DJ Sheep shares his favorite moments in the worldwide turntable competition.
DJ Aladdin: 1989 USA Final
DJ Aladdin reps hard for Compton, CA with a Jheri curl in full effect. His "Rock the Bells" is super classic with legendary transformer and rhythm scratching being rocked to rough perfection throughout the entire set. Aladdin had so much damn style and his body went into funk mode when he hit the decks. He ends the routine freaking Run DMC to say he “just fucked your mother last night” in a move of absolute genius.
Going on to the world finals, Aladdin faced a blatant misjudgment, losing the title to UK’s Custmaster Swift who in comparison looked and acted like he was doing a performance at a kids circus with 20 seconds of dancing and cornball antics. Real heads know who the true champion was in 1989.
BONUS: Check Low Profile’s track "Aladdin’s on a Rampage" for some more signature “no frills” DJ Aladdin cuts.
DJ Disk: 1993 USA Final
This set epitomizes Disk’s "don’t give a fuck" style. The Invisibl Skratch Pikl rocks a lethal combo of supernatural speed and technical cuts with Funkmaster Flex watching in the background. A historically important routine as it was the debut of the "flare" scratch in a DJ battle, a technique that would go on to revolutionize scratching to new levels. Disk told me that he dropped a tab of acid before this set and saw his hands melt during the routine. At 2:25 the host interrupts and asks “What the fuck is that?” Only the most diehard DJs could appreciate and see what Disk was doing way back then.
DJ Qbert & Mixmaster Mike: Retirement: 1995 World Final
This was the best part of owning the 1995 DMC World Finals VHS. Qbert and Mike were (apparently) forced into retirement from DMC because they were "too good," but as consolation told they could do a "showcase performance," thus altering the history of the DMC battle forever. Imagine if these two were "allowed" to battle. The Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis of the scratch bump heads on the stage curating a set of creative and groundbreaking techniques and cuts that predated the "turntablism" era. Check the vertical style and the PMX-2 mixers they were using. Mind blowing!
Roc Raida: 1995 World Final
This routine solidified the X-Men (a/k/a X-Ecutioners) stronghold on turntablism in the worldwide arena. No one did it quite as nice as Raida. His style and attitude is that of a true master with finesse that has "New York" all over it. Opening the set letting other DJs know they can “suck his dick,” “lick his balls” and “kiss his ass,” in a routine as hip-hop as they come, flippin’ "Chief Rocka," "Be a Father to your Child," "Beats to the Rhyme," "Adventures on the Wheels of Steel" and more! Dope juggles and defining body tricks. Check out how Raida taped up the transformer switches so he doesn’t knock them during the set. Rest in Peace.
DJ Craze: 1998 USA Final
Craze flipped heads around the world with this routine. A well-rounded 6 minutes that is so clean and innovative whilst keepin’ the funk alive. This is the performance that started the tidal wave of domination and deck intimidation that would land him 3 world DMC solo championship titles and secure his retirement from the battle circuit. This routine and subsequent performances set a benchmark that no one could really touch. Clean wordplay, perfect transitions, clean ambidextrous cuts and The Allies trademark style of juggling! After Craze’s exit, a lot of people stopped following the DMC as closely, without a doubt the Mike Tyson of battling left the building.