DJ Babu

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DJ Babu
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DJ Babu
Background information
Birth name Melvin Babu
Also known as Babu
The Turntablist
The Dilated Junkie
Babs
Born (1974-09-17) September 17, 1974 (age 40)
Origin Washington, D.C.
Genres Hip hop
Instruments Turntables
Years active 1992–present
Labels Stones Throw Records
Nature Sounds
Associated acts Beat Junkies
Dilated Peoples
Likwit Junkies
Website Dilated Peoples

Melvin Babu (born September 17, 1974), better known as DJ Babu, is a Filipino-American DJ and producer. One-third of the hip hop group Dilated Peoples (alongside Rakaa Iriscience and Evidence).

Career[edit]

Babu is also a member of the Beat Junkies DJ crew, and together with rapper Defari forms the duo the Likwit Junkies. DJ Babu, Evidence and Pharoahe Monch also feature in the song H! Vltg3 on Linkin Park's Reanimation album. He lived in Oxnard, California for 1 year, and later moved to the neighbor city of Camarillo.

Babu has won multiple competition titles Including the Vestax World Championships and multiple ITF titles. As a revered battle DJ he has appeared in and hosted numerable videos. Babu is famous for redefining the art of Beat juggling during the 1997 ITF/Beat juggling category competition, when he first performed his "Blind Alley" routine. Under the name "The Turntablist", produced perhaps the genre's most popular battle record, 1996's Super Duck Breaks, which sold over 10,000 copies.

DJ Babu has also featured on numerous acts alongside groups such as Jurassic 5, Swollen Members and The Visionaries. Individually Babu has featured in many other groups.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Super Duck Breaks (1996)
  • Super Duper Duck Breaks (2000)
  • Duck Season Vol. 1 (2002)
  • Duck Season Vol. 2 (2003)
  • The Beat Tape Vol. 1 (2007)
  • Duck Season Vol. 3 (2008)
  • The Beat Tape Vol. 2 (2010)

Featured[edit]

  • "Wild Stylus" (1997) [Scratches – tracks: A2 to A4, B1 to B2]

Singles[edit]

  • "Pay Attention" (2001)
  • "Duck Season" (2002)
  • "Fan Mail" (2007)

Production[edit]

  • "Funky Duck" Wild Stylus (1997)
  • "Service" Dilated Peoples (2000)
  • "Phil Da Agony Interlude" Dilated Peoples (2001)
  • "Proper Propaganda" Dilated Peoples (2001)
  • "Pay Attention" Dilated Peoples (2001)
  • "Hard Hitters" Dilated Peoples (2001)
  • "Dilated Junkies" Dilated Peoples (2001)
  • "Behold My Life" Defari (2002)
  • "Behold My Life (Remix)" Defari (2003)
  • "International" Chali 2na (2005)
  • "The L.J.'s (album)-" Likwit Junkies (2005)
  • "Alarm Clock Music" Dilated Peoples (2006)
  • "Burn Big" Defari (2006)
  • "Vultures" Defari (2006)
  • "Rain or Shine" Evidence (2008)
  • "C.T.D." Rakaa Iriscience (2010)
  • "Eyes Wide" Rakaa Iriscience (2010)
  • "Same Folks" Evidence (2011)
  • "No Gunz Come Out" Defari (2013)
  • "Lip Service" Defari (2013)
  • "Curveball" Defari (2013)

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