Today, Grandmaster D.ST is now known as DXT. But let’s go back in time. Grandmaster D.ST is the DJ who scratched the famous record sounds on Herbie Hancock’s Rockit (check out videos below). I’m presenting you with three of my favorite D.ST tracks here: Home Of Hip Hop, Megamix II: Why Is It Fresh, and Mean Machine.  I travelled to New York city looking for these records back in Summer 1985 with no luck. Then I went to London in December 1986 (already two years late after their initial release dates) and happened to find all three 12-inch records at HMV megastore on Oxford Street. Top notch tracks of their time; stellar production for electro hip hop; serious stuff.

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Grandmaster D.ST – “(The Bronx) Home Of Hip Hop”…

Artist: Grandmaster D.ST
Title: (The Bronx) Home Of Hip Hop
Year: 1984
Label: Celluloid
Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

Grandsmaster D.ST – “(The Bronx) Home Of Hip Hop” (mp3)

 

Grandmaster D.ST – “Megamix II: Why Is It Fresh?”…

Artist: Grandmaster D.ST
Title: Megamix II: Why Is It Fresh?
Year: 1984
Label: Celluloid
Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

Grandsmaster D.ST – “Megamix II:  Why Is It Fresh?” (mp3)

 

Grandmaster D.ST – “Mean Machine”…

Artist: Grandmaster D.ST
Title: Mean Machine
Year: 1984
Label: Celluloid
Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

Grandsmaster D.ST – “Mean Machine” (mp3)

 

D.ST & Herbie Hancock – Rockit — two live performances and music video…

The live performance below is the ultimate. Imagine being a turntablelist  scratching on stage with Herbie Hancock performing THE most legendary electronic/electro-beat track of all time Rockit, surrounded by electronic synths, drums and instruments, robotic props and breakdancers! OH MY GOD!! Turntablelism’s first giant leap (from underground to sharing the big stage with the big leagues) started right here, ladies & gentlemen!!!

http://youtu.be/pERrVMbsCfg

We Want Some Pussy

Summer 1987, I had moved back to England to start grade-11 highschool. I went to Tower Records London which was a huge multi-level building by itself at the heart of Piccadilly Circus, London. Down in the huge basement was nothing else but 12-inch records of all genres — a heavenly section for disc-jockeys and music collectors. And that was where I’d finally found a copy of this limited edition release by The 2 Live Crew. I had been looking for this record since January 1987. As a matter of fact, I’d been looking for any 12-inch release of We Want Some Pussy since 1986. Sometime in early 1987, I  heard a remix of We Want Some Pussy at  the legendary Twilight Zone nightclub (located in the attic/roof above a coffee shop) on Bloor Street,  Toronto, Ontario; and since then I was unsuccessful in finding the 12-inch record …… until ….. of course … when I moved back to England more than six months later where I found the last remaining copy of the limited edition. I took the bus home to Rutland Court, Knightbrigde, opened the door to the flat, rushed to the stereo and put the needle to the record …. anxiously wanting to hear the track’s (Liberty City Long Hard) remix. And it sure did blow me away ………… so much better than the original or Classic Dance versions. Harder drum beats from Roland TR-909 (also more 909 wikipedia info here) drum-machine, killer bassline with nice dance/club melody, sampled rock-guitar stab-hits in various pitches/notes and other sweet elements floating on top.

The 2 Live Crew – “We Want Some Pussy” (Liberty City Long Hard Mix)…

Artist: The 2 Live Crew
Title: We Want Some Pussy (Liberty City Long Hard Mix)
Year: 1987
Label: Luke Skywalker Records
Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

The 2 Live Crew – “We Want Some Pussy” (Liberty City Long Hard Mix) (mp3)

 

The 2 Live Crew – “We Want Some Pussy” (The Original Classic)…

Artist: The 2 Live Crew
Title: We Want Some Pussy (The Original Classic)
Year: 1987
Label: Luke Skywalker Records
Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

The 2 Live Crew – “We Want Some Pussy” (The Original Classic) (mp3)

 

Tower Virgin record store london

Virgin record store, where Tower Records used to be in the same building in Piccadilly Circus, London.

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