DJ Phsh Wins Big at Red Bull's 2013 'Thre3style' Regional Finals

PHILADELPHIA — The stage was set on Feb. 7, 2013, for the 2013 Red Bull “Thre3style” Eastern Regional Finals. Five DJs, who each won competitions in their respective cities, battled at Voyeur Nightclub to see who could move legendary DJs Jazzy Jeff, A-Trak, and Z-Trip, in order to secure their place to at the National Championships in Los Angeles.

Hosted by Afrobeat pioneer and musical enthusiast Rich Medina, the event brought out a diverse blend of music lovers and party-goers, as well as the “who’s who” of the DJ community, including Philadelphia’s legendary DJ Cash Money. With Red Bull energy fueling the crowd’s momentum and an opening set from Philly’s DJ Suga Shay, the crowd buzzed with anticipation to see who would make it out on top.

The Voyeur audience was treated to an eclectic mix of styles from contestants DJ Petey C of Pittsburgh, DJ Zeke who represented New York City, DJ Trayze hailing from Washington, D.C., DJ LayZeeBoy of Boston, and hometown favorite and Philly native DJ Phsh. Each brought their own set of sounds and skills to battle for the “2013 Eastern Regional Champion” title.

The night’s judges were all in agreement on the one attribute would separate the night’s winner from the rest of the competition: versatility. Each participant was required to play at least three different genres of music during his 15-minute set.

“I want to see who’s going to go off the beaten path,” said Z-Trip, the genre bending “mash-up” pioneer and world famous turntablist. “Who’s going to be the DJ to play not just hip hop, or electro music, but who’s gonna play some death metal and country? Whoever’s the one who’s not going to be afraid to jump off the cliff musically is going to be the winner tonight.”

Fools Gold Records head A-Trak, who made history as the youngest and first Canadian winner of the prestigious DMC World DJ Championships, noted eclecticism in his own work. “I try to integrate [genres of music],” he said. “ i think the sounds can mesh well. They don’t have to. I’m happy to hear them separately, but I like to hear music with an open mind and cross-pollinate.”

Each DJ showed their regional influences during their sets, though by the end of the night it would be the hometown hero DJ Phsh bringing the title back to Broad Street. When asked on how it felt to win an event of this magnitude in front of his home crowd, the Ill-Vibe Collective member stated simply, “I feel damn good. To win this in front of my extended family tonight is something I’ll never forget. I’ve been DJing since I was 14 years old, working in Armand’s Records. Philly has made me the DJ and man that I am.”

On a night that focused on the DJ, many reflected the artform’s ascension in popular culture and role in their own lives. “Music is my love,” said Philadelphia’s DJ Jazzy Jeff. “It isn’t what I do; It’s who I am. And in order to be successful [as a DJ], you have to do it for nothing else but for the love of the game.”

“DJing was very pure and that's when the word ‘turntablism’ was popularized. That's when people started talking about turntables as a music instrument,” A-Track reflected. “Fast forward now [...] and it's featured in major magazines. DJs are being featured at the same level as everybody else.”

The audience went home on a musical high with Jazzy Jeff performing a 30-minute set that brought the house down. While this chapter of the Thre3style competition has been brought to a close, the journey continues for the next batch of regional championships, with the next stop being in Chicago on February 21st, followed by Miami on the 22nd, Dallas on the 23rd, and Seattle on the 25th. After the regionals are concluded, it’s all about the road to Los Angeles on April 5th to find out who’s going to be the 2013 Red Bull Thre3style National Champion.

For more information about the 2013 Red Bull Thre3style Tournament, please visit the website at www.RedBullThre3style.com.

From the Web

More on Vibe

The Weeknd Throws Around His Pain In New Video For "Until I Bleed Out"

The Weeknd’s new album After Hours arrived last month. Today (April 7), Abel Tesfaye shared the new music video for “Until I Bleed Out,” which is the closing track on the album.

The clip finds The Weeknd at a confetti-covered party in an old movie palace. As he struggles to stand upright amid all the  papier-mache, he finds that the ground is moving in circles.

After Hours follows 2016’s Starboy. Previous visuals from the LP include “Heartless,” “Blinding Lights,” “After Hours” and “In Your Eyes.”

