Mixtape artwork by DJ Underdog. This weekend kicks off the Summer festival season and next weekend is our own little jamboree, a thing we call the 5th Annual Roots Picnic. Full tracklist after the jump.
Throughout the s, the Low-Bee board, otherwise known as the Hollerboard, was an online gathering place for DJs, internet nerds, producers and party kids to exchange music, talk shit, party right, hook up, and LOL. It grew from a tiny community that had migrated from other Philadelphia-based indie rock and hip-hop boards, connected with a party called Hollertronix, thrown by a then-relatively unknown Diplo and his good friend, DJ Low-Budget or Low-Bee. Back in the day the 90s and early 00s , forums like the Hollerboard were where dance music communities came together. The board's original members were brought together by a revolutionary interest in crazy, cross-genre mash-ups, years before "open format" or multi-genre mixing was even a thing. By the mids, an entire style of DJing was bubbling on the East Coast—best captured on Low-Bee's Never Scared mix—and had come into its own because of the Hollerboard and adjacent forums like Turntable Lab. I must have played it 20 times in a row immediately after he first posted it. The Hollerboard community's favorite act was Naeem Juwan, aka Spank Rock, whose style, sound, and backing production brought rap music to the club in a way that changed dance music forever. As Spank Rock's career took off in the late s, he brought word of the Hollerboard with him, and almost every one of its constituents will tell you something like "we owe Spank Rock everything" when reflecting on the Hollerboard's legacy. Online interactions often turned into offline parties and collaborations, and there were plenty of bookings, label signings, tours, and even sex scandals, that arose from the forum. Because of the board, a cross-continental network of parties and promoters was able to emerge.
While the aesthetic is common practice today, it was practically unheard of at the time, and the pair set the gold standard with their parties, mixtapes and mashups. As a product of hip hop's golden age, Lowbeezy approaches DJing with the "true school" sensibilities of scratching, blending and quick mixing, and applies them to all forms of music - from Hip Hop, Rock, Classics, Club, Indie, Trap, Bounce and whatever future emerging styles appear on the radar. He approaches new music trends with a finely tuned ear and extracts only the best examples before including them in his seamless mixes; both on the dancefloor and in mixtape form. Lowbeezy's knack for creating exciting and captivating mixes and mixtapes is his forte.
There's a different kind of balance, but that doesn't mean that there's no balance. How do you really feel about that. I realize that the answers to many of these questions may be different for every family, and that we need to continue to discuss them more as a couple as we continue to think about our future. RUN like the wind.