DJ Hurricane

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DJ Hurricane
Birth name Wendell Timothy Fite
Also known as Hurricane
Born (1965-01-12) January 12, 1965 (age 52)
Dallas, Texas, United States
Origin Detroit, Michigan, United States
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s)
Years active 1985–present
Labels
Associated acts

DJ Hurricane (born Wendell Timothy Fite in Dallas on January 12, 1965)[1] is an American hip hop DJ, producer and rapper. He is best known for his work with the Beastie Boys. He was a member of the groups Solo Sounds and The Afros and recorded three solo albums, featuring many well-known artists such as Xzibit, Public Enemy, Kool G Rap, Black Thought, Papoose and Talib Kweli.

Career[edit]

One of New York's premier hip-hop artists on the turntables, DJ Hurricane fostered his skills alongside Run D.M.C. in the Hollis, Queens area of New York City before eventually hooking up with the Beastie Boys, where he made a name for himself as the group's DJ before going on to release his own albums. Hurricane began rhyming at the age of 11, during hip-hop's infancy, eventually forming a group called the Solo Sounds and later the Afros. While serving as one of Run D.M.C.'s bodyguards on the 1986 Raising Hell tour, he became friends with the Beastie Boys, who were the tour's opening act. It wasn't long before the Beasties offered Hurricane an opportunity to be their exclusive DJ. In 1993, along with the Beastie Boys, he contributed the track "It's The New Style" to the AIDS-benefit album No Alternative produced by the Red Hot Organization.

As the Beasties rose in fame with each successive album in the 1990s, Hurricane simultaneously reveled in the spotlight, releasing his first solo album in 1995 on Grand Royal, titled The Hurra (guest artists include the Beastie Boys, MC Breed, and Sen Dog). He started his own production company, Don't Sleep Productions in 1999.

Five years later in late 2000, after having parted ways with the Beasties prior to their album Hello Nasty in 1998, Hurricane released his second album via TVT, Don't Sleep, which found him much more conceptually collected and with a broad scope of guest artists, including Kool G Rap, Xzibit, Scott Weiland, Public Enemy, Rah Digga, Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch, Ad-Rock, Black Thought, Big Gipp, Hittman among others. The track "Come Get It" featured Flipmode Squad peaked at No. 73 of Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.[2]

From 2008 to 2012 he was touring DJ for Faith Evans.

Personal life[edit]

He's married to Dawn Fite and has four children named Jennifer, Jarell, Ayana and Quran.

Discography[edit]

Solo[edit]

1995 - The Hurra[edit]

The Hurra
DJ Hurricane The Hurra.jpg
Studio album by DJ Hurricane
Released May 23, 1995 (1995-05-23)
Recorded 1993-1995
Studio G-Son Studios, Atwater Village, CA
Genre Hip hop
Length 41:32
Label Grand Royal
Producer
Singles from The Hurra
  1. "Stick 'Em Up"
    Released: 1993
  2. "Elbow Room / Four Fly Guys"
    Released: 1994
  3. "Comin' Off"
    Released: 1995
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars link
No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Now You Do"  
3:23
2. "Elbow Room"  
  • DJ Hurricane
  • Mario Caldato Jr.
3:10
3. "Four Fly Guys" (featuring Beastie Boys)
  • DJ Hurricane
  • Mario Caldato Jr.
3:34
4. "Can We All Get Along"  
  • DJ Hurricane
  • Mario Caldato Jr.
3:29
5. "Feel The Blast" (featuring Sen Dog)
  • Erik Blank
  • Eric Bobo
  • Mario Caldato Jr. (co.)
3:38
6. "Pass Me The Gun"  
  • DJ Hurricane
  • Mario Caldato Jr.
3:44
7. "The Hurra"  
  • DJ Hurricane
  • Mario Caldato Jr.
1:03
8. "Where's My Niggas At"  
  • DJ Hurricane
  • Mario Caldato Jr.
3:32
9. "What's Really Going On" (featuring L.O. & MC Breed)
  • DJ Hurricane
  • Mario Caldato Jr.
3:31
10. "Comin' Off" (featuring L.O. & Tye Bud)
  • DJ Hurricane
  • Mario Caldato Jr.
3:16
11. "Get Blind"  
  • DJ Hurricane
2:56
12. "Pat Your Foot"  
  • DJ Hurricane
  • Mario Caldato Jr.
3:26
13. "Stick 'Em Up" (featuring Beastie Boys)
  • Beastie Boys
  • DJ Hurricane
  • Mario Caldato Jr.
2:50
Total length: 41:32

