DJ Abilities

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DJ Abilities
Birth name Gregory Keltgen
Also known as Maxx
Born 1979 (age 34–35)
Origin Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Genres Alternative hip hop
Occupations Producer, DJ
Instruments Turntables
Years active 1997–present
Labels Rhymesayers Entertainment
Associated acts Eyedea, I Self Devine, El-P, Deep Puddle Dynamics, Silent Obliteration

Gregory "Maxx" Keltgen (born 1979), better known by his stage name DJ Abilities, is a Minnesota-based underground hip hop producer and DJ affiliated with Rhymesayers Entertainment.[1][2] With his emcee partner, the late Eyedea, he formed the group known as Eyedea & Abilities.[3] He also serves as the DJ for Semi.Official with the rapper I Self Devine.[4]

DJ Abilities is well known in the Midwest for being one of the best battle DJs in the local scene, having won both the 1999 and 2001 DMC Regional championships. He is also recognized as a talented producer. He and Eyedea were noted, above all, for their ability to interact in live on stage performances, as well as on record.[5]

DJ Abilities was/is part of the music groups Eyedea & Abilities, Atmosphere, 1200 Hobos, and Semi.Official.

Career[edit]

DJ Abilities released First Born, a debut album with the rapper Eyedea as Eyedea & Abilities, in 2001.[6] He handled the turntable work on El-P's 2002 solo debut album Fantastic Damage.[7] Two more collaborative albums with Eyedea, E&A (2004) and By the Throat (2009), were both released on Rhymesayers Entertainment.[8][9]

Discography[edit]

Solo[edit]

  • Finally (1997, Rhymesayers Entertainment)
  • ...For Persons with DJ Abilities (2000, Rhymesayers Entertainment)
  • Now! That's What I Call Fuck Off (2012, self-released)

Eyedea & Abilities[edit]

  • First Born (2001, Rhymesayers Entertainment)
  • E&A (2004, Rhymesayers Entertainment)
  • By the Throat (2009, Rhymesayers Entertainment)

Semi.Official[edit]

  • The Anti-Album (2003)

Productions[edit]

Guest appearances[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Scholtes, Peter S. (September 12, 2001). "What's the Big Eyedea?". City Pages. Retrieved December 20, 2008. 
  2. ^ Schell, Justin (2010). "From St. Paul to Minneapolis, All the Hands Clap for This: Hip Hop in the Twin Cities". In Hess, Mickey. Hip Hop in America: A Regional Guide. Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 378–379. 
  3. ^ Scholtes, Peter S. (September 7, 2009). "Abilities talks turntablism's bright future". The A.V. Club. 
  4. ^ Crusah (January 1, 2004). "Semi.Official - The Anti Album". Hip Hop DX. 
  5. ^ Matos, Michaelangelo (January 6, 2009). "Ready, Willing, and Able: Ego trippin' with the hardest-working hip-hop DJ in town". City Pages. Retrieved April 8, 2010. 
  6. ^ Wolfman (December 14, 2006). "Eyedea and Abilities - E&A". Tiny Mix Tapes. 
  7. ^ Youssef, Sobhi (January 12, 2009). "Review: El-P - Fantastic Damage". Sputnikmusic. 
  8. ^ Kricke, Dan (January 11, 2005). "Eyedea & Abilities - E&A". Stylus Magazine. 
  9. ^ Dameron, Emerson (August 27, 2009). "Eyedea & Abilities - By the Throat". Dusted Magazine. 

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