The X-Ecutioners

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The X-Ecutioners
Also known as X-Men, Ill Insanity
Origin New York City, New York, USA
Genres Hip Hop/Turntablism
Years active 1989–present
Associated acts DJ Premier, Mike Patton
Members Total Eclipse
DJ Boogie Blind
DJ Precision
Past members Mista Sinista
Rob Swift
Roc Raida (deceased)

The X-Ecutioners is a group of hip hop DJs/turntablists from New York City, New York. The group formed in 1989, and currently consists of three DJs, including Total Eclipse, DJ Boogie Blind, DJ Precision. Original members of the group included Mista Sinista, Rob Swift, and Roc Raida (who died in September 2009 from complications of a stroke).

History[edit]

Formed as a DJ crew in 1989 and originally including 11 members, under the name X-Men, which was chosen partly because of their rivalry between Super DJ Clark Kent's crew of DJs, known as the Supermen, and partly after the Marvel Comics characters, but had to change their name due to trademark infringement.

After the group's name changed, the crew was later reduced to members Rob Swift, Roc Raida, Total Eclipse, and Mista Sinista (named after the Marvel Comics' Mister Sinister) before releasing their debut studio album, X-Pressions in 1997. Sinista later left the group shortly after the release of their second studio album Built from Scratch in 2001, and Rob Swift left the group for personal and artistic reasons in 2005 afterwards as well.

In the wake of Swift's departure, The X-Ecutioners have been scarcely heard of. However, the latest word is that the group has two new members, DJ Boogie Blind and DJ Precision.[1]

The X-Ecutioners have worked with many famous artists on their albums Built from Scratch and Revolutions and are highly respected in hip hop for their turntable skills, being infamous for the technique known as beat juggling. They have been known to do numerous collaborations, ranging from Kool G Rap to Cypress Hill, Mike Shinoda of rock band Linkin Park, and co-released a collaboration album with Mike Patton called General Patton vs. The X-Ecutioners. The X-Ecutioners contributed a remix of Run-DMC's "King of Rock" on the Harmonix game Amplitude, and the song "Like This" was featured in the video game SSX 3. Their Music and themselves were also featured in the game, NFL Street. As of 2007, Rob Swift, Total Eclipse and Precision have formed a new group called Ill Insanity. Their latest studio album release, Ground Xero contains 14 tracks featuring the likes of DJ QBert, DJ Excess, and Grand Master Roc Raida. Ill Insanity has posted a blog on their Myspace regarding a reunion tour in Australia in October 2008. The group commented in their blog

"Undeniably one of the greatest turntablist crews of all time, New York's legends The X-Ecutioners are reuniting exclusively to tour Australia for the very first time. The supremely talented turntablists, Grandmaster Roc Raida, Rob Swift, Boogie Blind, Total Eclipse and Precision have exclusively come together for this tour and across 10 turntables will leave you speechless with their unbelievable turntable skills of cutting, mixing, scratching and beat juggling."

The group has already announced the tour dates on both the X-Ecutioners' and Ill Insanity's Myspace Reunion Tour Blog.[2] In a recent interview with E.Zee Radio,[3] Mista Sinista says that the "current X-Men are Rob Swift, Mista Sinista, Total Eclipse, Boogie Blind, Steve D, Sean C, Johnny Cash, Diamond J, Exotic E and Roc Raida who will always be there."

Roc Raida died on September 19, 2009 from complications of a stroke from training in Krav Maga.

Personnel[edit]

Current members[edit]

  • Total Eclipse - turntables (1989–present)
  • DJ Boogie Blind - turntables (2005-present)
  • DJ Precision - turntables (2005-present)

Former members[edit]

  • Mista Sinista - turntables (1989-2001)
  • Rob Swift - turntables (1989-2005)
  • Roc Raida - turntables (1989-2009) (deceased)

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Title Chart positions
U.S. U.S. R&B
1997 X-Pressions
  • Released: September 23, 1997
  • Label: Asphodel
2002 Built from Scratch
  • Released: September 26, 2001
  • Label: Loud
15 13
2004 Revolutions
  • Released: June 8, 2004
  • Lebel: Loud
118 50
2005 General Patton vs. The X-Ecutioners
2008 Ground Xero
  • Released: March 11, 2008
  • Label: Ablist

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Compilation albums[edit]

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