Two years ago, during Winter Music Conference, the now-defunct Snatch almost burned to the ground. Oh, there wasn't a fire. But there was a hell of a lot of heat. And it all sprang from a gang of ragtag head spinners that ride sunder the name Crooklyn Clan.
The core of the Clan is DJ Riz and DJ Sizzahandz, who first started dropping party breaks for the notorious Nervous Records way back in '93. A decade later, the tag team backed Fatman Scoop and Faith Evans on the hit single "Be Faithful," a track that's about as loyal to the tradition of abandon as it gets. That same year, the Clan backed the Fatman on "It Takes Scoop," and everything was all right indeed.
Along the way, the group assembled a posse of some of the most throwdown-ready spinners on the planet, and its numbers are growing still. Among the expanded Clan are Bay Area breakists the Rockit! Scientists, Sugar Ray's DJ Homicide, Strong Island's DJ Boneshaker, San Diego's DJ Scooter, and fellow New Yorkers DJ Stitch and DJ Beatbreaker. The family tree also now includes Miami's own Discotech, comprising Danny Daze and Joe Maz, two of the town's most respected spin men. Here's a recent top ten list from DJ Riz.
DJ Riz of Crooklyn Clan
DJ Riz of Crooklyn Clan: Wednesday, March 25, at the LMFAO Record-Release Party and DJ Riz Birthday Party at LIV at the Fontainebleau, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Others on the bill include Sizzahandz. Doors open at 11 p.m. Admission is free. Ages 21+ with ID. Call 305-674-4580, or visit livnightclub.com. Friday, March 27, at the Moodswing360 Pool Party at the plunge pool of the Gansevoort South, 2377 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Others on the bill include DJ Enferno and Skeet Skeet. Party goes from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. Visit moodswing360.com. The Second Annual Crooklyn Clan Throwdown, Friday, March 27, at Glass, 432 W. 41st St., Miami Beach. More than 40 DJs will perform, including Discotech (Danny Daze and Joe Maz), DJ Homicide, the Rockit! Scientists, DJ Stitch, DJ Boneshaker, and others. Doors open at 10 p.m. Tickets cost $30. Ages 21+ with ID. Visit 305-604-9798, or call crooklynclan.net. Saturday, March 28, at the Moodswing360 Party at Mokai, 235 23rd St., Miami Beach. Others on the bill include Sizzahandz, Skeet Skeet, Chachi, and Jason Smith. Doors open at 10 p.m. Admission is free. Ages 21+ with ID. Call 305-531-4166, or visit mokaimiami.com.
1. DJ Class, "I'm the Ish"
2. Serani, "No More Games"
3. Busta Rhymes, "Conglomerate"
4. DJ Dan, "Monkey Business (Bam Bam Remix)"
5. Kings of Leon, "Sex on Fire"
6. Jamie Foxx, "Blame It on the Alcohol"
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7. N.A.S.A., "N.A.S.A. (L.A. Riots Mix)"
8. Soulja Boy, "Turn My Swag On"
9. Madacon, "Begging"
10. Nadastrom, "WTF"