Only adults are admitted. Nobody younger than 18 can hire or listen to Psykhomantus in the club or your speakers with this rating. The DJ under this category do not have limitation on the bad language that is used. Hard Beats are generally allowed, and strong Scratchin/Beat Juggling along with Body Tricks activity is also allowed. Scenes of strong real sex may be permitted if justified by a fly groupie.

Thursday, 31 December 2009

And That's A Wrap for 09'.....


What more can i say.... 09 is just like the other years that has gone by and that is it's left us something to remember weather it's good or bad. As like everybody else we had our good day's and we had are bad days but we all must roll with the good and not dwell on the bad as we don't want to go there again. What we didn't get in 09, I hope all of you get in 2010. I did enjoy this year and enjoyed the people i met and worked with so as i sit here and work on my playlist for tonight's NYE gig @ Barristers (New York Jamz), i just wanna round off some of the best things I witness of 09'

I wish you all the best and make it happen what ever you want to do...

Shout out to my friends Kenny Dust, Alex, Bala, Busa, Candice, Cas-Pit, Dani, DJ Cro, Emma Smith, Errol, Fay, Heaney, Ivan aka GQ Smooth, J-Wiz, John Simmit, Kate, Tony Looby, Maga Stress, Mellow Baku, Merlin, my sisters Nat, Tash & Dee, my cus Greg & Steh, my uncle Stew and ant Sadie, Natty, Sonia and Fam, Phlex, Storm, Shetal, HWD, Vish, Soweto, Steve Hoo & Dave, Vish.

All the DJ's i booked under Musika Management...

Amji, Looby, Jonna (City Fly), Black Magic, Earl Dudley, Girls Can't DJ, Miss C Brown, DJ Roc 1, Gentle D, Tony Minvielle, D Crime, DJ Tim, Timmy Bongo, Beane, Beatamix, Turkey Beats.

Mikey Blue Eyes for taking us to Germany, Braunschweig to check the 20th Battle Of The Year. Peace to A.I, Jr, DJ Mongoose, Mink, Spanna and his brother george and the rest of the peeps who went. That was fun.

Sally from DMC. Without you and the team i would of not made it onto the Battle For UK Supremacy DVD. Thanks to the crew and all those that entered the battle. Special Guest, Disect, X-Rated, Rasp, Asian Hawk, Jappa, Furious P, Johnny 1 Move, Dr. Weevil, Sole One.
Also peace to Rob Swift. It was a blessing to of meet you and vibe out at the DMC World 25th ann.

Can't forget Tony and Gavin for hooking us midland DJ's for the CDR events. One love for that.

Best gig I DJed this year: Specials @ Plastic People

Best theatre I played in this year: Jonzi D's Productions The Surgery @ Soho

Best Fundraiser event: Grand Master Roc Radia 1975-2009 Official UK Benefit @ Vibe

Bast DJ Battle I Entered: DMC's Battle For UK Supremacy 2009

Best Live Act I've Seen: Masta Ace & Edo G

Best Album I Got: Shafiq Husayn "En'A-Free-Ka"

Best Song I Played: Sa-Ra Creative Partnership "Souls Brother"

Best Web Page: Ustream: Da Beatminerz Radio, De La Dugout and Scratchvision
(Props to Da beatminerz, De la Soul & DJ Scratch. You guy keep me up mad late).

Oh! I can't forget, most wack person of the year: Speech Debelle (Me and Kenny never heard so much bullshit in our life's)

Peace to all the acts that took part of the Oxjam in Leicester. That was a real good all dayer.

Gone but not forgotten...

R.I.P to Michael Jackson, you rocked our world just the same way James Brown did and shooked us all by your passing. Thank you for your music and just like my Thank You, James Brown gigs every may of the year, I will present in every July Thank You, Michael Jackson.

R.I.P to Baatin. Another fallen from the Slums of Village. T3 and Elzhi is holding it down for you. Your (Actin Normal) with Dilla now.

R.I.P to Grand Master Roc Radia. Wow! That was a big one for all us Hip-Hop DJ's. I based my whole style from you and now feel apart of me is gone. You was the only DJ to make it hard and knock muthafuckaz out on the turntables. Everybody wanted to be like Roc Raida in a DJ battle. You will be missed. Peace out to Vibe bar in London for holding down the tribute night and all the DJ's that came to show some love to the Grand Master. Tha En4cers, DJ 279, Big Ted, Prime Cuts, Boogie Bunch, DJ Inka, DJ Bad Medicine, Joel Ranks, Tiger Style, Dare Devil, Mat Man, The Steel Devils, Mr Eclipse, Switch also Ty for holding it down on the mic.

R.I.P to Mr. Magic. Damme! Radio DJ's must bow down to you as you was the first DJ in this world to mix on radio... Ever. No more music by the sucker.

R.I.P to Derek B. UK's only MC to ride with the big boys (Eric B & Rakim, LL Cool J, Run DMC, Ice T, Salt & Pepa) of rap of that time. You was a Bad Young Brother. UK Salute.

Tuesday, 29 December 2009

D.I.T.C. #38 "Diggin' In The Crates" With Souliva Episode 38

D.I.T.C. Diggin In The Crates DVD is now for sale. It includes 38 episodes as well as the remix edition all in mpeg4 format. so you can put em all in your ipod, touch, iphone, psp, etc. And you also get a distinctive track listing of all episodes in order of appearance as well as an alphabetical list, which includes Artist, Song Title, and Album!! About 3 hours and Over 520 songs and artists are included in these videos. You get to see and hear snippets of samples, loops, funky drums, interpolations both used and unused in Hip-Hop/Rap/R&B as well as other genres all in their original vinyl format. Flat rate of $7 for U.S. buyers, and $10 for international buyers. Paypal And Money orders accepted. Who knows how long the videos will stay up this time. UPDATE!!! You can now get all episodes sent via e-mail through only $5!!!!!


As we are still in the holidays I've been checking out Ustream and De la Soul's Dugout and The beatminerz radio had me on lock. If you've not checked Ustream yet you need to log onto www, and catch ya fav act's like Masta Ace & Ed OG, DJ Scratch, DJ MK and many others. My show will be coming soon so keep ya eyes open.

