Sway In The Morning

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

Chris Villa

Chris Villa
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
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’

DJ Rawn

DJ Rawn

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

Related: EASE Drops Mix for ‘Sway in the Morning’

EASE Drops Mix for ‘Sway in the Morning’


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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Related: Meet Red Bull 3Style World Finalist, EASE

A-Trak Encourages DJs to Be Creative and Open Minded


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’



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
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

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