Stevio...LA LA Lovin' It?

I'm British-born Chinese from Bristol, UK. I’m LA-based. I’m a hip hop aficionado. After 15 years in London I moved to LA to pursue a new career and outlook on life.

Back in the 80s I was a DJ. In the 90s I contributed to the world's first street style exhibition at London's Victoria & Albert Museum. In 2011, I had my first interviews published. Today, I’m keeping busy with music, art, photos and writing.

Friday, September 03, 2010

Digger's Delight, DJ Muro in Harlem (My hip hop summer pt.5)

DJ Muro; Lord Finesse in the crowd

I've been listening to DJ Muro's mixtapes for a while so I planned my New York excursion to make sure I wasn't going to miss this "Digger's Delight" jam in Harlem, hosted by Tools of War.

Muro is a big man in the breaks world, so much so that Lord Finesse (D.I.T.C.) introduced Muro and validated him as the "king of diggin'!"

When I arrived in the park, Rockin Rob was spinning breaks. I don't know much about his (and Chuck City's) band "The Original Mean Machine" (not the same band released on Sugar Hill in 1981.)

Legacy Muro has been on the hip hop scene for over 20 years with a heap of recordings and mixtapes released. Since most of his music is inspired by overseas he has had many collaborations, despite being based in Tokyo. Lord Finesse, Amir & Kon, Gilles Peterson to name a few.

His latest collaborations include a dope 7" vinyl bag with Porter and a cool coffee table book of 7" single sleeve designs.

Here's Muro rocking O/D club in Tokyo in 2008.

Tools of War Each park jam has a different vibe and St. Nick's is my favorite park so far, although Crotona Park is where real hip hop lives. When you exit the B train subway station you can hear the beats thumping down above you. It's insane! Like the turntables and speakers are going to collapse on top of you!

Something for your iPod This recording from Old School Radio Hour gives you a front row seat at a Tools of War jam a couple of weeks earlier with Rockin Rob on the decks. Feel the vibe! Check out 7 mins into the recording...a crackly "The Original Mean Machine" tune! Dope!

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