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THE GREATEST DJ SHOW ON EARTH
4 Turntables, 2 Mixers, and a whole lotta Vinyl!
scratching turntablism old school & classic hip-hop rap
soul funk rock breaks and much more, this tour has it all!
(click on the links below for each city to see who the players were on that date)
Oct. 22nd - San Francisco, CA @ Milk
Oct. 23rd - Oklahoma City, OK @ Mardi Gras
Oct. 24th - Lafayette, LA @ The Plaza
Oct. 25th - New Orleans, LA @ The Howling Wolf
Oct. 26th - Houston, TX @ The Dubhouse
Oct. 27th - Dallas, TX @ Crave in Deep Ellum
click here for Highlights from the 2003 Tour
Over the past decade Bomb Hip-Hop's influence and contribution to the promotion of the four elements of hip-hop (dj, mc, breaking, graffiti) is undeniable. Bomb has evolved since it's humble beginnings in 1991 as a hip-hop publication to "one of the fifteen independent labels that matter" according to Rolling Stone. Volume II in the series of RETURN OF THE DJ was ranked by Spin magazine as #25 in their "The 90 Greatest Albums of the 90's", receiving a higher rating than Gold & Platinum albums by Lauryn Hill, Pearl Jam, Tori Amos, PJ Harvey, Metallica, Green Day and Fatboy Slim. Cover art, music and artists from the Return of the DJ series are featured in the movie 'Scratch' playing on the Sundance channel and available on DVD.
Watching the deejays in the movie Scratch talking about the artform is one thing, but experiencing it for yourself in a live setting is quite an experience. Bomb Hip-Hop helped spark the turntablist revolution in 1995 with the release of the first ever all dj/all scratching album Return of the DJ and now with the recent release of Volume V Bomb presents the RETURN OF THE DJ TOUR. "When we were trying to book this tour a lot of the venues thought it was purely just a scratching/beat juggling tour which it is not" Bomb Hip-Hop's ceo Dave Paul says from his S.F. headquarters. "All the DJ's beat mix and are able to rock a nightclub so people can groove and dance, with some scratching laced over top for added effect and routines here and there but not for longer than 2 minutes at a time. So it's a party rockin' style with a little bit of everything thrown into the pot - hip-hop, rock, electro, breaks, scratching and so forth. Basically an all-star dj extravaganza with solo performances as well as group routines!"
Bomb Hip-Hop has produced various Bay Area concerts and club nights from the early 90's to the present including the legendary sold out "Bomb" parties at the DNA from '92-'95 and the 2003 "Bomb Hip-Hop Tour" in Europe. Some of the cutting edge hip-hop artists that have performed at Bomb events include; Kool Keith, Aceyalone, Invisibl Skratch Picklz (Q-Bert, Disk, Shortkut, Mixmaster Mike), Blackalicious, Jurassic 5, Beat Junkies (Rhettmatic, J Rocc, Babu, Melo D), Mystik Journeymen, Supernatural, Volume 10, Schoolly D, Akinyele featuring Rob Swift, Shakey featuring Rahzel the Human Beatbox, Ultramagmetic MCs, Pete Nice & Daddy Rich, Alkaholiks, Pharcyde, Masta Ace, Freestyle Fellowship, Nas, DJ Craze, Dan the Automator, DJ Swamp, Grandwizzard Theodore, DJ Shadow and House of Pain (with B-Real from Cypress Hill).
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QUEST (Live Human / B.P.S.H. / Space Travelers - San Francisco, CA.)
DJ T-ROCK (1200 Hobos / Bomb Hip-Hop - Los Angeles, CA.)
DJ PONE ('89 Skratch Gangstaz - Oakland, CA.)
DJ SHORTFUSE (Bomb Hip-Hop - Vancouver, BC - Canada)
DAVE PAUL (Bomb Hip-Hop - San Francisco, CA.)
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Born in El Salvador, Quest moved to the San Francisco bay area in 1982. He started out as a bedroom dj in 1987 and quickly began performing as a mobile dj. In the early nineties the second stage of his career took place when he began competing, producing and independently releasing turntable music. Quest is also known as one of the founding members of one of the original scratch crews in the bay area (Bullet Proof Scratch Hamsters/Space Travelers). In 1992, at dj battle that was staged for the popular tv show Home Turf, Quest gave birth to the term "Hamster Style" which refers to the reverse set up of the turntables. Today the term remains popular and is recognized by djs worldwide. Quest and the BPSH produced "Hamster Breaks", the first record of its kind, designed specifically for scratch and battle djs. Since its release in 1993, hundreds of dj tool records have imitated the arrangement of this classic album. In late '96 Quest further expanded his musical horizons by teaming up with Albert Mathias (percussion) and Andrew Kushin (cotra bass) to form the experimental jazz/hip-hop group Live Human. In 2001 Quest won the SF Weeklys' "SF's Best Hip-Hop DJ" award and last year Quest teamed up with DJ Shadow for the song "Holy Calamity (bear witness II)" with Handsome Boy Modeling School (Tommy Boy).
