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Watch Just Blaze’s Routine for Hot 97’s ‘5 Minutes of Funk’

Legendary hip-hop producer Just Blaze has been featured on Funkmaster Flex’s “5 Minutes of Funk” segment for Hot 97.

While he’s best known for his productions, Blaze put his DJ skills on display in an extended 12-minute set. The New Jersey native scratched and juggled his way through some of hip-hop’s most classic breakbeats.

“5 Minutes of Funk” is a new series that showcases talented DJs. Previous guests include Scram Jones, DJ Fatfingaz, and Statik Selektah.

Watch above.

Related: Watch Scram Jones’ Routine for Hot 97’s ‘5 Minutes of Funk’

Enferno Live Remixes Just Blaze and Baauer’s ‘Higher’

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When it comes to live remixers, Washington, D.C.-based DJ ENFERNO immediately comes to mind. The former DMC champ has built a reputation for delivering creative and impressive routines in recent years, averaging over 100,000 views per video.
 
Now, returning for his first solo routine since 2014, ENFERNO has flipped Just Blaze and Baauer’s trap anthem “Higher.” The four-minute video includes scratching, juggling, finger drumming, and piano playing — at times simultaneously.
 
The performance has even inspired Blaze himself:
 


 

 
Here’s a complete list of the equipment that ENFERNO used for the routine:
 
Hardware:
 
– Apple MacBook Pro
– Native Instruments Maschine Mikro
– Native Instruments Maschine MK2
– Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol S49
– Native Instruments Traktor Audio 6
– Pioneer DJ DJM-900NXS
– Technics 1200s
 
Software:
 
– Ableton Live 9
– Native Instruments Kontakt New York Concert Grand
– Native Instruments Massive
– Native Instruments Traktor Scratch Pro 2
 
Related: Watch Enferno and Shiftee’s ‘Pop Music’ Routine

Watch Just Blaze’s Epic Set for the MikiDz Show

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There have been some epic performances on DJcity’s MikiDz Show over the years, but Monday’s live stream featuring Just Blaze was truly one for the books.
 
Performing for an intimate crowd of DJs and industry figures, the legendary producer delivered an hour of classic hip-hop and soul, including an unreleased Busta Rhymes and M.O.P. song and a handful of unreleased instrumentals.
 
Among the instrumentals were:
 
– The original version of Drake and Rick Ross’s “Lord Knows”
– Jay Electronica’s “Exhibit G”
– A track from Jay Z’s The Blueprint 3 sessions
– An untitled song slated for Jeezy
– An early Slaughterhouse track
– An unfinished remix of Joe Budden’s “Pump It Up” with Kid Kamillion
 
And it didn’t stop there. After his set, Blaze engaged in an insightful interview with hosts MikiWAR and DJ Dainjazone, in which he shared stories about Jay Z, Kanye, Kendrick Lamar, Baauer and more.
 
Watch below and download the audio via iTunes.
 


 
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Just Blaze with MikiDz Show hosts DJ Dainjazone and MikiWAR. (photo: Visual MVMT)
 
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The audience. (photo: Visual MVMT)
 
Related: Watch ESKEI83’s Set for the MikiDz Show

Tonight: Just Blaze Live Stream on the MikiDz Show

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Legendary hip-hop producer/DJ Just Blaze is set to perform on DJcity’s MikiDz Show tonight, March 7 at 7 p.m. PST.
 
Blaze, who is considered one of the greatest hip-hop producers of all time, is best known for his work with Jay Z, Kanye West, Eminem, T.I., Fabolous, and Cam’ron.
 
In 2013, Blaze connected with trap heavyweight Baauer on “Higher,” signaling a new chapter in his impressive career. He has since returned to his DJ roots and is now focused on rocking clubs and festivals around the world.
 
Monday’s live stream will also include sets by long-time hosts MikiWAR and DJ Dainjazone.
 
Watch live on DJcity at 7 p.m. PST.
 
Related: Watch ESKEI83’s Set for the MikiDz Show

Just Blaze Will Perform on the Next MikiDz Show

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Legendary hip-hop producer/DJ Just Blaze is set to perform on DJcity’s MikiDz Show next Monday, March 7 at 7 p.m. PST.
 
Blaze, who is considered one of the greatest hip-hop producers of all time, is best known for his work with Jay Z, Kanye West, Eminem, T.I., Fabolous, and Cam’ron.
 
In 2013, Blaze connected with trap heavyweight Baauer on “Higher,” signaling a new chapter in his impressive career. He has since returned to his DJ roots and is now focused on rocking clubs and festivals around the world.
 
Monday’s live stream will also include sets by long-time hosts MikiWAR and DJ Dainjazone.
 

