News: Kanye West Performs First-Ever Live Deejay Set
Friday, Dec 23, 2011 8:03PM
Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West proved he is much more than an emcee/producer by testing out the wheels of steel during his first-ever live deejay set this week in London.
During his set, Yeezy reportedly unveiled some never-before-heard music.
Less than one week after wrapping the Watch the Throne tour, Kanye West is back to work. The music mastermind debuted new material during his Christmas party in London last night. 'Ye worked the turntables while hosting the holiday bash at nightclub Le Baron London. According to attendees, he played beats from his next solo album and tracks from the upcoming G.O.O.D. Music compilation, due in the spring. British singer Mr Hudson was by his side as he gave clubgoers a first listen to his highly-anticipated material. (Rap-Up)
Recently, West Coast producer Cavie gave SOHH his reaction to renowned hitmaker Dr. Dre hinting at plans to go back into deejaying earlier this fall.
"That's actually a good thing," Cavie told SOHH about Dre going back to deejaying. "As a producer, it keeps your chops up, it keeps your ears fresh, you can really see what people are feeling when you're out there. There's no better feeling than when you're out there. I think I heard Lil Jon say you get that instant gratification. Being on that stage, right there, doing what you really do, it's not just a beat that you made. You're out there controlling. You're controlling the club, you're feeling that energy because when you play something good, everybody goes crazy. I think Dre, with the type of ear he has, I would love to see that. I've seen a lot of celebrities -- be really good deejays. [Singer] Macy Gray is a deejay and so they get paid crazy dough and you would never think that. So Dr. Dre getting behind the deejay table would be an interesting event. I don't know where he would do it at without it being crazy sold out." (SOHH)
Along with taking a break from music-making, Dre recently said he hoped to test out the deejay scene once again.
It's no secret that Dre has been fine-tuning is long-awaited Detox album, but what fans may not know is that the former N.W.A producer has at least thought about returning to the DJ booth. "I've actually been talking about it a little bit; dusting my hands off and getting back in the DJ scene," he said. "We'll see what's up with that in the future." (MTV)
In October, former Cash Money Records producer Mannie Fresh said he was making a side hustle out of deejaying.
"I deejay [DJMannieFresh.com]. I deejay my a** off, dude. Like, I'm all over the place these days. That's what I started from, and that's where I'm at right now. And, the cool thing about the deejay game is it tells you everything that's going on in music, what people liking. Before the Bonnaroo thing was sold as it was a reunion for me and [Lil] Wayne, really I was hired to deejay at Bonnaroo. It just so happens he was there as well as me." (Hip Hop DX)
Check out some recent Kanye West footage below: