Release Date: Apr 5, 2011
Record label: Stones Throw
Genre(s): Rap, Underground Rap, Turntablism
Much like the issue among veteran and aspiring emcees, the advancements in technology for turntablists have become an interesting evolution to observe. On one side, you have the college kid-turned-deejay who believes three clicks on his new MacBook Pro makes him the next Afrika Bambaataa. And then there’s the old guard like J. Rocc of the world famous syndicate Beat Junkies, whose masterful skills on the ones and twos turn software applications like Serato into a supplementary aid rather than an obligatory crutch to bring the house down.
Beat Junkies founder’s long-awaited debut of original material was worth waiting for. Mike Diver 2011 Beat Junkies founder J-Rocc – real name Jason Jackson – has been part of the turntablism scene since the 1980s. His crew, established in 1992, has seen several of its members rise through the ranks: Babu in Dilated Peoples, and Shortkut and D-Styles have seen solo ambitions realised.