Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.
Stevie J, Marlon Wayans, and Don P
World Red Eye
On January 20, DJs paid homage to their compadres around the world with energetic, amplified mixes in honor of National DJ Appreciation Day. The role of a disc jockey has become more intricate and coveted than ever before, especially in the digital arena, where music connoisseurs can learn Serato and dub themselves world-renowned DJs in less than a day. In hip-hop, a real DJ has the power to control the room with mind-altering selections, break rising artists with a game-changing record, and/or convince the audience their selections are the hottest songs ever.
In South Florida, DJs have blessed the airwaves for years. There’s no comparing the careers of revered celebrities like Mr. Mixx of 2 Live Crew, skilled boom-bap curator DJ Heron, and De La Soul’s DJ Maseo, who has lived and performed in South Florida for over a decade. Before he evolved from a radio jock into a global phenomenon, DJ Khaled began by breaking records on Mixx 96; he moved on to become the voice of 99 JAMZ alongside a slew of local mixers like DJ Nasty (305), DJ Epps, DJ Irie, DJ Entice, and DJ EFN, whose Drink Champs podcast features legendary hip-hop artists from around the country.
As we get settled into 2017, there’s a handful of seasoned DJs who are finally starting to reap the benefits of their struggles. At the same time, there’s a new generation, and it’s time you know who they are.
Don’t wait for the Global Spin Awards to tell you who’s hot and who’s not. Here are ten South Florida hip-hop DJs…
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