DJ Shadow has a record collection that contains more than 60,000 records. I wonder what percentage of records in existence he holds? 1%? 3%?
I think I found out about him because he did some work on Kool Kieth's Dr. Octagon album. That album is probably one of the top 10 hip hop albums of all time. Go get it!
It's weird, because today most people think of DJs as being associated with some form of electronica. But DJ-ing started out being mostly, if not only, a hip hop thing. I get the feeling that the solo hip hop DJ is starting to loose their prominence to electronica DJs.
I would have to say true hip hop DJs have more skill than electronica DJs. Maybe I don't know what I'm talking about. But DJs that still use vinyl and scratch seem to have more skills that DJs that have almost everything pre-programmed on a Mac.
I'm not saying that either genre has better music than the other, I'm just saying that there are some true traits of a God-Like DJ that most electronica DJs seems to not have.
Then you have nuts like RJD2 who make their own filters, and signal components who take it to another level completely.
Anyway, listen to this playlist to understand why DJ Shadow is one of the Godfather's of instrumental hip hop ..