|Origin||Orange County, California, United States|
|Genres||Hip hop, Turntablism|
|Years active||1992 - present|
|Labels||Beat Junkie Sound|
|Associated acts||Dilated Peoples, Invisibl Skratch Piklz|
The World Famous Beat Junkies is an American hip hop crew of DJs specializing in Turntablism. Established in 1992 in Orange County, California by J. Rocc. As of 2014, The BeatJunkie Crew also host their own record pool, clothing line and radio station.
The Beat Junkies have won prestigious DJ battles and competitions like the DMC, the Supermen, and International Turntablists Federation competitions and going to world tour exhibitions. They have traveled and performed across the United States as well as Japan, Germany, The Netherlands and Canada. The Beat Junkies as a Crew and individually have also featured in many other acts alongside artists such as Jurassic 5, The Visionaries, The Likwit Junkies with Defari, Phil Da Agony, Cypress Hill, Invisibl Skratch Piklz, Dilated Peoples, and Peanut Butter Wolf who was so influenced by the Beat Junkies that he recruited Homeless Derelicts (Grand The Visitor and Architect currently members of Urban Umpires) who were featured on Beat Junkies Vol.1 and released them as the second ever Stones Throw Records release.
The group was established in 1992 by J. Rocc. The original members included Curse, Rhettmatic, Melo-D, Icy Ice, Symphony, & What?!. Shortkut, D-Styles, Havik, and Tommy Gun (who joined in late 1992) were later added. DJ Babu joined the Junkies by late 1993; the newest member is currently Mr. Choc, who was added to the crew in early 1996.
Currently, The BeatJunkies have launched their own membership based record pool in the spring of 2014, curated by members of the crew, which provides exculsive cuts and edits at www.beatjunkies.com.
Following the launch of the record pool, the Beat Junkies clothing line also was set into motion late 2014, which aimes at music lovers and enthusiasts alike. Celebrity influencers such as comedian Russell Peters, Chef Roy Choi, Radio Personality Rikki Martinez a.k.a. Letty, and artist AntiGirl have been featured in the 2014 Beat Junkie lookbook.
At the top of 2015, "Beat Junkie Radio" began airing on Dash Radio. The station is curated and hosted by members DJ Babu, Mr. Choc and Rhetmattic. Their live show "Soundcheck" goes on air every 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month from 7-10pm, live sets are provided by select members of The Beat Junkie crew, and a variety of musical guests such as Egyptian Lover, Hitboy, Dom Kennedy, Anderson Paak, Knxwledge, The Alchemist and many more have been featured.
On January 18, 2017, The Beat Junkies formally announced plans to open their own DJ school (The Beat Junkie Institute of Sound) a professional training facility featuring fundamental and specialized DJ courses, workshops, and private instruction - all provided by the Beat Junkies Crew (DJ Babu, Mr Choc, D-Styles, J.Rocc, DJ Melo-D, and DJ Rhettmatic). The Beat Junkie Institute of Sound will be headquartered in Glendale, California. The school will offer an opportunity to join their community and learn the art form of DJ'ing "Beat Junkie Style" on state of the art equipment in an intimate and professional environment. Available to those new to DJing, cultural enthusiasts, recreational DJ's, serious hobbyists, or a consummate Pro's - the Beat Junkie Institute of Sound will be offering a curriculum and environment suited for anyone interested in learning the craft and history. The Beat Junkie Institute of Sound is set to open Spring of 2017.
- The World Famous Beat Junkies Volume 1 (1997)
- The World Famous Beat Junkies Volume 2 (1998)
- Rock S*** (1998) Label: Contaminated
- The World Famous Beat Junkies Volume 3 (1999)
- Changes/Materialize (1999) Label: Second Movement
- Classic Material Volume One (2001)
- Sick Days" (12") (2001)
- Dividends, DJ Rhettmatic (2004)
Private Stash (2003) (DVD) D-Styles Featuring The Beat Junkies - A Night At The Knitting Factory (2004)
- Rah Rah Various - O.L.C. (1999, 2001)
- Scratch Monopoly (2001)
- Various - The Return Of The DJ - Allstar Album (2001)
- LA-Japan Connection, DJ Yutaka - United Nations II (2001)