Sunday, September 20, 2009

She's Back From The Crack

Whitn3y H0ust0n - M!ll!0n D0llar B!ll ft A!icia K3ys (Mike Simonetti's Getting Stronger edit) (s3ndspac3) [source]

Dear Whitn3y, I hear ya and I feel ya on this one. Even though you take a monstrous bite off L0leatta H0ll0way's "We're Getting Stronger" you updated it nice and I'm not mad at that. I can feel your truth in this song and it's a beautiful thing. Welcome back. You smashed it.

Thanks to Alicia K3ys (who wrote this track) and Swizz Beats (producer) Whitn3y is back in a big way. Listen and agree. Yey I said it: agree (Pharoahe Monch).

Saturday, September 19, 2009

R.I.P. Roc Raida - Body Tricks Video - why he was a legend

Roc Raida says "This is a secret. I shouldn't even be telling you fckin guys this. But this is a secret. I shouldn't be fckin telling anyone about this one." - Roc Raida giving up body tricks secrets.

Every DJ attempted to do body tricks, but no one could do them like Roc Raida. Watch and learn.

Every DJ who ever touched turntables always attempted the same thing first: scratching. Scratching, which was invented by Grandwizard Theodore, is probably still the primary reason a lot of DJs start DJ'ing at all. It was in the early 90's that scratching and the scratch community really started to grow. Fuelled by 5th generation dubs of legendary DJ Battles - NME, Superman, DMC - and featured on jazz records like Herbie Hancock "Rockit" and taken around the world with the likes of Jam Master Jay (RIP JMJ) on a world stage with RUN DMC, scratching birthed sons and daughters who would push it to heights unknown. These sons and daughters formed crews, and one of these crews belonged to Roc Raida - X-Men.

Roc Raida and the X-Men were legends and pioneers of the scratch. One of the catalysts for the explosion of scratching was the invention of the flare, by non other than DJ Flare. It was a method of reversing the crossfader action so that the sound would be open at start and closed in the middle and open again at the end. It was a reversal of the transformer (which was invented by DJ Jazzy Jeff) which started with the crossfader closed and open and closed in rhythm to the beat. For those who are still confused, the transformer played on the beat while the flare played in between the beat (like half notes). Simply the flare was a revelation which revolutionized the game. For all the advances the flare introduced, there was probably one other that ultimately pushed scratching and beat juggling to the mainstream: body tricks.

Body tricks were initially seen as a gimmick, a trick to to play to the masses and the audiences of lesser knowledge to gain their favour and support during head to head battles like the ITF's. There was an almost east coast/west coast rivalry that grew out of the body tricks debate. Crews on the west coast like Invisible Skratch Piklz claimed the "keep it real" tag and resorted to improving existing scratches while creating new ones for everyone to bite. Crews on the east coast like X-Men saw body tricks as an art, a skill that you had to work on for years just like you had to with your scratching. It was the next level in turntablism and it was warmly embraced by Roc Raida and fam. X-Men saw the full potential of body tricks and came up with the sickest body tricks routines and dared anyone to try to make a fool out of them.

I can remember every single DJ trying to do the back to back doubles body trick that Roc Raida made famous. In the middle of a DMC style routine Raida would lean into the mixer and send the crossfader over with his shoulder, as a warm up to his ace: the Roc Raida bodyroll (I don't know if his trick had an official name). Raida would put his back on the crossfader and throw his hands over the opposite shoulder (eg right hand over the left shoulder) and rock back to back while controlling the crossfader with his back and manipulating the records with his hands. It was unreal! Beat juggling was one thing, but beat juggling with body tricks - THAT body trick - was absolutely mind blowing. He didn't fck up, he didn't miss a beat, and most of all he mad it LOOK easy. Every DJ who ever saw Roc Raida do that went home that very same night and attempt it at home. That is why he is one of the all time greats in the DJ community. If you haven't watch the video yet, you will get to see him throw all his body tricks into a full routine. Sick. Can't believe we just lost him.

R.I.P. GRANDMASTER ROC RAIDA. A true pioneer, icon, legend, comedian. There'll be no other. Long live body tricks!

Friday, September 18, 2009


Friday Sept 18th

The Freshest
SEKO - DJ Seko Myspace
KUTCORNERS - Kutcorners Myspace

Back Room
U-Tern (Brooklyn Radio / One Day Later / Urb Next 100)

364 Water St

Residents: DJ Arems, Rico Uno, U-Tern, Freeky P on the mic


5 Years and Runnin!
(2 years @ Tokyo Lounge, 3 Years @ Shine)

Quick Facts:
- Get Up Get Down first started at TOKYO LOUNGE
- yes, that's us. The crazy, wild, feel good Friday Night party @ Tokyo Lounge!
- when Tokyo Lounge shut down we moved to Shine Night Club which has been our home for the past 3 years
- moving to Shine allowed us to expand to an incredible 2 room party
- we have brought together Vancity's best DJs in the past and the present to promote what many have called the best Hip Hop night in Vancity
- we have brought you world class talent including: Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa, A-Trak, Diplo, Hollertronix, Maseo (De La Soul), Peanut Butter Wolf, The Rub, and countless others (a full list will be up soon!)


