DJ Envy. (Source: Facebook)
The Breakfast Club radio show’s DJ Envy successfully raised over $106,000 for working DJs impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The radio host was able to provide 213 DJs with $500 each as the result of an Easter Sunday fundraiser on Instagram Live to support Envy’s “I Love My DJs” GoFundMe campaign.
Over 12 hours, those who tuned in heard sets from DJ Clue, DJ D-Nice, Kid Capri, DJ Will, Tony Neal, DJ Prostyle, DJ Scratch, and Quicksilva. Furthermore, DJ Khaled gave over $45,000 to the GoFundMe saying via Twitter, “Bless up to the DJs! I saw @djenvy’s go fund me post and heard the goal was to raise 50K for the DJs so I put the remaining $45,255 up. We are here to support each other! We are in this together!”
“During this pandemic, you’ve seen DJs step up to the plate and throw virtual parties to keep the spirits up during this quarantine,” Envy told People Magazine. “It’s tough right now for so many DJs to provide for their families with no bars, clubs, lounges, or events to work. Most don’t have healthcare, savings, retirement plans, or have their businesses set up where they can get a stimulus check. So how can they keep food on their table? I knew I had to help.”
The Atlanta native discussed a variety of topics, including how he stays relevant, his current production gear, Rae Sremmurd‘s success, his desire to work on movie scores, how he breaks records, the producers who inspire him, and recording more socially conscious tracks.
Watch the full interview above.
After years in the making, DJ Premier finally paid a visit to Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club. The legendary DJ and producer covered his entire career, from growing up in Texas and joining Gang Starr to working with The Notorious B.I.G., Jay Z, and Nas. The hour-long conversation is a must-watch for fans of classic hip-hop, production, and DJ culture.
On the current political climate:
“I personally think that women and millennials will essentially be the larger number that ends up saving us in four years … Women have compassion. They think about the world. They birthed the world. The whole entire world came through the conduit of the woman’s body. Women consider that.”
On Trump winning the election:
“This pressure that’s gonna come about is going to make the best art, the best music, the best design, the best fashion. It’s going to be amazing. That’s one of the good things that’ll [come from the election].”
On the challenges of working in the music business:
“It’s not like in football where they actually sit down and have you take a course and [teach you] what to avoid and people to stay away from. They don’t do that in the music industry. This is the most abused industry ever … There’s some really nice and brilliant people that are in the music industry right now, but we need more of those people to be empowered so that they can continue to empower the artists.”
Watch the full conversation below.
Being the child of a famous parent can be a blessing or a curse. Some take the easy route by riding the wave of their parent’s legacy while others work hard to earn respect through their own achievements.
Jam Master Jay‘s son, TJ Mizell, is an example of the latter. The Queens native paid his dues as both a student and employee at Scratch DJ Academy and currently serves as A$AP Ferg‘s official tour DJ.
During a recent interview on The Breakfast Club radio show, TJ discussed what it was like growing up as the son of a hip-hop legend, being a DJ in his own right, and the current state of the scene.
“The DJ is [becoming] the rock star now, but at the same time because of that you do have the saturation,” TJ said. “As real DJs, we gotta set that game up and keep that bar high and make sure people can see the difference and know the difference.”
Watch the full convo below.
Related: Listen to TJ Mizell’s Mix for DJcity’s ‘Friday Fix’
Kendrick Lamar sat down with “The Breakfast Club” this morning for his first interview with the show since dropping To Pimp a Butterfly. Of course, there was plenty of talk about his new album, but Kendrick discussed plenty of other interesting topics. We thought his last interview with the show was great, but this might be better.
Here’s a breakdown:
00:40 – How the release of “To Pimp a Butterfly” was botched
02:00 – The inspiration behind “i” and why he released it as the first single
02:40 – Why he didn’t attend the Grammys this year
03:00 – Taking two years to record “To Pimp a Butterfly”
03:30 – Accusations of him being “too preachy”
05:30 – His influence on the youth and why more artists should be socially responsible
08:00 – Where the Tupac audio on “Mortal Man” came from
09:30 – Where he gets his knowledge and wisdom from
12:20 – His relationship with J. Cole
13:00 – Where the aggression on “Control” came from
14:40 – “To Pimp a Butterfly” being labeled a classic
17:35 – Why he featured Bilal on “These Walls”
20:05 – Why he doesn’t release more records with Dr. Dre
20:50 – Being hands-on during the recording process
23:00 – His comments about Ferguson being misunderstood
28:20 – The meaning behind the “To Pimp a Butterfly” cover art
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