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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Moment of Truth: DJ QBert's Jellyfish Lazer Face Is Turntablism Porn

Posted By on Tue, Jan 13, 2015 at 4:06 PM

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Welcome back to Moment of Truth. If you’ve been reading recently, you know we launched our new hip-hop column with a candid interview with Hieroglyphics’ Pep Love about the state of hip-hop in the Bay. Moment of Truth will continue to appear every Tuesday here at All Shook Down.

Today we're bringing you San Francisco’s very own turntablism legend DJ QBert, in the form of his latest mixtape, Jellyfish Lazer Face. It’s rooted in hip-hop from all over the map, bass-heavy trap and dubstep. He tells Mass Appeal that it’s “an odyssey of future bass music.”

The mix is a retrospective of sorts, featuring parts of QBert’s recently completed national Extraterrestrium tour and teases tracks off of the upcoming Extramentals Vol. 1 album. The finest moment comes when he flawlessly mixes Run The Jewels’ “Banana Clipper” with Big L’s timeless “Put It On” and chops it up like a maniac. There’s a track from bangin’ up-and-coming producer Mr. Carmack, who’s coming to 1015 Folsom on Jan. 22, and the closing segment uses a sample that’s eerily similar to Canadian indie-electro duo Blue Hawaii’s “Try To Be.” (FYI: Blue Hawaii put out my favorite mix of last year in Agor Edits)

On the real, if you bump Jellyfish Lazer Face loud enough, you might feel like you’ve been transported to a basement hip-hop show and are bouncing to every bass hit with your hands up in the air in front of QBert on the ones and twos. A friend proclaimed that “this is proof that Qbert is still the master of all things turntable related,” and I can’t disagree. Some of the SoundCloud comments sum it up eloquently too:

“Crunchy as fuck!”

“Face vaporized”

“My mind...is 7 week old kimchee”

With that, here’s your ear candy:


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Adrian Spinelli

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