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DJs mix it up in a tribute to 40 years of hip-hop

Jineea Butler | 8/21/2013, 7:22 a.m.

He said that like Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr. and Jesse Jackson Sr., he feels he has been commissioned to elevate the culture of hip-hop and fight for respect and dignity within the industry. And he has done just that. He has hosted his dedicated group of DJ’s, models and conference attendees in over 10 cities, exposing everyone to new markets and towns. He enlists the most powerful industry personnel to school artists on how to succeed in the music business. He provides a platform for artists to showcase their talent to labels, decision-makers and those who can further their careers.

He also lends his stage to reunite groups that have impacted the culture such as Guy, 112, Cameo. The most valiant thing that I think he has done was to introduce the Core Legends DJ Marley Marl, Mix Master Ice, The Awesome 2 and DJ Scratch to pay homage to and educate the attendees on hip-hop history. No one likes to admit it, but he changed the game, even if his name is not all over it. Without the Core DJ’s, Smirnoff Master of the Mix on VH1 doesn’t happen, the Global Spin Awards doesn’t happen, countless DJ coalitions wouldn’t come together, either.

The Mix Show Live 4 should be full of surprises; he has the Cast of Love and Hip-hop Atlanta on deck, 50 Cent, radio programmers from major stations all over the country, The Queens of Hip-Hop including JJ Fad, Pebblee Poo and DJ Spinderella, Teddy Riley and many more. I recommend every artist or anyone who is interested in hip-hop to attend a Mix Show Live event. I can tell you from first-hand experience, it will change your life. Check out http://www.coredjs.com to register and get the full itinerary.

Hip-hop started out in the park plugging the DJ equipment into the light post. Now, we have moved up to the W Hotels, but still doing what we love doing the most. Happy birthday hip-hop! Salute the DJ.

Jineea Butler, founder of the Social Services of Hip-hop and the Hip-hop Union, can be reached at jineea@gmail.com or Tweet her at @flygirlladyjay.