Monday, January 16, 2012

'Titties are fun' at BET's Master of the Mix Atlanta finale

Posted By on Mon, Jan 16, 2012 at 11:47 AM

DJ Princess Cut

Princess Cut furrowed her eyebrows as she pushed keys on her laptop, then the wax on her turntables. “No sound,” she said into the mic, summoning the production crew to her side.

Before BET unveiled its second season winner of "Master of the Mix" — essentially an "American Idol"-style competition for turntablists — it challenged a seemingly random selection of seven local DJs to face a similar wringer inside event space Le Fais Do-Do on Saturday night. Princess Cut was standing in front of a few hundred people, which included the show's notable judges' panel: first season contestant Vikter Duplaix, former Def Comedy Jam resident turntablist Kid Capri, professional partier Amber Rose, and producer Just Blaze.

Since each Atlanta DJ only had two minutes to spin a winning set, the judges were quick to call out attention-grabbing tricks that didn't require either of the turntables. During soundcheck, DJ Southanbred plugged in a brand-new kitchen blender; and in the minutes he had to perform, he exerted more energy ducking under the table to retrieve pre-cut smoothie ingredients than actually spinning and scratching. “I'd like to wait until the end,” Duplaix said when initially asked to deliberate.

The strongest sets didn't employ a household appliance or even super obvious pandering, such as Cypha's playing of Amber Rose's debut single “Fame.” After just a second-long soundcheck and then a smirk plastered on his face, DiBiase spun a deeper groove into Rihanna's “Rude Boy” before he flicked his fingers on the wax, his scratches satisfyingly squeaky.

And after DJ Era spiked up the Dr. Dre-produced, 50 Cent hit “In Da Club” with the start of Jay-Z's “Public Service Announcement” (“Allow me to reintroduce myself”), his hands darted back and forth between the two turntables in front of him as his eyes fixated on his laptop screen, constantly in pursuit of perfect timing.“What I don't like is when a DJ looks at his computer the whole set,” Kid Capri told Era. “What I did like was that it was the best set of the night.”

Era ended up winning the competition, earning $500 in cash, his own V103 commercial and an hour-long set on “Frank and Wanda in the Morning” — but not before the judges nodded to formidable efforts from other contestants. Just Blaze commended Genesis' wide-ranging song selection, which coasted from Crazy Town's “Butterfly” to Daft Punk's “Something About Us” despite his inaudible scratches. And even after a two-minute soundcheck, Princess Cut's biggest obstacle was the lack of sound itself, which still didn't distract from the biggest trick of her set.

“Did I see a titty scratch?” Duplaix said.

She nodded.

“I thought I saw a titty scratch,” Kid Capri said.

Finally, Amber Rose chimed in — “titties are fun” — but it was cold comfort in comparison.

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