Tag Archives: DJ Evil Dee

New Joint – Black Moon

Black Moon – “Creep Wit Me” (@DuckDownMusic / 2019)

Brooklyn trio Buckshot, 5ft and DJ Evil Dee return with a melodic, nocturnal head-nodder off their forthcoming album “Rise Of Da Moon”.

New Joint – Planit Hank / Jeru The Damaja / Buckshot / AZ

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Planit Hank ft. Jeru The Damaja, Buckshot, AZ & DJ Evil Dee – “Life In Crooklyn” (@HardTimesMusic / 2018)

Three legendary emcees pay homage to their BK stomping grounds on this mellow head-nodder off producer Planit Hank’s forthcoming EP “Night Before Purgatory”.

New Joint – LiKWUiD & 2 Hungry Bros.

LiKWUiD & 2 Hungry Bros. ft. DJ Evil Dee – “Illfayted” (@HiPNOTT / 2018)

HiPNOTT Records celebrate National DJ Day with this piano-laced head-nodder.

Return To Da Stage – Black Moon

Footage of DJ Evil Dee and Buckshot working on new Black Moon material.

New Joint – DJ Evil Dee / Finsta Bundy

DJ Evil Dee ft. Finsta Bundy – “You’re Nobody” (@FinstaBundy / 2015)

The veteran BK duo drop some New York straight talk on this track from Evil Dee’s “Broadcasting Live” project.

New Joint – Black Moon

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Black Moon – “Go To War” (@DJEvilDee / 2014)

Vintage Brooklyn flavour from Evil Dee’s new mixtape “Broadcasting Live” which also features Nutso, Shabaam Sahdeeq, Finsta Bundy and more.

Live At Old Dirty Sundays Mix Download – DJ Evil Dee / Crazy DJ Bazarro

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Live set from Brooklyn’s DJ Evil Dee and Crazy DJ Bazarro dropping classics from Eric B. & Rakim, Naughty By Nature and Gang Starr during a recent appearance in Tampa, Florida – download here.

All James Everything!!! Mix Download – DJ Evil Dee

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The mighty DJ Evil Dee pays homage to the late, great James Brown with this vinyl-only 45s extravaganza originally broadcast on BeatminerzRadio.Com last weekend – download here and remember, Evil Dee is on the mix, c’mon kick it!!!

Enta Da Stage 20th Anniversary Teaser – Black Moon

Sneak preview of the forthcoming RedBull.Com mini-documentary celebrating the 20th anniversary of Black Moon’s classic 1993 debut album “Enta Da Stage”.

DVD Review – Beat Diggin’

“Beat Diggin’ – The Original Diggin’ Documentary”

(Busybody Films / CrateEscapeRecords.Com / 2012)

Filmed in 1997 during a visit to the Hip-Hop mecca of New York City, this documentary from Danish film-maker Jesper Jensen is a visual time-capsule that captures a handful of the East Coast’s most revered producers demonstrating, explaining and celebrating the craft of beat science at the tail-end of Hip-Hop’s golden-era period.

In today’s digital age, the collecting of vinyl, obsession with beat-digging and idea of spending hours inside cramped record stores may seem like alien concepts to some, with more and more music now being consumed and created online. But regardless of how much technology may have influenced the way some of today’s Hip-Hop is made, the importance of preserving the culture’s history and studying the original methods of the greats is as critical as ever, with “Beat Diggin'” providing an insight into the love shared by some of your favourite producers for the simple pleasure of sifting through stacks of vinyl to find that one perfect sample just waiting to be turned into Hip-Hop gold.

Included here in both its original, rawer 1998 version and an expanded 2003 re-edit, the film finds Jensen following the likes of Da Beatminerz, Showbiz, Diamond D, Buckwild and Godfather Don in the Rotten Apple, both record shopping and in the studio, as they continue on their endless search for the perfect beat.

Mr. Walt talks through his process of finding potential sample material, which includes smelling the vinyl, whilst Godfather Don discusses his dislike of what he calls “pick-up truck production”, which the talented individual defines as a technique used by producers who try to take drums and sounds from too many different sources, leading to a cluttered, disjointed product rather than a cohesive collage of music that is able to stir particular emotions in the listener.