DJ Quest has performed at various festivals in Europe, including the "Montreux Jazz Festival" in Switzerland, the "Roskilde" festival in Denmark, and "Transmusicales Music Fest." in Renn, France to name a few. Quest has also traveled throughout Japan, Australia, and the U.S. performing with Latyrx, Live Human, Space Travelers, and solo. In addition to workshops, guest apperances on live and internet radio shows Quest has collaborated on many recordings by numerous artist including Dan the Automator, DJ Shadow, Blackalicious, Rob Swift (X-ecutioners) and has appeared on many albums including ones by Peanut Butter Wolf, Blackalicious, Handsome Boy Modeling School, the Future Primitive Sound Collective's 12" (Black Hole) & Urban Revolutions comp, and the recent Variable Unit comp. to name a few. Quest who is featured in the Doug Pray directed documentary SCRATCH (palm pictures) is one of todays most talented and versatille turntable artist.
click here to listen
to an excerpt from DJ Quest's mix cd Mutation Mann
click here to read
an interview with Quest
Since 1988, hip-hop's golden era, DJ T-Rock (1200 Hobos) has built his foundation of turntable skills from the ground up. T-Rock is one of the most talented DJ's on the turntablist scene. He has been honing his craft for more than 15 years, mastering the turntable as an instrument. T-Rock is best known for his full length albums Who's Your Daddy (Bomb Hip-Hop) and Sikinthehed (Nu Gruv/Stereotype Records), as well as his appearances on Bomb's pioneering Return of the DJ compilations volumes 3 and 4. He has also produced songs for Deeper Concentration Volume 3 (OM Records) and Billy Jam's Scratch Attack (Hip Hop Slam) and most recently appears on new albums by the Warp Brothers (Warp Factor) and Mr. Dibbs (The 30th Song).
T-Rock has been featured in numerous international magazines including URB, DJ TIMES, XLR8R, Mass Appeal, and Elemental. In addition to his work as a scratch DJ and producer T-Rock is an accomplished mixing dj that can rock any house party or club venue. His classic record collection and quick mixing skills have enabled him to perform with such greats as Cut Chemist (Jurassic 5), Mix Master Mike (Beastie Boys), DJ Swamp (Beck), Afrika Bambaataa, Kurtis Mantronik, Z-Trip, The Xecutioners, DJ Craze, Babu (Dilated Peoples), Shortkut (Beat Junkies) and many others. T-Rock moved from Atlanta to Los Angeles in 2003 to work with the new hip-hop/rock hybrid band Graffiti Death Threat and dj for Virgin recording artist Amanda Perez. He's just released a new mix cd Hip-Hop Sundae and T-Rock has a new track that appears on the forthcoming Return of the DJ - Volume V.
click here to listen to The Inkredible Turntablist by DJ T-Rock
click here to listen to an excerpt from T-Rock's mix cd Hip-Hop Sundae
click here to read an interview with DJ T-Rock
"T-Rock needs no MC's, no gimmicks, no outside producers whatsoever. Like Terminator X before him, T-Rock takes music to the edge of panic with his musical opus Sikinthehed. - RapReviews.com
"T-Rock's Sikinthehed is one those rare CDs that reflects hip hop's early days while still marching ahead to the future. There's no rapping, no bling-bling or tales of urban folklore or misogynistic boasting. Rather, Sikinthehed is mainly beats, samples and scratching that seems to have been done in a lab in outer space, not a basement here on earth." - Independent Weekly
The Bay Area's DJ Pone is part of the '89 Skratch Gangstaz, whose turntablist recordings and performances are well-known to other DJs worldwide. He has spun at shows throughout California, performing alongside such acts as Arrested Development, DJ Swamp, The World Famous Beat Junkies, The X-ecutioners and appearing on The Wake Up Show, as well as numerous college and commercial radio stations throughout California. DJ Pone also performs with the reggae band Dub FX (www.dubfx.com), playing at the famous Reggae on the River festival, and opening for such prominent reggae acts as Toots & the Maytals, Yellowman, and Sean Paul. He also appears on DJ Qbert's newly released Do It Yourself Volume 2 - Skratch Sessions DVD.
