Once again grinders, welcome to the Fast Life. My name is DJ Nabs and this is The Product & The Power.
This is not what I originally planned for my blog this week but when I heard about the unfortunate passing of the incredible DJ Roc Raida on Sept 19, 2009, I knew then, this blog would be about him.
For those that don’t know, DJ Roc Raida is mostly known for being a killer competition style DJ….yes, I’m talking about my favorite thing to hear a DJ do well…..scratching & beat juggling. He was one of the best, he had style, originality and was even awarded the coveted title of ‘Grandmaster’ Roc Raida. Most recently, he had been traveling with the hip hop show stoppa Busta Rhymes on the road as his tour DJ.
I met Roc Raida and the other members of his DJ crew, The X-Ecutioners, thru a friend of mine named Wayne Briggs some years ago. I was promoting and spinning a hip hop night here in Atlanta GA called Old School Sundays at a club called Kaya. Wayne knew that I was looking for true hip hop talent, old school and new. ‘Yo, these cats would be perfect for the vibe you’ve created with this sunday night’ he said. Needless to say, I booked them and the rest is history. Now believe me, some didn’t understand at first exactly what these DJs were going to do with 6 turntables on stage. My crowd was used to seeing myself, DJ Doc, Jaycee & Mars take turns rocking on 1 set of turntables. Why were 4 DJs on stage?? Well….I’ve been a fan of competition style DJing for years and have been in a few battles myself.. I knew exactly what they were going to do…tear the roof off the place!! Please believe…Roc Raida, Total Eclipse, Mr. Sinister & Rob Swift did not disappoint!
For those that follow me, you know that I archive everything so in honor of the great Grandmaster Roc Raida, here is a short video excerpt from my personal vault of that great night!
Roc Raida was 37 years young and will be missed by family, friends and fans all over the world!
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