Saturday, December 27, 2008


Hip Hop Origins
Pass this around to the babies!

This is a brief synopsis about the founding fathers of Hip Hop and more. Can lead you to the lake, but can't force you to drink. - Distrakt

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Distrakt - Spike Lee

Had the opportunity to experience a great lecture by Spike Lee last night. It was fantastic. Inspirational to any black film artist. Meeting him was truly an honor. He dropped food for thought for those aspiring to make films and those who are making films. It was a full house. Like to thank the Cultural Attractions Fund, Film Series, BSU and the CC Film Union for bringing Mr. Lee out.-- Post From My iPhone

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Founding Fathers (DJs)

(Archive) October 27, 2005 Yard Rock Newsletter
Founding Fathers (DJs)

I have to let you know exactly what inspired me to do what I do today and give high respect to the founding fathers. I could write a whole book about the history of these brothers, but today I’m going to give you a brief lesson.

It began in 1973 A.D. the physical location was the housing complex at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx. DJ Kool Herc (aka Clive Campbell) laid the foundation of Hip Hop music by backing up breaks in a record using two turntables to prolong the beats to rock a party. Herc brought his sound system, the Herculords, which was the loudest system in the park. DJ Kool Herc began formulating a new language of expression that would eventually cross all borders of the planet. The man set it off.

Afrika Bambaataa a DJ and community leader from the South Bronx. He's also known from his breakthrough group, the Soul Sonic Force. In the early ‘70s Bam ran a gang in New York. Coming through that unharmed, Bambaataa decided to use his leadership to turn those involved in the gang life into something more positive to the community. Bam is the founder of the Zulu Nation, the single most enduring institution in Hip Hop. Zulu Nation
STANDS FOR: Knowledge, Wisdom, Understanding, Freedom, Justice, Equality, Peace, Unity, Love, Respect, Work, Fun, Overcoming the Negative to the Positive, Economics, Mathematics, Science, Life, Truth, Facts, Faith. Inspired by DJ Kool Herc, Bambaataa was organizing block parties around the South Bronx. “Nobody had more records than Bam.”, Grandmaster Flash told one interviewer.

Grandmaster Flash (Joseph Saddler) is the FIRST DJ to make the turntable an instrument. Flash was intrigued with the possibilities the technology surrounding music suggested for innovation. The concept of cutting – the backbone of Hip Hop Djing came out of his laboratory (with assistance from his friend Grand Wizard Theodore another great who created scratching) Flash’s introduction of the “Beat Box” was a wired drum box into a mixer. When the music would stop from the record, Flash would come in with the drum box so you couldn’t tell where the music stopped and Flash started. This turned DJs from beat mixers to beat makers and building blocks of rapping as we know it were laid.

Look, if it was not for the DJs nobody would know what time it is. To me the DJ is the gatekeeper of sound on the street. Respect the DJ for giving the soundtrack to most peoples lives.
Like to give shouts to the Furious Five, Jazzy Jay, Busy Bee, Kurtis Blow, Kevi Kev. -Distrakt Know the history on a culture that has united all types of people from around the world. Corporate entities have distorted the origin of Hip Hop. Hip Hop is not all about thugs, drugs, disrespect of women, who’s got the shiniest jewels and wheels. It’s much bigger than that. For more in depth knowledge here’s some links.

Saturday, November 29, 2008


One of my homeboys was over today and he asked me “Distrakt do you still play this Ghettoblaster? They don’t make cassette tapes anymore man!”. I looked at him and said “now you going to have to sit down for a session with my Ghettoblaster and me”, so I pulled out one of my favorite comic books and cartoonist Kyle Baker. With the comic book accompanied a cassette tape by one of the greatest emcees today KRS ONE as Big Joe Krash. Based on KRS One’s music, the comic tells the story of a rapper named Big Joe Krash that strives to educate the young African-American kids in his neighborhood. You follow the tape with the comic book and it’s a beautiful experience. I love sharing it with the seeds from time to time. After my cohort read and followed the tape, I played him some of my new beats and rhymes off the new album. He was buggin, because he said “now that sounds like some straight up Hip Hop that you just don’t hear anymore” and then tried to get a copy. Of course I said in due time fam. I like to transfer my beats and rhymes to tapes and listen to what it sounds like coming off a real boom box, because that’s how I heard Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five, Rakim, BDP, Slick Rick and Doug E. Fresh , Ultramagnetic MC’s, Keith Elam, Public Enemy, Marley Marl & the Juice Crew All Stars for the first time and many others. Fell in love with Hip Hop that way and that’s how I keeps the love. Distrakt new album coming SOON!

This video is dope to. Peep it!

