The ten best hip-hop DJs in Denver

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Ken Hamblin
DJ Ktone with B.o.B. at his birthday celebration earlier this year.
Denver's hip-hop scene is ripe with talent, especially in terms of the great DJs that fans have access to. You can walk into dozens of clubs, bars, patios, pool parties or even corporate events that just happen to be hosted by one of the town's best. The competition is stiff, and a following here can easily be lost virtually overnight. The ten DJs (plus a few honorable mentions) on this list have the accolades, longevity, technical skills, marketing ability and hustle to keep their crowds.


10. DJ Shakeone
Shakeone is often overlooked as one of the premier DJs in the scene, but this year certainly solidified his place, with a victory over Cysko Rokwel at the 2014 DMC regional finals. He has been a regional and national finalist multiple times, and his cutting, juggling and mixing skills are top-tier. Shakeone gives that nostalgic feel for those yearning for the good old days of vinyl and two tables. He's rocked parties for T.I., Governor Hickenlooper and even Charlie Sheen. He also won the King of Lodo DJ Championship 2014.


9. DJ Topshelf
Topshelf is one of the newest DJs to solidify a place in the scene. Hailing from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, but currently a Denver fan favorite, he's a member of the Core DJs. Topshelf has quickly become of one of the premier party rockers and has a mix show on Sirius radio's Shade 45. Often he is one of the main DJs for 3Deep productions concerts, rocking heavy with a Southern bevy of hits. He can be found weekly at clubs, banging the latest hits while mixing in exclusive underground tracks from Denver and around the country.


8. KDJ Above
KDJ Above has some of the most unique neo-soul/top 40 mashups, making him one of the favorites of the refined hip-hop listener. His set at the second annual Building Connections DJ competition has become a piece of urban legend: Battling DJ Ktone for the crown, KDJ Above went from the early-'80s era through '90s hits to current hip-hop with ease when suddenly the speakers blew. Everyone in the building by then was ecstatic. Even the bartenders were dancing on the bar. His technical skills are incredible, thanks in part to his part work as a KS107.5 mixer and weekly club DJ for years at premier parties.

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Dee Jay Sinafold
Dee Jay Sinafold

There are some SUPER DOPE DJs on list, I'm truly a fan of some of these guys, #SALUTE!!! Strange how some of them didn't the list though....hmmm.

salmonilla
salmonilla

Hip-Hop.....the lack of any true talent form of wanting to be relevant.

SteakNFries
SteakNFries

definitely get no points for this article, how can anybody on an alleged Denver "hiphop" radio station even qualify for this list...I have never heard of any of these D.J.s... airball..., Denver doesnt have a hiphop radio station, they have a few top 40's stations that play some stuff that some corporation wants sheep to sleep to...grow a pair

Mane Rok
Mane Rok

There's a monthly Fri night at Milk Bar

Nalee Onemanyvong
Nalee Onemanyvong

Amber Inthavong I thought this list might be helpful for your party

Jah Seeka
Jah Seeka

Gyp Dahip yay boy on the honorable mention! Congrats to Musa!

Brandon Sims
Brandon Sims

THRASHBOT , no question. Bro killed it in RiNo last time out...

djshakeone
djshakeone

Much respect to all the DJs on this list and all the DJs in CO. I'm not even a "hip hop" DJ, but I appreciate the recognition.

melemel
melemel

It's Deejay Staxx fu!! Go DJ that's my DJ.......Congrats Juan u deserve it ♥♡♥;-)

Angela Criswell
Angela Criswell

Which makes me want to dance even more! Haha. I guess when I was there no one was dancing. So if I went on a Wednesday would I be able to dance and not be the only one? ;)))

Jen Arriaga
Jen Arriaga

Tiny floor yes, but the best people and vibes

Andrea Hunt
Andrea Hunt

He's my boyfriend, and he does come out of retirement once in a while.

Marissa Gavel
Marissa Gavel

That list was wack. Low key and Gyp for honorable mention?? Get outta here

SteakNFries
SteakNFries

oh yea... playing other peoples music on vinyl makes being a DJ so official right? this aint '79' gramps 

qsalazar
qsalazar

@SteakNFries If you've never heard of any of these guys, that says more about you than the DJs on this list. Leave the house sometime.

SteakNFries
SteakNFries

@qsalazar @SteakNFries if you think these DJs contribute to "hiphop" that shows how much you dont know about "hiphop", which VFW should I go check these "DJs" out at? lmmfao inmy personal opinion I dont believe in promoting any of these DJs as far as hiphop goes...read all the comments im not the only person who feels this way...

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