DJ Babu has been at the forefront of the world’s turntablist movement for nearly 30 years. That includes winning multiple competition titles, recording albums with million-selling artists like Linkin Park, and serving as a host/curator for a popular radio mixshow. But Babu is probably best-known as one of the longtime members of The World Famous Beat Junkies, one of the world’s most respected DJ/turntablists collectives.
Established by J. Rocc in the LA area in 1992, the World Famous Beat Junkies collective has operated with a wildly talented roster of turntable troopers, and accomplished plenty over the years. They’ve won major DJ battles (DMC, Supermen, International Turntablists Federation), recorded eight full-length albums, created a record pool, launched a clothing line, and opened a DJ school (Beat Junkie Institute of Sound). They currently air “Soundcheck” for Beat Junkie Radio on Dash Radio. Additionally, they appeared in Doug Pray’s seminal 2001 documentary film, “Scratch.”
Currently consisting of six world-renowned talents – (left to right in pic) J. Rocc, Rhettmatic, Mr. Choc, D-Styles, Melo-D and Babu – the Beat Junkies are among the most passionate, knowledgeable and talented groups of turntablists you’ll ever hear. To see them work their magic is something to behold.
So tune in as DJ Times connects with DJ Babu of The World Famous Beat Junkies to discuss the group’s journey, the state of turntablism, the battle scene, and more.
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