Since the early days of the DJ technology has reshaped the makings of the worlds club, radio, mixtape and other DJ's. In this brief unreleased behind the scenes clip DJ Cotton, DNA, Avevo and the 66RAW team Debate what makes a real DJ before 66RAW Radio's Live Broadcast from our Atlanta Headquarters at Patchwerk Studio. While DNA speaks of the essence of the DJ and turntabilsm, DJ Cotton pleads his Case for respect of the controller DJ to the 66RAW Team... A hilarious conversation that takes unexpected tuns with Cotton's over the top comparisons that you would never expect! ... See the full video here, on 66RAW.com and the 66RAW Radio app! Stay tuned for our next Live braodcast from Atlanta GA's Patchwerk Studio Headquarters August 21st!
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One of hip-hop's first (and finest) super producers turns 54 years old today. Marley Marl was an early innovator in the art of sampling, developing new techniques that resulted in some of the sharpest beats and hooks in rap's Golden Age. As the founder of Cold Chillin', Marl assembled a roster filled with some of the finest hip-hop talent in New York: MC Shan, Big Daddy Kane, Biz Markie, Roxanne Shanté, Kool G Rap & DJ Polo, and Masta Ace. His production work for those and many other artists generally boasted a bright, booming, and robust sound that -- along with his ear for a catchy sample -- helped move street-level hip-hop's sonic blueprint into more accessible territory. Most important, though, were his skills as a beatmaker; Marl was among the first to mine James Brown records for grooves and also learned how to craft his own drum loops through sampling, which decreased hip-hop's reliance on tinny-sounding drum machines and gave his '80s productions a fresh, modern flavor. (allmusic.com)