[FETE LA BUTOANE] The Queen of Mixtapes – DJ Lazy K

Cu o cariera de peste un deceniu de colaborari cu legende precum The Roots, Jay Z, Mobb Deep, Ghostface Killah, Cameron/Dipset, Nelly, Lil Kim, Jada Kiss, DJ Funkmaster Flex sau DJ Kay Slay, denumita si regina mixtape-urilor, DJ Lazy K este unul din DJ-ii de top a curentului Hip Hop.

Ca pentru majoritatea capetelor de Hip Hop ce au crescut cu era incipienta a culturii, DJ-ing-ul a inceput pentru ea ca un hobby, dupa cum si declara intr-un interviu pentru Patch Magazine:

“It started out as a hobby, due to my love for graffiti and hip-hop”. 

Karina Toliver, nascuta in Mexic, crescuta in Spania si apoi Elvetia, a aterizat in New York prin 1991.

A studiat la o scoala spaniola, asa ca engleza ei nu era grozava, dar fiindca a crescut in cultura urbana a invatat rapid limbajul strazii, slang talk. Printre favoriti ei muzicali erau atunci renumitul grup A Tribe Called Quest. Cine nu a crescut cu Hip Hop si nu si-a “cultivat” urechea cu perioada de aur a anilor ‘90 (Hip Hop Golden Age), probabil ca nici nu au auzit de acestia.

Ajunsa in orasul natal a miscarii Hip-Hop, Karina s-a infiltrat asa de bine in cultura, incepand cu slang talk, pana la DJ-ing.

Cariera lui Lazy K a inceput prin crearea de mixtape-uri pentru uz personal si pentru prietenii de la scoala. In scurt timp, oamenii au inceput sa-i ceara casete la ordinea zilei, ceea ce a determinat-o pe Lazy K sa-si perfectioneze skill-ul.

Facandu-si deja un renume local, urmatorul pas a dus-o pe calea competitiilor de DJing, pe la battle-uri si petreceri in cluburi. Gagica a tinut garda sus in lumea dominata de barbati. Ea a “luptat” impotriva a 28 de DJ masculini in prima ei competitie head to head, castigand suport/sustinere si respect din partea camarazilor. Si asta era abia inceputul.

Lazy K a fost prima femeie care a concurat la DMC US Finals in ‘93 si la New Music Seminar in ‘94, si a fost campioana la NYC Zulu Nation Battle in ‘95.

Yes, nici eu nu stiam, but she kicked those boyz asses!

 

 

Lazy K povesteste cum a fost sa se mentina in lumea muzicala dominata de barbati:

“There was no way I could be looked at 100% the same, but practice made perfect so with time I could stand next to the guys. I wanted to be a better mixer, a better scratcher, better on the mic to get their attention and establish myself.”

Dupa succesul avut la competitii, ea nu s-a oprit, ba din contra – abia ce se lansase. Mixtape-urile s-au transformat dintr-o joaca intr-un mod de viata, ajungand sa fie apreciata de artisti cunoscuti, precum Raekwon si Jay-Z.

“The WU Tang Clan gave me my first shot, with Raekwon, and then it was actually Jay-Z. He opened his doors to me early, he would cut songs and have me put them on my mixtapes.
That’s actually how I met Kanye West, when he was producing for Jay. They started teaching me more about behind the scenes, the business aspect of music.”

 

DJ Lazy K a fost parte din cea mai mare miscare feminina in Hip Hop la vremea aceea, si anume Murda Mamis Entertainment, alaturi de Rah Digga, LaLa (Mtv Network) si Remy Ma. Din cauza ca Remy Ma a avut probleme cu legea, gruparea s-a cam destramat, iar Karina si-a creat propria compania de productie, Lazy K Production, prin care lanseaza mixtape-uri oficiale.

Ultimele ei mixtape-uri sunt lansate intr-o serie numita “Dope Mix”, cu peste 100 de mixuri, si chiar sunt dope!

“I started Dope Mix to do exactly what I love to do, DJ and introduce new artists to the game. Of course it’s mixed with major artists but if you make dope mix as an indie it’s because your music is dope. I try to drop a mix every week so I can keep up with all the exclusives and have something for people to look forward to.

La final va las cateva sfaturi de la Lazy K pentru toate DJ-itele in devenire:

“Just make sure you network! Get to know who can help mentor you and who you can trust, because you don’t want to tell everyone all of your plans. And the most important is consistency! Make sure whatever you do regardless of the haters, you keep going of what you want.”

 

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