With shows like Master of the Mix on television, being a deejay is a new desire for young people around the world to get into the world of Hip Hop and make some money, while having fun. Well one of the greatest turntablists is back and with the New York DMC regional competition as the backdrop, let me show you a piece of Hip Hop history.
Back in 1986, a young Plainfield, NJ teenager traveled to London, England and became the first turntablist to use the techniques of cutting and scratching in the DMC World Supremacy competition and became the first world champion from the US. After conquering the DMC, he and his crew, the rappers Word Of Mouth (King Kut, Coast to Coast), signed to Profile Records and became pioneers in the Golden Age of Hip Hop. If you asked any DJ purist who still love the art of deejaying, they will tell you that DJ Cheese is the reason that they started “cutting and scratching”. Now it’s quite known that DJs like Flash, Theodore and even JamMaster Jay were world famous deejays who were definitely prevalent at the time Cheese traveled to the UK but nevertheless the DMC competition had not been introduced to the magic of true turntablism till the day they met DJ Cheese.
Fast forward the clock to May 3, 2013 in New York at the NYC regional battle of the DMC and during the festivities, legendary champion of the DMC in 88, DJ Cash Money, along with host, Lord Finesse presented the special guest and honorary judge, Cheese with his long awaited, official DMC jacket, acknowledging his historical feat. It’s about time. Cheese has a very complex story of a rise and fall and rise again hero that would inspire many young people who are dreaming to be the best at their respective craft, no matter what it is, against all odds. Cheese is a true survivor. The story of DJ Cheese will be shared with you later this summer, right here at HHW, but for now, check out this video interview with Cheese and do your homework. Let me reintroduce the legend, King Kut…….. DJ Cheese.
CHEESE, GRANDMASTER CAZ & DJ CASH MONEY
CHEESE & LORD FINESSE
CHEESE AT THE DMC NYC 2013
As we move forward with DJ Cheese into the 21st century, he’s formed a new collective of deejays with the legendary Cutmaster Cool V (Biz Markie’s deejay) called the Undisputed DJs which includes Lord Finesse, “Master Of The Mix” alum, Mell Star and many other celebrated deejays (Awesome II, DJ Juice, etc.) from around the country. He has a new record deal with Sony and he’s just dropped a new joint with the aforementioned Mell Starr called “First Round Knock Out”… Check out below!
CHEESE & COOL V