Filipino’s Dominating in the Hip-Hop Djaying World
November 30, 2009
How and why did Filipinos emerge to become a dominant force in the once predominant African American world of hip-hop djs? For people who don’t know about the make up of Northern California, they have to keep in mind that around 1984 through 1988, hip-hop was beginning to grow in the Bay Area. During that time, many African Americans plummeted toward the rap and production end in the hip-hop world. Most were also pursuing the financial success of Too Short, who was at that time the Bay Area’s prime rapper. But at the same time within the immense Bay Area Filipino community, the djaying spectacle was thriving in success. More than a few Filipino young men sprang in together, merged their money and acquired the best dj equipment that money could buy. On top of that, they spent hours sharpening their skills as mix masters. At this time the preferred type of music was the dominant freestyle and Latino up-tempo dance music, such as Cover Girls. Djaying for the Bay Area Filipinos was not pursued because of its economic success, although a lot of money could be made, but instead was chased by their eagerness to become the best and have bragging rights. They all wanted to be the best and receive acknowledgement for all the time they spent on djaying.
It would not be too extreme to say that the Bay Area Filipinos took over the dj aspect of hip-hop in these parts of California. It was among the Filipino community djaying was taken to another level because of the showcases. Many of them worked hard to get ahead and separate themselves from everyone else. They would incorporate aspects of hip-hop turntable trickery into their repertoire. Thus back in 1987 and 1988 there were an abundance of Filipino djs perfecting the art of transforming and the LA fast scratch. Many Filipino djs also say that one of the other reasons that they have been successful was because the Bay Area wasn’t exposed to a variety of east coast styles. The big names that helped the Filipino community succeed in the hip-hop djaying world are, Ceaser Aldea, who is also known as 8 Ball, DJ Kut Throat, DJ Disc, Apollo, Q-Bert, and Mixmaster Mike. Many people would agree that the Bay Area Filipinos were able to create new paths that once seemed faded away.