Saturday, November 8, 2008


Scratch is one of my favorite magazines. Really missed these joints. Had great articles and tips that was priceless. When I heard they where no more a dude was crushed, because this was a magazine that felt genuine and spoke clearly to the beat makers from a novice to a high power level. It had crazy science yawl. Mean look at who was on the cover from Dr. Dre, Premo, Rza, Kanye, Neptunes I mean just look. To all you up and coming producers, you ever get the opportunity to read any of the old issues you won't be sorry. Gives you the opportunity to get your game tight. It covered all aspects of the Hip Hop production and individual genres from underground, hardcore, gangster and mainstream. It also gave business tips for all you music entertainment entrepreneurs. Salute - Distrakt

Thursday, November 6, 2008


EMU SP-1200 is my weapon of choice, but you know what? You could have any machine with high power features, with crazy connectivity and software integration with your Mac or PC, but none of it would work without a mutha#@*!&% WIRE! Wire's the nervous system for any pre-production or professional recording studio. Now great wire's not cheap. You could pay $100 for one cable or a $100 for eight cables. There's all types of brands out there to choose from with whatever color or texture you like, for me underground Hip Hop producers can't always afford that top quality joint. That's why you're seeing a dude use a more affordable grade of wire called Hosa™ that's plugged into the EMU SP-1200. Eventually will upgrade to Monster™, but this Hosa™ cable is part of the Distrakt sound and it works for what I'm going for. As we move - Distrakt

Sunday, November 2, 2008


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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Great Film Event

Was at this film & video event where they showed Fire Escape. I had a great time. Met alot of awesome people and watched some fantastic short films. Like to thank Steve Mack for this one.
-- Post From My iPhone

Tuesday, October 28, 2008


Everybody out here's trying to eat I see hookers and crack heads in white neighborhoods white on white crime white kids doing life times for slanging dimes profiled cause they look like they rhymed assassinated for speaking they mind hosed down at the party standing in line fed swine guts cut off your nuts for looking at black butts

Stuck with the stereotypes it ain't right x8

the paint there face white and tap dance across the stage and say that they hype and steal what you write wake you up with burning crosses on horses at night have your babies in fright all because you was white

What did he say?
I think he said that they did those things to us because we were white

Beat you with the billy club and say you on drugs shoot you 41 times for holding a bottle of bub probable cause pop able slugs into whites scholars they said was thugs its bug pop off your head from behind a truck your body they drug chained to a bumper just because of your height they think you're a dunker and real high jumper a watermelon chicken eaten monster hang you from a tree like a custom tradition come on y'all stop racism, ERACISM


VOTE 08'

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


Had the opportunity to produce and record with the great Sadat X from the legendary group Brand Nubian for my new record. Striving to make this joint hard body yawl. Stay posted. Coming soon to a system near you. As we move - Distrakt

Tuesday, October 21, 2008


Out record shopping, this has been a part of my life since was a nickel youth. Today found some jewels. One of the most influential crews out there to enhance the drive to get the fingers dusty is D.I.T.C. Diggin’ In The Crates crew. Diamond D, Lord Finesse, (R.I.P.) Big L, Buckwild, O.C., Fat Joe, Showbiz & AG. These dudes coined the digging in the crates term. They’re a thick crew with super producers and emcees. They have carved some of the illest classics in Hip Hop today without question. There’s a song on my latest album Distraktions called Dirty Record that was inspired by D.I.T.C. go peep it now! As we move - Distrakt

Saturday, October 18, 2008


Been exercising lately and trying out new things like Parkour training. This gets my blood pumping. What made me pick this up was a few things: Jackie Chan has always been one of my favorites, this movie called District 13 with Cyril Raffaelli and David Belle (these dude's serious with it), what made me actually start messing around with it was when I was stumped on a beat and rhyme. I was so frustrated about this track I was working on that I had to get the heart rate moving, so I started jumping off a few things. Realizing a dude could get really hurt doing this crazy ish, did some research and found the Urban Free Flow. Go check'em out. Creating this album with a adrenaline rush yawl. Peace - Distrakt

Thursday, October 16, 2008


In the studio working on this joint with my cohort Prince Po from Nasty Habits Entertainment and Organized Konfusion. It's bonkers! My new album is tasting like a home cooked meal. See yawl in the field. - Distrakt

Saturday, October 11, 2008


Had on my lucky Beatnuts shirt. Them dudes are still one of the illest. I love playing a game of chess. This is one of my cohorts Travis on the left in thought. Yo, but when there’s no one around to play you can catch me on The RZA Wu Chess site.
Hit me up you ever want to play.
There are 318,979,564,000 possible combinations of the first four moves in chess. Salute - Distrakt

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Distrakt Message Board ICON

Go ahead and grab the Icon for your message board.


