• Listen to Chris Villa’s Mix for ‘Sway in the Morning’

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    Chris Villa performs at the Cobra Arcade Bar in Phoenix on Friday, July 13. (Source: Facebook)

    Fresh off dropping a mix for the DJcity Podcast, Chris Villa stopped by Shade 45’s Sway in the Morning on Friday in New York City to perform a live set. The DJcity Arizona rep threw down a turntablist-friendly half-hour mix consisting of mostly throwback hip-hop and R&B.

    Listen to it below.

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    1. Snoop Dogg ft. The Dramatics & Tha Dogg Pound – Doggy Dogg World
    2. Big Pun ft. Fat Joe – Big Pun – Twinz (Deep Cover ’98)
    3. A Tribe Called Quest – Scenario
    4. Q-Tip – Vivrant Thing
    5. JAY-Z ft. Pharrell – Excuse Me Miss
    6. Jermaine Dupri ft. JAY-Z – Money Ain’t a Thang
    7. N.O.R.E. – Nothin’
    8. Kanye West ft. T-Pain – Good Life
    9. Yung Joc – It’s Goin’ Down
    10. Camp Lo – Luchini – This Is it
    11. The Diplomats ft. Cam’ron & Jim Jones – I Really Mean It
    12. Cam’ron ft. Juelz Santana – Oh Boy
    13. Luniz ft. Michael Marshall – I Got 5 On It
    14. Rick James – Mary Jane
    15. The Gap Band – Outstanding
    16. Aaliyah – Back & Forth
    17. Soul for Real – Candy Rain
    18. Paula Abdul – Straight Up
    19. J. Cole – Work Out
    20. Dr. Dre ft. Snoop Dogg – Nuthin’ but a G Thang
    21. Gang Starr – Full Clip
    22. Gang Starr – Mass Appeal
    23. M.O.P. – Ante Up (Robbin-Hoodz Theory)
    24. Pharoahe Monch – Simon Says
    25. A$AP Ferg – Work
    26. Kendrick Lamar ft. Jay Rock – Money Trees
    27. Do or Die – Po Pimp
    28. Crucial Conflict – Hay
    29. Three 6 Mafia – Poppin’ My Collar
    30. UGK ft. Outkast – International Players Anthem (I Choose You)
    31. UGK ft. Outkast – International Players Anthem (I Choose You) – eSenTRIK Remix
    32. 50 Cent – What Up Gangsta

    Related: Chris Villa Delivers ‘DJcity Podcast’ Mix

  • Listen to DJ KA5’s Mix for ‘Sway in the Morning’

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    DJ KA5 performs on Shade 45’s Sway in the Morning in New York City on July 24, 2018. (Source: DJ KA5)

    DJcity’s Miami representative DJ KA5 put down a throwback-heavy hip-hop set on Shade 45’s Sway in the Morning in New York City on Tuesday. His 40-minute mix featured clever word play transitions and a variety of classic party tracks, including several of his edits.

    Listen to his set below.

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    1. Kanye West – RoboCop
    2. Dr. Dre ft. Eminem – Forgot About Dre – DJ KA5 Acapella Out
    3. Gary Glitter – Rock And Roll (Part 1 & 2) – DJ KA5 Edit
    4. Marilyn Manson – The Beautiful People – DJ KA5 Black Skinhead Klutch Blend
    5. Rae Sremmurd – Look Alive – Acap Intro
    6. BlocBoy JB ft. Drake – Look Alive – DJ KA5 Edit
    7. Lil Uzi Vert – XO TOUR Llif3 – DJ KA5 Edit
    8. Drake – God’s Plan
    9. Gucci Mane ft. Plies – Wasted – DJ KA5 Edit
    10. The Offspring – Pretty Fly (For a White Guy) – DJ KA5 Edit
    11. Plies ft. Ne-Yo – Bust It Baby Pt. 2 – DJ KA5 Edit
    12. Tory Lanez – B.I.D – DJ KA5 Edit
    13. Lil’ Wil – Bust It Open – DJ KA5 Edit
    14. Big Tuck – Not a Stain on Me – DJ KA5 Edit
    15. Ray Jr. ft. Ducky Smallz – Sloppy – DJ KA5 Edit
    16. G-Eazy ft. A$AP Rocky, French Montana, Juicy J, & Belly – No Limit Remix – DJ KA5 Edit
    17. G-Eazy ft. A$AP Rocky & Cardi B – No Limit – Audio1 Make ‘Em Say Uhh! VIP Edit
    18. Charli XCX – Boom Clap – Acap Intro
    19. Young Jeezy ft. Mannie Fresh – And Then What – DJ KA5 Edit
    20. JAY-Z – Izzo (H.O.V.A.) – CFLO Super Short Edit
    21. Kanye West ft. Talib Kweli & Common – Get Em High – Nick Bike Acapella In/Out
    22. Kanye West – Dark Fantasy – NASA Drop First Edit
    23. Prodigy – Keep It Thoro – DJ KA5 Edit
    24. Aloe Blacc – I Need a Dolla – DJ KA5 Edit
    25. Christina Aguilera – Genie in a Bottle – DJ KA5 Acap Out
    26. The Notorious B.I.G. & 50 Cent – The Realest Niggas – DJ KA5 Edit
    27. Kid Ink ft. DeJ Loaf – Be Real – DJ KA5 Edit
    28. Mary J. Blige ft. The Notorious B.I.G. – Real Love (Remix)
    29. Cypress Hill – Dr. Greenthumb
    30. Linkin Park – In The End – Acapella
    31. Ameriie – 1 Thing – DJ KA5 Edit
    32. Missy Elliott – Work It – DJ Rukus Acapella Out
    33. Beastie Boys – Paul Revere – Audio1 Edit
    34. Sir Mix-a-Lot – Posse On Broadway
    35. Zapp & Roger ft. Shirley Murdock & Charlie Wilson – Computer Love
    36. LL Cool J – I Need Love
    37. Post Malone ft. 2 Chainz – Money Made Me Do It – FCZ It’s Strange Bootleg
    38. Fugees – Fu-Gee-La – David Begun vs Brett B Bootleg
    39. Beyoncé ft. JAY-Z – Drunk in Love – DJ Baysik Mas Tomate Edit

