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Old 06-08-2009, 07:17 AM  
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Incident at P&L District shocks DJ Jazzy Jeff

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Another day, another racial controversy at the Power & Light District.

For a year, the black community has been in arms about perceived racism at the entertainment district, a place their tax money helped fund. But it’s always rebutted. Everyone is welcome at the P&L, officials say.

Well, those who follow the hip-hop music scene have more to chew on since late Saturday night, when one of hip-hop’s icons, DJ Jazzy Jeff, cut short a set of music and left the stage in a dispute over the kind of music his show was spinning.

I walked in just as he was walking off the stage. He had performed less than 30 minutes.

The crowd booed and I heard people, both black and white, yell about how the Power & Light didn’t want him to play hip-hop. I wasn’t sure what happened, but I knew it was bad.

A conversation I had with him early Sunday confirmed it.

He might be best known as one half of DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, but he is more than Will Smith’s old DJ and friend. The two won the first rap Grammy.

Jeff Townes, his given name, is legendary. He introduced “transforming,” the scratching technique turntablists use. This man has toured for 25 years. He’s an acclaimed producer.

So what exactly happened?

According to his tweets (twitter.com/djjazzyjeff215), he was kicked offstage for playing hip-hop. Jon Stephens, president of the Power & Light District, says it was about the sound levels.

“The issue that arose with the performance last night was completely about the sound levels,” he said Sunday. “His audio tech was maxing out the sound system to a point that risked damage to the speakers and sound system. His sound techs and management refused to bring the decibel level down. They were told to bring it down or cease performance. They refused to go on.”

Hours after he returned to his Philadelphia home, I spoke to Jazzy Jeff on the phone to hear his side.

His set started with sounds of hip-hop and pop favorites — Jay-Z, Biz Markie, Rihanna. His MC, Skillz, hyped up the crowd.

But after 15 minutes or so, in the middle of an R&B hit by Ne-Yo, “Miss Independent,” he was told to stop.

“My road manager walked up to me and said they were having problems with the music I was playing,” Jazzy Jeff told me. “I played three more songs and he comes back. I knew something was wrong. They said I had to kick Skillz off the stage, change the format of the music I was playing or quit. They said if I continued playing they had 30 cops ready to come escort me offstage. So I stopped.”

Jon Stephens says that isn’t so.

“Obviously we have a desire to book a diversity of acts,” he said. “We booked Jazzy Jeff on a Saturday night, the biggest night of the week in the district. We were excited to have him there. It’s unfortunate that his sound and management people had problems adhering to the sound and audio rules. We wanted him to play. That’s why we booked him.”

Jazzy Jeff was excited to play here too.

But it all went wrong. Venue officials said the set attracted the wrong kind of element, he says.

“They said they didn’t like Skillz’s posture,” Jeff said. “They said he made gang-like signs and grabbed at his genitals.”

So P&L officials wanted him offstage. But Jeff felt it was wrong because Skillz is no gang member. He is a father. His hand gestures were the kind of excited movements you make to get the crowd excited.

He wasn’t cursing or being offensive.

“I was playing Rihanna; she is Top 40,” he says. “If they would have let my set play, they would have known I play everything. I play rock, funk, soul, pop, hip-hop, reggae. I don’t play for a certain genre, race or gender. I play for music lovers.”

In his 25-year career, at 44 years old, Jeff has never been told to end a set because of hip-hop. He says he has never felt that kind of racism. The “element” that officials referred to felt like a reference to black people, a hip-hop crowd.

“I’m in shock,” he says. “I didn’t understand what element they were talking about. I looked out in the crowd and it was multicultural, but about 75 percent white. Everyone was having a great time. I wondered what was so offensive. I never had a race issue. I didn’t know how to feel. I was playing ‘Just a Friend.’ Is that offensive? What element? It’s uncomfortable when you feel unwanted.”
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Old 06-10-2009, 07:23 PM   #1366
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wow this is More publicity Jazzy has gotten in decades
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Old 06-10-2009, 07:24 PM   #1367
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wow this is More publicity Jazzy has gotten in decades
That's what I was thinking. Hadn't heard about him in God knows how long.
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Old 06-10-2009, 07:27 PM   #1368
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That's what I was thinking. Hadn't heard about him in God knows how long.
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Old 06-10-2009, 08:40 PM   #1369
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Old 06-11-2009, 01:39 AM   #1370
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Z-Trip says they told him not to play Hip Hop too. Hmm...
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Old 06-11-2009, 06:54 AM   #1371
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heh....Hilarious if true....Hire a DJ and tell him not to play any rap. WTF???

Thats like hiring George Strait and telling him not to play any country.
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Old 06-11-2009, 07:40 AM   #1372
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"Rap" or "hip hop"? The article title says they told him to not play rap, but the article says hip hop.
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Old 06-11-2009, 08:32 AM   #1373
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"Rap" or "hip hop"? The article title says they told him to not play rap, but the article says hip hop.
Is there a difference? Seriously, I listen to neither so have no idea.
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Old 06-11-2009, 08:37 AM   #1374
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Is there a difference? Seriously, I listen to neither so have no idea.
I don't really know for sure either. I assume there's a difference though. Anyone?
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Old 06-11-2009, 08:44 AM   #1375
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I don't really know for sure either. I assume there's a difference though. Anyone?
Depends on who you ask. Some people (me included) feel the terms are synonyms. Others (particularly backpackers and other assholes that claim to have a monopoly on hip hop culture) say that rap is anything that isn't punchline or back packer rap. It's a stupid false division. There used to be a big debate associated with it however it has died down in recent years.
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Old 06-11-2009, 08:55 AM   #1376
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Depends on who you ask. Some people (me included) feel the terms are synonyms. Others (particularly backpackers and other assholes that claim to have a monopoly on hip hop culture) say that rap is anything that isn't punchline or back packer rap. It's a stupid false division. There used to be a big debate associated with it however it has died down in recent years.
I have no idea what that means.
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I have no idea what that means.
That's because you're White, 50 and rich.
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Old 06-11-2009, 09:02 AM   #1378
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"Rap" or "hip hop"? The article title says they told him to not play rap, but the article says hip hop.

I really have no idea?

But im going to assume in Cordish's "rich, white, over 50 eyes" that it means this:


Hip Hop: Mainstream, safe, top 40

Rap: Hardcore, edgy, gangsta
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Old 06-11-2009, 09:45 AM   #1379
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Hey, I have a really nice tan this summer, I'll be 48 in about a month and I am far from rich. So....


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Ah...to be 50 again.

Or rich.

The White part don't mean anything to me, but the being rich and younger parts sounds pretty good.
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