From the time hip hop started until now, New Jersey has always had a chip on its shoulder about always playing little brother to NY, but as DJ Reed Streets demonstrates, Jersey always stands up for their own regardless of whether or not they’re given their props by the outside world.
“There’s much slept on talent in this city right now,” Reed Streets told BET.com on his way to Phoenix for the Red Bull Thre3style National Final.
Reed, who won the Philadelphia regional qualifier, spoke on DJs that influenced him coming up and one thing is certain: for him there’s nothing quite like home cooking.
"Coming up, it was always the Skratch Makaniks crew and still is,” Reed Streets professed. “I wasn't really hip to too many guys outside of the city besides seeing Craze crush the DMCs and finding DJs on YouTube like Skratch Bastid (peep his 'Star Wars' routine).”
He continued, “I definitely have to include Ricky Lee, Sonny James, Skipmode, DJ Grandpa, Q-Ball, Eddie Edge, Johnny B and the homie Dav.”
When it comes to the here and now, Reed Streets says his go-to club banger is an obvious choice.
“Big Sean has the biggest club record by far with ‘IDFWU,’” noted Reed Streets, who also offered up his own secret rec'ipe for winning a room. “In no particular order: Childish Gambino's 'Sober, Major Lazor's 'Lean On,’ Matt & Kim’s 'Get It,' Misterwives’s 'Reflections' and Madeon featuring Passion Pit's “Pay No Mind.” We'll keep up with DJ Reed Streets as he tries to bring the national title back to Jersey and rep the US in the world competition, which will take place in Tokyo.
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