 

 

 
Related: Just Blaze Talks Ghost Producing, the Rise of DJs, and More

Just Blaze Talks EDM with Snoop Dogg

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Legendary hip-hop producer Just Blaze recently paid a visit to Snoop Dogg’s GGN show. The New Jersey native spoke on numerous topics including his current projects, work in the EDM world, and more. Watch the full interview below.
 
Projects he’s currently working on ~ 1:20
Growing up on both hip-hop and house ~ 3:00
Overseas fans and their love for hip-hop ~ 5:30
Performing at EDM festivals and working with Baauer ~ 7:00
DJs being recognized as artists ~ 8:35
Non hip-hop artists he wants to work with ~ 10:05
Various questions ~ 12:10
 

 
Related: Watch Just Blaze’s Throwback Set for Boiler Room

Watch Just Blaze’s Throwback Set for Boiler Room


 
Two weeks ago, the Boiler Room threw a party in London to explore the intersections between soul, hip-hop and house. One of the highlights of the night was a set by Just Blaze, who has produced classics like Cam’ron’s “Oh Boy,” Jay Z’s “Public Service Announcement,” and Fabolous’ “Breathe.”
 
Though Blaze is best known for his work in hip-hop, the New Jersey native grew up on house and has even released some of his own house productions. Considering his diverse background and in-depth knowledge of various musical styles, it only makes sense that the Boiler Room would enlist him for such an event.
 
Thankfully, like all Boiler Room sets, Blaze’s entire performance is now available to stream on YouTube. Watch his hour-long set above, which covers various eras and genres, including soul, house, and hip-hop.
 
Related: Just Blaze Interview with DJcityTV

Watch Just Blaze Make a Beat on the Fly


 
Mass Appeal has released another episode of Rhythm Roulette. The latest episode features renowned hip-hop producer Just Blaze, who has produced for the likes of Jay Z, Eminem, and Kanye West.
 
Rhythm Roulette invites producers to show off their skills by participating in a challenge. The producer selects three random records while blind-folded in a record store, and in turn, makes a beat by sampling them.
 
This time, Just Blaze visits Generation Records in Manhattan, New York. Watch to see what records he picks and how he uses his production expertise to lay down a beat.
 
Related: Mannie Fresh Makes Beat Out of Three Random Records

Just Blaze and 9th Wonder on Their Song-Making Process and Producing with Maschine

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Just Blaze, Khrysis and Che Pope at the “Beatmaker Roundtable.” (Drew Gurian/Red Bull)
 
Last month, Native Instruments and Red Bull Music Academy put together a discussion panel called the “Beatmaker Roundtable.” The event took place in New York City during the Red Bull Music Academy Festival and featured influential hip-hop and R&B producers Just Blaze, 9th Wonder, Khrysis, and Che Pope. Thankfully, Native Instruments has now uploaded a video of the entire discussion to their YouTube channel.
 
While Jay Z collaborators Just Blaze and 9th Wonder are well-known in the hip-hop world, you might not have heard of Khrysis and Che Pope. Khrysis has engineered and produced for artists like Kendrick Lamar, Mac Miller, Problem, and Talib Kweli and Pope has been head of Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music label since 2011. He’s also a Grammy-winning producer, having contributed to numerous projects, including The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.
 
The two-hour video contains a multitude of production and business wisdom, even if you’re not a Maschine user. We highly recommend watching it from start to finish, and if you can’t see it all in one sitting, break it up into pieces and watch them separately.
 

 
Related: Just Blaze on Ghost Producing, the Rise of DJs, and More

Just Blaze on Ghost Producing, the Rise of DJs, and More

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Just Blaze a.k.a. Justin Smith has produced some of hip-hop’s biggest anthems in his decade-plus career. From JAY Z’s “Girls, Girls, Girls” and Cam’ron’s “Oh Boy,” to Fabolous’ “Breathe” and JAY Z’s epic “Public Service Announcement,” his production credits go deep and have earned him a reputation as one of the greats.
 
The New Jersey native has always had a love for all types of music, regardless of the genre. Last year, Just Blaze teamed up with trap superstar Baauer for a massive collaboration titled, “Higher.” The track quickly became a hit and couldn’t have been titled better — as it not only helped merge the worlds of hip-hop and EDM but also introduce Just Blaze to an entirely new generation.
 
While best known as a hip-hop producer, Just Blaze started out as a DJ and currently co-hosts a weekly event at New York’s Webster Hall called, “House Party.” He’s also performed at influential EDM festivals such as Ultra and HARD. DJcityTV recently caught up with the legend to pick his brain about the rise of DJs, the practice of ghost producing, what it takes to be an amazing DJ, and more. Watch the full interview below:
 

 
Related: Just Blaze Discusses the Making of Jay Z’s “Public Service Announcement”