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Different Spins: Headed West with DJ Jam, Rectangle, and Warrior

 

This week we are featuring some of the hottest Djs from the West Coast to gain a new perspective on what a DJ looks for in a solid mixtape as well as what jams they play to rock a party.  DJ Jam is a legend who started in the music business over twenty years ago from his hometown in San Diego, and at an early beginning in 1998 was

a DJ mix finalist for the DMC U.S competition.  Another prodigy from the West,

official DJ for Warren G.,  winner of the US DMC Championship in 1993, and “The Box” 

National DJ search is none other than DJ Rectangle. 

DJ Warrior,  is a two-time winner  of Justos Mixtape Awards for the best West Coast Mixtape

DJ of the year, and was named Top Ten Mixtape DJ of the year by Rolling Stone.   

Tune in to DJs that won’t

be accused of not speaking their mind, DJs take heed… 

  

AllHipHop: What projects are you currently working on ? 

DJ Rectangle: 

I am doing a [Doctor] Dre CD, a club CD, and a new Hip-Hop CD.  Plus I am doing

shows with Lady of Rage.  

DJ Warrior: Cali Untouchable

Radio 17 with Strong Arm Steady (Dj Warrior & Dj Envy), Hot

Box Vol. 2 with Taje, Rap Warz with Tyrant (Artist),  Dj Warrior 

along with  Dj Green Lantern, 93 Fly with Jihad (Artist) Dj Warrior 

& Dj Envy, Cashis (Shady Records), Dj Arkane, No Sleep Till…

Nyc With Jayrock (Artist) Dj Warrior, along with Dj Envy, Dj Skee,

Big Mike, and Bogish Boyz Vol.2 Cashis(Artist) Dj Warrior  & Dj

Arkane. 

DJ Jam: I am working on my

next CD/DVD project because I am bringing my CDs to life. I am also

getting into a new realm of mix CDs entitled, DJ Jam Sin City

Live. This is a mash up mixture between Rock meets Hip-Hop meets

R&B meets Reggae. It’s a double CD. In the next week, find out

more on my website, www.djjam.com. My website is merchandised differently.

You will receive a mixtape free of charge when you buy anything from

my smoking accessories merchandising company Puff by the Pound

that I formed with Snoop. Today, I am starting a new project called

Midnight Groove that is an R&B CD with female subject matter

and hosted by Spinderella.   

AllHipHop: What do you feel is the best mixtape out now, aside

from your own?   

DJ Rectangle:  I don’t

know, I don’t listen to mixtapes. Actually, I don’t even listen

to my own. When I’m finished creating one, I am so sick of working

on it that I don’t even want to listen to it. I like listening to

‘80s music and old rap. 

DJ Warrior: Tony Touch’s 50

MCs

DJ Jam: I always looked up

to Dr. Dre and I make it a point to incorporate some of the things he

does in what I do. As far as out here on the West Coast, the best mixtapes

that I heard are from DJ Rectangle, Crazy Toones (DJ for WC and

Ice Cube), and DJ TR from the Heavyweights.   

 

AllHipHop: What is the best exclusive you

were given for a mixtape or radio show?  

DJ Rectangle: I don’t really

get exclusives, I get freestyles. Eminem’s freestyle was pretty cool. 

DJ Warrior: Bun

B, Sinful, Chace Infinite (self scientific/soul assassins) 

DJ Jam:  “Real N****z Do Real

Things” by Notorious B.I.G., where he raps over all the West Coast

beats. 

AllHipHop: What style did you

originate?  

DJ Rectangle: I originated

making a four-track sound like a sixteen-track. I combine all styles

and I am good at all styles. For example, scratching a beat, sound/song

selection.  It’s a combination of all. Normally, DJs are only

good at one thing, they don’t combine everything.    

DJ Warrior: I bring out East

Coast flavor with a West Coast mix and bring out a little more personality

on the CD and in the mix.  

