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There was a time when the DJ on a hip hop album could only catch wreck on the chorus cuts. Or, if they were lucky, get a single track to show how they do.
The seminal Adventures On The Wheels of Steel by Grandmaster Flash, DJ Premier In Deep Concentration, and Eric B’s Chinese Arithmetic all showcased the DJ and his skill, but felt fleeting and isolated on these Rap-centric LPs.
It would take until July of ’95 for Bomb Records outta San Francisco to take the credit for putting out the first all-DJing project.
The tables had turned. The DJ had no need for anyone on the mic - They were speaking with their hands. And this compilation of some of the best crews and DJs in the scene showed that they could sustain the listener for a full album, and leave them wanting more (Vol. 6 out now!).
Full solo artist albums from D-Styles, QBert and Faust followed now that the DJ was recognised as an artist in their own right, and it proved there was market for turntablism as a genre.
Listen to the standout track, Invasion Of The Octopus People, by the Invisibl Skratch Piklz here…