Ultimate Breaks and Beats
Breaks on 45 feat. Breakbeat Lou, Biz Markie, Peanut Butter Wolf, and J Rocc.
“Breakbeat Lou” Flores has been Djing in his hometown of The Bronx since 1974, 5 years before the first hip hop record was ever released. He’s from the same old school that bred Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa, and Grandmaster Flash, but his contribution to hip hop history came a few years later when in 1986 he, along with Lenny Roberts (RIP), created the Ultimate Breaks and Beats vinyl compilation series. Long considered the main catalyst and common thread of the golden era of hip hop, UBB was originally compiled of rare songs from 1966 to 1984 for hip hop DJs to integrate in their sets in a time when there was no internet, Serato, or even sampling in hip hop yet.
Even though the series was originally created for party/club DJs, after the introduction of sampling in hip hop in the late 80’s, it was soon used in the recording studio as well, becoming as important as the SP1200 drum machine sampler for producers to create what’s now considered the golden age of hip hop from the late 80’s til the early 90’s. This series of 25 records has been sampled by hip-hop's elite producers like DJ Premier, Pete Rock, Dr. Dre, RZA, Q-Tip, and Marley Marl and has been instrumental in the production of countless classic recordings over the years. Eventually, more contemporary producers such as J Dilla, Madlib, Swizz Beats, and Just Blaze went back to using Lou’s UBB series in a new way to give their modern works that “classic, hip hop sound”.
Sunday, November 23, 2014, we celebrate Breakbeat Lou’s first DJ appearance in Los Angeles, CA. He will be joined on the turntables by Biz Markie, Peanut Butter Wolf, and J Rocc as the four will pay tribute to the UBB series by spinning nothing but breaks on 45s. Lou has one of the illest 45 collections in the world and more importantly knows how to put together incredible DJ sets with them.
The legendary Biz Markie brings more than 15 years of solid hip-hop acumen and an overwhelming fan-base that stretches from New York City to Japan to Europe. At the age of 14, Marcel Hall dazzled his neighborhood under the alias of Biz Markie. First breaking onto the music scene in 1985 as a beat box for Roxanne Shante of the Juice Crew, Biz began constructing his own destiny in the mystifying world of rap and hip-hop. Now 15 years later and several years wiser, Biz continues to be universally praised by the ever-fickle and unforgiving hip-hop industry. No easy feat to accomplish, Biz has defined longevity to the highest power and has managed to still be one of the most notable artists and DJs in the industry. Born to embrace hip-hop, Biz is originally from Harlem but later moved to Long Island where he gained notoriety by his early teen years for beat boxing and rhyming. The Biz began his journey to musical anarchy, beat boxing his way into hip-hop heads hearts and delivering humorous, witty rhymes that made him loved and admired by music fans all over.
You can find Biz spinning and performing to the likes of almost every major celebrity in America and abroad. He has under his belt such mega-events as The Grammy After Parties, The Pre-Oscar Party, Will Smith Movie Premiere Events (in the states & overseas), The Essence Festival, The Magic Johnson Foundation Events, Super Bowl Events, NBA Allstar Events, State Farm (50 Million Pound Challenge) Events, ESPN Events, Microsoft Soft Software Launch Events, etc...the list goes on, even a performance for The Boss herself, Ms. Diana Ross, during a private birthday at Motown founder, Berry Gordys home.
With one of the largest number of collective works Biz has over 30,000 (45 records) and over 50,000 (12 inch albums). Biz Markie was recently featured on VH1's Where are They Now? Biz's publicists answered "He is everywhere!" Biz is a seasoned veteran that is still relevant by djing/performing approximetly 225 shows/parties last year, he has supplied timeless hits like "Just A Friend", "The Vapors", etc... in movies he was next to Will Smith in "Men In Black 2" playing a beat boxing alien etc..., in television has been on Keenan Ivory Wayons "In Living Color", "Celebrity Fit Club", "Nick Cannons "Wild N Out" on MTV, also on "Yo Gabba Gabba" (1 of the most highest rated kids shows on Nick Jr.) doing the beat box & dance of the day. In conclusion, Biz Markie is one of the most sought after Entertainers/DJs in the business.
