This was very much a Bay Area all-star event. Founding member of the legendary Invisibl Skratch Picklz and credited inventor of the "DJ band," DJ Apollo (appearing at Karma on Friday, July 23 l; see Sound Checks, p. 62), was inducted into the DMC Hall of Fame (along with Grandmaster Caz, old-school pioneer DJ, MC and contributor to Rapper's Delight), as crewmate DJ Q-Bert looked on from the back of the house, and San Francisco MCs Rasco and Planet Asia dropped some positivity. Members of the East Coast-based Gang Starr dropped by to plug a new record.
The true showstopper was the mind- blowing set by UK turntable duo the Scratch Perverts. Pretty fly for a white guy and another white guy, and the repressed headz left happy. In the immortal mix of Cut Chemist (or is it Shortcut?), "Scrscratchin': What is it? The greatest thing on Earth."
You can catch DJ K-9 with Wax Murderers crewmate DJ Charlie Chan every Monday night at the Hi-Pointe Cafe.
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