While saddling up for another Monday morning grind, I ran across footage of Whoo Kid’s guest appearance on The Round Table. Not surprising he begins by taking a couple of shots at Ja Rule, Murder Inc, and Kanye West, but he then goes on to state that he’s "not really a DJ."
This statement could be interpreted a number of different ways… an attempt at humbleness, admission of guilt, sarcasm, boasting, or some combination of each. In the end, it’s all irrelevant since at this point I’m sure Whoo Kid could care less what anyone, especially those with lesser bankrolls, think of him. Still one question remains… what do you call Whoo Kid and people like him?
Has hip-hop come to expect too much from someone wishing to use the two initials? Is DJ’ing a role, level of influence, type of equipment used, skill set, state of mind, or outdated tradition soon to be lost to technology?
It’s very rare (almost impossible) for one individual to truly embody all of the traits of the ideal DJ. Throw various digital technologies into the mix and things get even more confusing. DJ’ing has now come to mean so many things to different people, that it’s almost silly to think of one act being authentic than another. All of these various factors and changing definitions beg the question: what is a DJ?