Wanted to give a quick shout out to one of my homeboys in Florida named Laws. He's a dope emcee. Crazy lyrics. He made the Rawkus top 50. I produced a track for him on that project as well. Go check him out and see for your self.
Uno - Distrakt

Monday, October 6, 2008

Distrakt On The Boards

At work mixing down a joint. Making sure the mixdown is hard body, because if it's a poor mix, mastering can't do anything for it. It’s all in the mix. Basically what I'm saying is that you can pour syrup on $h!@, but that doesn't mean that makes it pancakes. Get it right the first time and save your self a lot of trouble.
- Distrakt

Stevie Wonder like work ethic

Magic has happened in this studio. Music you can feel. The energy from Stevie Wonder has kept me moving since I was a nickel youth. Timeless masterpieces.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

I play more than just samplers

Can play just a lil bit. Was jamming out on a Wurlitzer Electric Piano with my homeboys from Velvet Rut.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Featured Producer: Distrakt

Watch this feature by Beat Produce showing me working on the legendary EMU SP-1200 drum machine sampler. Let me know you want to see more, because they also did some other things with me on the AKAI S-950 sampler and the Ensoniq ASR-10 Advanced Sampling Recorder.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Download Free Distrakt iPhone Wallpapers

Download the free Distrakt 320x480 iPhone and iPod Touch wallpapers.

Right click either image and select "Save Pictures As..." to save the wallpaper on your computer. To put the Distrakt iPhone Wallpaper on your iPhone, follow this easy how to guide.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Distrakt In The Emergency Room (QTVR panorama)


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Nobody likes to spend they whole day in the emergency room. It gets complicated when you deal with doctors or scientists that haven’t worked with bionic mechanical technology.
- Distrakt

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Toons (QTVR panarma)


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This is Toons Music & Film. This spot is where all the beat diggers looking for some rare jewels comes to. Mean I’ve found some of the rawest records here and some of the most magnificent masterpieces of independent films by stupendous directors, for example one of my favorite’s Vincent Gallo Buffalo ‘66. You can also catch him in Graffiti Rock a Hip Hop classic. Matter of fact this is the first place to carry my book called Distrakt Presents Study Your Lessons - Hip Hop Origins and rent out The Distrakt DVD Documentary. This spot holds many treasures. The first record I bought from here was Roy Ayers Ubiquity Red Black & Green and it only got better. Take a look around in the panoramic photo up above and see if you can find my CD Distraktions along with any favorite movie titles. There's much more to this store. You'll have to go see for your self, so stop by when your in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

As we move,

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Be Independent (QTVR panarma)

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Going to take you around to some of the record stores I frequent. Today's I was at Independent Records. This spot is the first place to put my first CD Calculate Depth Thru Introspect on the shelf. The rest is history. They have several locations around Colorado. They have a great grasp of the independent artist and they respect the hustle. I find myself in there from time to time picking up any and everything. When you come to Colorado stop by and seem them and while your at it pick up any Distrakt missing pieces.

As we move,

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Distraktoid Mail (QTVR panorama)

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Peace. Yes I do check the mail and yes I do read everybody’s letters that is sent to me.

For those that joined the Distraktoid Army™ recently, things have been a little hectic, but you should be receiving some goodies soon.

For those that want to sign up just mail in a letter with you name, address, phone number and email.
Send to:
Attn: Distraktoid Army
P.O. Box 5095
Colorado Springs, CO

You’ll get hooked up with special updates, notified when I’m in your area rocking a show, discounts and free promos.

Also click on the mailbox hotspot that I’m getting mail out of in the panoramic photo. There’s a link to the Distrakt Radio show.
As we move,

Monday, September 15, 2008

Eat Up! (QTVR panorama)

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Was at the Waffle House getting some eats with one of my homeboys named Milogic We were building on the music biz, struggles and whatnot. I had some cheese eggs, crispy hash browns and wheat toast. We were the only ones in there. The cook was outside on a smoke break.

The dope thing is that they got these digital jukeboxes now that is connected to the internet that downloads digital music. So instead of a cat coming in switching out 45 records or compact discs, you just feed it a couple of bills and type in the artist name or song and it will look it up. Once it finds what your looking for it downloads it for a $1. Boom!!! Any joint you want right there. Your not stuck with just the top 100 Billboard hits anymore. You can actually say “hey I feel like hearing that song by Distrakt called “Few Bars”. So click on the Jukebox in the panoramic photo up above and listen to a few joints by yours truly.

As we move,
- Distrakt

Sunday, September 14, 2008


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When I start my creative process I have to sometimes ride my bike, drive around the hood bumping my beats or take a walk on one of my favorite trails to get the thoughts together. Once the vibe is set, the concept is set, it's a wrap after that. Then I start to put together weird hot crazy beats and rhymes. The pen and pad... always gets a daily dose. Whatever is on my mind it's going down. You hear me?

The new album is about..............huh wait you'll hear it. Peace.
- Distrakt

Distrakt - Fire Escape

The official Distrakt music video for "Fire Escape"
My apologies for it taking so long to get it to yawl, but here it is.

Check Distrakt on TWITTER.COM

Just started the official Distrakt Twitter account come follow me:
Still stay up with the Distrakt Blog, because when I take pictures on my iphone I can post them here for you Distraktoids to see what I see. As we move.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

If you like normal today rappers, you'll hate me.

It's a pleasant


See for yourself the video of the work being put in
for the new Distrakt album