In The mean time check X-Ecutioners DJ Boogieblind on the Beatminerz Radio

Friday, 25 December 2009

Royal Pain In The Ass

Can somebody Please tell me who listens to this b***h (Yeah! I said it). I mean, COME on. She's not with the times anymore but stills channel blocks the T.V. on X-Mas day. Yes! I am specking about the so called Queen. That racist human being starts off by saying 2009 was a hard year for all of us. For all of us.... for all of us... like she had some bill problems or something and had to deal with reality, come on man, who she think she's fooling like she can cook and the food went wrong. She talks about the death of people she don't know in her wack blue dress and one thing that i didn't forget, as soon as the program starts she didn't say Hello or thank you for joining me or even say merry christmas at the start of the program, i mean how rude is that. Seven minutes of bullshit even Eric B & Rakim's "Paid In Full" Seven Minutes Of Madness was worth listening to and gave us some hope. It was called joy. Rakim wrote his own lyrics, the Queen... oh am sorry, Her fakejesty's didn't and red those boring ass lines slow like a retard. Glad my mother said told the channel over. Stop fooling young people overseas to do the dirty work that the lazy brits can't do (the white ones). Damme! Don't get me started. She ain't Super Fly (coming like Fat Freddy came up short and had bitch problem) Am just saying, don't talk about christmas is a time to give, where she has never gave a damme thing to the community. Bitch please, you better stop frontin. At the end of her dry talk, she then wishes us a happy christmas then a steel band steps in and i know them niggas didn't get paid.

Work it out.

Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Birmingham's Miss C brown

Miss C Brown

My home girl Mizz C Brown (with her sexy ass) straight out of the Second City; Birmingham. A hip hop DJ since 2001, she started out on the underground pirate radio scene. Regular slots on well known underground stations Smooth FM, Hot 92, Midlands Underground, Flava and Sting FM, gave C the opportunity to get her name out and build up a reputation as a real hip hop DJ, favouring the underground movement as well as dabbling with the commercial.

A keen supporter of the UK scene, C has always supported for UK hip hop through her radio shows and most importantly the voices of the Second City. C has put on local events which gave artists the chance to have a platform to get their music heard. Birmingham Hip Hop has a unique sound that is very different from the music of London based artists. It represents the struggle, the love the hate and all the feelings in between. We have producers, emcees, rappers, promoters, DJ’s, all trying to push their art to a wider audience.

C pushes music through mixtapes, free downloads and live events. A passionate supporter of the hip hop culture and movement, she specialises in old skool and underground hip hop music. Miss C Brown is also a qualified teacher and is involved in the local community and delivers workshops to young people in schools, colleges and community organisations.

Check Miss C Brown on

Friday Nights 1am - 3.30am
Live Link

Thursday, 17 December 2009

Whose Wack and Dame Dash's Creative Control T.V.

My main man Kenny Dust step to me (like Tim Dog) and noted that i've not exposed the wack yet. This is true. As this is a busy time for most people I've been trying to get my head round things for 2010 by jumping on every project that comes my way (DJ gig's, theatre, radio, workshop projects, productions, ect, ect...) that I've not come across anything for me to leave a comment for those to call me a Hater. I could talk about Speech Debelle music but getting dropped by her record label Big Dada and getting dissed by James Corden says it all (See below). I could turn round and pull the race card as it was disrespectful what they did but Speech, come on home girl, what were you thinking. Your not one of them and i can turn round and say your not one of us. I mean come on, I read somewhere that she's going to make a come back with a new deal and working with rappers like Rodney P from London Posse. Please!! Rodney P ain't going to save you, you act like your trying to get your (Black) fans back but you didn't have any in the first place!

Anyway. On the lighter said of things, Kenny gave me the heads up about Dame Dash's project called Create Control. It's a online content label based upon fundamental idea of maintaining creative control over all content and production from programming to advertising.

Artists from music artists like Mos Def, The Cool Kids, Erykah Badu, super model Chanel Iman, and alot more.


Sunday, 13 December 2009

Psykhomantus New York Jamz New Years Eve Party


Am Looking forward to this event. My forth New York Jamz event for New Years Eve. Didn't do one last year as i was promoting the Michael Jackson Vs. Prince last new years eve which was pretty good. This is yet another Donuts gig so expect 100% Hip-Hop funky breaks, old to the new and this is where i really let loose on the Turntables.

I know this is one of the most expensive time of the year, thats why we made this event free. So if you live in the midlands and what some entertainment, then join us.

Donuts presents New York Jamz
Date: New Years Eve 2009
Where: 8 Bowling Green Street, LE1 6AT, Leicester
Time: 10pm till late
Cost: Free Event
DJs: Psykhomantus & Guests
Music: Funk, Soul, Breaks, Hip-Hop

Thursday, 10 December 2009

Rob Swift's Story About The Late Grand Master Roc Radia

This is the third and final installment in the Roc Raida memorial interview series. Here Raida’s longtime X-Men/X-Ecutioner partner Rob Swift remembers their time together.

How did you first meet raida?
I met Raida at the 1991 preliminaries for the East Coast DMC regional battles. Basically that was the first competition that I was getting into so I walked up in there with my mentor, the guy that helped me prepare for that years battle, Dr. Butcher, who has worked with the likes of Kool G Rap, Akineyele, so on and so forth. So I was entering my first competition and all the X-Men [were there] you had Steve D, Johnny Cash, Diamond J, Shawn C, other friends of theirs were there with them as moral support and Roc Raida. And the thing that I found really interesting about Raida was that everybody at the preliminary battle, all the X-Men, they were all loud and drawing a lot of attention to themselves, laughing, joking, just being really loud. And Raida was just really quiet. I remember he was the quietest one out of all of them. That really intrigued me and he stood out on that way. He was really quiet. And then when he went on stage and went up for his slot to try to place it was like watching another person. He went from this quiet guy who wasn’t drawing any attention to himself, that was really observing what was going on, to this beast on the turntables. That was the thing about Raida that struck me the most.

On a technical level what impressed you about his turntable skills?
First of all when Raida would practice at his house he was on a really bad set of equipment. He had two turntables that were belt driven. Belt driven turntables are like the worst turntables, especially for DJs like like us that really manipulate the turntable and do stuff to the turntable. You need strong, durable, direct drive turntables. And he had belt drives. Because you know, Raida grew up in the projects, he wasn’t necessarily born with a silver spoon in his mouth. So he didn’t have the money at the time to invest into the direct drive turntables like 1200s. So you’d watch him at home on these bullshit ass turntables and a messed up mixer but he would defy all odds and use the turntables as if they were 1200s. And that was the thing that really impacted me. He worked with what he had and made the best of it. It almost didn’t make a difference to him. I guess he was just a driven person and that’s how dedicated and focused he was. You could put him on a bullshit pair of turntables and he would figure out a way to use them and make his routines sound like they would on 1200s.

