Jackin' for Beats 2009, the newest mixtape snippet from DJ Wicked and Crooked I, contains over four minutes of pure 12-inch wax mastery. Wicked, a vinyl-only DJ who has been honing his skills for longer than some of us have been listening to records, is one of Portland's true hip-hop gems.
In between weekly residencies at spots like Bar XV, The Crown Room and Tiger Bar, and keeping the break beats flowing for Portland's b/boys and girls and breakdancing battles, Wicked makes time for extra curricular projects like Jackin' for Beats. With Crooked I's authentic flow over Wicked's flawlessly mixed instrumentals (which draw from a basket of the culture's best like Digable Planets, KRS-One, Nas, Onyx, Pete Rock, N.W.A., and Dr. Dre) it's difficult to tell where one record ends and the next begins.
With Jackin', Wicked aims to bring mixtapes back to a time "when a real DJ would have to master his craft to earn respect." The song has already received a sizable amount of media attention and has been the featured track on hip-hop site giants like hiphopdx.com
Here's what Wicked had to say about the collab:
If I was offered the opportunity in which I could collaborate with absolutely any emcee of my choice right now, Crooked I would be my number one pick. I was blessed with the opportunity to connect and collaborate with him when he came through Portland for a show back in February of this year. I'm super excited about it. The track itself is sort of a modern-day tribute to Ice Cube's '91 classic titled "Jackin' for Beats." I thought now would be a great time to show the people that real hip-hop isn't dead and to demonstrate that there are still real MCs and real DJ's out here that still appreciate, value and care about true skills.
Catch Wicked's monthly party (where breakdance cyphers are encouraged) Sucka Free, every second Friday at Tiger Bar, every Saturday at Bar XV and lots of other spaces and places around town mentioned with frequent accuracy on his website
and myspace page
Photo courtesy of DJ Wicked