Turntablist Tuesdays #5 – 1998 aka The Year of DJ CRAZE [Video]
DJ Craze is not only the ONLY 3 Time World DMC Champion but he is a man who took all which influenced him to change the game. This champion from Miami, Florida before his championship streak in 1998 made so much noise in the DMC starting in 1994, then entered the ITF in ’96 which he was a favorite to win amongst DJ Babu, Total Eclipse, Dummy, Roli Rho, & more. That same year in 1996 he won the Zulu Nation Championship in NYC.
Elimination Set ITF 1996 — SEEDS IN TOP 8
DJ CRAZE vs DJ DUMMY ITF 1996 — Winner: Craze
DJ CRAZE vs DJ TOTAL ECLIPSE (pre – X-Men) ITF 1996 — Winner: Total Eclipse
1997 He came in 3rd place in the DMC USA which hands down was awesome although he had a 44 sec mishap with his needles but that didn’t stop him..
….it just fueled him to kill the competition in 1998.
1998 will always be known as the Year of DJ Craze.
He not only dominated the DMC from his local Regional by beating long time veteran DJ EXOTIC E,
but took it to the nationals and defeated DJ Slyce (The 97 US Champ) Shortkut, Dummy, Precyse, Develop, Kuttin Kandi, Do-Boy & Alejan….
…..then took it to the World DMC Championships in France and smashed the competition by not only beating his homey @ATRAK at 16 defending his 1997 World Championship but the favorite to win in France, France’s own DJ Crazy B.It was bitter sweet because the French fans were booing him because they knew he got it and still managed to get thru the b****sh**t. #championshipflow Nothing different from what GM Roc Raida had to endure in 95 which lead up to his famous “victory speech” lol!
He won the 1998 World DMC Technics Championship.
It doesn’t stop there!!….That same summer, he dominated the ITF rank in the USA in the Scratch Category!
DJ Craze Winning Set at the ITF Scratch Categories at the Roxy NYC
DJ Craze vs DJ First Rate ITF World Scratch Categories Round 1 in Amsterdam (Full Battle)
DJ Craze vs DJ First Rate ITF World Scratch Categories Round 2 Amsterdam (Full Battle)
After 1998, he went on to win the DMC Worlds 2 more times, become a DMC Vice Champ with his crew The Allies (Atrak & Infamous) in 1999 & 2000 with a UK/US/CANADA combo, The Perverted Allies, tour the world as an artist, travel with Kanye West, Yelawolf and multiple other artist ranging from the Hip-Hop scene to his beloved Rave Scene world wide….
I salute you DJ Craze….keep rockin’ out my friend!!