LL Cool J

Watch Z-Trip Throw Down in Front of 40,000 People

The controversy around “button pushing DJs” has been an issue for a couple years now, but Z-Trip and 3LAU’s clash at the recent EDMbiz Conference added fuel to the fire.
During the a discussion panel, a debate broke out between the legendary DJ and the rising EDM star on whether DJs should include improvisation in their sets. Z-Trip, of course, argued that DJs should go off the track, at least a little bit, even if they perform pre-planned sets. He famously exclaimed, “We’re not Beyoncé or David Copperfield, motherf#ckers, we’re DJs!”
Which leads us to one of the dopest things we’ve seen so far this week: a five-minute video of Z-Trip performing with LL Cool J on the Fourth of July. The impressive footage shows Z-Trip dropping classics and cutting in front of over 40,000 people in Washington, DC.
Sure, Z-Trip would’ve shared the video even if the argument hadn’t happened, but the debate really puts it in context. There’s no doubt that Z-Trip wants to show the world that open-format DJs can rock massive crowds like their EDM counterparts, and why shouldn’t he?
Related: Watch Skratch Bastid & Z-Trip Perform at DJ Jazzy Jeff’s Birthday Party

The Making of LL Cool J’s ‘Rock the Bells’

As part of their “Magnum Opus” series, Complex spoke with LL Cool J, Rick Rubin, Russell Simmons and others that were involved in making LL’s historic record, “Rock the Bells.” The track was one of his earliest hits and is considered one of the greatest rap songs of all-time.
Related: Rick Rubin Explains How He Launched Def Jam in a College Dorm Room