DJ Jazzy Jeff

Watch: DJ Jazzy Jeff, A-Trak, and Craze Talk DJing on ‘Drink Champs’ Podcast

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From left to right: Craze, DJ EFN, DJ Jazzy Jeff, N.O.R.E., A-Trak (Source: Instagram)

DJ Jazzy Jeff recently sat down with the Drink Champs podcast for a casual yet insightful interview. The Philly legend discussed a variety of topics related to DJing and hip-hop.

Later in the interview, co-host DJ EFN spotted A-Trak and Craze in the audience and invited them to join in. It was a rare discussion with three of the most influential figures in DJing.

Watch the full show below. (A-Trak and Craze come on at the 52-minute mark.)

Related: Watch: DJ Jazzy Jeff’s Q&A at Red Bull Music 3Style IX World Finals

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Watch: DJ Jazzy Jeff’s Q&A at Red Bull Music 3Style IX World Finals

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Styles Davis and DJ Jazzy Jeff at Red Bull Music 3Style IX World Finals (Credit: Julian Melanson)

During the Red Bull Music 3Style IX World Finals in Taiwan, DJ Jazzy Jeff sat down with DJcity’s Styles Davis for an in-depth Q&A about DJing. The legendary party rocker discussed a variety of topics, sharing his wisdom throughout the talk.

What 3Style means to him:

“This became my most inspirational week of the year … You don’t ever get chance to spend a week with your peers that you can kinda talk a complete circle about what you do. And you start to realize that after that week was over, you were more excited to play, you had more weapons in your arsenal …”

How the scene has shifted from EDM to hip-hop:

“It’s natural. … If you are fortunate to be around long enough, you realize that everything is in cycles. … Anybody that was around in the ’80s can easily identify that EDM is nothing but [Afrika Bambaataa‘s] “Planet Rock” with a little twist on it. … the Joey Bada$$‘s, the J. Coles, and the Kendrick Lamars, that’s just the rebirth of ’90s hip-hop with a twist on it. …”

If technology is making DJs less important:

“I am never afraid of technology replacing me until technology enables you to look around and see how people are vibing and make adjustments … If you want to keep a job, you have to let your employer know how much you’re needed. You gotta go in that club and play like there’s no f#cking machine that will ever be able to play like this. …”

Watch the convo below and stay tuned for DJcityTV’s mini-documentary about 3Style IX.

Related: Watch: Inside DJ Jazzy Jeff’s 2018 PLAYLIST Retreat

Watch: Inside DJ Jazzy Jeff’s 2018 PLAYLIST Retreat

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DJ Jazzy Jeff at the PLAYLIST Retreat in Delaware in August 2018. (Credit: Julian Melanson)

At the beginning of August, DJ Jazzy Jeff hosted the fourth annual PLAYLIST Retreat at his property in Delaware. The multi-day event brought together like-minded DJs, producers, and songwriters to network and collaborate.

In attendance were legendary DJs like Z-Trip and Skratch Bastid, music producers such as Lord Finesse and DJ Khalil, and companies like Serato and Roland, among many others.

Like previous years, the retreat featured a song making competition that grouped random artists into teams.

Watch DJcityTV’s mini-documentary about the retreat below.

Related: An Inside Look at DJ Jazzy Jeff’s 2017 PLAYLIST Retreat

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DJ Jazzy Jeff Drops Long-Awaited Album, ‘M3’

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DJ Jazzy Jeff at 45 East in Portland, Oregon on March 9, 2018. (Credit: ShutterKlick)

DJ Jazzy Jeff has released M3, the third and final installment of his Magnificent series. The album follows 2002’s Magnificent and 2007’s The Return of the Magnificent.

Three vocalists are featured throughout M3: rapper Rhymefest, who’s best known for co-writing Kanye West‘s “Jesus Walks” and “New Slaves,” Philadelphia rapper and frequent Jeff collaborator Dayne Jordan, and the multitalented artist Uhmeer.

As for musicians, M3 enlists James Poyser (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Mariah Carey), Andre Harris (Usher, Justin Bieber, Jill Scott), and Stro Elliot (The Roots, The Procussions).

“For me, M3 represents freedom as an artist and in business,” Jeff said in the press release. “After all these years in the business, it’s liberating to finally be totally independent. Hopefully, I inspire others to take charge of their own destiny.”

Watch the video for “Skaters Paradise” below and download it on DJcity. The full album can streamed or downloaded here.

Related: Is Sync the End of DJing? DJ Jazzy Jeff Answers at Red Bull 3Style VIII

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Pioneer DJ’s DDJ-SB3 Controller Scratches For You

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Pioneer DJ has announced a new version of its entry-level Serato controller, the DDJ-SB.