John DeSalvo of NYC’s legendary Bleecker Bob’s Records describes the sometimes complex relationship between vinyl vendor and Hip-Hop production clientele, explaining how the purchases of dusty-fingered diggers influenced the type of music the store would look to stock, as well as admitting his surprise at how some of the best beats sampled by customers were found on some of the least impressive records.

With the documentary being filmed at a time when the unique, secretive sampling practices utilised by those seen here to create classics from the likes of Black Moon and O.C. were starting to be overshadowed by the radio-friendly loops of the Puffy-led shiny-suit era, questions regarding the integrity of some of the music coming from the East Coast at that moment are met with respectful yet forceful answers. Evil Dee explains how much of his enjoyment in making music is to be found in the challenge of finding new, inventive ways to sample in order to disguise and change the original material, whilst Showbiz states that he always follows the advice given to him by DJ Premier when it comes to making beats, which is simply to keep it Hip-Hop.

Another highlight is studio footage of Mr. Walt  working with independent favourites Shadez Of Brooklyn on their album which, unfortunately, would never get to see the light of day. Yet the passion and ferocity heard in the voices of the crew as they spit their rugged rhymes over bass-heavy Beatminerz production stands as a reminder of the hunger that can always be found in the Hip-Hop underground.

Both interesting and entertaining, “Beat Diggin'” stands as an important snapshot of the drive, creativity and dedication shared by many at a point in Hip-Hop’s history when true heads were striving to keep the essence of the culture alive as the music started to feel the tight grip of mainstream commercialism.

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“Beat Diggin'” DVD Trailer

The Takeover – Sean Price / Murs / Fashawn / DJ Evil Dee / Dru Ha

Amusing footage of the Duck Down crew sitting in for an absent Tony Touch on his Shade45 “Toca Tuesdays” show.

New Joint – Da Beatminerz / Tash / Rah Digga

Da Beatminerz ft. Tash of Tha Alkaholiks & Rah Digga – “…Sumthin'” (IllAdrenalineRecords.Com / 2012)

The Ill Adrenaline crew follow-up recent impressive releases from Rashad & Confidence and The Legion with the forthcoming limited-edition seven-inch release of this 1998 track from the vaults of DJ Evil Dee and Mr. Walt.

New Joint – Illa Ghee

Illa Ghee – “Rap Wizardry” (@IllaGhee2K / 20120

Dom Dirtee-produced track featuring DJ Evil Dee on the cuts from the NY artist’s EP “Angel Dust & Waffles”.

Prop Masters – Black Moon

Vintage 1993 RETV interview with NY’s Black Moon following the release of the trio’s debut single “Who Got Da Props?”.

Still Got The Props – Black Moon

The A.A.V.E. interview with Black Moon during the 2011 Red Bull Music Academy World Tour.

Headz Ain’t Ready – Black Moon

Footage of Black Moon performing the classic 1994 Beatminerz remix of “I Got Cha Opin” at Duck Down’s recent 15th Anniversary event.

End Of An Era – Fat Beats

Footage from the final week at NYC’s Fat Beats before the store closed its doors for the final time – I can remember my first trip to NYC in 1997 where I visited Fat Beats and snagged DJ Eclipse for a “brief” interview which ended up lasting about 90 minutes due to my excitement – I did buy a stack of vinyl while I was in there though LOL.

Immortal Technique, J-Zone, Dru-Ha etc Panel Discussion

Rob Swift & Breez Evahflowin

Statik Selektah

Mr. Walt

PackFM

DJ Premier

Eternia

Homeboy Sandman

Dom Pachino

PaceWon

Masta Ace

El Da Sensei

Ras Kass

DJ Evil Dee

J-Live

The Arsonists

Timz N Hood Chek – Black Moon / Smif-N-Wessun

Footage from this past weekend’s “Tribute To The Classics” show at NYC’s Knitting Factory featuring Black Moon and Smif-N-Wessun rocking Boot Camp classics with a full live band.

“Buck Em Down”

“Black Smif-N-Wessun”

“Ack Like U Want It”

“Wrekonize”

“Who Got Da Props?”

Turntable For Two – DJ Scratch / DJ Evil Dee

Scratch and Evil Dee rock the turntables together at last month’s Black August Hip-Hop Project in NYC.

Real Backpack Rap – Black Moon / Smif-N-Wessun

1993 Black Moon / Smif-N-Wessun freestyle from NYC’s legendary Stretch & Bobbito radio show.