    Follow DJ KA5 on Facebook, Instagram, SoundCloud, and Twitter.

    Related: Listen to DJ KA5’s DJcity Podcast Mix

  • DJ Rawn Drops Eclectic Hip-Hop Mix on ‘Sway in the Morning’

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    Los Angeles radio veteran DJ Rawn put down an eclectic hip-hop mix on Shade 45’s Sway in the Morning on Friday. His half-hour set contained a variety of major and independent tracks from across different eras.

    Listen below, and tune in to Rawn’s Old School Hour show on SiriusXM’s Globalization channel weekdays at 9 a.m. PT.


    1. Craig Mack ft. Puff Daddy – Making Moves With Puff
    2. Dr. Dre ft. Kurupt, Hittman, & Ms. Roq – Let’s Get High – DJ Rawn Bounce Break
    3. J Dilla ft. Common – E=MC2
    4. Nas – One Love – Survival Of The Fittest Remix
    5. Exile – Bom Bomb
    6. N.W.A ft. MC Ren – If It Ain’t Ruff
    7. The Jackson 5 – It’s Great To Be Here – Kenny Dope Remix
    8. Dr. Octagon – Area 54
    9. DJ Quik – Loked Out Hood
    10. Incredible Bongo Band – Apache
    11. Wu-Tang Clan – Da Mystery Of Chessboxin’ – Acap
    12. Paris – The Devil Made Me Do It
    13. Newcleus – Jam On It
    14. Freestyle Fellowship – Hot Potato
    15. Betty Ford Boys – Everyday
    16. Planet Asia ft. Turbin – Shots At Your Highness
    17. MED & Guilty Simpson – Ain’t Gotta Brag
    18. Outkast – Elevators (Me & You) – Remix
    19. Dr. Dre – A N#gga Witta Gun
    20. Eminem – Just Don’t Give A F#ck – EP Version
    21. DJ Shadow ft. Run The Jewels – Nobody Speak
    22. E-40 – Do Ya Head Like This

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  • EASE Drops Mix for ‘Sway in the Morning’

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    EASE at Club 12zehn Weiden in Germany on Feb. 16, 2018. (Source: Facebook)

    EASE, the 2017 Red Bull 3Style U.S. champion, dropped a guest mix on Shade 45’s Sway in the Morning show on Monday. The 46-minute set featured a variety of classic and current hip-hop, including tracks off EASE’s solo album, Kodax Kids. An award-winning turntablist, EASE also put his scratch skills on display.

    Listen below.

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  • A-Trak Encourages DJs to Be Creative and Open Minded

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    With the release of his new single “Believe” and upcoming Goldie Awards battle, A-Trak stopped by Shade 45’s Sway In The Morning to catch up and drop a turntablism-friendly mix.

    During the convo, the Fool’s Gold boss explained that he created the Goldie Awards to push the art of DJing forward.