Now how did you come into the X-Men fold?
Well when I met the guys at the East Coast DMC preliminaries I was introduced to Steve D by Dr. Butcher. Dr. Butcher had already known Steve and had practiced with him at his house. So they had a relationship already and I asked him to introduce me to Steve because Steve was another one of my idols, one of the guys I looked up to in that era of battling. Steve was the only one out of the X-Men that placed and made it on to the regionals and I also placed, so during the East Coast battle, the actual battle itself, I guess Steve was impressed with what I did. Coming from Queens, I was an unknown DJ no one knew who I was, but I had my own style developed pretty good. I think I made an impression on the judges. I placed third but I guess I made enough of an impression on Steve that he ended up asking me and Dr. Butcher to join the X-Men like a week later. And out of the whole crew I went on to really develop a strong relationship with Raida from there.

What sort of influence do you think he had on the DJ community?
That’s a hard question to answer. I don’t think there was necessarily a biggest influence that he had because Raida was more reserved. I don’t think he really went out of his way to say “I’m gonna influence people, I’m gonna champion the artform.” He wasn’t necessarily that kind of person. He just loved DJing. He just loved being on turntables, whether it was in front of a crowd, whether it was in his bedroom, whether he was using a turntable to work on a song and doing scratches for people. He just loved cutting. I think the influence he had revolved around his passion for Djing and specifically battling. Raida was one of those battle DJs that his name will stand the test of time. People will always study him in their own pursuit of a championship. It’s like boxing, if you want to be a good boxer, a champion, you study what Muhammad Ali did, what Mike Tyson did. And in the same way you would study what Roc Raida did. How he would compete against different opponents, how he would strategize. His style worked so good with the whole battle side of DJing because he was so flashy and watching him was just very entertaining. He was so fast and quick, he made what he was doing look effortless. And the tricks that Raida would do, the body tricks, using his back and moving… After he passed I started practicing routines of his so that I could do him and kind of carry them on and I don’t think I can do them as good as he could. Actually I know I can’t do them as good as he could. Because he was so fluid. He was like an acrobat on turntables. That was the most influential thing about him, his ability to just kill battles, rip it in battles. That was his forte, that was what he lived for at one point. Just battling people.

How did the body tricks come to be his thing?
We were definitely all looking up to other DJs that were making a name for themselves in the battle scene before us. People like Cash Money, Aladdin, DJ Scratch, Steve D, these were some of the names that were definitely influencing us. Cutmaster Swift from London. These were the DJs that were in that generation before us. They were doing stuff whether it was sounding really funky or scratching really dope and intricate or using parts of their bodies or spinning around and catching the record. These are the DJs that we would look to to get inspiration. And then we would learn a lot of the stuff that they were doing and then expand on it. So if Raida saw somebody do a trick where they were spinning around and doing “rock the bells… rock the bells,” Raida would figure out a way to spin around, but not just catch “rock the bells” but turn it into a rhythm. And what he would perform on the turntables as far as beat juggling he would add body tricks to. So now not only was it sounding good, it also looked good. And that was one of the things that Raida started to do. He would see somebody do a trick, learn it and then do it better, add his personality to it and intensify it. And at the end of the day that’s what DJing is. None of us would be DJing if we all didn’t bite from Grandwizard Theodore or Grandmaster Flash. You learn something and then you expand on it.

So yeah I think that Raida is always going to be remembered for how he looked while he was DJing and performing, he made it look so effortless. It was just incredible.

On a more personal level, do you have any memories that stand out from your time with him?
One thing that I’ll always remember about him and cherish is that he always loved being around us. He would love to be on the road and tour and it wasn’t so much about being on stage or necessarily seeing other parts of the world. I think he was just happy to be with us and sharing a tour bus and going to eat and hanging out and laughing together and watching movies at the back of the bus. He loved that aspect of touring. That’s one of the things that I realized about him after he passed away. I was always one that hated touring. To this day it’s hard for me to leave my family and get on a tour bus without getting homesick. But Raida would drop anything the minute he heard [about a tour opportunity]. He’d just start getting excited and happy. I think more so because he would get the time to hang out with his crew. At the time I didn’t really understand it. I would be like “oh man tour, fuck, alright, we gotta work, we gotta promote the album.” It was more of a drag for me. But for Raida, he would come ready with all his movies, he’d have his little snacks with him. He just loved being on the road. I didn’t understand what was so fun about going home, but I guess in his mind it was like he was going home in a way. He saw it as an extension of home because he was around us and he saw us as his family. That’s something that I’ve really come to understand after he passed away.

Now what lead to your leaving the X-Ecutioners?
A lot of it had to do with the fact that we weren’t really prepared as a group to handle a lot of the notoriety, wealth and fame that started to come our way after we started to get more successful. When we signed our independent deal with Asphodel Records which was the label out of San Francisco that first signed the group and helped us release our first album, up until that point, all we knew was battling. We would just enter DJ competitions. So from 1991 to 1995 every year we were preparing for a battle. Whether it was me and Raida competing against each other and other guys in 1991 and 1992. Whether it was helping Mista Sinista prepare for battles he entered in 1993. Whether it was helping Total Eclipse prepare for 1994. And then it all coming back full circle and getting Roc Raida prepared for the 1995 World DMC Championship, which he won. So all those years we were battling or helping each other prepare for battles. 1996 was the last year we battled in any form and that was against the Invisibl Skratch Piklz. It was the East Coast, X-Men style of DJing versus the West Coast style. And that was basically the peak of our careers as battle DJs, it was the best against the best.

