There used to be a time when we relied on the DJ to be the voice of the community, break new artist and play timeless music. In Hip Hop culture, the DJ was instrumental in creating this new social vehicle for self-expression that spoke about the daily life of urban America. The DJ sifted through hundreds of records a day, listening to scores of music in order to find those musical gems that became the soundtrack of your. They were the heart and soul of Music Culture.
Today, a shift of control has taken place. Most mediums where music, entertainment, news and information broadcast from are owned and operated by the same handful of corporations. The fusion of these entities has affected the content, style, variety of music, artist selection and has created a bandwagon system. As a result of this, there is now a lack of originality in today’s music industry.
Music Entertainment Ran by DJ’s: MERDJ (pronounce merge) has realize that anytime corporations are allowed to own and define a culture the result is always devastating to the community that the culture was birthed from.
Founded by DJ Tempest, Merdj.com was created to preserve the purity of the culture and propel it to greater levels of existences without participating in the current politics that hinder its growth.
The mission of MERDJ is to expose the entire tree of music culture, not just one specific branch. We do this for the benefit of the artist, the culture, and the people.
Founder: DJ Tempest known as the “X-Treme Turntablist” because he uses his imagination to manipulate sounds by using the turntables as a music instrument to recreate new rhythms and desired sounds from the playing records. He is highly skilled at such turntable techniques such as beat mixing/matching; scratching, beat juggling, body tricks all while still rocking the party. Born and raised in Baltimore Maryland , he started djing Hip Hop and Baltimore Club in the 90’s at local house parties and clubs. From there he went own to teach himself how to spin other genres of music such as D.C. Go Go, Dub, House, and Reggae. DJ Tempest became a local fixture when he started djing on 88.9’s Strictly Hip Hop and the Audio Fusion. Then he moved to West VA. where he worked at 1490 WCZR. A year later he had the number one mix-show. His love for djing grew which lead him to the battle scene. There he was able to sharpen his turntablism skills to reach newer and more innovative heights to show the mastery of his craft. He recently launched Music Entertainment Ran by DJ’s, MERDJ.com (pronounce merge). For more information email him at email@example.com
Editor In Chief: Civ Jones is a woman about her business and seeing her dreams manifest into reality. She is an On-Air Personality for Radio One Magic 95.9 and can be heard alongside Tim Watts’s weekdays from 10am to 3pm. She aims to educate, motivate and mentor her generation through various forms of media, including the web, radio, print and video. In her quest to spread knowledge and awareness, Civ created “Hip Hop in Pink” the breast cancer awareness showcase that featured all female performers. She and DJ Tempest launched Music Entertainment Ran by DJ’s, MERDJ.com For more information contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow her on the social networks @Civ Jones or visit http://civjones.com/
Contributor: Janae Tru of Tru Weekly a weekly roundup of Baltimore’s hip hop scene highlights.
Janae Tru is an R&B diva turned Hip Hop head who decided to combine her love of music with her passion for writing through blogging. Tru Dat is her personal blog where she aims to keep her audience in the loop about local artists’ grinds and mainstream hip hop happenings. You may catch Janae around the city lugging her school camera and tripod, or chilling out at Cre3sol every other first Saturday of the month. She began blogging for MERDJ.com in September 2012. Join her on her Social Networks Twitter: @TruDatNizzle, FB: Janae TruDat Griffin