    Scratching with current sounds:

    “… I don’t want scratching to be an old school thing. I don’t want people to look at the way I DJ and be like ‘Oh you brought it back.’ To me, scratching always sounded futuristic. There’s subtle choices you can make as a DJ whether it be the sample that you actually scratch. We don’t have to still scratch on the ‘ahh’ and the ‘fresh’ from ‘change the beat’ and some James Brown shout. Music sounds more synthesized now so the samples that I scratch on, I’ve been choosing sounds that are more synthesized too.”

    Adapting to modern DJ technology:

    “A couple of years ago I started using the CDJs for those shows where maybe there’s strong winds and crazy vibrations or confetti being blasted on the stage. I remember just standing and thinking, ‘Why am I removing a confetti from the vinyl and the needle when I should just be performing for this crowd.’ And it just made me realize that I had to adapt to the evolution of equipment…”

    Being creative and open-minded overall:

    “I personally love turntables, and I hope turntables stay available to people for a very long time. But I also don’t want potentially, aspiring kids, people who want to become DJs, to think that they have to have a Technics 1200 to scratch. … Or even if it’s not literally scratching, [people should] learn how to come up with their own tricks. To me, it’s all about scratching and turntablism and just like the hip-hop approach to DJing that’s very subversive and taking equipment that was made to be used one way and using it another way. It’s always about that creativity and flipping what’s in front of you. … I wanna challenge the new generation to come up with new, original tricks on any kind of equipment because I don’t want [DJing] to be a legacy art form.”

    Watch the full interview and mix below.

    Related: Vekked Enters A-Trak’s Goldie Awards Battle

  • Listen to DJ KA5’s Mix for ‘Sway in the Morning’

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    During a recent trip to New York City, DJ DJ KA5 stopped by Shade 45’s Sway in the Morning to drop a mix. The DJcity Miami representative put down over 30 tracks in 30 minutes, most of which were throwbacks.

    Stream his set below.


    1. Destiny’s Child – Say My Name
    2. Trick Daddy – Shut Up
    3. Chris Brown – Look At Me Now – DJ KA5 Edit
    4. XXXTENTACION – Look At Me – DJ KA5 Edit
    5. Santigold – Disparate Youth
    6. Drake vs Jeezy – Headlines vs They know – DJ KA5 Edit
    7. Peanut Butter Jelly Time – Acap Loop
    8. DJ Khaled ft. Drake – To The Max
    9. Fall Out Boy – Sugar We’re Going Down – DJ KA5 Acap Out Edit
    10. Yung Joc – It’s Goin’ Down – KidCutUp Edit
    11. Juvenile – Set It Off – DJ KA5 Edit
    12. JT Money ft. Solé – Who Dat
    13. Ying Yang Twins – Say I Yi Yi
    14. TWRK – NOLIA
    15. Pitbull – Bojangles – DJ KA5 Edit
    16. JAY-Z – Jigga
    17. Snoop Dogg – Who Am I? (What’s My Name?)
    18. Heather B – I Get Wreck – DJ KA5 Edit
    19. Da Youngsta’s – Pass The Mic – Remix
    20. Gang Starr – Mass Appeal
    21. A Tribe Called Quest ft. Leaders of the New School – Scenario
    22. LL Cool J – Mama Said Knock You Out
    23. Cypress Hill – Insane In The Brain
    24. N2Deep – Back To The Hotel
    25. Mac Dre – Fellin’ Myself
    26. Mac Dre – Get Stupid – DJ KA5 Edit
    27. P. Diddy ft. Ginuwine, Loon, Mario Winans, & Tammy Ruggeri – I Need A Girl (Part Two)
    28. Brandy & Monica – The Boy Is Mine – CFLO Edit
    29. Mobb Deep – It’s Mine – DJ KA5 Edit
    30. Mobb Deep – Quiet Storm – KidCutUp Edit
    31. Mobb Deep – Quiet Storm
    32. Mobb Deep ft. 112 – Hey Luv (Anything)
    33. Ball Greezy ft. Lil Dred – Nice & Slow
    34. Eskeerdo – EX’s
    35. Keith Sweat – Twisted – Baysik Remix

    Follow DJ KA5 on Facebook, Instagram, Mixcloud, SoundCloud, Twitter.

    Related: Miami’s DJ DJ KA5 Drops Mix for DJcity Podcast

  • L.A. Reid Tells Unheard Stories About Kanye and OutKast

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    Over the last two decades, legendary music producer and executive L.A. Reid has discovered or worked with stars like Kanye West, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, and Future. Today, with the release of his new memoir Sing To Me, Reid stopped by SiriusXM’s Sway In The Morning to discuss his impressive career. The mogul recounted signing OutKast, overseeing LaFace and Arista Records, talking with Kanye West before the release of 808 & Heartbreak, and more.
    Watch the full interview above.
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