Grammy nominated DJ Khaled became an international name after the release of his debut album Listennn… the album, which peaked at number 12 on the Billboard 200 chart. He has since released 7 albums and a number of chart-topping singles with his most notable ones being: “We Takin’ Over”, “I’m So Hood”, “Out Here Grindin”, “Go Hard”, “All I Do Is Win”, “Welcome To My Hood”, “I’m On One”, “Take It to the Head”, “No New Friends”, “Hold You Down”, and “How Many Times”.
DJ Kool Herc began his influential career in the early 1970s and is credited with creating Hip-hop in 1973 in The Bronx. He made a name for himself by spinning funk songs and for developing innovative DJing techniques. He is renowned for the parties he threw during the mid-70s and for appearing on the Source Awards to educate people about history of Hip-hop.
DJ Tony Touch started his long career in hip-hop as a break-dancer and eventually moved on to DJing. He has released countless mixtapes featuring big name artists and a number of critically acclaimed albums. He is best known for his hit singles “Play that Song” and “I Wonder Why” and for appearing on TV shows like Saturday Night Live and The Dave Chappelle Show.
DJ Jazzy Jeff first earned notoriety for being one half of the hip-hop duo DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, which is famous for their Grammy award winning songs “Parents Just Don’t Understand” and “Summertime”. He then went on to appear in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air as Jazz, the best friend of Will Smith, who is remembered for being thrown out of the front door multiple times by Will Smith’s uncle. He has since gone on to release a number of solo albums and did behind the scenes DJ work for the film Straight Outta Compton.
DJ Chuck Chillout emerged on the scene in 1982 as a DJ for the New York radio station, 98.7 Kiss FM. In 1995, the trailblazing DJ went to Japan and became one of the 1st DJs to play Hip-Hop music there, which was instrumental in helping hip-hop artists break the Japan market. He has participated in numerous Essence Music Festivals and cruises and can currently be heard on 98.7 Kiss FM.
DJ Kid Capri began his DJing career at the impressive age of 8 and has since gone on to DJ 7 seasons of Def Comedy Jam and produce tracks for legendary hip-hop group Boogie Down Productions. He has also appeared in feature film Who’s the Man? and was a judge on the BET reality show Master of the Mix. He has also released 2 albums and most recently remixed “Masterpiece” off of Madonna’s hit album MDNA.
DJ Clue? was a DJ on the infamous radio station Hot 97 for many years before moving to Power 105.1 in 2006, where he can be heard every weekday from 6 pm to 10 pm on his radio show, Desert Storm Radio. In 1998, he created his own record label Desert Storm Records, which is home to prominent artists like Fabolous and Jadakiss. He has also released 3 chart-topping albums, with one of them being RIAA certified platinum and another being certified gold, and produced hit songs like “Heartbreaker” for Mariah Carey and “Superwoman Pt. 11” for Lil Mo.
DJ Spinderella rose to fame for being a member of platinum selling hip-hop group Salt-N-Pepa. She has also earned fame for being a radio personality on shows like The BackSpin and K-Show. She has appeared in feature films like Stay Tuned and Deejayed on TV shows like Comedy Central Roast of Flavor Flav.
DJ Funkmaster Flex solidified his place in music history when he became the first person to host a hip-hop radio show in New York on Hot 97, which he still does to this day. He owns the popular website InFlexWeTrust.com and has released a number of RIAA certified gold albums. He has appeared in a number of successful TV series such as: This is Hot 97 and Funk Flex Full Throttle and has been featured in best-selling video games like Grand Theft Auto: The Lost and Damned.
DJ Enuff first earned notoriety for being a radio personality on 98.7 Kiss FM from 1993-1994. Following his stint on Kiss FM, he became The Notorious B.I.G’s road DJ and then went on to host and co-host various Hot 97 radio shows such as: Traffic Jam, The Ed Lover Morning Show, The Midnight Run, The Angie Martinez Show, and The Rush Hour. DJ Enuff has also gained popularity for founding his own national crew of DJs called the Heavy Hitters and for appearing on VH1 Show This is Hot 97.
DJ Red Alert got his start as a DJ on New York radio station 98.7 Kiss FM. He is considered to be a founding father of hip-hop music and culture and has earned notoriety for helping artists like A Tribe Called Quest and Queen Latifah get their start. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honored the legendary DJ with a display, which makes him the only DJ to receive such an honor.
DJ Marley Marl first gained prominence for producing the big 1984 hit “Roxanne’s Revenge” for Roxanne Shanté, an artist on his record label Cold Chillin’ Records. He has gone on to produce records for a multitude of artists such as: MC Shan, Big Daddy Kane, Biz Markie, Eric B. & Rakim, Heavy D and the Boyz, LL Cool J, and TlC.
DJ Jazzy Joyce bursts onto the scene following the release of the 1986 hit single “It’s My Beat” that she did with rapper Sweet T. She was the first scratcher and mix master on hit game show “Turn It Up”, which came on MTV, and was honored by BET’s Black Girl’s Rock with an award and they also named a DJ award after her, titling it the “Jazzy Joyce DJ Award”. She has also gained notoriety from co-hosting the former Hot 97 show “Ladies Night”, hosting her own show “Last Call” from 2006 to 2011, and finally for creating and hosting her own online international radio show.
Hip-hop pioneer, DJ Grandmaster Flash rose to prominence as a member of the chart-topping group Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, which was inducted in Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2007 and was the first hip-hop group to receive this honor. They have released a number of platinum and gold albums and their most notable songs are: “Superappin’”, “Freedom”, “The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel”, “Scorpio”, “Flash To The Beat”, “Jesse”, “We Don’t Work For Free”, “Gold”, and “If U Wanna Party”.
DJ Premier is an extremely successful DJ known for being part of hip-hop duos Gang Starr and PRhyme and for producing mega hits for artists like: The Game, Christina Aguilera, Mac Miller, Bun B, Ludacris, and Christina Aguilera. He is considered to be one of the greatest producers of the 1990s and 2000s and is known for hosting the radio show titled Live From HeadQCourterz. He was recently chosen to produce the soundtrack for best selling video game NBA 2K16.
DJ Biz Markie’s career rose to new heights in 1989 when he released, one of the greatest hip-hop songs of all time, his chart topping single “Just a Friend” off of his sophomore album The Biz Never Sleeps. Since then he has released 3 more albums, which have all received favorable criticism, acted in television series like 1st Amendment Stand Up, and appeared in feature films such as: Office Space, Men In Black II, and Friends With Benefits.
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