The first new hardware to be released with Serato’s new DJ Lite software, the DDJ-SB3 includes elements from the company’s higher-end controllers, such as performance pads, independent auto loop buttons, and control over four decks.

The unit also includes a unique new Pad Scratch feature, co-developed with DJ Jazzy Jeff, which enables users to trigger eight preset scratches by pressing the performance pads.

The DDJ-SB3 will be available in stores soon, priced at $249. Find out more at Pioneer DJ’s website, and check out the introduction video to hear Jazzy Jeff talk about the new features.

Related: Pioneer DJ DDJ-1000 Review

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Is Sync the End of DJing? DJ Jazzy Jeff Answers at Red Bull 3Style VIII

During a judges panel at the Red Bull 3Style VIII in Poland, DJcity’s Styles Davis asked DJ Jazzy Jeff if “sync was the end of DJing.”

The legend didn’t hold back.

“Technology doesn’t have sh#t to do with DJing,” Jeff said without hesitation. “Don’t f#cking use it if you don’t want to use it. But if you want to use it, use it.”

“I think people stopped realizing that the reason why you DJ is for them people out there to have a good time. They don’t give a f#ck about a sync button. … They don’t worry about what kind of equipment you use.”

Jeff concluded: “I’m tired of people complaining about the wrong sh#t. Play good music and stop worrying about a f#cking sync button.”

The entire discussion can be streamed on 3Style’s Facebook page.

Watch his full response above and stayed tune for more exclusive 3Style coverage.

Related: Red Bull 3Style Travels to the Polish Mountains

Skratch Bastid

Skratch Bastid and Hedspin Throw Down at DJ Jazzy Jeff’s Playlist Retreat

In August, DJ Jazzy Jeff hosted his annual Playlist Retreat gathering at his home in Delaware. The multi-day event featured an eclectic guest list, including J. Cole, DJ Dahi, Mr. Carmack, Lord Finesse, Young Guru, Z-Trip, and Peanut Butter Wolf.

Also in attendance were two of Canada’s finest turntablists: Skratch Bastid and Hedspin. Watch above to see them perform a quick routine at the retreat.

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Related: An Inside Look at DJ Jazzy Jeff’s ‘Playlist Retreat’

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Watch DJ Jazzy Jeff Make a Track by Sampling Random Records

After nearly 100 episodes of Rhythm Roulette, Mass Appeal has finally featured DJ Jazzy Jeff. The series is an interesting concept: it challenges producers to select three records while blindfolded and make a beat by sampling them.

Filmed in his Delaware estate during his annual Playlist Retreat, the video shows Jeff picking out the records from the back of a van, and getting busy in the studio using Serato’s new plugin, Sample.

His final track includes an Al Johnson and Jean Carne sample, which was used on Will Smith’s 1997 single, “Just Cruisin’.” It also contains scratching and vocals from Philadelphia rapper, Dayne Jordan.

Watch Rhythm Roulette above.

Related: An Inside Look at DJ Jazzy Jeff’s ‘Playlist Retreat’

An Inside Look at DJ Jazzy Jeff’s 2017 PLAYLIST Retreat

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DJ Jazzy Jeff takes a group selfie at his PLAYLIST Retreat in Delaware. (Photo credit: Julian Melanson)

Last week, DJ Jazzy Jeff hosted his third annual PLAYLIST Retreat at his estate in Delaware. The invite-only event brought together like-minded DJs, producers, and songwriters to collaborate and network.

This year’s retreat was the biggest yet and featured acclaimed names such as J. Cole, DJ Dahi, Mr. Carmack, Lord Finesse, Young Guru, Z-Trip, Peanut Butter Wolf, and Skratch Bastid.

There were a variety activities, including a producer challenge in which artists were randomly grouped into teams and tasked with making a track.

DJcity was invited to the event and captured it on video. Watch below.

Related: Watch DJ Jazzy Jeff’s ‘Boiler Room’ Set

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Watch DJ Jazzy Jeff’s ‘Boiler Room’ Set

In January, the Boiler Room hosted its debut show in Philadelphia for the last stop of their “What’s Brewing” series with Budweiser. Naturally, they summoned Philly’s own, DJ Jazzy Jeff, to showcase what’s going on in the City of Brotherly Love.

In his two-hour set, Jeff bounced through genres, from hip-hop and reggae to rock. The iconic DJ threw down various techniques, including scratching and juggling. He also played classic tracks as lead-ins to the songs that sampled them. Fans in attendance were treated to a unique experience, getting to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the legend.

The set was originally uploaded with performances from additional artists, but the audio was out of sync with the video. However, Boiler Room has now uploaded a corrected version of Jeff’s set, which you can watch above.

Related: Watch a Recap of DJ Jazzy Jeff’s ‘PlayList Retreat’ Event