DJ Jam: Innovated – well

made me who I am and it’s how I get my name – I use a drum machine

sampler when I DeeJay. I would mix it with my turntables and I would put

on a show or routine.  That was really different from what people do

even today. 

AllHipHop: Are there any DJs

that have copied your style? 

DJ Rectangle: Apparently, a

lot but I couldn’t regurgitate their names at this moment.   

DJ Warrior: There are a lot

of DJs in the West Coast that have copied my style. But no disrespect,

we all learn from each other. I’ve learned a lot from other DJs

and added my own twist to it. There is a lot of transferring style between

us. 

DJ Jam: I am not going to say

anyone bit my style. I hope that I’ve influenced DJs by how I rock

in the club, or my stage presence, or rockin’ in Compton with Snoop,

my mix CDs ,and the different interviews I’ve conducted. I’ve

talked and given insight with DJs from all over the world and if

we aren’t talking about all those areas I’ve mentioned, we are at

least talking about one. Plus, I’m not stationed in one area for me

to even notice a DJ even if he was biting my style. But, I’ve influenced

these guys because they call and tell me all the time. And, I still

pick up things from the new generation of DJs. I don’t do things

exactly how I used to when I first got in the game. The whole mash up

scene, especially Rock. The biggest influence for me was the entire

transition between mix CDs into mix DVDs.      

  

AllHipHop: Who is the best newly signed

artist 2007?  

DJ Rectangle: Did Jay-Z sign

in 2007?  That was a joke. I am seeing a lot of young people but

I am not really into down south music. I’m not completely up on my

Hip-Hop so that is a tough question to answer. I like Lamont Bishop

and I like T-Pain although I know he wasn’t signed in 2007. I still

like the old artists like Snoop and R. Kelly. I know everyone wants

someone fresh and new but you have to look at the longevity in the business. 

DJ Warrior: Lamont Bishop 

DJ Jam: Out here, [Young] Malay, and

he can be heard on Crazy Toones latest mix CD/DVD called, CT Experience.

You need to see this DVD because it will be a bearing on the  future

of how record labels put out music. That’s a reason why my mix CDs

will be DVDs. Glasses Malone, CPO, Bishop Lamont are other favorites. 

They all have their own style.    

AllHipHop: What track do you

play to hype a party? 

DJ Rectangle: The “900 number”,

I still use songs with Fatman Scoop, that always works and Marvin Gaye,

“Sexual Healing.”

DJ Warrior: Something from

Biggie, “Hypnotize” always works for me. 

DJ Jam: “It’s a G Thang”. 

[Dr. Dre The Chronic]  

AllHipHop: Which DJ really

impresses you when you go to clubs? 

DJ Rectangle: Honestly, I don’t

go to clubs. I’ve been working in clubs for the last twenty years,

that’s the last place I want to go. Kid Capri impresses me because

he knows how to hype a crowd with the mic and what to play.   

DJ Warrior: I have to give

you more than one. I like Kid Capri, DJ AM and DJ Life.  I like

DJs that can cater to more than one type of crowd, genre of music,

not just Hip-Hop, such as Jazzy Jeff.   

DJ Jam: DJ LS One, I like his

selection, style of how he plays, his demeanor on the mic, and how he

talks to the crowd. I like DJ Rectangle because of his creative scratching

and mixing. 

AllHipHop: What’s the best

mixtape collaboration you’ve heard? 

DJ Rectangle: Honestly, I don’t

buy mixtapes. I don’t care what anyone else is doing.  I just make what

I like. I download music on the internet but that isn’t a full mixtape.

I suppose I’m blasting out my credibility with every word I say? I

listen to the radio, ‘80′s music. When I go to clubs, I choose songs

I like whether they are old or new. I’ve never  played something

I didn’t like or because it’s “The song.”  I don’t play what

is current on the radio. Most of what you hear on the radio is fly by

night songs or songs that have a lot of money put behind them.

