Sunday, April 14, 2019

DJ Cheese

DJ Cheese (born Robert Cheese) was the Second World Champion of the DMC World DJ Championships in 1986 (and the first to feature scratching). He appeared in the 1986 UK tour with Run-DMC.

Cheese was born in Oak Hill, West Virginia. He moved with his family to Edison, New Jersey and later to Plainfield. He eventually began deejaying for the True Brothers and was named "King Kut" by crew member True Love.

DJ Cheese is an important figure in the history of turntablism. His winning performance from the UK Disco Mix Club (DMC) 1986 competition incorporated scratching, which initiated a different approach to deejay battling and changed the course of DMC competitions moving forward. Eventually, his innovation modified the meaning of DJ battles, turning the DMC into a competition largely focused on turntablism (scratching and beat juggling), which had a significant impact on helping spectators perceive turntablists as musicians.

DJ Cheese and Word Of Mouth opened both shows at the legenadary UK Fresh 86 concerts at Wembley Arena. Cheese released 12" singles with the group Word Of Mouth entitled 'Coast to Coast' and 'King Kut' in 1985 and 1986 respectively. Cheese also worked as an incognito scratcher with lesser known groups such as Z-3 MC's ('Triple Threat'), Rap-O-Matic ('Lies, Lies'), Point Blank MC's ('What The Party Needs'), and K-Rob (I'm A Homeboy). Fats Comet used his techniques on the UK Worlds Records label with the 1986 song 'Eat The Beat' and also provided the scratching on the DJ version of Princess 12" single and top 20 hit "I'll Keep On Loving You". Cheese was featured on the Ultimate Trax album and soon put up against Chad Jackson (1987 DMC World Champion) in the "Battle of DJs" section, with neither DJ being aware of who they would compete against in advance, making for a unique contrast in styles with Cheeses' scratch mixing. DJ Cheese and Word Of Mouth, appeared on the Mike Allen Capital radio show as well as Dave Pearce's 'Fresh Start To The Week' Hip-Hop radio shows doing live sets throughout the rest of the 1980's.





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