DJ Pone first appeared on the national scene in DJ competition, competing in the 1999 DMC US Finals. As part of the '89 Skratch Gangstaz, DJ Pone has been featured on numerous turntablist compilations, including Bomb Records' groundbreaking Return of the DJ series, as well as several releases by Hip Hop Slam, including Turntables by the Bay, Scratch Attack, and Global Turntables. DJ Pone has several remix credits, including remixes of "Lesson 3" by Double Dee & Steinski (Hip Hop Slam label), "DJ DJ" by the punk group Transplants (Epitaph), "Earthcrusher" by Mr. Lif (Def Jux), and a forthcoming remix of Public Enemy's "Son of a Bush". DJ Pone's latest project is the turntablist composition "Directors' Cut", which will be featured on the upcoming Return of the DJ - Volume V.
click here to listen to Director's Cut by DJ Pone and Snayk Eyez
click here to read an interview with DJ Pone
DJ Shortfuse is a seasoned turntablist/DJ/producer hailing from Vancouver, B.C - Canada. His diverse skills and dexterity has been prevailent over the years, performing at shows all over Canada and the US. Shortfuse is reknowned for his party rocking and eclectic style (he's been known to flip 80's and rock classics with hip-hop and classic breakbeats). Bringing all genres of music to the stage this cat is no run of the mill dj. He's had music featured on such compilations as Bombs' Return of the DJ - Volume IV (his rock inspired tribute "Unpleasant Thoughts") and The Real Deal, Hip Hop Slams' Global Turntables as well as his own battle record on Bomb entitled Return of the DJ: Battle DJ Supplement. Shortfuse also appears on the forthcoming Return of the DJ - Volume V. He's also had music featured on several Treetop Snowboarding videos and his independent mix tape Sonic Violator moved over 700 copies independently. He's shared the stage with the likes of Z-Trip, Cash Money, Dilated Peoples, Swollen Members, Moka Only, Apollo (Invisibl Skratch Piklz), Dan The Automator (Gorillaz), Kool Keith, Planet Asia and The Allies. Be sure that Shortfuse always brings something different to his performances, definitely something not to be missed!
click here to listen to Unpleasant Thoughts by DJ Shortfuse
click here to listen to Chainsaw Massacre by DJ Shortfuse
click here to listen to ROTDJ Radio by DJ Shortfuse
click here to read an interview with DJ Shortfuse
Dave Paul began his hip-hop career in 1985 as a mobile dj and then evolved into a prominent college radio dj & club dj in San Francisco. His fresh style of party rocking and extensive record collection has kept him booked over the years at various hip-hop events. In 1991 Dave Paul launched the now legendary company Bomb Hip-Hop. He has been featured in URB, CMJ, Undercover, XLR8R, Blast, appeared on the front cover of Billboard, and is featured in the movie SCRATCH. With the b-boy's revenge and the DJ's return, the one man army of Dave Paul is a true hero of the global independent scene, having unleashed upon the world the pioneering Return of the DJ series as well as a slew of artists and producers from the UK, Australia, Europe and the US. All with one thing in common - the true ethics of b-boyism. With an emphasis on the four elements of the hip-hop Dave Paul has created the archetypal independent company, encompassing everything from management to a mail order catalog, concert promotion to magazine, merchandise to a record label.
click here to listen to an interview with Dave Paul on Brave New Waves/CBC Montreal
click here to read an interview with Dave Paul
"David Paul and Bomb Hip-Hop have helped define one of the most exciting forms of music in the '90s: turntablism" - Pulse Magazine
"David Paul has been a trendsetter for 10 years, his projects have defined genres and jump-started now legendary careers" - SF Weekly
"Starting in 1991 as a 'zine and later evolving into a full-fledged record label, Bomb put San Francisco on the underground hip-hop map. The label was also one of the first to champion deejaying as an art form with it's groundbreaking Return of the DJ compilations." Stance Magazine
"It definitely opened some doors and opened our minds. Up until the Return of the DJ album my goal was to dj for a popular rap group and be on stage with someone and be in videos and stuff like that. I never thought I'd end up having my own album and that I'd be able to exist as a musician without the presence of an emcee and Return of the DJ was the start of that" - Rob Swift from the movie SCRATCH
RETURN OF THE DJ - VOLUME I (cat. #BHH2002)
