Well-known party DJs DJ Kariz and J-Class dig deep into their crates for an advanced class in the funky old school breaks that the golden age of hip hop was built on.
DJ Kariz explains his initiation into turntablism and some early discoveries: "“In 1998, I went to my cousin’s house and started playing with his Technics 1200 turntables. I remember the first record I ever touched and placed on the platter was ‘Come Clean’ by Jeru the Damaja. Then I went on to singles from the Gang Starr ‘Hard to Earn’ album, some Pete Rock & CL Smooth and some All City. I was hooked. I must have stayed in his house until 2 that morning…"
The two expertly bring together a James Brown countdown, Bhusta Rhymes bombastic incipit on his chart-topping first single "Woo Hah!! Got You All In Check," and the laid-back, heavy-lidded rhymes of Lord Finesse and DJ Mike Smooth's 1990 head-nodder "Funky Technician". From there, the duo queues up a sampling of Lord Finesse's "Return of the Funky Man," the titular track from his first solo album and a nod to all the trainspotting heads, before the duo is off at full-speed, travelling at the speed of thought (and sound).
“I remember the first record I ever touched and placed on the platter was ‘Come Clean’ by Jeru the Damaja.”
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Article by Jay Watts
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