Hip Hop / Reggae / Dancehall / Party Classics / Big Chunes

DJ KUTCORNERS (The Freshest)
DJ U-TERN (Brooklyn Radio / URB Next 100)

Get Up Get Down - The Remix
Fridays @ Shine


Del & Tame One - Flashback

Del The Funky Homosapien & Tame One - Flashback (mediafire)

Not only is Del and Tame One back, but hip hop is back in 2009. Take a trip down memory lane as Del and Tame One wax poetic on the the history of hip hop, music, icons, g.o.a.t.s., culture, politics, arts, fashion, childhood - everything. Song's pretty dope (maybe a min too long) and I'm falling back in love with hip hop this year.

Friday, September 4, 2009

R.S.B.P. - A Special Back Room Party w/ Roxy, DJ Static, Bles-sed

Friday Sept 11th

R.S.B.P. - A Special Back Room Party w/
ROXY (Love & Electrik)

Love and Electrik Myspace | Love and Electrik Blog | WEFUNK Radio | SVS Style

364 Water St

Residents: DJ Arems, Rico Uno, U-Tern, Freeky P on the mic


We're doing it again. After a successful and mad fun party last month with this trio it's time for another one. Expect a heavy dose of funk, soul, disco, boogie, classics, 80s, golden era hip hop, love & electrik, wefunk radio, svs style.

Get Up Get Down - The Remix
Fridays @ Shine

Teknique The Kingpin & DJ Icy Touch - Sept 11th @ Shine

Friday Sept 11th

TEKNIQUE THE KINGPIN (The Club Bangers / Toronto)
DJ ICY TOUCH (The Club Bangers) |

364 Water St

Residents: DJ Arems, Rico Uno, U-Tern, Freeky P on the mic


TEKNIQUE The Kingpin was born to entertain. Born into the vibrant streets of Toronto, Canada in the 70s, Teknique became engulfed into the hip-hop culture. Raised in a Caribbean household, he was exposed all types of urban music from gospel to reggae. His family was heavily involved in entertainment. His mother was an established well-known gospel singer in the Caribbean and his brother was a local MC and aspiring DJ that surrounded him with the hip-hop culture on a daily basis. But it was the day that he heard The Show by Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick that change his life and love for the culture forever. At this time, Teknique still balances all of his talents with accuracy. You can now catch him hypin up a club as a club MC, grooving a crowd as a DJ, or throwing down the hottest tunes on his series of mixtape-style CDs. Knowing all aspects of urban entertainment, Teknique is poised to continue his reign as THE KINGPIN.

Click Here for Guest List

Get Up Get Down - The Remix
Fridays @ Shine

DJ Mateo "C'est Tres Bon"

DJ MATEO - C'est Tres Bon


I made this mix for those sunny days chillin poolside or lounging on the yacht, not a worry on your mind, life is good. Chicken is on the grill and you’re sipping on some San Pellegrino. Girls in bikinis lying on a grassy knoll type shit. It features some amazing producers local and international; whose music keeps life peachy. I kept it simple and unpretentious, that’s the name of the game, as far as I’m concerned. The mix was recorded live using 2 Technics turntables and a Pioneer DJM909 mixer.

Don't forget the "C'est Tres Bon" CD Release Party + Launch
We'll have 100 CDs to giveaway all night long


High Fashion: Love (DJ Anonymous Edit)
Phoenix: Listzomania (Classixx Remix)
Lovebirds – Tuesday
David Rubato – Circuit (Aeroplane Remix)
Noah and the Whale – Blue Skies (The Twelves Remix)
Dj Flipout –
Los Hermanos Autotune
Damn Arms – Destination (Cassian Remix)
Escort – A Bright New Life (Morgan Geist Re-Edit)
Magic Fly – 2 Planets
Kotey Extra Band (Feat. Chaz Jankel) – Sooner or Later (
Chicken Lips
Major Lazer – Cash Flow (Classixx Glass Bottom Dub Mix)
Claude Von Stroke and Chrisitan Martin Vs Pitbull – Groundhog Day/Girls
Gone Wild (Emynd Blend)
Alex Gopher – Handguns (Dada Life Remix)
Major Lazer – Pon Di Floor (
Smoke & Mirrors Edit)
Diplo and Laidback Luke – Hey (Original mix)
Chelley – Took the Night
U-Tern (Feat. Kutcorners) – Disco Sizzurp
Turbotito – Liquid Disco
Empire of the Sun – Walking on a dream (Treasure Fingers Remix)
LadyhawkeParis is Burning (Cut Copy Remix)
Kris Menace – Metropolis (Night Version)