Westword Music Showcase

Westword Music Showcase 2007

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Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? I'm going to say Big Daddy Kane. Without him, there would be no raw, smoothed out, mack daddy, gangsta true wordsmith MCs. He posed it all and blessed the rap game.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? Illmatic - Nas.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? Humm. Send it thru; I need all the new heaters I can get, just as long as it don't mess up my computer.

Who's on your iPod right now? I just got an iPod recently. I've been listening to a lot of my records that I've burned on MP3 to my iPod.

Parting shot: "Everybody wants to be somebody; nobody wants to grow."

DISTRAKT
NOMINATED IN HIP-HOP
5 P.M., DC 10

Website: www.myspace.com/distrakt

Personnel: Omar Jones, EMU SP1200.

Native or transplant? Native.

Releases/discography: Distraktions (2006); Calculate Depth Thru Introspect (2002); See Thru the Dirt (1999).

What three adjectives best describe your music? 1) Better Best 2) Soulful 3) Catchy.

Favorite place to play a show: The Black Sheep in Colorado Springs.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: Wire Short Studios.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? Broadway, because of all of the vintage antique stores.

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? There are so many great acts in Denver to choose just one.

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? Quincy Jones.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? Listen - Johnny "Guitar" Watson.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? Godsend.

Who's on your iPod right now? Distrakt catalogue dated back to '89 to '07 of unavailable and available songs.

Parting shot: Thank you for the opportunity.

DJ BEDZ
NOMINATED IN DJ DANCE: HIP-HOP - CLUB/ TURNTABLISTS
2 P.M., DC 10

Website: www.myspace.com/djbedz

Personnel: Just myself — although Radio Bums is the crew. Por favor, believe it.

Releases/discography: I've done upwards of one hundred mix CDs (and when I say "mix CD," I actually mean that the songs are mixed and scratched together). My most recent batch of CDs features Whoo Kid, Brown Boy, Xzibit, Paul Wall, Carmelo Anthony and Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock as hosts. Go to Independent Records and buy one, please — otherwise, the Recording Industry Association of America will win. And nobody wants that to happen.

What three adjectives best describe your music? Technically proficient, intricate and clean.

Favorite place to play a show: The Pepsi Center.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: The Loft.

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): Is there a time frame on this question? If not, it's hard to argue with the Denver members of Earth, Wind & Fire. Honorable mention goes to that one guy from Tag Team. Whoomp, there it is, baby.

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): "Constance" - Mr. J Medeiros/Procussions. I know the Pros don't live here any longer, but you can't fade a song written about the Philippine prostitution epidemic over an amazingly produced beat.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? I'm sure this is going to be the clique answer, but I'll run with Colfax. It's a long, hard, culturally diverse adventure where all your dreams can come true. Pow! Chalk one up to the obvious, poorly used sexual innuendo.

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? I think I'd choose Playalitical. He's not only talented on the mike, but behind the boards as well. He has the ability to make different-sounding songs, so he's the Denver hip-hop artist least likely to suffer from being pigeonholed should he be able to break out nationally. He also has a unique vocal sound, and I think not sounding like everything else out there is an important quality in giving some identity and definition to Colorado.

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? Ice Cube. He's the outright epitome of political sensibilities/anti-establishment overtones blended with inner-city street sense and raw anger. And he's a lyrical virtuoso, very naturally talented. The man was just born with the "it" quality.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back - Public Enemy. This album really solidified, in my young mind, what a powerful tool for social change hip-hop could be. For me, it was the album that best articulated the frustrations of impoverished minority groups during the post-Reaganomics era. On top of that, it was musically a huge milestone for sampling and creative use of sound in the context of hip-hop production. Chuck D and the Bomb Squad were about twenty years ahead of their time, respectively. It's an amazing piece of music, both culturally and musically.

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