DJ Cheese

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DJ Cheese
Background information
Birth nameRobert Cheese
BornOak Hill, West Virginia, United States
GenresHip hop
Occupation(s)DJ, record producer
Instrument(s)Turntable, Sampler

DJ Cheese (born Robert Cheese) is the world title record holder who won the 1986 DMC World Final in London, showcasing the art of scratching in turntablism for the very first time.[1][2] He also appeared in the 1986 UK tour with Run-DMC.[3] He is known as ‘master of the crossfader’.[4]

Early life[edit]

Cheese was born in Oak Hill, West Virginia. From birth, Cheese would live in Edison, New Jersey and later move to Plainfield in 1977. In 1980 he would become inspired by Grandmaster Flash and begin to develop an interest for hip hop. Soon after, Cheese would start purchasing and collecting official DJ equipment.[5]


In 1984 DJ Cheese won the DJ Battle for World Supremacy at the New Music Seminar, becoming the first non-NYC DJ to win the title.[6] At the seminar, Cheese would meet and join Tony Prince in competition. Cheese was later Invited by Tony Prince to appear in the inaugural DMC DJ World Championship. Cheeses portion of the competition incorporated scratching, which initiated a different approach to deejay battling and changed the course of DMC competitions moving forward.[7] I

In 1985–1986 under his label Profile Records, Cheese released two vinyl 12" singles with the group Word Of Mouth entitled 'Coast to Coast'[8] and 'King Kut'.[9] King Tut would be used in the coming years as a way of "basing songs around how great your deejay is", once again making DJ Cheese a pioneer in the industry.[10]

In 1986, Cheese would headline both nights at the London’s "UK Fresh ’86" show at the Wembley Arena.[11] It was during these performances that DJ Cheese, would scratch his way through his set along with KMC and MC Original G, from Word of Mouth.[4][12] Later that year Cheese would collaborate with Fats Comet on the song 'Eat The Beat'.[13]


  1. ^ "World DJ Championships History". Disco Mix Club. Archived from the original on February 12, 2011. Retrieved February 14, 2011.
  2. ^ "DJ Cheese". DMC World Magazine. 2011-10-26. Retrieved 2022-02-08.
  3. ^ "DJ Cheese". Wax Poetics. Retrieved 2022-02-08.
  4. ^ a b Randomrapradiocraig (2018-01-04). "UK FRESH 19 JULY 1986 – Live from Wembley Arena [FULL/ REMASTERED]". RANDOM RAP RADIO. Retrieved 2022-02-09.
  5. ^ JayQuan. "King Kut – The Adventures Of Robert DJ Cheese". Retrieved February 14, 2011.
  6. ^ Rocque, Starr Rhett (2020-09-16). "The Story of New York Rap Can't Be Told Without New Jersey". Vulture. Retrieved 2022-02-09.
  7. ^ "Master Of The Dmc- Tony Prince Talks". Ransom Note. 2021-08-19. Retrieved 2022-02-09.
  8. ^ Word Of Mouth Featuring DJ Cheese - Coast To Coast, retrieved 2022-02-09
  9. ^ Word Of Mouth featuring D.J. Cheese - King Kut, retrieved 2022-02-09
  10. ^ "Word of Mouth Featuring DJ Cheese Biography | OldSchoolHipHop.Com". Retrieved 2022-02-09.
  11. ^ "UK Fresh 86 – Old To The New – Ryan Proctor's Beats, Rhymes & Hip-Hop Nostalgia". Old To The New - Ryan Proctor's Beats, Rhymes & Hip-Hop Nostalgia. Retrieved 2022-02-09.
  12. ^ "Fat Cap magazine: Blast from the past 6; UK Fresh 86". Fat Cap magazine. 2010-12-06. Retrieved 2022-02-09.
  13. ^ "Fats Comet DJ Cheese - King Of The Beat Popular Mp3, Flac -". Retrieved 2022-02-09.

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