So 1991 through 1996 we were just competing. In 1997 we signed the deal with Asphodel Records. So we went from battling to recording artists. At battles, when you win a competition, all you win is maybe a jacket that says you’re the champion or you might win a piece of equipment. When you’re a recording artist there’s no prize, you’re getting money. I think that when we inked the deal and we got our advance the group was now interacting with each other on a different level. It wasn’t no more “yo let’s sit down and prepare for this battle and practice.” It was “yo let’s sit down and split this money.” So once money began to take a role on the decisions we would make as a group we couldn’t deal with each other. I guess what I’m trying to say is, we knew how to deal with each other as DJs that wanted to battle and enter competitions. But dealing with each other on business terms was like foreign territory for us. So I think that played a role in the group dynamics. The interactions started to change.

When we ended up signing our deal with Loud records in 2001, add A&Rs at major labels being involved in the creative process. The making of the album, the video, what we’re doing on stage, how we present ourselves. And being that myself and Roc Raida were pretty much the two oldest members of the group. I don’t mean oldest in age – Roc Raida is original X-Men and I was the second eldest as far as membership. Mista Sinista got down after me, Total Eclipse got down after Sinista. So Sinista and Eclipse left a lot of the decision making up to myself and Raida. So what ended up happening is I had a different school of thought with regards to where the X-Ecutioners needed to go. Roc Raida had a different school of thought with regards to where the X-Ecutioners need to go. And Eclipse and Sinista would just kind of sit there and let us battle it out. So a lot of times the end goal was the same, we were all on the same page about where we wanted to get to. We wanted to introduce the art of turntablism to the world. But I think the means of how to get there differed between myself and Raida. So a lot arguments ended up happening. We’d argue over certain songs.

We even argued over signing with Loud. I remember I wanted to sign with Rick Rubin. Rick Rubin was with Def America at the time and he wanted to sign the group but Raida wanted to go with Loud. I think a lot of it had to do with the fact that another original X-Man, this guy buy the name of Shawn C was an A&R at Loud. And I think Raida felt comfortable being at Loud because Shawn and Raida had a really tight relationship. And I think Raida and Total Eclipse and Mista Sinista saw Loud as a place for us to take that step into production, [potentially] producing for aritsts like Mobb Deep, Wu-Tang, Raekwon, Big Pun. Whereas I wanted to go with Rick Rubin because I thought that Rick would help shape the group into musicians. I felt like Rick Rubin understood what the groups strengths were and what the groups weakness were. I think that [he] would have helped us develop into better recording artists.

Long story short, I got to a point where I wanted to go was different from where the group was going. And it got to a point where I just wasn’t having fun making music. I wasn’t having fun on the road because I felt like everything was being calculated for us. People were telling us what artists to work with, how to go about making the video, even people that had nothing to do with the group in the beginning were starting to tell us how to perform on stage. Stuff like that started to really bother me and I decided to leave the group in 2005.

So that’s pretty much an in depth behind the scenes as to some of the things that went on. But thankfully I managed to work things out with Raida and it took me leaving the group for us to come back to it and be like “alright man.” The whole group actually patched things up and a year ago we did a reunion tour in Australia. It was myself, Total Eclipse, DJ Precision, Boogie Blind and Roc Raida. And it was like old times again. We were back on the road, doing what we did best, which was performing and just getting busy with the turntables. And I’m glad we got to do that before Raida passed because all of us got a taste of the beginnings of all this again. I think with the notoriety that came our way we kind of forgot our roots. So the reunion tour was a way for us to go back to our roots one last time. I’m really thankful about that, I’m really glad we got do that.

Could you go into some detail about Raida’s injury?
He was in a martial arts class and on the night of September 3rd, it was a thursday night. He was sparring with a classmate of his. The classmate fell on top of Raida’s spinal cord, towards the top of his spinal cord by his neck. I’m not sure if the classmate fell on top of him to counter a move, or if the guy slipped and fell, or if the guy fell as a result of Raida taking him down. I’m not exactly sure. No one really is because no one was there. Raida didn’t remember what happened. The guy fell on his spinal cord and his spinal cord was misaligned. So he automatically lost feelings in his legs. They did two surgeries on him that weekend. I was fortunate enough to drive down to Baltimore where he lived, where he was staying at a rehab facility on September 18th. It was a Friday night. I drove down there with Mista Sinista, DJ Precision, Dr. Butcher and one of my best friends, a friend of mine named Dean who used to tour with us and be our road manager. So we drove down there on the 18th and he seemed fine. Obviously , he was in bed, he couldn’t move his legs. The injury caused him to be paralyzed. But his spirits were up, he was talking and you could tell that he wasn’t 100% himself. But his spirits left us feeling optimistic about him walking again and getting better. He was just like “look, I’m not sure why this happened, but I accept it. if anything I gotta figure out why, maybe there is a reason behind all this.” So he was even looking at the whole incident with a really positive, upbeat perspective. When we left we all hugged him and said our goodbyes. It was as if we thought we’d see [him] next week. We’d be back to check in. And then Saturday morning, September 19th he passed away. He went into cardiac arrest. I don’t want to speculate as to why, all I can say is that when we saw him on the 18th, it seemed like he was on his way to recover. He was in the rehab facility. He was excited about being taught how to get into the bed by himself. He was like “yo they’re gonna teach me how to get into my wheelchair and I can cruise around the rehab facility on my own.” He just seemed really excited and upbeat. So when he passed away the following day it was a shock, because we had just saw him and he seemed fine. In the sense that his spirits were upbeat and he was happy to be out of the hospital and in the rehab facility. So it was just a shock to everybody.

Did you have a favorite Raida routine?
Aww man… so many… I would have to say “Peter Piper.” He had this routine with “Peter Piper” where he just does so much to the record from the way it sounds sonically to, again, visually, what he’s doing with his body. I would recommend anyone who isn’t familiar with the routine goes on youtube and looks for it. It’s a really dope routine. After Raida experienced the initial injury to his spinal cord and he was hospitalized I started to incorporate his “Peter Piper” routine in my set as a tribute to him. Unfortunately, he passed away about a week and a half later, so now I am just going to keep doing it as a way to keep that routine alive. And I think all of us are going to do that, start incorporating little bits of classic Roc Raida routines in our set. Because that’s what he left us with. He may not be here physically to do them himself, so we’re gonna do them for him. He may not be here, but his legacy will always be. He has us and the rest of the crew to make sure of that. What he contributed to DJing will never die. If anything he’s gonna continue to contribute through us.

