Mix Master Ice: (Still A) Legend In The Game
We all grew up from East
Flatbush, Brooklyn. We [UTFO] were the best Hip-Hop group, and Full Force
were the best producers in the 'hood.
I knew it was a good Hip-Hop
record because all the right elements were there. But, because it was the
B-Side of the single called "Hanging Out," I didn't think it was
going to be as huge as it was.
Everyone is still active.
We all are working on individual projects.
Lots of fun! We had some
great fans and we inspired a lot of people worldwide.
The deejay is still very
important because the deejays help the artist to be heard in the clubs, radio
and in the streets. I also feel the deejay was more relevant to the rap groups
back in the days. There was less technology back then, so the deejay role
Crazy Eddie, one of the founders, of the IDJTA reached out to me. I was honored and became a member.
Did you follow the '08 DMC World Championships at all? If so, what was your take on it?
For 2008, the world title
went to France with DJ Fly, and second place was DJ Slyce (from the) USA --
Big up to Slyce for being an older battle deejay and getting this far in the
It's one of my many awards
that I will always be proud of. I was inspired by the pioneers that came before
me, and I'm honored and blessed to have inspired many deejays that came after
I moved to Columbus, Ohio
in the mid '90's. They are some of the good R&B talent from the area that
have been working hard for years. They reached out to me for management, and
I've been working with them and getting them ready for the industry.
Yes, many artists from
this area. There is a lot of talent from the Midwest.
I'm a true deejay at heart, so I listen to it all.
What is your take on the lack of sales, digital downloads, file sharing, and bootlegging -- All the thing that are going on in music right now?
People are getting music for free due to mix-tapes and free down-loads -- Artists will have to adapt to the times.
What would you like to see changed in the music game?
More balance in Hip-Hop.
There is more ignorance being promoted than positive energy.
It's cool. It's always
good when the youth can see and look at the past and where the culture came
More globally and maybe
to other planets! It will continue to grow because the youth are the future
-- They love rap music and they will continue to create new styles and new
This summer will be my
29th deejay anniversary and my 25th anniversary in the music business. I'm
also looking forward to helping other artists to achieve their goals.
Thanks for the interview
and the love! Peace & Blessings to all my fans around the world, my family,
The CoreDJs, NerveDJs, IDJTA, Mixshow Blast DJs, Tools of Wars, U.T.F.O. &
Full Force, All The Pioneers Of Hip-Hop -- And, none of this would be possible
without the blessings of The Creator!