Earlier this year, two incredible turntablist DJs and producers took on an awesome challenge: playing just vinyl borrowed from Afrika Bambaataa’s record collection. Both coming from a strong sampling background, DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist look right at home on their Renegades of Rhythm tour – and they’ve posted an entire hour and forty-five minute set for everyone to enjoy.
We’re incredibly lucky that these two DJs decided to film their entire Oakland performance in professional multi-cam setup, letting us watch the two work their magic on six turntables and two Pioneer DJM-900Nexus mixers. The YouTube description puts it best:
“You’re there in the audience as the two DJ’s unravel the evolution of Hip-Hop music and culture, using the same artifacts that helped create it. “Not just any records- the MASTER OF RECORDS’ records.””
If you’re not familiar, Afrika Bambaataa was an incredible pioneer of hip hop in New York in the late 1970s. As Shadow notes in the beginning of this video, these are the sounds and records that ultimately created a lot of what we know of as hip hop today.