At last month's Technics DMC World Finals DJ competition held at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom, the atmosphere was more charged than in past years. It was the first time the world finals had been held in the United States. Maybe the electricity could be attributed to the presence of all the New York b-boys in the house, making their deep territorial claim to hip-hop as the genre that originated in that city two decades ago. Or it could have been the fact that, since everything from Baby Gap ads to McDonald's commercials co-opts DJ culture these days, this year's home-turf visibility gave turntablism's finest an excited but protective feeling of pride. Perhaps a little too much hometown pride: While overzealously embracing the DMC finals' New... More >>>