1997 - Severe Damage[edit]

Severe Damage
DJ Hurricane Severe Damage.jpg
Studio album by DJ Hurricane
Released October 20, 1997 (1997-10-20)
Genre East Coast hip hop
Length 41:53
Label Wiiija Records
Producer
  • DJ Hurricane (also exec.)
  • Sniper Unit (also exec.)
  • DJ Nabs
  • Ad-Rock
  • Rick Ski
Singles from Severe Damage
  1. "Japanese Eyes / The Pit"
    Released: 1997
  2. "Coast To Coast"
    Released: 1997
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars link
No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Severe Damage"  
  • DJ Hurricane
  • Swift C
1:07
2. "East West South"  
  • DJ Hurricane
  • Swift C
4:07
3. "The Pit"  
  • DJ Hurricane
  • Swift C
3:43
4. "Coast To Coast" (featuring Sniper Unit)
  • D-Rock
  • Swift C
4:16
5. "Japanese Eyes"  
3:08
6. "Ain't No Love"   Swift C 3:59
7. "Turn Yourself Around"   DJ Hurricane 3:15
8. "Shaftman Smack Dat Ass" (featuring Alexis)
  • DJ Hurricane
  • Swift C
3:57
9. "Billionaire Dreams"  
  • DJ Hurricane
  • DJ Nabs (co.)
2:26
10. "A Made Man"  
  • Swift C
  • Rick Ski (co.)
4:06
11. "9mm's & Techs"   Swift C 3:40
12. "Back On The Set" (featuring Sniper Unit) DJ Hurricane 4:16
Total length: 41:53

2000 - Don't Sleep[edit]

Don't Sleep
DJ Hurricane Don't Sleep.jpg
Studio album by DJ Hurricane
Released October 10, 2000 (2000-10-10)
Genre East Coast hip hop
Length 52:13
Label TVT Records
Producer
  • DJ Hurricane
  • Sniper Unit
  • Doug Grean
  • Scott Weiland
Singles from Don't Sleep
  1. "Connect"
    Released: 2000
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars link
No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Ghost" (featuring Miss Pluke) DJ Hurricane 1:46
2. "Make Things Better" (featuring Talib Kweli & N'Dea Davenport)
  • DJ Hurricane
  • Swift C (co.)
3:06
3. "Connect" (featuring Big Gipp, Pharoahe Monch & Xzibit) De Roc 3:23
4. "Keep It Real" (featuring Faith Evans & The Lost Boyz)
  • DJ Hurricane
  • Swift C (co.)
  • Bruno Ravel (add.)
3:17
5. "Come Get It" (featuring Lord Have Mercy, Rah Digga & Rampage)
  • DJ Hurricane
  • De Roc
4:23
6. "Interlude" (featuring Mike Lowery) DJ Hurricane 0:38
7. "Freeze The Frame" (featuring Public Enemy & Money Mark)
  • DJ Hurricane
  • De Roc
3:04
8. "The Life" (featuring Jinx Da Juvy, Kool G Rap & Papoose) De Roc 3:39
9. "How We Doin' It" (featuring Barron Ricks, Heather B. & The Underdogs) Swift C 3:35
10. "Hurra's So Fly" (featuring CheDuke & Dawn Fite)
  • DJ Hurricane
  • Sniper Unit (co.)
2:24
11. "Blow It Up" (featuring Hittman) Swift C 3:26
12. "Conjunction Verb Interlude"   DJ Hurricane 0:54
13. "Can't Stop Us Now" (featuring Barron Ricks)
  • DJ Hurricane
  • De Roc (co.)
3:19
14. "Kickin' Wicked Rhymes" (featuring Ad-Rock & Black Thought) DJ Hurricane 3:05
15. "Shake 'Em" (featuring Choclair & Infinite)
  • DJ Hurricane
  • De Roc (co.)
3:35
16. "Paint My House Interlude"   DJ Hurricane 0:44
17. "We Will Rock You" (featuring Scott Weiland)
  • DJ Hurricane
  • Doug Grean
  • Scott Weiland
3:06
18. "Background" (featuring Sniper Unit)
  • DJ Hurricane
  • Sniper Unit (co.)
2:24
Total length: 52:13

With Beastie Boys[edit]

1989 Template:Pauls boutique

1992 Check Your Head
1994 Ill Communication
1998 Hello Nasty

References[edit]

  1. ^ "WENDELL FITE; Texas, Birth Record Index, 1926–1995". Mocavo.com. 9 October 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "DJ Hurricane - Chart history | Billboard". www.billboard.com. Retrieved 2016-12-23. 

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