Today in Hip Hop History Month we acknowledge the element Deejayin. According to The Gospel of Hip Hop, Deejayin is the study and application of Rap music production , cuttin', mixin, and scratchin, as well as on-air radio broadcasting.
One of the amazing things about Deejayin is how Deejays took an appliance like a turntable and turned it into an instrument. So instead of just using the turntable to just play records, Deejays used it to cut, mix, and scratch records to create other sounds and rhythms.
One of my favorite scenes from the Hip Hop movie "Wild Style" is a scene where Grandmaster Flash is cuttin', mixin, and scratchin some records on 3 turntables while Hip Hop pioneer Fab 5 Freddy looks on in pure delight.
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