D.I.T.C. 37* Diggin' In The Crates wit Dj Souliva

D.I.T.C. Episode 37. This is a good one with very few fillers. This one begins with some of the best samples that 9th wonder used in Murs 3:16 album, "The Pain" & Bad Man! and then another one from funky child (this should have been on episode 36 following the horns for Funky Child), and Vapors, EPMD - "Underground", Lil' Kim - "Who's Number One? Peoples-Strength, M.O.P. Cold as Ice, And a bunch of nice drums from Tower Of Power, De la Soul - "A Roller Skating Jam Named 'Saturdays'", Above the Law - "Untouchables", Chubb Rock - "I'm the Man" . at the second to the last a variety of samples from one song, like, Diamond D-Sally got a one track mind, Artifacts-Wrong side of the tracks, Smif-N-Wesson-Bucktown. Again I like to do my episodes from random records. Some that are as common as can be and others that are more rare than others. But all got something on em.

D.I.T.C. Diggin In The Crates DVD is now for sale. It includes 40 episodes as well as the remix edition all in quicktime format. And you also get a distinctive track listing of all episodes in order of appearance as well as an alphabetical list, which includes Artist, Song Title, and Album!! About 3 hours and Over 500 songs and artists are included in these videos. You get to see and hear snippets of samples, loops, funky drums, interpolations both used and unused in Hip-Hop/Rap/R&B as well as other genres all in original vinyl. The Videos are in quicktime mpeg4 format, so you can put them in your iphone, ipod,psp, etc. Flat rate of $7 for U.S. buyers, and $10 for international buyers. Paypal And Money orders accepted. Who knows how long the videos will stay up this time.

Wednesday, 9 December 2009


The universal magnetic emcee drops his video SuperMagic taken from his latest album "The Ecstatic". If you've heard that album then you be wishing like me and hope he makes a video with the great ruler, Slick Rick on Auditiorium. What it is...

Sunday, 29 November 2009

Specials @ Plastic People (Lnd)/Masta Ace & Ed OG (Leeds)

Specials @ Plastic
Well! this has been a crazy weekend for me but i love it so i can't moan. After a hard week with dealing with life i needed to get my DJ set ready for Fri 27th as i was booked for Tony Nwachukwu & Gavin Alexander's Burntprogress "Special @ Plastic" for Plastic People. I was far from ready as i had too much on my mind at the time and i don't deal with stress but who doe's. Anyway, Friday comes and am all set. Making sure that i leave Leicester as i had booked three DJ's for three bars (Job 1 done for this weekend) as i didn't want any phone calls while am dealing with my own set being in London, i was on the go. Before meeting Gavin and my midlands co partners (Atjazz, Christo and Red Rack'em) i hooked up with an old friend of mine (Great woman) for a drinks (@ East Village) which did help make me get loose cause my mind was still shady. After catching up with her then went on a mission to find Plastic People (Am not from London). Gavin was outside the place and Atjazz, Christo and Red Rack'em where across the road. We all where there and on time.

We do what most DJ's do and that's get in the place, chat shit, set up, chat some more and get back to setting up while checking each other tunes. I was getting stressed to play Hip-Hop and do a little turntablism set but with Plastic Peoples big disco tech mixer, the trixmixing was out the window. Didn't really have in mind to do a Hip-Hop cause i see Plastic People as a place more for broken bop, boogie, funk, soul and i didn't want to fall into the same box as Oh! he plays Hip-Hop, he must have J Dilla in his set. No disrespect to the late great J Dilla but we do have other phat producers but with dj's like Spin Doctor that keeps over playing him people minds are just locked on to think thats all we have in the Hip-Hop Underground.

Gavin started of by playing a lovely set of Soul, old, new and the unheard while people where coming in. I was chilling with my homeboy Kenny Dust at the table with the other DJ's watching the people come in. I was up first out of the midlands lot joking to myself... am not playing any Hip-Hop, ya'all crazy. Gavin comes for me as it was my time to shine. The system banging out nice and load, my mind went from not knowing what to play to am going to put my co-partners under pressure for 1 hour. Soon as i set up my tunes on my Serato, i hit em hard. Started with some funk classics, to a James Brown trix mix, dropped some Soulful Hip-Hop not pitching down the tempo with Q-Tip, Erykah Badu, Georgia Anne Muldrow Shafiq Husayn and Amp Fiddler then ramming the place with some Broken Beat. The place was packed but it only took three of my records from the start to do that. Chrsto came on after me with a powerful Deep House set then AtJazz rocked it after making everybody sweat. Red Rack'Em ended the night with a nice but banging hard set as i ears was pumping from the bassline of his tunes. As it came to the end of the night, I said my good byes to the others as i headed to Kenny Dust's crib as i was staying their for the night. Bus trip to his yard was long but talking wack MC's made it short. Nights like this makes me say... I Love My Job.

Masta Ace & Ed OG (Leeds)
Next Day i was ready to head out to Leeds but had i few thing to do but am not going into that so am a go into about Leeds The Elbow Rooms where Masta Ace & Ed OG performing. The event started at 9 with a B-Boy Battle, i didn't get to the venue untill after 10. Was happy to see alot of people in the place but this was a pools table place, didn't looked like the right place to hold a Hip-Hop event, don't get me wrong I've DJed here before and when i did DJ in there i didn't really enjoy it. That same feeling came to me again. The B Boy battle was still on and my homeboy Shan who was hosting did a great job but the DJ was not doin a good job in my books. Breaks are for Breakers to break to so why the fuck am i hearing the full song of the record and rap tracks with the rappers on it? I could go on and talk about how some of the breakers but why was their a (a full white) reggie act on at a hip-hop event?????. What was worse was the stage, it was small as hell (You can check Masta Ace twitter page, he wasn't happy). Now I don't know how many rap acts where on but the last one before Ace & Ed where cool but the others sucked, you could not here a word they were saying and some turntablist from Leeds was wack as hell fe real. The House DJ needed to do his homework as the joints he was playing was more for a MTV/1xtra crowd, think about.

After the bullshit, Masta Ace & Ed OG save the day. Real Hip-Hop was in the house. Performing joints from their new album Arts & Entertainment (from A's & E's (This Is What We Do), Ei8ht Is Enuff, Little Young to Fans) their solo classic's (Ed's Boston to I Got To Have It, Ace's Crooklyn to The Symphony) to doing a tribute to other rap acts (A Tribe Called Quest, Nice & Smooth, EPMD) and they sounded clear on the mic too (Even tho Masta Ace had trouble with The Elbow Rooms microphone).

