dj Ragz

2017 DC DMC Finals

Battling is a good way to keep yourself training to learn the things you need to do in a battle and it keeps the sword sharp. It turns me into a nervous wreck but there is that adrenaline rush that (once you get settled) I love. I have been battling since 1995 and although its not my main focus I still want to do well. My main focus is creating music but battling is enjoyable to me. I don’t go into a battle thinking i’m gonna win, I just want to represent well. Ive never had a perfect set and this by no means is perfect but at the same time, after this battle was over………….I partied in DC till the sun came up with Skruff, Jon Jon and Unown. My idea of the perfect day. Alot of the cuts were improv. Although I build my sets, I don’t memorize every cut or juggle. I play into the strengths of what I can do best while I am nervous. I went off the cuff a little on the Craig Mack Juggle and the cuts at the end.

Arkitek 7 - Confidence

Long time friend (since the late 90's to be exact) has just re-emerged as Arkitek7.  This video was shot and edited in one day.  Filmed by Arkitek7 himself.  The song was recorded one night in a house that had not been lived in for quite some time and the furnishings were out of the 60's, 70's and 80's.  We set up a makeshift studio and were were working on something totally different.  We heard Arkitek7 (who was in his work clothes) dropping some really nice lines over a beat that Unown was showing us.  We decided to just ask Arkitek7 to get on the mic.  After a couple of passes he dropped this gem.  After he laid down the lyrics Unown did a quick mix on it and had secretly recorded Arkitek7 talking about being rusty but it being like jumping rope.  That little phrase at the end of the verse wasn't in the verse but Unown saw the vision.  After that was done I jumped on the turntables and just pulled up a Planet Asia acapella and the phrase I used really stood out.  Under thinking and planning when recording sometimes leads to really great results.