Peanut Butter Wolf
As a young kid growing up in San Jose, Chris Manak sought out an escape from suburbian life in the Silicon Valley. The age of nine was his coming of age. This was the year he discovered sports (Pittsburgh Pirates), video games (Pac man), girls (Anita Balderama), and hip hop ("Rappers Delight"). Alongside partner Sweet Steve, young Chris fashioned primitive mix-tapes (using the pause button) and ran amok at the local roller rink.
He took on the name Peanut Butter Wolf in the late-80s when he realized that, in an odd turn of events, a girlfriend's youngest brother feared the "peanut butter wolf monster" more than death itself. Wolf and his more conventionally-named counterpart, Charizma, began recording in 1989 when the two were still teenagers. Within three years, the duo signed a contract with Hollywood Basic (Disney) alongside label mates Organized Konfusion and DJ Shadow. Charizma and Peanut Butter Wolf were riding high, touring Europe, receiving press in magazines such as Billboard and (a then newspaper format) Urb , hanging with radio legends Sway & King Tech on Wake Up Show and performing live shows with groups like House of Pain, Nas and The Pharcyde. Then, in December of 1993, Charizma tragically lost his life. Stunned, Wolf temporarily gave up on music.
After releasing the song "Just Like A Test" with Charizma for David Paul's Bomb Hip Hop Compilation early in 1994, Upstairs Records, a label known primarily for house music, approached Wolf to record an instrumental LP. Thus, the Peanut Butter Breaks was born; the record became the Wolf's calling card, leading to meetings and collaborations with like-minded DJs like Q-bert, Cut Chemist and Rob Swift.
After the release of Peanut Butter Breaks, PB Wolf found himself in demand as a producer. His track for the all-scratching compilation Return of the DJ was labeled "incredible" by The Source magazine. He released a 6 song compilation for South Paw Records in 1995, featuring collaborations with up and coming San Jose MCs. He also produced Kool Keith's first single as a solo artist "Wanna Be A Star." These releases, amongst others, led to a picture disc EP for British label 2 Kool Records.
In 1996, Peanut Butter Wolf founded Stones Throw Records. Charizma's posthumous "My World Premiere" was the single to launch the label. A few highlights in the beginning were the songs "Unassisted" by Rasco, Super Duck Breaks LP by DJ Babu, and hip hop 7" series.
Lately, PB Wolf has moved away from producing (save the odd remix or compilation track) to build the Stones Throw label and to travel as a DJ to Europe, Japan, Australia, Canada, and across the US. Through his willingness to experiment and provide Stones Throw's artists with musical carte blanche, he has overseen the releases of Lootpack's Soundpieces, Quasimoto's The Unseen, Breakestra's Live Mix, Yesterdays New Quintet's Angles Without Edges, Madlib's Shades of Blue, and Jaylib's Champion Sound.
J.rocc (Stones Throw, Beat Junkies)
Hailed as the world's best club DJ, J.ROCC continues to capture music enthusiasts around the globe. In 1992, Jason Jackson, internationally known as J.Rocc, launched his vision of forming a DJ crew comprised of talented musicians, by introducing to the world Southern California's first turntable band - the Beat Junkies. A prized accomplishment enthusiastically received by worldwide audiences, J.Rocc continues to invent musical styles that display his creative expertise. Highly recognized for his funky showcases and original arrangements, J.Rocc has clearly distinguished his place in music history.
In addition to numerous mixtapes and his own production for Stones Throw releases, J. Rocc has been the DJ for Madlib's live shows since the early 2000's, was the 3rd member of Jaylib (Madlib & J Dilla) during the group's live events, collaborated with Madlib on Beat Konducta Vol. 5-6: A Tribute to J Dilla and can seen around the world as DJ for Mos Def & Talib Kweli's Blackstar.