Peace out to Spanna, His brother G, DJ Mongoose, Minx, AI, Sammy, Blue Eyes and Shan. Was good to see you there, wish i was at The Jazz Cafe or even in Birmingham to see Masta Ace and Ed OG on a real stage. Leeds, next time booked em at the Hi-Fi Club.

2 Turntables and A Microphone Trailer (JMJ Documentary)

On December 1st a documentary entitled, 2 Turntables and A Microphone, will be released via DVD. The doc will chronicle the life and death of legendary Run DMC DJ, Jason Mizell aka Jam Master Jay. JMJ's tragic murder is still a mystery to this day. "2 TURNTABLES AND A MICROPHONE documents the investigation of the unsolved murder of Jam Master Jay, RUN- DMC's groundbreaking DJ and producer, deftly revealing the history of hip-hop and mainstream rap along the way. Exclusive, candid interviews with 50 Cent, Ja Rule , Russell Simmons, RUN-DMC and more offer insight into Jam Master Jay's life - including information that could finally help police solve the murder that shook the music world to its core."

Wednesday, 18 November 2009



Derek B
dies of heart attack age 44.

Rapper Derek B has passed away after reportedly suffering a heart attack yesterday (November 15).

The musician, real name Derek Boland, is said to have been taken toLondon's Charing Cross hospital early yesterday morning. Paramedics were unable to resuscitate him, reports Mad News. He was 44.

A pioneering figure on the UK hip hop scene in the '80s, Derek B initially worked as an A&R man for the Music Is Life label, but recorded the track'Rock The Beat' when a proposed compilation ran short of tracks. The song went on to be released as a single, and was followed by other releases including 'Good Groove' and'Get Down'.

The singles' popularity led to a number of high-profile appearances for Derek B on mainstream UK television and radio shows including 'Top Of The Pops' - one of the first instances a UK rapper had been afforded such recognition.

Simon Harris, who founded Music Is Life, paid tribute to Boland today, telling NME.COM: "It is with great sadness that I heard the terrible news that Derek Boland has passed away. Derek was a wonderful person and a great talent, it was a privilege to have known and worked with him over the last 25 years.

"Derek was always a huge inspiration to me and can never be replaced, his tragic death at such a young age is a great loss to everyone who has known him and also his many fans. May I offer my love and sincere condolences to his family especially to his dear mother Jenny. Rest in peace Derek B, Bad Young Brother."

Derek B co-wrote the lyrics for Liverpool FC's 'Anfield Rap', as well as remixing and producing for acts including Eric B and Rakim.

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Back To Tha Future (Psykhomantus 3 Part Adventure)

This a mixtape that i started in the year 2000 but for some reason, it just got left. Don't know why but moving from city to city can stop a man from doing anything. Anyway, I find my mini disc and started to redo what i started. The whole idea was to take you on a Hip-Hop ride from 85 to 89, 90 to 94 and 95 to 99. Think where you was at that time and what was you doing. What year was best for you for Rap music and what was the bad time. All in all it's a 3 part trip, choice one but remember to enjoy.

Part 1 (1985-1989)
Back To Tha Future 1 Of 3 by Psykhomantus
Part 2 (1990-1994)
Back To Tha Future 2 Of 3 by Psykhomantus
Part 3 (1995-1999)
Back To Tha Future 3 Of 3 by Psykhomantus

20th Battle Of The Year

Who said Hip-Hop is dead? I heard rappers talking about Hip-Hop ain't what it use to be, well i can tell you them mutha fuckers are wrong. rap is dead, look at the bullshit that comes out nowadays. Respect to the real Hip-Hop DJ's, Breakers and graff heads as we are the true art as rappers just talk shit.

Battle Of The Year had it's 20th Anniversary in Braunschweig, Germany and let me tell you something, shit was hot. I felt at home. if only you could see what i can see and you'll see that Hip-Hop has come along way and is still fresh. Peace! to the Korea's B-Boys Gamblerz who won this year.

Monday, 5 October 2009

Oxjam Takeover 2009/Hip-Hop & Soul Line Up


Oxjam Takeover - Leicester

25th October - 25th October, 2009


Oxjam is a UK wide music festival in aid of Oxfam, taking place in over 20 regions across the UK in October. The aim of this years events is to raise awareness of climate change and help build momentum for serious political action at Decembers crucial UN climate change summit in Copenhagen.Oxfam provide simple effective solutions to the poverty and suffering climate change is already causing millions of poor people worldwide. Climate change costs lives. You have the power to do something Here and Now.

Oxjam Leicester - Local voices global message.

10 Venues / 1 Wristband / All day sunday

Sunday 25th October 2009

£5 in advance, £6 on the door

Tickets on sale 14th September 2009



Ticket sellers: Rockaboom | Turkey café | Musician | LCB depot +other outlets to be announced

All venues all day and street procession

Watch this space for more details................

Find out for yourself

Facebook: Oxjam Leicester




Host: Psykhomantus (DMC Battle For UK Supremacy Champion)

House DJs: Looby & Ajmi

4pm- Fate N KL G (Hip-Hop/Rap)

4.20pm- Offbeat Reprobates (Hip-Hop/Rap/Soul)

4.40pm- Dirty Joe (Hip-Hop/Rap)

5pm Break Pt 1

5.20pm- Presto (Hip-Hop/Rap)

5.40pm- Wreh-Asha (Neo-Soul) Decisive (Pedestrian) (Turntablist)

6.20pm- Justice (Hip-Hop/Rap)

6.40pm- Miss C Brown (Hip-Hop's Most Wanted) (Hip-Hop/Turntablist)

7pm- Break Pt 2

7.20pm- HWD (Rap/Soul Duo)

7.40pm- DJ Angelo (National DJ Champion) (Fusion/Turntablist)

8pm-Sure Shot (Slam Champion) (Hip-Hop/Jazz Spoken Word)

8.20pm- Psykhomantus (DMC Battle For UK Supremacy Champion) (Hip-Hop/Turntablist)

8.40pm- Mad Flow (Hip-Hop/Human Beat-Box MC)

9pm-Break Pt 3

9.20pm- Furious P (DMC World Team & DMC Champion) (Hip-Hop/Turntablist)

9.40pm- Mr Hunter aka War & Naji (Itwemek) (Hip-Hop/Soul)

10pm- DJ Switch (2x DMC Battle For World Supremacy Champion) (Eletronica/Hip-Hop/Turntablist)

10.20pm-11pm- Freestyle (Open Mic/Open Decks)

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Dedicated to the late DJ Grand Master Roc Raida

Dedicated to the late DJ Grand Master Roc Raida. This is a mixtape i did a few months back. I had to put it up again as the Turntable world has lost a great DJ.

