Whattup fam and welcome to a highly entertaining guest-feature featuring my boi DJ M-Doc. The house DJ of the Exhibit Events Sydney crew, M-Doc is a connoisseur of dope hip hop and house music.
M-Doc and I have been rocking stages together for a while now and while I certainly respect him musically – he is also a close friend.
It’s been a pleasure having him star in this guest spot, as DJ M-Doc has gone into quite some detail about his influences and life around music. So much depth, in fact, that I’ve had to break it into 2 parts.
I found this thoroughly entertaining, educational and very funny. I never realised just how funny my boi M-Doc is!
Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
What's the 1st album you bought
“The first album I bought was Whispering Jack by John Farnham! I was only 6 or 7. I still say that you’re the voice is a dope track- it gets me pumped lol.”
Same! Please continue..
After that my Mum bought me the best of Andrew Lloyd Webber and The Simpsons Sing the Blues. I rinsed that Andrew Lloyd album but when I got to Simpsons I finally had some rap.
(The Bart dance and Deep Deep Trouble)
I loved rap. I was into writing poetry as a kid and when I heard this music where the rhymes were more important than the guitars or pianos I was hooked. The first rap songs I remember were MC Hammer and Vanilla Ice.
“The first real rap record I heard was Public Enemy’s Yo Bum Rush the Show. I was in year 6 and my mate’s big sister was cranking it on her p plates. Chuck D locked into the groove.
it wasn’t technical rapping but the rhythm and the delivery was something I felt in my bones.
The first rappers I really liked were Chuck D and Ice Cube. I liked powerful voices. My mates were listening to Ice-T but Cube was my man. Cube led to Geto Boys ( I used to listen to the shoutouts in the album and that’s how I’d choose my next album) no internet.
My mate’s sister told me to read Word Up magazine but it was hard to find so I’d just go go to HMV every week and spend ages looking through the hip hop section.”
growing up in the 90's
“So 93′ was my first year of high school. That’s when I really started building a CD collection- PE, Ice-T, Ice Cube, Geto Boys, The Pharcyde, Brand New Heavies, Gang Starr, Eric B and Rakim, Cypress Hill, House of Pain, Naughty by Nature.. by the end of 94′ my school mates had started going to raves. Happy Hardcore and Gabber tapes were going around. I tried to diversify my collection a little and luckily stumbled across a jungle compilation. That began a lifelong obsession with the amen break and electronic music. I still listen to jungle/drum and bass. I went to see Andy C in December. That was rad.
I forgot to mention in 94′ I started skating. that led me to The Beastie Boys. Ill communication was getting play on JJJ. I bought that and Check your Head. those two albums managed to fit onto one tape.
Beastie boys introduced me to punk. Kurt Cobain died, unplugged in New York came out and converted me to folk. For a few years I stopped listening to rap and learned all I could about rock..
By the end, I was mostly listening to So-Cal punk (NOFX, Lagwagon etc.) but also Rage Against the Machine and Tool.”
ENTER THE WU-TANG!
in 97 my cousin introduced me to The Wu.. and changed my life. I ‘d stopped listening to hip hop because none of the rappers I heard before that were doing anything more technical than 8 syllables a bar. and most of the rhyme schemes were just couplets. Wu-tang blew my mind, their rhymes were hard, rugged, raw… and way more tech. I won’t try explain any more than that as I know you’ve covered it in your blog and I’m not a rapper myself. (although i did record a rap song a long time ago using two tape decks and a clock radio.
OMG I need to hear that! Dj M-Doccccccc
Soooo.. 36 Chambers and skate vids led to more hip hop – Souls of Mischief, The Alcoholics, Mob Deep. A mate gave me The Gravediggers Six Feet Deep as well as a mixtape with tracks from Tical, Cuban Linx, Brooklyn Zoo etc. Biggie, 2pac, Nas etc… At 19 I recorded my own rap song, which was a blatant rip off of AZ (from the firm)’s style. I was obsessed with the first verse on the firm album https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUgxVPS2TpY
AZ was so tight and flowed so smooth. You know it’s one thing to be fast i.e. double time and triple time but if it’s still gotta sound good. You and I have discussed Blackstar in the past. How some of Kweli’s bars sound a little mashed together where as Mr Mos is all about that flow and it sounds so nice! That’s the great thing about duos; you always get that balance.
Hip-hop started as dance music. Even though it’s mostly just a bunch of dudes nodding their heads these days, it started with DJ’s tryna get booties to shake.
I’ve had to pull it up here as there is still a mountain of content for part 2. Big ups to DJ M-Doc for dropping some knowledge and sharing his experiences. I need to hear that rap song you recorded bro.. or maybe I don’t, but I really want to.
Catch DJ M-Doc with a fresh set at Sounds Espresso 29/08/2020.
There’s huge news in the pipeline fam. Keep your ear to the ground. The underground is on the rise. See you back here for part 2 in a few days.
As always thanks for rocking with ya boi Prim!