “Godfather of House.” DJ Frankie Knuckles, born Francis Nicholls, died suddenly Monday when he was just 59, leaving fans and fellow DJs to mourn him and memorialize his founding role in house music. Knuckles is associated with the Warehouse, a Chicago club where he played. The scene directly gave birth to the very term “house music.”
Knuckles was born in The Bronx in 1955 and began DJing in New York in the ’70s with Larry Levan. After moving to Chicago in 1977 he played at the famed Warehouse and then his own club, The Power Plant. He remained an integral part of house music throughout the decades, producing seminal records ‘Your Love’, ‘Baby Wants To Ride’ and ‘Tears’ and continuing his DJing career to the present day. In 2004, Chicago named a street after him where the old Warehouse once stood.
Statik pulls together a bunch of exclusives for his new compilation with AWOL. The first taste with 1982 and Josh Xantus “Dear Money” was a good indicator of the dopeness on this one.
Track list :
Budgie f. Action Bronson & A$ton Mathews “With My Soul”
Curt@!n$ f. ScHoolboy Q “Ruthle$$”
Sean C & LV f. Raekwon “Break Fruit”
Retchy P f. Ab Soul “Short”
Three “Dear Dre”
1982 (Statik Selektah & Termanology) “Dear Money”
Pro Era “Sol Luna”
Joey Bada$$ “Two Lips”
The LOX “Boom Bap”
Sean C & LV f. Busta Rhymes “ Bus Stop
JFK & Wais P “Ride Like this”
Ea$Y Money f. Ransom “Masterpiece Theatre”
Michael Chrismas Exclusive
Vic Mensa “Orange SodA”
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib “Shame”
Faze f. Ea$y Money “The Glory”
The LoX “New York City”
Jay Electronica f. Jay-Z “We Made It”
Big K.R.I.T, f. ASAP Ferg “ Lac Lac”