DJ Polished Solid – DJ RASHAD My Broken Heart Mix (No Turn Unstoned #241)

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(October 9, 1979 – April 26, 2014)

Man, this one really hurt, deep down inside! Words could never, ever, ever, ever, convey… Too soon, too soon… However, his musical legacy will live on forever. The world is going to miss out on a LOT of amazing music. His growth as an artist has been ridiculous. What had to be coming next was going to be absolutely nothing but mind-blowing.

Double Cup, one of the best albums of 2013, is a musical masterpiece, stretching the boundaries of what constitutes juke/footwork. His influence on so many artists that I absolutely love, most notably Machinedrum and Addision Groove, was extraordinary, pushing them to push their musical boundaries. Machinedrum’s Room(s), another masterpiece, wouldn’t exist without DJ Rashad in my opinion. Jay Dee AKA J Dilla often gets praised for being the best at flipping a sample, but DJ Rashad could stand right beside him and flip it just as well. Some of his flips are just down right miraculous… Just listen to Case’s “Touch Me Tease Me” and then listen to “Only One” from Double Cup. How did he do that?!

The Juke/Footwork genre and evident influence (mentioned above) have been the only new music lately that really puts a smile in my heart, and DJ Rashad was THE ONE. I looked forward to his releases like it was Christmas or my birthday.

I have to thank Planet Mu and Mike Paradinas for introducing me to this genre with the Bangs & Works Vol. 1 compilation. From there, I couldn’t get enough juke/footwork. The energy is incredible; I got it and understood Paradinas’ push! When I discovered DJ Rashad, his music was the one that stood out from the crowd for me. Obviously, there are others (DJ Diamond and DJ Spinn) who are also very good, but in the words of Highlander, there can only be one…

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Ivan Orr is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, performer, and writer. A native of Charlottesville, Virginia Ivan was involved with the forming and nascent days of The Music Resource Center as its first Program Director. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Music, Ivan currently resides in Richmond, VA where he maintains an active performance and production schedule while serving as the Music Editor for Grown Folks Music, a position he has held since 2010.