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Craig G, a Queensbridge, New York MC, is known as one of the original members of the historical Juice Crew. He teamed with Marley Marl in 1985, when the two recorded “Shout” and “Transformer,” and later on signed with Atlantic Records releasing albums in 1989 and 1991. Another album came in 2003 on the famed D&D label, This Is Now, featuring collaborations with Marley Marl, DJ Premier, and Da Beatminerz.
Craig G was a leading freestyle battle rapper, memorably battling Supernatural on several occasions. He wrote and coordinated the battle verses used by Eminem’s opponents in the film 8 Mile, and penned many lyrics for 50 Cent’s Get Rich Or Die Trying for the character Dangerous.
Eso Tre is the founding member of famed underground Los Angeles hip hop group Substance Abuse. Their debut album, Overproof, was released in 2006, and features cameos from Kool Keith, MF Doom, Motion Man, Saafir, and Rasco. The group released their sophomore effort, Background Music, featuring Tash, MC Eiht, KRS-One, Sadat X, Percee P, Myka 9, and Max Julien in 2013. In 2016, they released the follow up EP, “Background Music: The Redux.” Most recently, he teamed up with California emcee Nebz Supreme and Prince Po of Organized Konfusion and dropped “Take It To The Bank”.
There are a few key attributes that any battle rapper must possess in order to be successful. He must have composure, must be a quick thinker, have a strong delivery, and, most importantly, – lyrics, wordplay, punchlines, a powerful voice are all requirements needed to grab the attention of the audience and vanquish your foe.
Bigg K is a rare breed. He has became one of the nation’s top battle rappers, dominating many of his opponents with his aggressive approach and crazy punchlines. All of the battles that he participated in have gotten thousands of views on YouTube. He has garnered so much attention that he was invited to be interviewed on media outlets like ‘VladTV’ and the ‘Sway in the Morning’ show.
DJ Robert Smith
The Berliner is part of the duo “Smith&Smart” that has been touring all over Europe for 20 years. He is also hits the road solo or with various bands, scratching his way across the big stages of Europe and USA. Hip hop is the base for DJ Robert Smith’s work, while jazz, electro, soul, funk and world music also find their way on his turntables. As an all-purpose weapon with 100% flavour, DJ Robert Smith fills all events, from hip hop jams to noble galas, with excellent vibes. He is also a member of the Dusty Donuts Crew and has just released his first scratch 45 “the Kure“ on DJ Woody’s Woodwurk records in 2020.
EF started his music career in 1999 inspired by the great funk and dance classics of the 70’s & 80’s. The 90’s rise of the Hip Hop motivated EF to begin buying records and spinning at student parties. His records collection was constantly growing and he kept on improving his technical skills which earned him his first live performance as a guest DJ at Berlin’s Am To Pm in 2000 and resulted in his first residency. In appreciation of his work, early fans liked to nickname him DJ Biggie. Mixing astounding sets, he strongly marked his freestyle fingerprints on the Berlin nightlife scene where he established numerous connections with world-class DJs and producers. From Underground and Old school Hip Hop and RnB to Funk, Soul and, Reggae always playing and scratching on the good old solid turntables while also staying up to date with the latest technologies in addition to mastering the art of live video turntablism
DJ Marc Hype
DJ and record producer, particularly well known as a competitive battle DJ. He is also the founder of the pirate radio station Fantasy FM. Hype first became involved in music as a teenager in 1982, assisting PJ and Smiley with their sound system Heatwave in East London, which evolved into Shut Up and Dance.
Hype began producing in 1989, engineering and co-producing tracks (including “Exorcist” and “The Bee”) for Kickin’, Strictly Underground and Suburban Base. Suburban Base released Hype’s track “Shot in the Dark” that made the UK Singles Chart in 1993. By 1994, he had become a big name in the breakbeat hardcore and jungle raves – landing awards for Best Male DJ and Best Radio DJ (in 1994 and 1995 respectively) at the UK’s Hardcore Awards, and hosting a show on the legal station Kiss 100.
Hype released a double album mix compilation on Rhino Records in 2009, entitled DJ Hype presents Drum and Bass Essentials.
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