Shouts to Lazy Eyez & #COHipHop…Check out DJ legend Rob Swift’s post about the 2011 Denver DMC event he put together…

Lazy Eyez is a super modest guy and I’m sure he’d never think to post this on here, but me, I’m shameless and had to show y’all what Rob Swift (of the LEGENDARY X-Ecutioner’s DJ crew) had to say about the 2011 Denver Regional DMC battle that Lazy put together last month.  It’s not the first time that Lazy has single-handedly put the time, money and effort up to ensure that the DMCs had a regional battle in Colorado, but from all accounts, this year’s battle was the most classic one yet.  Recent Thre3 Style Boulder winner and world renowned turntablist DJ Vajra beat out runner-up Cysko Rokwel (another world famous battle DJ from here in Denver), third place finisher B-Money (in a three-way tie w/Jeff C & Wax Shreds) and a host of other great turntablists to take the title, but Cysko’s set was so exceptional that he was given the rare runner up invite to return to the US DMC finals in NY.  I’m sure some video from the event will be popping up soon, but in the meantime, get ready to root for Vajra & Cysko in the national DMC finals and pat yourselves on the back Denver, Lazy and everyone who participated.  With that said, check out Rob Swift’s perspective on the event below. – DJ Low Key

2011’s Denver, Colorado DMC Regional was dope, PERIOD! It had a throwback feel to it. Some of ya’ll reading this probably weren’t around during the time of the New Music Seminar Battles for World Supremacy back in the day but that’s what last night’s Denver heat reminded me of. I myself was too young to actually attend the early NMS battles of the 1980s so I resorted to tracking down the NMS VHS tapes from years like 1988 and 89 ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srcpASrIfF8 *man do I miss watching cats cut up straight vinyl, but I digress…). By the time 1990’s NMS battle came around, I finally made the pilgrimage into Times Square to witness my very first DJ battle in person. The experience was pivotal in my life. Actually being there and standing a few feet away from heroes like DJ Aladdin, Busy B Starski and Ice Cube had a huge impact on my decision to choose the path I have as a DJ. Something tells me there was someone in that audience who was inspired just like I was when I attended my first battle.  Last night wasn’t just about the DJs. Denver’s DMC regional also celebrated other elements of Hip Hop. There was a B-Boy and MC battle which reminded me of the 1989 NMS. Granted 89s NMS Dance Battle was more of a “Kid N’ Play” dance style of battle so it didn’t encompass the intricacies I saw the B-Boys display in Denver. But nonetheless, Denver was yet another reminder that a person’s uncontrollable urge to move to the music Turntablists/Battle DJs like us create still holds true. Just as it did in 89! Even the Graff element was being represented (Big Shout to The Signtologist for hitting me off with probably the coolest gift I’ve ever received from a fellow artist).  To all the DJs, MCs and Dancers who competed, I SALUTE YOU! These days, I can’t help but feel like other genres of music like Dubstep and Electro seem to be taking away some of the attention away from Hip Hop. Whether that’s really happening or not, it was refreshing to see all of you stay true to the core principals of OUR culture ——–> Love, Peace, Unity and Having Fun!  Honorable mention goes to DJ Lazy Eyez aka Sean Choi and Christie Z. Pabon for sacrificing their time and energy to put together such a successful Hip Hop event. I’d also like to send mad love out to Casselmans for hosting all of us at such a beautiful venue.  Here’s to Hip Hop in Denver and everywhere else in the world!  Rob Swift

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