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DJ 2-Tone Jones /DC


A true fundamentals DJ, 2-Tone Jones speaks with his hands as in the tradition of Hip-Hop’s founding element. Through his bottomless crates of records he has rocked parties from LA to NY, on down to the ATL and even out in Europe. On the performance side 2-Tone has shared the stage, and spun alongside, the likes of Brand Nubian, Raheem DeVaughn, Pete Rock, Large Professor, Algebra Blessett, Grap Luva, Camp Lo, Tracey Lee and Phil Ade. From 2005-07 he was the DJ-in-residence for Shaman Work Recordings, an independent Hip-Hop music label whose roster included CL Smooth, MF Doom, John Robinson and Wale Oyejide. Currently, on Monday nights from 10-11pm 2-Tone serves as a co-resident DJ and host for a progressive hip-hop radio show called Ill Street Grooves, part of the Decipher hip-hop strip on DC’s own WPFW 89.3 FM/Pacifica Radio. He is also a resident DJ at the famed W Hotel located directly across the street from the White House. Along with a handful of D.C.’s most talented visual artists, Mr. Jones is a member of a cutting-edge art troupe/marketing group known as AM Radio: Artwork Mbilashaka. 2-Tone also performs as a member of one of the most imitated (but of course never duplicated), up-and-coming bands on the east coast known as Sound of the City (SOTC). Members of the band have toured and recorded with artists such as Jill Scott, Snoop Dogg, Mariah Carey, Frank McComb and Ski Johnson.  Most recently he, along with long-time friend and collaborator Gerald Watson, created a special project called Shaolin Jazz: The 37th Chamber; a musical marriage between an assortment of classic jazz selections and various tracks from the catalog of the Wu-Tang Clan.  So be on the listen-out for 2-Tone Jones thru a speaker near you.

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DJ Needles/St Louis

Born on December 16, 1976 in St. Louis, MO and raised in East St. Louis IL, James Gates aka DJ Needles actually stumbled into deejaying in 1994 by doing house parties with tapes and cds. Needles’ brother asked if he’d do the party for his friend knowing he had tons of tapes full of the best Hip Hop and R&B music from recording off the radio. From there he went on to do more house parties, small high school functions and youth events and began to build a name around his hometown of East St. Louis and surrounding areas. In 1997, Needles got a job at Vintage Vinyl (St. Louis Landmark Record Store) and was surrounded by so many dope, rare and “gotta-have” records, he became a collector and began learning to mix. Shortly thereafter in 1998, Needles released his first mixtape entitled “98 Fresh Mix Tape” featuring music from Pete Rock, A Tribe Called Quest and Black Star. The next year, radio personality Deja Vu recruited Needles to commercial radio, offering him a specialty mixshow as a platform to expose underground and classic Hip Hop music. During the past decade, Needles has been exposed to many different genres in his hometown of St Louis and while in Dallas, Chicago, Atlanta and New York. Needles’ appreciation for good, significant music runs deep and he expresses that wherever he deejays.
Needles often refers to his style as polyrhythmic; many different styles as one fresh sound. When Needles performs you are likely to hear Rare Groove, Deep Funk, Afro Beat, True School Hip Hop and R&B, Raw Soul, Dusty Jazz, Breakbeat and Nu Soul.

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DJ Slimkid3

DJ Slimkid3

Slimkid3 first introduced himself to the world as part of the legendary hip-hop quartet the Pharcyde, dazzling crowds worldwide with his natural ability to entertain.


With their singular blend of freaky humor, far-out lyrical imagery, and infectious beats, the fresh-faced South Central natives ushered in a golden era of hip-hop with such timeless classics as “Passin’ Me By” and “Ya Mama”—and unwittingly defined the sound of a generation. Their critically acclaimed debut album, Bizarre Ride II: The Pharcyde, released in 1993, would go on to be certified Gold.


As a member of the Pharcyde, Slimkid3 toured for two years with the Lollapalooza festival, shared bills in Europe and Japan with De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest, and recorded a sophomore album, Labcabincalifornia, with the legendary producer J Dilla. The J Dilla collaboration “Runnin’” and the surreal anthem “Drop” today remain classic hip-hop standards.


In 2000, Slimkid3 began to pursue a solo career, exploring the boundaries of hip-hop with a full band and live instrumentation. His debut full-length album, Liberation, was released in 2002 under his given name, Tre Hardson. It also features collaborations with Saul Williams, MC Lyte, and Chali 2na. Another full-length LP, Slimkid3’s Café, followed in 2006.


All four original members of the Pharcyde reunited in 2008 for a highly anticipated run on the main stage of the international “Rock the Bells” hip-hop festival, performing to sold-out crowds alongside such top acts as Nas, De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, and Method Man and Red Man.


In 2007, Slimkid3 put his decades of  experience rapping, producing, and arranging to work as a DJ, regularly spinning sets at Guys in Los Angeles, among other venues. In 2009, he co-founded Live&Direct PDX, a monthly party event in Portland, Oregon, featuring live remixing of classic hip-hop favorites alongside veteran Portland DJs Rev Shines of Lifesavas and DJ Nature.

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DJ Jamad/Atlanta

DJ Jamad/Atlanta

With their music revealing an essence of their soul, every artist tells a story. Capturing this essence on the beat and translating that into a feeling thru mixology, Jamad is a reflection of the music he enjoys. While many today bend values in pursuit of the dollar, DJ Jamad’s personal mission is to pass the baton from past to future generations of artists in hopes that they learn to appreciate the foundation of their music. It’s important to Jamad to maintain the connection with music history while ensuring that it continues to evolve. Blending old with new is what DJ Jamad does best, mixing classic and modern R&B, Soul, and Hip-Hop. What sets Jamad apart from other DJ’s is his creative ideology and persistence to create a sound with longevity and without compromise.

Since the year 2000, Jamad’s Afromentals Mixtape Series has been attracting masses of loyal listeners seeking an alternative to mainstream Hip-Hop and R&B. Only on Afromentals can you find Slum Village, Loose Ends, Jill Scott, Al B. Sure, Schoolz of Thought, Gangstarr, Marvin Gaye, Brandy, and Steely Dan, all on the same mixtape. As if consistently banging out mix after mix for Afromentals wasn’t enough, DJ Jamad has also produced several other albums and mixtapes including Outskirts: The Unofficial Lost Outkast Remixes, AFROMATIC, and The Red Clay Experiment. Afromentals have also served as a platform to cross-promote photographers, illustrators, boutiques, and other artists and producers such as Nicolay, DJ Wreckineyez, Supa Dave West, Floyd The Locsmif, Miles Bonny, Amanda Diva, and Tiffany Paige.

DJ Jamad produced 236 episodes of the “Afromentals Mixshow”, a long-standing weekly radio show which aired on Sunday nights from 8pm until 10pm EST on Sirius Satellite Radio’s Hip Hop Nation (Sirius 40/XM 67). Periodically, he presented Operation Hot Combs (OHC), a one-hour “guest takeover” that aired during the show. These special segments allowed artists, producers, and DJs an opportunity to guest host and promote their individual projects and talents while giving listeners a candid view of the featured entertainers and their personal musical interests. Along with over 4 years at Sirius, Jamad was also a featured guest DJ on BBC Radio’s 1xtra while touring Europe.

On Sunday March 21, 2010, DJ Jamad made his return with a new edition of the Afromentals Mixshow entitled “FRO POWAH Hour”. This new 1 hour show streams weekly from 8pm-9pm EST on

Download Dj Jamad’s mix Afro Forty Five  by clicking on the artwork!


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