DJ Laz

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DJ laz
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Background information
Birth nameLazaro Mendez
Also known asThe Pimp with the Limp[1]
Born (1971-12-02) December 2, 1971 (age 51)
OriginMiami, Florida, United States
Years active1990–present

Lazaro Mendez, better known by his stage name DJ Laz (born December 2, 1971 in Hollywood, Florida, United States[2]) is a Cuban-American rapper and DJ from Miami, Florida. He hosted his weekday radio show in Miami on WPOW 96.5 FM, branded "Power 96", for 22 years until he left the company in April 2012. Beginning July 4, 2012, the new DJ Laz Morning Show began after arbitration on the newly reformatted WRMA DJ106.7 a Bilingual Dance/Rhythmic formatted station.

He is best known for his limp which came from his battle with polio as a child. Also known for albums DJ Laz and Category 6, which charted on U.S. Billboard album charts. He is also notable for the singles "Journey Into Bass" (1994) and "Move Shake Drop" (2008), which peaked at #56 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The DJ Laz Morning Show on LA 96.3 of Los Angeles and DJ 106.7 of Miami is known for mysteriously getting their hands on exclusive content. DJ Laz is also known for his show's prominent appearance on Fox's television show, Dish Nation.

In July 2012, when Justin Bieber made a 911 call to authorities to report paparazzi that were following him, the DJ Laz Morning Show was the first to obtain Bieber's 911 call, airing it on Los Angeles' LA 96.3.[3]

On Tuesday, September 11, 2012, the DJ Laz Morning Show aired a pre-recorded interview with President Barack Obama. Many Obama critics quickly bashed Obama for making no mention to the September 11 attacks in 2001, despite the fact that the interview was pre-recorded. The White House later made it clear that the call was indeed pre-recorded and was supposed to have been played on Monday, September 10.

On May 5, 2014, DJ Laz was in command of a boat that was stuck on a sand bar in Biscayne Bay. When bystanders got out to push the boat, DJ Laz increased power to the engine, and killed a 23-year-old man who had been trying to help he was killed by the boat prop. He was never given a sobriety test and there was no further investigation. [4]

DJ Laz hosted the Morning Show for 97.3 in Miami from August, 2014 until November, 2019. He left in advance of an acquisition, and can currently be found on Sirius XM on Pitbull's Globalization Channel 13.[5]

In 2021 DJ Laz joined Miami's new 90's station Totally 93.9 hosting weekday afternoons.


Studio albums

Year Title Chart positions
Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[6] Top Rap Albums[7] Heatseekers Albums[8]
1991 D.J. Laz
  • Released: November 26, 1991[9]
  • Label: Pandisc
1993 Journey Into Bass
  • Released: January 24, 1993[10]
  • Label: Pandisc
1996 King Of Bass
  • Released: July 12, 1996[11]
  • Label: Pandisc
1998 Cruzin'
  • Released: February 24, 1998[12]
  • Label: Pandisc
2000 Pimpin
  • Released: January 25, 2000[13]
  • Label: Pandisc
2008 Category 6
  • Released: July 29, 2008
  • Label: VIP Music/Federal Distribution
49 23 18

Instrumental albums

  • 1994: Bass XXX
  • 1996: Bass XXX, Vol. II
  • 2001: XXX Breaks

Compilation albums

  • 2001: Greatest Hits
  • 2004: The Latin Album

Charted singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
Hot 100 Hot Rap Songs Rhythmic Hot Latin Songs
"Journey into Bass" 1994 44 Journey Into Bass
"Move Shake Drop"

(featuring Casely & Flo Rida)

2008 56 40 49 Category 6
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Other singles

  • 1991: "Mami El Negro"
  • 1992: "Moments in Bass"
  • 1992: "Latin Rhythm"
  • 1992: "Hump All Night"
  • 1995: "Shake It Up"
  • 1996: "Esa Morena"
  • 1998: "Sabrosura"
  • 1998: "Negra Chula"
  • 1999: "Get Your Ass Off Stage"
  • 2000: "The Red Alert Project"
  • 2000: "Ki Ki Ri Bu"
  • 2000: "Facina"
  • 2008: "She Can Get It"
  • 2009: "I Made It to the U.S.A."
  • 2010: "Alcoholic" (featuring Pitbull)
  • 2011: "You Got Me Going" (featuring Vein)


  1. ^ Johnson, Luke (September 11, 2012). "Obama-DJ Laz Interview: President Talks Flo Rida, Pitbull, Immigration To Miami Station". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 12 September 2012.
  2. ^ Alvarado, Francisco (2012-11-29). "DJ Laz Conquered Disability, Tragedy, and Miami's Airwaves; Now He's Aiming Higher". Miami New Times. Retrieved 2018-01-25.
  3. ^ "DJ LAZ EXCLUSIVE: Justin Bieber's 911 Call | DJ Laz Morning Show | La96.3 Blogs". Archived from the original on 2012-07-15. Retrieved 2012-09-20.,
  4. ^ [1],"DJ Laz Driving Boat That Killed Man Who Got Caught in Propeller" in
  5. ^ "What happened to DJ Laz".
  6. ^ "DJ Laz Chart History". Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. Archived from the original on May 15, 2018. Retrieved January 25, 2018.
  7. ^ "DJ Laz Chart History". Top Rap Albums. Archived from the original on May 15, 2018. Retrieved January 25, 2018.
  8. ^ "DJ Laz Chart History". Heatseekers Albums. Archived from the original on May 15, 2018. Retrieved January 25, 2018.
  9. ^ DJ Laz by DJ Laz on Apple Music, 1991-11-26, retrieved 2018-01-25
  10. ^ Journey Into Bass by DJ Laz on Apple Music, 1993-01-24, retrieved 2018-01-25
  11. ^ King of Bass by DJ Laz on Apple Music, 1996-07-12, retrieved 2018-01-25
  12. ^ Cruzin' by DJ Laz on Apple Music, 1998-02-24, retrieved 2018-01-25
  13. ^ Pimpin' by DJ Laz on Apple Music, 2000-01-25, retrieved 2018-01-25

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