DJ Vajra wins Denver DMC DJ battle at Casselman's, 4/30/11

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Brandice Robinson
DJ Vajra proving his prowess on the wheels of steel

DMC DENVER
World DJ Championship
4.30.11 | Casselman's Bar & Venue

The DMC's went down last night at Casselman's, and DJ Vajra won after enduring massive attacks from underling DJs with lesser talents and a gripping face-off with Cysko Rokwel. The two titans clashed with eloquence, but in the end, Vajra emerged victorious.

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Brandice Robinson
b-boy from the Wormtank crew getting down

DJ Lazy Eyez, as he reiterated throughout the night, found the most importance in the event to be the foundation of hip-hop. Pop Master Fabel, Fiendz and others were on hand to help judge b-boy battles taking place throughout the evening. Dance to Live was handed the win amongst a flurry of a wind-milling bodies, whirling hands, arms and legs. The display was quite impressive and certainly more entertaining than the MC battle, which followed.

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MCs facing off in the MC battle

Many of these guys came with what appeared to be pre-written material and even at that delivered such clumsy rhymes that Life the MC -- one of three judges along side Mane Rok and Panama Soweto -- offered up a more compelling performance with his commentary than any of the guys rapping. In the end, though, Solid Theory took home the money.

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DJ Skip Ripkin

The DJs were next, and Lazy Eyez ushered folks to and from the stage as the night's host, giving a glimpse into the multi-tasking skills necessary to be a DJ. The great thing about the DMCs is that it's a competition that allows for DJs of all skill sets to step up to the plate with whatever contribution they come up with.

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DJ Bmoney


To that end, it gets a bit tedious when it's clear a young spinner is in way over his head. The highlights, though, were an improved performance from Lord Damage, who was more timid than technical last year, and Bmoney, who moved on to the final rounds with a very entertaining set that incited more than a few fans in the audience.

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DJ Lord Damage

What seemed to be the long-awaited match up between DJ Vajra and Cysko Rokwel didn't immediately heat up during the preliminaries. Vajra went early in the evening and came out swinging with an "All I Do Is Win" clip and quite easily dominated everyone who went before him and most of the folks who followed.

Cysko got down pretty immediately with a confident set that was full of tricks and techniques. He moved the crowd and seemed to draw more than a few stares of wonder from the judges who were DJ Deus, DJ Chonz and the inimitable Rob Swift.

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Brandice Robinson
Mane Rok

After a break and performances from the Boombox Saints and Mane Rok, the final rounds got under way. Again, Bmoney was entertaining, creative and energetic; it was his vocal clip that called out Vajra and Cysko specifically that got the crowd most energized.

There were a few more overzealous efforts to incite beef from the two who were considered the ones to compete against, but it wasn't until the two titans took the stage -- Cysko on the left, Vajra on the right -- that it became clear this was about more than wax. The lights were lowered, and it was like the Rumble in the Jungle all over again. Cysko stepped to the decks and absolutely lost his mind with techniques that had those in the DJ contingent pumping their fists and exclaiming enthusiastically that his set was epic.

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DJ Cysko Rokwel

Cysko showed off, showed out, and came directly for Vajra's head, with some well place inflammatory words scratched and blended to perfection. Every mouth in the building was on the floor, especially after Cysko's six-minute set was over.

There were more than a few technical difficulties throughout the evening, and as Vajra was setting up during Cysko's set, it was clear he wasn't happy with the provided equipment. Taking a moment to settle on the decks left smoking by Cysko's deejaying wrath, Vajra prepared to get it in.

It was kind of like Muhammad Ali, but different: Not only did Vajra insult Cysko with clipped, profanity-infested drops and turn around to face him while doing so, he postured over the decks throughout his six minutes so hard, the crowd went crazy. The judges were nodding their heads to the beat, in time with each other, and with Vajra's beats.

After an amazing set from DJ Rob Swift, who moved the crowd and kept the party rocking the entire night -- as well as showed pretty much, everyone in the building how it's done, Vajra was declared the winner and will now move on to compete in New York.