Why The X-Men {aka The X-Ecutiners)?

This turntablist crew is one of the baddest things that has happen for this DJ art form, culture, Hip-Hop, ect, ect. We all know our history on Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa, Grand Master Flash, Theodore and DXT, but most people forget about Steve Dee. Without Steve Dee where would these (beat) juggle monsters have come from. Steve Dee took this artform to a higher level that I dear say had the whole world in his hands (I said it, Ha!).

Well I’m not here to give you a history lesson; you can go check that out for yourself on the Internet. I’ve been a DJ for almost 20 years but still a fan on the DJ/Turntablist culture. There’s nothing better than hearing how DJ’s restructure a record by scratching or beat juggling into something new. Hip-Hop DJ’s helped shape and form some of the equipment that we use today (you better ask somebody) and continuing still. As a teen I watched my Father bring in his turntables, set up his big wooded speakers in the living room and pull out his dub plates, so it was no question that I wanted to be like my Daddy. Now a full time job I still look back on what my hero’s did. I look back on what DJ Jazzy Jeff and DJ Cash Money has done in the late 80’s, loved what DJ Scratch and DJ Premier did on wax, enjoyed hearing my UK peers like DJ Pogo, Cut Master Swift and HiJack’s DJ Undercover & DJ Supreme to seeing The Invisibl Skratch Piklz and The X-Men take it to another level. I still go back to them Videos, Albums and DVD’s as I still learn something from it. But what amaze me the most is watching Mista Sinista, Roc Raida, Rob Swift & Total Eclipse. Weather group or solo they had the world shook. They have style, flava and soul, there the real deal from their routine set to their studio recording albums (Yep! Even Rob Swift’s Ill Insanity got next). I didn’t put any of there solo stuff or featured Rappers because there work as a group is still outer this world. Remember, Rappers may be the most paid artists in the Hip-Hop culture but DJ’s make the world go round. Without us, them muthafuckaz wouldn’t be Shit.

Well! Enjoy it and get a real feel of Hip-Hop’s truest form and feel free to leave a comment on


Intro feat Tirple Treat (Apollo, Vinroc & Shortkut)
One Man Band
X-Ecution Scratch
Word Play
Old School Throwdown
Premier X-Ecution feat DJ Premier
5 Fingers Of Death (Ill Insanity) feat DJ Q-Bert
What Is A Scratch (Interlude)
Mad Flava
X-Ecutioners (Theme) Song feat Dan The Automator
The Countdown Pt 2
Space Invader
Scratch Live (Ill Insanity) feat Roc Raida
A Journey Into Sound feat Kenny Muhammed
Ill Bill
Break Ill
3 Boroughs
Choppin N***** Up
The Turntable Anthem
Feel The Bass
X-Ecution Of A Bum Rush feat Beat Junkies (Babu & J-Rocc)

Click On Photo (Below) To Get Free Download Mixtape Of "X-Ecution Of A Bum Rush"


X-Ecution Of A Bum Rush (Dedicated to GM Roc Radia) by Psykhomantus

Sunday, 20 September 2009

Roc Raida R.I.P

New York DJ, Roc Raida had passed away this weekend at age 37, the DJ real name is Anthony Williams was a member of a group called The X-Ecutioners.

In 1995 he won the DMC World DJ Championship, He died on September 19, 2009, Is last solo album was released in 2007 and is called, Beats, Cuts and Skits.

His DJ group The X-Ecutioners Formed as a DJ crew in the early nineties and originally including 11 members, under the name X-Men, which was chosen partly because of their rivalry between Super DJ Clark Kent’s crew of DJs, known as the Supermen, and partly after the Marvel Comics characters, but had to change their name due to trademark infringement.

After the groups name changed, the crew was later reduced to members Rob Swift, Roc Raida, Total Eclipse, and Mista Sinista (named after the Marvel Comics’ Mister Sinister) before releasing their debut album X-Pressions. Sinista later left the group shortly after the release of Built from Scratch, and Rob Swift left the group for personal and artistic reasons in 2005.

In the wake of Swift’s departure, The X-Ecutioners have been scarcely heard of; however, the latest word is that the group has two new members, DJ Boogie Blind and DJ Precision.

The X-Ecutioners have worked with many famous artists on their albums Built From Scratch and Revolutions and are highly respected in hip hop for their turntable skills, being infamous for the technique known as beat juggling. They have been known to do numerous collaborations, ranging from Kool G Rap to Cypress Hill, Mike Shinoda and co-released an album with Mike Patton called General Patton vs. The X-Ecutioners. The X-Ecutioners contributed to a remix of Run-DMC’s “King of Rock” on the Harmonix game Amplitude, and the DJ group’s song “Like This” was featured in the video game SSX 3.

As of 2007, Rob Swift, Total Eclipse and Precision have formed a new group called Ill Insanity. Their latest release, “Ground Xero” contains 14 tracks featuring the likes of DJ QBert, DJ Excess, and Grand Master Roc Raida.

Ill Insanity has posted a blog on their Myspace regarding a reunion tour in Australia in October, 2008. The group commented in their blog

“Undeniably one of the greatest turntablist crews of all time, New Yorks legends The X-Ecutioners are reuniting exclusively to tour Australia for the very first time. The supremely talented turntablists, Grand Master Roc Raida, Rob Swift, Boogie Blind, Total Eclipse and Precision have exclusively come together for this tour and across 10 turntables will leave you speechless with their unbelievable turntable skills of cutting, mixing, scratching and beat juggling.”

The group has already announced the tour dates on both the X-Ecutioners’ and Ill Insanity’s Myspace Reunion Tour Blog.

