10 top records from world-famous Beat Junkie DJ Babu
DJ Babu, part of the World Famous Beat Junkies and Dilated Peoples, shares his top ten records, a list that tells the story of his maturation as a kid in Oxnard to a world-class, international DJ.
by David Ma
“Up until I was eight or nine, I was bouncing around a lot, all the time as a kid. I was born in Maryland and lived in Jacksonville then moved all over the U.S.,” explains Chris Oroc, widely known as DJ Babu.
After constant relocation (due to his father’s naval service), Chris landed in Oxnard, California, in the early ’80s where his teenage years paralleled hip-hop’s booming rise. Now in his late thirties, the seasoned DJ has toured globally as part of the World Famous Beat Junkies and as one-third of Dilated Peoples, manning the tables as well as production.
Through eloquent routines, multiple ITF titles and Vestax championships followed. Other calculated efforts, like his famed juggle of “Blind Alley” by the Emotions, bolstered his rep in the ’90s. And Super Duck Breaks, an early DJ tool record he produced as the Turntablist, is amongst the most used—and beloved—in the field. Below are DJ Babu’s top ten records, a list that tells the story of his maturation as a kid in Oxnard to a world-class, international DJ.
Malcolm McLaren and the World Famous Supreme Team D’ya Like Scratchin’ (Island Records) 1983
This has to be the first—if not, the second—record I ever purchased. I actually bought this way before I was a DJ, when my family still had a record player in the house. This brings back fond memories of moving to Oxnard, California, in the early ’80s and being introduced to hip-hop. At the time, I was definitely trying to pop and b-boy, and “Buffalo Gals” was my shit! Just looking and listening to this record fascinated me; it was the first time I had seen a Technics 1200 on a sleeve. And, of course, who can ever forget the ill boom box on the cover?! This record was just hip-hop from head to toe.
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