DJ Spinna

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DJ Spinna
DJ Spinna 2014.jpg
DJ Spinna in 2014.
Background information
Birth name Vincent Williams
Born 1973 (age 40–41)[citation needed]
Origin Brooklyn, New York
Genres Electro-funk, hip hop, soul, house
Occupation(s) Producer, DJ
Years active 1994-present
Labels BBE, Rawkus Records
Associated acts Polyrhythm Addicts, Jigmastas
Website djspinna.com

Vincent Williams, better known by his stage name DJ Spinna, is an American hip hop producer from Brooklyn.[1] According to Allmusic, he has "remained strictly an underground artist despite his astonishing talent."[2]

Life and career[edit]

He began experimenting with turntables at age 11 and is known for combining dance music with hip hop, funk, and soul music. He remixed artists such as De La Soul, Mary J. Blige, and Stevie Wonder. He also collaborated with Eminem on songs such as "Three Six Five," "Watch Deez," and "5-Star Generals," before the latter went on to superstardom. His first group, the Jigmastas, was with the emcee Kriminul. He is also a member of Polyrhythm Addicts, an underground hip-hop 'supergroup' composed of him, Apani B Fly MC, Mr. Complex, and Shabaam Sahdeeq. The group's album Rhyme-Related was released in 1999 on Wreck/Nervous Records and featured a song with Pharaohe Monch. Apani B Fly MC was replaced by Tiye Phoenix when the group reunited and recorded the 2007 release Break Glass, which featured the single “Reachin’,” released on April 24, 2007. He also worked with New York-based live house-music group Tortured Soul as well as being a member of the group Domecrackers with DJ-Producer Joc Max from Kansas City, and Grap Luva, whose brother is legendary hip hop producer Pete Rock.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • Heavy Beats Volume 1 (1999)
  • Here to There (2003)
  • Intergalactic Soul (2006)
  • Sonic Smash (2009)

Compilation albums[edit]

  • Beat Suite (2000)
  • Strange Games and Things (2001)
  • Mix the Vibe: Eclectic Mindset (2002)
  • Beyond Real Experience Volume 2 (2002)
  • Raiding the Crates (2002)
  • Fueled for the Future (2003)
  • The Wonder of Stevie: Melody Man (2004) (with Bobbito)
  • The West End New York City Classics Mix (2008)
  • The Boogie Back: Post Disco Club Jams (2009)
  • Strange Games & Funky Things Volume 5 (2010)
  • Underground Forever (2010)
  • The Beat Generation 10th Anniversary Collection (2011) (with Mr. Thing)

EPs[edit]

  • Jiggy Breaks (1996)
  • Compositions (1996)
  • Compositions 2 (2004)
  • Compositions 3 (2005)

Singles[edit]

  • "Rock" b/w "Watch Dees" (2000)
  • "DJ Song" (2000)
  • "Deep-Rooted" (2001)
  • "Fall in Love" (2002) (with Tortured Soul)
  • "Drive" b/w "Rock (Unplugged)" (2002)
  • "Music in Me" (2003)
  • "Rock (The Grand Finale)" (2003)
  • "Reality" (2003) (with Rich Medina)
  • "Outta Time" (2004)
  • "We Can Change This World" (2006)
  • "Back 2 U" (2006)
  • "Living My Life" (2007)
  • "You Should Be Loving Me" (2007) (with Ovasoul7)
  • "Dillagence" b/w "The Spirit of '94" (2008)

Productions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Francisco, Kristina (April 16, 2003). "DJ Spinna: Here to There". PopMatters. 
  2. ^ Birchmeier, Jason. "DJ Spinna - Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved September 30, 2014. 

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