Since way back in the days of disco loops and James Brown break beats, the DJ has been the nucleus of the hip hop movement. Whether supplying sonic soundtracks for early Bronx break dancers, breaking the talents on his Violator Radio Show artists like Chance The Rapper, Famous Dex and East Harlem newcomer Dave East or tearing the roof off a massive party, the man behind the one’s and two’s has been instrumental in the advancement of rap music from day one.
Although many well-known record spinners like Funkmaster Flex, DJ Khaled and Atlanta’s own DJ Drama have gained nominal fame in comparison to rappers, the overall spotlight for turntable technicians has dimmed over the years. But their influence on the rap game is as strong as ever before. Of these unsung hip hop heros is Chicago-born spin doctor DJ Scrap Dirty. Spinning since age 10, Scrap honed in his turntable talents mixing dusty disco cuts atop Chi-town’s signature house music records & Underground HipHop & Soul with an old Technics turntable, Realistic mixer and second hand Pioneer turntable without a pitch control knob. “I learned how to blend so well because I didn’t have no pitch control on one of the turntables, “Scrap remembers. “Mixing with disco music, you got a drummer.
You gotta keep up with him. He makes you blend that record. If not, It’s gone show. You gone get off beat. “ Growing up in the same neighborhood as Twista, Da Brat, & DO or Die music was indeed Scrap’s first love. But the allure of Chicago’s notorious West Side streets steadily beckoned him. In an attempt to escape the madness of the city, Scrap relocated and enrolled in Jackson State University in 1994.
“When I went to Jackson, I wasn’t deejaying, “Scrap demands.” I took a three-year hiatus cause I was into the streets. “Nonetheless, his tireless work ethic landed him a mix show job on Jackson radio station WJMI 99.7 in 1996 where he held down the Saturday night slot for four years. From there, he secured employment in rival station 977FM WRBJ in 2000, where he is currently mix show coordinator & later landed a Weekly Show on Sirius/XM Hiphop Nation with his “Violator Radio” Show which is currently on Dash Radio around the world.
But aside form his employment history, Scrap is responsible for starting Violator All Star DJs a faction of Violator Management with Music Mogul 50cents Manager Chris Lighty before he transitioned. It’s a networking group for deejays that now includes DJ Ace, Wiz Khalifah’s DJ DJ Bonics, The Legendary Mc (Boogie down Productions) turned DJ DNICE & a roster full of the Top DJs in the Music Industry. Keeping hip hop & future Soul in the hands of the DJ, Scrap Dirty is doing his part in retaining pure hip hop & Soul culture. Now with two decades of record spinning under his belt, Scrap knows the past, present and can adequately predict the future of the DJ for years to come.