The Cincinnati Enquirer from Cincinnati, Ohio on October 22, 2008 · Page 80
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The Cincinnati Enquirer from Cincinnati, Ohio · Page 80

Cincinnati, Ohio
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Wednesday, October 22, 2008
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V j ; .ej ' mill - V 'Civ'' ,Y ; Vl I , j "A;t ,r-...rAif f';f, C5T,' V( ' $v''-Y Ji- - 5 - f I .. ;X. , -, rT V'v$ N 'LJL i-f . U DAVID SORCHER 1 WEEKLY Hip-hop DJ Mr. Dibbs plays his homemade baby head theremin - an electronic instrument - by modulating the amount of light that enters through a sensor in the top of the head. V heck any book on hip-hop history you like - all they'll rlo is confirm what the man is telling you. "Originally, the DJ was the rock star of the group. The rapper was the candle in the cake, the DJ was the cake," says the Norwood resident known as Mr. Dibbs. The DJ originally supplied all the music because there were no instruments, no samplers; it was just two turntables, two records, two breaks. The DJ was the band and ran everything ..." And when it comes to the subject of turntablism and Scribble Jam, no one runs things quite like Mr. Dibbs. He knows what you're thinking - and no, he's not the soundman. Sure, it might be hard to imagine that the tattooed and pierced individual is one of the most well-known underground DJs in the world. But a quick look at his resume checks out He helped produce Len's 1999 gold album Can't Stop the Bum Rush, appeared on Late Night with Conan O'Brien and Jimmy Kimmel Live! (twice) with El-P and Atmosphere, respectively - and his famed Turntable Hardcore" releases help explain the Lifetime Achievement honor at the 2007 Ohio Hip-Hop Awards. What his resume doesn't explain is how a kid from Forest Park originally got interested in being a DJ at the age of 12. The talents exhibited by a DJ in a well-known Herbie Hancock video, however, do. This is the standard answer you will hear from any DJ between 2040 years old, and that is (I saw) Herbie Hancock's 'Rockit' video when it was popular. Grandmixer D.ST (now DXT) was his DJ ... Everyone watched it and was completely dumbfounded by it, like, 'Wow,' " Dibbs says. That Christinas, I wanted a turntable. No shoes, no clothes, no bike -1 wanted a turntable." Dibbs got his turntable and began mastering its use throughout his teens, playing local house and frat parties before recording his first album in 1991 with a couple of friends as the group Underground Source. His first national recognition, though, came in 1994, when a mix-tape he and a friend made (inspired by legendary DJ Q-Bert's Demolition Pumpkin Squeeze Music ) was featured in Rap Pages magazine. His love of graffiti and Greek food helped him become a founding father of Scribble Jam two years later. "I was hanging out by Acropolis where there was a legal wall, and we were sitting there taking pictures of the graffiti (on it), and that's where I met 'Fat' Nick (Accurso) from Scribble Jam. It just snowballed from there," Dibbs says. "I was down there getting a gyro, taking pictures of the wall with a disposable camera." Fast-forward to the present day, and youH quickly realize just how far Dibbs has come from his days snapping . photos while enjoying a bite to eat In addition to his TV appearances and awards, Dibbs has played Japan, Australia and Europe, and by his account, just about every major city in North America. Throw in his numerous 34 QN WEEKLY - VOUJHE ISUJt I OCTOBL 22 - 24. 2004

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