DJ Ca$h Money: Ten things

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Ten things you might not know about Philly DJ Ca$h Money, who headlines at Turnmills‘ new hip hop party, Stealth, this Saturday.

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    He was crowned DMC World Champion in 1988, and immediately banned from entering again to give other hopeful scratchmeisters a chance. Mixmaster Mike and Qbert have also held that ‘honour’.

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    His real name is Jerome Hewlett.

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    They might not let him enter their competition any more, but DMC crowned him World’s Greatest DJ in their hall of fame in 1998.

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    A fair point, as he’s still the only DJ to hold all three major world titles at the same time: DMC World Championships, DMC World Supremacy and something called the American New Music Seminar DJ Competition.

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    He is credited for creating some of the foundation scratches in turntablism – the transformer and the Pee-Wee Herman.

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    But Ca$h Money credits Spinbad with it (trainspotters claim that it was indeed Cash Money who perfected it).

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    He’s a massive record collector (as you would be), but doesn’t listen to hip hop at home. Instead, he prefers smooth soul like Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder.

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    He studied to be an engineer, but soon realised that being an internationally worshipped DJ was way more fun.

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    Singles include ‘Ugly People Be Quiet’ and ‘Find An Ugly Woman’. This makes him the Randy Newman of hip hop. Possibly.

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    He originally recorded with an MC called Marvellous in a Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince stylee. Produces and remixes for the likes of Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes and Public Enemy.

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