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R.I.P. Roc Raida 05.18.1972 to 09.19.2009

I had the pleasure of seeing Roc Raida & The X-Men (BKA X-Ecutioners) battle the Invisible Scratch Pickles (Q-Bert, Disk, Shortkut) at the Rock Steady Reunion in 1996… My first and last time out to the event and it was EPIC! It was exhibition battle to bring the love back between the East & the West and it was sick…

My backpacking and deejaying days are behind me now, but I remember watching Roc Raida’s routines and wanting to be like him on the 1’s & 2’s… I never could get the body tricks down, but I did get pretty good at the art of beat juggling and blends by the time I got done with college (Peace to DJ CL Slick for mentoring me though college)…

Overall Roc Raida was a great influence on me and I had the pleasure of meeting DJ Sinister (one of the X-Men) while I was still in NY… I never met Roc Raida in person, but was blessed enough to see him live at possibly the greatest Turntablist battle ever!

I’ma go back to the lab and dust off my Technics soon… I want to get it in one more time for one of the greats.

– H

Here’s Roc Raida’s legendary performance @ DMC in 1996… He was the champion that year… WORLD CHAMPION!

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