The Weeknd has also shared a deluxe version of the album with three new bonus tracks — “Nothing Compares,” “Missed You” and “Final Lullaby” — as well as four new remixes from Oneohtrix Point Never, Chromatics, the Blaze and DaHeala.

After checking out what fans are tweeting about the video, watch the clip above.

The Until I Bleed Out video feels like an overindulgence of House of Balloons life. With The Weeknd trying to escape it and ultimately running towards a clean slate. pic.twitter.com/qDBNbeyPCE

— mars (@mar1narasauce) April 7, 2020

I can't get my shit together after watching Until I Bleed Out video. this Mv was so sad and heartbreaking.. the talent this man has is UNMATCHED. @theweeknd thank you for another masterpiece. pic.twitter.com/p39ilB3moq

— (@LdrYosemite) April 7, 2020

Alright The Weeknd got my emotions all Fuck up.. my soul hurts with this music video.. Until I Bleed Out is so powerful

— (@__rosae__) April 7, 2020

Until I Bleed Out by The Weeknd make you wanna cry in the shower. Brb pic.twitter.com/nCdhuZqNfv

— Deucalion (@___FRANKO) April 6, 2020

WEEKND i didnt get my xo tat yet but check out my drawing to 'until I bleed out' too... had my in my feels!!! pic.twitter.com/jJucqMKzOs

— Danny Walker (@skywalksxo) April 2, 2020

Watch the video above.

Continue Reading

Justin Timberlake And Anderson .Paak Annoy Anna Kendrick In Funny "Don't Slack" Video

Justin Timberlake and Anderson .Paak have shared the music video for "Don’t Slack,", their latest collaboration from the Trolls: World Tour soundtrack.

Featuring Anna Kendrick, the clip sees the Pitch Perfect star getting her day started inside of her home, when .Paak suddenly starts singing in the shower.

In an effort to escape .Paak's crooning, Kendrick is met in the hallway by a dancing Timberlake.  Kendrick's eventually relents after bumping into the pair at various locations throughout her house.

The pair sing on the track: “The Okay, now don’t slack, I need all my racks, No, we don’t hold back, Act like you know that, Go tell your old man, Go get your whole fam’, Fly like the ghost man, Taking all I can.”

This video comes after Trolls: World Tour arrived on PPV yesterday (April 6), having been forced to shelve its cinema release as a result of COVID-19.

Speaking to Zane Lowe on his Apple Music Beats 1 show, Timberlake previously said of the collaboration: “I hope he [Paak] doesn’t mind that I’m gonna say this right now, but we talked about a possible joint project. We talked about it, but yeah, he’s a busy man, too.

“I told him as well, I was like, ‘You need to enjoy your moment, bro.’ He played me new stuff the other day. That dude is so gifted. He’s so good.”

Watch the video above.

Continue Reading

Premiere: TOBi's Self-Isolation Pulsates With Creative Force In "Growth" Video

Art aligns with the times and no one has demonstrated this other than TOBi. The rapper-singer embarks on a journey of self-reflection and then some in his new video for "Growth."

Produced by ClayJay, iLLMIND and Nate Smith, the track is the opener for his debut album STILL and fits the tone of the times. Originally inspired by time growing up in Nigeria and Canada, the video takes us on a journey with TOBi as he derives elements of growth and wonder with dirt and broken glass.

“I gave myself a pat on the back when I wrote ‘Growth,'" TOBi tells VIBE. "I’m proud to be this candid about life, just like my favorite artists. It really is exponential growth in terms of the quality of my mind and my intentions. Look how far we came from deficit to baseline to surplus. I left a powerful affirmation at the end of the song, by saying ‘bigger and better now.’ Like Ace Boogie says, now we just gotta maintain."

There's rain, tears and then some scattered in the visuals, all connecting to TOBi's creative take on masculinity. "I call this s**t post-traumatic growth/Out of Hell, free to go/Send a shout, I propose a toast," he says in the song opener.

Released May of last year, STILL gained critical acclaim thanks to tracks like "City Blues," and "Werking." In September 2017, he gained attention thanks to his song "Hidden Fences" heard on Issa Rae's HBO series, Insecure. He's also worked with the likes of Van Jess and The Game.

Peep the visuals for "Growth" above.

Continue Reading

Top Stories