Head Spins: DJ Lennox
With DJs the world over claiming to be "open format," it's refreshing to stumble upon a spinner who actually claims a specific genre. In DJ Lennox's case, it's hip-hop, he says: "That's my foundation."
Still, Lennox is no fool about the vagaries of the marketplace, and he's not about to lose a gig because some wannabe club king has something vague in his skull. "With all this talk about open format," Lennox says, "I don't want to be labeled. I can play anything." And he's right; he can kick it in any school. But when you hear the cat dropping the top in hip-hop, of both then and now, you kind of hope he never lets go of that game.
Born in Brooklyn, the birth borough of heavyweights such as GZA, Jay-Z, and Biggie (whom Lennox still spins to infinity), the head spinner hit South Florida 15 years ago. The first stop was Fort Lauderdale, where he spent a decade in residence at Voodoo Lounge, and then there was Palm Beach County, where he has held court in any joint with two turntables and a crowd.
DJ Lennox: Thursdays at Legacy, West Palm Beach. Saturdays at 90, Miami. myspace.com/djlennox
Along the way, there have been spins in Paris, Vegas, L.A., New York, and the ATL, in addition to a full-blown North American tour with Mims. Now this skills-soaked head spinner resides at Legacy in West Palm Beach on Thursdays and at 90° in Miami on Saturdays. And he's also a full-time mixer on X 102.3 (WMBX), a CBS affiliate out of West Palm. Still, he also often finds time to hit Lauderdale's Living Room, just so the folks in Broward County don't feel left out.
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Citing legendary DJs Tony Touch, Spinbad, Doo-Wop, and the Green Lantern among his many influences, and steeped in the tradition of the streets, DJ Lennox might have an open mind, but his heart belongs strictly to hip-hop. Hit it.
DJ Lennox's current top five:
1. "Day N Night," Kid Cudi
2. "I'm the Shit," DJ Class feat.Lil Jon
3. "No Games," Serani
4. "Jumpin' out the Window," Ron Browz
5. "Diva," Beyoncé
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