7. Philly Becomes The DJ Capital Of The World
During hip-hop’s ‘80s cultural ascendance, Philadelphia was arguably the center of the DJ universe. Let’s start with the region’s two biggest names: Jazzy Jeff and Cash Money. The former, the highly influential partner of the Fresh Prince and the man widely viewed as the creator of the transformer scratch as well as the successor to pioneering turntablists Grand Wizard Theodore, Grandmaster Flash and the late Jam Master Jay. The latter, one half of Cash Money & Marvelous and the winner of the 1987 New Music Seminar Supermen DJ Battle and 1988’s DMC World DJ Championships.
Indeed, Jeff and Cash laid out the blueprint for other aspiring Philadelphia DJ’s who dreamed of achieving more than just shutting down the neighborhood house party. The list of Philly spinners is seemingly endless: respected DJ Spinbad; late mainstream favorite DJ AM; Philadelphia born Atlanta mixtape king DJ Drama; alternative giant King Britt; electronic music DJ Statik; and club favorite PHSH. In Philly, the DJ is still king.