DJ Jazzy Jeff

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2014

    Share Mundane Musings and Hormone-Fueled Stories at the Next My Teenage Angst

    When you were a teenager, a journal was your best friend and confidante. You told it all your secrets, as well as plenty of banal details about your day. You shared your dreams -- and sometimes even imagined that your words would one day be immortalized, read around the world. Some journals were ha ... More >>

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    March 6, 2014
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    February 28, 2014

    Crack is wack: The ten best musical motivational messages from 1980s and 1990s

    Remember back in the day when you got home from school all psyched to watch some sweet, violent cartoons only to find that the dreaded After School Special? Buzz kill. It was even more of a bummer when our musical heroes took it upon themselves in the '80s and '90s to urge us all to lay off the reef ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2013

    Prime Element is a hip-hop act that's more concerned with being timeless than relevant

    Prime Element began as 3 the Hardway, three hip-hop heads -- an MC, a producer and a DJ -- devoted to celebrating a culture they love through positivity, hard work and great music. Their name has obviously since changed, as has their label affiliation since Set in Stone, their last release, but what ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2013

    Chris Karns on retiring his DJ Vajra moniker and his new monthly at Beauty Bar

    Had he not won the DMC championships in 2011, or almost won the Red Bull Thr3style that same year, or ended up competing on the VH1 reality show Master of the Mix, the Colorado streets would still be singing the praises of Chris Karns. If you've ever seen him perform, the dude's a beast on the turnt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2013

    Best EDM in Denver this weekend: Westword Music Showcase, after party and more

    CROOKERS / WESTWORD MUSIC SHOWCASE AFTER PARTY @ CITY HALL Crookers may have hit the radar for some with a mean remix of Kid Cudi's "Day and Night," but he's been on the radar for the heads for quite some time. He adapts hip-hop roots with modern club spins and always keeps your feet moving with upt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2013

    Bonnaroo 2013 live stream schedule

    There's some great live music this weekend. We've already given you a full rundown of the ten best concerts in Denver and the best EDM, but if don't feel like leaving the house, or you can't find a sitter or whatever, you can still get your live fix. Bonnaroo kicks off today, and like this year's ed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2012

    Peter Black on growing up around music, So What! and the importance of community

    See Also: Tonight: Peter Black at the Meadowlark Peter Black (aka Peter Gurule) first gained renown as a DJ as part of the long-running and legendary club night, So What! Since then, he's made a name for himself not just as a skilled DJ in a very real sense of the term but as someone who has taken ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2012

    The Best of SXSW Music: Saturday 3/17/2012

    So, we come to it: the end of all things. Four days of madness, Doritos, Skrillex and finally, St. Patrick's Day. Before we bid SXSW 2012 farewell, allow us to share our favorite moments from SXSW day four. Later, we'll let you know which shows weren't so hot. Find our favorites below, and if there ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2012

    My Teenage Angst diary reading packed with stories of perms, popularity and prudes

    As a willing participant at Friday night's My Teenage Angst on-stage diary-reading event, I had some pre-show fears: What if my entries weren't as funny as I remembered them being? What if other people's entries weren't funny? What if the whole thing fell apart because someone unintentionally read f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2011

    Ten best hip hop shows of 2011 in Denver

    Eric GruneisenTyler, the Creator at the Ogden Theatre this past October​There were so many hip-hop shows and concerts this year, it was hard to keep count. The shows of note, though, were bangers and crowd pleasers and showcased dynamic artistry. With so many epic moments (?uestLove and Jazzy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2011

    5 and Dime label launch, Jazzy Jeff, DJ T and more on this weekend's Dance Card

    ​Feel like cutting a rug this weekend? Good because there's plenty on this weekend's Dance Card: There's a label launch tonight at minibar for 5 and Dime, a brand-new deep/tech house label; the launch will have music from Bones, ben A, Louis Marr, Joseph Newman and Quinn. There will be free sw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2011

    The best and worst of sitcoms starring musicians

    We feel the same way about you, Fred Durst.​The bad news is that Snoop Dogg is getting a sitcom, a no-doubt hackneyed affair starring the Doggfather as a patriarch with his mind on his family and his family on his mind. The even worse news is that Limp Bizkit front-penis Fred Durst is apparent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2011

    Red Bull Thre3Style brings the battle to Boulder

    ​On the heels of last fall's thrilling battle at Beta, judged by ?uestlove and DJ Jazzy Jeff and featuring DJ magMANimous (DJ Vajra) against DJs from across the country, the Red Bull Thre3Style is making its way back to Colorado with the legendary DJ Craze in tow. If you haven't seen the lineu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2010

    YTCracker on the virtues of Nerdcore and the finer points of hacking

    Straight outta C Springs, YTCracker is among nerd core's finest​ YTCracker rolls with a crew and movement known as "nerdcore," the epicenter of all things sophisticated and geeky. The rapper -- aka Bryce Case, who pronounces his name as "whitey cracker" -- and his contemporaries, guys like MC ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2010

    Z-Trip on simultaneously being a DJ, performance artist and well-polished anomaly

