Scratchers and segue masters turned out in droves for the DMC Technics World DJ Championships in New York City this past weekend, with last year's champ, Craze, taking home the individual gold yet again.
The two-day event consisted of the individual world finals, the first-ever world team championships, performances by the X-Ecutioners and Rock Steady Crew, and appearances by legendary DJs such as Grandmaster Flash and the World Famous Beat Junkies. MTV News caught up with Flash at the event and asked him how the playing field looks now in comparison to his early DJ days.
"I can remember 26 years ago," Grandmaster Flash told MTV News, "when I first [started], I had no blueprint. When I first thought about doing this turntable art form, I knew I was the man then. Here it is, 26 years later. There's a lot of good men out there." [RealVideo]
Tony Vegas's U.K. crew, The Scratch
Perverts, finished first, becoming the first-ever DMC World Team Champions. The Allies (consisting of Craze, 1997 World Champion A-Trak, and MTV's Hip-Hop Week Turntablist Infamous) finished second, much to the disappointment of the large crowd rooting for the U.S. team.
The Perverts' set was highlighted by a vocal scratch claiming "Kill The Allies," a direct attack on the second place finishers. Nonetheless, the move was simply in jest. During their World Team Champions acceptance speech, the Perverts invited the Allies back on stage, claiming that the two crews have now "merged" and are planning to collaborate for future battles and showcases.
As for Craze, the World Champion is about to embark on a 30-city tour with his Allies partner Infamous beginning this Thursday night in Craze's hometown of Miami. Here are the dates and places:
- 9/23 - Miami, FL @ Mission
- 9/24 - New York, NY @ TBA
- 9/25 - Edmonton, AB @ Mayfield Trade Center
- 9/27 - Philadelphia, PA @
- 10/1 - Santa Fe, NM @ Challenge New Mexico
- 10/2 - New Orleans, LA @ State Palace Theater
- 10/7 - Bradenton, FL @ Outer Limits
- 10/8 - Washington, DC @ Nation
- 10/9 - Atlanta, GA @ Studio Central
- 10/13 - Boston, MA @ Axis
- 10/14 - Cincinatti, OH @ DV8
- 10/15 - Memphis, TN @ TBA
- 10/16 - Denver, CO @ TBA
- 10/17 - Chicago, IL @ Metro
- 10/20 - Tallahassee, FL @ The Louvre
- 10/21 - Jacksonville, FL @ Paradome
- 10/22 - Charlotte, NC @ The Baha
- 10/23 - Toronto, ON @ TBA
- 10/27 - Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck
- 10/28 - St. Louis, MO @ Babylon
- 10/30 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Icehouse
- 10/31 - Vancouver, BC @ Richard's on Richards
- 11/3 - Calgary, AB @ Republic
- 11/4 - San Francisco, CA @ Eklektic
- 11/5 - Honolulu, HI @ TBA
- 11/6 - Cleveland, OH @ TBA