released in 1995
01 Death of Hip-Hop - Kool DJ E.Q.
02 Ghetto on the Cut - DJ Ghetto
03 Rob Gets Busy - Rob Swift
04 The Bomb Drops - Jeep Beat Collective
05 Scratch Monopoly II - The Beat Junkies
06 Invasion of the Octopus People - Invisibl Skratch Picklz (Q-Bert, Disk, Shortkut)
07 U Can Get With Discs or U Can Get With D.A.T. - DJ Z-Trip
08 The Chronicles (i will always love h.e.r.) - Peanut Butter Wolf
09 Terrorwrist (beneath the under) - Mixmaster Mike
10 The Track - ASAP Productions (Yutaka, Honda, Aladdin)
11 Lesson 4 : The Radio - Cut Chemist
12 Suckas (sucka dj dis) - DJ Babu
RETURN OF THE DJ - VOLUME II (cat. #BHH2003)
released in 1997
01 The Positive Step - Beyond There
02 B-Boys Revenge 96 Porkopolis Turntable Jazz - Mr. Dibbs/1200 Hobos
03 Change the Scratch - DJ Jeff
04 Vinyl Overdose - DJ Format
05 Whos On The Turntables - LF Peee
06 Private Parts - Radar & Z-Trip
07 Call Me Goldfinger - Pepe Deluxe
08 Statics Waltz - Kid Koala
09 Flat Chested - DJ Ruthless
10 Aerosoul - Tommy Tee
11 X-Men Style Beatz - Roc Raida
12 Hide Your Wrecords When We Come Through - Kool DJ E.Q.
13 Itchy Vinyl Session Part II: Babylon 5 - DJ JS-One & DJ Spinbad
14 Jimmies Jam - DJ Jimmie Jam
15 On Da Flex - DJ Godfather
16 Rockstar - Z-Trip
RETURN OF THE DJ - VOLUME III (cat. #BHH2040)
released in 1999
01 All Points Bulletin (album disclaimer) - Mr. Dibbs
02 Return of the DJ - DJ Faust
03 Rockstar II - Z-Trip
04 The Return of Scratching - DJ Talkback
05 The Brothers Grim Sideshow - DJ Bombjack featuring Ben Grim
06 Mood Swing - Furious
07 Science Friction - DJ Shiro
08 Brain Confusion - Eddie Def & Extrakd
09 Shortees Return - Shortee
10 Unorthodox Turntabular Angles - Maniphest with Mr. Thing
11 Cold Cutz - Cold Cutz Crew (Spinbad / JS-One / Slynke)
12 Doo Doo On Yourself - DJ T-Rock
13 Deedz In Da Mix - Innernational
(Myk B / Trace / Clitch / Chico / Kair One / Rip One / Day)
14 Never Be the Same - DJ Design
RETURN OF THE DJ - VOLUME IV (cat. #BHH2044)
released in 2001
01 Here 4 Years - DJ Storm
02 My Definition - DJ Static
03 Scroll of the Wrist Beam - Qbert
04 Lesson 89 - 89 Skratch Gangstaz (DJ Pone and Snayk Eyez)
05 World Domination 2001 - Happee & Dinoh
06 Dangerous - DJ JS-1 & DJ Spinbad
07 U.T.A. : 2 - DJ Maniphest featuring Mr. Thing
08 Unpleasant Thoughts - DJ Shortfuse
09 X Marks the Skratch - Slate
10 Buenos Dias Bitch - DJ Prolifix
11 Symphony 3000 - Top Rawmen
(featuring Yeroc, Nando, Nomad, Mike C and Jay Slim)
12 We Are The Ones - The Wristerons
13 Girlz Didnt Give Me None - DJ T-Rock
14 Schwicky - The Animal Crackers
15 Music Evolution - E-Jay & Rocky-Rock
RETURN OF THE DJ - VOLUME V (cat. #BHH2060)
released in 2003
01 ROTDJ Radio - DJ Shortfuse
02 Disc Duel - DJ Hype & the Phaderheadz
03 Directors' Cut - '89 Skratch Gangstaz (DJ Pone & Snayk Eyez)
04 The Detonator - Ales One & DJ Teeko
05 1-8-7 - DJ Marvel
06 Recognize - The Fingerbangerz
07 Hate Me - DJ Astro
08 Destroy - Alien Army
09 Panic - Timestretch, Nerve and Trouble B
10 Quattro Respirato - Azzurro feat. Hashim B.
11 Catch Wreck - Jazz Addixx feat. DJ Ragz, DJ Boom and Mudd
12 The Old School Day Trip - DJ X-Rated
13 Aych 2 Oh - H.O.P.
14 Broccoli Wars - Noisy Stylus
15 I'm the Mutha F'in Man - DJ T-Rock
16 The Boys Dope! - Mista Ed
17 Ventilation - DJ JS1
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