    ​Zach Sciacca, better known as Z-Trip, is widely regarded as the pioneering "godfather of mash ups." Way back before Girl Talk or The Hood Internet were even out of high school, Sciacca was out there mixing everything from Rush and The Beastie Boys to Jane's Addiction and Jay-Z. He spit out hi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2010

    Red Bull Thre3Style: magMANimous from Denver takes home bronze

    ​ RED BULL THRE3STYLE 10.09.10 | Beta, Denver, CO Red Bull has been steadily establishing a reputation for championing the artistic expressions of up and coming artists, and this evening was no different. At Beta this past Saturday night, the Red Bull Thre3Style brought ten DJs from across t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2010

    DJ Jazzy Jeff and ?uestlove on Red Bull and playing digital versus carrying crates

    ​ This past Saturday night at Beta, during Red Bull's Thre3Style competition, celebrity judges ?uestlove and Jazzy Jeff closed the night out with a live drum and DJ peformance. Before the competition kicked off and before ?uestlove and Jazzy Jeff set the place on fire with their impressive fi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2010

    2010 DMC US Finals DJ Battle in NYC dominated by Colorado DJs

    ​ This Saturday, August 7, another chapter will be added to the annals of hip-hop history in New York City. On what will presumably be a predictably humid evening in the Big Apple, the 2010 DMC US Finals will take place, with twelve competitors from coast to coast pitted against each other on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2010

    Westword Music Showcase sells out with 11,000 in attendance! Biggest turnout ever!

    Sold out? Wait, what? Did I just read that right? Seriously? Sold out? What the ...? Those were my first thoughts when I woke up yesterday and fired up the old TweetDeck before jumping into the shower. My boy Ralphie, who we tapped to emcee the main stage for us yesterday, had tweeted something ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2010

    Top 10 weirdest musician movie roles

    ​It's not unusual for musicians to try out acting or vice-versa, but sometimes those roles take unusual turns. Now, with "I Kissed a Girl" songstress Katy Perry (who, interestingly, recently called Lady Gaga's new "Alejandro" video "blasphemous") gearing up to play Smurfette in the upcoming ad ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2010

    Hey, DJ! Q&A with DJ Amen

    ​ Every Friday we spotlight the hottest cats (and kittens) behind the decks in the MHC, grilling them to gain some insight on what it takes, exactly, to get the party rocking, to find out about their most treasured crate digging experiences and what they really think when we stumble up to the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2009

    Hey, DJ! Q&A with DJ Quote the Beatmaker

    vega​Every Friday we spotlight the hottest cats (and kittens) behind the decks in the MHC, grilling them to gain some insight on what it takes, exactly, to get the party rocking, to find out about their most treasured crate digging experiences and what they really think when we stumble up to t ... More >>

  • Music

    May 28, 2009
  • Blogs

    May 21, 2009

    Oh no he didn't! DJ AM hates on Birdman

    Nuggets.comWow! Thanks to the astute observational skills of our homie Castro at A Walking Disaster, we just came across a tweet from DJ AM, in which he asserts that Chris Anderson "looks like an ed hardy model that listens to smashmouth vs linkin park mash ups." Really, dude? Well, if we squint rea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2008
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    August 25, 2008
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    April 7, 2008

    The Rap-Up: Apostle, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Mos Def, Beyonce

    In the fall of 2006, A.P.O.S.T.L.E. - aka Jeff Campbell -- left Denver for San Francisco with his crew, Heavyweight Dub Champion, with hopes of making a bigger splash outside the Mile High City. Fast forward to spring 2008, Apostle is no longer working with Heavyweight Dub Champion and released his ... More >>

  • Music

    May 31, 2007

    The Sounds of Summer

    Tunes that take us back to those lazy, hazy days.

  • Music

    March 22, 2007


    This crew delivers a straight shot of hip-hop.

  • Music

    November 23, 2006

    Listen Up

    Fast reviews of recent releases

  • Music

    June 15, 2006

    Westword Music Showcase 2006

    Be there or be square!

  • News

    June 23, 2005
  • Music

    February 17, 2005

    Club Scout

    NBA All-Star Weekend

  • Music

    January 20, 2005

    The Beatdown turns the tables on the art of deejaying.

  • New Year's Eve

    December 16, 2004
  • Music

    September 2, 2004

    DJ Jazzy Jeff

    Sunday, September 5, the Church, 303-832-3528.

  • Music

    January 22, 2004

    Club Scout

    Jazzy Jeff

  • Music

    December 26, 2002

    That's a Wrap-Up

    Backbeat writers sound off on a few of their favorite musical things from 2002.

  • Music

    December 5, 2002

    Career Remix

    DJ Paul Oakenfold heads in a new direction -- and not everyone wants to follow.

  • Music

    September 12, 2002

    Darius Rucker

    Back to Then (Hidden Beach)

  • Music

    December 27, 2001


    Backbeat writers revisit their favorite albums of the year.

  • Music

    November 22, 2001

    Sideshow Swamp

    A Beck boy no more, DJ Swamp uses headbanger histrionics to blaze his way to the top.

  • Culture

    April 5, 2001

    Blowin' Smoke

    Ted Demme and Denis Leary are a match made in effin' heaven.

  • Music

    June 15, 2000

    Scratch It Up

    The steel wheels keep turning in the DMC turntable battles.

  • Music

    September 27, 1995