It’s true. Most of the songs I play, aren’t singles.  The one

thing I don’t like about listening to other mixtapes is that they

couldn’t be played in the clubs.  DJs are too caught up with the

exclusive songs. 90 percent of the time, those songs aren’t even

that good that is why they didn’t make the album.  Not to say I don’t

break new songs, but I am not going to play a song just because no one

has it.     

DJ Warrior: Ice Cube Cali

Untouchable Radio 11 and The Anger Management

Tour by DJ Green Lantern.    

DJ Jam: DJ Truly

OdD & Will Blast Collaborations.    

AllHipHop: What do you feel

is missing in Hip-Hop right now? 

DJ Rectangle: I don’t really

think anything is missing because artists like Common are using samples

which I thought were missing before. True Hip-Hop isn’t being exposed

as it was like underground Hip-Hop. Although, Hip-Hop was always commercial

and the underground was never exposed on radio. KRS-1 is missing from

rap and I think he should be rapping. He needs better beats. I think

he’s too consumed with being a major part of hip-hop and tries to

hard to keep it that way. Also, radio stations wouldn’t play that

right now which is unfortunate.    

DJ Warrior: Songs with better

concepts, more elements and better content and no “ABC” rap. 

DJ Jam:  Creativity in

everything musically, music content and marketing 

  

AllHipHop: Which artists album

release has the best chance in changing how artists put out records? 

DJ Rectangle: Ice Cubes first

album. I think so many people are afraid of sampling.  Sampling

was a major part of rap, they came from turntables. Nowadays, everybody

is afraid to do that. It’s changed the way people rap and what they

rap on. Money has basically changed everything with the licensing of

rap samples.   

DJ Warrior: I would have to

say Kanye West. I think he is diverse and universal. 

DJ Jam: Definitely, Dr. Dre.   

 

AllHipHop: What advantage or

disadvantage do you have being from the West Coast? 

DJ Rectangle: I could go over

to Mexico and drink when I was eighteen but I think I might be straying

from your question. In the nineties, I don’t think there were as many

opportunities in the West Coast at that time, compared to the East Coast

where everyone and there mother was rapping. Other than that, I don’t

really think there is an advantage or disadvantage in my occupation

being from the West Coast.   

DJ Warrior: An advantage, we

have an open market. There are so many different cultures and we have

many opportunities over here and people copy our style. There are so

many things going on that you can definitely learn a lot. It is so multicultural.

We don’t have enough people

in top positions which is a disadvantage. Ice Cube, Snoop, Aftermath,

and E40 are all we have. Also, the California atmosphere is too laid

back and if we just got up off our a**, had a little more order and

stuck together our disadvantage would be none.   

DJ Jam: We don’t get the

publicity that the East Coast gets which is a disadvantage.  Shows

such as MTV and BET are all based out of New York. If we had TV networks,

we could put out some quality things too. We lack the media attention. 

However, because we don’t

have that attention, people will pay attention whenever do get a chance,

people will look at us because they don’t get to see that worldwide.

I travel worldwide and they don’t know a lot of are artists because

it is hard for them to get video play in North America.    

AllHipHop:  Top three

West Coast Artists (Tupac doesn’t count) 

DJ Rectangle: Snoop Dogg, Dr.

Dre and DJ Quik 

DJ Warrior: Snoop Dogg, Eazy

E and Ice Cube 

DJ Jam: Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube

and The Game 

AllHipHop:  Wow, no Eazy

E.   

DJ Jam: Eazy E was a smart

business man. He started a whole revolution but when we are talking

about being an artist, going in and making music, no. He had his couple

of songs, people liked his voice and that separated him. People thought

he was very young, his entire aura was good. However, we are talking

about being an artist and creating an album.   

AllHipHop:  I admire you

because I thought you were going to pick Dr. Dre solely based on your

connection to him. 

DJ Jam: Dr. Dre is one of the

greatest producers of all time but when we say an artist that is going

to go into the studio and creating an entire album, I wouldn’t put

him on their level.  

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