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Tuesday, 25 August 2009

DJ's Get No Credit In The Rap Game

It's seems to be a forgotten art of what a real Hip-Hop or Rap group what ever you want to called it in this day of age. Back in the early days of this art form a rapper would always have his DJ and would not perform without him or her. Rakim would have Eric B, Run DMC would have Jam Master Jay, Public Enemy would have Terminator X, Will Smith aka Fresh Prince would have DJ Jazzy Jeff, Salt & Pepa would have Spinderella, Guru has DJ Premier to form Gang Starr and EPMD would have DJ Scratch. Each of those artists or groups would give their DJ a time to shine on stage or on the album. Artist or groups weather their underground or big time megastars seem to just punk out and don't show love to what they grew up to and become. I know Jay Z has DJ Scratch on and off tour with him but really just has him as for props on stage, why don't Jay Z just say "Here nigger, just play my records and shut the fuck up. I know Kanye West stepped up to A-Trak and he's done a few cuts on his albums but still, give the DJ some credit and let the people know that this is what rap is all about. Props go out to Beastie Boys who let's their main man DJ Mix Master Mike set it off on the one's and two's and Dilated Peoples DJ Babu. Check out Pharoahe Monch Live @ Jazz Cafe below as he steps back and let's DJ Boogie Blind (of the X-Ecutioners) set it off.

For full show of Pharoahe Monch @ Jazz Cafe check

Coopr8's Our Music Our Culture

Mixed Version of Coopr8's "Our Music Our Culture"

Enjoy and support good music

Coopr8 presents Our Music Our Culture (Mixed By Psykhomantus) by Psykhomantus

Thursday, 6 August 2009

Better Than I've Ever Been

One thing that could never leave me is my love of being a battle DJ. The love of getting up in the morning and looking at my turntables, Headphones, mixer, speakers, records even my serato. Been tearing the clubs from 91 to working at DJ workshops in 2000 to entering my first DJ Battle at the DMC Heats in 02, that year was my first step into theatre which has charge my life, Thanks Kwesi Johnson, he gave me my first step to becoming a musical Director by just using two turntables and the rest was history. But i can't forget the up's and downs of being a full time Disc Jockey (Silly name, thank you Babu of the Beat Junkies, the name turntablist sounds much better and coming from our own people means alot more). I've been used, robbed and seen how people that i helped made a name for themself by using me as their mule. Well! i learned the hard way but it made me stronger. It also made me more wiser, made me network with people that had the same dream without selling out and that is one thing that i can't stand is a sell out. But we won't go there. Lol! 2004 is the year i will remember the most as i was the hardest working man in my town with three DJ workshops on the go, working part time at a recored store and co running a Hip-Hop event called Hiphopertion, it was a dream for an up and coming DJ untill this year 09. This time round i promote three night clubs, still dabble in and out in theatre and got to work with one of the greatest Hip-Hop artist Jonzi D, produced, part time DJ workshops and still compose turntablism routines (This time for the DMC Battle For Uk Supremacy). I always remind myself that this is something that i wanted to do as a young boy looking into the future. If only my late friend Steve Antonio (1975-2006) could see me now because with out him, i know i would not be the man that i am today. I never got to win the Battle For Uk Supremacy this year but glad that i won my battle to the quarter finals and now the world can view me on the DVD when it comes out. I'm happy that my work is 90% Music and still arming to that 100%. I feel better than i've ever been and know that it still can get better. I dedicate my skills to Steve Antonio who was my best friend and also a brother that i never had, our dream was about music. R.I.P my brother, below is a snip of me battling Jappa at the DMC Battle For UK Supremacy at the O2 Academy, Islington, London on 9th July. I know this would of been his favorite of one my battle set.

CDR Burntprogress Video

Calling All Digital Music Makers in the East Midlands
CDR is back seeking digital music makers of all styles, acoustic, electronic, fusion, hip-hop, drum ‘n’ bass, folktronica or the downright unclassifiable

Creative gurus burntprogress are bringing CDR to the East Midlands, hitting Leicester, Nottingham and Derby with a series of music nights and creative seminars aimed at bringing a new community of digital music makers together to network and collaborate.

Leicester was the first city to play host with a free Creative Knowledge Seminar, ‘Many Hats, One Head’, taking place at De Montfort University, Leicester, on 18 March as part of FAME – The Creative Industries Show – the largest creative industry event in the East Midlands. Music makers just have to turn-up to take part.

The CDR Creative Knowledge Seminar started from 6.30pm to 8.30pm will see pioneering music producer and dubstep bastion Loefah discuss and take questions on how he maintains and develops a music production career, whilst DJing and hosting club nights around the UK. Music producer Tony Nwachukwu, of Attica Blues fame and one part of the duo behind burntprogress will be chairing the discussion.

The CDR event then continues at Leicester’s Sophbeck, from 9pm to 2am. Here, music makers and producers can hand in CDs to get their tracks played live and loud to an audience of like-minded music makers. Loefah will be playing a special set of his own works-in-progress with DJ sets from local Leicester-based producers Psykhomantus (Donuts), Pure Phase, Jimi O and Biscuit Tin Soundsystem.

CDR in the East Midlands is based on burntprogress’s hugely successful CDR night at London’s Plastic People – twice nominated ‘Best Club’ on Radio 1’s Worldwide Awards.

More events will follow in Leicester, Nottingham and Derby. For more information, contact or check

Burntprogress Promo 02:30 Cut from burntprogress on Vimeo.

Below is a video of CDR Leicester

Thursday, 30 July 2009

The Surgery

The Surgery

THE SURGERY is a platform for emerging and established artists to present new Hip Hop theatre work in a professional theatre space. The unique aspect of the evening is the breaking down of the “fourth wall” where there is an opportunity after each piece to take questions and comments from the audience.
For artists trying out new ideas, testing the boundaries of Hip Hop Theatre genre, this is a really valuable opportunity to help decide how they might develop the piece. For audiences, it’s a brilliant way to engage with artists and be part of the development of Hip Hop Theatre.
The evening always features brand new work created during Jonzi D's Hip Hop Theatre Workshops and a selection of other work. At the end, the audience is invited onto the stage to do an impromptu workshop with Jonzi D.

Check the Video out

This is song that i produced for the Rap/Soul group called HWD.

Story is, i was playing with two records and came up with a nice soulful vibe that i just play around with in one of my gigs. HWD was working on their song No. 1 which i did the scratching for. I wanted to give them this beat for them as a remix for NO. 1 but they liked it so much they made a whole new song then went and did a Video for it.

Check it out.