Ice-T To Host 2001 DMC U.S. Finals

Atlanta's DJ Klever steps in to defend for retiring champ DJ Craze.

The country's top turntable wizards will battle it out for wheels-of-steel supremacy at the U.S. finals for the 2001 DMC/Technics World Championship on August 24.

Rapper, actor and self-proclaimed pimp Ice-T will host the competition, which is scheduled to take place at San Francisco's Club Townsend, according to the event's publicist.

Among the 17 regional winners competing to represent the U.S. at the world championship — which will take place on September 22 and 23 at London's Apollo — are New York's Presyce, L.A.'s Kid Dragon, San Francisco's Golden Child, Miami's Infamous and 14-year-old Solution from Hawaii.

The top U.S. turntablist will be awarded two Technics 1200 turntables, a 2001 DMC championship jacket, Shure microphones and accessories, Physical Science clothing, slipmats from Sickmats, and airfare and lodging for the world championship. The winner will also appear in a future ad for Ecko clothing.

Previous victors of the U.S. title, now in its 16th year, include DJ Swamp (perhaps best known for his work with Beck), Q-Bert and Mix Master Mike (Beastie Boys) of the Bay Area crew Invisibl Skratch Piklz, Cash Money, Roc Raida, and retiring three-time world champ DJ Craze, who'll let last year's Stateside runner-up, DJ Klever of Atlanta, step in as defender of the U.S. title.

Formerly an acronym for Disco Music Club, DMC now stands for Dance Music Community, the online component of which can be found at www.dmcworld.com.