What is the Scratch B?tch? Bojo likes to call it the infamous third turntable. .:Feb 22 09:.

I started giggin with DJ Bojo in San Diego I believe around 1994 or 1995.  We used to roll with this cat named Big Mike from Encinitas.  The guy had a real good golden age record collection.  Big Mike actually from what I understand is a doctor now.  I think he has way more important things to do than play with records i.e. like saving lives.  Long story short, we all loved to scratch, but we also did gigs.  I believe around that time Chris Soto started rolling with us too.  I don't know who came up with the idea but we started always bringing a third table with us whenever we had a gig.  The supposed purpose was to have a guy scratch over instrumentals or breaks so our mixes wouldn't be boring.  I must admit, at times people didn't follow the rule even myself.  I mean at times it would be absurd, constant scratching over words, lyrics, vocals.  Eventually it just got out of hand.  I mean, we SERIOUSLY brought the third table to every single gig we did, weddings, house parties, bars, family gigs.  Before each gig it would always come up whether we were bringing the third turntable this time just because many times it became a distraction and 100% chance that some dude who couldn't even scratch would ask to scratch and we would have to hear some sucky scratching (that's what we called scratching we couldn't stand).  I really think the third table played an important role in the creation what was then Turntable Lounge.  Through Turntable Lounge, I have to say we've had some pretty dope djs play the Scratch B role and I have to say, I think Bojo would agree that we are all honored to have met the people we did because of that third turntable.  One guy in particular who used to go wild was Jo_iLL.  I mean throughout the years we had guys like Smally Bigs (aka Small Wonder), DJ Slyed, Bille Knight, Happee, Dinoh, R-Type, Tanner, Bob One, Willow, Deehoz, Hektik, Jecs, Mane One, II Smooth and many many more that I can't even remember.  I know Bojo and Jo_iLL can add more to that list that I can't remember and more to the list after I stopped coming out.  We had joked about putting out a free tribute shirt of every DJ that scratched with us.  I mean if I remember right the list would have been pretty deep.  The dope thing about it was that it wasn't a competition, ego or anything, it really was guys who loved to scratch to music and make it sound good, again, there were many instances of Scratch B abuse, maybe a better way to describe it is that heads just got carried away. 

In any event, I bring this up because I think it's a lost art these days.  I went to the Souls of Mischief show to see Gaveegav play between acts and while he was up there, I thought to myself that it would be dope if he had a scratch B.   Especially at a live show it would've been dope to hear some tasteful, appropriate scratches between transitions.  I brought it up to Gav at the show but I don't think he knew what I was talking about.  When I told him he needed a scratch B he looked confused and looked all butt hurt as if I was dissing his scratch skills.  I might put his scratching in the "sucky scratching" (j/k or am i???) category but I wasn't trying to diss,  so I figured I blog about it.  Maybe someone can bring it back and do it right this time.   Here are some old pics I found of some of us playing the Scratch B role for Joel and a couple of randoms.

Hektik and Happee

Hektik and Psi Kick

- DJ Argonaut


Rope A Dope .:Feb 17 09:.

It was my first time entering a Battle.  Kleenhouse clothing threw a bboy/graf battle at Alliance MMA gym in Chula Vista last year.  The battle had different catagories, so i entered the character category. 

The characters are based on my Dad and my Nephew.  My Pops used to box a lot in the Phillipines and also while in the Navy.  He is constantly messin' around with my nephew, pretending to play fight with him, so I wanted to show my respect for both of them. Also I thought that since we were painting at an MMA gym, that it'd be fitting to paint something relating to boxing or fighting.

The quote is from the intro song on Common's "Be" album, one of my favorite lines from the album.  I believe its a line that dads should teach their kids, too!  My interpretation of that line is
that we shouldn't run with fear from our enemies and/or problems.  Although, we should walk away from unnecessary battles with strength and our heads held up high.

Photo Credit: Mike Herana (LaFotoNostra, Armory)

- Romali


THIS FRIDAY NIGHT! .:Feb 12 09:.



FlavorInnovator .:Feb 09 09:.

When I moved up to Union City a little more than a year ago, and it came time for me to find an internship for my graphic design program at Chabot College, I found a local studio in Newark, of all places, on Yelp. It was called FlavorInnovator (www.flavorinnovator.com). I emailed the studio, sent my portfolio, and maybe a few weeks later, Steve Ha had me working on a di-cut sticker for one of his clients. What was a weird coincidence is that I had seen this record at Amoeba by a cat name "E Da Boss" a couple weeks before that, that had caught my eye on the cover alone.  Turned out he designed it. Romali was going to buy the same record coincidentally on the design alone.  He's actually designed a few covers of records I had bought in the past.


I put in a lot of work at FlavorInnovator, in exchange he had taught me how to use Photoshop, and is always there to give me some guidance and constructive criticsm for my work. Fast forward to the present, about over 100 beers, 3 bottles of Jack Daniels, 5 packs of cigarettes, 1 run-in with a security gaurd, a few toy freestyle sessions, and a couple Jo_iLL tags on some random trash cans, we have become good friends, and he a mentor to me.

(Jo_iLL, Romali looking hard as usual, and Nam aka FlavorInnovator)

Vimby (www.vimby.com) had just did a feature on him, and I'm proud to see him getting some shine. Here's to good luck on the design tip in the '09.

- DJ Jo_iLL


Exile vs. D-Train .:Feb 09 09:.

- DJ Jo_iLL


Supa Koopa Theater .:Feb 06 09:.

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