CRITIC'S NOTEBOOK
Personal Bias: I love DJs. I have no idea how they do what they do but it never ceases to amaze me.
By the Way: There was a heavy DJ/producer presence in the room. I heard Kid Hum was somewhere around, and Qknox was definitely in attendance, among others. It was like the Joint Chiefs of Staff of hip-hop.
Random Detail: In between sets, there was an inexplicable large amount of Nelly being played. I wasn't the only one to notice it. At least four songs.



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16 comments
bmoney
bmoney

I thought the event was great! The sound wasn't the greatest but overall I thought the battles were excellent, especially the DJ battle! It was night and day between this year and last, just look at some of the great DJS that didn't even make it past prelims! Great look for Colorado and Colorado DJS. Props to Vajra and everyone else that competed!

Chantorres1
Chantorres1

the sound sucked horribly and i know it was the general opinion of the crowd and all the fellow djs who competed. the monitors on stage were overpowering the house speakers the left side was way to loud we were getting feedback through the tables and the right side was so low it could not be heard a few djs had to redo their prelim routines.over all the show was good the b-boy battle was awesome the emcee battle lacked any flare... and the dj battle was ok but once again the sound was so messed up it ruined the show....

Cysko Rokwel
Cysko Rokwel

Great Event. Vajra was more than ready and will fair well in the USA finals. This year is going to be one of the best USA final in the last 6 years. I am still going to NY to compete in the USA Supremacy on June 11th, and will be one if not the only runner up to be invited to the USA finals in Aug. Christie Z announced this at the end of the evening but her mic wasn't working well and I think no one heard it. Big up to her and Lazy for throwing the event and to all the competitors, acts, DJ s , B Boys, Judges, fans, and my crews the Crunk Bros., Prime Element, Basementalism and Hip Hop Congress for supporting a classic hip hop event in Colorado.

guest
guest

Congrats to the new Gallery 22. Were there any gunshots?

DJ Deus
DJ Deus

@Unison, it was a three way tie between B-Money, Jeff C and Wax Shreds

DJ Deus
DJ Deus

Cysko, you brought the heat too! Both you guys rocked dope sets and it was definitely close! I'm sure both of you are gonna bring it in NY! Take it home for Colorado! Peace!

Deus

A.V.I.U.S.
A.V.I.U.S.

HEY HOMIE DON'T TAKE ANYTHING AWAY FROM YOURSEF...YOU WERE PREPARED AS WELL.... YOU ARE AN AMAZING DJ AND HUMBLE MUFFUKAH...I'M PROUD TO BE IN A GROUP WITH YOU AND EVEN MORE PROUD TO SEE A MAN OF YOUR STATURE GIVE AS MUCH CREDIT AS YOU DO. KEEP PUSHING HOMIE WE ARE ALL BEHIND YOU!!!

CRUNK BROS., PRIME ELEMENT, HOUSE OF WAXX !!!!

DeeJayNotch!
DeeJayNotch!

Cysko, How goes it brotha! Terrific set!!!

DeeJayNotch!
DeeJayNotch!

NOT AT A REAL Hip Hop show, that's for the gangsta's!

Oo
Oo

Tons.

Damage1200
Damage1200

Oh isht Deus you live in springs now? Give me a holla main be a pleasure to rock with ya. And see perhaps if we can get some thangs poppin in "springsbridge" welcome to my city!

Lord Damage

Oo
Oo

Gunshots are the 5ht element of Hip Hop.

#LoveThatGunSound

DJ Deus
DJ Deus

@Lord Damage,

Yeah, I moved here from Cali last July. I'm here for good. When they announced you were from Springs I was like, 'yeahhh!' finally someone from my area. Fo sho, let me know if you ever wanna jam. Respect to you for doing all vinyl and I wished (fuck the technical difficulties) I could have seen the rest of your beat juggle routine. I hit up my cellie on FB so definitely give me a shout and we'll make it happen. Peace!

Deus-STA

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